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Natural Ice - Anheuser-Busch

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1,176 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,176
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 1.74
pDev: 43.1%
Wants: 6
Gots: 93 | 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 Onenote81
2.17/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

24 oz. can at my local grocery for $1.49, why not? Poured into my pilsner glass a slightly dark yellow with a monster of a white head on top. Retention was decent, and it left some spots of lace. Smells very cheap and grainy. Nothing to the nose at all. The mouth was thin and wet. Typical for the style. The flavor was better than some other macros I've tried, but still thin and lacking any substance. Hints of cheap grains, and slight honey-kissed breadiness on the finish. Not much going on. This would be refreshing on a hot day, no doubt, but I will most likely never have this again.

Onenote81, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of woemad
2.13/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz can from a 30-pk purchased at Winco for $13 & change. I was in the need for a large quantity of macro beer. Since I'd never had this, I figured what the hell. According to the carton this was "born on" August 1.

Pale golden in color, with a big, fizzy, bone-white head that hung around for about 2 minutes, then left a foamy skiff atop the beer. No lace to speak of.

Not much to note in the nose, and what's there isn't too good. Vague vegetable oil notes and a crude, earthy maltiness. As it warms, more points need to be shed as a meek yet nasty solvent-like scent can be detected deep in the background.

Taste is a little more assertive than in the smell, but that's called damning with faint praise, folks. Very mildly bitter corn-like flavor (yes, I know A-B uses rice, but it tastes like corn, dammit!) and mild, crudely sweet malts are all that reveal themselves to the tastebuds, except for a barely-noticeable yet nasty chemical solvent flavor that doesn't really become apparent until after a few sips.

Watery, thin mouthfeel, with precious few charcteristics to note.

Barely decent if you're in the mood for a very bland beer that you barely know you are drinking. If you need a beer to absent-mindedly sip while you're watching a game you could do worse, but there's precious else to say for this beer.

woemad, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of mothman
1.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Poured vigorously into Bud American Ale pint.

Fizzy 2 finger white head that doesn't last longer than a minute. Color is a clear straw yellow.

Aroma: Very grainy. This beer is somewhat sweet. I can't figure out why, but it isn't the worst marco in the world. It seems to be more fresh than others.

Taste: Whoa, there is that bad macro taste. A ton of grain and corn. Not very sweet anymore. Smell is as far as I will go for this beer.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and skunky. Not anything I am liking. Light bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Ends with a dry grainy aftertaste.

Overall, I am really not liking this beer at all. I can see most regular college guys drinking this because of the abv and the price, but this one is not for me.

mothman, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of goblue3509
1.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a very pale yellow color with a fizzy head. The smell is of sweet corn grains and rice. The taste is metallic with grains, it is very bitter and skunky. The bitter isn't due to hops, its just bitter. The mouthfeel is slick and highly carbonated. Overall this is a rough beer to drink, you could not have many of them.

goblue3509, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of VictorEHuskie
1.98/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is a beer that is marketed solely towards college aged people what with their "naturday" ads calling thursday (thirsty thursday) the day to drink Natty products. Had it at a party. Not impressed. Really not much to say. Didn't expect it to be good. It wasn't.

VictorEHuskie, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of BeerFMAndy
1.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

24 oz can poured (sadly) into an Imperial Pint. 23 May '09. [Really, I don't think this beer being fresh will help change my rating.]

A - Pale clear yellow straw color with a big white effervescent head with no retention or lacing. Think layer and ring are all thats left.

S - Sweet corn with grains, straw, and rice. Doesn't resemble what a real beer should be in the least bit. In fact, the more I smell it, the more offensive it becomes.

T - There is so little flavor here it's astonishing. Rice and dry straw with a dry finish comprise this terrible, terrible beer.

M - Slick, super light, and fully carbonated. Nothing unusual but very standard for this style.

D - Despite it's terrible smell and flavor, or lack-thereof, it would wash wings down easily for a frat-boy in need alcohol in any form. Unfortunately, I'm not a frat-boy. Just awful.

BeerFMAndy, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of alfistheman
1.6/5  rDev -8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Oh man... i'm broke and its still not good.
A- didn't pour it, it's cheap so ya
S- adjunct, cheap, hope its ok to get me drunk
T- like bubblegum... strange... adjunct things... no hops... lot of malted sugars or something... I had a good hoppie bear earlier but damn this tastes like kid gum or something
M-thin... warm cuz i drank it slow... vocab breaking down... durrr....
D-Couldn't afford better beer... xtra in fridge now... prob drink more tom.... add xtra point to drink for that purp but dat it... k... only buy this if ur broke redneck and aren't against domestic violence... haha... seriously.. k...

alfistheman, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of x63x77
1/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12 oz can at a house party.

Appearance: Don't know, I didn't bother to pour it.

Smell: Absolutely Awful, pure metallic, like they brewed it with a bed of dirty pennies.

Taste: Absolutely terrible, the worst beer I have ever drank.

Mouth Feel: Honestly, I can't even put a mouth feel here, my brain was so repulsed by the taste that it shut down.

Drinkability: The worst, even for free I could only drink one.

x63x77, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of IMincedTheKing
2.53/5  rDev +45.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours yellow with a decent, but short-lived head.

Sharp and tart smell with some corn. Extremely sulfurous. Not enticing at all.

Tastes like a paperclip. Some corn, but paperclip is the most prominent flavor. A touch of grain in the finish, along with appleskin and more metal. That said, I've never hated the way paperclips taste.

Honestly, I was expecting something much worse. While Natty Ice is very bad, I would have no problem drinking it.

IMincedTheKing, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of sabinelr
3.25/5  rDev +86.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Well, I couldn't really see it, but the can is sort of bold
S - Smells like someone tried to put some malt and hops in but they were caught before they finished
T - I was hoping to taste malt and hops and stuff, but the alcohol took over. Not that I'm complaining...
M - Sort of like when you are a teenager and you have put something forbidden in your mouth for the first time. Better than drinking gin or chartreuse straight, and way better than Steel Reserve or Baltika. Nothing particularly stands out.
D - Slam 'em down. For sure. On the other hand, it might be giving me a headache, but maybe it's just the weather.

I think the other derogatory remarks come from the good beer cultists. If I'da had this in my younger days I'd be rolling around the floor in stupefied ecstasy, and I would have never touched that fifth of Gallo muscatel. Lighten up, guys. You must be those guys who won't buy a gut bomb from the dollar menu. Only two cans, and it is taking hold, while I sob in nostalgia listening to Ray singing "Georgia On My Mind."

sabinelr, May 05, 2009
Photo of ButtWizzard
2.73/5  rDev +56.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - The can looked good. I liked how they bragged about the alcohol content on the can
S - Malty smell. Could kind of smell the alcohol. Thumbs down on the smell
T - I think the best description I could give this beer is that it tastes like a slightly better and more mild Steel Reserve
M - Mild carbonation. I expected it to be highly carbonated, but it was definitely not
C - Taste of a malt liquor, but chugability of a macro brew

Not that great, but I was impressed with the high alcohol content without the nasty malt liquor end of the can taste.

ButtWizzard, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of minterro
2.5/5  rDev +43.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: clear and yellow with a head that falls quick.

S: alomst nothing there, hints of a grain.

T: less watery then natural light kinda tastes like the can even when i poured it into a glass.

M: smooth but a bit over carbonated then i like.

D: bought a 30 of this, and it comes in a 30 for a reason. Not a good beer for relaxing with, its for getting drunk. Not bad for a cheap beer its way better then is light conterpart. Not a bad deal for its price

minterro, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of PintOHops
2.85/5  rDev +63.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a mug.

Appearance/Smell - Appears clear gold yellow with a quarter inch of bubble bath head, dissipates very quickly. Has medium carbonation with very large bubbles, and spotty, sudsy lacing surprisingly! Smells of semi sharp citrus and metallic twang, very fruity grape and strawberry, and hints of rice and grain. Nothing offensive, but the fruity tart like aromas are a little strange.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes very similar to how it smells, sweet malt, rice & grains, fruity grape & strawberry's, hints of citrus and metallic flavors. Nothing offensive but nothing desirable. Nothing offensive as it warms, which is a big plus. Mouthfeel is a little watery, semi bitey carbonation on the palate, and lite bodied. Pretty smooth going down despite the bite on the tongue.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - Well all in all this beer is a highly drinkable cheap buzz. Purchased for 5.99 for a 12pack in CA! I was blown away on how cheap this beer was, comparable to Malt Liquor prices. I think this beer is okay for someone looking to get drunk, buzzed, or otherwise somewhat enjoy a completely unoffensive cheap beer. It actually reminded me of King Cobra, with it's fruity flavors and aromas.

I think I would enjoy a nice cold King Cobra instead, around the same price and ABV, but more enjoyable to me. I say give it a try if you don't want to pick up some 40s of Malt Liquor, or you need to conceal your alcoholic beverage.

PintOHops, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of JesseP09
1/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

So so so very bad...Pleas I beg you stay away from Natty Ice. Natural Light at least has the fact that it has no taste period so you can pound them back. Natty Ice has such a wretched taste that I cannot finish one. To be honest, the god-awful smell of this beer is most comparable to a urinal in a truck stop that someone pissed in three days ago and it hasn't been flushed yet. God, just an awful beer.

JesseP09, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of woodske1
1.02/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The Bros gave it a C-? What the hell is that? This beer is even terrible for Beer Pong. Nothing redeeming here.

From the smell to the aftertaste it is terrible. It tastes nothing like "Beer". It is bottled and cheap...that's about it. I may drink it if there were no anesthetic to take before a surgery...may.

woodske1, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of TheTrevor
2.28/5  rDev +31%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a clear yellow with a two-finger head that didn't last long and some visible carbonation. The smell is sweet adjunct, probably rice or corn. The taste reflects the smell, not a whole lot going on besides what was absolutely needed to produce the alcohol. There may be a tiny bit of hops towards the finish. The mouthfeel is watery and fairly aggressively carbonated. When it's cold it's not too hard to drink, but good luck if you let it warm up. This is a beer engineered to get college kids, rednecks, and the homeless from zero to drunk in as few hours and dollars as possible.

TheTrevor, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of letsgoblue89
1/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Literally the worst beer ever. All of my experiences with this horrible thing that calls itself beer have been unquestionably negative. I have nothing nice to say. I can't even get drunk on this beer because I can't finish one. So so bad. I pray to God you never have to drink this pig slop. The only thing that separates it from donkey piss is the fact that Natty Ice can get you drunk. If you can finish one.

letsgoblue89, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of berserker256
1.63/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

24 ounce ghetto can sans paper bag. Pee yellow with a soapy white head. Resembles pee very much. Smells like metal and old musty hay. It smells like the under side of a bottle cap found behind a 7/11 dumpster. There's an unpleasant corn sludge kind of taste and texture to this swill. Nasty aftertaste. Tough to drink. Not good. You get what you pay for. $1.29 worth of 5.9% last resort. P.U.

berserker256, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of WakeandBake
3/5  rDev +72.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A golden yellow pour,two fingers of fizzy white head. Aroma of cereal grain,cornflakes,and a very faint fruit note.Flavor of corn/rice sweetness, thin body,acceptable mouthfeel,some faint bitterness at the end. spotty lacing.Not as horrible as expected,drinkable and cheep.

WakeandBake, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of theBubba
1.75/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 24 oz can that cost $1.09 (this already tells the story) Natural Ice looked like a Bud, or a Miller, or a Coors...etc. The nice snow white head came and went in the time it takes to pull the pop top.

The smell was of a little corn and a little Penn Station men's room. Not that it smelt like piss, but more like the stuff they use in restrooms to mask the smell of piss, or maybe a room deodorizer you buy at the Dollar Store.

Taste was much like the smell. And as the beer warms up, it gets worse. There's a good bit of carbonation that could almost make this beer, when ice cold, a decent quick summertime buzz at the beach. Otherwise it's okay for the day before payday.

theBubba, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of yesyouam
1/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Natural Ice is a very sparkling straw colored lager with a creepy white film. I almost threw change at the glass out of instinct because it smells like a homeless guy. It's sweet and corny in the nose with a lot of fusel oil. It is light bodied and watery. It's rather sweet and, like the aroma, all corn and fusel oil. That poison alcohol flavor continues to linger. This is the worst beer I have reviewed. It's cheap and boozy. Heroin must be healthier than this.
(rated Aug 14, 2008)

yesyouam, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of kflorence
1.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer doesn't deserve a pour, but it's a light straw color with dissipating head. The smell and taste are both a bit skunky; grains and metal also very present. The only perks of this beer are the fact that it's cheap and has 5.9% alcohol, so it's good for session drinking and/or drinking games. Avoid if looking for anything resembling taste or refreshment.

kflorence, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of germanbeer1
1.53/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer should really be labeled simply as brown water. It has a bitter, metallic taste which is overshadowed more than anything else by water. The only thing worse than drinking this beer is the feeling you get the next morning. 5.9% is way too much for a beer like this.

germanbeer1, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of TLove
1.25/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This beer is embarassing. There is a bitter taste with no rhyme or reason to the substance of the beer or the mouthfeel. With the exception of the piss-yellow color inherent in other beers of similar taste, there is little to like about this beer except to drink it cold and really really quick. Its unfortunate that I decided to drink this after starting with a substantive, light craft brew with a similar color, for this ruined my inclination to try anything from Anheuser-Busch.

TLove, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of BierFan
3.08/5  rDev +77%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

24 ounce can of Natural Ice poured into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: Very pale yellow body. White head that disappears fairly quickly. No lacing.

Smell: Pale malts with some apples. Very sweet.

Taste: Sweet and juicey flavor. Not much going on in the flavor department.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery.

BierFan, Nov 02, 2008
Natural Ice from Anheuser-Busch
45 out of 100 based on 1,176 ratings.