RATINGS: 892   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.09/5   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-Buschs 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).

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   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 2/20
tnkw01 (1747) - 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 (5864) - 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 (1803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 5, 2013
Natty Ice is pretty smooth and packs a decent buzz.Its even better out of a 40 bottle.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 5/20
UDBeernut (2871) - Saint Johns, 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 (4708) - 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 theres not much flavor to begin with. Its 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ChadPolenz (1784) - 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).

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. Doesnt have the generic "beer smell," but the scent it does have is not exactly appealing, either.

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

When drank cold, right out of the fridge, the first sensation I get is that this doesnt 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. Theres perhaps a hint of sweetness from the corn, but its nothing special and certainly not enough to save Natural Ice from itself. Yeah its a pretty bad brew, but I can handle it.

Drinkability: This isnt the kind of beer where drinkability plays any factor in your decision to buy and consume it. Though if you choose to do so youll likely find it to not be much of a challenge. Sure, its 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 wouldnt consider it refreshing even when cold. At 5.9% ABV it seems to be in a weird void. Whats 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? Its also too heavy to consume casually.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
TheHOFF43 (2049) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2013
natty! one of my first alcoholic drinks, still solid. took.it from my roommate so I could rate it. solid after all these years.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Metalchopz (3314) - 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 dont mean much. Not sure where the "Natural" comes in. Just like most US macro... junk for headaches.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
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 (its 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. Its very hard. Unless youre already about 8 or 9 deep, in which case theyll 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.

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