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Bud Ice - Anheuser-Busch

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898 Ratings

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Ratings: 898
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 1.83
pDev: 39.34%
Wants: 3
Gots: 52 | 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 Sammy
1.15/5  rDev -37.2%
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.

Sammy, Apr 04, 2005
Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev +63.9%

t0rin0, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of djrn2
1/5  rDev -45.4%

djrn2, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of zestar
1.75/5  rDev -4.4%

zestar, May 10, 2014
Photo of nmann08
1/5  rDev -45.4%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of acurtis
1.25/5  rDev -31.7%

acurtis, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of metter98
1.9/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down very quickly, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of adjunct malts are present in the nose—corn seems to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some notes of corn and hints of grainy malts along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied, slightly watery and a little clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather easy to drink and the overall taste is neither interesting nor offensive.

metter98, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.7/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A few weeks ago I had an idea (what seemed like a good idea at the time) while standing in front of my local grocery's beer cooler. Nothing sparked my interest so I decided to attempt a comparison review with a few macros. I settled on Bud Ice and Natural Ice since I have a sneaking suspicion that they might be the same beer. When you brew thirteen variations on a theme, as A-B does, can you really make them distinctly different?

Here I'm referring to the various combinations of Bud, Michelob, Busch and Natural with 'regular', light, dry, ice, dry light and ice light. Through the miracle of beer reviewing that is the 'edit your review' button, I'll sample these brews side by side and attempt to discern their differences, similarities, charms(?) and faults.

Clear, light, bright gold topped by an off-white head of lightly creamy, yet airy froth that actually has some legs. It looks a bit tacky where head meets glass, but what little lace manages to stick doesn't last. I would challenge anyone to tell me that the two pint glasses before me contain different beer. Absolutely identical so far.

The aromas are also nearly identical. The only difference is that the Natural Ice nose is a tiny bit stronger and may be a little more sweet. Not to give my nose too much credit, but the difference is on the order of 10% or less. For all practical purposes they're the same.

They're definitely different beers, but I have a feeling that I could only discern that by drinking them side by side or by being familiar enough with one--consumed over a period of time--before drinking the other. Needless to say, that'll never happen. This beer is more dry, has a more pronounced grain flavor and has a little less flavor overall.

A suggestion of skunkiness is now apparent, but is equal in both beers. The bodies are pretty close (light, bordering on watery by the finish), but the Natural Ice body seems a tad more full due to the higher sugar content.

In the end, it all comes down to preference. Neither one of these is particularly good beer, but I do like the Natural Ice better because I feel that the mild sweetness improves the flavor slightly and improves the body to some extent. The extra sugar might also limit drinkability if one chose to pound more than a few, but I'll never be drunk enough to do something so stupid. This side by side comparison was more than enough, thank you.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 12, 2004
Photo of BEERchitect
1.73/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This beer has a similar taste (or lack thereof) of Bud Light, but with more graininess and bite in the sides and back of the toung. Less malt sweetness and hop character than most Macro brews.Highly carbonated and slightly increased alcohol masks the flavors and numbs the palate. Graininess is left in the aftertaste and not much else.

BEERchitect, Aug 16, 2005
Photo of mikesgroove
2.98/5  rDev +62.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour was about what I would have expected to be honest. Light hay colored and a big fizzy white head that quickly faded and left behind next to nothing in its wake. Aroma of corn, light bready malts and that was about it, not terrible, and within the style so you cannot really knock it terribly much. Clean, crisp flavor when served iced cold and really not that terrible. I was expecting it to be a lot worse then it really turned out. Muted flavors of corn and grain are really the only thing you pick up here at all and even that is going to almost immediately.
Overall a quick, clean, refreshing beverage best served at a baseball game but that's about it.

mikesgroove, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
1.95/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

My roommates have been on a shitty beer kick lately, and somehow, I just keep forcing myself to join them...

A: This is the definition of fizzy yellow beer. Pale yellow in color with a white head that quickly disappears and tons of tiny carbonation bubbles.

S: Sweet corn and a bit of malt. No hops whatsoever. A surprising lack of "skunk", however.

T: Very, very sweet grain flavor defines this beer. There isn't really much in the way of hops, either. But no shocker there. It really does not taste good, though.

M: Fizzy and light as air.

D: Normally adjunct lagers are close to water and easy to take down. This one just isn't good and makes it tough to drink.

womencantsail, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of ygtbsm94
1/5  rDev -45.4%

ygtbsm94, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of spycow
1.25/5  rDev -31.7%

spycow, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
1.75/5  rDev -4.4%

jaydoc, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.9/5  rDev +58.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body with a small, fine, white head.

Smell: Basic light malt nose with some very distinct rice notes.

Taste: Faint maltiness, a bit sweetish, a light taste of good, wholesome rice. Exceedingly meager floral hints with just a touch of bitterness. Drying, clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: Dooby-dooby-doo! Not altogether horrendous. When it comes to these adjunct-laden macros, I'll take mild and smooth over harsh and sickly any day of the week.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of emerge077
1.9/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Another $1 beer novelty buy, this one from L&P Liquors.

Into a large mug it pours a pale dull gold, slow rising carb trails in the middle. Feeble head of white foam that begins to ebb away almost immediately, leaving a glassy urine tinged surface.

Smells musty like an old dishrag, wet grain husks.

Taste... not much. Insipid and nearly flavorless, unless you count wet paper as a flavor. Wet manila folders, corn, co2. Watery, astringent and overly charged with co2, gaseous and burpy almost instantly. This is a very poor AAL, but pretty much what you'd expect.

emerge077, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of zeff80
1.08/5  rDev -41%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Sampled this in my quest to sample every beer ever made.

A - Poured out an odd orange-yellow color almost rust-like. It did have a small, foamy white head, but no lace.

S - Grain adjuncts - fairly umpleasant.

T - I was expecting it to taste a little like Bud, but it was worse. Adjuncts and odd flavors that are difficult to describe. The flavors weren't good.

M - It was fairly thin but not watery. Some descent carbonation and light-bodied.

D - Quite possibly one of the worst beers I've ever had. No hops, no maltiness, not even a little sweet. It reminds me of a movie beer, you know a completely generic labeled beer that just says "Beer" on the label.

zeff80, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of biboergosum
2.03/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

biboergosum, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.35/5  rDev +83.1%
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.

NeroFiddled, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of Jason
1.55/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Jason, Oct 02, 2001
Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.83/5  rDev +54.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of adjuncts, light malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready and a little sweet with flavors of grain, adjuncts and light malts. There's as much hops as there is in any other A-B product, which isn't much and it's as balanced as any other beer in the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Not too flavorful, goes down easily, not too filling since there isn't much to it, mild kick (despite the "Ice" in the name), decent representation of a lackluster style, just another fizzy yellow beer, but it's better than some of the others I've had from A-B.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 18, 2009
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.

WVbeergeek, Mar 10, 2006
Photo of Slatetank
1.85/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to my Dad for giving me this 24oz can to try. I probably would not have given this a chance otherwise.
Poured cold into my lager mug.

A - A sunny straw colored golden w/ a head that goes from 2.5 fingers of sudsy white to a thick ring that clings to the glass.

S - Very faint malt w/ a nice honey cereal odor like corn pops w/ a light white pepper spice tinge.

M - Very weak, watery not carbonated enough to distract from the lack of flavor although it does have moderate carbonation. Slight sweetness, but not what I expected for 'beer' - Just unimpressive.

T - Soda Water weakened malt w/ an adjunct sweet flavor that is kind of corny/kind of malty w/ a round/stale blend of flavors. There is a faint vegetal flavor, but overall only minimal flavor, not enough to be offensive.

D - Not a beer I would drink more than 24oz of -just doesn't hold my interest. I appreciate a decent ice beer, but this is not Eisbock. I am not impressed to say the least. This is best used as a palate cleanser. I generally I am not a fan of fizzy and yellow, but I would rather drink this than Bud if pressed. I say avoid this it isn't worth the time or bladder space.

Slatetank, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of Rifugium
1/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Rating: 0.1
First had: ?

Wow. 5.5% was such a big number back in the day. Pours light golden yellow. Smells stale and urea-like. Tastes the same with more sweetness to it than a regular Bud. Overly light mouthfeel, and an unpleasant rotten aftertaste. To be avoided.

Rifugium, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of WesWes
3.05/5  rDev +66.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a clean and crisp pale malt and adjunct scent that is a bit husky and dry. The taste is average as well. It is dry and musty with a light pale malt flavor as well as a clean finish. It goes down easy with a slightly skunky aftertaste. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an average macro lager. There is little flavor and almost no aroma, but it drinks well. The bonus with ice beers is the quicker buzz. It's the only bright side.

WesWes, Oct 04, 2005
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Bud Ice from Anheuser-Busch
47 out of 100 based on 898 ratings.