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Natural Ice - Anheuser-Busch

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1,089 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,089
Reviews: 290
rAvg: 1.74
pDev: 43.1%
Wants: 4
Gots: 65 | 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 Kemmerlin


2.75/5  rDev +58%

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.

06-12-2008 04:15:27 | More by Kemmerlin
Photo of NOOGIE


1.33/5  rDev -23.6%

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.

06-11-2008 00:58:16 | More by NOOGIE
Photo of generallee

New York

3.13/5  rDev +79.9%

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.

06-07-2008 09:57:05 | More by generallee
Photo of CJfromPhilly


1.78/5  rDev +2.3%

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!

05-26-2008 20:33:37 | More by CJfromPhilly
Photo of rye726


1.2/5  rDev -31%

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.

05-07-2008 00:13:25 | More by rye726
Photo of woodychandler


1.4/5  rDev -19.5%

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.

05-03-2008 03:07:22 | More by woodychandler
Photo of Offa


1.35/5  rDev -22.4%

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.

05-01-2008 18:03:19 | More by Offa
Photo of bboven


2.1/5  rDev +20.7%

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.

04-19-2008 16:31:41 | More by bboven
Photo of ElGrecoVerde


1.73/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

03-13-2008 14:19:21 | More by ElGrecoVerde
Photo of BeerDreadz


2.08/5  rDev +19.5%

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.

03-03-2008 22:19:25 | More by BeerDreadz
Photo of BeerImmediately


2.05/5  rDev +17.8%

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.

02-16-2008 18:41:52 | More by BeerImmediately
Photo of armock

New York

1.45/5  rDev -16.7%

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

01-17-2008 23:30:23 | More by armock
Photo of rrob311

New Hampshire

1.88/5  rDev +8%

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.

12-31-2007 21:34:27 | More by rrob311
Photo of kguyty


2.15/5  rDev +23.6%

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.

12-28-2007 23:05:36 | More by kguyty
Photo of tsbuttry

District of Columbia

1.68/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

12-20-2007 21:35:07 | More by tsbuttry
Photo of abriggs1


3.1/5  rDev +78.2%

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.

12-20-2007 20:22:30 | More by abriggs1
Photo of ChainGangGuy


1.08/5  rDev -37.9%

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.

12-17-2007 04:19:47 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of happygnome


2/5  rDev +14.9%

a: pours a very pale yellow color with about a half inch of white head that dissapears fast leaving absolutly no lacing
s: the corn malts really dominate the aroma here, a slight wet grass hop(?) aroma the almost seems a little sickening
t: corn malts no bitterness a wet grass type flavor
m: light bodied beer with lots of carbonation

overall, this is a cheap college beer and not much more

12-11-2007 01:07:07 | More by happygnome
Photo of Overlord


1.6/5  rDev -8%

Ah...Natty Ice...I shall never forget thee. And, unless I am stranded on a desert island with nothing else to choose from (including the option of fermenting seaweed with pulped tree frog and anchovies), I shall never have thee again.

Some students would lean toward natty light. Amateurs! The far stronger Natty Ice gives you the same godawful watery mouthfeel, overly carbonated, rotton corn aftertaste, but with far more alcohol. You can't beat that!

A rite of passage.

11-25-2007 09:27:58 | More by Overlord
Photo of clayrock81


1.55/5  rDev -10.9%

Almost no color, flavor or smell whatsoever except alochol. In fact, this brew is pretty much nothing but alcohol and water with some hops (maybe one per can). I can't even believe I used to drink this stuff often during college when I was in a pinch. It does hit you quicker than later, and after a few your tastebuds are decimated and they start to go down w/o a problem. My suggestion is to keep this beer as cold as possible and your mug as cold as possible - freeze out all the ingredients other than water and alcohol.

11-24-2007 20:48:03 | More by clayrock81
Photo of barleyman


2.53/5  rDev +45.4%

Poured from the 12 oz aluminum can into my straight sided glass tumbler. The bright yellow color is topped by a white head that quickly subsides. The raisiny sweet smell is one of high alcohol and very little else. A good hop taste is present with malt to just barely balance. The mouthfeel is quite good, and the drinkability is also good. in my opinion, this is the best Bud brand to drink on a regular basis.

11-21-2007 02:11:08 | More by barleyman
Photo of madjr80


1.2/5  rDev -31%

I remember having this years ago. I have not found a beer this nasty. I know we are not supposed to slam beers here, but I really feel that they were trying to make the nastiest stuff in the history in beer. If this is true, then well done. It is funny that someone said that it is a good beer to have while mowing the lawn. I remember I used to mow the neighbors lawn and he would toss me a can of that afterwards. I don't know how I used to get that beer down.

11-18-2007 02:06:01 | More by madjr80
Photo of Spikester


3/5  rDev +72.4%

Decent swill beer. Leans toward the Malt Liquor realm but has no bad flavors. Easy drinking and of course a great value. Very close to a Cream Ale and has been rated as such. Will have to do a side by side with Genny Cream sometime to see which is best.

11-02-2007 23:54:45 | More by Spikester
Photo of erosier


1.75/5  rDev +0.6%

This beer is to get you drunk for as little money as possible. It smells pretty bad, tastes pretty bad, and looks like warm piss. But the reason I gave it a 5 for mouthfeel is because it feels pretty good going down. Will Ferril put it best - "Once it hits your lips, it tastes so good". This beer is for just that purpose - to get to that point, and it does it's job very well. Beats Natty Light and anything else in it's category.

10-04-2007 04:26:27 | More by erosier
Photo of matty


3.4/5  rDev +95.4%

Typical pale yellow macro color with the usaul macro nose.The taste is has a slight steel and alcohol taste to it.You know what your getting when you buy one and for the money I think it's worth it.The perfect beer if playing cards,watching football or just kicking back after a rough day!!

10-03-2007 23:15:06 | More by matty
Natural Ice from Anheuser-Busch
45 out of 100 based on 1,089 ratings.