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Natural Ice - Anheuser-Busch

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1,030 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,030
Reviews: 288
rAvg: 1.74
pDev: 43.1%
Wants: 4
Gots: 46 | 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 Bendurgin


2.45/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

My room mate filled my taster of this gem the other night. What a guy! Reviewed from notes. Really light clear yellow color with a transparent body with lively carbonation and no real head to speak of. Looks alright, but just kind of boring. Sweet bubble gum aroma. Corn. Overall this smells weak and kind of lame. I can't taste much, but this just isn't good. It's kind of sweet with dry grains to the pallet. Honestly, I've had more flavorful water. This is palletable, but not really pleasant. Simply put, this is light and over carbonated. Not interesting at all but I don't even really notice this one going down. Damn easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 00:46:17 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of HalfFull


2.48/5  rDev +42.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Big 24 oz. can poured into a pint glass, this ends a spotty foray into the whole concept of 'ice' beers in the generic North American style of such things. Pours a clear straw with some moderate bubble action. A thick head was a surprise on the pour and offered some retention and lacing initially, and in fact for most of the pint.

Bit of lemony sweetness on the nose, light grain and some adjuncts. Bit of spice gives it some hope however. Rather neutral.

Taste is a bit of a letdown however. Rather watery in nature with little as for discernible flavors. Perhaps a light touch of grain and a hint of citrus. Nothing negative per se, just nothing good either. Feel is thin but improves with some exposure though I'd be concerned about letting it warm up for long. OK drinkability if you like the style, in which case I'd go with the Icehouse.

Serving type: can

01-07-2011 06:19:52 | More by HalfFull
Photo of chicagoabbot


1.85/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle into a glass. Immediately regretted not putting into the freezer first. Best served as cold as possible to hide the taste. High alcohol and low cost. Those are the main selling points of this beer to consumers. Pretty much of a disaster of a brew, this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 03:27:53 | More by chicagoabbot
Photo of ELN


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

Ok. THE WORST BEER I EVER BOUGHT. Tastes like piss.

Hurricane High Gravity and Steel Reserve are right behind this beer.

this beer sucks this beer sucks this beer sucks this beer sucks this beer sucks this beer sucks this beer sucks this beer sucks this beer sucks this beer sucks

Serving type: can

01-06-2011 02:22:38 | More by ELN
Photo of richkrull


2.17/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Obviously this is another good beer if you're looking to get drunk on the cheap. A 30-pack of this stuff is a pretty good deal around Wisconsin. That being said, if you're looking for a good tasting beer, this probably isn't it.

A - Slightly darker golden color. Little to no head.

S - Not good. Even smells bitter.

T - Leaves a lot to be desired.

M - Bubbley, crisp

D - Could be better, but for the price I'll drink it.

Serving type: can

01-03-2011 23:21:29 | More by richkrull
Photo of JayS2629


2.08/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Watery, transparant, pale with hints of yellow...foamy head that quickly fades. Leaves foamy lace.

S- Water, corn, husky

T- Musty water with hints of corn and grain

M- crisp, carbonated, watery, smooth

D- Drinkable as water with faint hints of rot. Crisp, refreshing, clean and flavorless.

Serving type: can

12-23-2010 02:13:28 | More by JayS2629
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.88/5  rDev +65.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light malts, adjuncts and a very light touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out very bready with flavors of grain and adjuncts followed by some light malt sweetness that isn't as strong as most other beers in the style. The hops presence is very mild but on-target for the style and is strong enough to bring a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little flavorful considering the style, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, it's exactly what you would expect from the style, it might not be even an average beer overall, but I've had several other beers in the style that are a lot worse.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 22:02:42 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of Clydesdale

District of Columbia

1.85/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours a bright, clear golden color. The white head is initially tall, with a frothy texture. Retention is decent, and a fair amount of soapy lacing sticks to the glass.

S: Nondescriptly sweet and grainy. Some definite cidery notes of adjunct malt sweetness. Some alcoholic fumes contribute a less than pleasant aroma. A vaguely herbal/vegetal hop presence is also detectable.

T: Some lightly sour, husky graininess up front. Adjuncty sweetness is present, but not as badly as the nose initially suggested. Nevertheless, a cheap corny sweetness is present. A faint note of hop bitterness keeps this from malt liquor territory.

M: Medium-light body. Carbonation is medium. Dry into the finish without being overly crisp.

D: I needed the cheapest possible beer to cook chili with, and this lonely can was left over. Not putrid, but definitely insipid. Even if this is your preferred style, grab a High Life or something.

Serving type: can

11-24-2010 01:36:39 | More by Clydesdale
Photo of twiggamortis420


2.45/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Ahhh, natty ice...an American classic. Never had one myself, mainly because I have always hated natural light. 16 oz tallboy without a decipherable freshness code, I thought all AB products had a born on date? All I can find is a stamp of 10263 HJ70 on the bottom. Initial large fluff of white head dropped to near nothingness while I perused the can for a BOD. Lacing is quite impressive though.

Smells like a Perrier with a little bit of field corn and moderate alcohol tones. Not much there, but not all that unpleasant.

Has a sweet cinnamon disc-like sweetness that has always turned me away from the light version of this beer. Tropical alcohol and cooked corn are the standout flavors here and neither really want to be the lead pony. One of the least flavorful of the "ice" beers out there, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Like a clean malt liquor. I think I can finish my can, but if I want a cold tallboy out of the ice bath at a local convenience store, I'd rather have a Busch.

Serving type: can

10-28-2010 02:52:12 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of TheStig


1.02/5  rDev -41.4%
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.

Serving type: can

10-23-2010 21:30:34 | More by TheStig
Photo of womencantsail


1.33/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

Serving type: can

10-19-2010 02:55:44 | More by womencantsail
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.

Serving type: can

10-17-2010 18:46:19 | More by theycallmstacy
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

Serving type: can

10-16-2010 22:42:33 | More by beersensei305
Photo of buschbeer


2.85/5  rDev +63.8%
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.

Serving type: can

10-07-2010 17:46:41 | More by buschbeer
Photo of TheKingofWichita

North Carolina

2.35/5  rDev +35.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 03:08:33 | More by TheKingofWichita
Photo of IPAescotch


1.6/5  rDev -8%
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

Serving type: can

09-30-2010 17:53:36 | More by IPAescotch
Photo of hardy008


1.1/5  rDev -36.8%
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.

Serving type: can

09-27-2010 01:02:49 | More by hardy008
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....

Serving type: can

09-22-2010 04:33:28 | More by Canibacea
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.

Serving type: can

08-15-2010 22:45:38 | More by tronester
Photo of VietPong


1.35/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

Serving type: can

08-11-2010 22:55:37 | More by VietPong
Photo of Rommy


2.63/5  rDev +51.1%
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.

Serving type: can

07-28-2010 04:42:07 | More by Rommy
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.

Serving type: can

07-22-2010 18:58:19 | More by newcastleme
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.

Serving type: can

07-09-2010 01:39:18 | More by GNR4life2
Photo of beertunes


2.78/5  rDev +59.8%
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.

Serving type: can

07-08-2010 02:53:23 | More by beertunes
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.

Serving type: can

06-27-2010 08:13:37 | More by jsprain1
Natural Ice from Anheuser-Busch
45 out of 100 based on 1,030 ratings.