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Natural Ice - Anheuser-Busch

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1,122 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,122
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 1.74
pDev: 43.1%
Wants: 4
Gots: 73 | 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 Overlord
1.6/5  rDev -8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Ah...Natty Ice...I shall never forget thee. And, unless I am stranded on a desert island with nothing else to choose from (including the option of fermenting seaweed with pulped tree frog and anchovies), I shall never have thee again.

Some students would lean toward natty light. Amateurs! The far stronger Natty Ice gives you the same godawful watery mouthfeel, overly carbonated, rotton corn aftertaste, but with far more alcohol. You can't beat that!

A rite of passage.

Overlord, Nov 25, 2007
Photo of clayrock81
1.55/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Almost no color, flavor or smell whatsoever except alochol. In fact, this brew is pretty much nothing but alcohol and water with some hops (maybe one per can). I can't even believe I used to drink this stuff often during college when I was in a pinch. It does hit you quicker than later, and after a few your tastebuds are decimated and they start to go down w/o a problem. My suggestion is to keep this beer as cold as possible and your mug as cold as possible - freeze out all the ingredients other than water and alcohol.

clayrock81, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of barleyman
2.53/5  rDev +45.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the 12 oz aluminum can into my straight sided glass tumbler. The bright yellow color is topped by a white head that quickly subsides. The raisiny sweet smell is one of high alcohol and very little else. A good hop taste is present with malt to just barely balance. The mouthfeel is quite good, and the drinkability is also good. in my opinion, this is the best Bud brand to drink on a regular basis.

barleyman, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of madjr80
1.2/5  rDev -31%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I remember having this years ago. I have not found a beer this nasty. I know we are not supposed to slam beers here, but I really feel that they were trying to make the nastiest stuff in the history in beer. If this is true, then well done. It is funny that someone said that it is a good beer to have while mowing the lawn. I remember I used to mow the neighbors lawn and he would toss me a can of that afterwards. I don't know how I used to get that beer down.

madjr80, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of Spikester
3/5  rDev +72.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent swill beer. Leans toward the Malt Liquor realm but has no bad flavors. Easy drinking and of course a great value. Very close to a Cream Ale and has been rated as such. Will have to do a side by side with Genny Cream sometime to see which is best.

Spikester, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of erosier
1.75/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 5 | overall: 1.5

This beer is to get you drunk for as little money as possible. It smells pretty bad, tastes pretty bad, and looks like warm piss. But the reason I gave it a 5 for mouthfeel is because it feels pretty good going down. Will Ferril put it best - "Once it hits your lips, it tastes so good". This beer is for just that purpose - to get to that point, and it does it's job very well. Beats Natty Light and anything else in it's category.

erosier, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of matty
3.4/5  rDev +95.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Typical pale yellow macro color with the usaul macro nose.The taste is has a slight steel and alcohol taste to it.You know what your getting when you buy one and for the money I think it's worth it.The perfect beer if playing cards,watching football or just kicking back after a rough day!!

matty, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.17/5  rDev +24.7%
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.

GratefulBeerGuy, Sep 27, 2007
Photo of Floydster
1.8/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

24 ounce can from the grocery store

Golden yellow with no head and not much of a smell

Did not taste for very good either

Cheap, but not worth the money wasted and it is not very drinkable

Bad aftertaste

Popular among college students because of its price alone, at least I hope so

Floydster, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
1.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

pmcadamis, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
1.53/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Natural Ice represents the third beer in the College Invitational. At just $1.09 for 24 oz can, this beer now holds my new record of "Buzz for the Buck" (total alcohol per dollar), edging out the Stoudt's DIPA I found for 99 cents many months ago. Will this promise a good buzzability as it hints from its can? Let's find out now:

Into a Kronenbourg 1664 glass it goes, and it pours a clear yellow with a thin head. The body on this one is pale, but with carbonation action. A whiff of fruity alcohol and fermented corn rise from the beer. At first sip, a rush of carbonation hits the tip of the tongue. A touch of creamed corn then blanket on the palate before the alcohol makes an unwanted stay. Ican taste can liner too. I'm still waiting for some malt and hops, you know, real beer ingredients...oh yeah, it's the College Invitational; I'm not going to get any.

The Buzzability on this one is incomplete because I could not finish the whole can. It's flavor is off and the aftertaste is sickening. Can you blame me though? I dumped the rest into the toilet because my sink would reject it.

After having Natural Ice, we wait for the conclusion of the College Invtational, which will be happening tomorrow.

DoubleJ, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of ghostmech007
2.35/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Wingshack poured into a 14oz mug. Very cold mug.

Pale yellow and a joke of a head. Very typical for A-B.

Nothing to smell except a faint wiff of alcohol.

Clean and crisp with a very light body. Smooth from carbonation. No real flavors in here. Malts are awful as are the hops. Aftertaste leaves you feeling raped. Horrified and empty. Only good thing here is the alcohol, will give a decent buzz and quick.

Well natty ice does it again. Very cheap and high in alcohol but not good enough to buy at home. They have it on tap at the local Wingshack for 4 dollars a pitcher, talk about a deal in a college town.

ghostmech007, Aug 08, 2007
Photo of Brad007
1/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pale yellow (nearly urine) color with a head that just fades, fades, fades. Nothing impressive at first. Aroma is bland and corn-ish. Taste is just dull with nothing but corn, corn, corn. High in alcohol and low in ghetto-cred. Trust me, you're better off sticking to something like Steel Reserve if you like your beer cheap and quaffable.

Brad007, Jul 31, 2007
Photo of giblet
1.78/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

my brother in law purchased this a few weeks ago for a cookout. bad move. pale watery color, little head, bitey carbonation that burned my throat. not a good tasted especially when it warmed to over 40 degrees.

not one i would recomend at all! if you want a AB macro you have better choices than this one.

suckem up and movem out.


giblet, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of chilidog
2.4/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I bought thisone for the price, .99 for 24 oz. can. I had a buck, so I went for one.
Poured a pale light gold. Lots of carbonation. A fair two finger head, with fizz, and did fade after a short while.
The aroma was typical mass product in a can, nothing special.
Taste was fair, corn, slight metal and dirty earth.
Mouthfeel was soft due to the carbonation. Air like.
Drinkability, well its not great nor do you run to the sink.
Careful; as other reviews clam thisone is no more than a get drunk brew, ya the 5.9% does hit ya, alittle sooner and stronger than you might think.

chilidog, Jul 22, 2007
Photo of Glazed144
1.25/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer is cheap, gets you drunk quick, and goes down pretty smooth. If you’re looking for a review of the quality of the beer, you’re looking at the wrong brew, this is not for drinking with a meal or anything, this is for getting drunk cheaply. But, it is greeeeat for that!

Glazed144, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of NachlamSie
1.18/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pouring the contents from the bottle into a shaker reveals a very light yellow beer with a small, soapy head which fizzes away soon. The aroma has a profile similar to many other American pale lagers in the way of faint corn, light, sweet malts; and very, very faint hop presence. I found the mouthfeel to be very similar to a soda, but perhaps lighter and less coating. The flavor was very light over the palate, suggesting mostly corn and a mordant, rusty character. The combination of these elements did not enhance its drinkability.

NachlamSie, May 12, 2007
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
1.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance- Very yellowish and with no apparent bubbles, poured with minimal foam that quickly dissipated.

Smell- Smells of stale beer, also a hint of sharpness, possibly from all the carbonation escaping so fast.

Taste- Taste goes on a curve, begins minimally with a taste of carbonated water, proceeds to the pinnacle of mild barley with a burn from the carbonation, finishes with a petering out taste of vanishing carbonation, taste totally defined by its carbonation.

Drinkability- Goes down easy and doesnt fill you up with hoppiness or wheaty flavors. Light and only memorable for its lack of anything but carbonation.

Bowdoinbeerboy, May 01, 2007
Photo of Beerman420
2.48/5  rDev +42.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok here is goes. The non-biased review of a great trailer park classic, Natti Ice. Bought at local liquor store in North Hollywood for $6.00 a 12 pack. Cheap blue box and cheap (trying to look cool) 12 once cans.
No head escapes can, pour yellow with 1/2 ince head that dissapears quickly with little lace. Metallic, alcohol taste with very little flavor, pretty smooth for a cheap ice beer. Mouthfeel very watered down and very carbonated. Smell is also metallic. Aftertaste is a little pungent with a hint of citrus, I have ahd worse.

In conclusion I belive this beer lies in the bottom 10% of all beer, one above LaCrosse Lager and one below Milwaukees Best Ice. It's cheap, but its not undrinkable. After 2 or 3 they do start to taste fine, with 5.9% alcohol it's not the worst I've had. I think it's still better than Bud Light.

Beerman420, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of troobie
3.2/5  rDev +83.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Don't smell this beer. Seriously, don't do it. I don't care how tough you think you are, you won't be able to handle it. Get this beer ice cold in the freezer, then drink it. This has to be the worst smelling beer ever, and I've had alot of bad beers. I have no idea what it looks like because drinking it outside of its "home" is just asking for trouble. Based on what I have typed so far, you'll be surprised to know I think it tastes pretty good. I enjoy the high carbonation, but that decreases exponentially as the beer warms. Speaking of warming, you don't want to let that happen. Adjust your drinking speed accordingly. This is a 5.9% mass produced cheap ice beer. You wanna get drunk? Buy alot of this beer and drink it fast.

troobie, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of pweis909
1.4/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Clear, yellow, white head. Looks as good as any lager.

No smell to speak of. EDIT: IN RETASTING, THERE WAS A GREENAPPLE SMELL, INITIALLY. IT FADED AFTER FIRST WHIFF. The only taste was a light generic sweetness, and the taste of carbonation. EDIT: I WAS BEING OVERLY GENEROUS. THERE IS NO TASTE. No hop presence at all. Pretty bland stuff.

Was really surprised by the lack of any body. Very watery. YEP.

The alcohol seems a little high, actually, for the style. Normally watery brews like this would make a good thirst quencher, if it were down in the low-mid ABV 4%s. I guess ice is meant to imply extra rice, for alcohol boost with no flavor added. I STILL THINK THERE IS TOO MUCH ALCOHOL FOR SO LITTLE FLAVOR.

pweis909, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of williamherbert
1.7/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Ahh Natty Ice. How this beer brings back memories of when I was a poor college student and couldn't afford anything better.... How does it hold up, nostalgia aside?

It's a bright piss-yellow color. There is a rocky, rapidly melting glacier of head. Looks like Italian ice. See through; no lace, no surprises.

Feint smell of rice. Typical extra pale lager. No better no worse in terms of smell. Just very slight.

Corn & rice. Slight alcohol bite. No real flavors to speak of. Maybe a tiny, *tiny* hint of orange.

Fizzy and watery, though also has just a smidge of creaminess. This beer gets old fast. It's really a poor drink, even compared to the standard college-kid fare. This beer was made to get as drunk as possible as fast as possible ... little else.

williamherbert, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of Byeast
2.58/5  rDev +48.3%
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.

Byeast, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
1.18/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Ok, here we go, I think we may have hit bottom. I really I had never even had this one before this, but figured I should try the cheapest beer I could find. Poured the palest and clearest yellow imaginable, big fizzy white head faded immediatly to leave just really nothing. Lots of chains of bubbles littered throughout, but this was just soo damn clear. Smell did not exist, at least I couldn't smell one, don't know if that is good or bad in this case, so thats really all I can comment on. Taste again was non existent, maybe a slight taste of corn or grain, but really I was dumbfounded as there was really no taste. Was slick, smooth going down. Tasted like ice cold water and I could see why people drink so much, they are trying to find the taste!

mikesgroove, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of jettjon
2.5/5  rDev +43.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presented in a 16 oz can, born on date 20 December 2006. A bit embarrassed at the checkout, but hey, I’m an obsessive completist. Into the pilsner, a pale golden color with copious, large bubbles. Puffy white head quickly fades to a small ring, though bubbles continue to rise. Zero lace. Nose of bread and sweet cut grass. Slight astringent odor. Tastes is of bready malt, a bit of alcohol toward the middle and a dry, mildly bitter, dry barley finish. A bit of distracting chemical off-flavor at the end. Mouth is watery and a bit thin with mild to moderate carbonation. Drinkability is low; this beer really offers nothing more than 5.9% ABV, which I’m sure is it’s intended selling point. I could actually finish one 16 oz can with no trouble, but definitely didn’t want another.

Overall: If your MO is a cheap buzz, this one will do it. A four pack of 16 oz cans is essentially 64 oz. of 5.9% swill for 3 bucks. It’s not terrible (definitely had much worse), but it really has no redeeming qualities. Avoid.

jettjon, Jan 25, 2007
Natural Ice from Anheuser-Busch
45 out of 100 based on 1,122 ratings.