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Bud Ice - Anheuser-Busch

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BA SCORE
47
awful

894 Ratings
THE BROS
41
awful

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Ratings: 894
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 1.84
pDev: 39.13%
Wants: 3
Gots: 51 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2001)
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Photo of Spikester
2.44/5  rDev +32.6%

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.

Spikester, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of SteveJeremy
2.74/5  rDev +48.9%

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.

SteveJeremy, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of RoyalT
2.1/5  rDev +14.1%

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.”

RoyalT, Aug 18, 2003
Photo of tectactoe
1/5  rDev -45.7%

tectactoe, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of Hoppin_mad
1.25/5  rDev -32.1%

Hoppin_mad, May 03, 2014
Photo of tbryan5
1.5/5  rDev -18.5%

tbryan5, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of Dmann
3.5/5  rDev +90.2%

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

Dmann, Sep 04, 2003
Photo of markallmon
3.75/5  rDev +103.8%

markallmon, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of jonny1138
1.5/5  rDev -18.5%

jonny1138, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of TheAdamConners
3/5  rDev +63%

TheAdamConners, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of sponberg
1.8/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

sponberg, Feb 13, 2002
Photo of twi1609372
1.53/5  rDev -16.8%

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.

twi1609372, Jul 25, 2004
Photo of TTripp725
2/5  rDev +8.7%

TTripp725, May 01, 2013
Photo of generallee
3.5/5  rDev +90.2%

generallee, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of dgfool
1/5  rDev -45.7%

dgfool, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of Doomcifer
1.25/5  rDev -32.1%

Doomcifer, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of Guden
2/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

Guden, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of Jason
1.55/5  rDev -15.8%

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.

Jason, Oct 02, 2001
Photo of nothunder
1.25/5  rDev -32.1%

nothunder, May 24, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -4.9%

IDYVM, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of sm0key
1/5  rDev -45.7%

sm0key, Nov 17, 2011
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2/5  rDev +8.7%

SudsSurfer, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of andrewdanks
1/5  rDev -45.7%

andrewdanks, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of dankjohn
3.5/5  rDev +90.2%

dankjohn, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of NilocRellim
1/5  rDev -45.7%

NilocRellim, Sep 17, 2012
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Bud Ice from Anheuser-Busch
47 out of 100 based on 894 ratings.