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Bud Ice - Anheuser-Busch

Bud IceBud Ice

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Ratings: 772
Reviews: 244
rAvg: 1.85
pDev: 38.38%

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.

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Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

1.15/5  rDev -37.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2005 04:02:20 | More by Sammy
Photo of BuckeyeNation


1.7/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: can

11-12-2004 15:35:22 | More by BuckeyeNation
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South Carolina

2.98/5  rDev +61.1%
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.

Serving type: can

10-29-2009 21:50:57 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of womencantsail


1.95/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 00:23:24 | More by womencantsail
Photo of BEERchitect


1.73/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: can

08-16-2005 19:14:55 | More by BEERchitect
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New York

1.9/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: can

06-04-2013 00:29:49 | More by metter98
Photo of ChainGangGuy


2.9/5  rDev +56.8%
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.

Serving type: can

03-20-2009 17:26:54 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.35/5  rDev +81.1%
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.

Serving type: can

06-06-2006 21:47:20 | More by NeroFiddled
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Alberta (Canada)

2.03/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: can

09-11-2010 02:00:41 | More by biboergosum
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Rhode Island

2.83/5  rDev +53%
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.

Serving type: can

09-18-2009 04:36:05 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of emerge077


1.9/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 22:10:27 | More by emerge077
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New York

3.05/5  rDev +64.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2005 17:41:16 | More by WesWes
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1.08/5  rDev -41.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 12:57:38 | More by zeff80
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1.95/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

24 oz. can - Born on 04 April 08:

Pours straw yellow with a white head that disappears after the first sip. The glass is clean as a whistle. Looks "flat" even though "fresh".

The smell is of some sweet grain...not much - almost nothing. Clean, to say the least.

The taste is of sweet grain, a touch of wet cardboard, tonic water, more sweetness (from alcohol?). Astringent harshness - odd from a macro. It leaves a rather unpleasant, bland aftertaste.

Light...fizzy despite lack of bubbles.

Very bland. A sweeter than typical macro. The .5% alcohol is part of the gimmick. Not much higher abv, but the alcohol, I assume is what's lending its higher sweetness than normal for the style. I had to force it down, as it's rather unpleasant. There are much better "ice beers" and macros out there.

Serving type: can

06-19-2008 02:46:22 | More by jwc215
Photo of WVbeergeek


2/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2006 19:39:28 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Halcyondays


1.95/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

24 oz. can, bought at Ralphs,

A: Pours yellow, with a surprsingly firm white head, really fizzy though, poor head retention, no lacing.

S: Very faint, hints of malt and corn.

T: Corn and some fusel alcohol, but it is light. Mild overall flavour.

M: Very light, some viscosity from the alcohol, but mostly just carbonation when it enters the mouth.

D: Not a horrible macro, but a bit of a chore to drink, won't buy again, when PBR is 50 cents less.

Serving type: can

08-20-2008 05:45:52 | More by Halcyondays
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1.68/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

32 fl oz clear glass bottle with twist off cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are very low. Acquired at a local Mexican corner mart.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Paired with nachos and pretzel sticks.

A: Pours no head whatsoever. Colour is a clearly overcarbonated transparent straw yellow. In no way appealing. Even if you pour it extremely vigorously, the thin pathetic "head" is gone within four seconds.

Sm: Straw, barley and water. Water is dominant. Stale. A light strength aroma.

T: Straw, clean barley, and water. No alcohol or yeast comes through. Extremely simple. Badly balanced, but it could be far worse. Luckily, water isn't the dominant taste. Built very poorly, but it could be argued it's to style. Fortunately, it isn't littered with cheap malt like most cheap Spanish lagers. A bad boring taste all around, but far from awful.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and sharp from overcarbonation. Too thick for the lack of flavours. Doesn't really suit the flavours. Below average to be sure. Gets in the way of the drinkabiity.

Dr: Hard to enjoy on account of the low quality, but easy to quaff when you have to. Hides its ABV only generally decently. Really a garbage beer. I'd never get it again unless it was dirt cheap on draught (and Im sure I'll find it somewhere where it is). It's better than some beers in the style (I'm fishing for good things to say about it here). I would never recommend this crap to anybody. It's more barleywater than it is beer.



Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 02:29:29 | More by kojevergas
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1/5  rDev -45.9%
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.

Serving type: can

04-29-2011 17:19:52 | More by Rifugium
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New Hampshire

2.48/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A heavy pour and got a three-fingered white head that faded quickly to a ring leaving no lace. Clear golden color. Light-medium carbonation and light bodied. Starts with a sweetness, the alcohol is noticeable, maybe that's what gives it some flavor, better than a regular Budweiser but really just a good lawnmower beer. $1.25 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2004 22:38:15 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Jason


1.55/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2001 21:47:34 | More by Jason
Photo of Zorro


3/5  rDev +62.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours noticeably darker than regular Budweiser. Clear real gold color.

Smell is quite sweet, mildly floral smelling. I think I can smell corn syrup? Beats Budweiser by having an actual smell, and a not a bad one.

Taste is sweet with extra bud flavor. Has a strong corn flavor to it. I want to hate this brew but it honestly tastes OK. This will not be booting Duvel from my refrigerator, but I could drink this.

Mouthfeel is fair.

Drinkability is acceptable. Tastes better than it should, it is Budweiser concentrated to the point of actual flavor.

Serving type: can

03-09-2004 05:34:45 | More by Zorro
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2/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a light yellow color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slight hop note. Light body. Not drinkable, would not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 15:13:06 | More by Wasatch
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1.5/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

I almost CANnot go on like this! If you know of some quality beer in a CAN in your area that I have not reviewed, CAN you please contact me so that we CAN trade? The swill in CANs is killing me.

Wow! I remember when they first came out with this beer, back in the mid-1990's. The slogan was "Drink Bud Ice, but, uh, beware the penguins." That was because a menacing little flightless bird showed up in the commercials, terrorizing the crap out of Bud Ice drinkers. For us Pittsburgh Penguins fans, it was a rallying cry for many years until the campaign died, but not before I "procured" a whole buncha Pens stuff through a local distributor, including a necktie, a talking penguin, and best of all, a foam rubber penguin that fits over my head. He lay dormant for many years until this past spring, when in moving out of my parents' house into my new home, I found him in a box of hats! Talk about timing! He accompanied me to Iron Hill (Lancaster) for just about every game of the Pens' Stanley Cup run and routinely got his picture taken as a result.

Now, how about the beer?

Once again, the bone-white head would begin to form, only to fall away into bare wisps. Was it possible that humidity played a part, or was it just a result of poor brewing? Pheh. Nose had a strange sweetness, like banana candy (think Now & Later or bubble gum), but not in a hefeweizen way. Instead, this just smelled like Dow Chemicals - "Better living through chemistry!" This was not a yeast-driven smell, but instead the construct of some sort of chemical engineering that would render it palatable to the uninitiated. Oof. It sure was pretty to look at, though. It was a deep golden yellow with a clarity that rivaled glass. WAY beyond NE-quality clarity! The mouthfeel was effervescent and tingly - the way the Bath Bomb mentioned on "Weeds" was recommended between the legs in the tub, this had the same effect on the tongue, out of a glass. The taste had some unnatural flavor on the tongue and it never improved as I plowed my way through a 24-oz. CAN. The finish left a dry, cottony taste on my tongue and in my throat. Not unpleasant, but not a desirous quality, either.

I'm going to go hug my penguins now (I have a rookery) and try to forget that this debacle ever took place.

Serving type: can

06-30-2009 20:11:10 | More by woodychandler
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1.33/5  rDev -28.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 19:07:00 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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New Jersey

1.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Poured a clear, bright macro-gold with slight orange hues. On top was a dull white fizzy head, initiall ½ finger in height before it quickly dissipated to a sparse covering of micro-bubbles. A very light visible carbonation is detected.

S: light with dried white rice, dried orange skins and cold steel was experienced. Some light traces of malted corn was also noted.

T: The initial flavor was starchy, with dry orange peels, moist grains and corn kennels. A soft hopping with a light buttered grain sweetness is found on the finish. Overall the flavor came off like freeze dried beer, hence the name bud ice I suppose.

M: very fizzy, dry and starchy, with a little coarse texture. Rather bland and watery to say the least.

D: Drinkability was uneventful even for a light lawnmower beer. Cold, stale, and was like licking a cold steel beam at times.

Serving type: can

09-20-2008 19:10:41 | More by beerthulhu
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Bud Ice from Anheuser-Busch
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