Natural Ice | Anheuser-Busch

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Natural IceNatural Ice

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Missouri, United States

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.

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Photo of leap89
2.99/5  rDev +48.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

There's a strong, grainy smell when you first crack open a can, with just a little alcohol following it. Not the most appetizing smell, but certainly not a deal breaker.

Pretty much the same when it comes to taste. Carbonated bread water, with a slight taste of alcohol if you pay too much attention, which you really shouldn't be when drinking Natty Ice. What flavor there is is just fine, as long as you drink it before it warms up. Warm Natty Ice takes on a vague, not-so-appealing sweetness when warm. Best to avoid that

It's not too carbonated either. I hate the overly carbonated nature of most budget beers. This one avoids that issue, making it pretty easy to chug, if you so desire.

Not much flavor, not much smell, but it goes down just fine. The high ABV/dollar ratio makes this beer really stand out for me. It's one of the cheapest ($15-$18 for a 30 pack around here), but it's much nicer than other similarly priced options.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
1.76/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Woof, that is a harsh appearance, concentrated urine, iced, to remove the excess water. Can't form/sustain a head. Aroma was alcohol and metal.

A sweeter edge, corn like. Bitter paired not with hop flavor, but just a long boil of high alpha acid stuff. Everything below average here. At least there is enough alcohol that it isn't like you're drinking a ton of water compared to the light versions.

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Photo of Beric
2.69/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Serving: Can, from the can, unless in pong cups
Served: Parties in undergrad

The last of the cheap-ass brews that slipped through the review process for unknown reasons. This one is Budweiser's high-octane cousin, and was always fun to pull out when the rest of the beer was lower ABV stuff. Made pong more fun for sure.

Pours essentially with the same character as regular natty- light yellow with a pillowy head that collapses on itself as soon as you finish pouring. Light grain scent, very sweet, very traditionally "beery". Drank ice cold, it doesn't taste like much, and any warmer and weird earthy notes come out. Very highly carbonated makes it easy to smash. Overall, a great beer when you want to get krunk and have more fun, faster, than you would with PBR, Keystone, regular Natty, etc. Best served ice cold in a college basement.

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Photo of Squire123
2.66/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Budget beer for the buzz enthusiast

Light color, fairly full taste for the style, the ABV will sneak up on 'ya (it does on me) and best consumed very cold. As it warms an undesirable off putting sweetness creeps in. If the budget is tight this one's for you, to coin a phrase.

Low cost, high effect, could do worse.

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Photo of maltheaded
1.7/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Great beer if you don't want to share, because nobody will ask you for one. This beer serves one purpose and thats to get you drunk. Hangover isn't as bad as eveyone says, all this is, is a higher octane budweiser. Rice beer lives here

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
2.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

From the large can, it pours golden with a small head, diminishing rapidly to a ring around the top. A steady stream of bubbles comes from the bottom. Light scent of grain. Light taste of grain. Great on a hot day after mowing the lawn.

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Photo of scottfrie
1.39/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

25oz can, imperial pint glass.

A: Pours an extremely light shade of yellow with a very active and fizzy bright white head. Very watery and light looking, as expected. The head frothed up a few inches after a rough pour, but quickly subsided leaving a thin, wispy collar.
S: Not much of a nose. I get mostly “wet”, with a few notes of grainy adjuncts. There is also a light but very strange hint of synthetically sweet grape jelly or maybe nyquill.
T: Very light with just hints of adjunct grains. I still get that weird sugary “grape” flavor in the finish, although the flavor itself is not sweet. Water overall.
M: Super light, very carbonated, extremely water. Not hard to drink, although be prepared to burp a lot.
O: I'm always on the look out for a new cheap liquor store beer to go with my take out,but out of all the swill that I’ve tried, this one is definitely near the bottom. Extremely watery, and what flavors are there and off-putting. Definitely a step below the typical level light adjunct lagers. Can’t be the price per ounce though! Still, for a few pennies more I'd rather get something that still has no flavor, but is not off-putting. I will say though, I am very impressed they managed to pack almost 6% abv into something that has this little flavor or character.

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Photo of jancona
2.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a transparent golden color with quickly fading foam. Looks nice for about a second. You can smell a hint of muddled malt - very light nose. Flavor hits you with caramel malt with a touch of cider and breadiness - no hops found. Finish is a strange booziness. All these flavors are very light. Not a good beer, but not terrible. I would drink this at gun point, I would also drink my own urine at gunpoint.

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Photo of metter98
1.92/5  rDev -4.5%
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 Bouleboubier
3.1/5  rDev +54.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(12 oz can, poured into a wine glass)

L: crystal-clear, very pale gold liquid... pours about a finger-width head that collapses within a couple minutes

S: faint hard candy sugar sweetness... almost a citrus pith or oil far in the background... the aforementioned 'sweetness' suggests it will taste like a malt liquor... an overall weak scent - gotta shove your nose down in there to get a hint... little bit of piss pants in the back end

T: some of that malt liquor flavor up front, but it immediately drops out relatively dry... again, some of that strange citrusy acid on the outer edges and back of the palate in the finish; it later fades away... the malt flavor overall is super thin, with a mellow bitterness and a decidedly watery finish - maybe I got a can with extra ice crystals in it... no real flaws or off-putting flavors to speak of... neutral, bland

F: a tad glassy-slick in the flow and arguably mildly thin and watery in the finish... very very faint bit of alcohol heat builds up in the back of the palate

O: this is certainly a stand-out, noteworthy beer in that it seems to straddle the border between AAL and malt liquor... I would argue this beer is quite a brewing achievement - one of the most flavor-mute malt beverages I've ever tried... but it's soooo smooth!

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Photo of HellBelly
5/5  rDev +148.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

That's right. This beer gets the highest marks all around. It's $1.42 per 40 ounce bottle here and I prefer it to any other "cheap beer" and a lot of the more "spendy" beers on the shelves. I have indeed tried them all. It's like a sore dick. You can't beat it.

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Photo of Nightmare-Rex
3.16/5  rDev +57.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I prefer heavy beers like ice over light beers, this is becuase while most belive you consume less calories in light beer, that is not true becuase you usaly have to drink twice as mutch and therefore spend twice as mutch and end up with same amount of calories. I buy this beer typicaly when it is on sale in 12 packs which is more rare then used to be.

at 5.9 alcohal per volume it gets the job done in a 12 pack, and gose down smoother for a average anheuser busch beer. when not on sale i would prefer to spend the extra 2$ for something of slightly higher quality. it smells allright unlike alot of cheap beers. the look is the typical look of a AB beer.

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Photo of yEaRiGhTissiK
3.86/5  rDev +92%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The look is just a straw yellow basic domestic lager color with small white head.
The smell is faint; maybe some hints of grains, straw, and a little alcohol
The taste, in my opinion, is exceptional for the style of beer that it is. It's just a smooth "beer" taste. There's nothing special about it, but it is far from being "bad". It's actually great in my opinion, to have 6% alcohol and be this smooth along with a great taste.

I feel anyone who hates this beer is someone who hasn't appreciated all different styles of beer for what they are. This beer isn't meant to be fussed over and smelled and examined; it's meant to be drank whether after work or playing beer pong etc. You drink it, it gets the job done, you don't complain about it.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoy craft beer as much as the next craft beer snob, but I never disrespect the traditional domestic beers that started it all. This beer is best served ice cold, the mouth feel is extremely thin and the drinkability is exceptional. If I were to give someone this beer blindfolded, I guarantee they'd never guess that it's nearly 6% alcohol. There isn't much to the taste, it is your basic domestic lager taste with a watery feel. For the price and the buzz that catches you by surprise, this beer is damn good. It needs to be judged in its own category rather than looked down on by craft beer snobs. If you're a working person who's on a budget and wants to relax after work without breaking the bank, pick up a few 16 oz Natural Ices. It will surprise you how smooth it is while retaining such a high alcohol percentage. For the beer that it is, within its own adjunct ice beer category, it is king. So when I'm not in the mood to drink an extremely hoppy bitter beer like 90 minute IPA or a thick stout like Old Rasputin, I'll stick to Natural Ice or Budweiser. Don't knock it until you try it. It does what it's designed to do, get you a great buzz with an extremely smooth and drinkable feel.

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Photo of Mattdaddy
1.12/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This is the hangover beer.. If you take one sip you are automatically hungover.. but if your funds are low, and you need to put one on..This beer Will definitely do the trick..6 pack of tall boys go for 3.99 where I live. So say a prayer and throw a few hail Maries and chug. . But be prepared for the wrath tomorrow.

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Photo of LushessPuppy
2.44/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

This "nasty ice" is ONLY drinkable in a bottle and i prefer a 40 or 32 if I can find the little brother. Cans are just horrible for some reason. I love fow et fells lol. great for getting fake balls and being a jackass. This reminds me of growing up around rednecks and country friends who would be seen with nothing else than NATTY. I love to reminess, God bless America!

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Photo of DarthVorador
1/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Piss flavored water, the ONLY thing its good for is catching a cheap buzz, & there's other FAR less nasty options for that in the price range. The only thing "World Class" about this shit is the hangover you get from drinking it.

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Photo of Enuflur04
4.48/5  rDev +122.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The only 'cheap' beer I genuinely like. Sure, it's watery but I like the overall flavor. When I drink other cheap beers like PBR or Budweiser, I don't really enjoy the taste. They just taste...meh. Natty Ice is a great value and has a fun, sort of banana-like taste. I wish they expanded on this to make it less watery.
Smell: I haven't smelled this beer actively thinking about what it smells like. I'm giving it a 4 because it probably smells similar to how it tastes. I rate it lower because I don't care about the smell or the look or the feel.
Look: Only had it in a can but I'm sure not very good for a beeradvocate!
Feel: Between drinking water and soda. When cold, it's refreshing on a hot day.
Overall: Very good for a cheap beer. I like the banana flavor but wish it could be stronger. Maybe there are some other, higher quality beers that have a stronger taste but I wouldn't know where to look and I love the value/alcohol found in this beer.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.09/5  rDev +4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Poured into a .5 l mug.

Look: The body is a clear golden color with slowly rising bubbles. The head is foamy and white and settles to ... nothing. Absolutely no lacing on the glass.

Aroma: A combination of sweet corn husk (adjuncts) and a faint metallic aroma not unlike paint fumes.

Taste: Almost identical to the nose but more of a cardboard kind of taste up front. Paint fumes come through. The finish is metallic and dry, not without a sly but of tanginess.

Mouthfeel: Dry and medium to light in body.

Overall: Almost like a malt liquor "light" version ... AALs shouldn't be 5.9% ABV in my opinion. I paid $8.99 for a 12 pack of this just to review it. That's dedication.

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Photo of DevAJ
3/5  rDev +49.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This isn't bad at all for a cheap beer. It's a pretty standard beer in my opinion. No it's not a hop explosion and it's not particularly exciting, but it's a $1.30 ($1.50 with tax) 25 ounce beer with 5.9% alcohol. I would hope people aren't comparing it to beers that cost $4 and $5 for a 11.2 to 12 ounce bottle. If they are, that's not exactly fair. Don't get me wrong, I prefer the $4 and $5 for 11.2 to 12 ounce bottle beers and most of those also have higher alcohol content, but if you want a decent tasting beer that doesn't cost a fortune, this is surprisingly good. I have heard horror stories about Natural Light and was actually a little hesitant to try this, but as long as it doesn't give me heartburn, this is decent.

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Photo of stickyv
2.51/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

By no means is this a great beer but it isn't as bad as the score may show. I'm drinking it because I'm trying to shed some pounds but hanging with gang still demands some beer. Trust me I'm a sworn craft beer loyalist. But this beer is the most efficient beer you can drink in terms of the amount of alcohol to calories. 5.9% ABV 130 calories.

On it rates as the first beer in their efficiency chart after numerous liquors.

The first one tastes a little harsh but after that it's just as tasteless as any other domestic.

Yes. I could just have less BUT better beer or no beer at all but during March madness that's not an option. Try it. It's cheap and no worse than a PBR for more ABV.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
2.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

The skunk mostly rears its head on the very back end. The look is reasonable, the smell isn't awful, and it's not immediately a regretful decision to drink this beer. I think the BABros are closer to reasonable than the overall BA score.

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Photo of AfricanPete14
2.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A decent college beer. It's very carbonated and pours a straw yellow with a small head. The smell is very metallic and has hints of corn and malt. The taste is pretty decent with a good level of malt and grains. Has a metallic aftertaste that isn't very pleasant but for the price I'm not complaining.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
1.35/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Pours a translucent yellow with little head. The smell is mostly rice but with some chemical smell, almost metallic. There is very little to the taste. This was made to be drank fast with a slightly above average ABV.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
1.57/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

It is what it is. Natty Ice isn't as offensive as some BMC brews (Miller Lite, I'm looking at you), but that's because there's not much there. It pours a pale, almost translucent straw color, a pinkie of fizzy head that disappears quickly. Not much carbonation and no lacing. Smells like any adjunct, sweet corn, very faint, but gets stronger as it warms. Reminds me of the sticky floors of the old fraternity house the morning after a party.
Tastes like nothing, just water. Goes down easy enough, and if I wasn't curious to see if the taste changed when it warmed (it didn't) I could have tosses the glass back in a blink. Like I said, easy drinking. Now I know why it's a favorite of college students: cheap, inoffensive, and, to quote Dave Chapelle, "it'll get you drunk!"

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Photo of Biss
3.6/5  rDev +79.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

For what it is, this is a great beer. I'm a college student and compared to other domestics, especially cheap ones, this is pretty good. It doesn't have much flavor to it at all and is very smooth to drink if its cold. Other cheap domestics like Keystone or Milwaukee's Best have an odd aftertaste to them but not Natty. If I want something with flavor I would definitely look elsewhere, but if i want a buzz to party or need to unwind after a hard day of studying, Natty is perfect.

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Natural Ice from Anheuser-Busch
2.01 out of 5 based on 1,376 ratings.
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