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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch
Missouri, United States
anheuser-busch.com

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.

Added by kbub6f on 09-15-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,880
Reviews:
545
Ratings:
2,130
pDev:
46.75%
Bros Score:
1.36
 
 
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23
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Photo of t0rin0
1.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
1.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of metter98
1.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

A: The beer is crystal clear and very light yellow in color with a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of corn are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a slight amount of bitterness along with some hints of grain.
M: It feels light-bodied and watery on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The taste of this beer is not very pleasant - it sort of tastes bad like a very skunked beer from a green bottle but what is really disappointing is this came from a can so it wasn't even spoiled by light.

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Photo of BEERchitect
1.4/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Surprisingly, Nati-Light may actually be better than a lot of A-B's beers. Not because it's better tasting beer, it's because the bad flavors are less pronounced here than in many other of their beers. Having said that, this is a bad beer. It has a vague yellow color, overcarbonated and cannot retain a foamstand. Has almost no presence to the nose. Flavors are nill. Slight (and I do mean slight) grain flavor and metalic tones. Everything disapears to a watery gulp. Absolutely nothing in the finish or aftertaste. My advice, drink only when free, and nothing better is within a day's drive.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.19/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

24oz super can - one dollar and minimal change - one of those crazy things you see at American gas stations, like the one across from my hotel here in downriver Detroit.

This beer pours a clear, pale apple cider colour, with one finger of thin foamy bone-white head, which leaves some barren island group lace specks around the glass as it quickly skips town. It smells of light corn mash, and buttery nail polish remover. The taste is very thin corn graininess, light buttery diacytel, and not much else. The carbonation is present, but restrained, the body thin, watery, and smooth as a bandit. It finishes with an echo of all the nothing you’ve just ‘experienced’.

It’s dirt cheap (which is an insult to dirt, really), and doesn’t exhibit any particular nasty off-flavours, for obvious reasons. The big can sure is stately looking, and just as inherently slick, without any soul. And I just noticed the mention of 'Pilsner' in the label's description, and my own soul died a bit further.

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Photo of kojevergas
1.25/5  rDev -26%

Photo of dmorgan310
1.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of emerge077
2.3/5  rDev +36.1%
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.

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Photo of oline73
1/5  rDev -40.8%

Photo of zeff80
1.14/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A - Sadly this is the best part, maybe the pilsner glass helped the appearance, too. It was a light, golden yellow color with a fizzy, white 2+ finger head. No lace.

S - It smelled of adjuncts, corn and a foul sour funk/skunk.

T - It tasted bitter, not a hop bitter, a bad bitter. Corn and adjuncts.

M - It was thin, watery, and weak. A very light bodied beer.

D - A good reminder of why I only drink this at relatives houses.

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Photo of LXIXME
1.25/5  rDev -26%

Photo of largadeer
2/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of zestar
1.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of mothman
1.84/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured into pint glass

Pours a half finger of white fizzy head that doesn't last very long. No lace either. Color is an extremely clear light straw yellow. I am having a hard time determining if this is beer or not...

Aroma: Grain and metallic flavors. Very bland. I get some notes of pickles as well.

Taste: Wow, this is horrible stuff. Grain and bland malts. This is worse than boring, it is disgusting.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and dry. Very sticky. Lots of carbonation with an obvious light body. Ends dry and sticky... ugh....

Overall, I am glad I am in college and have an excuse to even try this beer... it is down right nasty. I doubt I will ever buy or drink this again. Light and drinkable, but not for me.

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Photo of dbrauneis
1.94/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some very faint lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall foamy bright white head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Very light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of grainy malts with moderate amounts of corn adjuncts and just a hint of sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of corn adjuncts and grainy malts with just a hint of grassy hops. Light amounts of bitterness that fades rather quickly.

M: Very light bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp but watery.

O: This beer is very easy to drink and is refreshing but is not really interesting enough to want to have another. This would be a good beer for drinking on the beach, especially out of the 24 oz. can.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.3/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains adjuncts, very light malts and a very faint bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out a light malt and adjunct sweetness followed by a mildly bready grain flavor. There isn't much of a hops presence at all. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Not very flavorful even for the style, goes down easily and not too filling since there isn't a lot to the beer, very mild kick, it's poundable because of its lack of substance, but overall it's not a very good beer.

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Photo of nickfl
2/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
1.03/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Apparently the drink of choice at college parties in Northwestern Ohio. I've had the displeasure of partaking.

Pours the lightest of straw colors with absolutely no head. Smells of straight grain husk. Tastes not much better, as it adds in a bit of cardboard. Feel is way, way too carbonated, although it does the service of carrying away many of the flavors. Drinks quickly, only because I want it out of my mouth.

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Photo of vfgccp
2.58/5  rDev +52.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of atrocity
1/5  rDev -40.8%

Photo of paulish
2.5/5  rDev +47.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of ZEB89
1.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of woodychandler
2.18/5  rDev +29%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

CANtastic! Yet another opportunity to review a CANned beer!

I got a finger of fluffy, bone-white head that slowly fell to wisps. Nose had a cereal quality along with a light lager sweetness. Just one more among many. Color was a light golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was watery thin with a mild sweetness on the tongue. Finish was thin, lightly dry, generally underwhelming. Why bother?

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.23/5  rDev +32%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, thin-looking beer with just a hint of yellow hue to it and topped with a tall, fizzy, white head that crackles away like a bowl of Rice Krispies.

Smell: A faint, meager, ill-defined sweetness and little else.

Taste: Super duper pale maltiness with just a light bit of sweetness. Teeny-weenie floral hop character and bitterness. Then, the tastes clear away in an instant, leaving you with an empty, though clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A hint of alcohol and flavor and bubbly character like soda water. It's Light-ness is without question, though how Natural it is will, most likely, be debated for years to come.

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Photo of mdaschaf
1.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Natural Light from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 1.69 out of 5 with 2,130 ratings
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