Natural Ice | Anheuser-Busch

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1.78/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch
Missouri, United States
anheuser-busch.com

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-03-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#46,953
Reviews:
362
Ratings:
1,457
pDev:
43.82%
Bros Score:
2.7
 
 
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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.98/5  rDev +123.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dcook11
1.7/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Descent cheap beer. If your looking for a buzz it's a go to. I had drank this a few times in college before I was a BA. Now I drink differently. Cheers!

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Photo of tpauer
2.88/5  rDev +61.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of cardfan212
1.75/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

Drank from a 12 ounce can. Scores are based on the style.

Look - The font looks tacky, the big Anheuser logo is kinda weird, the prominently displayed "5.9% Alc./Vol." really lets you know what this is for, and I'm pretty sure "Ice brewed for a smooth taste" will be a lie. However, I do like the blue/black/silver color scheme, and the cheaply bombastic nature of it all has a slight charm.

Smell - Metal, but that's probably just the can. Other than that, mostly just corn syrup.

Taste - A strong corn sweetness transforms into a weird sour malt flavor. Kinda focuses on the middle of the tongue which is strange, I've never had a taste like this before.

Feel - Thin body with strong carbonation. Also has a weird slimeyness to it that's hard to describe.

Overall - A cheap beer that is very noticeably cheap. I've had worse, but not much is worse.

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Photo of tp1962
4.59/5  rDev +157.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I like this beer . I keep it in our fridge in the garage. Tastes great cold and nice inexpensive beer on a Saturday afternoon after cutting the grass.
Look- pours a nice head
Smell - malty
Taste- tastes great
Feel- great carbonation
Overall- not a bad beer. Inexpensive and and make having craft beer more special

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Photo of SFC21
2.56/5  rDev +43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of superspak
3.41/5  rDev +91.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25 ounce can into lager glass, canned on 10/29/2017. Pours crystal clear medium golden yellow color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of cracker, corn, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, and mild herbal/grassy earthiness. A bit of fruity aromas, but not overwhelming. Okay aromas with pale malt/corn and light earthy hop notes; with poor strength. Taste of cracker, corn, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, and mild herbal/grassy earthiness. Mild herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, corn, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, and mild herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness of pale malt/corn and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. A bit thin, but not watery finish. Mildly increasing warmth of alcohol after the finish. Overall this is a very solid pale adjunct lager style. All around good robustness of pale malt/corn and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and pretty refreshing to drink. Very clean barley/corn flavors and decent earthy hop balance. Not too heavy on adjunct character. An enjoyable offering, and well made style example. Very acceptable for the style expectations.

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Photo of elglueckert
3/5  rDev +68.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Keshinko
1.6/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Photo of wl2bill
1.88/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of QuentinDishaw
1.75/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Moir1994CT
2.31/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

This beer's best attribute is the alcohol percentage per volume. The flavor is flat , the feel is ok but not great. For really cheap beer there are better things out there but its cheap enough that if you try it and you dont like it (likely) that you didnt damage the wallet much at all. This may be good for people whom dont like the taste of beer but want to get a good buzz. But I should have accepted as much from a very in expensive anheuser-busch product. I was told these were popular in the 90's the ice bears that is. Why? I dont get it.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
2.24/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

L - Pee yellow color and clear body/ Two fingers of white head that disappeared quickly.

S - Sweet corn and some wheat.

T - Sweet notes, starch, metallic flavor at the end of each swig that gets worse as it warms

F - Thin and watery

O - Meh macro lager. Tolerable when cold, but as it warms, it gets metallic and doughy. Bland overall.

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Photo of Loyaljester467
2.7/5  rDev +51.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As a person who drinks occasionally, I can say Natural Ice tastes like most cheap beers, and at 5.9% alc.vol. It’s not bad. Looks and smells cheap. Nice beer to get drunk with for cheap that’s for sure.

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Photo of StevenMilligan
1/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of TheCrowsEye
1.09/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Photo of Eptar
1.56/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Natural Ice is called Natural Ice because that's naturally all you'll taste: Water. Not even good water, at that. It tastes like sewage run-off, and smells pretty close to it, too. Beer to keep on hand for when you have a person over you just don't care for much, or if you're a glutton for punishment.

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Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
1.43/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of Warren2621
1.29/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of snapon70
2/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

first time trying it aint the best beer on earth but its alright i just prefer light beers

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Photo of Foxman27
1.81/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of feuematt
3/5  rDev +68.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow colored beer with a rapidly fading head. Although I drink mainly micros now I still enjoy a macro every now and then and this is one of them.

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Photo of CIBoy10
1.75/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Dalkri
5/5  rDev +180.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Beerbuddha
2/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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Beer rating: 1.78 out of 5 with 1,457 ratings