Natural Ice
Anheuser-Busch

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Style:
Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #463
ABV:
5.9%
Score:
45
Ranked #49,388
Avg:
1.7 | pDev: 48.24%
Reviews:
398
Ratings:
1,527
From:
Anheuser-Busch
 
Missouri, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
45
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Natural IceNatural Ice
Notes: 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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Greywulfken from New York

3.37/5  rDev +98.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not bad at all, and as adjunct lagers go, pretty good - very light and smooth, mildly bitter, mildly sweet - notes of corn and grain apparent but - you guessed it - mild - very refreshing and enjoyable - i would come back to it

Aug 06, 2020
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bcoverss from Georgia

4.21/5  rDev +147.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I think Natural Ice is an underrated beer. It is very affordable for any budget, and its light, so you don’t get so full and still has a great smooth flavor. It gives very delicate lacing when poured into a glass. I believe it is a good value at its price point. The alcohol percentage to calories and carbs is a good ratio for the price point also.

May 29, 2020
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Larseus from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev +145.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I think its an underrated beer. It taste fairly good, can steal the show from some popular American beers I feel. I drank a few of the 16 ounce cans and I didn’t feel dried out like similar American beers and I feel fairly hydrated. The taste is smooth, somewhat sweet corn flavored. Bready taste, can pair with almost any food. Overall a very well balanced beer and I strongly think it deserves more then what people have rated it. It’s an legit American beer!

May 07, 2020
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Mach10 from Michigan

3.55/5  rDev +108.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

You know, this is not nearly as terrible as I thought it would be. Review is based on expectations of it being complete garbage. And the price point. Normally drink regular brewery beer (Bell's, Founders, Shorts, etc.) Nothing too specialty - but haven't really bought garbage beer in a very long time. Recently decided to experiment with some of the very price friendly options, which I used to drink way back before good beer was widely available.

I tried to re-introduce myself to a few beers I had experience with - Labatts and Molson products. Or a few other cheapo beers that I never were into - Coors and Miller products. Terrible experiences all around. Those all were like horrible off tasting beer "products". Like not even beer. Like carbonated beer-flavored beverages with added alcohol. Terrible drinking experience, and even worse stomach experience. Not even worth drinking those for free. Especially the Coors, and surprisingly Labatts was just an awful product.

I was at the store and checking out the cheap cans. And there I saw a random "Ice" beer in a black can that, I assumed was Molson Ice. A big 25 oz can for $1.30. So I figured I'd give it another go, and maybe it would be a little better than my last attempt. Sat in the fridge for a couple days, then when I pulled it out to drink - I saw it was "Natural Ice". Something I have only heard about. I knew it was also known as "Natty Ice", and I was not enthused. Did the best thing you can - grab your nicest pint glass and decant it.

And you know what - this stuff is not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. In fact, I would drink it before I would touch any of the previously mentioned beers. Taste is not awful at all. It's almost like the other beers switched over to some incredibly economical model where they are selling fake beer, which is bad fake beer. This stuff just tastes like bad beer, but it's at least actual beer. That other stuff gave me strange stomach issues for a day or two after drinking. And it wasn't that I drank too much of it. I started feeling "off" after drinking the first one.

At $1.30 for a 25 oz. can, I would drink it again. It's like a garbage beer, but the way garbage beer tasted 25 years ago. Seems like most garbage beers today are not even beer.

Apr 20, 2020
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mako99

3.21/5  rDev +88.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Decent lawnmower/college beer, easy to chug, for the price it’s unbeatable. It’s much better tasting than natural light with more alcohol and at the same price point. The smell/after taste has a smidge of the skunky cheap beer taste but for the most part it’s refreshing and crisp when served ice cold. Easy to pound a few and honestly this beer gets far too much undeserved hate. Easy to drink and unbeatable for the price point. Not to mention the can screams “I drink”.

Feb 18, 2020
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UristMcBrewer from Florida

2.02/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Natty ice is very transparent and a golden color. There is a faomy white head that dissipates very quickly. The nose is very faint and smells mostly of old grain and corn. The taste is very sweet and somewhat corny. Not much in the way of hops. The feel is very watery and bubbly. Overall it is a watery beer.

Feb 02, 2020
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monkist from Hungary

2.17/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Okay what IS an “ice” beer and how is it supposed to taste? Like ice? Dunno, but I guess it is just a way to sell beer with because who can stay untouched by the thought of an ice-cold beer?
Apart from the wording, this is a poor adjunct lager, smells bad, tastes even worse... kind of reminds me of the European Lagers you can buy especially in Central/Eastern Europe. We have this very common back home, what you might call “piss” beer. Well excuse me but there is no exaggeration. Tasteless, dry, highly carbonated, bitter - and you’re drinking it with the sole purpose of getting drunk. Now hands down to its only positive aspect, that it has 5.9% ABV - helps you to get drunk easier.

Jan 16, 2020
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ShawnyBellJive

3.7/5  rDev +117.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow some unfair reviews on this one. Here in Pinellas county Florda Natty Ice is the standard/stand by we dont take kindly bout bad mouthin the Natty except the Gandy Beach/fake White Claw/ Natturdays bullchit tastin like raspberry and rainbows dont really care fer it much downa dis way

Nov 06, 2019
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

1.88/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Can bottom reads '19129NA1150' (presumably canned on 5/9/19)

Pours a crystal clear golden straw body, multiple fingers of white foam cascades, and recedes relatively quickly to a moderate collar and an inconsistent walling of soapy lacing around the glass.

Aroma features a sharp metallic/medicinal grain bursting from the glass upfront, with vague bits of corn sweetness and a light grassy tone adding the only discernible texture to the bouquet as a whole.

Taste opens relatively flat and thin, with only the faintest note of sweet grain; sharper boozy grains and corn peak briefly on the mid-palate, with primarily booze highlighting an otherwise listless finish.

Mouthfeel has a light body with moderate carbonation fading quickly and thinning as the mid-palate peaks and becomes watery into the finish; an alcohol presence protrudes throughout, contributing an unwelcome sharpness.

Predominantly harsh and sharp, with only a backing coolness to the palate saving it from becoming entirely undrinkable; too boozy and with minimal flavor, even for an AAL. There are much better options in the style out there.

Nov 06, 2019
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gvickery from Texas

2.56/5  rDev +50.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Medium gold with a decent white head. Smell is grain, sweetness, and slightly earthy, with a whole lot of adjunctness.
First of all, this is not a snobbish craft brew. It is cheap at $5.49 for a sixer of pints. It is basically a malt liquor so it should be drank as cold as possible. It has an initial sweetness that is balanced with a bitterness and a weird artificial grape drink flavor. It really ruins the flavor. There’s nothing really good about this, it’s economic, that's about it.

Nov 02, 2019
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DrownInLysergic

4/5  rDev +135.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Natty Ice is a go-to cheap gas station beer when I just want to get drunk on the low. It doesn't have the greatest flavor but it has a high ABV to surely get the job done without drinking too many. People hate on it, but they're expecting more than what they're buying. It does have a watery taste most likely from the brewing process with ice, but otherwise just tastes like a slightly pungent cheap beer.

Oct 23, 2019
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Tantonys from Maine

2.5/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not much there there. Rather watery with no body. Bland so-called "imported" hops. Lots of corn (GMO). Alcohol predominates finish, thus totally unrewarding.

Oct 08, 2019
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RobertPA

2.9/5  rDev +70.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If you’re drinking natty ice you know what you’re getting into. It’s very cheap, very high abv and low calorie. It’s the best ice beer you can get.

Sep 25, 2019
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NickTrop from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +155.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Misunderstood beer. Rather remarkable, really, if you think about it. The "anti-craft" beer. To wit. Craft beers are simply malt and hop forward. This is carbonation, corn, and alcohol forward. Craft should not be too cold. This should be served near freezing. Craft brews are pricey. This is cheap and cheerful. Craft brews are heavy affairs. This is light as a feather. Craft should be served in the appropriate glassware. This you drink out of the can. It's a master class in mass brewing. Incredibly consistent can, to can. The ice brewing process is unique and the domain of mass brewing -- small craft brewers can't emulate it. 100 various ho hum IPAs on the shelves. Only a few ice beers. It's a style unto itself not to be discounted. It does an amazing job masking its relatively high 5.9% abv. Craft brews are high carb and calorie laden -- some are as fattening as a meal. This is practically a light beer -- amazing considering its abv. When it's in the 90's outside at a BBQ, ask me if I want an ice cold Natty Ice or a lightly chilled imperial stout. A refreshing change of pace from heavy craft brews. Tastes terrible, you say? No. It doesn't. It has a pleasing light flavor. Simple, subtle. Doesn't punch you in the face like many pricey craft brews. You might not appreciate the style but that doesn't make it a bad beer. To the contrary. It's a high abv, well-made unique mass-produced AAL "style" of beer, with a unique brewing process, that has its place and is an enjoyable, crushable, brew with a respectable abv.

Aug 21, 2019
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xolectic from Ohio

2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

L: Pale orange color, more orange than most beers except King Cobra. Little lacing and head disappears fast.

S: Slightly sweet and boozy.

T: Sweet, corny, no malt. Slightly fruity, a little gross but little aftertaste.

F: Very thin body. A little more carbonation than average.

Overall: I can see this being popular with people that like watered down beer, but probably the worst of the cheap ice beers. If you want a tasteless beer Keystone Ice is better, if you want a cheap ice beer with flavor Milwaukee's Best is better. Either way MillerCoors does better in this category.

Jun 25, 2019
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mooseisloose from Florida

3.02/5  rDev +77.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a go to. 4.99 for a four pack of tall boys. 5.9% alcohol. Availability everywhere. High drinkability. Ice cold, it is ice after all. Great for hot weather. Natty on ‘roids. No beer snobbery here. Beer taste, clean finish. I will drink this anywhere, anytime.

Jun 17, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

2.6/5  rDev +52.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I thought this actually wasn’t that bad. Yes it doesn’t look special - typical pale golden color with minimal fizzy head and no lacing. Smells faintly of sweet corn, malt and grain. Tastes similarly. But it’s smooth and mild and crisp and the sweetness is just right. Not too cloying, not too sickly, no skunkiness. Tastes best cold, decent mouthfeel for what it is (above-average AAL), decent carbonation as long as it’s kept ice cold. I’d drink this on a hot day at the beach, by the pool or grill.

Jun 14, 2019
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

2.99/5  rDev +75.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is my go to cheap beer. For the price this is a really good brew. Perfect choice when you plan on drinking for the next 8 hours or so (aka every Friday night)
It is smooth as hell, hiding the moderate abv. Best served ice cold, not one that gets better as it warms. That's why this is a beer to be pounded, not sipped. That's not such a bad thing sometimes.

Apr 02, 2019
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DaveyCream from Ohio

3.49/5  rDev +105.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Actually don't hate this beer. Have a funny story regarding Natty Ice: So my college girlfriend that went to another college was coming to visit me and party at my college for the first time. I was a collegiate athlete so we always had team parties. Got Natty Ice and drank 12 of them in an hour and half (didn't know they hit a bit harder than Natty Light since I was a freshman in college). Ended up passing out and puking. Pretty embarrassing, but I guess it happens. Overall, that was the only time I drank Natty Ice, but I remember it going down like water that night and being super super smooth (probably because it is a watery beer).

Mar 23, 2019
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dxpnthedrunk from New Jersey

5/5  rDev +194.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I absolutely love this beer ill drink it till i'm an old man. so smooth to drink and refreshing on anyday. Has high abv so you can get a nice buzz. has a nice taste of corns and malts that absolutely taste fantastic. the beer snobs really need to over look this one its fantastic for its price range.

Mar 12, 2019
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PhunkyMeatstick from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +194.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Me and the boys killed 60 of these dogs and were ass over tin cans by 3am. Good friggin night with the boys, overall terrific beer
P.S. these brews are a certified panty soaker

Mar 06, 2019
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ChrisBeerDrinker94 from Colorado

1.18/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Color is ok. Smell is corn and malt up front but a gross, putrid smell at the end, almost like old milk. Very unusual for ANY beer. Taste is awful. Like a mouthful of soda water flavored with barely any corn and very bitter. You get what you pay for.

Feb 17, 2019
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Geelawn from Connecticut

3.45/5  rDev +102.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

If you’re trying to rate this beer like you would for any craft beer, you’re tripping balls. Natty Ice is my go to cheap beer, the biggest bang for your buck. I don’t know why you’d pay 10 bucks more for a 30 of bud over this. Natty tastes better and is cheaper. Poor man’s best friend. Natty gets me Ratty

Jan 18, 2019
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JDMOTHERD from Ohio

3.15/5  rDev +85.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Purchased on the 7th of January of 2019. In a 15 pack. Drank from the 12 ounce can. Light mouth feel you can definitely slam this beer. Beer snobs bother me because its all about top shelf beers. I'm blue collar and like to get boozed up. This is the beer i buy when I have a grill out or cook out whatever. I clear a 12 rack of this and I'm good to go. Its light it tastes typical to a bud product and ot goes down easy. I give it a 4.5 because it's cheap its a shotgun beer and will put you in the drunken stooper you want if thats your thing.

Jan 09, 2019
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chitoryu12 from Florida

2.29/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Look: Very, very pale yellow. About a finger of white head that quickly fizzes up and then disappears.

Smell: I had to go back for multiple sniffs just to try and smell anything! What I COULD smell was corn syrup mixed with wet dog. Or perhaps garbage.

Taste: A faint corn aftertaste. That's about it.

Mouthfeel: Watery.

Overall: Insipid and awful. Imagine growing up and thinking this is what beer is?

Jan 01, 2019
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Beer rating: 45 out of 100 with 1527 ratings