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Natural Ice - Anheuser-Busch

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Reviews: 314
Hads: 1,286
Avg: 1.99
pDev: 80.9%
Wants: 8
Gots: 199 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-03-2001

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 Enola
2.8/5  rDev +40.7%
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.

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Photo of Drew966
1.8/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of danielharper
2.31/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
1.32/5  rDev -33.7%
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.

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Photo of palffyfan
1.92/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of seanmhogan
1.36/5  rDev -31.7%
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.

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Photo of bignick
1.12/5  rDev -43.7%
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!

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Photo of CaskofFlyingDog
2.11/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.04/5  rDev +52.8%
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.

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
1.65/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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Photo of HardTarget
2.26/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of Pegasus
2.88/5  rDev +44.7%
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.

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Photo of bearrunner44
2.1/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of granger10
1.68/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This offers a little more than its light brother. Better color and carbonation, it actually resembles beer a bit. Aroma is rice and some residual sugars. Taste has a bit of rice flavor along with a slight corny adjunct. Alcohol creeps in there and finish lingers with a nasty residual sugary sweetness. Drink ice cold and fast, that's the only way to get through it. Seriously, spend the extra dollar or whatever and get a better ice macro if that's what you're in the mood for.

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Photo of ski271
1.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Yeah, I know. I was slumming it last week when I wrote this review.
Appearance: Medium straw with a medium-sized, white, foamy head that quickly diminished to the thinnest of films. Practically no lacing at all.

Smell: Typical adjunct stink, metallic smelling, and a little grass.

Taste: Nothing smooth or crisp about this beer. No, there’s a little crispness to it. But it’s mostly just metallic cooked veggie and a very light herbal bitterness on the very short finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin body, watery texture, moderate-lively carbonation

Drinkability: There’s no reason to drink this swill… well unless you were poor and really thirsty since it’s cheaper than bottled water.

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Photo of BEERchitect
1.75/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Thanks again Dad, you can sure pick them out. Drank straight from the can. I'd guess that is it crystal clear, light yellow, has the carbonation of coca-cola along with the fizziness. Aromas are of any type of grain other than barley malt. My guess; rice. Quite astringent and grainy to the taste. Metalic and harshly bittered (old hops?) All flavors are muted except for the bad ones. Alcohol and carbonation basically chokes my toung. It's a typical smash-the-can-on-your-forehead beer. If you are going to drink a bad beer, might as well save a few cents while doing it.

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Photo of stogeitaliano
2.9/5  rDev +45.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've been drinking for a couple months since i turned 21 and i gotta admit this is my beer of choice. I oftern drink steel reserve 211 and i gotta say this is a watered down version of it. Its got the power of an almost malt liqour and has the taste of a decent beer. I can drink 8-10 buds but give me 4 or 5 Natural Ices and I'm good to go.
I give it an A for teens and young adults trying to have a good time but if your a beer conuisser( however you spell that word) You wont enjoy it very much.

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Photo of scaliasux
1.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - Very pale yellow; even more colorless than most macro lagers. Head is quite frothy following an aggressivie pour, but quickly fades.

Smell - Light sweet, corny macro-smell. Kind of unpleasant.

Taste - Sweet and corny followed by sour and not entirely pleasant aftertaste. Not so crisp as most macro lagers. You can taste the alcohol here and that's probably not good. Standard to below average macro. Absolutely undrinkable out of the can.

Mouthfeel - Watery and light, but fuller than many macros. Pretty solid average.

Drinkability - This beer moved up a few notches when I poured it in a pilsner glass. If you are drinking this out of the can, please consider the children. I wouldn't pick this stuff if I had another choice, but it's not undrinkable.

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Photo of kbnooshay
2.5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Well i guess the only really good thing about this beer is that compared to the others in its price range it doesn't taste like rotten ass. It really isn't THAT offensive. It gets you smashed and it isn't horrible. That is all I would use this for. Not something you could enjoy but not something you need to plug your nose for. It pours a clear piss color with no head. It tastes sweet to me actually and i didn't notice the skunk that others do. The mouthfeel is of water but i could pound some of these.

And as others have said DRINK THIS COLD! or you will be sorry.

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Photo of AussieInPhilly
3.45/5  rDev +73.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Just a quick one to say that this beer is perhaps being a rated a little harshly?
At my local bottleshop, this stuff costs less than $12 for 24 of 'em! A beer at that price could be far, far worse in taste and after-effects. I find, in this price range, a lack of taste is prefered to a strongly offensive "flavor". The taste here is quite inoffensive and the 5.9% will get you where you want to go, which is always nice. So I would say if you're on a budget, or saving for something, give it a go. Anyone who thinks this beer is as bad as it gets should drink a case of Milwaukee's Best Ice. Natural Ice is a great beer for someone who's as broke as a "Bum", but doesn't wish to wake up feeling like one! (See Milwaukee's Best Ice). Take it easy boys and girls!

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Photo of Luigi
2.2/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pale straw color with a small fizzy head. No aroma really just a little bit of grain. Lots of carbonation and thin bodied. Not much of a taste either. Some faint malts and grains. No hops presesnt just a little bit of alcohol. Well this beer is good for only one thing and that is to get drunk cheap. No real big flavor very easy drinking as long as it stays cold.

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Photo of mjc410
1.3/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

May be slightly more drinkable than it's light counterpart. This is good, in terms of both ABV and the ability to slam a lot. This is usually bought for large parties, so it serves it's purpose quite well. It has next to no smell: only alcohol really comes through. More flavor probably comes from the carbonation, if that's possible. Really nothing more to say. Just don't think about it and grab another.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.85/5  rDev +93.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear straw with a low white head, decent carbonation, and some lace. Light aroma overall with some grain and not overly cooked-corn like. Tastes much like it smells with nothing standing out. Medium bodied with a faux-grainy smooth finish... not thin at all.

A headache waiting to happen. :-)

Born On: 08/12/04 (lasered on bottom of can)
Tasted: 01/30/05

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Photo of twi1609372
1/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This poor beer has been beaten up so by so many other reviewers i hate to ass insult to injury but this beer deserves a 1. well it deserves a zero but one is the lowest it goes, and 1 does have awful next to it, so it's the best i can do. This beer has a taste and it isnt good. cheap malt and hops combine for a distinct and regretable trip to beer hell. Putred comes to mind, horrable also. But in the words of Dr. Forrester and TV's Frank "It's bad, it's just bad" Why drink this??? The only upside to this is that your not paying a lot for your bad beer, like paying $4 for some guy to beat you with a baseball bat; it sucked but at least it was cheap?

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm reviewing this beer in a side by side comparison with Bud Ice. Please see the review of that beer for the introduction. I should note that both are from 24 oz. cans. The vital stats on the Bud Ice are 2.23 BA rating, 5.5% ABV and $1.97. The corresponding stats on the Natural Ice are 2.03 BA rating, 5.9% ABV and $1.38. Maybe they're different after all. Also, both were started out at my beer fridge temperature of 50 degrees (I know, I know... ). Let the fun and games begin.

Clear, light, bright gold. The descriptions for beer and head are identical because these two beers look identical. There isn't one scintilla of difference in the appearances; they might as well have come out of the same can.

They have nearly identical noses as well. Both are underpowered and this one smells of sweet, husky grain and mildly musty hops. To their credit, neither one has any semblance of skunkiness that some (yes... fresh) macros can have. I know that it isn't actual, light-struck skunk, but it's nasty all the same.

As noted in the Bud Ice review, Natural Ice has a bit more flavor and is sweeter with a less pronounced graininess. Again, some nastiness has appeared as the beer warms, but it's equal between the two and is managable. As long as I don't let them warm too much before this cage match is over, I should be okay. This beer's body is also light, but the mouthfeel is helped a little by what I presume is a higher sugar content.

Natural Ice is my preference based on more flavor and (marginally) better flavor. I've successfully determined, to my own satisfaction, that there's a difference between these two beers, even if it's subtle. Best not to mess with success if you're A-B, right?

Looks like I differ from the collective wisdom of the BA community on the relative merits of these two, but at least we (almost) all agree on one thing. Bud Ice and Natural Ice are both bad beer.

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Natural Ice from Anheuser-Busch
50 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.