Natural Ice
Anheuser-Busch

Natural IceNatural Ice
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Style:
American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #462
ABV:
5.9%
Score:
45
Ranked #47,742
Avg:
1.69 | pDev: 47.93%
Reviews:
384
Ratings:
1,503
From:
Anheuser-Busch
 
Missouri, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  8
Gots
  327
SCORE
45
Awful
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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Reviews: 384 | Ratings: 1,503
Photo of ThrewRedButter
2.24/5  rDev +32.5%
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 +59.8%
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 Eptar
1.56/5  rDev -7.7%
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 feuematt
3/5  rDev +77.5%
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 Hackattack
1.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

This only works if you don't mind the taste and want to go for the higher ABV than the normal American Adjunct beer.....like when you were in late high school or college.

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Photo of OldSchoolMike
2.22/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Not too awful for cheap ice beer, to be as charitable as possible. I had a neighbor at one point whose back yard was littered with crumpled up Natural Ice cans. To cut a long story short, that path is not one I want to follow.

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Photo of zdust182
2.88/5  rDev +70.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It isn't this awful, toxic liquid most people say it is. I'm well aware that 'Natty Ice' has a special place in most drinkers' vocab as a beer only the poor or college folk buy. Keep in mind, for an ice beer, it isn't bad.
Look: faint yellow; bubbly; fast dissipating head
Smell: Metallic and corny; sweet
Taste: Sweet 'n smooth
If you're going to try it, try it knowing that you get what you pay for and that it's an ice beer. DRINK IT ICE COLD.

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Photo of nooutlet
2.04/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I always keep this lager along with Yeungling just for those days! I am a a true lager beer drinker who learned and starting appreciating all of the nuance of beer while living in Munich, Germany!

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Photo of Classless_Drinker76
3.51/5  rDev +107.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

For my first review on Beer Advocate, I had to start with one of my go-to cheap beers. I have an interesting relationship with this one. People always make fun of me when I pull one of these babies out at a tailgate or party. "Thats piss beer!" or "You have no taste" they exclaim in horror. Hypocrites! I say as I point out their overpriced Bud or Coors light.
Natty Ice is an exceptional beer for the price. It tastes of sweet/hearty corn and finishes suprisingly well. Very refreshing. The smell is somewhat off-putting, but once you get past that its smooth sailing. As an added benefit, the alcohol content is nearly 6%. Drink a few of these and you're feeling good! If I had to choose between Natty Ice and any other common macro-brew, I would pick Natty all day everyday (the same can't be said for its more popular "light" cousin - gross). However, do not expect it to compete with the likes of more expensive brews. To sum it up, Natty Ice is the best of the worst.

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Photo of Bitterbill
1.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

I wanted a single serving so I had to settle for this big ass 25 ounce can. Pours a clear straw, loads of foam. Smells so grainy and sweet, to the point of rotten veggies. Grainy and off putting sweet taste. Again, I get a vegetal nastiness that I can't get past. Malt Liquor lite? I'd rather have a Mickeys.

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Photo of pro45
2.49/5  rDev +47.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Not bad for what it is. Payed $5.99 for a 12 pack. Five of them went down easy and smooth. Tasted like a pilsner. A weak pilsner. And I was ready for pizza. A lot of pizza...

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Photo of skoomd
3.03/5  rDev +79.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

As far as american adjunct lagers go, this is not bad.

My dad always drinks the stuff, and it sparked my interest in trying it out.

The appearance is typical for shitty ajunct beer, super clear and waterly looking with tons of bubbles and little head.

The aroma is pretty typical for this style of beer, astringent corn and piss.

The taste when ice cold however is pretty neutral. You get sweetness, cripness, corn, and a hint of breadiness/yeastiness. No real off-putting tastes so to speak.

Overall, this beer is what it is. It's extremely cheap (usually 18$ for a 30 pack where i am) and has a moderate ABV of 5.9%. If you're looking for a cheap buzz, this is the way to go. A lot better in my opinion than bud ice or keystone ice. Most reviewers are missing the point of this beer. Usually after 4-5x 12 oz cans of this stuff, im good and it cost about the same as a cheap bottle of vodka for the same effects. When the cheap craft beer is 10$ a 6 pack, this is a good way to go if you need something cheap. Sur it tastes like piss, but when it's ice cold and you take big gulps (or just chugging it) it's easy to get down and definitely doesn't induce worse hangovers than anything else.

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Photo of Reiddrinksbeer
3.93/5  rDev +132.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Easily one of the best budget beers and one of my go too's when cash is tight. Obviously this is not going to knock your socks off with rich complex flavors. Its light crisp and carbonated. It doesn't have the off flavors of cooked vegetables like many other budget beers. At 5.9% alcohol and $13 for a 30 pack whats not to like?

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Photo of huthuty
3.85/5  rDev +127.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a six percent brew, this has an impressive pilsner-esque light refreshing taste. From a twenty-four ounce can you can get a reasonable buzz for a reasonable price and it's very drinkable, not rich, but drinkable as most light lagers

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Photo of QueenOfBeers
2.78/5  rDev +64.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My go to beer. Need to let it air out after the initial open. I usually blow in the hole to get the awful smell out. Otherwise tastes good and gets you lit. Its not a dry or tasteless beer.

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Photo of jkblr
3.1/5  rDev +83.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz canned 1/4/17 poured into a pint glass at fridge temp 5.9% ABV. The beer is a darker straw yellow color and has short lived white head. It does maintain a skim coat of head which is above average for these beers. The aroma is faint, consisting mostly of semisweet corn. The taste is "beery" with more semisweet grain/corn. It ends with a weird sweet yet mildly tart finish. Mouthfeel is thin, highly carbonated and oily. The oily finish (diacetyl?) is not enough to be worried about as I've had it much worse in >4.5% brews. Overall, ok. I've had several recently that are much worse and none of them are in the bottom 100 on BA. This is good for it's intended purpose, getting a quick, cheap buzz. I'm guessing more than one or two might have you feeling ill later though.

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Photo of jzlyo
1.12/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Sort of similar to Bud Ice, part flavorless and the added other part nasty/corrosive heat. All around headache inducing, one and won't ever have again.

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Photo of daliandragon
1.66/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

I really can't believe I never reviewed this before. I even more so can't believe I'm bothering to rectify that now... Pours a handsome straw with a big head that dies mega-fast. Nose is basically a mixture of corn and urine. Heavy adjunct flavor, dry and sawdust in the mouth at the finish. Texture is mercifully heavily carbonated. Not at all good, but a little more drinkable than the sum of its parts might suggest. Still, super bad.

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Photo of Kernell_Sanders
3.15/5  rDev +86.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Hello gang, it's the Kernell again.
Gentlemen, I'm not going to p#$$& foot around here and tell you this beer is the answer to your prayers, hell I can't even tell you that god exists, but what I can tell you without a shred of doubt is that if you need to get drunk ( and I mean you NEED to) this beer comes thru in the clutch. It pours like any other cheap beer, piss yellow and a "sea foam" head, it smells like sweet yeast and bread (kinda) and it tastes like Natty Light only a little sweeter which I'm assuming is there to cover up the 5.9% ABV. It's the beer you imagine your uncle taking to the stock-car races on the weekend in their Winnebago to get drunk on and plow race track floozies, and they will because this beer makes the impossible happen. Its dirt cheap, it drinks like old Natty and it comes in a can that has the colors of "Old Glory" herself, this beer is the embodiment of the American Spirit; fast, rough, and a little trashy but I'll be god [email protected]#ned if it doesn't get the job done.

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Photo of Whey2Hoppy
3.25/5  rDev +92.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Exactly what you would expect from a decent lager as far as the looks are concerned. Crisp golden color with a frothy eggshell colored head that lingers. Smell is primarily of corn, faint hints of something akin to banana runts candy, and bread. Taste follows the nose, not a huge blast of flavor but it's more than the average light lager for sure. Mostly sweet and bready, but the banana note is there as a pleasant surprise. The feel is exactly what one would expect, crisp, watery, and refreshing. Overall, not bad for what it is, and a step above the rest perhaps.

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Photo of homerlovesbeer
1/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is the most foul beer that I have tasted.it has a sweet taste and that's not what beer should taste like .i will not be buying it again and will stick to Budweiser....

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Photo of HopHunter19
2.53/5  rDev +49.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - not pouring it but i already know what it looks like --> AAL
S - big bready notes, plain american hops, light malts
T - bready, definite hop character but its very light, light malts, very "clean" or what i would think peoplr would say was "smooth"
M - light mf, alc covered, aftertaste is light malt and corn
O - solid light drinking beer

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.85/5  rDev +127.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sweet grain light clean bitterness, but other than that it's pretty watery. I'm honestly enjoying it quite a bit though. It's super refreshing and awesome after a long week at work. One of the few college beers I'm enjoying more now.

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.87/5  rDev +129%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light golden color with a dense head of bubbles with just a bit of an off white appearance. Decent but not crazy amounts of streaming bubbles. Actually left lacing down my glass.
Smell is very light and bready. Just a hint of sweetness in the smell which seems nice as it is not as strong as some adjuncts.
I like the taste of this one! The 5.9% ABV is almost completely completely masked with just a touch of warming on the tongue. The taste is clean and malt driven with a nice balance of hops. I mean you cannot really pick up on the hops but it is a symbiotic balance that brings out a clean beer taste.
Mouth feel is actually quite light and refreshing with a full beer taste that snaps off crisply. If that makes any sense at all.
This beer has a lot going for it which actually scares me to like something from the Anheuser-Busch side of the fence. Longtime Coors-Miller fan here. One note is to serve this beer cold because that is the way it wants to be served. Also check out the crazy prices on this bargain basement beer, I think I was just over 15 dollars for a 30 pack. And I will buy this again!

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Photo of NatsuruSenou
4.48/5  rDev +165.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Smells absolutely wonderful. It smells like bread, and kind of sweet. Absolutely cheap, I don't know why people try comparing this to craft. or review it like craft. That is totally missing the point of this dirt cheap lager. with the style, namely Ice Beers, i would put this above bud, and at or below busch ice. Getting into the review.
Look is yellow, typical of the style. Smell, is sweet, and a lot like bread. Taste, is some corn, and Bread like sweetness. Honestly for the price, you cannot go wrong for a party beer. If you drink light beer, and are wanting to take beer a step up, go with this. keep in mind this may set you on your ass pretty quickly as well. tallboy + almost 6abv slamming it, will sit you down pretty quick if you are used to Light beer. Personally my favorite attribute is the taste, its pretty clean, with your ice beer finish. It isn't terrible, if you give it a chance, and you aren't a beer snob per-say. Essentially, if you like Adjuncts, this one is worth a go. If you don't like the style, it isn't for you. I have memories with this one though, namely Country parties, and beer pong. so i cannot hate on it too much. if you hate light beer, but want something cheap like light beer, this may be the way to go. I cannot justify paying 22 dollars for bud light 30 rack when this costs almost nothing compared, and at least has flavor. It all comes down to personal preference.

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Natural Ice from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 45 out of 100 with 1503 ratings