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Natural Ice - Anheuser-Busch

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1,116 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,116
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 1.74
pDev: 43.1%
Wants: 4
Gots: 72 | 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 minterro
2.5/5  rDev +43.7%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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
Photo of Rhynes2
1.65/5  rDev -5.2%

In Natural Ice, the keyword is the Ice. Another tool for getting drunk and it's very popular with college student who don't have refined beer tastes. To drink it cold, it is somewhat drinkable but warm is completely intolerable. No good in my opinion. -Dale

Rhynes2, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of mtstatebeer
1.4/5  rDev -19.5%

24 oz. can. Pours a piss yellow with no head. Aroma is straw and a bit of yeasty dough/sweat. Flavor is sweet all the way and finishes extremely alcoholic. A cheap way to get really drunk and sick the next day. Had this the same night as the bud cheladas, possibly skewing my perspective.

mtstatebeer, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of keeponwithbeer
1.63/5  rDev -6.3%

Since this is an "ice" beer, I'll stick to the basics. It's cheap ($5.99 per 12, depending on locale) and has a 5.9% alcohol content (= cheap drunk). Considering those are it's selling points, what can you expect from it's other qualities? Well, I didn't notice much of a smell at all coming from the 12 oz. can but taste is harsh if you're not used to it. Fittingly, it has the taste of something you're drinking solely to get drunk. Obviously the more you drink the more you get used to it and buzzed, but why subject yourself to it unless you're desperate? Ice beers serve their purpose, but taste is not their strong suit. The only ice beers I've had that agree with me and that I can consider drinking again are Keystone Ice and Icehouse. Natural Ice is better than Milwaukee's Best Ice sure, but what's that saying? If you're looking for a buzz out of 2 cans and money is tight, ice beers will do the job. Find one you can deal with before committing to a quantity of them. Just please don't think this is what beer is supposed to taste like.

keeponwithbeer, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of changeup45
1/5  rDev -42.5%

Pale yellow color with very little head at all.
Dusty, corn, malt, foul taste. This stuff is just harsh. If you're going to go cheap get the Natural Light, at least you may be able to stomach that. Isn't this more expensive than the Light too? Never liked any these Ice beers.

changeup45, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of thekevlarkid
2.1/5  rDev +20.7%

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 +33.9%

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 +12.1%

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 12, 2008
Photo of jwc215
1.58/5  rDev -9.2%

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 +32.2%

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 -28.2%

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 -10.9%

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
Natural Ice from Anheuser-Busch
45 out of 100 based on 1,116 ratings.