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Natural Light - Anheuser-Busch

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1,425 Ratings

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Ratings: 1425
Reviews: 474
rAvg: 1.68
pDev: 44.05%

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-15-2001)
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Photo of changeup45


1.15/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The beer of choice during my College years but haven't really touched it since. It definitely is a College kid beer. Saying I've had it "many times" just doesn't tell the story. I can't bring myself to say too many bad things about this beer. So many good times where fueled by the Naty Light. For what it's worth I preferred it over Busch. And you simply cannot beat the price. However, I just don't think I could even stomach this anymore.

Serving type: can

08-23-2008 15:45:45 | More by changeup45
Photo of hardy008


1.15/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Had this on New Years Eve. Very pale yellow color with about the thinnest white head I have ever seen. It was gone in no time. Light cooked vegetables is about all I could smell. The taste also had light cooked vegetables and an unpleasant metallic flavor. I thought that was not supposed to be noticeable if the beer is poured into a glass? Thin and watery and dry. not worth the trouble to have again.

Serving type: can

01-01-2010 15:04:47 | More by hardy008
Photo of PhageLab


1.15/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Ahh, Natural Light. I'd never planned on writing this review, but some were left in my refrigerator and I felt strangely compelled.

A - Sickly yellow coloration with a tiny bit of froth which vanished from my pint glass. No visible lacing.

S - Harsh odor of must and a touch of grain.

T - Astringent and mostly flavorless. Even though the alcohol content is low you can still taste it over anything else.

M - Watery light body, sharp carbonation, unpleasant taste left on the tongue.

D - Makes most other macros taste like dessert. Avoid, unless at a frat party and in need of losing your sobriety.

Serving type: can

05-25-2011 03:28:27 | More by PhageLab
Photo of Pegasus


1.18/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

No. How's that for a succinct review? This beer lacks any redeeming qualities whatsoever. Wait, I suppose that it could give sparkling water a run for its money. A very pale straw color with an odd grain aroma, and a subdued head. Very little flavor, just a faint note of hops at the finish and stinging carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2002 19:34:31 | More by Pegasus
Photo of CBFanWish

New York

1.18/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

It's not easy to be worse than Natty Ice. But this beer has done it. The quality is bottom of the barrel. Clear light yellow with absolutly no head. The smell was non existant. The taste was very much like rice and a bit of a ginger ale taste. I couldn't finish the whole thing. Nasty stuff.

Serving type: can

03-18-2004 03:39:41 | More by CBFanWish
Photo of cproioi


1.18/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I picked it up a can of this as a joke because my friend asked for water to I got both and handed him the natty light. Yeah My band just got down playing a show outside very hot and tired so I didn't want to put it back. I opened it up drank half of it could not stand it so I poured it out. Yes this beer lacks in so many areas. It looks like urine. With a smell that I can't put my finger on but it sure is offensive. Tastes like nothing at all. Very very very light watery mouth feel. With a Drinkability that leads me to be able to choke one of these down once every 5 years.

Serving type: can

07-02-2006 15:11:45 | More by cproioi
Photo of Taipans


1.18/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I had my first "natty light" last night at a friends house. How I avoided this beer for so many years is beyond me!

Its almost clear, very pale yellow. I can't smell much of anything, maybe some corn? The taste has to be the most shocking part of this beer. I swear it tastes exactly like selzter water! Every sip I swished it around trying to pick up any hint of hops, malt, anything. Nope, just carbonated water!

Mouthfeel was light as can be, I guess you could really put down a ton of these. I can see why outside of its cheapness why its a favorite college drink.

This has to be the beer for people who don't like beer. It has an amazing lack of everything!

Serving type: can

11-03-2007 22:41:30 | More by Taipans
Photo of Lolli1315


1.18/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A- A light yellow with a very small amount of head. No retention and very little lacing. Clear color as well.

S- Cooked grains is about all that is coming from this one, strick adjuncts available.

T- Cooked cereal grains and corn are the most available in this beer. A bizarre sweetness jumps up for a small amount of time but seems very artificial. Aftertaste is almost nothing except for the corn taste.

M- Incredibly thin to the point of non enjoyment.

D- The only reason this doesn't rate as a 1 is because its so far from the taste of beer that one can put down a can. No way you would reach for another one of these. Surprise, surprise.

Serving type: can

06-16-2010 07:22:28 | More by Lolli1315
Photo of Rio


1.2/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a crystal clear yellow, the color of a nice wheatfield (which probably contributed no ingredients to this brew), with a mountainous white head that quickly receeded to a thin cloud across the top.

Aroma reminds me of opening that box of Lucky Charms that you opened a couple of months ago to eat all the marshmellows and forgot you put the rest of it back in the cabinet (try it with Shiner Bock, breakfast of champions!), mixed with a nice metallic aroma.

Taste seems a bit like those Lucky Charms, too, for a second, then it switches gears to that 'just-got-a-metal-filling-from-the-dentist' aftertaste. Crisp feel, about like half-flat sparkling water (haven't seen that around in a while).

If drinkablity means being able to swig this swill all night long with no regrets in the morning, it's a five... Well, maybe not the 'no regrets' part. If drinkability means being able to enjoy drinking this beer all night long, well, yeah...

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2004 05:13:56 | More by Rio
Photo of seanmhogan


1.2/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Polluted water appearance
Metal tasting.
smells like nothing

This beer was created to get people hammered for the price of a hamburger.
It goes down like water and tastes just about the same.
and don't worry if you spill some on you it's only alcoholic water.

Serving type: can

04-03-2006 22:50:49 | More by seanmhogan
Photo of nlmartin


1.2/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Ok where do I start on this beer. The beer was served cold and in a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a pale fizzy yellow. The head is white about 1/4 inch and quickly resolves.

Smell: The aromas from my glass are a metalic cooked veggie water smell. Not good.

Taste: The beer has a bit of sweetness this combines with the flavor of the can. Again not good.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beer has a thin body. The carbonation is active and helps the beer but its still not good. This beer is little more than an alcohol delivery system and not particularly good at that.

Serving type: can

05-22-2009 01:41:12 | More by nlmartin
Photo of mjurney


1.2/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

[Appearance]: Very pale yellow color, clear, some carbonation, little to no head, leaves a dash of lacing on the glass.
[Smell]: No aroma, maybe some hint of sweet grain, otherwise there's nothing.
[Taste]: Very bland! any malts? no! any hops? no! any adjunct? no! My god! There's no taste in this beer!
[Mouthfeel]: Thin body, but kinda crisp, lots of carbonation, leaves a dry aftertaste.
[Drinkability]: Drinkability is way below average.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 02:16:23 | More by mjurney
Photo of hunthearin


1.2/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A - Very light color, almost looks like ginger ale.
S - None to Speak Of
T - Very little to speak of, basically Beer flavored water
M - This bubbly beer makes for a refreshing drink, but only because of the carbonation
D - Okay if you're drinking on the cheap, or buying for a mass quantity of people

Serving type: can

03-22-2010 07:51:32 | More by hunthearin
Photo of PDXHops

South Carolina

1.2/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

On tap in a shaker pint. Ordered on a whim when I saw it was on special for a dollar.

Pours out exceedingly pale, with a wispy white head that was dying even as the server was walking it over to me. It disappears altogether very quickly, leaving something that looks like a glass of white grape juice. No lacing at all.

Perhaps I should be thankful there isn't a wonderful head to carry the aromas skyward, because they aren't exactly a treat for the nose. Watered down cooked mixed vegetables with a hint of sweet cereal grains.

Speaking of watered down, the taste of this "beer" is ridiculous. Watery with some vague sweet grain, perhaps a bit of cooked corn, a dash of skunkiness. Let it warm up at your peril, because it only gets worse from there.

If ever there was a beer in need of vigorous carbonation, this is the one. Sadly, it's damned near flat as a pancake by the time I've choked down half the glass.

I'm not one to bash on all fizzy yellow beers just because (see my reviews of Hamm's and Schlitz), but this stuff was wretched. When I told Ryan011235 I thought I paid $0.90 too much, his response was, "they should have paid YOU a dollar". That's probably the only way I'd ever drink it again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2010 19:32:55 | More by PDXHops
Photo of Beerbluesbiology


1.2/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A real cheap college freshman standby. I've unfortunately had more than a few of these, but now I will actually analytically criticize this piece.

A - Looks somewhat like carbonated urine. It is not visually appealing at all. It looks somewhat like a beer right when poured, but the head dissipates quickly, leaving a sorry excuse for beer.

S - Smells faintly like malted corn, and husky, lousy aroma. Not too special in this department.

T - What taste? I am surprised this is allowed to be called beer as it is essentially carbonated H2O.

M - Mouthfeel of coca-cola... real special.

D - Well, it is also possible to drink your own urine. I guess if I had the choice, I would choose natty light.

Overall, a cheap light beer with little flavor and one designed for mass consumption.

Serving type: can

10-24-2010 02:34:32 | More by Beerbluesbiology
Photo of lizzium


1.2/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A-the beer has no head, no lacing, piss color, carbonation bubbles

S-smells like metal

T-extremely watery, somewhat easy to drink, carbonated

M-somewhat carbonated, feels like water

This beer is horrible. Just as bad as Bud Light. Very easy to take considering it's like water, but with an awful taste.

Serving type: can

10-30-2010 02:10:58 | More by lizzium
Photo of AlimonyAle


1.2/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Natural Light pours like your typical pale lager. The color is straw gold. There was no smell to speak of, none at all. The taste was bland and boring. Honestly, this beer felt like water in my mouth; oh that's right it IS water with food coloring added. My grandmother drinks this beer like its going out of style. She always has a 30 pack of it on hand.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 13:51:13 | More by AlimonyAle
Photo of ZenAgnostic


1.2/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass. Bottom of can stamped 28OCT11. Identical to the bottled version.

Appearance - Ultra clear pale straw body. Thin white lace with no retention and minimal stick.

Smell - Very mild hop. A bit more than you'd get from Bud Light, but not very much. Dry and musky.

Taste - Stale bubble gum that lost its sweetness. Mild cardboard hop and slight alcoholic astringency.

Mouthfeel - Almost no effervescence; flat. Light bodied. Kinda sticky.

Overall Drinkability - Nothing particularly offensive, but almost completely character-less.

Serving type: can

11-24-2011 05:36:33 | More by ZenAgnostic
Photo of exparte


1.23/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Fizzy yellow beer. No aroma. No flavor. That's actually not such a bad thing considering what some of its competition puts out. It's cheap and not offensive. Buy a case for your next frat party or Nascar race. It'll only put you out about eight bucks.

Serving type: can

01-17-2010 07:26:22 | More by exparte
Photo of newcastleme


1.23/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I think we can all agree that this beer only has one purpose... Getting hammered. I really think it's only good use is for beer pong or drinking games. Again, this is only a good choice if you're looking to drink beer in large quantities. Do not food pair this beer.

Serving type: can

07-20-2010 03:30:05 | More by newcastleme
Photo of SubpoenaDeuces


1.23/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: light straw that looks like vegetable water that previous embraced a thick artichoke, thin and watery with urine notes

S: a cloying corn sweetness, with notes of some mild plastics and/or copper

T: It is like evian with drop of malt extract added, very light and with a mild vegetable finish on the palate

D: This beer soars in this aspect in the regard that it will take you about 4 of these to get you anywhere near a respectable beer will make you feel, with the offset being taste, embarrassment, and latent shame in the endeavor

M: incredibly light and it is forgotten before it is swallowed. it serves a purpose and I have outlived this purpose and this beer is of little utility to me.

Serving type: can

05-19-2011 07:43:57 | More by SubpoenaDeuces
Photo of S7R4nG3

North Carolina

1.23/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Natural Light is one of those beers thats associated with any college party in my general area simply because its usually one of the cheapest if not the cheapest cases of beer you can buy.

Pouring the beer either from a bottle or tap gives a slight, maybe 1cm head for about 1 minute before it fades into a rather urine looking substance.

It simply looks like piss, and its taste and mouthfeel are also probably quite similar to piss. Its only feature is a nonexistant smell, which I cannot decide is a benefit or detriment to its overall rating.

Stay far, far away from this liquid..

Serving type: can

06-15-2011 18:31:52 | More by S7R4nG3
Photo of Winston_Smith


1.23/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Disclaimer: You MUST drink this beer ice-cold. If not, don't bother at all. Poured from a tall boy ($1.39) into a fat flute.

Appearance: Clear piss color. Almost water... Just about completely transparent.

Smell: Contaminated water.

Taste: There's certainly *something* in there that isn't water, but it's hard to tell.

Mouthfeel: Lightest beer ever.

Overall: If this is all you can afford, don't drink tonight. The only redeeming quality I could really mention about this "beer" is that I could drink it at a moderate pace probably all day and not get myself into trouble. If it's 100 degrees out, and it's under ice in your cooler, and no one else contributed to the beer fund that day, forcing you to take care of it all, it MIGHT be an acceptable choice. MAYBE.

Serving type: can

11-20-2012 05:52:12 | More by Winston_Smith
Photo of TastyTaste


1.25/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Drank this straight from the can I was given (no i didn't buy it). Tastes metallic and grainy. Doesn't do a lot for the tastebuds. The carbonation is more overpowering than the flavor. It's just swill anyway, another I would say "don't buy" to.

Serving type: can

12-12-2003 07:10:55 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of Beerman420


1.25/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Here's another non-biased view on yet another of the trailer park classics brew. My last was Natty Ice, it actually halfway decent regarding alcohol content and taste. So I decided to pick this up at CVS for $5 A 12'er. I usually don't buy light beer, but this was a new brand.

Poured yellow clear with 1/4 inch head and no lacing, appeared very watery. Taste was aluminum and water, very boring. No smell, none, except that of aluminum. Mouthfeel was like club soda with a hint of beer. You're going to piss 20 times before you're drunk.

Overall this beer ranks at the bottom 1%. The worst I've had besides Lacrosse Light. I would buy Natty Ice over this anyday, dont waste your time.

Serving type: can

04-16-2007 07:42:42 | More by Beerman420
Natural Light from Anheuser-Busch
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