BeerZack (432) - 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 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. ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, 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).
TheHOFF43 (2052) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2013
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.
natty! one of my first alcoholic drinks, still solid. took.it from my roommate so I could rate it. solid after all these years. Metalchopz (3515) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 26, 2013
Bought a 6-pack of these in the States for dirt cheap (and a 12-pack of Bud Ice - so comparing both crap swills, from the same maker). This one pours a light golden colour with a fizzy white head that leaves a creamy lace. Aromas of grains and light chemical hops. Terrible taste of metal with the shitty hops. The weird thing is that corn comes and save the day, in the aftertaste. By saving, I don’t mean much. Not sure where the "Natural" comes in. Just like most US macro... junk for headaches. tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2014 Can: More pale than Kristen Stewart with less head than Ichabod. Noses were a part of evolution so that when humans smelled something like this, they would be sure not to consume it. Grains, steel, booze (it’s only 5.9% ABV... wut). Hops are mildew-ish and musty. But maybe this beer is just old. Who knows. Take a sip of this shit and try not to flair your nostrils, scrunch your eyebrows, or grimace. It’s very hard. Unless you’re already about 8 or 9 deep, in which case they’ll be flowing like a river at that point. Muted sweet malts, faint graininess, old musky hops, and a stale, metallic astringency in the finish. Crisp and dry, thinner than my bank account. Avoid at all costs.
poisoneddwarf (2639) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - JUN 13, 2013
Rating from 6/10/13. 16 oz tallboy bought from the discount cooler at a local convenience store. Pours clear deep gold with a surprisingly decent white head with nice retention. Aroma is cotton candy sweet. Taste is sweet, bland, a little grainy in the finish. Texture is watery, fairly soft carbonation for style. Boring, sweet macro whose only saving grace is the relatively impressive appearance. Finished it off by pouring spicy V8 and some celery salt into it. It was a definite improvement. keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2013
Cantacular.BroncoNation7 (7) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 5, 2013 does not count
Appearance: I’m pretty shocked at how good this beer looks. The body is crystal clear and the head is tall and dense with, surprisingly, good retention. If nothing else, this is a good looking lager.
Aroma: Sweet corn with a touch of floral and toasted dryness. Almost completely dominated by corn though.
Taste: Oh boy, completely dominated by sweet adjunct lager flavor. I guess I was thrown off by the not completely crap aroma. There’s some spice on the finish, but boy this is going to be hard to drink.
Palate: Light to medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation.
Overall: This is a great looking lager and the aroma isn’t awful. In-fact I’m surprised that there are some hops here. That’s where the good in this beer ends.
Cheap beer but it does the job it will get you drunk for $12 for a 30 pack
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone BeerFunGuy (874) - California, USA - JUN 3, 2013
Looks like piss. Tastes like piss. However, it is cheap and will get you drunk.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Cbuk1013 (255) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 1, 2013
The best thing I can say about this beer is that it’s made by the people who bought Goose Island.