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Bud Ice - Anheuser-Busch

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Bud IceBud Ice

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BA SCORE
47
awful

860 Ratings
THE BROS
41
awful

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Ratings: 860
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 1.84
pDev: 38.59%
Wants: 3
Gots: 35 | 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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netrioter

Texas

3.03/5  rDev +64.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

drank from a 12 oz bottle...$4.99 a 6 pack at a 7/11 in Lubbock when i drank it a few months ago.

Its the high end of the Ice family by A-B. Ice beers are an acquired taste...extremely smooth when cold makes this a beer you can seriously pound on a hot day and the 5.5% will sneak up on you pretty quick if you drink too fast and cant k a beer every 5-10 minutes.

I call it "Wild" ice because whenever i see people sessioning this beer...things usually escalate into a brawl between a few of them because they dont expect to get plowed so fast because theyre Bud Light noobs.. Smooh like BL...taste is better than BL but thats not saying much...its priced cheaper and will drop you like a rock if you go too fast..

reminds me alot of Michelob Golden Draft..which was one of the best sessioning beers ever ceated...i miss Mich Golden Draft

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 22:26:39 | More by netrioter
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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.

Serving type: bottle

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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.

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Bud Ice from Anheuser-Busch
47 out of 100 based on 860 ratings.