Geokkjer (6866) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 11, 2013
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
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.
Meilby (9999) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 11, 2013
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
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.
yngwie (15762) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 11, 2013
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
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. There’s 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
tnkw01 (1540) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 10, 2013
1.1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 2/20
Can. Golden color. Nice head. Gives you a good buss. Taste awful. Aroma is watery and weak
Pyrmir (4737) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 9, 2013
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
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,
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 5, 2013
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Natty Ice is pretty smooth and packs a decent buzz.It’s even better out of a 40 bottle.
UDBeernut (2315) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2013
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 5/20
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.
jkwalking05 (4369) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2013
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
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.
BeerZack (288) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 7, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
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 there’s not much flavor to begin with. It’s 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 “scrubbing” the flavor off your tongue as you drink it. Over-carbonated “Light beer” type of feel.
Chad9976 (1505) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 2, 2013
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
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. Doesn’t have the generic "beer smell," but the scent it does have is not exactly appealing, either.
Taste: I’ve been saying for a while now that I’ve been building up a tolerance to "economy" adjunct macro lagers. I figured Natural Ice was a good test to see just how strong my palate’s defenses against bad beer is. I’m happy to report my tongue seems to have passed the taste. I could taste this beer in all cheap glory, and while it wasn’t aggressively off-putting, there certainly weren’t any redeeming qualities.
When drank cold, right out of the fridge, the first sensation I get is that this doesn’t 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. There’s perhaps a hint of sweetness from the corn, but it’s nothing special and certainly not enough to save Natural Ice from itself. Yeah it’s a pretty bad brew, but I can handle it.
Drinkability: This isn’t the kind of beer where drinkability plays any factor in your decision to buy and consume it. Though if you choose to do so you’ll likely find it to not be much of a challenge. Sure, it’s 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 wouldn’t consider it refreshing even when cold. At 5.9% ABV it seems to be in a weird void. What’s 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? It’s also too heavy to consume casually.