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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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Photo of tone77
2.52/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a very pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very faint, maybe some hints of beer? Taste is like the smell, water with just a touch of beer. Basically no flavor here. Feels light in the mouth and is drinkable due to it's lightness. Overall there is nothing to recommend about this beer.

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Photo of mattsg
2.53/5  rDev +39%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

This is an exceptional beer if you prefer to get a cheap buzz, and a great alternative to keystone light or miller high life, coors' knockoff and miller's knockoff, respectively. This beer is the best of the worst, and also has the best price among its foul tasting competitors.

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Photo of Shiloh
2.54/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is not a pleasant beer to consume, there will be no joy in Mudville tonight if this is all there is......This product as imported into Canada in a quart bottle pours out very light with minimum head that disapates to actually appears to be water after sitting for 5 minutes.....the taste is very thin with a slight bitterness which actually gives it a slight bit of character.....

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Photo of wolfpack87
2.55/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Excellent party beer and goes down very easy. Certainly not a beer to buy and enjoy with meals or anything like that. Would much rather drink this than PBR. Your typical cheap beer to be used for parties, tailgating, etc etc. Won't be anything spectacular.

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Photo of Adamthome1
2.55/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours pale, corn water into beer glass. Foams up a bit but in the blink of an eye is gone and no lacing remains. Taste is corny, can't really detect much malt, hop or anything else, but some hop in the middle. The taste in the back and aftertaste are interesting. I was expecting a similiar flavor to bud light but I honestly think the aftertaste is better, or I should say, not as bad as bud light. The corn taste remains in the aftertaste, really just the corn flavor here throughout, pretty boring.

I was expecting a relationship here similiar to coors light and keystone light, those two are very similiar to me, but this is a unique beer from bud light and I do prefer it because it's cheaper and doesn't have a foul aftertaste. If looking for cheap light beer go with Keystone light or Old Milwaukee light, they are easier to drink and unique from other light macro's I'd say.

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Photo of vacax
2.56/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Trying Natural Light for the first time tonight. It pours a typical straw color with a flurry of bubbles that surfaced to form a one inch thick head. After the soda pop reminiscent fizzing ended there was virtually no head remaining except for a thin ring alone the extremity of the glass. Some bubbles pop up periodically. The smell right after the pour has a lightly hopped bitter essence with hints of plastic.
After that, it is hard to pick up anything beyond a bit of malt sweetness and maybe some corn. Despite having next to no smell, I am actually a bit surprised that the scent lacks off flavors.

As I accept this pale liquid of the gods into my mouth I am greeted by a surprisingly good blend of crisp bitterness and a clean malt sweetness. For a light lager, this is a very nice touch. Of course, few people try to taste this beer, but on the midpalate comes apple juice, plastic, and some iron. The finish is mostly just bubbly plastic. Most of the negative elements are eliminated by the fact no normal person holds this beer in their mouth to let the flavors soak in, instead they are quickly rinsed by the rather high level of carbonation. In my first drink, actually, I nearly choked on the bubbles when I went to swallow. The body is like water, as is expected.

Overall, Natural Light surpassed all of my expectations. Good balance of malt and bitterness and very light on the off flavors, though at the cost of being quite fizzy. I don't get it when people bash this for tasting like water... in a light lager tasting like water is the ultimate goal. There are many many worse beers in the world, and I didn't find this any worse than many of the "premium" beers on shelves.

Note: The score in this review reflects this beer in comparison to other beers in the style of light industrial lager. It should not be directly compared to craft beer.

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Photo of streetcommander
2.56/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Taste very light, faint grassy hay-like flavor, faint malt teaser with a minor hop-pop that goes away after half a beer.

Let's face it, this is a lawnmower beer which doesn't taste like beer at all.

It's is a crisp, cold, and refreshing, highly carbonated, inexpensive Gatorade alternative. Very good Macro-swill beverage. I do not believe it is possible to get "wasted" drinking NL - there's just not enough abv. I've probably shotgunned 24 of these in 24 hour period without success.

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Photo of thefenst
2.56/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Natural Light basically tastes like beer mixed with water.
Fairly nice appearance for such a cheap macro, and easy to drink, even in large quantities, but tastes like water and adjuncts.
Very well carbonated, that's about all there is to it.
Were it not for the slightly malty flavor in the finish, I would have thought I was drinking club soda.

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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 jwff
2.57/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One stream of carbonation sums up this beer's appearance. Foamy head at the start but like most macro lagers this disappears pretty fast. Light light light golden honey color. Smell is mostly grain. Taste is rice and grain with a subtle sweetness that doesn't go overboard like most beers in this style. Mouthfeel has nice bubbles and is just right for the style. This beer is much better than I remember it to be in high school and I could even see this as a go to after something heavy. Easy all around.

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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 GratefulBeerGuy
2.6/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

O.k This is a classic in it's own right for the college scene, partiers and cheap o's. I'm gonna pour this puppy out of it's can too see how it rates.

Well, The color is a pale, very pale white gold color with obvious big carboantion that creates a really thin layer of foam at the top that i guess we can concider the head. Oh, look it's gone!

The aroma is not offensive, it's a strange and very sweet malt scent that dominates. slightest hop scent...more of a bitter scent really. It does not have any 'off" aroma's, it's the lack of aroma that worries me.

The flavor is not killing me, it's a rather clean, watery....very watery, but sweet malt and slight bitter to sour after taste that does not linger and ends clean and refreshing as long as you don't let it sit around too long. The overly sour and metallic bitter finish is not present. That's a good thing.

I would actually concider this a Beer-style beverage.

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Photo of goochpunch
2.6/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Looks an odd yellow with hardly any bubbles and no head. Smells faint. Grain and rice. Tastes ricey with a little sweetness and actually, some malt towards the end. Grain as well. Mouthfeel is thin and prickly. I could drink this for a while. Simple.

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Photo of wcu80
2.6/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Rating this beer as terrible because it tastes like water is an injustice. It is what it is. Take a carload to the beach on spring break and you're in business. If you are relaxing for a night of sampling this isn't for you because it tastes like T Total shit. If you're trying to get wasted on a budget then what are your alternatives? I love beer with the best of them but you won't see me stumbling down the beach with a St. Bernardus anytime soon. I'll have a Natty Light thank you very much.

Appearance: Lighter than urine, darker than water.

Smell: See above

Taste: See above

Mouthfeel: See above

Drinkability: Have to be cut off to quit drinking this stuff.


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Photo of Colt4540
2.6/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As a college student I feel bad rating it this low, but when it comes right down to it this beer is actually pretty bad compared to others. As for other cheap American Light Lagers this is by far the best.

It looks alot like piss with little head even when poured aggresively. Little to no lacing or even froth at the top.

To me and Ragan09 smells alot like bananas with maybe a little corn smell.

The taste has a slight bitterness no real hoppy flavor or any complexity to it what so ever. Still more flavor then Busch Light or Bud Light.

There is alot of carbonation but not so much that all you do is burp. Its real crisp and clean and washes out nicley.

As for drinkablity you could easily pound 20 of them and finally get pretty drunk, and for 16$ a 30 pack its nice in college.

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Photo of tbeck
2.6/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden yellow with little to no head. Aroma was cereal grains and not much else. Taste was also of cereal grains, but light and refreshing and no aftertaste. Texture was watery and a lot of carbonation. This is a light body beer with not much flavor, but it is one of my favorites for the fishing trips. One can pound a lot of these and not feel much.

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Photo of IJReilly
2.6/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

First and foremost: This is not a good beer. But we must rank it according to its style. And that style (to most readers of this forum) is pretty poor. So -- yes, if you want a tasty, crafty beer, stay away from Natural Light. But if you want a beer that is light -- meaning, one meant for playing 36 holes of golf or sitting on the deck, looking at the Betties while still making meaningful conversation -- then Natty Light is a good choice. I would rank it higher than Miller Lite on taste alone -- and it's cheaper. So if you play a lot of golf or entertain a lot of Betties, this beer is for you.

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Photo of Rockster
2.63/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Not a great beer to show-off with, but for the price, it's okay for what you pay. Just about the same calories and taste as Michelob Ultra, but for half the price. So when you're feeling cheap and want a light beer not to fatten your stomach too much, it's a great choice. Have fun beer-lovers!!!

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Photo of evanackerman
2.64/5  rDev +45.1%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I had a few of these with my coworkers (carpenters) after work today, they think it's fantastic - "much better than coors light because it's less bitter." whatever that means.

basically this beer tastes and smells like water, although when i strained very hard i think i might have tasted the hops that they waved over the top of the vat, but maybe that was just my imaginiation filling in what should have been there. drinkability is high beacause it is as drinkable as spring water.

basically, this is a completely unoffensive and extremely boring beer. big thumbs down.

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Photo of plaid75
2.65/5  rDev +45.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a very light straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was little retention and lacing.

Th smell featured a light sweet corn malt with a smattering of hop, maybe.

The taste consisted of a seltzery boiled corn with some weak balancing hops. Not all that offensive actually.

The mouthfeel was thin and ultra carbonated.

Overall not the worst light beer I have had, but not really recommended.

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Photo of chasebrownyeah1
2.65/5  rDev +45.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Natural Light ABV: 4.2%

A: The appearance is your ordinary light beer. Minimal head and lacing. What would you expect?

S: The smell is of corn and grains. Also, has a hint of malts and a distinctive metallic smell.

T-M: The taste is of a corn and grass. Has the metallic after taste and of course the minimal 4.2% alcohol. Very carbonated in the mouth.

D: It is very drinkable, almost on the same senses of drinking water. Agreed with Wesbrownyeah. As a college student, it does fit the budget.

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Photo of beershrine
2.66/5  rDev +46.2%
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

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Photo of BTFU
2.66/5  rDev +46.2%
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

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Photo of edchicma
2.68/5  rDev +47.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stuck in Florida this week! Akll they have is the macros where I am staying. What the heck...time to revisit the old college days. Natural Light is just that....light. Apparance is pale yellow...some initial head and carbonation. Smell is mainly grassy grains...hmm? lawnmower brew? Taste is equally inspectacular...Mouthfeel is ok...very light ...duh! East enough to drink, but lacking in the taste dept.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
2.68/5  rDev +47.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Natty light... welcome back to college! This is the worst cheap beer i have ever had, yet sometimes i have a hankering to remember my college days and buy a 12 pack. It's very light yellow, has a sticky sweet nose and a short lived white formy head. The taste is, how can i put it? Nasty?It could be so much better if they just put more FLAVOR in it. This is a beer for those who don't like beer, and it is understandable why people don't like beer when beers such as this exsist.

EDIT: I like the low carbs, and the fact that this beer was made not to be amazing, but to be a light straight forward brew. I enjoy it on hot summer days. I drink it on cold winter nights. This is a cheap light beer, nothing more, nothing less. I know many will not agree with me and that's fine, but I can work with this brew. It's not great, but it is what it is, and I like it for what it is.

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