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Natural Ice - Anheuser-Busch

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1,098 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,098
Reviews: 290
rAvg: 1.74
pDev: 43.1%
Wants: 4
Gots: 69 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-03-2001)
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Reviews by pmcadamis:
Photo of pmcadamis


1.5/5  rDev -13.8%

I obtained this twenty-four ounce man-can from my local purveyor of budget foodstuffs for the agreeable price of ninety-nine cents.

A - I poured this into a big wiezen glass and got a one finger head of fizzy bubbles, and then it's gone as quickly as it formed. I'm left with a glass full of bland yellow crystal clear brew with a boat load of tiny bubbles rising to the top.

S - Corny, but not in the usual cooked corn way. This is more like cornflakes in a bowl of milk. No trace of hops, but I can smell a bit of bubblegum! This doesn't have much of a smell, but what is there smells pretty good for a cheapo ice lager.

T - Bubblegum shows up again here too....old nasty ABC bubblegum. Very much like the nose...cornflakes, bubblegum (not like good hefe bubblegum), and mineral water like those crazy Italians drink (perrier?). That's what it tastes like when cold...when it warms up ever so slightly, I taste aspirin tablets, seltzer water and metal.

M - Extremely carbonated with a light body and a bitter lingering aftertaste. Most macro beer companies try to advertise the lack of an aftertaste as a good thing, and in this case I agree.

D - I find that I enjoy "ice brewed" (whatever the hell that means) lagers better than their light or "premium" (ha!) brethren, but this is an exception. It's ok when chilled, but nasty as hell when anywhere above freezing cold. Too acrid for sessioning.

09-04-2007 05:34:55 | More by pmcadamis
More User Reviews:
Photo of wesbrownyeah


3.1/5  rDev +78.2%

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.

06-07-2009 03:32:38 | More by wesbrownyeah
Photo of Foyle


2.38/5  rDev +36.8%

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.

06-12-2014 23:55:40 | More by Foyle
Photo of RoyalT


2.05/5  rDev +17.8%

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.

09-03-2003 00:15:51 | More by RoyalT
Photo of tbryan5


1.5/5  rDev -13.8%

01-05-2013 02:45:03 | More by tbryan5
Photo of ajkiser12


1/5  rDev -42.5%

11-27-2012 19:38:49 | More by ajkiser12
Photo of Dmann


2.13/5  rDev +22.4%

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.

09-22-2003 10:11:57 | More by Dmann
Photo of markallmon


2.5/5  rDev +43.7%

03-17-2012 00:48:10 | More by markallmon
Photo of newcastleme


1.23/5  rDev -29.3%

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.

07-22-2010 18:58:19 | More by newcastleme
Photo of jonny1138


1/5  rDev -42.5%

06-22-2014 00:01:40 | More by jonny1138
Photo of TheAdamConners


5/5  rDev +187.4%

08-03-2012 01:45:56 | More by TheAdamConners
Photo of kevrob802

1/5  rDev -42.5%

10-06-2012 23:44:52 | More by kevrob802
Photo of angsta

2.78/5  rDev +59.8%

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.

09-29-2012 10:50:50 | More by angsta
Photo of BeerDreadz


2.08/5  rDev +19.5%

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.

03-03-2008 22:19:25 | More by BeerDreadz
Photo of sponberg

New York

1.27/5  rDev -27%

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.

03-10-2002 01:26:50 | More by sponberg
Photo of twi1609372


1/5  rDev -42.5%

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?

12-09-2004 06:59:39 | More by twi1609372
Photo of TurboChief


5/5  rDev +187.4%

04-02-2014 20:56:12 | More by TurboChief
Photo of TTripp725


1.5/5  rDev -13.8%

07-28-2013 20:51:39 | More by TTripp725
Photo of generallee

New York

3.13/5  rDev +79.9%

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.

06-07-2008 09:57:05 | More by generallee
Photo of TimoP


2/5  rDev +14.9%

11-25-2011 07:21:02 | More by TimoP
Photo of Doomcifer

Rhode Island

1/5  rDev -42.5%

08-01-2014 14:34:43 | More by Doomcifer
Photo of petewheeler


1.25/5  rDev -28.2%

08-29-2014 00:19:22 | More by petewheeler
Photo of Jason


2.7/5  rDev +55.2%

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.

03-09-2002 12:40:23 | More by Jason
Photo of Rifrafboy


2.78/5  rDev +59.8%

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.

12-29-2002 19:27:17 | More by Rifrafboy
Photo of KolbMarley


2.5/5  rDev +43.7%

08-07-2013 17:19:08 | More by KolbMarley
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Natural Ice from Anheuser-Busch
45 out of 100 based on 1,098 ratings.