Bud Ice - Anheuser-Busch

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Ratings: 1,015
Reviews: 273
rAvg: 1.83
pDev: 38.8%
Wants: 3
Gots: 140 | 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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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 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 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 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 Beerandraiderfan
1.31/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Ugh, well at least it had those cool hockey commercials back in the day.

Whether you drink it COLD or not, this beer sucks. All the COLD does is try and mask the impurities within the beer. Yellow whiz color, solvent/rubbing alcohol aroma & taste. Not a strong beer, only .5% stronger than regular Budweiser. More of a lame gimmick than any true style change, other than the more pronounced taste of alcohol. Alcohol and corn domination on the palate. Not even cheap, this stuff will run you 5.99 a 6er minimum these days.

Just eating out of the garbage would be better, from a cost/value analysis.

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

Pours a color kin to concentrated urine or apple juice to be polite forms a white overly carbonated head leaves thin lacing. Smells of cereal grains clean overall touch of chemically engineered hop aroma and evident alcohol with that whopping .5% increase in abv. Flavors more cereal grains pretty much malt liquor flavor to it clean sweetness mild tame bitterness no real hop flavor bland overall. Mouthfeel has a light body heavy carbonation not too smooth folks. Drinkability well when drinking in my hometown there are limited options I figured I should sneak a review in, not reaching for another anytime soon.

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

wow, they made beer with no taste, great stuff. i would rather drink the regular bud, but i still wouldn't want to do that. BLAAAAAHHH!

Photo of Brenden
1.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A clear pale yellow beer struggles to keep a bone-white head that grows to almost a finger before fading away. A wisp is left on top, and a few tiny spots of lacing manage to stick.
The nose offers white grape and grains.
The taste offers seltzer water with an offensively grainy finish and a flash of almost residual sweetness and metal. It's fortunate that it's so weak of flavor.
The feel is seltzer water; just...carbonated water. At least it's crisp, as AB likes to tout. They can keep it.

Photo of brewQ
2.52/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

[ less than 2 mos. old from born on date]

Presentation- Funky clear bottle 22oz. with bold blue label.
States: Smooth, Crisp, Refreshing as opposed to the mother
ship at "Clean, crisp, refreshing"!

Looks a shade darker than Budweiser.
The white head actually fizzles and falls quite rapidly.
A hint of sweetness and grain is revealed in the aroma.

Stand out aspect- this is a dry beer. Nothing is mechanically wrong, there just isn't a stand out flavor component.

Truthfully could not describe any mouthfeel. The brew is short on substance but does hit the stated goal of smooth.

After so many "ICE" beers died, I'd be curious to see where they sell this one well.

Photo of CloudStrife
1.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

24oz can poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear light golden with a puffy white head that is somewhat quick to dissipate. Just a bit of visible carbonation. Leaves a spot or two of lacing.

S: Light malt and adjunct aroma. Not the most pleasant.

T: Pale malts and a sweet characteristic. Almost a wheat like quality to it. Certainly that macro lager type of flavor, just a bit more amped up. Sweetness is a bit of a distraction from the flavor.

M: Medium body with low-average carbonation. A bit sticky and not as sessionable as other Buds.

Overall not one of the better Bud products, feels like it should be stronger than what it is considering the drastic change in flavor over Bud.

Photo of Cjstoutlover
1.03/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

If there was a 0 i would have put it. A hint of mouthfeel other wise corn seltzer Held about a 1/4 inch head for about 1 minute. Just a really poor excuse for a beer! Most ices are sub par but, this one is dreadful! I remember bud dry which gave way to the ice but at least bud dry was in a dark bottle and had a hint of hops! I first tried bud ice down in arkansas where bad beer is the norm. I guess it's all opinion but i just don't see it! Never again !

Photo of biboergosum
2.04/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Approaching the Canadian border, on the home stretch of a week-long tour of Western Montana, and we pull into Browning, the last gas before high-tax-land. The Exxon station there must double as the local liquor store, because at least half of it was taken up by coolers full of beer, including an entirely separate walk-in room, that was strictly AB products. I had exactly 3 Yankee dollars remaining after buying a soft drink for the road, and I figured, what the hell, at $1.49 a pop (no pun intended), the 24oz AB cans were worth it, if only to remember this place in time/space...

This can, into my best (and only) German dimpled stein, pours a clear pale golden colour with one finger of dense soapy white head, which disappears like a cheapskate when the bill arrives, and leaves a few specks of lace around the glass. Not bad-looking, actually. It smells of corn grain, a bit of glycerine, and weedy, ditchy hops. Or a strip club, for a more encompassing, associative descriptor. The taste is mildly sweet stewed corn grain, some mild medicinal herbal hops, and lab ether. The carbonation is average, the body medium weight, and not even that cloying in this achievement, and it finishes sweet, slick, and kind of medicinal.

Pretty much in line with the 'ice' beers from the ice beer wars I remember in Canada back in the 90s. Generally smooth, generally inoffensive, generally more boozy, for that extra half point of ABV. More going on that I would have given Budweiser credit for, but that said, it ain't nothin' to brag about. I've had worse.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
1.23/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12 oz clear twist-off bottle> 16 oz. SA glass.

Spawned on: 2/28/08

Boy, is this one thin! totally clear, pale, pale gold-ish color with a minimal and rather slow carbonation make thin, bubbly, paper-white head that is poorly retained and becomes almost nothing very quickly.

I'm getting...sour wheat, bready yeast, cream of corn, aluminum and a very slight, subdued aroma overall.

The flavor that hits first is of sour, yeastie malt, light sour-dough bread, canned corn, tangy...metallic yeast that grips the palate into submission. Luckily a watery current flows in and washes away the yeast effect. The lasting, sticking finish is of sour, bitter metallic lager-like yeast.

This brew starts off light and crisp, sure very thin but at least it's crispy....but not for long! It quickly becomes much flatter, the life of the brew is slowing down....fast.

honestly, this is one of the worst beer experiences I've ever had, not THE worst but damn close. AVOID indeed.

Photo of awester462
2.56/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If your looking for a beer to sip and marvel at taste with...this isn't it. But if you don't feel like spending much money and want to start off the day mowing the lawn with a brew dag, then this one is good enough. Only a decent taste at first, but after a few and you will start to like the taste a little more. It's decent for your domestic macro brewery.

Photo of Sammy
1.18/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Not the worst beer ever, but very close. Sample #16 at Radekfest 05 to change the pace. No colour, high liquor smell, taste of grass and lemon in water left a long time with cheap soda water, not quaffable. Keep it very cold like vodka. On second thought, have a vodka.

Photo of pmcadamis
2.25/5  rDev +23%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this 22oz "man-can" at the grocery store for a buck.

A - Golden yellow with a short lived small white fizzy head. A collar and some lace stick around. Pretty average for the style.

S - Rice and cornflakes cereal. Not bad, but nothing special. It is very fresh smelling unlike some others of it's ilk.

T - Cornflakes cereal. Sweet cooked corn. Finishes really clean.

M - Light bodied, at crisp at first, but it gets slimy on the palate. Cooked corn mash. This does not feel good at all.

D - Pretty good for an ice beer. I'll take this over regular Bud any day. At least it's not watered down.

Photo of tdm168
1.49/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a bright yellow gold with a mountain of loose, bubbly, frothy head that hangs around for a little while. The smell is corn and metal. The taste is sweet corn, faint metal, and very faint hops. The mouthfeel is light bodied, crisp, and heavily carbonated.

This is definitely a miss. There's nothing here worth a second glance. This is just another foul, macro adjunct lager.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.33/5  rDev +82%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

For having only a half a percent more alcohol than the standard Budweiser, this has notably more malt on the palate and a bit more girth in the mouth. Hmmmm. It's also slightly darker in color, and I think perhaps the head retention might be better as well.

Otherwise, it seems pretty much the same. It's sweet like Bud without becoming cloying, and still offers the signature yeastiness of a kiss of light apple. It's fairly well-balanced and surprisingly drinkable while cold.

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Bud Ice from Anheuser-Busch
47 out of 100 based on 1,015 ratings.