Natural Ice - Anheuser-Busch

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1,268 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,268
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 1.74
pDev: 43.1%
Wants: 5
Gots: 175 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-03-2001

Natural Ice is brewed with a blend of premium American-grown and imported hops and a combination of malt and corn that lends Natural Ice its delicate sweetness. It then undergoes Anheuser-Busch’s exclusive ice-brewing process, which takes the beer to a temperature below freezing and leads to the formation of ice crystals which create its signature rich and smooth taste.
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Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.07/5  rDev +76.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Natty with flavor? We will see.

A- Straw yellow fluid with massive carbonation that falls into a soapy top. Very small amounts of lacing stick to the glass.

S- Not much there, metallic scents followed by a corn and light malt smell.

T- The taste is ok. Just ok. Reason being the very appearent corn and grains upfront. This is then followed by a ricey flavor and ultra mild hop bitterness with metallic notes.

M-D- Mouthfeel is Naturally smooth and easy to drink. Mild carbonation feel as the alcohol level taints the tongue with little to offend the mouthfeel. Drinkablity is great for an ice beer in the U.S. I could drink this if offered as a party beer.

Photo of biboergosum
3.08/5  rDev +77%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

24oz super can, one of those last minute, last gas-up purchases ($1.50 is good for getting rid of excess change) before crossing the border home, into the Great White North. Very NHL-marketing reminiscent can label.

Natty Ice pours a crystal clear, pale golden colour, with a ton of columnar thin puffy bone-white head, which settles at an even pace, leaving some decent curtain lace around the glass as it does so. It smells of corny malt, and skanky, weedy hops. The taste is also unsurprisingly corny, with a somewhat innocuously fruity malt, and minimal skunky, earthy, dead grassy hops. The carbonation is fairly average, the body on the light side, but buoyed by a sugar and booze swell, smoothness somehow extracting itself from this situation. It finishes off-dry in the good ol' cheap-ass malt likka wannabe sense, bastardized sugar and nothing much else.

Another instance of form over substance - cheap, plentiful, and not all that offensive - if I didn't know any better, I'd be drinking this like water, which I'm sure actually happens all the time. Really, this is pretty innocuous, and not even that saccharine, so much so that I don't even rue the pocket change expended. It is what it is, and for that, I cannot truly find fault.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3/5  rDev +72.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A crystal clear straw-gold body reveals hundreds of fast-rising standard-sized bubbles racing to support a dwindling head of creamy white foam. It does maintain a thin surface covering, however, and leaves some very slight lace momentarily following each sip. The nose is clean with a light touch of apple. The body is medium/light and it's nicely crisp on the tongue due to its fine, effervescent carbonation. Sweet adjunct-laden malt dominates the flavor; balanced by an underlying bitterness that's accentuated by it's crisp carbonation. It finishes semi-dry with some residual sticky malt about the mouth. Well made, but not very interesting.

Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.1/5  rDev +78.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Clear golden appearance with soapy head that dies to nothing. Very carbonated. Looks like an American beer.

S-Sweet corn. Very grainy. I'd guess that is from the barley malt. Smells like an American beer.

T- Very sweet and corny. Light spiciness from the "American and imported hops" Anheuser-Busch claims is in this beer. Dry finish like an American beer has. Overall it's slightly richer tasting than most American lagers (probably the style is the reason)nothing more, nothing less to say here. Not disgusting or really awesome.

M- Light, crisp, clean and refreshing. Highly carbonated. I haven't had many ice lagers in my day (just Bud Ice a few times), but it's got a slightly bigger body than a regular Natural or Bud product.

Overall it's beer. It not good, nor is it bad. If you can't enjoy it for what it is, you're missing the point of beers like this.

Photo of Foyle
2.38/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sampled from 25oz can into pint glass.

Appearance: pours a sudsy white 1" head that falls fairly quick with some lacing left behind. Color is clear pale straw. Plenty of streaming bubbles.

Aroma: mild aroma of corn sweetness, white bread and not much else.

Mouthfeel: light and frothy with an easy dry finish. Quite watery.

Flavor: some light barley notes, plenty of corn sweetness, maybe a bit of husks, with a hint of hops in the end. There is a slight alcohol presence in the finish.

Overall: First time I have ever tried this. I wasn't expecting much, so was surprised that it was not offensive at all. Definitely want to drink this one ice cold.

Photo of RoyalT
2.06/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance – Clear light yellow body with a fluffy white head.

Smell – A very faint smell of grain is present; otherwise nothing.

Taste – Light creamed corn flavor with a Sweet ‘N Low finish.

Mouthfeel – Very cheap carbonation and no smoothness or refreshiness at all.

Drinkability – Even ice cold, this one is hard to swallow.

Comments – I wish I could be more productive, but I can’t for the life of me figure out what they were trying to do here. The ABV appears predominantly on the front label, so maybe they’re trying to sell it as a quick way to get drunk.

There was nothing absolutely disgusting in the can, so I wouldn’t feel right about oneing it. But, this is definitely a beer to put on your piss list.

Photo of tectactoe
1.44/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Natty Ice, or as I like to call it: Natural Eisbock. Sounds much better that way. The disdain of many a college student's Friday and Saturday nights, this beer typically brings nothing but trouble. Usually enjoyed straight from the can or out of a red solo cup; best paired with unprotected sex and various other bad life choices.

More pale than Kristen Stewart with less head than Ichabod. See what I did there? Natty Ice has got me doing crazy things again. Noses were a part of evolution so that when humans smelled something like this, they would be sure not to consume it. Grains, steel, booze (it's only 5.9% ABV... wut). Hops are mildew-ish and musty. But maybe this beer is just old. Who knows.

Take a sip of this shit and try not to flair your nostrils, scrunch your eyebrows, or grimace. It's very hard. Unless you're already about 8 or 9 deep, in which case they'll be flowing like a river at that point. Muted sweet malts, faint graininess, old musky hops, and a stale, metallic astringency in the finish. Crisp and dry, thinner than my bank account.

Why am I wasting my time with this beer. I'm not in college anymore. I have a job. I have a REAL job where I make REAL money and I have a fridge full of decent-to-excellent craft beer. I'm not standing in front of a table of strategically placed plastic cups and there are no Greek letters anywhere around me. Even for "magro lagers", there are much better choices than this swill.

Photo of Dmann
2.11/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 5

Good old Natty! Whenever I cannot pay the price for my favorite Stone or Rogue beer, or if I'm going to a college party, Natty is the way to go. Over the years of drunken parties and good times, I have aquired a tollerance for Natty. It looks like shit, tastes like shit, and if you drink too many without hydrating yourself afterwards, you'll feel like shit. But in a pinch, it gets the job done and gets it done well.

Photo of newcastleme
1.23/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

This beer is garbage. It pours a light yellow and has a horrid smell. The taste is extremely watery and reminds of tonic water. I agree that the only place for this beer is on the far end of a table for beer pong. It's cheap and does the job if you're short on cash.

Photo of angsta
2.8/5  rDev +60.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Of course this isn't the best beer in the world and I don't think anyone at AB would seriously try to say it was, but it's a good bit stronger and in my opinion more of a 'beer' than natural light which is the same price.

I especially like this as a backup beer when I am going to a party or event I know there will be moochers at. I drink up my good beer then finish off and hand out the ice's.

for 13.99 a case... you really can't find anything that's actually better for that cheap. Possibly Red Dog, but I don't see that beer in stores anymore at least in my state.

Photo of BeerDreadz
2.05/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 onz. cheap-looking can

Appearance: very pale yellow with thin white head.

Smell: alcohol and some grains

Taste: Carbonated,almost no hops or malt.kind of watery.

Mouthfeel: Easy to drink as water is easy to drink.

Notes: This is a sub-premium beer (cheap one) but this beer is not actually that bad. It can be like best of the worst.

Photo of sponberg
1.28/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

There are bonus-strength lagers out there that get their character from malt and hops. This is NOT one of them. That fermented corn taste that the pigs down at Walters' farm can't get enough of is here, loud and proud. A beer best served ice cold, and preferably to someone else.

Photo of twi1609372
1/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This poor beer has been beaten up so by so many other reviewers i hate to ass insult to injury but this beer deserves a 1. well it deserves a zero but one is the lowest it goes, and 1 does have awful next to it, so it's the best i can do. This beer has a taste and it isnt good. cheap malt and hops combine for a distinct and regretable trip to beer hell. Putred comes to mind, horrable also. But in the words of Dr. Forrester and TV's Frank "It's bad, it's just bad" Why drink this??? The only upside to this is that your not paying a lot for your bad beer, like paying $4 for some guy to beat you with a baseball bat; it sucked but at least it was cheap?

Photo of generallee
3.12/5  rDev +79.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body has a light golden straw color with very good clarity. Its head is bright white and foamy. It builds up fast and thick before fading out quickly, leaving some bubbles around the edges of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is very simple and typical of the style. There is a sweet grainy malt scent with lots of corn and rice adjunct notes and some far off grassy hops.

Taste/Mouth feel: Its flavor is similar to its aroma with a light sweet malt flavor that is full of grainy corn and rice. The hops add a light grassy flavor and some bitterness to the finish which ends quickly with a slightly corny aftertaste. It has a light body with a smooth watery texture and moderate carbonation.

Notes: Overall it is light and easy to drink with a light price tag. It's not bad for a cheap buzz although it's not a beer I would normally seek out.

Photo of Jason
2.7/5  rDev +55.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Tall 22 oz brown bottle with a wide mouth opening for quicker drinking. Born On Date in bottom left hand corner.

Appearance: The traditional way to drink this is straight out of the bottle though I poured a little bit into my glass to see that the colour was of a pale straw hue and minimal head retention typical of the style.

Smell: Virtually nothing … very clean with a tiny whiff of rice, husky malt and faint alcohol.

Taste: Clean and crisp, sterile tasting with an obviously light body. Well carbonated with a smooth mouth feel. Adjuncts galore … not much malt flavour at all(soft husk). Hops barely noticeable though the carbonation leaves a little bit of a crisp bite. After taste has a touch of corn flavour then cleans up to nothing … nada, the end. This does not count for the warming sensation from the alcohol though.

Notes: Dubbed as A&B’s sub premium ice brew, this brew is aimed for one thing, to get a buzz and quick. Unfortunately they don’t tell you this and then the beer warms up to the point of no return R.I.P. Hey what do you expect for a $1.25 A&B product? Best served ice cold in a frozen mug.

Photo of Rifrafboy
2.78/5  rDev +59.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a "party beer". Very cheap with lots of alcohol (5.9%). Not bad for an Anheiser Busch macro. Taste is a lot like Bud, a little dryer perhaps, with a twang of alcohol at the end. Burns going down. Not the best, but decent for a cheap beer.

Photo of Byeast
2.57/5  rDev +47.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a very pale , clear yellow , with some big fizz rising to thin ring of bubbles. Smell is of thin craker malt , slight pink fruity character , adjunct , and a hint of metal. Very light bodied , some slight grain and more hints at a fruity character. Crisp and fairly unobtrusive , i thought it went down rather easy , which is just what i want when i pay 6 dollars for a 12 pack. Nothing to harsh , just not much there besides the slight added alcohol from being ice brewed.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.81/5  rDev +4%
look: 1 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

This stuff looks, smells, tastes etc. . . like the liquid that gets trapped at the bottom of the garbage, with more clarity.

Its not even good for kitsch value. Pour water in a kid's sweetened sugar, let it ferment. Grow a mullet, wear the suitcase on your head after you brag about how many of these you can drink. Natural Ice voila!

Seriously, I think AB sends out people to file beer reviews of this stuff. To each his own, but certain things can't all be under the rubric, there has to be some quantifiable fact.

Positives: cheap, sweetness not offensive, almost 6% and mild tasting, easy to drink mouthfeel not offensive.

Cons: weak representation of 'beer'.

Photo of WVbeergeek
1.32/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Appearance: Golden clear white quickly dissipating head leaves no lacing left on the glass. Aroma: Cereal grains corn and rice adjunct ridden mass produced beer. Taste: Off adjunct flavor light sweetness no hops evident not real good. Mouthfeel: Light bodied over carbonated fizzy yellow beer. Drinkability: Not the beer I would drink avidly.

Photo of gRimlock88
3.01/5  rDev +73%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can into pint glass,One finger head,minimized to a toothpick head within seconds, toothpick head stays throughout. Minimal lacing,but its there. Sweet,corn,malt,describe the smell.The taste is close to the same. Very drinkable. Crisp and clean finish,and a good buzz quickly established. I really think that for the money you can not find a better beer I have spent over $30 for a 12 pack for beer before, and was not impressed. Natural Ice=Impressed

Photo of richkrull
2.19/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Obviously this is another good beer if you're looking to get drunk on the cheap. A 30-pack of this stuff is a pretty good deal around Wisconsin. That being said, if you're looking for a good tasting beer, this probably isn't it.

A - Slightly darker golden color. Little to no head.

S - Not good. Even smells bitter.

T - Leaves a lot to be desired.

M - Bubbley, crisp

D - Could be better, but for the price I'll drink it.

Photo of Brenden
2.47/5  rDev +42%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

For the sake of experimentation, I'm holding a little tasting of beers I happened to have but would never purchase myself. This is the second.

"Natty Ice," as it's commonly known, is paler than straw yellow. It's extremely fizzy and bubbly, able to form a head almost a finger tall before it immediately dies away, though a little foamy patch struggles to stay alive. Very small spots of lacing can be seen scattered on the glass.
It smells like corn husk and apple skins primarily. There's a mild astringent alcohol whiff as well.
The taste is about the same, with a bit more corn husk and some rice coming out in the finish. Alcohol is barely noticeable as a flavor but warms quite a bit. Bland, of course, but considering what it is, probably average. Being such a terrible style, though, "average" is still low.
The feel is extremely light, as expected, with an unyielding but not terribly spritzy crispness. There's not much else to it.

Photo of SetarconeX
1.53/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Wow, is this beer? The color's not right, even for a macro. A lighter, more washed out yellow than I'm used to. Smell is faint beyond belief. Had to sniff it more than once to detect anything at all, and even then just a faint hint of corn. Tasteless. Not as in "tastes bad," I mean as in "Has no taste at all." That's actually better than most macros. Points for that.

Likewise, a couple points on mouthfeel. Water's more heavy than this. It's like someone created "water-lite." I'm somewhat impressed with that accomplishment.

It's easy to make a beer that lacks redeeming qualities, but making a beer with almost no qualities at all? That takes skill. I'm not even sure I drank this. How would I know? I don't. Kudos, A-B.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.13/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz can > pint glass

A clear, thin yellow-gold color which is highly active at first comes pouring out of the can with vigor. Many tiny bubbles are able to initially create a 1/2" deep, thin and bubbly clear white head that doesn't care to stick around long. Only a minimal covering is observed quickly there after.
The aroma coming from the glass is minimal, but there are some sour-wheat, light-sweet edged malt, minor herbal and grainieness notes that blend together and basically smells like anyother macro lager of it's kind.
"Ice brewed for a naturally smooth taste" the can claims...smooth?...taste? The flavor overall, just like the nose is minimal at best. A light wheat 'n grains type malt tries to make a decent impression but falls well short of anything that would earn respect. Some herbal, rice and hay notes from perhaps the hops?? It's really not easy to detect which flavanoid's are being detected because the overall effect is a blend that seems to be void of almost any true beer flavor that should be easily detectable. One thing is for sure, you can always count on that mildly metallic, soured yeast aftertaste that most macro's leave on the palate. This is about as simple and non-complex as you can get, nothing to ponder, just the sad urge to pound this down really fast before the "quality" (and I use that term lightly) gets any worse. The only good thing I can say is that the sharp-metallic, bitter taste that can be very intense with some macro's is not showing up here.
The feel is very light, crisp I supose but not if I let it sit around too long! Smooth?? I'm not feeling smoothness drinking this brew.
At 5.9% ABV this is really not a classic session beer and too be honest if you can get through one of these, your looking to get a buzz not enjoy the beer.

Photo of Retroman40
2.7/5  rDev +55.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

40 ounce bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A - :Poured a light yellow/straw color with a big head with no retention.

S - Very neutral with some adjunct smell. No hop note.

T - Again, very light with little hint of anything other than grains and particularly rice. Just a hint of alcohol in the finish.

M - Very thin with decent enough carbonation.

O - If I didn't collect 40 ounce bottles as part of my breweriana collection I probably would pass on this. This is a cheap beer with a sole purpose of introducing alcohol into the body. If this stuff get warm (over about 40F) it becomes intolerable so don't buy a big container unless you are going to share of put it back in the refrigerator between pours.

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Natural Ice from Anheuser-Busch
45 out of 100 based on 1,268 ratings.