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RATINGS: 875   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.08/5   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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-Buschís 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.

Characterized by its robust body, delicate sweetness and smooth, rich taste.

The introduction of Natural Ice provided the company with two brands in the value priced ice beer category (Busch Ice was also introduced in 1995).

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
Geokkjer (6866) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 11, 2013
Can. Pours clear golden with a small white head. Aroma of apple peel and possibly some malt. Flavor is pear and some fruitiness with a hint of malt. Thin body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
Meilby (9999) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 11, 2013
Can 739ml @ Hotel Room, Fairfield Inn, Placentia, CA
Pours clear pale yellow with a white head. Aroma has notes of malt and floral. Taste is light sweet and light bitter. Body is light to medium, texture is thin, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
yngwie (15762) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 11, 2013
Can 25oz. A clear, pale golden beer with a nice creamy white head. Next to none aroma, some fruity notes and a vague malty touch. Some grass and pine cones too. Thereís a faint bitterness in the flavor, as well as green apples, some pale malts and a generic fruityness. Thin on the palate, very low on carbonation level. Mostly water this one. 130811

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 2/20
tnkw01 (1540) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 10, 2013
Can. Golden color. Nice head. Gives you a good buss. Taste awful. Aroma is watery and weak

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Pyrmir (4737) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 9, 2013
355 ml can, rated from backlog. Light golden with fizzy white head. Aroma of grains, pale malt and light hop notes. Taste of malt, sugar, metal with dull hop notes and low bitterness,

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 5, 2013
Natty Ice is pretty smooth and packs a decent buzz.Itís even better out of a 40 bottle.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 5/20
UDBeernut (2315) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2013
24 oz can from the convenience store. out of the can, nose of some grain. taste is mostly water and light grain sweetness, minimal bitterness. not much here, as expected.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
jkwalking05 (4369) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2013
Rated in 2010 (Backlog) - Clear pale yellow appearance with a small white head. Aroma is of corn, grain, and rotten apple. Taste is of apple and white bread.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
BeerZack (288) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 7, 2013
Fruity, mostly banana-like esters, dominate the nose. Kinda reminds me of banana Runts candy with the sweet sugariness also. Not much in the way of malt and no hops to speak of. I get a bit of Circus Peanuts as it warms. The flavor is even more boring than the nose. The banana-like thing is here also, but the sweetness up front is almost immediately drowned out by a watery impression. Super short on the finish because thereís not much flavor to begin with. Itís mostly a carbonic and watery. Overall, this brew is remarkably flavorless for the near 6% ABV. The carbonation is probably much to blame as you can almost feel it ďscrubbingĒ the flavor off your tongue as you drink it. Over-carbonated ďLight beerĒ type of feel.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Chad9976 (1505) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 2, 2013
I poured a 24oz can into a one liter mug. It was canned on 5/2/13 and cost $1.16 (a whopping FIVE CENTS per ounce).

Appearance: Standard fizzy yellow beer complexion. Perhaps a dark gold hue. Carbonation dies down quickly. Forms a small, bright white, soapy head which fizzles away quickly and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Surprisingly mild for the type. Doesnít have the generic "beer smell," but the scent it does have is not exactly appealing, either.

Taste: Iíve been saying for a while now that Iíve been building up a tolerance to "economy" adjunct macro lagers. I figured Natural Ice was a good test to see just how strong my palateís defenses against bad beer is. Iím happy to report my tongue seems to have passed the taste. I could taste this beer in all cheap glory, and while it wasnít aggressively off-putting, there certainly werenít any redeeming qualities.

When drank cold, right out of the fridge, the first sensation I get is that this doesnít taste like typical fizzy yellow beer. I suppose you could consider this a malt liquor and not just an adjunct lager. There is definitely a corn-forward flavor, followed by a significant starchy taste and a metallic finish. It reminds me of sucking on a very old ice cube from the back of the freezer. After a while, the off-flavors seem to homogenize, then fade - which means this beer actually tastes a little better the more you drink it. Thereís perhaps a hint of sweetness from the corn, but itís nothing special and certainly not enough to save Natural Ice from itself. Yeah itís a pretty bad brew, but I can handle it.

Drinkability: This isnít the kind of beer where drinkability plays any factor in your decision to buy and consume it. Though if you choose to do so youíll likely find it to not be much of a challenge. Sure, itís awfully fizzy at first, and even stings the tongue with its effervescence, but then calms down to a watery tepidness. The mouthfeel is thin and crisp, though I wouldnít consider it refreshing even when cold. At 5.9% ABV it seems to be in a weird void. Whatís the point in drinking Natural Ice if your sole aim is intoxication, since you could drink something stronger and reach that goal much more quickly? Itís also too heavy to consume casually.

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