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Natural Light - Anheuser-Busch

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BA SCORE
43
awful

1,425 Ratings
THE BROS
37
awful

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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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Darkmagus82

Virginia

1.71/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance- Pours a light straw color with a surprisingly small fizzy white head. The head fades quite fast leaving very little lacing and a thin layer of foam on the top of the brew.

Smell – The aroma is very light overall, but nothing is really off about it. It consists of a mix of bready, caramel and corn sugar smells.

Taste – The taste begins with a very watery light bready taste with a bit of caramel and corn. The corn grows stronger while the malt and caramel flavors grow weaker. Some flavors of a more paper and metallic flavor hit the tongue toward the middle and the end leaving a very dry and off aftertaste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is very weak and watery with a carbonation level that is slightly on the higher side. Overall pretty appropriate for the style, but noting too exceptional.

Overall – Well… It is considered a frat brew beer for a reason. Cheap, cheap, cheap and not one to go to if you are looking for something with flavor, but if looking to party with and colleged aged then maybe… I'll leave it to others though.

Serving type: can

03-09-2013 02:39:56 | More by Darkmagus82
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iman99

Louisiana

2.98/5  rDev +77.4%
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.

Serving type: can

02-24-2013 00:16:54 | More by iman99
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EdgeT


1.85/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

This beer is horrible! If you are familiar with Natural Ice (just as bad) then you should know that this is just a more dull and watered down version of that. The 'Light' part of this beer just made the 'Ice' version a lot worse. I wouldn't suggest and of the Natural beers because they are not well brewed. The cans are very boring and unattractive as well.

Serving type: can

02-20-2013 03:55:03 | More by EdgeT
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Jacurdy60

Alabama

1.25/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.25

If you drink this, you are purely intending to get inebriated. As a college student, I see this a lot; but I cannot drink it. It's very easy to drink, however. But it's basically water. I don't think A-B intended it to be a good brew, just to be drank in mass consumption.

Serving type: can

02-04-2013 03:34:36 | More by Jacurdy60
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emerge077

Illinois

2.33/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Aug 12 printed on bottom of can, freshness likely doesn't factor in here.

Poured into a pint, it's a pale sickly yellow, close to tea or water. Flimsy lid on the surface that fades to a patchy cirrus skim and no lace. Slow carb trails, a good sign after being in the freezer... to taste the cold, naturally.

Wet grain and sweet apple aroma, like watered down apple juice.

Papery grains and light sweet apple, dull and insipid, dry papery finish, though pretty clean. Astringent if over 35 degrees. When super cold it's not terrible, definitely have had worse. Quenching and non-intellectual.

Serving type: can

12-31-2012 02:22:51 | More by emerge077
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

1.38/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I've had worse.

Straw pale yellow, clear pour. Watery. Head up front, soapy. It leaves

Stale corn husk aroma. Sweet sweat socks.

I suppose for the style, this flavor is off just a bit. Bland corn husk, dirty socks, vinegar. Harsh. Ick.

It does have carbonation, which is a life saver for this beer. Without it, the staleness of the malt flavor would linger too long. Well, it does anyway, but it would be even longer

Serving type: can

12-30-2012 19:25:56 | More by Mebuzzard
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Dope

Massachusetts

1.9/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Pale super-light yellow pour - perfectly clear. Big fluffy, fizzy white head.
Touch of fluffy lacing here and there.

S: Light sweet cereal grain.

T: Super light sweet cereal grain, maybe corn? Very little flavor but largely unoffensive.

M: It's water, more or less.

O: Cheap and crappy light lager, what do you expect. Almost no flavor or aroma. What little there is, isn't particulary good either. Bleh.

Serving type: can

12-23-2012 21:26:12 | More by Dope
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Theshooster

Korea (South)

1/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Everything about this beer says budget budget budget. It smells like molded water, taste like molded water, and does not give you a buzz. Obviously brewed with corn or other fillers

A - Light as can be

S - As mentioned before, like molded water, the smell is quite awful

T - Almost as if you are drinking salted water

M - No body or texture

O - I do not suggest drinking this beer, it can not be healthy

Serving type: can

12-10-2012 04:48:45 | More by Theshooster
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kshizzle101

Washington

2.38/5  rDev +41.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass

Appearance - clear yellow. One inch head which dissipates almost immediately. Some but very little lacing.

Smell- almost no smell. Faint hops. smells like a light beer

Taste - Faint hops and some malts towards the end

Mouthfeel - extremely light. good carbonation though

Overall - One of the better light beers. Easy to drink and very crisp.

Serving type: can

12-07-2012 03:33:47 | More by kshizzle101
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1professional


4.63/5  rDev +175.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely love it!!! My 1st choice when it comes to buying beer. Its cheap and for someone who drinks it like I do, thats a good thing. It's very good when its very cold but I could really care less. Not many people "bum" beer off of me because most folks dont drink it

Serving type: can

12-03-2012 08:32:12 | More by 1professional
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Brandtmo


3.75/5  rDev +123.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite session beers. It's inexpensive and easy to drink.

It pours a pale yellow with lots of carbonation.

Goes down extremely easily as long as its cold.

Taste like a cheap light beer should taste. Cheap and Light. Perfect for stock piling the cooler when camping or fishing in the summer.
Beware: You are certainly not going to impress anyone with Natty.

Serving type: can

11-25-2012 22:12:16 | More by Brandtmo
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Winston_Smith

Kentucky

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
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beershrine

California

2.7/5  rDev +60.7%
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

Serving type: can

11-07-2012 01:29:35 | More by beershrine
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DoItRight

California

5/5  rDev +197.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Here's why to drink this beer: You want fresh light bubbly refreshment on a hot day. It is perfect for that, so hence a five out of five. This is a basic no frills top quality refreshing warm/hot weather beer, or for when you want a water bubbly light beer. Perfection for that quality.
Plus, you can get three quarts for five dollars out the door. It's the go-to beer for bubbly watery beery refreshment.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 00:07:55 | More by DoItRight
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tectactoe

Michigan

1.26/5  rDev -25%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

The last time I had a Natty Light, I was trying to bounce a ping pong ball into a red Solo cup at the other end of the table. Natty Light is one of those beers that you drink because it's super cheap. It tastes like water that's been filtered through an old, rusty pipe. Nobody enjoys it, nobody likes it. They drink it because it goes down like Aquafina and they're still technically drinking "beer". But this is far from beer.

So pale of a straw color that it might as well be clear. Mild chill haze. No aroma... Oh, wait... I think I'm getting something... Smells like metal and corn. My favorite. Tastes a little like metal and corn, too. Very grainy and watery. It isn't so much offensive as it is basically nonexistent by any "beer" related metrics. Very nearly no smell, taste, color, and the mouth feel is akin to tap water with some carbonation. Overall, I'd suggest going to bed thirsty before wasting your time and money on this stuff. Yuck.

Serving type: can

08-09-2012 00:47:40 | More by tectactoe
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SometimesIfart

Michigan

1.53/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Had this beer a long time ago ( thankfully ) although I figured i'd give it a review based on what I could remember. I actually remember preferring Bud Light over this garbage. Anyway, Poured from a can into a lager glass. Pours a medium yellow with absolutely no head and no lacing whatsoever. Probably the blandest looking beer that I have ever seen. The smell...corn adjnuct. That's it. Literally, THAT is it. At least it smelled like something though I guess. The taste is of the lightest rice I have ever tasted, And perhaps some rotten asparagus?. Terrible. The mouthfeel is just a bunch of fizziness. The mouthfeel actually completely lacks flavors of any sort, Although with this beer, It isn't a bad thing! I'll give it a two simply for getting rid of those flavors!. Overall, This is THE blandest beer that I have ever had. WHY buy this? PBR is just as cheap and actually is pretty good. This beer should be discontinued as the only people who buy it are fake redneck's

Serving type: can

08-03-2012 18:36:58 | More by SometimesIfart
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Sessionable


3/5  rDev +78.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 23:26:25 | More by Sessionable
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soju6

Missouri

1.98/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a pale yellow color with a fizzy head that fades to no real lacing.

S: Very mild aroma of grain and bit of sweetness. Just a bit musty.

T: Mild taste of grain with a bit of sweetness. Just a bit of bitterness.

F: Light body, smooth and just a bit refreshing.

O: Not a beer I tend to seek out. Beer from a neighborhood BBQ. It's only redeeming trait is the price and it does go down easy, especiallywhen cold.

Serving type: can

05-30-2012 21:49:53 | More by soju6
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hatecave09


3.95/5  rDev +135.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Well my family drinking started drinking this as their regular out of nowhere. Never liked it much for the heartburn factor but as time goes on the body changes, as so does my taste. Also as the economy falls so does my paycheck so all in all natty is alright in my book.

Your typical light beer... Pale yellow color, highly carbonated and quenches ones thirst like water ( for the most part) and doesn't offend the wife when it comes to the bank account.

When you're looking for a beer to get your drunk on and enjoy yourself this is the one. Plus it helps to secure this figure i worked so hard for. HA.

Take it as it is natty kicks some ars for a cheap fix.

Serving type: can

05-14-2012 04:18:47 | More by hatecave09
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Jamesthebrit

Michigan

1.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Very light golden. Little head but lots of bubbles
S: Smells like stale yeast and cheap alcohol.
T: Some yeast hints but overall very watery.
M: Insanely light, too bubbly and lingering grossness.

Yeah.... light beers shouldn't be a thing. Pass on this for sure.

Serving type: can

04-24-2012 17:34:55 | More by Jamesthebrit
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smakawhat

Maryland

1.53/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Dude did you just STEAL that can from that guys house? Oh yes you did! Into a nonic pint glass you go.

Off the pour, this thing nearly looks like water, hits the glass with a very straw yellow and crystal body, would probably be even more faint if I actually poured this in a real pilsner glass. Head is really weird in formation, forms like a white meringue, but not too large with lots of snapping and falls pretty quickly. Giant FAT cola bubbles everywhere, on the glass, rising, is this soda?

Nose on first sniff is rank. Smells like classic creamed corn (DMS). God it's awful and also real buttery in a diacetyl way. I am afraid to even try this.

Sweet grainy malts, with much if coming only in the aftertaste and swallow. This beer really tastes.. like nothing upon first quaff. A bit wet and also seltzery with a weird tight carbonation. The only surprise is that it doesn't taste like it smells which I am thankful for, mostly because it really has no taste at all.

Light it is, horrible too. Yikes just putrid. I try these things once in awhile to see what I am missing sometimes. Obviously not much. The sad irony is you probably couldn't even drink enough of this to get drunk.

Serving type: can

04-01-2012 23:01:09 | More by smakawhat
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brewcore

South Carolina

1.9/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a can into a pint glass,

A: Light golden color. Yields a one finger fizzy white head that quickly fades away into a thin ring. Tons of carbonation bubble rise up the glass.

S: Not much fragrance. What little is there smells of sweet corn and slight funk.

T: Slightly sweet but not overly so. No hop presence. Very light.

M: Light body and moderate-high carbonation. Super thin and watery.

O: Not bad for such a cheap light beer, but certainly not something I would look for. I have yet to find a light beer I would willingly stock in the fridge so this one is par for the style. I would consider this over many other more expensive light beers.

Serving type: can

03-07-2012 23:13:13 | More by brewcore
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Bierwolf

Missouri

1.9/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Born on date of 1/31/2012.
Poured into a pilsener glass.

Appearance: Very pale straw. 1 finger of thin, fizzy white foam that went away in about a minute. Very little carbonation.

Smell: Not much of an aroma. A little malt, slight hops.

Taste: Again not much to taste. Evenly balanced between the little hops and malt that is there.

Mouth feel: Thin, watery but smooth and wet.

Overall: I'll give it an average rating. The best part about this beer is the price and the fact that after cutting grass or doing some other summer activity you can slam 3 or 4 of these. It is cold, wet and will and quench a thirst without filling you up as is typical with a light beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 17:38:00 | More by Bierwolf
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TheCondor

Missouri

1.78/5  rDev +6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Hey Dave, why don't you chuck me one of those Natty's so these vultures don't steal my seat! Awesome commercial. If you've lived in America, been broke, and wanted to get hammered, you've probably drank extraordinary amounts of this brew before!

Appearance - Pours a clear, clean straw color with no head and no lacing. Even with an aggressive pour head is basically non-existent.

Smell - Not much. Maybe a little bit of grain mixed with some metallic notes

Taste - About the same as the nose, which is why this beer is perfect for bonging. It really doen't taste like anything, and the colder it gets, the less taste it has.

Mouthfeel - At least it finished nice and crisp!

Overall - It is what it is. For a broke frat boy looking to get loaded on a Wednesday night, this beer is perfect. Even for tailgating, barbequing, boating, or other outdoor summer activities, this hits the spot because yuo can drink a lot and it isn't too heavy. Natty!

Serving type: can

02-18-2012 16:27:21 | More by TheCondor
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BTFU

Indiana

2.73/5  rDev +62.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 05:29:52 | More by BTFU
Natural Light from Anheuser-Busch
43 out of 100 based on 1,425 ratings.