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Bud Ice - Anheuser-Busch

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988 Ratings

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Ratings: 988
Reviews: 263
rAvg: 1.83
pDev: 38.8%
Wants: 3
Gots: 118 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2001

Anheuser-Busch’s exclusive ice-brewing process takes the beer to a temperature below freezing, which leads to the formation of ice crystals in the finishing process that gives Bud Ice its rich, smooth taste.
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Ratings: 988 | Reviews: 263
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1.87/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

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1.43/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Among the worst beers of my life.

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2.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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1.52/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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2/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of IPA1978
1.9/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Rkpec12
1.34/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Not very good taste for me

Photo of troobie
2.9/5  rDev +58.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed within the style of adjunct ice lager.

As far as A-B ice beers go I've also enjoyed Busch Ice and Natural Ice.

This beer is refreshing and enjoyable out of a cold 12 oz. bottle. Other size bottles are also acceptable. Bud Ice in cans, however, is something I avoid. It's too bad that A-B InBev decided to save a few cents (after the InBev acquisition of course) and discontinue the "broken ice" style bottles that were super awesome and unique to Bud Ice/Bud Ice Light.

If you visit Budweiser.com you'll find no mention of Bud Ice. Oh, that's right, Bud is distinctly different than Budweiser. But what about the fact that Bud Ice is a "Premium Lager?" What about the fact that Budweiser Chelada (clam juice and tomato juice added) is welcomed on Budweiser.com? I guess as a Bud Ice drinker I'm relegated to the outskirts of Budweiser Land.

Bud Ice is the second (?) AMERICAN ice beer, introduced (in 1994 [20+ years ago]) after Miller's Icehouse.

A: Bud Ice Premium Lager presents a one finger head from a hard pour. The head struggles to cap the entire beer and quickly settles to a thin off-white ring and some patchy foam that lasts the entire glass. The color is a few shades darker than Budweiser and, for me, attractive. Lacing is impressive for the style.

S: Super metallic (think iron.) Salty. There is a stale hop bitterness that is not inviting. Sweet and musty grains. Corn syrup. Despite Bud Ice being slightly weak for an ice beer there is a noticeable amount of alcohol. The similarity to Budweiser is faintly there, but replace the rice with corn. The smell is unique if not off-putting.

T: Reread smell. I'm fairly certain there is corn in Bud Ice because I get a distinct hint of Miller product (Magnum.) After swallowing I'm left with light bitterness and malt. The higher rating is due to more acceptability in the mouth than nose.

M: This is what gives Bud Ice a place in my ice beer rotation (and heart.) There is no other beer that I've tried that has the mouthfeel properties of Bud Ice. Stinging carbonation that reduces to creaminess. Oily slickness with a watery thickness! You don't have a sip of Bud Ice, you have a full drink. It is difficult for me to describe Bud Ice's unique mouthfeel as anything other than surprisingly substantial. This beer invites itself down your throat. Think tequila, or maybe Prestone. I'm curious as to possible additives to achieve this feel?

O: I can't tell you how many times I've sworn off this beer only to come back to it. The last generation label (starburst) made me want to buy it. The new label, which reminds me of an industrial floor cleaning product, made me realize I buy it for the mouthfeel. I'd call this Hurricane High Gravity Extra-Light before I'd call it Budweiser Ice. There are no other macros produced that can replicate this beer's slick and substantial mouthfeel.

Try it, and please write a review.

Photo of Treyliff
1.96/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

25oz can poured into a pint glass

A- pours an almost clear color, with just a hint of straw-colored tint, small creamy white head reduces to leave just a film floating on top

S- cooked cereal grain mixes with metal, grape skin & creamed corn

T- clean, clean, clean, it tastes like carbonated water up front. A bit of adjunct sweetness hits in the middle before finishing with that classic adjunct lager toasty grainy finish

M- light watery-thin body with low but biting carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a dry crisp finish

O- pretty unoffensive, but not much more than carbonated water. This would appeal to a non-beer drinker

Photo of Winston3737
1.9/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of BB1980
2.18/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of hardy008
1.71/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of AndyEdgar
1.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Photo of thgreatrandini
1/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Outlier detected...*eye roll*...it's not great

Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
2.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

My first go to beer from back in the day. More flavorful than its world renowned relative and I found it more enjoyable.

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
2.19/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Photo of stumac
2.25/5  rDev +23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Cheap beer with higher than usually booze. Gotta love/hate it

Photo of cincyfan81
3.75/5  rDev +104.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

good mass produced beer very drinkable

Photo of Bouleboubier
2.64/5  rDev +44.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

(25 oz can - no idea what code means - poured into a tulip pint)

L: absolutely bedazzlingly crystal-clear, golden-yellow liquid... white foam forms, fizzes, yet manages to maintain a thin cloudy cap for over a minute!

S: about what you'd expect... very weak... almost a mix between pilsner malt, simple syrup, and champagne - dried field grass and Wonder bread... vague bubblegum note... nothing offensive, but almost nothing to smell

T: remarkably clean, nothing remotely sweet - especially apparent in the aftertaste... light-moderate bitterness, but most of that is carbonic acid... bizarrely bland - I'd normally expect some kind of canned corn element atop a pale malt base and the outside of the corn can... the aftertaste has a vague corn tortilla thing, but that could be a stretch

F: tiny tingle up front... clean and somewhat glassy smooth... ultra-light foamy flow... certainly one of the drier beers of this ilk, but not sharp... one could tell, tasting blind that this has a bit more body than their flagship... quite a few burps

O: I appreciate the thicker malt constitution of malt liquors and the like, but this comes across almost as if they froze off and removed some of the beer and left the all the water... as a vehicle to drunk, it does the job, but I'd prefer a little more of what something like Old E or Colt 45 has going on... I'll sum up by saying this beer is technically impressive but sensually flaccid.

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2.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Photo of BlueMoon10
2.5/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very light, not a lot of taste. Very drinkable, but overall nothing great.

Photo of MickeyTheHead
3/5  rDev +63.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks great, but not a lot of taste but very drinkable and pretty much everyone will drink it.

Photo of mschipper
1.85/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of batt6343
1.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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1.75/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

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Bud Ice from Anheuser-Busch
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