Natural Light - Anheuser-Busch

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Reviews: 516
Hads: 1,970
Avg: 1.82
pDev: 84.07%
Wants: 22
Gots: 311 | 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 WesWes
2.8/5  rDev +53.8%
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.

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Photo of kbuff13
2.81/5  rDev +54.4%
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
2.82/5  rDev +54.9%
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.

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Photo of palffyfan
2.89/5  rDev +58.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Very pale yellow with about a half inch of head.

Smell - Nothing special.

Taste - Watered down Bud, but unlike Bud Light, is manageable.

Drinkability - Out of all of the macro lagers, perhaps in the 2nd tier of beers. Considering the price of the beer, a very good buy. Doesn't give me a headache afterwards and I would recommend it for your college parties.

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Photo of bbluemzbeer
2.9/5  rDev +59.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The number one sold discount beer in United States. hops. It is first time tasting this beer. I will rating according light lager category.

Appearance: A very light yellow with a lot of carbonation

Smell: Like a American adjunct lager grainy.

Taste : barley some malts with some very floral hop character and bitterness. on rss then second then no taste with a clean finish. The old Wendy commercial where is the beer ? where the beer natural light ?

Mouthfeel Seltzer water feel to it,

Overall : Natural Ice’s distinction is that it's a beer most commonly seen in the US in a 24-packs being hauled out of a local grocery store by a college kids and older retired people on a budget. Have you seen natural light in six packs ?
Nothing offensive about natty light but you have to look hard find any taste to it. I am not going to trash natural light, again it has its place in college frat house and people hard on cash. I will stick with miller light and bud light which have more resemblance of a beer. The saving is not worth the quality you are giving up with natty light. For some of you out who buy natty light as long as you’re comfortable being spotted as a Natty Light drinker go an buy you some of this natty swill !

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Photo of lanechaffin
2.9/5  rDev +59.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is about the only light beer I drink with any degree of consistency. It is better than drinking water. I was surprised to see the ABV of 4.2%. Seems to be less than that to me.
Very light, no taste to speak of, but no bad taste- very clean and maybe the yeast Anheuser Busch uses agrees with me, but I like the smell, which is similar to Bud's but a bit weaker. Take a Bud and add about 1/2 can of water or so and you get a Natty.
I have had different beers in the fridge at the same time and found myself reaching for a NL over them. Sometimes it just feels right

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Photo of mcraw88
2.92/5  rDev +60.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance - Straw yellow, not to much head no retention.

Smell - Nothing at all. Really nothing bad smelling at all just nothing bad. No skunk at least.

Taste - Hmmm. Water? It is like drinking water with some beer mixed in. I will admit it is not as bad as some light beers, but its not to bad actually. If you like lights this isnt half bad.

Mouthfeel - feels just like water that is carbonated. Lighter then soda.

Drinkability - This is the best part of this beer. Can easily put like 10 down in a night. Nothing wrong with the drinkability.

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Photo of ChugsMugs
2.93/5  rDev +61%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

well I figure I've had enough of these to finally review it. Natty Lights should only be thought of as what they are, cheap watered down all day beer-a-thon beers, and not enjoyable singles to reflect your day over. With that being said:
A- piss yellow, watered down. no head with some carbonation.
S- hardly exists. can smell the carbonation if you get your nose close enough, like sparkling water.
T- watery, with a tiny zip of beer.
M- easy to swallow, and yes smooth. nothing leftover in your mouth so you easily forget when your last sip was and quickly take another.
D- this is the ultimate ALL day beer. great for leisure sport Olympics or long fishing days.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
2.94/5  rDev +61.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer at all if your looking for an inexpensive, refreshing, macro. The color and head retension leave something to be desired. But where I live the closest place to buy beer is 15 miles away and very expensive. So I often turn this direction to save money for a more desireable micro or import.

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Photo of JoLight
2.94/5  rDev +61.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color is piss-yellow, straw color. There's absolutely no head after a few seconds of opening and/or pouring it. There's a shit ton of bubbles.

The smell really isn't there. There's some grain, some beery water.

The taste consists of carbonated water, and lots of generalized grain flavor.

The mouthfeel is bubbly.

Its drinkability is through the roof.

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Photo of cottonkoozie
2.95/5  rDev +62.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Appearance - Light straw color. Thick fluffy head that disappears VERY quickly, no lacing at all.

Smell - There is almost no smell, but what there is is mostly a corn smell with a slight hint of hops if you look for it.

Taste - Really not bad, its not good, but its not bad. Nothing offensive really about the taste, pretty clean and smooth.

Mouthfeel - Not over carbonated, pretty much the same as taste, not bad, not good.

Drinkability - I think I could drink a case of this stuff and still walk strait. You don't get tired of drinking it or full.

Perfect beer for tailgating, parties, or beer pong. Not something you drink to enjoy, deffinitely a party beer. For what it is, a macro american light beer that is extremely cheap, its actually really good. Out of the three commonly dirt cheap light beers (Keystone, Natty, and Busch), I would have to say this is by far the best.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
2.96/5  rDev +62.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 24 ounce can. Pour left no head and a lot of carbonated bubbles. Very pale yellow in color. No noticeable scents. Light corn, rice flavors. Mouthfeel is very watery. This light beer borders on carbonated water, IMHO. I could pound a few of these on a hot day, no repulsive flavors here.

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Photo of iman99
2.97/5  rDev +63.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty good beer. It's affordable and Light. Doesn't taste much worst than Bud Light. If I was going to buy this or Bud Light I would buy Natural Light there is not much of a difference though Natural Light does have a watered down taste it is not as watery as keystone light and still around the same price.

This beer does not get you drunk unless you drink a 12 pack or something so it is a good beer for kicking back after work.

Has a nice refreshing feel when drinking just like drinking sparkling water.

The taste is easy and pretty smooth.

Overall this is a good macro beer definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Jimbo07
2.99/5  rDev +64.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

When I was a freshman in college I thought this beer was awsome. It tastes like water and it goes down like water.

Now that I truely appreciate beer, the naty light isn't all that good anymore. But I will say it's chugability (is that even a word?) is excellent, not to mention it's cheap. It's the best starter beer to drink when your a noob freshman in college.

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Photo of d1dane
3/5  rDev +64.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I should start off by saying that this is a beer that me and my friends grew up drinking, so i feel as if i have some sort of loyalty to this great brew. For the price, you absolutely can't beat it... it doesnt taste too bad and it does its job. I actually even prefer this over the likes of miller lite and coors light. So if you are down on cash and want a decent beer.. why not?

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Photo of BeerBob
3/5  rDev +64.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Natural Light pours a peaked straw from a stubby 12oz brown twist off cap bottle. Head goes about two fingers and stays around for a few seconds.

Nose is a sharp astringent and palate is of the same, sharp and bitter astringent along with the bight of carbonation. No detectable saccharides, just sharp and bitter astringent.

Its another hot and humid day with the temperature at ninety six degrees and this macro is hitting the spot. I really don’t think that this Beer was meant to be picked over. I get the impression that this Beer is meant to have its top popped and just thrown back for the pure enjoyment of its being a cold wet conservatively priced Beer.

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Photo of Sessionable
3/5  rDev +64.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am going to go out on a limb and say this is not a terrible brew. I know that "haters" or "cool guys" on this site will hater, but I will just let haters hate.

The beer pours light orangey yellow, with a light thin layer of foam. Leave some lace on the glass as the foam subsides. The smell is of wheats and grains, and everything you could expect from the style. The taste is light, flavorful, and refreshing. This is a great beer for a hot day or mowing the lawn, nothing earth shattering but does not deserve all the hate it gets.

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Photo of nrpellegrini
3.01/5  rDev +65.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Like the old cans better, only seen it in beer pong cups. It glistens like the sun, yellow. Some bubbly head.
S: Eh, don't smell it, just drink it.
T: Water, water, water, corn, malt, water
M: Great, crisp, carbonated tingle
D: So easyyy

Awesome beer, and awesome price.

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Photo of Hovellord
3.04/5  rDev +67%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Had this straight from the bottle (no sense pretending it's worth a pour). Maybe it's because I had been smoking, but I really didn't mind the Natty Light (first time I had any since college). It does have a slightly metallic aftertaste that can be cloying, but then again, the cost must be factored in. $6.99 a twelve? It'll go fine with pizza or what not, and whom do you really need to impress?

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Photo of stinoski
3.06/5  rDev +68.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Good ol' college standby. I spent many of nights in college doing 12oz. curls of this schwill. It's drinkability is superb because it tastes like water. As far as standards, this one rates low, but nostalgia and the many memorable nights and football games I spent with my natty I cannot talk bad about this beer. Exceptional tailgating beer

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Photo of Vito
3.1/5  rDev +70.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Natural Light is a good cheap beer. It would be unrealistic to expect NL to have the qualities of an expensive import or microbrew, so I'll try to judge it entirely on its own merits.

Color? It's yellow. End of story.

In my opinion, NL has a very faint "beer smell" that's neither bad nor good, more like..."neutral".

The taste can only be described as "extremely watery". The flavor (if you can call it that) isn't offensive, but it lacks any kind of character or distinguishing traits.

As far as mouthfeel goes, once again the key words are "extremely watery". Flat and dull.

Natural Light goes down very smoothly, so I think it has an above-average drinkability quotient. Perfect for outdoor drinking on a scorchin' hot day, but not a brew that you would serve if you're trying to impress a "beer snob".

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Photo of mattcolvin
3.1/5  rDev +70.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

it would be hard for me to give any other reviews of the beer, seeing as my serving type or (method) was the classic "shotgun." If you want to get drunk on a budget...GO NATTY!!! b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.1/5  rDev +70.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled tonight on 5/13/14 while 'Grillin' & Chillin' on the upper back patio. Bought this single 16 ounce can for 75 cents. Been since Florida since I had one of these. Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a 32 ounce 1996 "Bud Light" glass mug in PERFECT NEW CONDITION that I bought from the local Salvation Army Store about 2 weeks back and was kept in the freezer.

Pours a lighter straw-yellow in color with a good 2-finger fizzy white head that settles down to just a thin layering on top and the sides of the glass. Actually a decent amount of lacing was seen. The aroma is of grains and a hint of sweet corn, The taste is right up from the with corn first followed by the grain. Lots of carbonation that is excepted, and common with Bud products. Actually, the taste wasn't that bad and with no bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of dhannes
3.11/5  rDev +70.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I recall buying Natty Light once before, back in '85 while in college, and believing their advertising that it was a good light beer with the only other light lager that I buy is also an A-B product (Busch Light), I thought I'd revisit it once I found these in bottles at $3.99 per 6-pack.

Poured into a Perfect Pint:

A=Greenish yellow in color and very pale; nice white foam head that went away right away.

S=Very sweet smell, almost like a cream ale.

T=Very hoppy, as with other light beers I've found. I think A-B puts more corn in here than Busch Light to give it a bit more sweetness, but still less flavor than Busch Light. Above average, however, as compared to other light lagers.

M=Very drinkable as a session beer due to its lightness and average carbonation.

O=A very close second to Busch Light in terms of flavor...definitely a good value light beer for picnics in the summer or after mowing the lawn.

Update: 1/22/12: Reducing taste to 2.5, below average, as this beer--even for a light--is way too watered down.

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Photo of rednrag
3.13/5  rDev +72%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

From the can to the mouth.

Appearance is good, some lovely graphics on the can in a red, blue and silver motif.

Taste reminds me of most every other Anheuser-Busch Light Beer.

I love Budweiser. I really do.

I do not like most of their other beers.

Couldn't they have called this Busch Light or just re-packaged that and called it this?

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Natural Light from Anheuser-Busch
47 out of 100 based on 516 ratings.