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Natural Light | Anheuser-Busch

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Natural LightNatural Light

Brewed by:
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 cproioi
1.2/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I picked it up a can of this as a joke because my friend asked for water to I got both and handed him the natty light. Yeah My band just got down playing a show outside very hot and tired so I didn't want to put it back. I opened it up drank half of it could not stand it so I poured it out. Yes this beer lacks in so many areas. It looks like urine. With a smell that I can't put my finger on but it sure is offensive. Tastes like nothing at all. Very very very light watery mouth feel. With a Drinkability that leads me to be able to choke one of these down once every 5 years.

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

Good 'ol Natty Light. Choice of discriminating college students everywhere.

Can to a pint glass. Classic yellow MacroLager with ok head that evaporates quickly. Lots of bubbles. No lacing.

Rice-y smell. Starch. No hops, very little malt, some sweetness.

Tastes like Bud Light. Dead on.

Watery mouthfeel. No real presence in the mouth. But, to be honest, a little better than the EuroLights I've had lately.

Not very drinkable, even considering it's catergory.

I had a couple while watching the NBA finals; the rest of the six will be either given away or used as a beercan chicken stand. I can come up with better ways to spend $3.50 than a six of these. It's an Alcohol Delevery Device and nothing more.

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Photo of Kicksmile67
1.68/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Step One: Cardboard
Step Two: Water
Step Three: Soak the two Together
What do you get? Cardboard tea, otherwise known as "Natty lite." Theres a reason that frat guys pound this back like the belly wash it is. Pass it up.
"Waiter can I just get a lemon water?"

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Photo of jasonjlewis
1.35/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

remember the commercial.... I CAN'T TASTE MY BEER, I CAN'T TASTE MY BEER!
I think the people in that commercial were drinking natural light. Says brewed for naturally smooth and refreshing taste or something like that. I agree with that like I agree with water beeing smooth and refreshing. Come on anheiser busch but some balls in your beer jesus.
People treat natural light like it's nasty and cheap. It's not that much different from other anheiser busch products i see people buy all the time.
I find these beers too watered down. Yes light lagers will be watered down by definition, but this is too the extreme. This beer has practically no qualities to it. Like water.

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Photo of BigRedN
2.01/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Left over from Memorial Day weekend. 30-pack cans for $10, sometimes quality is sacrificed for quantity.

Appearance: Poured from the can into a pilsner glass. The beer is a pale gold. A frothy head that has no staying power forms then falls in on itself until it is just a ring around the glass.

Smell: Knowing AB's propensity to use rice as an adjunct, I am somewhat surprized that this one has some corny adjunct scent. Although I don't really smell anything until the beer is half consumed and has warmed a little.

Taste: When it is nice and cold (near freezing), it is blissfully bland, which is also the best (and only way) to consume this beer. If it has warmed by sitting in the sun (a 95+ degree sun so hot that no coozie really helps) this is instant drain pour foul.

Mouthfeel: Light and watery, yet well carbonated. Kinda soda like.

Drinkability: As stated, when this is kept cold on ice, and consumed at a fairly quick pace, this is ok. Let one warm a little, well, its best to just pour it out and get another.

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Photo of BurnsTau
2.15/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, yellow with a fizzy head that doesn't hang around for long.

Smells not too appealing, I guess some malts are detectable, but little else. Taste is of slightly malty carbonated water. There is virtually no complexity or anything redeeming about this beer, other than it's being relatively cheap and easy to drink.

This was the first beer I ever drank and I drank it regularly in early college, but after a few years of drinking more complex beers, going back I just can't see how I ever could drink it. I bought it for a nice day at the pool, but even in that situation it still falls flat, not recommended.

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Photo of Drew966
2.2/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Natural Light pours a typical macro yellow with a white head from a sixteen ounce can. Smells like cheap beer, in other words adjunct all the way. Tastes like corn. This is lawnmower beer, only recommended for appropriate uses such as beer bongs and frat parties. Avoid.

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Photo of jdmorgan
1.48/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I reluctantly tried this beer because some friends went out and bought it and there was nothing else. The color was light straw yellow with a medium head. The aroma smelled of nothing really with a hint of adjuncts. The taste was almost non-existant with a light malt/corn taste. The mouthfeel was (big surprise), light with a medium/high carbonation. I honestly wouldn't drink this beer ever again, but I suppose if you're a college student who is trying to get smashed for cheap, this would be a great choice.

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Photo of shererjt
1.73/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Had a surprisingly good head on a pale yellow clear body. Highly carbonated, almost effervescent. Aroma had very, very faint amount of hops and no malt to speak of. Smells like beer, though not particularly good beer. Not especially adjuncty to my nose. Light body with adjuncts and astringency up front followed by a touch of lingering aftertaste that I can't quite describe. Maybe it's bitterness, but I can't believe that there was much in the way of hops in it. Very little mouthfeel, though still probably more than expected (though that's not saying much). Not something I'd want to drink a lot of until my taste buds have been sufficiently anesthetized.

Not good, even by cheap beer standards.

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Photo of seanmhogan
1.2/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Polluted water appearance
Metal tasting.
smells like nothing

This beer was created to get people hammered for the price of a hamburger.
It goes down like water and tastes just about the same.
and don't worry if you spill some on you it's only alcoholic water.

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Photo of clemtig76
1.8/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

My oldest son just turned 21 and this is what he brought home! I thought I had raised him better. Where is the Sierra Nevada I asked? About the only thing going for this beer is that it is oh so cheap. Pours a very pale yellow with thin head. Smells of corn and cheap grains. Not much in the taste department either, thin and watery with just a slight grainy flavor. This is a brew for college students all the way. May have to up his allowance.

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Photo of tgbljb
2.48/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a very pale yellow color with moderate white puffy head that very quickly vanished. Smell is on the sweetish side, and not particularly enjoyable.Taste is very mild, non-offensive (because there is so little there) taste does not improve when it warms because some strange sweet notes begin to appear. Refreshing when ice cold, not very good cool. Drink it fast while its ice cold.

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Photo of garymuchow
2.71/5  rDev +48.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

At $.35 for the can I thought I'd give it a shot.

The sweet/sour malt quality familiar to the style dominates the aroma, with just a touch of hops.
Pours with a real attractive chalk white head that is very loud in it's fizziness. The head leaves pretty quickly to a ring and a scattered bubble cover. Water clear of very pale gold.
The flavor holds a sourness at the end, but starts with a light sweetness of malt, then moves to a watery nothingness, which precedes the ascending bitterness that tops off at a moderate level, just before the sourness. The finish is the worst part of the drink, especially since it tends to linger a bit.
Appropriately carbonated, and it makes it kinda filling and leaves a bloated feeling. Decently soft. As it should be for style.
This coulda' been worst. I choose not to wait long enough for it warm, I dare not give it that chance. Nothing I'd look for and well worth the cost for this can. One's enough.

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Photo of palffyfan
2.89/5  rDev +58.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Very pale yellow with about a half inch of head.

Smell - Nothing special.

Taste - Watered down Bud, but unlike Bud Light, is manageable.

Drinkability - Out of all of the macro lagers, perhaps in the 2nd tier of beers. Considering the price of the beer, a very good buy. Doesn't give me a headache afterwards and I would recommend it for your college parties.

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Photo of danielocean03
1.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The only reason I am drinking this is because it is my father in law's favorite beer. Pours a bright urine colored yellow with a fuzzy white thin head that falls almost immediately to thin fuzz. Smells of corn/barley and cereal along with some cheap grainy adjuncts. Tastes like watered down malty grain water, nothing else really present. Could only drink ice cold to freeze my taste buds enough to dumb down the "taste." Mouthfeel is carbonated mineral water. Drinkability is low, maybe this is better when you're already inebriated. I'll pass.

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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 ya...it 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 jasonpeckins32
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 water...no 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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Natural Light from Anheuser-Busch
1.82 out of 5 based on 2,079 ratings.
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