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Bud Ice - Anheuser-Busch

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BA SCORE
47
awful

980 Ratings
THE BROS
42
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Ratings: 980
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 1.83
pDev: 38.8%
Wants: 3
Gots: 110 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
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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Reviews by BryanCarey:
Photo of BryanCarey
2.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bud Ice has a grainy, corn- accented, alcoholic aroma and a slightly darker color than regular Budweiser. The foam level is ok at first, but it disintegrates quickly and has a very bubbly character. Budweiser filters this beer quite well, and the body is perfectly clear.

Bud Ice begins with a balanced taste that is grainy, and then finishes with a watery character and the dry taste of alcohol. The alcohol is evident in Bud Ice but isn’t overwhelming. The flavors of grains (mostly corn and rice) and hops are faint but present. The aftertaste is unpleasant and it reminds me of the taste of medicine. It is unnatural and unsatisfying.

This beer is a little stronger than regular Budweiser but it is only one- half percentage point higher so don’t let this fact scare you away from trying Bud Ice. The bland, boring taste is enough reason not to waste your time. It stands as yet another example of a below average ice brewed beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
1.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12 oz red, white and blue coloured can with a “Born on date” on the bottom. “Ice Brewed” on the label.

Appearance: Straw color with a white head that dissipates like cheap root beer, big bubbled carbonation loses a fighting battle to keep the head.

Smell: Clean, clean and clean. Too clean, a vague cooked cereal grain aroma and that is about it.

Taste: Oddly placed light to medium body, very crisp though when it doubles with the grain flavours it becomes a bit harsh. Hop bitterness is two dimensional with absolutely no flavour at all. Slight sweetness is noticeable perhaps from the alcohol or some residual sweetness that lost its way. The harsh grain seems to linger for a while but fades quickly as soon as the beer dries up leaving an almost immaculate finish.

Notes: Somewhat hard to coax down, there are better and easier drinking American Ice beers out there. Some breweries should stick with what they do best and some beer drinkers should stick to what they can drink without making a face.

Photo of Spikester
2.42/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

I have been enjoying a few Ice style beers lately. Most of them seem to be a bolder version of the parent beer which to me is a good thing.
In this case I could see little in Bud Ice that resembled any A-B product. Maybe it could have come from Bud Light but certainly not from regular Bud.
Pours pale gold with a small white head that leaves rather quickly leaving almost no lace.
Smell is a pungent rice like scent.
Taste is modest and little in common with beer.
Mouthfeel is less than average.
Overall a disappointment. I thought it would be a bigger Bud but it was not. Recommended for those who don't enjoy the taste of beer.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.78/5  rDev +51.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into an Irish pint glass.

Look: The body is perfectly clear and golden with slowly rising bubbles. The head is white and dissipates to a fine wisp and a white ring around the edge of the glass. Very light spots of lacing remain on the glass.

Aroma: Some metallic notes, otherwise very sweet with corn adjuncts coming through.

Taste: Pretty bland with a cardboard and papery body. Slightly sweet, slightly metallic especially in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light and dry.

Overall: Comparing this to all other AALs, I see nothing offensive about this at all. In fact, it tastes almost like every other American Adjunct Lager out there. I have a feeling that when people rate these cheap macro adjuncts, they rate them compared to the DIIPAs and 10% barrel aged imperial stouts that they love.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.92/5  rDev +59.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Served from a can in a tumbler.

While I was picking up a can of Bud Light Lime Appale-Ahhhh-Rita (was that the right number of H's there?), I spied a can of Bud Ice and remembered I'd never tried it. Time to change that. This stuff pours a clear straw topped by a finger of relatively short-lived white foam. The nose barely exists, though I think some processed cereal grains and hard water come through. Maybe. I don't know, though. The taste resembles your usual Bud Light, with some processed corn, hard water, and mild biscuit-like sweetness, though a hint of extra booze is in there (it's not terribly perceptible, but it's there on occasion). The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a somewhat watery feel. Overall, this is your basic booze-boosted adjunct lager, not really bad, per se, but decidedly boring and tedious.

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.

Photo of SteveJeremy
2.7/5  rDev +47.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I believe on grading a beer on what it intends to do and how it effectively does what it was brewed to do. Consider ice beers for a second, beers whose sole purpose is to provide you with an experience with more alcohol than your average light/heavy lager. While I don't neglect that the flavor should be something that won't result in a peculiar face to be made when tasting, swallowing, and digesting the beer, I also try to focus on the overall drinkability of such a beverage and whether or not it can at least be taken as a serious effort.

Bud Ice is just barely passable as a beer in general, and without the heavier alcohol boost than your average Bud and a tolerable taste, there is really little else noteworthy about this offering. It was created during the time "Ice brewing" became a trend, and boy, Anheuser-Busch really jumped on that particular train, with Bud Ice, Busch Ice (which may or may not still exist, I can't find a definitive answer), and Natural Ice. Bud Ice twelve-pack bottles rarely (and I mean rarely) move at the liquor store I work at, but I managed to find a 22oz bottle from a podunk liquor store a way's away. Was pretty happy, as this is a beer I've been looking to try for a few years, but wasn't going to succumb to a six or twelve pack.

Appearance: Looks like beer, with a yellowish-brown hue overall. Unremarkably unremarkable.

Smell: Smells like an ordinary lager, with a bit more of a present whiff of alcohol and some excess grains. Again, unremarkably unremarkable.

Taste: Not bad, considering the subpar look and smell. Definitely smooth, bears alcohol over any discernible flavor, but the entire product is totally acceptable from a drinkability standpoint. It isn't bitter and harsh like Natural Ice, and doesn't bear faint chemical tastes like your average Bud Light.

Mouthfeel: Heavily-carbonated, which makes the beer lose some points for me. That sting is really unpleasant after a while.

Bud Ice is a tolerable effort, one that is a bit better than Natural Ice, if that's saying much. I like its smoothness and its surprising lack of anything bitter or harsh, but also am underwhelmed by its lack of zest or anything outside of the ordinary. To a degree, it's almost offensively predictable.

Photo of RoyalT
2.12/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance – I was surprised to see a nice head cover the clear yellow body.

Smell – Grain and alcohol.

Taste – This is an odd brew. I can kind of taste The Original in there, but the flavors aren’t as crisp and that traditional Bud sweetness is gone from the finish.

Mouthfeel – Carbonation is too light to help this one along.

Sinkability – It’s not bad, but inferior to The Bud sans ice.

Comments – Sorry for the short review, but this one was uninspiring to say the least, causing a severe case of writer’s block. I don’t know what to say – it was “blah.”

Photo of tectactoe
1/5  rDev -45.4%

Photo of Hoppin_mad
1.25/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of tbryan5
1.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Dmann
3.44/5  rDev +88%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is easily the most drinkable ice beer I have ever had. It did not have much flavor to srart out with other than grain and corn, but the taste was smoothe and not to intrusive. This is definantly a beer to get wasted on and not to seriously drink. Bud dry is much better as far as an AB beer goes. But if I were you, I'd stick to the Sierra Nevada's or Stone's of the world if you want new exciting beers! Cheerz

Photo of markallmon
3.75/5  rDev +104.9%

Photo of jonny1138
1.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of TheAdamConners
3/5  rDev +63.9%

Photo of BeerDreadz
1.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of sponberg
1.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 5

It's canned water. Absolutely nothing memorable at all about this beer.

Coming soon - Bud Dry Ice. A can that releases clouds of fog when opened. Pop open a case and pretend you're at a Kiss concert.

Photo of twi1609372
1.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

this beer tastes bad, but bad taste coupled with memories make for a truely heinous beer. this beer is yellower than the darkest piss i ever seen. this beer has but 1 purpose, to get you drunk the fastest, and leave you hung over like ted kennedy. the taste is there and then it's not but when it is there it's not good. this visions of my friends brother uninating in public, shouting racial slurs, threatening to kill people, shooting fireworks at buildings, engaging in rediculos conversation and making statements that would make president clinton blush have tainted my feelings about this beer even moreso than the bad flavor, stupid bottle can.

Photo of TTripp725
2/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of generallee
3.5/5  rDev +91.3%

Photo of dgfool
1/5  rDev -45.4%

Photo of Doomcifer
1.25/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of Guden
2.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A- Very light straw yellow with a very thin oily white film of a head. Looks really watery with lots of carbonation bubbles but at least there is a bit of lacing.

S- Weak sugary pale malt with a little bit of canned corn and alcohol underneath. The canned corn is a little off putting but its about what I expected.

T- Fairly weak but nothing overly bad, tastes like water with a little bit of light lager sweetness which is a bit of malt and a bit of adjuncts.

M- This is one of the worst feeling beer I've ever had, extremely thin and watery with annoyingly high carbonation. It feels like tonic water only thinner.

D- This beer isn't awful and I could certainly have a few but it is not what I would choose to go back for.

Photo of nothunder
1.25/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of IDYVM
1.75/5  rDev -4.4%

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Bud Ice from Anheuser-Busch
47 out of 100 based on 980 ratings.