Natural Ice | Anheuser-Busch

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Natural IceNatural Ice
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
Ratings:
1,401
Reviews:
345
Avg:
2.02
pDev:
39.6%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
285
For Trade:
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1/5  rDev -50.5%

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2.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

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2/5  rDev -1%

Photo of kjkinsey
1/5  rDev -50.5%

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1/5  rDev -50.5%

Photo of Knapp85
1.68/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Friend of mine tossed me one of these during Super Bowl XLIV. Wanted to toss it right back but instead I cracked open the can and gave it a whack. Very light on flavor, it wasn't anything to write home about. Half way through I started getting a headache. Not sure if it was from the beer or not, I just found it ironic. I'm happy I at least tried this brew. But I never have to have this again.

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1/5  rDev -50.5%

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1.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of metter98
1.92/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that quickly died down, leaving specks of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of corn adjuncts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of corn adjuncts and nondescript malts. There is a slight amount of sweetness and a faint amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied, clean, and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a nice mouthfeel for an adjunct lager but otherwise isn't overly impressive from a smell or taste perspective.

Serving type: can

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Photo of BEERchitect
1.75/5  rDev -13.4%
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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3.08/5  rDev +52.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

24oz super can, one of those last minute, last gas-up purchases ($1.50 is good for getting rid of excess change) before crossing the border home, into the Great White North. Very NHL-marketing reminiscent can label.

Natty Ice pours a crystal clear, pale golden colour, with a ton of columnar thin puffy bone-white head, which settles at an even pace, leaving some decent curtain lace around the glass as it does so. It smells of corny malt, and skanky, weedy hops. The taste is also unsurprisingly corny, with a somewhat innocuously fruity malt, and minimal skunky, earthy, dead grassy hops. The carbonation is fairly average, the body on the light side, but buoyed by a sugar and booze swell, smoothness somehow extracting itself from this situation. It finishes off-dry in the good ol' cheap-ass malt likka wannabe sense, bastardized sugar and nothing much else.

Another instance of form over substance - cheap, plentiful, and not all that offensive - if I didn't know any better, I'd be drinking this like water, which I'm sure actually happens all the time. Really, this is pretty innocuous, and not even that saccharine, so much so that I don't even rue the pocket change expended. It is what it is, and for that, I cannot truly find fault.

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1.25/5  rDev -38.1%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
1.5/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of dmorgan310
1/5  rDev -50.5%

Photo of largadeer
2.25/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of zestar
2/5  rDev -1%

Photo of mothman
1.72/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Poured vigorously into Bud American Ale pint.

Fizzy 2 finger white head that doesn't last longer than a minute. Color is a clear straw yellow.

Aroma: Very grainy. This beer is somewhat sweet. I can't figure out why, but it isn't the worst marco in the world. It seems to be more fresh than others.

Taste: Whoa, there is that bad macro taste. A ton of grain and corn. Not very sweet anymore. Smell is as far as I will go for this beer.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and skunky. Not anything I am liking. Light bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Ends with a dry grainy aftertaste.

Overall, I am really not liking this beer at all. I can see most regular college guys drinking this because of the abv and the price, but this one is not for me.

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2/5  rDev -1%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3/5  rDev +48.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A crystal clear straw-gold body reveals hundreds of fast-rising standard-sized bubbles racing to support a dwindling head of creamy white foam. It does maintain a thin surface covering, however, and leaves some very slight lace momentarily following each sip. The nose is clean with a light touch of apple. The body is medium/light and it's nicely crisp on the tongue due to its fine, effervescent carbonation. Sweet adjunct-laden malt dominates the flavor; balanced by an underlying bitterness that's accentuated by it's crisp carbonation. It finishes semi-dry with some residual sticky malt about the mouth. Well made, but not very interesting.

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2.85/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light malts, adjuncts and a very light touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out very bready with flavors of grain and adjuncts followed by some light malt sweetness that isn't as strong as most other beers in the style. The hops presence is very mild but on-target for the style and is strong enough to bring a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little flavorful considering the style, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, it's exactly what you would expect from the style, it might not be even an average beer overall, but I've had several other beers in the style that are a lot worse.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation and some light golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy bright white head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of corn adjuncts over the top of light aromas of slightly sweet grainy malts. There is a very light presence of grassy hops as well.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of slightly sweet grain malts with moderate flavors of corn adjuncts. There is a light amount of grassy hop flavors which impart a light amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: This beer is certainly much better served ice cold - it definitely does not get better as it comes up to room temperature. Certainly not offensive but definitely nothing special either - I think I remember this beer as being much worse from my college days.

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1/5  rDev -50.5%

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1.5/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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1.94/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.08/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

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.

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Natural Ice from Anheuser-Busch
2.02 out of 5 based on 1,401 ratings.
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