Beer of the Weekend #594: Natural Light

The Great Adjunct Adventure continues with the beer that Larry Eustachy probably wishes he had not been photographed drinking one night in 2003: Natural Light, brewed by Anheuser-Busch InBev in St. Louis, Missouri (but based in Leuven, Belgium).

Serving type: 12-ounce can. The “BORN ON” date printed on the bottom of the can is “25JUN14.”

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color is clear, clean, light gold. A finger and a half of fizzy, white head develops but dissipates so quickly I was unable to turn my camera on and take a picture in time to document it. A very, very thin ring of foam remains on the edge and bubbles of carbonation rise from the bottom.

Smell: There is a very light scent of adjunct grain, probably corn, and it smells very watered down. There is also a hint of pale malt. It smells pretty sweet. In essence, it has that macro lager smell to it.

Taste: The bare minimum. Adjunct grain, probably corn, a little pale malt, and that hint of macro lager zest and bitterness.

Drinkability: This is beer-infused water. It is highly drinkable but essentially flavorless. It is not offensive, though.

Fun facts about Natural Light:

-Style: Light macro lager.

-Price: I have no clue. Dirt cheap, probably. I’ll admit it, though: I once bought a case of Natty Light. It was not for me, though. I gave it to Bobblehead’s wife as a gift (it is, I think, her favorite beer).

-Alcohol content: 4.2 percent ABV.

-Calories: 95 per 12-ounce serving.

-Natty Light was introduced in 1977.

-Natty Light is rated the worst beer in the world on RateBeer.

-So, the Larry Eustachy thing. As the head coach of the Iowa State men’s basketball team, he was photographed in 2003 drinking Natty Light (or just regular Natty?) with students at an apartment near the University of Missouri campus —
hours after the Cyclones lost to the Tigers. He was later suspended and then resigned. It was a big deal in the ol’ Hawkeye State back then, but everybody has moved on, including Eustachy. He will, however, be forever linked to Natty Light.

The Quiet Man’s grade: D+/D.

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