Natural Light | Anheuser-Busch

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Natural LightNatural Light

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Missouri, United States

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

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.

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Reviews: 538 | Ratings: 2,095
Photo of laxbro4112
2.26/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 5

Honestly it is what it is. This is a very cheap college beer and it does fairly well at it. The taste, look, and smell are all horrible and it drinks more like carbonated water, but for college drinking its perfect. I understand the hate, especially on a website like this, but I feel like most people rate it compared to something much better and in a different tax bracket. So drink it for what it is, easy drinking light beer to get drunk off of.

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Photo of Schlitz74
1/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is overly carbonated and watery and is the worst light beer I have tried. I wanted almost 43 yrs. to try this and have not missed anything. There is nothing good here.

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Photo of NattyLightBossBoy
5/5  rDev +174.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have been drinking Natural Light for years now, and I can honestly say it has zero flaws. With its foamy pour and its golden color, it is the most aesthetically pleasing beer on the market. The smell of a freshly opened can of Natural Light is indescribable. The only way to describe it is with an alternate example. Imagine coming home and smelling cookies in the immediately have an appetite. The same is true with Natural Light; once you smell it, you immediately wish to indulge. When sipped cold, the taste is initially sparkly and grainy, although there is no way to go on describing a perfect flavor. The same is true with a lukewarm Natty (the beer's "nickname", most commonly used by young people but also fun to say as an experienced Natural Light advocate), although I personally prefer it cold, as I do with any fine brew. As for feel, I hesitated before giving it a 5, because I've seen people belch after a hard gulp of Natural Light, but I've also seen people complain about the feel a filet mignon or a lobster tail, and personally I find the feel of Natty to be nothing less than perfect. Overall, Natural Light is my personal favorite brew of any gravity...I would recommend it to all. 5 out of 5!

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Photo of AVbrewski
1.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

So watery, its the perfect thirst quencher. Lacking any real taste, best served ice cold. The cheapest beer, but worth the price in bulk. Can drink these all day and not get filled up.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
1.66/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer is lighter than yellow. It really is more like diluted yellow. So light, this might be the lightest appearance ever. Aroma is totally not beerish, smells of cheap corn and aluminum.

Taste and mouthfeel is just so much water. Super light, even bitter for what it is. There just isn't anything to savor or enjoy. Its a lot of water.

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Photo of acmurphy696
1.11/5  rDev -39%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

This is a bad beer that defines the American mainstream by lacking any real taste or aroma.
It's understandable that providing a distinct aroma or taste may risk offending a drinker (heck, I simply don't like many brown ales, which often have a definite taste and smell), but as Walter states in The Big Lebowski when critiquing nihilism, "Nihilists! ..[Blank] me. I mean, say what you want about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude, at least it's an ethos."

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Photo of dcotom
2.72/5  rDev +49.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pale straw-colored pour with a nice white head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving no lacing. Aroma is light, not much character. Notes of corn, a little light malt, and (dare I say it?) a hint of cat piss. Not much flavor, light bodied and a little watery. Some corn sweetness, a surprising bit of bitterness on the finish. Nothing special, but nothing really offensive either. I found this more satisfying than some light lagers.

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Photo of MusaJames
2.56/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

In an attempt to understand the popularity of this beer in my neighborhood I decided to try one. Pours well into a glass which in hindsight seems ridiculous. CLear light straw color with little head that disappears quickly. My terrible nose picked up a sour like character from the fragrance. Tastes like a water that has gone off, that's all that comes to mind when I drink this beer. Feels like a hard carbonated water, not something I was hoping for. At under $2 for a 24oz It will work but not something I would look forward to.

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Photo of NorthernMichiganLogan
2.59/5  rDev +42.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Natural Light (A.K.A The bottom of the barrel beer.) When I first turned 21 this was my beer of choice, of coarse. Thus, proving the stereotypes right I guess. Since then my tastes have changed a little. After the Igloo cooler ran a little low after a night of golfing, I bought a few 25oz of this. I had one left over to do this review. The beer pours with a fluffy white head that didn't take long to dissipate. The beer itself was a light straw color that was almost transparent. The beer left no lacing in the glass to speak of, and there were little to no carbonization bubbles. It smelled like that normal American lager smell, sweet corn, grains, and water. The taste is very light. It's almost impossible to taste anything but water. All I can taste is bread, corn, and sweetness. It's not terrible but it's the most light beer that I have ever tasted. The beer is very smooth but that's the sacrifice with the taste. All I can really say about this beer is it's a Slammer Beer. Slam lots of them to get drunk. If someone is looking to enjoy the taste stay away from this beer. I think that's what makes this beer popular to kids. It's cheap, It's beer, and it tastes like water so you can keep slamming them down. I'll buy it again, but it's far from being one of my top beers anymore.

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Photo of Wer34truh
1.25/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

I recently, prior to a party, saw a case of this for sale at an outrageously low amount of money. So I rationally thought that what the hell, it's a cheap macro lager - what could be so bad about it?

I'm writing this to let you know this is bad. It tastes like a generic macro lager left out for a few days. The carbonation is so flat, and the mouthfeel so light, that this just feels like slightly worsened dish water. This is not the worst beer I've had, but it's undoubtedly the worst light lager I've consumed - and probably the worst beer under 7% I've had.

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Photo of TinyRicks
1/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Sweet Jesus. I love my light beers but this is gotta be the lowest of the lows. Natty Light is what the dollar store would sell if they opened a bootleg back room distillery maintained by the minions.

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Photo of Squire123
2.63/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very light yellow color with very little cap or lace.

Some aroma of grain, it's a clean aroma but faint.

Taste is, well, light. Truth in advertising here. Letting it warm up doesn't improve the taste but doesn't make it any worse either. There is some prickle from the bubbles but no hops that I can detect.

Texture is thin.

Best served cold as a thirst quencher or chasing food.

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Photo of jws1272
1/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I used to drink this when I was 20, and didn't know any better. I just knew that it was a cheap light beer. I was at a horror convention recently, and the folks presenting the low-budget flick were giving out cans of Natty to the crowd in that 100-seat room. I raised my hand, and was tossed a can of NL. Upon cracking it, I remembered why I switched to decent & craft beer. That stuff tasted like water with a tiny smidgen of beer flavor. If you're just looking to get drunk, that's your beer. If you actually want to TASTE it.....look elsewhere......

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Photo of Beric
2.27/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Serving: Can, from the can
Served: So many times I can't count, but not within the last 3 months. This beer somehow slipped through ALL the cracks

Appearance: Pours the lightest yellow imaginable with a billowy head that collapses to nothingness roughly as soon as your done pouring. Big carbonation visible.

Smell: Grass, creamed corn, roughage, sweet white bread.

Taste: About the same as the nose. Very much standard old boring beer. Very sweet.

Mouthfeel: Light body with big carbonation, quaffable in the extreme.

Overall: A terrible beer, but on that has its place (shotgunning and pong).

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Photo of Dragginballs76
2.94/5  rDev +61.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours clear golden color decent white head that disappears to nothing.

Smell really not much here some malt stands out faintly.

Taste again not much a little sweet corn taste this is really not meant to be a very flavorful beer.

Feel very clean and crisp.

Overall this is not a very good beer I drink it when it is on sale in the summer and want something I can drink on all day at the beach.

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Photo of KACK1533
1.06/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Wow. My grandmother drinks this. I was out of beer and she offered me one. I poured it into a pilsner glass. The head billows up but then as quickly as it came, it went leaving nothing but, well nothing. There was no lace to be had. The aroma was of corn and metal. Taste was corn and metal with some other chemical that is hard to place. Went down like water because that's what this is, it's water with yellow dye. Went right through me too, I was in the bathroom before long. I don't know how one could drink this beer because it certainly isn't beer, it's one of the last unexplained mysteries of the world. You could drink this all day and not get a buzz.

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Photo of Foyle
2.06/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from 12 oz can into pint glass

Appearance: a 1" white head falls quickly with some mild lacing. Color is very pale straw, moderate streaming carbonation.
Aroma: mild corn sweetness and grainy aroma.
Mouthfeel: pretty much like mineral water.
Flavor: very little, but some barley sweetness, corn, and a slight hop bite in the finish.
Overall: not offensive, but just very ordinary.

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.25/5  rDev +78.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden, yellow. The beer started with a fairly frothy head, but it died to about a pinky nail in width. I noticed legs on the side of the glass, but they fell fast. No lacing obviously. But this looks just like any other light style lager.

S- Smells just like Busch or Bud Light. It has that Anheuser-Busch adjunct, cooked veggie thing going on. Sweet and grainy too. But it does smell light and refreshing if that makes sense. Stereotypical beer smell overall is what I'm getting.

T- Corn and grains. There is a sweetness that I notice before the beer finishes. The finish is extremely dry. There might be a touch of a malt and an ever so slight bitter finish. But again it's the sterotypical beer taste. Nothing offputting, but it's not foul in anyway.

M- Light and watery, but very crisp, clean, and refreshing. The stuff drinks like water.

Overall this is a fine beer. It's not mind-blowing or life-changing. It's not meant to be any of those things. It's meant to be a cheap beer at a cheap price. And this a great beer to choose if you are short on cash.

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Photo of bigpepperoninate
4.11/5  rDev +125.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Oh yeah...natty light...the classic Go-To beer for this guy. Let me tell you when I crack a natural light it sounds like Matthew Mark Luke and John from the Bible singing a melody in my ears....straight up beer gospel buddy. Now when I take that first sip....boy oh boy do I get a feeling that I'm living the good life. I'm jumping into a pool of sunshine when i drink this beer. I literally get chills when i take the second sip. by the third sip, im already chugging because i cannot get enough of this delicious beer. Goes down smoother than butter on warm toast. I got a feeling me and natural light are gonna be in a journey together for the long run. Overall, this beer is the Go-to.

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Photo of AfricanPete14
1/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Single-handedly the worst beer I have ever had, this has barely any taste and it reminds me of drinking a can of 4/5ths of water 1/5ths of beer. Natural Ice is by far the better option and they both cost the same so do yourself a favor and do not buy this beer.

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Photo of _drummer_
1.28/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

This is, in my opinion, the epitome of a college party beer. It's cheap and lacking in a lot of what is needed to be a quality beer. I really don't have anything positive to say, so I'll end it here.

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Photo of joe12pk
2.94/5  rDev +61.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Got a tall boy at the beer store yesterday. Straw color, with minimal lacing. Tastes like barley- flavored seltzer water. It' okay, I mean- it is a silly light beer. Added some lime juice and it was refreshing enough.

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Photo of iluvbeer420
4.95/5  rDev +172%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

well first off, let me start by saying that I'm in a frat that makes me automatically qualified to be an expert on beer. I like to get fucked up. Period. Ive been drinking since I've been thirteen, and I'm fucked up right now. good beer

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Photo of rockclimberscott1
3.5/5  rDev +92.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best of the light beers so I will rate it as such. My reasoning for why I say best of the light beers: They are all awful so this one doesn't even try to be a beer-it's easy to drink and it's cheap. So in this context I really don't understand the low ratings.

Best bang for your buck if you are on a tight budget.

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Photo of Nightmare-Rex
3.18/5  rDev +74.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I only buy this when its on sale, and around here it gose on sale quite ofton. i normaly do not drink light beer as have to drink twice as mutch to get the job done. but when working on my mod it is a good beer to have without getting fully hammerd.

it looks like a typical AB light beer and taste like a typical AB light beer. this was the go-to beer for my alcohalic dad who would drink 3 cases of light beer a day. it smells allright and is not unpleasent or pleasent.

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