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:
1,393
Reviews:
342
Avg:
2.01
pDev:
39.8%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
277
For Trade:
0
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Photo of chriswjr
1.25/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Photo of daliandragon
1.66/5  rDev -17.4%
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 jeffreyhill021
1.51/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of nater919
1.2/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Photo of Kernell_Sanders
3.15/5  rDev +56.7%
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 d@#ned if it doesn't get the job done.

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Photo of Timc32
1.75/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of BrewNoob1
2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of MikeyTomorrow
1.13/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Photo of duvel1979
1/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of mcpat1993
2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Run of the mill, cheap, beer that does no more than get you drunk and taste barely palatable.

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Photo of Whey2Hoppy
3.25/5  rDev +61.7%
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 Noelito76
2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of SpaceBeagle
1.71/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of homerlovesbeer
1/5  rDev -50.2%
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 VicVector
1.26/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Photo of HopHunter19
2.53/5  rDev +25.9%
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 PUbeer
1.94/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.85/5  rDev +91.5%
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 nickapvikes
1.13/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Photo of JLK7299
2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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

Photo of joer40
2.46/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BeerBobber
3.87/5  rDev +92.5%
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 jp32
1.38/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Photo of NatsuruSenou
4.48/5  rDev +122.9%
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
2.01 out of 5 based on 1,393 ratings.
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