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Natural Ice - Anheuser-Busch

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1,220 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,220
Reviews: 313
rAvg: 1.74
pDev: 43.1%
Wants: 5
Gots: 133 | 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 TheStig
1.03/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

There are things on this planet that are what they are, and there's little use trying to qualitatively assess them unless doing so is part of a medical study. Diarrhea, rickets, flesh wounds... these things aren't compared by the merits of their qualities, only in varying degrees of how awful they were to endure, hence systems like the "pain scale." Yeah, this is an 8. Not as bad as drinking bad moonshine, but it's easily the worst beer I've ever had. It really does taste worse when poured into a glass (I absolutely will not say it tastes "better" from the can). You don't drink this unless you're fourteen and couldn't steal any Smirnoff Ice from the 7-11, or it's in a red plastic cup, you've got a ping pong ball in your hand and you're in a frat. I loathe this substance.

Photo of womencantsail
1.36/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Ah Natty Ice, how I've not missed you at all...

A: The pour is a crystal clear yellow color with a big white head that is gone before it's arrived.

S: This beer smells like Nebraska. Corn, corn, and more corn. And then some offensive aromas of alcohol, urine, and grass. Actually, that's not fair, sorry Nebraska.

T: An intense alcohol, corn, and grain flavor to this beer. Just bad. It's no wonder this beer was only used for drinking games that involved chugging and "served" ice cold. I can barely choke this down.

M: Light, thin, watery, and fizzy just about sums up our mouthfeel.

D: This stuff is probably the worst of the adjunct lagers. At least most of them are not so blatantly offensive.

Photo of theycallmstacy
1.1/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Honestly, whoever drinks this beer is probably sporting his mullet listening to zztop and driiving around picking up fat chicks.

It smells like a used diaper filled with indian food. If you have ever heard of jenkem you could probably compare the drinkablitiy to that concoction.

Photo of beersensei305
1/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

AWFUL. This 'beer' just smells from moldly boiled rice and distilled alcohol. Pale yellowish color, no head no lacing. Makes me wonder why I am drinking this, and who would buy this. The flavor is mostly of the bitter moldy rice. AVOID!!! unless your aying beer pong

Save yourself from this beer... must have Dogfish

Photo of buschbeer
2.83/5  rDev +62.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I poured into a pint glass to a large white head. The beer is pale yellow in color. The aroma is alcohol and sweet malt. The taste is sweet malt. I get no hops taste at all. There's not really a whole lot of taste. It's cheap and it goes down like water. It's only suitable for binge drinking.

Photo of TheKingofWichita
2.33/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Not the best beer, not the worst beer. Good for drinking when there is nothing left other than this or Bud Lite.
Pours a light straw color, with vast carbonation, and a thin white head.
Smells of corn and other adjuncts, some malty sweetness.
Tastes much of the same.
Mouthfeel is very thin.
Drinkable for those lost in a desert for forty days and/or addicted to bad beer.

Photo of IPAescotch
1.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

smells like cholorine. tastes watery and some extra light corn maltiness. thin and clean like clorox. sharp carbonation. corny with some dead hop flavor at the end. feels like my palate just got run over with overcarbonation.

D: this was supposed to be an easily drinkable beer for a quick buzz, but is absolutely sad,even for a macro. i see why people buy the light version, ill go for pabsts

Photo of hardy008
1.11/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Clear gold with a white head which disappears almost immediately. Smells of grain, husks. Very musty. Tastes as bad as it smells. Musty, with some grain flavor. Not much else. Thin, fair carbonation, watery, and not very impressive at all. Not one of the better adjunct lagers to be sure.

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

MY least favorite beer in my area.

Just awful

Corn, and harsh bitter alcohol residue. Some people say it goes down like soda, bit i cant even stomach the shit. leavers a bittersweet taste like burnt ketchup and coldcuts. gasoline and garbage wrapped into one.

Its only redeeming quility is that its 5.9 as opposed to the average 5, But i have to be pretty desperate and already buzzed to stomach this shit.

Beware of the natty dreads of this swampass Sswamp thing, just awful....

Photo of tronester
1.55/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Pours an ultra pale yellow, one of the lightest colored beers I have seen. Completely clear. Thin white head. A virtually non existent aroma; I smell a hint of corn and ethanol. Taste is watery and bland, a hint of corn and ethanol in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is like that of carbonated water, medium carbonation, not good at all. Drinkability is the highest ranked characteristic, even though it is still only a 2. I wouldn't get this again, though I suppose it is a better value than the 'premium' BMC brands with it's lower price.

Photo of VietPong
1.37/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The beer when nobody can afford it or legally purchase anything better. I have grown to hate natty ice, with its horrible, indistinguishable taste, terrible smell, and bad feel. Even having it in my mouth makes me uncomfortable. Overall, terrible in every way.

Photo of Rommy
2.6/5  rDev +49.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass, golden yellow with a thin head that dissipates very quickly. Hardly smells like anything at all, a bit of a corn scent, depending on the can, sometimes smells like a beer from a dirty tap. Slightly sweet taste, to those who don't drink it all that often it may taste a bit stronger on the alcohol side.

Some find it hard to drink, I find that it goes down like water, and packs a punch as well. Like Bud Light, but with significantly more ABV. A good beer if you're trying to get drunk. Does a good job for the price as 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 GNR4life2
1/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Had this when I was a broke teenager. I had it only once in adulthood when I was already drunk but still couldnt even finish a sip. Yes that bad. Beer Advocate this review should prove I love ya!

A: Foam that settles into yellow pee.

S: Metal and something other garbage

T: Oh Lord Help me! Metal and hoppy vomit.

M: Lots of carbonation with a heavy feeling. Swallow quickly or vomit.

D: Wouldnt even drink this if it was free. I dont care about the cheap price and shit load of alcohol content. I will go sober or die of thirst.

Photo of beertunes
2.73/5  rDev +56.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz can shared with geezer Jim. Poured the bright, clear, clean yellow typical of the style, with a thin white head that had zero retention or lacing.

The aroma was non-existent, no grain, hops or alcohol. At least there was no skunk so it gained a point for that. The taste was grainy, but bland, fairly typical for the style.

Body and drinkability were both typical for the style. This isn't a style that I seek out, but, due to issue with me running off at the mouth, I have to drink a few examples of the style, I might as well review 'em.

Photo of jsprain1
2.3/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A- Looks like it's AB counterparts. Pale straw, no head no lacing.
S- Smell is of corn. There is a certain metal element as well. Generally clean and hard to discern as being present.
T- The taste is also metal and corn, with a little bit more graininess then Natty Light.
M- Thin and watery, but not altogether more so than some "Premium" adjunct lagers. Finishes with a little bit of alcohol warmth.
D- It's made for those looking to get buzzed. Nothing to discern it from others of its type.

Photo of JMad
2.08/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a 24oz can into a frozen mug.

1. Has a pale straw color. One finger head that disappeared before i even took a sip. Left a little lacing on the glass.

2. Smells kind of sour, like old bread, and I can smell a little alcohol, barely.

3. Tastes like corn and alcohol.

4. Feels overcarbonated.

5. Drinkable if Ice cold, Had to force the second half down though.

Photo of Blakaeris
1.94/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours brilliantly clear dark yellow with a thick 2 finger soapy head that quickly dissipates to a thin sheen.

Aroma is like soap or disinfectant. What the hell?

Taste is very light pale malt and sweet then sour corn adjunct. No bitterness to be found.

Mouthfeel is very light with an odd soap quality that coats the tongue.

Even though I am grading to the style this one is bad.

Photo of bashiba
1.61/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured a very thin straw yellow with fizzy white head, very typical Macro.

The smell is awful, Smells like a soaked pair of socks that have air dried for a week.

Thankfully the taste is slightly less offensive than the smell, still not good. A dull tinny malt flavor, slightly sweet with and odd bitterness and a strange mustyness blending in for a poor flavor experience.

The mouthfeel is thin and watery.

Not good, not good at all.

Photo of BagOHaZe
1.18/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Nati Ice Ok this has to be one of the worst beers i have ever had.

It is akin to another AB product Cobra Malt Liquor. Nothing about this beer is subtle to start off the smell reminds me of water collected from the runoff of a stagnant river, preferably one with a diesel slick .

Taste- Think of the Dew forming on a garbage bag on a July morning or possibly maggot urine.

Mouth feel- What i would imagine ether or gasoline would feel like if mixed with seltzer .

Drink-ability- I wanted to hold my nose and get it done with.

Final thoughts - This beer was made for a cheap buzz it's very close to Cobra and made for college students and those who just want to get wasted. Not that there is anything wrong with that. However with the variety of other cheap beers on the market you can do better.

Photo of tjsdomer2
1.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Boring pale yellow with no foam or carbonation.

Smell: Pretty bad smell. Bitter, much more so than Keystone Ice. Stale and gross. Still, it's not as bad as Keystone in this category.

Taste/Mouthfeel: In this category, Natty Ice improves Keystone Ice. It stays equally as gross throughout, making it less extreme and more balanced than Keystone.

Drinkability: I guess when shotgunning? I've heard even that's awful.

Overall: Like I said, Natty Ice tastes more temperant than Keystone Ice, but smells worse.

Photo of thea67
4.75/5  rDev +173%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I like Natural Ice very much! And now it is the only beer I will drink, here's why. Most beer gives me a serious headache when I drink more than one or two servings, so I basically had to quit drinking beer. Then I found Natural Ice! I don't know what Anheuser-Busch did that's different, but thanks to their creation of Natural Ice, I can drink beer again.

Natural Ice has a crisp clean, slightly sweet taste and the carbonation isn't too light or too heavy. Also, I did a test with Natural Ice by leaving a half of a tall can in the refrigerator for two days, obviously-open. Most beer would be good and flat by then, but not Natural Ice. After the two days open in the fridge, I poured it into a clear glass and it had almost as much head as a freshly opened beer. I drank it and it was still great. Any other beer I would have poured down the drain.

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 sonofabeach
1.95/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Smells like banana bubble gum.

Taste is sweet bubble gum and alcohol.

This might be popular with the kids with all of that sticky sweetness. It ain't for me.

If they were giving these away for free at the beer store, I would drop mine in the box for starving children.

Photo of heissebier
2.15/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pale and nearly colorless.

Smell- Honestly little more than alcohol. Underwhelming.

Taste- The alcohol in this brew is definitely noticeable, but not in a good way. Not completely tasteless like some low quality beers, but the taste is not desireable in any way.

Mouthfeel- Thin and watery. Weak carbonation. Alcoholic warmth though.

Drinkability- Nice bang for your buck. Good price/alcohol ratio if that's what floats your boat.

Natural Ice from Anheuser-Busch
45 out of 100 based on 1,220 ratings.