Natural Light
Anheuser-Busch

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Style:
Lager - Light
Ranked #267
ABV:
4.2%
Score:
42
Ranked #50,835
Avg:
1.58 | pDev: 51.9%
Reviews:
601
Ratings:
2,300
From:
Anheuser-Busch
 
Missouri, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  26
Gots
  525
SCORE
42
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Notes: 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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md3kcn from Ohio

1.66/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Given to me by a friend as part of a 30-pack. Poured into a pils glass.

L - Pale yellow. Zero head.
S - Wet hay, corn flakes. A bit of a wet carpet smell.
T - Literally tastes like what a damp basement smells like. It doesn't taste like much else, but a damp, musty basement perfectly describes the taste here. I kind of like it.
F - Refreshing. Crisp. Light bodied. Medium carbonation.
O - Not really great, but I used to drink this all the time as a shower beer. It still holds a pretty nice place in my heart for that, but outside of that it's a beer to drink once and avoid forever after. I won't discount the score for this remembered experience, but I feel I should share it: as a dare, I once drank a warm can of Natty Lite. Threw up immediately after. Something should be said of that outside experience, though. Probably will eventually buy it again, but it's not good by any means outside of nostalgic.

Jul 14, 2021
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Tacoma223 from New York

3.53/5  rDev +123.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not really much to say, very light honey color. Super carbonated but taste refreshing. No real taste of much, no foamy head. I mean it isn’t offensive at all just doesn’t have much of anything going on here.

Jul 04, 2021
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ImALagerNotAFighter from Delaware

2.54/5  rDev +60.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Tastes like water, reminds me of sweaty frat basements (nostalgia points for that ig). Very easy to drink (because of the aforementioned watery taste), but now that i'm no longer a teenager I can't foresee myself drinking this again

Mar 11, 2021
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Gripnrip207 from Vermont

2.51/5  rDev +58.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Harbor freight tools, honda two strokes, and natural light. What do they have in common? Cheap, effective, and respected by the working individual. All light AAL taste incredibly similar. Why not drink the cheapest one?I do not feel a full break down is warranted for this beer. Tastes like corn. Smells like corn. Checks off the I.C.B credentials. This is not an incredible
Beer, and you are a momo if u pay the price I pay for these, and expect them to be life changing. Michelob for the individual confident in their career, and is not worried about being labeled “trashy” by a jamoke who pays $20 a 4 pack for poorly brewer neipas, and has never had an alchemist offering. If you haven't enjoyed these amongst friends as a young person, or cracked a cold natty after stacking hay, you have missed out. Light-en up, and find a new joke.

Mar 08, 2021
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LeBron_James from Canada (ON)

1/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I tried this for the memes and oh god was it terrible.
Look is yellow, pours no head whatsoever. Looks kind of like a gross tea.
Smells like nothing?? Maybe some adjunct scent from corn syrup or something but seriously 0 malt character whatsoever and obviously no hops or anything. Kind of corny I guess and somehow a little sour.
This does not taste like beer. This tastes like if you left watered down corn tea out in the sun for a week in a plastic cup and woke up one day feeling suicidal so you decided to drink it. Literally 0 beer in this it's just like corn juice and plastic green tea but calling it that is kind of insulting to green tea this is so so much worse.
The mouthfeel is just fizz and water. As light as light body gets it's kind of goofy.

I bought this because it was the lowest rated beer on the website that I could find (and for a reason). I got what I paid for. Finding it was sadly easy and it made for a good meme with the bois but that's it.

Feb 22, 2021
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Ptrthrck from Indiana

3.77/5  rDev +138.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pilsner glass. Ice cold off the front porch. Cold as hell outside. Had a nice head. Dissipated quickly. Pretty bubbly. Pale straw in color. A pretty light beer. Smells a bit like fresh cut grass. Taste is crisp and light. Hits the mark of a light beer suited for the cup holder on a lawnmower. Finishes clean, no hanging after taste. It's a light beer and does it well. Mixed second can with spicy V8 and watched the game. Cheap and gets the job done.

Jan 10, 2021
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Caldwan123 from Iowa

3.3/5  rDev +108.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Look golden yellow appearance.
Smell: no funky smell just not really any smell at all. Maybe like a faint egg smell.
Taste: Not as bad as the reviews I believe but not blowing the socks off. A light malt flavor but crisp.
Feel crisp cool mouth finish no offensive lasting mouth flavor.

Jan 09, 2021
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smellayella from Texas

2.54/5  rDev +60.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Look : Golden yellow color with a white foamy top that disappears quickly. Typical lager beer look.

Smell : Malty smell but mostly non existent aroma from this beer.

Taste : Has a sweet somewhat refreshing taste but has a metallic after taste how ever it's pretty good considering the price.

Overall : Decent really really really cheap beer i'd pick steel reserve over this regardless though however this does deliver a good experience for a dirt cheap beer.

Dec 13, 2020
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

1.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Drinking this from the can which is probably the way this is most often drank.
Appears light golden yellow with a foamy white head that dropped quickly to nothing.
Smells lightly malty.
Taste follows the nose, really it's water taste is forward.
Mouth feel is light.
Overall watery and good if ice cold on a

Sep 23, 2020
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Tugman53 from Missouri

2.94/5  rDev +86.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Typical light lager, light head, disappears quickly. Have a soft spot in my heart for this beer, have drank it for years and is the cheapest beer in our area, so ice it down and drink it cold!

Sep 20, 2020
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apsellitti from Pennsylvania

2.81/5  rDev +77.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I like craft beer and higher end micro brews as much as the next guy but during the dog days of summer I just want something light and refreshing. I used to go with the Miller Lites or Mich Ultras of the world for a summer swill beer but on a whim I decided to retry an old college beer just to see how much of a difference there is. Honestly I can say not that much. Natty Light is much closer in flavor/quality to its parent company’s flagship beers (Bud Light and Michelob Ultra) than Milwaukee’s Best Light is to Miller Lite or Keystone Light is to Coors Light. For a summer, easy drinking, casual beer I put a premium on refreshment and Natty Light does just that for noticeably less than the big name macro light beers. I can no longer justify an additional $8-$12 a case for those types of beer when I know marketing is the biggest reason why they have to charge more than they do for something like Natty Light.

Aug 16, 2020
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

1.44/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Cracked open my first natty light. It looks like piss, smells like hay barn funk & tastes... surprisingly not that bad. & by not that bad, I mean it tastes like water. This certainly isn't a beer you sit back a slowly take in all the flavor, but it is a cheap beer that is meant to be drank in quantity.

Aug 05, 2020
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TedHead from Illinois

1.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It's Natty light baybeeee. You can get more flavor from any LaCroix but I wouldn't call it gross by any means. Cook your brats in it or use it for beer batter or buy 15 cases and have a bitchin frat party.

Jul 31, 2020
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HappyGuy12345 from New Jersey

1.23/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Poured from can into pint glass.
Look: Transparent light yellow. Minimal head.
Smell: Imagine a moldy basement inhabited by a family of skunks.
Taste: Unfortunately, it follows the nose. It's like drinking a liquefied skunk. Gag-inducing.
Moutfeel: Light-bodied and well-carbonated.
Overall: This beer deserves its extremely low rating from Beer Advocate. It's the worst beer that I have ever tried. Even a college student looking to buy a pack of beer for the purposes of playing beer pong deserves a better beer.

Jul 13, 2020
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SpearmintMan

1.15/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Gross. I'm not a beer snob by any means. I'll drink most any kind of beer but this is downright wrong. It's like Anheuser decided to go head to head with Milwaukee's Best on who could make the crappiest beer. The smell is non existent because it's basically bottled water. The taste is nothing but carbonated tap water. The look of the can screams cheap beer and the total overall score is, don't buy this. At this price you could get pbr or Hamm's which are way superior.

May 20, 2020
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EvershineDan from Michigan

1.03/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

I finally bought a can of this to try, being very curious about the ultra-low score here on Beer Advocate. I've had awful beer, so I was skeptical.

I'm no longer skeptical. This is BAD.

It reminds me of what a Miller Genuine Draft would taste like if it was in a beer mug and sat in the hot sun for six months, and then re-carbonated and re-chilled.

People that enjoy this beer have handicapped taste buds.

Mar 02, 2020
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Bsimpson91 from Georgia

5/5  rDev +216.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just because people give this beer a bad name; is the very reason Im giving this beer all 5s.
Is this beer any good? thats a big fat YES, it is good. This beer is what it is. A light Lager made to be enjoyed and not scoffed at by snobs. Looks, nobody cares. Its bright pale yellow, clear and bubbly. a tad bit of foam but not much. moving on to smell. smells a lot like Budweiser. Very muted but clean. light whiff of Anheuser yeast. No pungent malt oder. ok, now for the taste. Super clean refreshing and slightly sweet at the front. Very faint yeaty, White bread . progresses into a clean water flavor and that's about all she wrote. Simple all throughout the experience. Not a ton of flavor. Feel is nice. kind of medium bodied, good carbonation. Overall this is a Simple light beer. If you like Bud Light, This beer can save you some money. made by the same people. This beer is great on a hot summer's day. grillin and chillin. Goes great with food.

Feb 06, 2020
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EJPA_0425 from California

1.1/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Guys. I don't think it gets any worse than Natural Light. Pours absolutely no head and almost clear in color. Disgusting smell, like sulfur and sprite mixed together. Does not taste like beer, tastes like water, club soda, and pure high fructose corn syrup. Chugged a 12 oz can in 13 seconds, so yeah that basically explains the horrendous Anheuser-Busch quality of this beer.

Dec 05, 2019
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gvickery from Texas

4/5  rDev +153.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As far as adjunct American lagers go, this is spot on. All the negative reviews are absolutely “fake news”. Medium straw gold appearance with a decent white head. Smells like the beer your dad drank in 1975. I felt the taste was a little watery with some grassiness and a dry finish. I was very surprised y this beer, it’s been a long time so since it I’ve had it. For the price this will be one of my go-to beers from now on. Keep an open mind and keep your expectations in check. This is NOT Wienstephaner original. But it is decent, well made, American lager.

Once again I tried this to see if my last experience was an abnormally, but I was correct, this is pretty flavorful light beer. Way better than the popular “Ultra” nonsense.

Aug 22, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev +91.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

(25 oz can, 04SEP19, purchased cold of course.... poured into 28 oz mug)

L: semi-bleached canary-yellow liquid, polished clarity; good bit of tight, white, bouncy, rocky foam on the pour - decent retention

S: white bread, weak cider aromas, bit of wet pavement, slight toasty quality to grain; bland intensity, skirting the edge of having definition

T: like its Ice-y counterpart, very little discernible grain flavor - barley, corn, or other... extremely neutral/neutered flavor, maybe a hint of grain husk, but very little ester presence as well - - is this actually watered down?... bit of a mineral bite lingering halfway through... awkward, rigid insipidity

F: shyly plush, whispering foaminess... dry, flat-plain, forgetful

O: this and brother 'Ice' have me thinking - Is the degree of blandness the mark of a remarkable 'light' beer? - surely flavor can be achieved within the style, as I've experienced, but what's the point in dialing it down to next to nothing?... truly the ponderings of a yeasty/malty obsessive (1409)

Jul 20, 2019
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Navin-Johnson from Texas

3.94/5  rDev +149.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I picked this keg up for $99 as someone ordered it at Total Wine and didn't pick it up. Poured from 1/2 barrel in my kegerator which has new lines, and is dialed in to pour a perfect beer. Head was beautiful but the one time I didn't empty the glass in 2 good belts it dissipated quickly. I wasn't as fan of the slight corn aroma only because it was vague and muddled. The taste though is exactly what you want out of a low carb, low cal, thirst quenching beer without mind numbing ABV. Should be excellent at my Texas summer BBQ parties. Cheap enough to give away, great with food, and nobody will get shot.

Jul 15, 2019
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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

2.41/5  rDev +52.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Yellow fizzy beer. Kind of what you would expect. Slightly smell of corn. Tastes of bread and not to much of the corn. It has no bad metal or after taste. Not the worst beer you could drink

Jul 03, 2019
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Beermotor from Colorado

1.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.25

Looks like beer.

Smells like beer and your freshman year of college.

Tastes like sour, watered-down, fizzy sweet tea.

Feels fizzy and cold. It actually isn't bad for quenching one's thirst.

This stuff has a very strong cultural imprint in those of us who grew up in the Southeast in the late twentieth-century and thought this stuff was legit beer. Could not drink today without feeling sad for those slowly killed by this rotgut swill.

Jun 08, 2019
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Dugz from Pennsylvania

2.05/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This beer is what you buy if you are incredibly thirsty on a hot day and you want to guzzle a bunch of it but not get too messed up. It resembles beer, and its very thirst-quenching. It is what it is, you can drink a keg of this stuff and still walk a straight line. This is not a beer to savor, its for chugging down. Not bad, not good, but its cheap and you can have a lot of fun chugging can after can ^___^

Mar 30, 2019
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DaveyCream from Ohio

2.22/5  rDev +40.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not good at all. Not meant to be though. If there was an option for affordability here, Natty Light would get 5/5 ! I think it is the first beer for mostly every teenager. A party favorite. I'm 24 and I will still have Natty Light at a party or BBQ.

Mar 23, 2019
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