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Natural Ice - Anheuser-Busch

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1,199 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,199
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 1.73
pDev: 43.35%
Wants: 6
Gots: 102 | 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 thea67
4.78/5  rDev +176.3%
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 +4.6%
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 +12.7%
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 +24.3%
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.

Photo of Wasatch
2/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a light yellow color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slight hop note. Light body. Not drinkable, would not buy again.

Photo of nicholas2121
3.58/5  rDev +106.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Natural ICE is Made by Anheuser Busch is an ICE Beer with an ABV of 5.9. This brew pours out a nice amber color with a nice white head. The smell is corn and grains. This is a good cheap priced ICE beer. The drink ability of this beer is ok. It goes down smooth with no bad aftertaste. Not the best but not the worst. When I low on cash I go for good old Natty ICE. Natural ICE has more of a kick to it than Natural Light. Great price for a ICE beer.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.22/5  rDev +143.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Natural Ice has a deep, golden color and a standard head. I has somewhat lower carbonation than a typical American-style lager. Natty Ice has a mild, pleasant aroma and tastes very good. This beer feels good in the mouth and going down. It's got good body and a bite to it. Overall, I'd say it's one of the, if not the best, value priced (Anheuser-Busch's words) ice beer on the market. For what one gets, it's a bargain. It goes well with just about any hardy foods.


Photo of mtnbikerpa
2.7/5  rDev +56.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 24 ounce glass. Yellow, golden color. No head and no carbonation. Corn, butter like smell. Nothing special about the taste, normal corn, rice and some green grass flavors. I am drinking this very cold since it is a Ice beer. Mouthfeel is pretty water like. Do not reach for this brew on purpose.

Photo of WYVYRN527
1.08/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Anfriend that was over gave me a tall of this. Normally, I wouldn't even pour this into one of my glasses, but had to. It pours pale yellow with a head that rises and settles just as fast. The smell is almost unbearable. Metallic, faintly malty, with some notes of laundry detergent. The taste is just about the same. Soapy, astringent, and unpleasant. Malt is minimal, with some hints of fresh bread and toffee, but the medicinal, cough syrup notes still overwhelm the palate. Light bodied, and in a bad way, this beer is for those who drink beer for the lone purpose of getting drunk. Not one I would consider when even buying for company.

Photo of kdawg105
2.75/5  rDev +59%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It has a pale yellow color that doesn't look as appitizing as it really is. It does have kind of a metallic taste but all around for the price it is a good beer. It is very carbonated but its mouth feel is not that harsh not like a malt liqour and has as much abv% you have a decent drinkability that is quite refreshing.

Photo of roddwolff
2.17/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pale yellow color with lots of bubbles, foamy head is large and yellow;

S: Unpleasant, mineral water and sweet notes;

T: Doesn't have much flavor, some sweet malt and lot of carbonation;

M: Refreshing, fizzy and light body;

D: Very good for hot days but with too much ABV and you can get drunk without realizing it.

Photo of puboflyons
2.38/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From the 24 fl. oz. can marked 09322-NB43. Sampled on January 3, 2010. I saw this single can sitting in the cooler of my corner store and rolled my eyes. I knew I hadn't reviewed it so after a little hestitation, I bought it. It pours pale yellow with a thin bubbly white head and ongoing carbonation. The aroma is a bit like cereal, grass, alcohol, and a hint of hops. Thin mouthfeel. The taste is more alcohol than anything which is a bit of a turnoff for me in a beer. The aftertaste is a bit annoying. This is not a tremendous beer but it does get you buzzed.

Photo of Bookseeb
2.98/5  rDev +72.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance has a light golden color with a quick dissipating head. Smell, I had to work at, but it has a very faint rice aroma. Taste of very light rice and hops, probably the cleanest tasting ice beer i've had and for being so clean I don't even taste the alchohol. Mouthfeel is a rich light with good carbonation. Even though there is no complexity to it, for an ice beer it goes down rather smooth and refreshing.

Photo of whtguitarguy
2.9/5  rDev +67.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

If you want to get the job done, then drink this. Golden yellow appearance with a big head. Aroma is non existent aside from a tinge or two of malts. Taste is malty, sour rather alcoholic, and more like a malt liquor. Alcoholic flavor is strong even though it is only 5.9. If not tasting, this is a good in between.

Photo of Beerislife652854
3.4/5  rDev +96.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Natural Ice. Less than $15 for a 30-pack.


Tasteless when near frozen.
Smell is non-existent.
Overly carbonated, more so than most sodas.
EXTREME Drinkability. It is like chilled carbonated water.

And the best attribute: 5.9% ABV.

Enemy of beer snobs worldwide, best friend of the impoverished.

Natural Ice is 100% win.

Photo of MbpBugeye
2/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Paired this one with a corn dog and some yellow mustard for that full classy effect.

A- I felt weird as I poured this 24oz tall boy can into my pilsner glass. Its prefectly clear with almost no color at all, just a slight tint of yellow. 2 Finger white head rises but fades down to a tiny film. No lacing but very active effervescence.

S- WOW! Straight up corn. Smells like those decorative dried corn cobs you find adorning wreaths around thanksgiving., mixed with tin. At least it has a smell.

T- Very sweet. Too sweet. Mostly all malts and adjuncts.

M- Very light and watery. Lots of carbonation.

D- Easy to drink. Goes down like water. Higher ABV than regular Natty. Gets you drunk

The whole Natty family was a major part of my underage drinking and partying years back. I figure I at least owe this beer a review.

Photo of Hovellord
3.1/5  rDev +79.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Straight out of a 40. Not much to say about Natural Ice other than that it is cheap. Little taste that I could discern, but nothing abhorrent at that. Maybe some sweetness, a bit more complex than some of its stablemates. Of course, it is highly drinkable, which is the point. Pressed for cash and desirous of a little buzz? You could definitely do worse.

Photo of tone77
2.6/5  rDev +50.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 24 oz. can. Has a very pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some notes of corn. Taste is not so good. Metallic and alcohol with some corn. Feels light in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall there are far better cheap beers than this one.

Photo of jmaur345
1.45/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Natural Ice is quite possibly the worst tasting beer on Earth. It does have some good qualities however. #1 It's cheap #2 It get's you drunk, and quick. If you want more from a beer than simple intoxication, avoid Natty Ice.

A- Light Yellow, looks like carbonated urine.

S- Terrible, smells of burnt corn and lots of alcohol.

T- See smell.

M- Natty Ice is best drank very cold and very fast, so you don't really notice the mouthfeel...

D- If you're a fratboy or a bum looking to get drunk as hell, it an A+. However, if you're anything else stay away from this awful brew at all costs.

Photo of jt31914
1.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Looks like dark yellow piss with a lot of foam. Highly carbonated.

S: smells like corn and metal/alcohol.

T: tastes same as smell, not very good - too much alcohol and no good hops flavor.

M/D: Average, this is a get drunk only beer.

Let's face it, this is a "I want to get obliterated drunk tonight" beer.

Photo of grdahl
2.4/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz can with Born On Date on bottom.

Appearance: pale yellow with snow white head.

Smell: Clean with very little noticeable aroma.

Taste: Light, Clean and crisp like you would expect a AB product for the masses.

Mouthfull: Very thin but highly carbonated.

Drinkability: Hits the spot on a hot day. Best served very cold.

Overall not a bad swill. Compared to Bud and Miller Lites, this actually has enough beer flavor to get you through a can or two.
Serving type: Can

Photo of baos
1.2/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Can into jar at sawmill.

A: Pee yellow with huge head that dissipates down to nothing.

S: Grains and metal and vodka out of a plastic bottle?

T: Goodness jeebus chrise. Seltzer water, stale barley, and cheap vodka.

M: Watery and fizzy. Mountain Dew has a better mouthfeel.

D: No please don't

Photo of Onenote81
2.17/5  rDev +25.4%
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.

Photo of woemad
2.13/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

Photo of mothman
1.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Natural Ice from Anheuser-Busch
45 out of 100 based on 1,199 ratings.