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Natural Ice - Anheuser-Busch

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1,051 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,051
Reviews: 288
rAvg: 1.74
pDev: 43.1%
Wants: 4
Gots: 53 | 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:
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 pweis909


1.4/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Clear, yellow, white head. Looks as good as any lager.

No smell to speak of. EDIT: IN RETASTING, THERE WAS A GREENAPPLE SMELL, INITIALLY. IT FADED AFTER FIRST WHIFF. The only taste was a light generic sweetness, and the taste of carbonation. EDIT: I WAS BEING OVERLY GENEROUS. THERE IS NO TASTE. No hop presence at all. Pretty bland stuff.

Was really surprised by the lack of any body. Very watery. YEP.

The alcohol seems a little high, actually, for the style. Normally watery brews like this would make a good thirst quencher, if it were down in the low-mid ABV 4%s. I guess ice is meant to imply extra rice, for alcohol boost with no flavor added. I STILL THINK THERE IS TOO MUCH ALCOHOL FOR SO LITTLE FLAVOR.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2007 21:43:14 | More by pweis909
Photo of williamherbert

New York

1.7/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Ahh Natty Ice. How this beer brings back memories of when I was a poor college student and couldn't afford anything better.... How does it hold up, nostalgia aside?

It's a bright piss-yellow color. There is a rocky, rapidly melting glacier of head. Looks like Italian ice. See through; no lace, no surprises.

Feint smell of rice. Typical extra pale lager. No better no worse in terms of smell. Just very slight.

Corn & rice. Slight alcohol bite. No real flavors to speak of. Maybe a tiny, *tiny* hint of orange.

Fizzy and watery, though also has just a smidge of creaminess. This beer gets old fast. It's really a poor drink, even compared to the standard college-kid fare. This beer was made to get as drunk as possible as fast as possible ... little else.

Serving type: can

03-20-2007 23:23:55 | More by williamherbert
Photo of Byeast


2.58/5  rDev +48.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a very pale , clear yellow , with some big fizz rising to thin ring of bubbles. Smell is of thin craker malt , slight pink fruity character , adjunct , and a hint of metal. Very light bodied , some slight grain and more hints at a fruity character. Crisp and fairly unobtrusive , i thought it went down rather easy , which is just what i want when i pay 6 dollars for a 12 pack. Nothing to harsh , just not much there besides the slight added alcohol from being ice brewed.

Serving type: can

03-10-2007 03:17:43 | More by Byeast
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

Ok, here we go, I think we may have hit bottom. I really I had never even had this one before this, but figured I should try the cheapest beer I could find. Poured the palest and clearest yellow imaginable, big fizzy white head faded immediatly to leave just really nothing. Lots of chains of bubbles littered throughout, but this was just soo damn clear. Smell did not exist, at least I couldn't smell one, don't know if that is good or bad in this case, so thats really all I can comment on. Taste again was non existent, maybe a slight taste of corn or grain, but really I was dumbfounded as there was really no taste. Was slick, smooth going down. Tasted like ice cold water and I could see why people drink so much, they are trying to find the taste!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2007 23:20:13 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of jettjon


2.5/5  rDev +43.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presented in a 16 oz can, born on date 20 December 2006. A bit embarrassed at the checkout, but hey, I’m an obsessive completist. Into the pilsner, a pale golden color with copious, large bubbles. Puffy white head quickly fades to a small ring, though bubbles continue to rise. Zero lace. Nose of bread and sweet cut grass. Slight astringent odor. Tastes is of bready malt, a bit of alcohol toward the middle and a dry, mildly bitter, dry barley finish. A bit of distracting chemical off-flavor at the end. Mouth is watery and a bit thin with mild to moderate carbonation. Drinkability is low; this beer really offers nothing more than 5.9% ABV, which I’m sure is it’s intended selling point. I could actually finish one 16 oz can with no trouble, but definitely didn’t want another.

Overall: If your MO is a cheap buzz, this one will do it. A four pack of 16 oz cans is essentially 64 oz. of 5.9% swill for 3 bucks. It’s not terrible (definitely had much worse), but it really has no redeeming qualities. Avoid.

Serving type: can

01-25-2007 00:09:15 | More by jettjon
Photo of tgbljb


2.98/5  rDev +71.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a pale golden color with initial white puffy head with little retention. Sparse lacing.
Smell is minimal with only a light sweetness detected.
Taste is also very light, with little flavor to be found, but still thirst quenching.
Like most beers of this style, refreshing when ice cold, disgusting as they warm.

Serving type: can

01-09-2007 01:35:10 | More by tgbljb
Photo of xav33


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

Natural Ice
Recent brewing, slugged down 11/06
Medium pour in an English pint

Poured yellow with an average fizzy quickly diminishing white head.

Smelt of smegma.

Taste was upfront sweetened decaying malt with a hint of colostomy bag residue followed by a gooch sweat finish.

Overall, it taste like squeezing the sweat from one's overall's after a long day of manure shoveling.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2006 07:30:40 | More by xav33
Photo of maddogruss

New Jersey

1.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Ok beer but not one of my personal favorites. Decent golden color with a white head, rather lacy. Not much of a smell with a strong malty and yet kind of watery taste. Similiar to natural light witha watery feel. Will drink if only one available all for the love of beer.

Serving type: can

11-07-2006 04:30:40 | More by maddogruss
Photo of Rudgers73

New York

2.23/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Oh natty ice, I (have learned to) love you...

Every thursday night in college. Mug night. My friends and I dubbed it "Mug Day" as to replace the boring "Thursday" that appears on most of our calenders. 32 oz mugs of natty ice: $1. what a bargain.

A- Decent yellow, not too watery looking.

S- Just don't do it, ok? It smells like rotten corn and creek water.

T- Not much better than it smells. After the 5.9% numbs your senses it all goes down the same. Warm or cold you just drink it.

M- Like an average macro. Light and bubbly.

D- Well, since my college days are over, I don't think I would ever drink it unless it was all that was around at a party or something. I will always have those memories (or lack there of) certain Mug Day's in which I drank over a gallon of this stuff in one sitting. Goddamnit...

cheers to up-and-coming Mug Day champs!

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2006 16:57:08 | More by Rudgers73
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


3.08/5  rDev +77%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from the can at a company picnic. Suprice, This was the best the boss could come up with that day. The beer is not that bad. The color was yellow, darker then most of this style. Head was good, as the beer was fearsh, always a plus.

The smell was a little suspect, some corn, not much on hops, but a little beer like.

The taste was ok, Macro beer like. Light taste, nothing robust, plane. but not bad.

Mouthfeel was thin and over carbonated.

Drinkability was ok, good for the style. MK

Serving type: can

09-29-2006 05:36:34 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Photo of xXTequila


2.9/5  rDev +66.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a glass. The head disappered quickly leaving a actively carbonated glass of golden brew.
The firt taste is corn and husk that quickly changes to a light grape flavour, almost like a week chardonay.
Noticeable alcohol on the exhale.
Not bad for a very cheap "ice" beer. Maybe being within 3 weeks of the born on date had something to do with it.

Serving type: can

09-03-2006 11:27:40 | More by xXTequila
Photo of HoustonTX


1.7/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This is putrid stuff that we use to funnel back in the day only due to the high abv for a macro. Appearence is pale yellow. Smell was grain-like with no malt poking through. Taste is astringent and foul, quite offensive and is one of the hardest beers to get down in my lifetime. Mouthfeel is fizzy and filling. Drinkability is low due to these only being good to slam.


Serving type: can

06-28-2006 22:16:46 | More by HoustonTX
Photo of Enola

North Carolina

2.8/5  rDev +60.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay glass....just kidding. Straight outta the can. I even left it in the poke. This beer reminds me of camping when I was younger. A decent beer when the time is right. Around a campfire this beer hits the spot. At the Taproom, I would need a better beer though. But at a buck 'o nine for a double duece I can live with this. Overall a drinkable beer.

Serving type: can

06-22-2006 23:29:48 | More by Enola
Photo of Drew966


1.78/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Natural Ice pours a light straw color with a fluffy white head from a sixteen ounce can. The aroma is very mild, but consists of corn/adjuncts. Tastes fairly nasty, adjunct predominates. Even as far as macros are concerned, this one is fairly bad. Definitely should be avoided.

Serving type: can

05-11-2006 00:34:50 | More by Drew966
Photo of danielharper


2.28/5  rDev +31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Purchased from the Citgo by my apartment, Huntsville, AL.

A: Very pale straw yellow, slightly hazy, with a thick white head. Actually much better than I anticipated.

S: Sweet, mellow, corny. Slight maltiness. Not bad.

T: Very weak flavor, some notes of corn, highly drying, with an unpleasant "off" taste at the finish. Not as bad as I was expecting, but certainly not tasty.

M: Thin, watery. As expected.

D: Not the worst macro I've had, but there are much better beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 20:59:35 | More by danielharper
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

1.33/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Appearance: Golden clear white quickly dissipating head leaves no lacing left on the glass. Aroma: Cereal grains corn and rice adjunct ridden mass produced beer. Taste: Off adjunct flavor light sweetness no hops evident not real good. Mouthfeel: Light bodied over carbonated fizzy yellow beer. Drinkability: Not the beer I would drink avidly.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2006 03:35:13 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of palffyfan


1.88/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - Golden yellow, very carbonated, very pretty--looks appetizing.

Smell - Smells slightly processed, hints of corn. Faint soapy smell.

Taste - Nothing like its Natural Light counterpart. Tastes too processed for my taste. No hops, no bitterness, just a mix of some random chemicals that you could put in a beer, yet make it safe for drinking (hopefully).

Drinkability - For purpose of taste - undrinkable. I would avoid this for beer pong as well.

Serving type: can

04-28-2006 22:42:07 | More by palffyfan
Photo of seanmhogan


1.35/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

When 24 beers just don't cut it. This is an extremely cheap beer to go along with any college or high school party. When people are just out to get really smashed and care more about the drinking games then the actual taste, then this is a beer to go along with. I don't really want to review the taste becuase thats not what this beer is made for.

Serving type: can

04-03-2006 22:59:50 | More by seanmhogan
Photo of bignick


1.1/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is truly an awful beer...I don't know why I am even dignifying it with a review. I'm bored, and I found one of these lying around. It pours straw-yellow with an amazingly quickly receding head. It tastes of chemical-soaked corn shit. I don't think its a good thing when after I take a sip I need to swallow for an extra 10 seconds because of my gag reflex. It just tastes that bad.

Funny aside:
I once got a keg this beer for party. Yea whatever...I'm a poor college student. I guess every dog has its day. Because everyone drinking there probably assumed out of habit it was a light beer, the higher alcohol content really seemed to be catching up on people. It was a rollicking good time until people started dropping like flies. Let's just say that cleaning the floor after everyone left was not a fun job!

Serving type: can

03-08-2006 06:56:58 | More by bignick
Photo of CaskofFlyingDog


2.13/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer surprised me that it actually wasn't a completely pale beer. It was a light brown. Minimal head that goes away QUICK. The smell is kinda like malt liqour kinda like crap-beer. KINDA bad. The taste is resembles beer but it's so strange how it swings around from decent to kinda gross. There's this bitter slightly sludgy thing going on. It's still surprisingly drinkable I thought it'd be awful cause it was from the 'Natural' family (no pun intended.) The mouthfeel was sorta sticky and watery. It was ok. This beer is very drinkable if you're in the mood to get f-ed up and is still on the kinda awful side. Definitely better than Natty Light but that's not saying much. PABST all the way - it's cheaper and better.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2006 06:37:18 | More by CaskofFlyingDog
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


3.13/5  rDev +79.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a straw yellow with some dirty orange highlights and a thin film of white head.

Smells of cigarettes, armpit, limes and corn.

All else considered, the flavor blew my mind. Tastes light and smooth with a corn and wheat base along with some green grapes and cherries. What freaked me out was a faint Belgian-like spice. Where did that come from? There’s also some strange acidic sting that accompanies the fruit aspects, but lingers long into the finish.

The mouth feel is a glassy smooth light body with a light big bubbled carbonation.

This was way better than I anticipated. An interesting flavor and nice mouth feel make this a pretty good beer for the price. However, I don’t think I’ll actively seek this one out in cans.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2006 17:26:30 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of Manosbeeroffate


1.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Big bad ass pimp daddy 40oz for $1.75 at Citgo. Poured pale yellow with lots of carbonation and a fuzzy head that disappeared quickly. Smells sweet, flavor is a weak sweet corn flavor that vanishes rapidly. Mouthfeel like water. It's easy to drink in that water is easy to drink too. There really isn't much to this stuff except a bit of a beer buzz. Not impressed but it's what I expected.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2006 16:21:58 | More by Manosbeeroffate
Photo of HardTarget


2.23/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle Inspection: Can, 5.9% abv and born on date of 02NOV05 (sampled 03DEC05)

Aroma: Corn/rice (I can’t tell the difference) with a hint of alcohol and a mild apple/apple cider note.

Appearance: Very fizzy, the sides of my glass are coated with largish bubbles. Glass is clear and pale yellow with a white cover that leaves traces of lace.

Flavor: Mild macro taste, aka: watery. The alcohol note is the only “off” flavor, ok, it’s the only flavor.

Mouthfeel: Watery, light body, firm carbonation, dry finish.

Overall Impression: If given one on a hot Texas day or after mowing the lawn, I wouldn’t be insulted. This seems to fit the hot dog grill or a baseball game fairly well. Would I pay for one? Never. This one was part of Pegasus’s “I’m a big fat karma whore” world tour.
Earning karma the hard way. Still, this wasn’t bad.

Serving type: can

12-04-2005 07:36:08 | More by HardTarget
Photo of Pegasus


2.85/5  rDev +63.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear, light golden color with a small, but persistent tight white head, thick broken lacing, and profuse streams of fine carbonation.

Aroma: Sweet hay, with some slightly musty notes and sweet alcohol.

Taste: Sweet corn flavor at the open, a pronounced note of alcohol soon follows, and persists throughout the taste, finishes with a little metallic bitterness, which helps to cut the sweet corn flavors.

Mouth feel: Soft and very smooth on the palate, with mild carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Cheap and higher in alcohol than most macro lagers, not great, but one could do worse for the price paid. It is certainly more drinkable than some malt liquors.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce aluminum can, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Serving type: can

12-03-2005 03:44:41 | More by Pegasus
Photo of bearrunner44


2.13/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Clear straw yellow, fizzy white head.

Smell- Clean, with some sugary sweet notes.

Taste- Empty rice flavor with some corn sweetness. Dry, alcoholic bite in the finish. No hop profile.

Verdict- Drinkable while it's cold, fear it when it's not.

Serving type: can

11-06-2005 02:35:35 | More by bearrunner44
Natural Ice from Anheuser-Busch
45 out of 100 based on 1,051 ratings.