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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Photo of Tallboy
1.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer makes no excuses or outlandish promices on the label so I won't try to sugarcoat either. from frat boys everywhere to high school kids with no job this is a staple of young drinking life---Yes It is cheap, and maybe a little to "light" [def. the lightest "light" beer ever]for my taste but my friend, let me tell will get ya drunk.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
2.05/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Water. Water. Water.

But damn, it's water that gets you drunk. Natty light was my high school drink of choice, so I continue the tradition today. It really has no flavor to speak of, but perhaps that's a good thing. Unlike beast or hi-life, it doesnt make me want to vomit with one sip.

In any case - it doesnt taste like beer, but it aint bad if you need to get a quick load. Try a funnel or shotgun technique. Whatever.

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Photo of jp32
1.53/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Is it really necessary to create an even cheaper and even crappier version of Busch Light? I guess sometimes the public is just really, really poor.

This beer is exactly like any other shitty light lager, but has too much carbonation (probably to hide the sour, skanky taste), and has a horrible tin-can flavor when drank from a can. Add an unadmirable green apple taste to its resume. Guess I'm not really getting anywhere good with this. I suppose I wouldnt bitch too much about knocking a couple back if I was already good and loaded, but it would be tough to start the night/day with one of these. Gross.

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Photo of maddamish
1.4/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Dude, seriously. Why are you drinking this beer? I know why you are drinking this beer. You want to get drunk and not only do you want to get drunk but you want to do it cheaply.

Come aside here for a sec. This is crap. There is much better beer out there and life is too short to be drinking this swill. Forget about the buzz for a sec and consider buying a quality product instead. No amount of cheap beer is worth subjecting yourself to this.

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Photo of gatorsuf1
1.35/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

So since I am in college, this is my standard beer at 9.99 a 24 pack. I've finally got the courage to review it. Usually I start out with some good beers and go to this, but I always tell myself that I'm drinking water. Appearence is a light straw color and it smells like dirt and cooked rice. There is a huge bubbly head at first that dissapates rapidly. It tastes like hops or malt, just plain gross. The mouthfeel is very thin. I rank this a 2.5 in drinkability because it is comparable to water and makes a GREAT session beer if you don't have much cash. Overall this is a nasty beer...I can't wait til' I get a good paying job...

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Photo of ski271
1.42/5  rDev -22%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Yeah, I know I was slumming it. But I want to sample and rate ALL beers, including this horrible concoction. This is one of the most lifeless looking beers I’ve ever seen, pale straw with a small white, fizzy, quickly diminishing head. Typical adjunct smell that is bland and stinks of cooked vegetables. The taste is bland… not as horrible as I expected, but still not good by any means. The mouthfeel is thin, watery and lifeless. You can tell that this beer was made to be cheap… period. Yes it is very inexpensive, but it’s still not worth it. Save this stuff for the college freshman parties.

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Photo of jasongootjes
2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Natty is a beer I drink almost every week. It brings back so many good memories. Being a poor college student with a limited budget Natural Light has become a staple of my diet. Under $15 for a 30 pack, I can't resist. Not a great tasting beer, but for the money it will do. I recomend anyone with little or no money, give it a try at least.

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Photo of falcn5
1.05/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

After reading some other reviews of this beer, I am still at a loss as to how it is described as 'tasteless'. Any time I have had the dubious pleasure of swilling this monstrosity, I've been struck by many things it lacks - color, body, any texture beyond that of seltzer - but taste is something it has. And what a taste it is:
Some drinks are described as astringent, as they make your mouth feel almost puckered. This does that - but not through any particular quality of the drink, but more becuase of the pure nasty of the taste. It is sour in a way entirely seperate from anything palatable, bitter in entirely unnatural ways, and even when poured into a glass retains a metallic tang that dominates the character of the beer. This is also the only beer I have ever encountered that tastes exactly the same no matter what state it or the taster is in - whether room-temperature or near-frozen, whether tasted while stone-cold sober or 3 sheets to the wind - the beer hearkens to the fermented sweat of Lucifer, hopped with only the finest brimstone and sulfur. Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.

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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 becktone
1.6/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

What can I say about Natty.Only that i despise it. As a college student I must say that I frequently drink this beer. However, this is only because its free, and when i really want to get drunk its the cheapest solution there is. At about 16 dollars for a case it usually gives me about two good nights.

The appearance of this beer is not very impressive. It looks like piss with a soapy looking head (if you could call it that).

The beer dosn't have anything outstanding about its smell, or its taste. It smells and tastes like cheap beer. Actually this beer tastes like a very small amount of beer (perhaps bud) mixed with flat seltzer water.

On the palate this beer, as i said feels like flat tonic water. As for the drinkability, I wouldn't pay for it and don't drink it unless its free, or unless there is a party and I have to buy. I mean I'm not going to spend alot of money on good beer at a party where I'm not going to drink 100% of the beer I buy.

I really am not sure what the "brewmasters" of this beer were going for when they discovered natty, but I think that they did a good job of making a really cheap, shitty, popular (among college students) beer that pulls in alot of profit.

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Photo of grbennett
1.9/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It tastes like carbonated water with a little beer flavoring added. The metal taste from the can actually enhances the taste. It tastes even worse when poured into a glass because the aluminum flavor is taken away. This beer is the very definition of cheap swill.

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Photo of granger10
1.1/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I really tried hard to drink this with a straight face but I simply couldn't. I poured it into my glass and it looked like water with a slight amount of piss or something light yellow in there. Not really any head or carbonation showing. Smelled nothing. Tasted nothing. I got out a glass of water and drank them side by side. Almost no difference, I'm not joking. Terrible stuff. Might be good for beer pong if you're too poor to buy Busch light or High Life. This is not good.

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Photo of BEERchitect
1.4/5  rDev -23.1%
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 stogeitaliano
1.4/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I have 5 words to describe this beer : Seltzer water in a can. This beer taste like carbonated water with a faint taste of alcohol. I seriously had to drink about 12 beers to get anywhere close to where i wanted to be. I'll Tell you i had to whizz about a good 15 times that night. If you want to drink a beer dont waste your time with this water in a can. Have a natural ice or be a big boy and have a good ole Steel 211. Leave this beer to the amateurs

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Photo of EPseja
2.12/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Rate Nattie Light? Why? Because it's been a long day and I felt like having a beer while I do a crossword puzzle to unwind. I found this can in my parents' fridge, leftover from a case someone brought to a barbecue earlier in the summer. In the end, all beers deserve a fair shake from someone who will give an objective rating.

Served at fridge temperature in a pint glass.

A - When you talk about piss-yellow beer, this is what is being referred to. Extremely pale straw yellow with a decent, but quick head that disappears to not even so much as a thin film after only 15 seconds. No lacing. Almost no effervescent action inside the glass. Tsk tsk.

S - Adjuncty metallic nose with sweet, corny overtones. Some distinguishable maltiness. A trace of aromatic hops. This is the characteristic smell that makes beer haters hate beer.

T - Pale malty sweetness up front that ushers in a metal-laced, watery and bland middle. Very quick grainy finish unencumbered by any hop personality. Extremely light. Unimpressive for the style.

M - Comes into the mouth like watery seltzer. A quick tingle on the tongue, then the carbonation steps down during the swallow. Fairly smooth and not drying. Decent for the style.

D - Unfortunately, there are many obvious things about this beer that keep it from being as good as other competitors in the same category. While the mouthfeel is average, the sickly appearance coupled with the lackluster smell and taste keep this beer from being an asset (term used loosely) in the Light Lager class. It's drinkable, but for the same price, there are better alternatives.

NOTE: Regardless of this beer's low ranking (from me), it does have it's place! This beer is a good bet for beer pong and beer bongs, both of which are better when you don't have to worry about caring much about the beer you're drinking.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
1.3/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

An almost transparent yellow color with a one finger head. Goes from white fizz to busy carbonation almost instantly and leaves no lacing. Light, watery body. Very faint off malt smell, mostly adjunct. Metallic off-taste is just about the only flavor. But it's wide availability and low price make it a staple of american college keg parties.

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Photo of scaliasux
2.09/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - Exceptionally pale yellow. I had to take this into a room with better light to make sure it had any color. Soapy foam head disappears in seconds. Well below average and less than appetizing.

Smell - Very light macro/adjunct smell. Regular for a light lager.

Taste - Very light and watery. Sweet and adjuncty flavor. Hops flavor in this one ranges to none. It is pretty dry, crisp, watery, if that's your thing. All in all, very little beer flavor. Not offensive.

Mouthfeel - Quite watery. Probably a bit more watery than most lights. Mine seems a little flat.

Drinkability - It doesn't actively offend, so you could do worse. Lack of beer-like charactaristics, however, make this one strictly for the non-beer drinker. Taste borders on the ultralight (i.e. Mich Ultra, Bud Select).

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Photo of Barraclou
2.28/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Here's my review on another big player. I give it a try and I hope that I would get sorta satisfied (really not sure yet...).

Appearance: It pours a dark straw yellow with a pour white head.

Smell: The usual macro aroma. Not much else to add here.

Taste: It tastes way too light for me. It seems to have reduced beer in water. It lacks flavour, but anyway its shy taste is too much macro for me.

Mouthfeel: It is watery, but compared to others light beers it is not that bad, it got some carbonation and mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I am happy to have reviewed this college classic, even if I would always find something else with more bang for my buck.

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Photo of AussieInPhilly
4.64/5  rDev +154.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When you originate from a country where most beer costs $35 a case (Australia), you can appreciate a drink that can (attempt to) hit the spot (somewhat) and leaves you with extra bucks in your pocket. Natural Light accepts the challenge. When drinking crap beers, I have to believe that no taste at all is better than a shit taste? This brew delivers! When you employ the one in, one out, rotation from the freezer, it can't be beat! I have drunk many of your shitter brands and declare this one to be the gold medal winner at the Special Olympics of beer! True enough, it's competitors harbor some serious disabilities, but "Natty" shines through.
Only 95 calories, for the healthy minded. (I heard Micheal Jordan endorses this beer!) All that said, my hats off to you Natty Light! Despite the fact you had horrible parents (Anheuser/Busch), you rose above your upbringing and delivered dirt cheap, drinkable beer to those who needed it most...all of us!
P.S. Any of you who label it a "Just getting Wasted" beer, should be ashamed of yourselves at 4.2%...unless of course you're venturing into 15+ can territory?!
Take it easy boys and girls!

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Photo of Winter
1.53/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Consumed straight from the can. White foam bubbled up as I cracked open the tab. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Carbonation provides some texture toward the back of the tongue. Thin grainy taste with some residual sweetness. Weak hop flavor is detectable toward the back. Finish is dry and weak, with some more of the lingering grainy taste that was present upfront. A terribly bland light beer.

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Photo of packetknife
1.15/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A friend on mine from Florida thought it'd be nice to remind me what it was like back in the boons. I got to pour it out in a flimsy plastic cup and I'm not sur if it was transparent or not but it was sure close even with it's overly fluffy useless smelly head. It smelled like preserve or something, I can't place it. I guess if it's server near freezing you won't notice it has NO friggin' taste. I'd be better off using it as solvent. Water thin at best. Really bad beer. Amazing I ever had some even years ago and didn't notice.

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Photo of mmmbeer
1.58/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. can, "born on" 5/9/05 - served chilled in a mug. Pours about the palest yellow you can get and it's topped with a 2 finger, white head that leaves some lacing. Metal and ass in the aroma. Almost no flavor except for the adjunct and metal. This is an "it'll get you drunk" beer, but that's about it.

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Photo of RealityDeviant
1.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: 12 oz. can with the well-known “born on” date on the bottom.

Appearance: Excessively pale, transparent yellow. Sadly, there is little head to speak of and it dissipates quickly after pouring. I’ve heard some liken Natty Light’s appearance to city water, but that’s an offense to tap water in Richmond. While saying it looks painful to drink may be extreme, it cannot be far off.

Smell: Cooked grain and what seems to be corn dominate the aroma of this beer. Even at 4.2%, you can smell the alcohol in this one.

Taste: Low on the malts, low on the hops. The corn smell carries over into the flavor and dominates the beer. The aftertaste is sweet and somewhat metallic. it. In all honesty, it tastes like lightly malted water.

Mouthfeel: Apart from the extremely thin body, there is little carbonation in this beer. The result is something in between beer and water. I’m thinking it is closer to the latter.

Drinkability: From my past college years, I’ve heard this beer called “Beast” repeatedly. I’m not sure if it’s quite that offensive (maybe the hangovers are), but I can barely call it beer. This is something that frat boys need to practically freeze and drink very quickly, as if it’s a malt liquor. If you want a light beer, stick to something better like Sam Adams light.

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Photo of mgdeth
2.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Appearance - Very, very pale, and crystal clear. Not much head to speak of, and it did not last long.

Smell - The beer has a light grainy smell, and that "American lager" that I cannot really put a finger on. No hop aroma.

Taste - There is not a lot of flavor in this beer, and there is only a minimal aftertaste. No detectable hop presence. I would desribe the taste as faintly grainy. It does not taste bad. This beer might not be half bad if the grain bill was beefed up.

Mouthfeel - Minimal body. The carbonation adds a little feel, but this beer is otherwise very watery.

Drinkability - This beer is easy to drink. Too easy. The only thing that slows me down is the carbonation. I don't get much enjoyment at all from drinking this beer.

Comments - Crisp, pretty clean, and refreshing. It's a shame a beer with these positive characteristics still falls flat.

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Photo of zao77
1.52/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

You know it is bad when you have to look at the can again to make sure you are drinking beer. This is a very sharply carbonated beer that reminds me of alka-seltzer. Relatively shallow flavor that resembles cornflakes, and kinda a pale finish, not too much after-taste. There really isn't too much to say for taste because it just plain lacks it.

I don't know why this beer is popular on college campuses when there are cheaper beers out there that taste better.

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