Natty Rush Watermelon Smash

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Lager - Malt Liquor
Ranked #18
Ranked #46,676
2.85 | pDev: 31.93%
Missouri, United States
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.6/5  rDev +61.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Natty Rush Watermelon Smash has a surprisingly thick, white head, with a mostly clear, orange-pink appearance, and some lacing, believe it or not. The aroma is of watermelon candy and a pale malt underbody. The taste is of sweet, watermelon and pale malt (white bread). There is no bitterness. Natty Rush Watermelon Smash has a medium body and a dry finish.


Jul 21, 2020
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1.24/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

sucks nuts, fake taste have to chug , expect more from nattys , this is grossest stuff ever tasted. waste of money. drunk pissed off cause trusted it would be up to pare . love nattys . use to drink bud then tasted natty. was done drinking bitch beer. fake taste , after taste sucks. who developed this crap. won't waste my time or money trying other. make something that taste like real water mellon. or real juice. like brisk tea did. this product sucks.

Apr 17, 2020
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

1.75/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Bought a 25oz can $2.00 Times Supermarket
Sweet watermelon smell like a Jolly Rancher
Clear pink color
High carbonation
Medium-light mouthfeel
Overly sweet artificial watermelon taste. Sweeter than soda.
Overall not for me. Would not buy again.

Jun 23, 2018
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troobie from California

4.61/5  rDev +61.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've already reviewed Blue Frostbite and Hurricane Punch Natty Rush flavors. Both were enjoyed and I noted Anheuser-Busch's ability to create better flavored malt beverages (FMBs) than any other brewer, with Tilt still being my all-time #1 most missed FMB.

This 25 fluid ounce can isn't fresh, with a canned on date of 17291 (October 18th, 2017) it was purchased in June of 2018. The A-B distributor in my area is garbage.

I'll say up front that I'm not a fan of watermelon flavored FMBs.

As always, reviewed within the style of flavored malt beverages.

A: A hard pour into a short 12 ounce glass leaves a two finger head and tons of champagne-like bubbles racing to the surface. Head settles into less than one finger but persists. Some pink foam on top that lasts much longer than expected. Thick and healthy lacing. Beer is a super-clear cranberry color. Reminds me of Cherry 7-UP.

S: Fresh watermelon. Not candy-like or artificial. Nothing off-putting. No booziness at all, I can't even tell this has alcohol in it! Not sugary sweet like most FMBs. Impressive!

T: Well balanced. Again, not sugary sweet. From the beginning to the end it's 50/50 sweet and sour. The sourness was not expected and puts the drinkability through the roof! Watermelon flavor is reserved and not as strong as it smells. Bitterness lingers and invites another drink.

M: Some alcohol warming on the drink down. Carbonation is creamy and slightly lacks a needed tightness/kick.

O: Anheuser-Busch is putting on a clinic with the Natty Rush line. Whoever makes the Mike's Harder line needs to pay for lessons because this is how it's done. Tasty, reserved, refreshing, and drinkable. Damn.

Hey A-B, how about making a Lime flavor of Natty Rush that is the same flavor as green Tilt was? I'd buy that by the case!

Jun 22, 2018
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Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

2.12/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours with a brief head that diminishes to nothing. Color is artificial and the smell although good is also very artificial. Taste is just as fake. The only redeeming value is the 8% alcohol. Great for partying college kids on a hot summer day.

May 26, 2018
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kojevergas from Louisiana

2.65/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12/23/17 impression at a tasting:

Pours pink.

Not as bad as you'd anticipate. Watermelon jolly rancher. Syrupy sweetness.

Not cough syrup redolent, to be fair. I expected worse.

Hides its ABV well.


Dec 24, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.27/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Anheuser-Busch "Natty Rush Watermelon Smash"
25 fl. oz. can, production coded but without freshness dating

Notes via stream of consciousness: OMG, these things just keep coming - another malternative! This one pours a dark pinkish color beneath a frothy head of pink foam. It smells like artificial watermelon from an arms length away. It smells like Jolly Rancher Watermelon candy. Wow! Weird! But OK, let's move forward... uhhh, I hate to say it but it tastes a bit like a watermelon Jolly Rancher candy. No, it tastes a lot like a Jolly Rancher candy. There's also a light bit of alcohol there, which is not unexpected... what's the alcohol on this? 8%? That's not bad, and at least the alcohol only has a presence, it's not really clear or hot at all. I guess all of the sugar coats that. Geebus, that watermelon is intense! You'll never find an actual watermelon that tastes or smells as intensely as this does. So what else is there? It's medium bodied leaning towards medium-full in body and definitely dextrinous and smooth across the palate with a moderate, very fine-bubbled carbonation. Overall, as I've said so many times before, this is not a beer, it's a malternative. You can like it if you want but it's really just a sugary nonsense alcoholic drink for people who generally don't like beer.

Dec 04, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

2.51/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Bump the hump! I live for #WatermelonWednesday when I CAN get one in! I had proposed this fun celebration a while back, but it was met with the same lack of interest as are so many things that I find enjoyable. Oh well. If you care to join me, you may and it CAN be in the form of a CAN, a bottle or even draft!

From the CAN: "Malt Beverage with Artificial Flavor and Certified Color"; "1 Extra Ounce".

Oooh, that may make a difference! I CAN't live without an extra ounce any longer. I also CAN't stop myself from performing a Crack! & moderate Glug into the awaiting glass. I don't own a 25-fl. oz. glass, so I stopped the pour as it began to foam up, forming a finger of dense, foamy, pink head that looked like pink cotton CANdy before falling to pink wisps. Color was a pinkish-amber (SRM = N/A) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was about as artificial as it gets! It smelled like a Jolly Rancher, Watermelon variety. Phew! (Checks ABV). It clocks in at 8%, so it isn't as killer as some of that Minhas crap, but this still has the potential to do some damage. Mouthfeel was thin & watery, but since I did not expect much, I was not too disappointed. Holy sugar rush, Batman! This was incredibly sweet along with being incredibly artificial in terms of its watermelon characteristics. It tasted like watermelon bubble gum or watermelon CANdy, but NOT like actual watermelon, which is the downfall of so many Watermelon Wednesday beers. This was like a liquid health hazard. The sugary sweetness was what was really doing me in as I drank through this monster. It not only did not taste right, but it was super sweet, to boot. This one cried out for salty snax, like pretzels, especially. Fortunately. I always keep a stash of pretzels on hand for just such an emergency. Phew. I CAN only wonder at what the OG & FG were on this fine brew. Finish remained cloyingly, Gad-awful sweet with the artificial taste of watermelon to remind me that this may not have been such a great idea, after all. YMMV.

Nov 29, 2017
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Pegasus from Texas

3.25/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Clear reddish-pink in color, like a Rose wine. A surprisingly persistent light pink head lingers on well past the pour. Many vigorous streams of carbonation drift lazily to the surface. An unbroken sheet of lacing adorns the glass wall.

Aroma: Watermelon utterly dominates the aroma, with strong notes of both the fruit, and the distinctive bitter note of the rind. No trace of alcohol presents, nor any hint of hops.

Taste: Opens with a strong note of watermelon. This persists throughout the taste. Both the flesh of the watermelon and the bitter rind present, for a very authentic flavor. The high ABV of 8% is artfully concealed, being absent in both the taste, and any warming presence. Finishes with a lingering and very natural watermelon flavor.

Mouth feel: Very soft and full, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Not bad really, if you are a fan of watermelon and alcohol. Its certainly inexpensive enough that no serious complaint is justified.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-five ounce aluminum can, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

Nov 22, 2017
Natty Rush Watermelon Smash from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 65 out of 100 with 15 ratings