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Natural Ice - Anheuser-Busch

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BA SCORE
45
awful

1,148 Ratings
THE BROS
64
poor

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Ratings: 1,148
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 1.73
pDev: 43.35%
Wants: 6
Gots: 85 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-03-2001)
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Photo of thekevlarkid
2.1/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pale straw yellow color, aroma of stale malts and alcohol. Decent head and some decent retention too and some lacing. Carbonation fades quickly. Very middle of the road on the palette. Some hops, some metallic malt, medium body, bitter finish. Classic cheap beer. Should have a label that reads 'Warning: To be drunk by frat boys only.'

thekevlarkid, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
2.33/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Single can had at a friend's place...
This is just about as Macro as you can get...
Pours a piss-yellow hue with hardly any head and very minimal lacing...
Faint, nearly undetectable corny and pale aroma...
Taste, likewise, was bland, watered-down, with a hint of alcohol on the tongue...
Poor, loose mouthfeel along with an unimpressive level of drinkability...
Not recommended, even for a cheap macro...

dsa7783, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
1.95/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Poured a bright, and brilliantly clear gold color with a respectable ½ finger snow white creamy head that lasted for a minute of two. Visible carbonation was extremely light with but a few surface bound bubbles seen at any given time.

S: light with some sweet buttered grains and was very faint. Some light soft lemon hints sneak in as well but really don't improve it in any way. Pretty boring.

T: sweet buttered grains, was fairly crisp with some fresh lemon hopping. There was a sour citric finish that was pretty much a turn off with some sour apples and grains being detected as well.

M: thin, oily, with a citric tang and very fizzy despite its calm visible nature.

D: At 5.9% abv I didn't detect as much alcohol as I did off flavors. One was more then enough and was pretty rough going down. Not something I would ever care to try again.

beerthulhu, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of jwc215
1.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours light straw yellow with a fizzy, tight-bubbled head that decends to virtually nothing. Fizzy carbonation makes a temporary patch.

The smell is of seltzer water with some husk.

The taste is sweet - bland grain doused in alcohol. A light beer with some booze. Imbalanced alcohol lends more sweetness than an imbalanced graininess can handle. Some cooked veggies mix in. Fizzy with little flavor.

This is disgustingly sweet, though flavor is virtually non-existent. Is this for people who don't want any taste but just the extra bit of alcohol? I'd say so. Insta-headache. I figured - I'll try it how bad can it be? Oh. It numbed my tongue for a bit. PASS.

jwc215, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
2.3/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 24 oz can into nonic pint glass.

A - Looks like a macro. Bright, pale yellow, with a half inch of head that hangs around a few seconds before falling to nothing.

S - Not as bad as I was prepared for. Slightly metallic with definite alcohol presence. A sort of rubbery/cheese aroma in there as well.

T - Complete nothingness, almost. Tasteless liquid runs over the tongue until late palate where some faint grain husk comes into the picture. A quick metallic flavor flares up breifly and gives way to a slightly unpleasant alcohol burn. Funky bitterness wraps everything up.

M - Thin, with prickly carbonation.

D - Eh, this stuff is what it is. For a 5.9% macro, it wouldn't be the roughest thing to drink, and I'll probably be able to finish this can without much problem. Not something I'd every seek out, however. It was packaged in a cool can though.

PatrickJR, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of foles75
1.25/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bought this beer on the way home from a fireworks display.32oz bottle... Pours piss yellow, real foamy but quickly becomes flat. The taste,,, feels like I have a dirty rubber flip-flop in my mouth, nasty....I have a 32oz bottle how do I choke this down???? I love Pabst and Schlitz,,, I already hated BMC products and now I bought this for 2.00$,,god damn this is horrible shit,, If you like your beer tasting like dirty feet,,,, well,, this is your brew!!

Friends don't let Friends drink BUD products...

foles75, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of Drewcifer
1.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This review is brought to you by an urge to rid the beer fridge of a handful of beers brought around for parties and left stranded, on a rainy July 4th.

How do you expect it to pour out? Hay colored, what little head there is is gone quick. Not much to look at.

Musty, somewhat metallic grainy aroma.

Taste is watery barrley and grain, wet cardboard, and a metallic tinge. Not good.

Very light body, medium carbonation.

Unless is this the only beer avaliable, stay away. I feel overcharged, and it was a free can.

Drewcifer, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of demitriustown
1.53/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

12 oz can baby! Might as well be a ratings whore a rate this swill of old times sake. Aroma is not that good at all smells like sweat, corn, and dirt feet. Pours a clear golden with a huge sized white head that sticks around for a while. Taste is grainy, corn, somewhat sweet, and not totally unpleasant. Aftertaste, There really isn't any. Overall, It's a macro malt Licka what else can I say.

demitriustown, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of Kemmerlin
2.75/5  rDev +59%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: 2 finger head light golden yellow in color with plenty of carbonation bubbles.

S: Smells of citrus and faint hops kinda like a weak wheat beer.

T: Rough taste that is bitter kinda citrusy but lacks lots of character.

M/D: Dry mouth fee that goes into a slimy feel down the throat. Drinkable but definitely not the best.

Kemmerlin, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of NOOGIE
1.33/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I was giving this beer by a friend, and when he warns you that it is warm and old is not a good start. I decided to pour it into a cup, so if I didn't feel like drinking it. First off there is no carbonation to this beer what so ever, so it fills up quickly. Same golden color as all AB beers are. The smell almost made me choke, it was like water poured out of a metal pipe. The taste is just like the smell but with a mouthfull of alcohol. The mouthfeel is very thin which is a little plus since this beer doesn't stay in your mouth that long. The drinkability is more for people who enjoy ICE beers, but I think even if it was cold it wouldn't help this beer much.

NOOGIE, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of generallee
3.13/5  rDev +80.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body has a light golden straw color with very good clarity. Its head is bright white and foamy. It builds up fast and thick before fading out quickly, leaving some bubbles around the edges of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is very simple and typical of the style. There is a sweet grainy malt scent with lots of corn and rice adjunct notes and some far off grassy hops.

Taste/Mouth feel: Its flavor is similar to its aroma with a light sweet malt flavor that is full of grainy corn and rice. The hops add a light grassy flavor and some bitterness to the finish which ends quickly with a slightly corny aftertaste. It has a light body with a smooth watery texture and moderate carbonation.

Notes: Overall it is light and easy to drink with a light price tag. It's not bad for a cheap buzz although it's not a beer I would normally seek out.

generallee, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of CJfromPhilly
1.78/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours from the 16 oz can the typical macro golden yellow with a somewhat impressive 2 finger head (on an angle-and-straighten pour) that quickly dissolves into a light collar. Macro fizziness abounds. It has an aroma that is reminiscent of moldy straw and cheese. There's an initial hit of sweetness on the first sip, followed by a bitterness that seems more "chemical" that a result of hops being added. Mouthfeel is sharp & harsh, with a tingle on the tongue from the fizziness. If consumed both cold enough & fast enough so that it's flavor is undetectable, I suppose one could knock back a few on a hot summer day. The Commercial Description at the top of the page states that this is a "subpremium-priced ice beer". They forgot to add that it's a subpremium-quality ice beer as well. Good for one thing and one thing only: getting wasted quickly and inexpensively! Quite simply, this is bottom-of-the-barrel swill, to be consumed only as an act of desperation!

CJfromPhilly, May 26, 2008
Photo of rye726
1.2/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This beer is similar to all other ice beers. A yellow pale hay color. This beer has a decent head that fades away fast. Doesn't look appealing by any means. Bad alcohol smell mixed with bad hops. Taste is also heavy in bad alcohols. Not a horrible beer, but not good. The body is light with far too much carbonation. Not very drinkable.

rye726, May 07, 2008
Photo of woodychandler
1.4/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I CANnot believe that I am reviewing this beer!

My local has taken to selling me anything in cans on a single basis because they know that I will both drink and review it. The hazards of being a beer writer, I suppose.

It started out well, with a solid finger's worth of foamy, bone white head, but it quickly reduced to wispiness, leaving behind an impressive sticky lace. The nose was sickly sweet, like bubble gum (or as a previous reviewer so aptly put it, scented shampoo). Not a good start. The color was a beautiful sunshine yellow with NE-plus quality clarity. In fact, A-B is the standard bearer for the clarity test. Their products are generally so bright that nothing else could possibly measure up. Sadly, I drink for taste and not for looks. Mouthfeel was medium with a mild sweetness on the tongue. The finish, however, was wickedly sweet with that perfume-y/gummy/ scented soapy taste just lingering well past the swallow. Ugh. In some Belgians, this might be satisfactory, but from a glaring example of macro swill? It's one step above a drain pour.

woodychandler, May 03, 2008
Photo of Offa
1.35/5  rDev -22%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This is really bad, but not quite as bad as I had anticipated.

Deep straw-yellow, it has a medium white head that steadily dissipates to a very thin ring.

The smell is rather unpleasant, moldy grain and bubblebath or shampoo.

The taste also has light moldy grain and a hint of bubblebath. Other than that, it's bland, rough, and boring, and tasting more like rough mineral water, it is not as foul tasting as smelling.

Offa, May 01, 2008
Photo of bboven
2.1/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Medium yellow body, crystal clear with surprisingly decent head retention and lacing.

Very metallic/crude oil aroma with faint whiffs of grain. Actually pretty bad.

Two things stand out in the flavor. It's very astringent and very alcoholic. The base beer flavors are there, but they are overrriden by these significant flaws.

Highly carbonated and decently drying mouthfeel Pretty average and on-par for the style.

Pass. Just bought it to review it, and I'm quite sure I'll never buy it again.

bboven, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of ElGrecoVerde
1.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I have to review this, in honor of many poor college nights. After every sip, I had a chip or cracker ready to take the taste out of my mouth.

Smell was nonexistent. Taste, well, that's a different story. It was a mix of skunk sprayed grains and cheap alcohol. it left you making that puckered face you make after taking a shot of some really bad liquor, only without the quick buzz.

Oh yes, I remember you, Natty Ice. Gets a D-, in honor of the memories.

ElGrecoVerde, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of BeerDreadz
2.08/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 onz. cheap-looking can

Appearance: very pale yellow with thin white head.

Smell: alcohol and some grains

Taste: Carbonated,almost no hops or malt.kind of watery.

Mouthfeel: Easy to drink as water is easy to drink.

Notes: This is a sub-premium beer (cheap one) but this beer is not actually that bad. It can be like best of the worst.

BeerDreadz, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of BeerImmediately
2.05/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Friend left a can after Super Bowl... had to rate it!

Appearance was totally unexpected - huge four finger fluffy white head on top of a clear yellow lager with noticable carbonation.

I could not pick out anything in the smell. Maybe some faint aluminum from the can.

Taste was also faint - lacked any noticable qualities, but wasn't a necessarily bad flavor either. Cardboard, barley, grain.

Mouthfeel was average for the "sytle". Aftertaste was a bit murky / stale.

Not very drinkable in my mind. Have had worse, though.

BeerImmediately, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of armock
1.45/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A - Poured a pale yellow color with a thin white head

S - Is of corny malt not much going on there

T - Is of malt and thats not so good

M - This is a pretty light bodied beer

D - I can pretty much say that I'll never drink this beer again its doesn't have much going for it other than its cheap as hell but tastes horrible

armock, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of rrob311
1.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I used to drink this stuff over at a friends house that was seemingly addicted to it, or the price.

A- looks like a normal macro.

S- doesnt smell too great, kind of metallic

T- It has that ice kick/metallic aftertaste which I personally dont care for, other than that just tastes like run of the mill cheap macro.

M- mouthfeel is ok but doesnt taste good so I wasnt savoring it.

D- I will never spend money on this beer probably wouldnt want any if it was offered to me.

rrob311, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of kguyty
2.15/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is not good at all. It pours an almost clear/yellow color that turns into a pale yellow in the glass. There is a thin head that disappears quickly into thin lacing. Smells like metal and corn. Funny... the taste is of metal and corn as well, with the sweetness of the heightened alcohol level. Mouthfeel is okay, decent fizz and is fairly drinkable once you get past the first couple of sips.

kguyty, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of tsbuttry
1.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Natty Ice was a fallback desperation beer during my college days. If my friends and I needed our weekend refreshments and couldn't scrounge much money between us, we'd go down to the corner store and pick up a 30-pack or two for $13 a pop. It was punishment, but it was also a quick, easy way to get drunk.

Appearance: The only time I ever saw it out of the can, I remember thinking it looked like a urine sample.

Smell: Nothing appreciable to smell, nothing offensive either.

Taste: Vaguely sweet and kind of a boozy and not hoppy bitterness. All around, quite bad.

Mouthfeel: Bad aftertaste, over carbonated to make up for the lack of a head.

Drinkability: It was punishment, but it was never difficult to drink enough to get drunk.

tsbuttry, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of abriggs1
3.1/5  rDev +79.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Alright, I'm the biggest beer snob out there but I bought a 12er of this to get drunk and I have to admit it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. No one buys this stuff for the taste, so for what it is I'll give Naty Ice a thumbs up. It got me drunk on the cheap and that's the purpose of this stuff. There are much worst tasting beers out there that don't get you nearly as hammered. For example, this stuff is 10 times better than Corona and it's half the price.

abriggs1, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.08/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearance: Pours a clear, light yellow body crowned with a thin ring of white bubbles.

Smell: Cold creamed corn, flower petals, and a waft of alcohol.

Taste: A corn-driven taste with an icky sweetness and plenty of fusel alcohol that could be called anything but "natural". A mild bitterness does little to mask the sweet, fusel finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation. Spitefully watery.

Drinkability: An unrewarding, cheapo beer. Its cost matches its quality.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 17, 2007
Natural Ice from Anheuser-Busch
45 out of 100 based on 1,148 ratings.