Natural Light
Anheuser-Busch

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Style:
American Light Lager
Ranked #263
ABV:
4.2%
Score:
42
Ranked #49,001
Avg:
1.57 | pDev: 52.23%
Reviews:
586
Ratings:
2,263
From:
Anheuser-Busch
 
Missouri, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  25
Gots
  517
SCORE
42
Awful
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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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Photo of SpearmintMan
1.15/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

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Photo of EvershineDan
1.03/5  rDev -34.4%
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.

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EvershineDan from Michigan, Mar 02, 2020
Photo of Melovebeerbecaisritisgood
4/5  rDev +154.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Look
Pale

Smell
Like hops and corn

Taste
Mostlyf on the watery side but I liked it overall. I don't mind watery beers or even non watery beers. I like a combo of both.

Feel
Very carbonated. more then most beers.

Over all
A decent beer

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Photo of Bsimpson91
5/5  rDev +218.5%
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.

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Bsimpson91 from Georgia, Feb 06, 2020
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1.1/5  rDev -29.9%
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.

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EJPA_0425 from California, Dec 05, 2019
Photo of gvickery
4/5  rDev +154.8%
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.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.03/5  rDev +93%
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)

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Bouleboubier from New Jersey, Jul 20, 2019
Photo of Navin-Johnson
3.94/5  rDev +151%
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.

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Photo of Mark-Leggett
2.41/5  rDev +53.5%
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

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Mark-Leggett from Missouri, Jul 03, 2019
Photo of Beermotor
1.5/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Beermotor from Colorado, Jun 08, 2019
Photo of Dugz
2.05/5  rDev +30.6%
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 ^___^

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Dugz from Pennsylvania, Mar 30, 2019
Photo of DaveyCream
2.22/5  rDev +41.4%
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.

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Photo of Spencerh3
5/5  rDev +218.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

You dont drink this for the taste or mouthfeel. You drink it to get fucked up at a party for cheap. If you want mouthfeel and taste drink wine with your husband.

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Photo of HalBrenner
3.35/5  rDev +113.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It’s beer. At this level the only thing I care about is abv for price. This one is 4.2%, in contrast Genny Light is 3.6%, basically water. 4.2% is cool with me as a cheap maintenance brew after a few whiskeys. Cheaper than bud light etc. Enough said.

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HalBrenner from Connecticut, Mar 12, 2019
Photo of big_munee_salvia
2.68/5  rDev +70.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

When you want to get ripped for a ten dollar bill you can’t go wrong with natural light. I bought it because I was hoping it would taste like beer and get me drunk. I’ll be damned if it didn’t get me drunk and taste like beer. 10/10 recommend if you like to get drunk and prefer beer.

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Photo of Buckeye55
2.48/5  rDev +58%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

This is a drinking man's beer, a hard drinking drinking man's beer. This is not the highest quality brew out there, but this one is more about quantity. It is a very light colored light tasting with a crisp finish. For those times when you are planning on hammering down 15+ beers and don't want to go broke doing so, this is an option.

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Buckeye55 from North Carolina, Jan 29, 2019
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4.56/5  rDev +190.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Natural light is 4.2 abv less carbs cheaper than Bud light better tasting Bud light overrated 9.99 a case 24 vs 18.99 bud light no brainier go Natty light

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Photo of Lord_of_the_Boozehounds
5/5  rDev +218.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Definately my go-to beer.It's cheap as dirt and it goes down real easy.I love my craft brew and whiskey every now and then,but on a hot sunny day....YOU CAN'T BEAT OLE NATTY!

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Photo of radiation
1.38/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

This is an ephemeral nectar which transports one to a dark carpeted room, with pounding bass and blacklight posters, surrounded by aspiring date rapists.

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radiation from Michigan, Jan 12, 2019
Photo of Donaltman3
5/5  rDev +218.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The perfect beer on a hot summer day down south fishing on the big water. Nothing is better. You can pound this stuff ice cold all day long and it
sure beats the hell out of plain ole water! Aiyeeeee!

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Donaltman3 from Georgia, Jan 10, 2019
Photo of NatsDC1012
1.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Really overly carbobated. Musty flavor and almost stale aftertaste. Very light and easy to drink except for the excessive carbonation. Overall not a bad choice for bottom dollar beer, but would not expect to see this in a glass or drank with dinner. More useful for drinking games and large parties, but most of you probably know that already.

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NatsDC1012 from California, Jan 07, 2019
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1/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Absolutely disgusting. This is one of the beers that made Europeans laugh at us for decades. It's understandable why they mocked our beers. This beer is best described as mixing water with rubbing alcohol. It is an embarrassment to beer making. If you are drinking this "beer", it should be motivation enough to desire a higher pay grade. Friends don't serve this to friends.

One of the ingredients in this is corn. Freaking corn. No. Just no. Beer should never have corn in it ***throws up***.

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Fear4Beer from Pennsylvania, Jan 03, 2019
Photo of PMakowski
2.19/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

25 Oz Can poured into glass
Look - clear color with a yellow tint, almost like ginger ale with lots of small bubbles. Small white foam head.
Smell - Very musty. Like a basement or an old car. Some sweetness.
Taste - extremely light, almost like a flavored water. Highly carbonated and moderately sweet. Taste is stale corn and marshmallows. Tap Water. I would say it's easy to drink but it's so fizzy that i keep burping.

Overall, I don't know why anyone would buy this. It's not remarkably worse than other mainstream light beers but there are some better options including Coors Light or Miller Lite. Grade is a C-

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PMakowski from New Hampshire, Dec 16, 2018
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2.85/5  rDev +81.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very pale golden straw like appearence with lots of carbonation. Had a few fingers of a very loudly crackling head that slowly drops off.

Smell is light but sweet and a bit grainy. Smells almost like a cream corn odor to it.

Taste is fizzy sweet.

Mouth is very light with a crisp finish to it.

This thing was like one of the lightest light beers I have ever sampled. Some of these are very watery with a bit of beer flavor. In this one I was picking up a bit of sweet and that was it!. No barley, grains, malt, hops or any of that! A very odd one to rate. Most light beers would be good for hot weather or for those that do not like the stronger beer flavors. This one just has a bit of sweet fizz to it with 4.2% alcohol. So if that sounds good try it.

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Photo of jkblr
2.94/5  rDev +87.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz can bb 12/13/18 poured into a vintage footed Busch glass at fridge temp 4.2% ABV. The beer pours bright pale straw yellow with nearly white head. The head recedes to a film and ring around the glass. The aroma is very faint with traces of grain and yeast. The taste is nearly nuetral throughout with only the faintest hint of grain leading to a tart unhopped finish. Mouthfeel is thin bodied, well carbonated and undry in the finish. The oily, soapy film and aftertaste confirm this beer could have stood a few more days of fermentation. Overall, average. I've had better and worse in the category.

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jkblr from Indiana, Oct 16, 2018
Natural Light from Anheuser-Busch
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