Natural Ice is a relative newcomer to the Anheuser-Busch family, introduced in 1995. (Natural Light was introduced in 1977.) Along with the Busch line, the "Natural" beers are part of A-B’s "value priced" category—also called "subpremium-priced."
The beer is 5.9% alcohol by volume (which seems to be the trend among the ice beers, I’m noticing) and by and large the packaging (in this case, the 24-ounce can) is fairly generic. There’s just not a whole lot distinguishing it from other offerings on the shelves.
Appearance: Clear golden in color, nice look to it. White head that fell quickly as usual.
Smell: Smells more like "beer" than the previous beers this week; grainy, a bit of sweet, no real hops.
Taste: Crisp and clean, very decent for the style. A touch of that sweetness evidenced (I think) by the higher alcohol, i.e. sweeter than a typical American macro lager, and at the same time, not as cloying as Keystone. Dry barley notes and a bit of steely grassiness.
Mouthfeel: Light but more body than typical. Prickly carbonation at first, then finishes crisp and clean.
Overall: Better than I would’ve expected, frankly. Solid contender for the category.