Natural Light - Anheuser-Busch

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Reviews: 511
Hads: 1,935
rAvg: 1.94
pDev: 39.69%
Wants: 20
Gots: 276 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-15-2001

Natural Light is brewed with a blend of premium American and imported hops, and a combination of malt and corn. Its longer brewing process produces a lighter body, fewer calories and an easy-drinking character.
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Photo of tbeck
2.6/5  rDev +34%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden yellow with little to no head. Aroma was cereal grains and not much else. Taste was also of cereal grains, but light and refreshing and no aftertaste. Texture was watery and a lot of carbonation. This is a light body beer with not much flavor, but it is one of my favorites for the fishing trips. One can pound a lot of these and not feel much. (364 characters)

Photo of IJReilly
2.6/5  rDev +34%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

First and foremost: This is not a good beer. But we must rank it according to its style. And that style (to most readers of this forum) is pretty poor. So -- yes, if you want a tasty, crafty beer, stay away from Natural Light. But if you want a beer that is light -- meaning, one meant for playing 36 holes of golf or sitting on the deck, looking at the Betties while still making meaningful conversation -- then Natty Light is a good choice. I would rank it higher than Miller Lite on taste alone -- and it's cheaper. So if you play a lot of golf or entertain a lot of Betties, this beer is for you. (600 characters)

Photo of Rockster
2.63/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Not a great beer to show-off with, but for the price, it's okay for what you pay. Just about the same calories and taste as Michelob Ultra, but for half the price. So when you're feeling cheap and want a light beer not to fatten your stomach too much, it's a great choice. Have fun beer-lovers!!! (296 characters)

Photo of evanackerman
2.64/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I had a few of these with my coworkers (carpenters) after work today, they think it's fantastic - "much better than coors light because it's less bitter." whatever that means.

basically this beer tastes and smells like water, although when i strained very hard i think i might have tasted the hops that they waved over the top of the vat, but maybe that was just my imaginiation filling in what should have been there. drinkability is high beacause it is as drinkable as spring water.

basically, this is a completely unoffensive and extremely boring beer. big thumbs down. (579 characters)

Photo of plaid75
2.65/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a very light straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was little retention and lacing.

Th smell featured a light sweet corn malt with a smattering of hop, maybe.

The taste consisted of a seltzery boiled corn with some weak balancing hops. Not all that offensive actually.

The mouthfeel was thin and ultra carbonated.

Overall not the worst light beer I have had, but not really recommended. (411 characters)

Photo of chasebrownyeah1
2.65/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Natural Light ABV: 4.2%

A: The appearance is your ordinary light beer. Minimal head and lacing. What would you expect?

S: The smell is of corn and grains. Also, has a hint of malts and a distinctive metallic smell.

T-M: The taste is of a corn and grass. Has the metallic after taste and of course the minimal 4.2% alcohol. Very carbonated in the mouth.

D: It is very drinkable, almost on the same senses of drinking water. Agreed with Wesbrownyeah. As a college student, it does fit the budget. (500 characters)

Photo of beershrine
2.66/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A:Light straw color
S: Smell of cereal grains, light alcohol wiff.
T: smooth taste a very light unoffensive beer. I can detect a head retension chemical. Doesn"t have the dish soap after taste like Miller and finishes better (dryer) than bud or coors, etc..
M: light mouthfeel finishes very light, nice

Overall value of this beer is a 5
18packs are 10.99 thats .61 each

This beer is near the top of the watery light lager catagory.
My go to: economy travel beer (464 characters)

Photo of BTFU
2.66/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

For a beer nicknamed FRATTY Light, this is a surprisingly decent light beer. Its low rating has less to do with a long list of negatives and more to do with a lack of positives.

A - The head is nearly non-existant even with the best pour but it does have a clean, clear yellowish look to it.

S - Its smell is faint, but definitely reminiscent of the beer aroma generated from a couple cases being drank at a tailgate.

M - It retains a lot of its carbonation throughout the whole beer and is refreshingly crisp. It lacks the smooth feel that other beers have.

T - It is fairly bland, but carries some nutiness and just a hint of its barley components with almost no trace of the hops. What it lacks in robust flavor it makes up for with good drinkability.

O - Lets face it...if youre gonna have a few before a game or going out a full-bodied chocolate blueberry lager is going to be too much. While this isnt an amazing beer, it succeeds at its own goal = good, cheap beer (976 characters)

Photo of edchicma
2.68/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stuck in Florida this week! Akll they have is the macros where I am staying. What the heck...time to revisit the old college days. Natural Light is just that....light. Apparance is pale yellow...some initial head and carbonation. Smell is mainly grassy grains...hmm? lawnmower brew? Taste is equally inspectacular...Mouthfeel is ok...very light ...duh! East enough to drink, but lacking in the taste dept. (405 characters)

Photo of Frozensoul327
2.68/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Natty light... welcome back to college! This is the worst cheap beer i have ever had, yet sometimes i have a hankering to remember my college days and buy a 12 pack. It's very light yellow, has a sticky sweet nose and a short lived white formy head. The taste is, how can i put it? Nasty?It could be so much better if they just put more FLAVOR in it. This is a beer for those who don't like beer, and it is understandable why people don't like beer when beers such as this exsist.

EDIT: I like the low carbs, and the fact that this beer was made not to be amazing, but to be a light straight forward brew. I enjoy it on hot summer days. I drink it on cold winter nights. This is a cheap light beer, nothing more, nothing less. I know many will not agree with me and that's fine, but I can work with this brew. It's not great, but it is what it is, and I like it for what it is. (880 characters)

Photo of wesbrownyeah
2.7/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Natty in the bottle. Well lets see.

A- A very pale piss color is appearent on pour, active carbonation throws a massive foamy head that floats like ice on the brew. Mildly sticky froth on sides of glass.

S- Corn husk with slighty sweet grainy scents upfront. Noticeable metallic hints.

T-M- Tastes like it smells... light corn and malts with grainy metallic backbone. Mouthfeel is smooth as water with alcohol added. Light carbonated feel on tongue.

D- Made to drink alot of and hits every college kids budget. My party beer of choice if more than twelve beers is on the agenda. (582 characters)

Photo of Avagadro
2.7/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pale straw in color, with great clarity and decent lacing. Head retention, however, is pathetic.

S: creamed corn and apples are hardly perceptible.

T: Light flavor, but corn and apple are there.

M: Light body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Nothing special, but no major flaws. (290 characters)

Photo of Spikester
2.71/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Having sampled all the big brewers offerings in the light category this one wins by a slight margin over Coors light. If you are looking for a great party beer that is inoffensive to most (and inexspensive)this is it. I don't know why anyone would drink Bud-light after trying A-B Natural light. Bud light tastes like Bud with water added.
The down-side: If you are into big-flavor this ain't it. It is in no-way comparible to a micro-brew, but it is tasty and swill-able. No bad attributes. Other reviewers have referred to this as a great college beer. I must agree. Serve cold. (580 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
2.71/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

At $.35 for the can I thought I'd give it a shot.

The sweet/sour malt quality familiar to the style dominates the aroma, with just a touch of hops.
Pours with a real attractive chalk white head that is very loud in it's fizziness. The head leaves pretty quickly to a ring and a scattered bubble cover. Water clear of very pale gold.
The flavor holds a sourness at the end, but starts with a light sweetness of malt, then moves to a watery nothingness, which precedes the ascending bitterness that tops off at a moderate level, just before the sourness. The finish is the worst part of the drink, especially since it tends to linger a bit.
Appropriately carbonated, and it makes it kinda filling and leaves a bloated feeling. Decently soft. As it should be for style.
This coulda' been worst. I choose not to wait long enough for it warm, I dare not give it that chance. Nothing I'd look for and well worth the cost for this can. One's enough. (949 characters)

Photo of mcoh1030
2.71/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I gave this beer the rating I did because;

1) The appearance mirrors the taste. Which is to say, the beer looks just like you'd expect it to taste.

2) The smell is barely noticable. But that's fine for a light Pilsner beer.

3) Taste; Good becaue the manufacture claims it's smooth and that's exactly what it is.

3) Mouth feel, smooth. That's what they claim. It goes down real easy.

If your looking for an alternative to Miller Lite and want something with less taste and lots of smoothness, this is it. Some guy reviewed this and said something like it's a good beer for a hot summer night. I would agree. (614 characters)

Photo of musicjustintime
2.72/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It is what it is...How many times have we said that?! Really, it's not that bad for a light beer. I don't care for light beer, but the gut is getting outta I picked this up as a spacer. Haven't had it in a couple years, and it really hasn't gotten any better. I've always figured, why pay MORE for LESS of a product though? Like Miller's $22/30pk, Bud Light, Mich. Ultra, etc... They all cost WAY too much for what little they are. SO, if you're gonna do light...why not go cheap. I just paid $13.75 INCLUDING tax for a 30/pk. and the calories and carbs are just as low...even lower than some lights. It has more flavor than alot of lights, but not the greatest flavor. It IS smooth, I must say, and watery, therefore very drinkable. Has that "Bud/AB" familiar flavor, to me, however slight it is. A decent light, if there is such a thing. Does the job, and ice cold on a hot day...hits the spot. If you're a light beer drinker, and have never tried this...I doubt you'll hate it, and you may even like it better than the big 3's light offerings. Well, it is an A/B product, so if you're a Bud Light drinker...give this one a try. It's clean, smooth, slightly refreshing. So is water though! Happy drinkin' my friends! Cheers and as we Italians say..."SAAALOOOT!" (1,282 characters)

Photo of wcudwight
2.73/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

I usually drink Natty Light from the can on camping trips and such. When I look at it in the glass the unimpressive beer is even more unimpressive. Looks like some type of contaminated water. As pale yellow as pale can get with just a faint white fizzy ring on top. Kind of like the ring that is around the moon before it snows. Is it really there? Not really much aroma. It's not bad, it's not good, it's not there. As the beer warms in might smell kind of metallic, probably from the can. For what it is, I don't think it's a bad tasting beer. It's cheap and taste like it, but it's not repulsive. Too me it taste like cheerios. Mouthfeel is as thin bodied as a beer can get. I like Natty Light as a beer to sit around the campfire and shoot the bull with the buds. And it's like 3 bucks a 6 pack to boot. (807 characters)

Photo of Vancer
2.76/5  rDev +42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ah ha! The party couple left a few of these from the ol’ New Year Eve party – might as well pop one for a New Year Review:

Whoo, good grief, a lite straw pour with almost no heading is not a good start. Cooked veggies in the aroma, and almost no taste what-so-ever. Dry and unimpressive – but crap at $10 for a 30 pack, what the hell would ya expect? (356 characters)

Photo of treehugger02010
2.76/5  rDev +42.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I got this from my father's refrig, and poured into a pint glass. It poured proably the most clear yellow color I have ever seen with a fair amount of head that had the fastest retention I have ever seen. There was a bit of lace that was not sticky. The smell was kind of spicy and the taste was kind of sweet. Not very good. Don't drink and review. (349 characters)

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
2.78/5  rDev +43.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can to a Dixie cup. The liquid is a straw yellow, lots of carbonation and a white 2 finger head.

The smell is faint malt and a fruity note.

The taste is corn and very light malt.

The mouthfeel is thin and soda water like.

The drinkability is ok, If need be you could survive on this. MK (313 characters)

Photo of IrishRedRock
2.78/5  rDev +43.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Nattie Light is truly the staple of college campuses everywhere. Cheap beers are usually pretty bad, and Nattie is no different. Yet Nattie Light is the best of the worst. It's a college party beer, thats it. And although it looks really strange, Nattie Light does come in a bottle. You usually will be questioned because it looks all sophisticated (wow Nattie in a bottle?!?) Don't be fooled though, when you thought it couldnt get any worse, it does out of the bottle. Stick with that trashy silver can and before you know it you will be able to pound plenty of this swill. (575 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
2.79/5  rDev +43.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

From can no. 30JUL-MZ46 sampled on January 15, 2012. It is fifteen degrees outside so I placed this can on my front step to really chill it down naturally. Natural Light? Natural cooling? Why not? I review these on their style not on their reputation.

So it pours yellow with carbonation angst and a foamy head. The head fades fast. It looks like it supposed to. Aromas of barley malt, cereal, light yeast, and clean hop note. Better than anticipated but still very typical. The body is thin and watery. The taste is grainy with a slightly unexpected dry finish. Still nothing extraordinary. All in all a typical light macro lager. (632 characters)

Photo of WesWes
2.8/5  rDev +44.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a pale straw color with a 1/2" white head that quickly fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is average. It has a faint pilsner malt scent along with barely any hops and a dry finish. The taste is below average. It's obviously loaded with adjuncts and only has enough malt for a pale coloring and a faint malt flavor. It goes down quick and easy with a dry finish. It's crisp and clean with little beer flavor. The mouthfeel is average . It's a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a adjunct laden light lager. It's nothing I'd revisit soon, but it does the trick for people who drink macro lagers and are looking for a lighter choice. (656 characters)

Photo of kbuff13
2.81/5  rDev +44.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a college kid's beer. I drank this all the time in college. It was cheap and all I could afford. I use to not be able to stand it at all, but after drinking so much of it I got use to it. This is just a nothing special beer. If you want a cheap beer to get drunk and play drinking games, this is a perfect beer. (319 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
2.82/5  rDev +45.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16 oz can born on 19 Jun 14 at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma very weak rice (?)
Head large (8 cm), white, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing none
Body very light yellow, clear
Flavor pretty much none, maybe a hint of dimethylsulfide; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

If you’ve got nothing else to drink, including water, this is passable. (416 characters)

Natural Light from Anheuser-Busch
49 out of 100 based on 511 ratings.