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Natural Ice - Anheuser-Busch

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1,096 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,096
Reviews: 290
rAvg: 1.74
pDev: 43.1%
Wants: 4
Gots: 67 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
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.

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Photo of xav33


1/5  rDev -42.5%

Natural Ice
Recent brewing, slugged down 11/06
Medium pour in an English pint

Poured yellow with an average fizzy quickly diminishing white head.

Smelt of smegma.

Taste was upfront sweetened decaying malt with a hint of colostomy bag residue followed by a gooch sweat finish.

Overall, it taste like squeezing the sweat from one's overall's after a long day of manure shoveling.

11-09-2006 07:30:40 | More by xav33
Photo of maddogruss

New Jersey

1.68/5  rDev -3.4%

Ok beer but not one of my personal favorites. Decent golden color with a white head, rather lacy. Not much of a smell with a strong malty and yet kind of watery taste. Similiar to natural light witha watery feel. Will drink if only one available all for the love of beer.

11-07-2006 04:30:40 | More by maddogruss
Photo of Rudgers73

New York

2.23/5  rDev +28.2%

Oh natty ice, I (have learned to) love you...

Every thursday night in college. Mug night. My friends and I dubbed it "Mug Day" as to replace the boring "Thursday" that appears on most of our calenders. 32 oz mugs of natty ice: $1. what a bargain.

A- Decent yellow, not too watery looking.

S- Just don't do it, ok? It smells like rotten corn and creek water.

T- Not much better than it smells. After the 5.9% numbs your senses it all goes down the same. Warm or cold you just drink it.

M- Like an average macro. Light and bubbly.

D- Well, since my college days are over, I don't think I would ever drink it unless it was all that was around at a party or something. I will always have those memories (or lack there of) certain Mug Day's in which I drank over a gallon of this stuff in one sitting. Goddamnit...

cheers to up-and-coming Mug Day champs!

09-30-2006 16:57:08 | More by Rudgers73
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


3.08/5  rDev +77%

Drank from the can at a company picnic. Suprice, This was the best the boss could come up with that day. The beer is not that bad. The color was yellow, darker then most of this style. Head was good, as the beer was fearsh, always a plus.

The smell was a little suspect, some corn, not much on hops, but a little beer like.

The taste was ok, Macro beer like. Light taste, nothing robust, plane. but not bad.

Mouthfeel was thin and over carbonated.

Drinkability was ok, good for the style. MK

09-29-2006 05:36:34 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Photo of xXTequila


2.9/5  rDev +66.7%

Poured from a can into a glass. The head disappered quickly leaving a actively carbonated glass of golden brew.
The firt taste is corn and husk that quickly changes to a light grape flavour, almost like a week chardonay.
Noticeable alcohol on the exhale.
Not bad for a very cheap "ice" beer. Maybe being within 3 weeks of the born on date had something to do with it.

09-03-2006 11:27:40 | More by xXTequila
Photo of HoustonTX


1.7/5  rDev -2.3%

This is putrid stuff that we use to funnel back in the day only due to the high abv for a macro. Appearence is pale yellow. Smell was grain-like with no malt poking through. Taste is astringent and foul, quite offensive and is one of the hardest beers to get down in my lifetime. Mouthfeel is fizzy and filling. Drinkability is low due to these only being good to slam.


06-28-2006 22:16:46 | More by HoustonTX
Photo of Enola

North Carolina

2.8/5  rDev +60.9%

Poured into a Chimay glass....just kidding. Straight outta the can. I even left it in the poke. This beer reminds me of camping when I was younger. A decent beer when the time is right. Around a campfire this beer hits the spot. At the Taproom, I would need a better beer though. But at a buck 'o nine for a double duece I can live with this. Overall a drinkable beer.

06-22-2006 23:29:48 | More by Enola
Photo of Drew966


1.78/5  rDev +2.3%

Natural Ice pours a light straw color with a fluffy white head from a sixteen ounce can. The aroma is very mild, but consists of corn/adjuncts. Tastes fairly nasty, adjunct predominates. Even as far as macros are concerned, this one is fairly bad. Definitely should be avoided.

05-11-2006 00:34:50 | More by Drew966
Photo of danielharper


2.28/5  rDev +31%

Purchased from the Citgo by my apartment, Huntsville, AL.

A: Very pale straw yellow, slightly hazy, with a thick white head. Actually much better than I anticipated.

S: Sweet, mellow, corny. Slight maltiness. Not bad.

T: Very weak flavor, some notes of corn, highly drying, with an unpleasant "off" taste at the finish. Not as bad as I was expecting, but certainly not tasty.

M: Thin, watery. As expected.

D: Not the worst macro I've had, but there are much better beers out there.

05-04-2006 20:59:35 | More by danielharper
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

1.33/5  rDev -23.6%

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.

04-30-2006 03:35:13 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of palffyfan


1.88/5  rDev +8%

Appearance - Golden yellow, very carbonated, very pretty--looks appetizing.

Smell - Smells slightly processed, hints of corn. Faint soapy smell.

Taste - Nothing like its Natural Light counterpart. Tastes too processed for my taste. No hops, no bitterness, just a mix of some random chemicals that you could put in a beer, yet make it safe for drinking (hopefully).

Drinkability - For purpose of taste - undrinkable. I would avoid this for beer pong as well.

04-28-2006 22:42:07 | More by palffyfan
Photo of seanmhogan


1.35/5  rDev -22.4%

When 24 beers just don't cut it. This is an extremely cheap beer to go along with any college or high school party. When people are just out to get really smashed and care more about the drinking games then the actual taste, then this is a beer to go along with. I don't really want to review the taste becuase thats not what this beer is made for.

04-03-2006 22:59:50 | More by seanmhogan
Photo of bignick


1.1/5  rDev -36.8%

This is truly an awful beer...I don't know why I am even dignifying it with a review. I'm bored, and I found one of these lying around. It pours straw-yellow with an amazingly quickly receding head. It tastes of chemical-soaked corn shit. I don't think its a good thing when after I take a sip I need to swallow for an extra 10 seconds because of my gag reflex. It just tastes that bad.

Funny aside:
I once got a keg this beer for party. Yea whatever...I'm a poor college student. I guess every dog has its day. Because everyone drinking there probably assumed out of habit it was a light beer, the higher alcohol content really seemed to be catching up on people. It was a rollicking good time until people started dropping like flies. Let's just say that cleaning the floor after everyone left was not a fun job!

03-08-2006 06:56:58 | More by bignick
Photo of CaskofFlyingDog


2.13/5  rDev +22.4%

This beer surprised me that it actually wasn't a completely pale beer. It was a light brown. Minimal head that goes away QUICK. The smell is kinda like malt liqour kinda like crap-beer. KINDA bad. The taste is resembles beer but it's so strange how it swings around from decent to kinda gross. There's this bitter slightly sludgy thing going on. It's still surprisingly drinkable I thought it'd be awful cause it was from the 'Natural' family (no pun intended.) The mouthfeel was sorta sticky and watery. It was ok. This beer is very drinkable if you're in the mood to get f-ed up and is still on the kinda awful side. Definitely better than Natty Light but that's not saying much. PABST all the way - it's cheaper and better.

02-21-2006 06:37:18 | More by CaskofFlyingDog
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


3.13/5  rDev +79.9%

This beer poured a straw yellow with some dirty orange highlights and a thin film of white head.

Smells of cigarettes, armpit, limes and corn.

All else considered, the flavor blew my mind. Tastes light and smooth with a corn and wheat base along with some green grapes and cherries. What freaked me out was a faint Belgian-like spice. Where did that come from? There’s also some strange acidic sting that accompanies the fruit aspects, but lingers long into the finish.

The mouth feel is a glassy smooth light body with a light big bubbled carbonation.

This was way better than I anticipated. An interesting flavor and nice mouth feel make this a pretty good beer for the price. However, I don’t think I’ll actively seek this one out in cans.

02-10-2006 17:26:30 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of Manosbeeroffate


1.65/5  rDev -5.2%

Big bad ass pimp daddy 40oz for $1.75 at Citgo. Poured pale yellow with lots of carbonation and a fuzzy head that disappeared quickly. Smells sweet, flavor is a weak sweet corn flavor that vanishes rapidly. Mouthfeel like water. It's easy to drink in that water is easy to drink too. There really isn't much to this stuff except a bit of a beer buzz. Not impressed but it's what I expected.

01-27-2006 16:21:58 | More by Manosbeeroffate
Photo of HardTarget


2.23/5  rDev +28.2%

Bottle Inspection: Can, 5.9% abv and born on date of 02NOV05 (sampled 03DEC05)

Aroma: Corn/rice (I can’t tell the difference) with a hint of alcohol and a mild apple/apple cider note.

Appearance: Very fizzy, the sides of my glass are coated with largish bubbles. Glass is clear and pale yellow with a white cover that leaves traces of lace.

Flavor: Mild macro taste, aka: watery. The alcohol note is the only “off” flavor, ok, it’s the only flavor.

Mouthfeel: Watery, light body, firm carbonation, dry finish.

Overall Impression: If given one on a hot Texas day or after mowing the lawn, I wouldn’t be insulted. This seems to fit the hot dog grill or a baseball game fairly well. Would I pay for one? Never. This one was part of Pegasus’s “I’m a big fat karma whore” world tour.
Earning karma the hard way. Still, this wasn’t bad.

12-04-2005 07:36:08 | More by HardTarget
Photo of Pegasus


2.85/5  rDev +63.8%

Appearance: Clear, light golden color with a small, but persistent tight white head, thick broken lacing, and profuse streams of fine carbonation.

Aroma: Sweet hay, with some slightly musty notes and sweet alcohol.

Taste: Sweet corn flavor at the open, a pronounced note of alcohol soon follows, and persists throughout the taste, finishes with a little metallic bitterness, which helps to cut the sweet corn flavors.

Mouth feel: Soft and very smooth on the palate, with mild carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Cheap and higher in alcohol than most macro lagers, not great, but one could do worse for the price paid. It is certainly more drinkable than some malt liquors.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce aluminum can, served in a standard pint tap glass.

12-03-2005 03:44:41 | More by Pegasus
Photo of bearrunner44


2.13/5  rDev +22.4%

Appearance- Clear straw yellow, fizzy white head.

Smell- Clean, with some sugary sweet notes.

Taste- Empty rice flavor with some corn sweetness. Dry, alcoholic bite in the finish. No hop profile.

Verdict- Drinkable while it's cold, fear it when it's not.

11-06-2005 02:35:35 | More by bearrunner44
Photo of granger10


1.68/5  rDev -3.4%

This offers a little more than its light brother. Better color and carbonation, it actually resembles beer a bit. Aroma is rice and some residual sugars. Taste has a bit of rice flavor along with a slight corny adjunct. Alcohol creeps in there and finish lingers with a nasty residual sugary sweetness. Drink ice cold and fast, that's the only way to get through it. Seriously, spend the extra dollar or whatever and get a better ice macro if that's what you're in the mood for.

09-15-2005 13:17:49 | More by granger10
Photo of ski271


1.83/5  rDev +5.2%

Yeah, I know. I was slumming it last week when I wrote this review.
Appearance: Medium straw with a medium-sized, white, foamy head that quickly diminished to the thinnest of films. Practically no lacing at all.

Smell: Typical adjunct stink, metallic smelling, and a little grass.

Taste: Nothing smooth or crisp about this beer. No, there’s a little crispness to it. But it’s mostly just metallic cooked veggie and a very light herbal bitterness on the very short finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin body, watery texture, moderate-lively carbonation

Drinkability: There’s no reason to drink this swill… well unless you were poor and really thirsty since it’s cheaper than bottled water.

09-09-2005 18:00:09 | More by ski271
Photo of BEERchitect


1.73/5  rDev -0.6%

Thanks again Dad, you can sure pick them out. Drank straight from the can. I'd guess that is it crystal clear, light yellow, has the carbonation of coca-cola along with the fizziness. Aromas are of any type of grain other than barley malt. My guess; rice. Quite astringent and grainy to the taste. Metalic and harshly bittered (old hops?) All flavors are muted except for the bad ones. Alcohol and carbonation basically chokes my toung. It's a typical smash-the-can-on-your-forehead beer. If you are going to drink a bad beer, might as well save a few cents while doing it.

09-08-2005 18:26:21 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of stogeitaliano


2.95/5  rDev +69.5%

I've been drinking for a couple months since i turned 21 and i gotta admit this is my beer of choice. I oftern drink steel reserve 211 and i gotta say this is a watered down version of it. Its got the power of an almost malt liqour and has the taste of a decent beer. I can drink 8-10 buds but give me 4 or 5 Natural Ices and I'm good to go.
I give it an A for teens and young adults trying to have a good time but if your a beer conuisser( however you spell that word) You wont enjoy it very much.

08-29-2005 00:09:53 | More by stogeitaliano
Photo of scaliasux


1.78/5  rDev +2.3%

Appearance - Very pale yellow; even more colorless than most macro lagers. Head is quite frothy following an aggressivie pour, but quickly fades.

Smell - Light sweet, corny macro-smell. Kind of unpleasant.

Taste - Sweet and corny followed by sour and not entirely pleasant aftertaste. Not so crisp as most macro lagers. You can taste the alcohol here and that's probably not good. Standard to below average macro. Absolutely undrinkable out of the can.

Mouthfeel - Watery and light, but fuller than many macros. Pretty solid average.

Drinkability - This beer moved up a few notches when I poured it in a pilsner glass. If you are drinking this out of the can, please consider the children. I wouldn't pick this stuff if I had another choice, but it's not undrinkable.

08-08-2005 04:01:35 | More by scaliasux
Photo of kbnooshay

New York

2.53/5  rDev +45.4%

Well i guess the only really good thing about this beer is that compared to the others in its price range it doesn't taste like rotten ass. It really isn't THAT offensive. It gets you smashed and it isn't horrible. That is all I would use this for. Not something you could enjoy but not something you need to plug your nose for. It pours a clear piss color with no head. It tastes sweet to me actually and i didn't notice the skunk that others do. The mouthfeel is of water but i could pound some of these.

And as others have said DRINK THIS COLD! or you will be sorry.

06-21-2005 02:38:10 | More by kbnooshay
Natural Ice from Anheuser-Busch
45 out of 100 based on 1,096 ratings.