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Bud Ice - Anheuser-Busch

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828 Ratings

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Ratings: 828
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 1.84
pDev: 39.13%
Wants: 3
Gots: 28 | 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:
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 biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.03/5  rDev +10.3%
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
Photo of gopens44


1.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

While at a Mariners game at the old King Dome, the only vendor in my area was pimping this swill.

The first one was certainly the worst. It was the color of piss if you were slightly dehydrated with a head that whose only existence was due to the jostling of the aforementioned vendor.

Smelled like what you could expect from a vendor served ball game beer. Slight aroma of barley but extremely thin at best. Smell was likely muted by the temperature, as the vendor did a good job of keeping cold offerings in his tray

Taste was laden with a bold yet seemingly contrived attempt at creating a memorable lager, that is, that it had the most slight characteristics of lager but the process by which this thing was crafted, killed every natural flavor that may have existed in it. Undeniable adjunct taste of, what is that, formaldehyde???

Mouthfeel was an equally unfortunate thing with hints of carbonation. This thing soured on the tongue almost immediately when it warmed up at all.

Drinkable? After about 8 or 11 of them I can safely say, no...

The only bright spot was that after the game we had to track down a restaurant to sober up, so we errantly wandered into Pyramid Brewery (looked like a food place to drunk people). I'm sure I enjoyed their hefeweizen, but I can't remember.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2010 20:43:18 | More by gopens44
Photo of Clydesdale

District of Columbia

2.33/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear, bright golden color that is definitely a shade or two deeper and darker than most macros. The white, fluffy and foamy head is initially very tall. Retention is decent, and some respectable lacing seems to be sticking early on.

S: Light pale maltiness, plus the standard grab bag of A-B adjuncts. Corn and rice are both noticeable. A bit of a sour/metallic note as well, along with a faint, nondescript herbal hop aroma.

T: Some moderately sweet graininess at first, with significant contributions from corn and rice. A mild, Budweisery green apple flavor is present. A faint kiss of herbal hop flavor and bitterness precedes a dash of finishing sweetness.

M: Medium body. Carbonation is medium. Alcohol is somewhat evident in a mildly cidery finish.

D: Bland and brainless, but also pretty inoffensive. It's definitely not hard to drink, but it's a bit of a chore to enjoy or appreciate. It says something that I was pleasantly surprised by this even though it scores fairly low.

Serving type: can

07-31-2010 23:55:34 | More by Clydesdale
Photo of rootbeerman


1.7/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

clear glass and screw cap are never good signs.

A: pours well straw yellow thin almost nonexistent head
S: cooked corn, nothing like regular bud.
T: watery cooked corn, with maybe a little hop in the aftertaste
M: watery somewhat high carbonation.
D: bout as drinkable as water but not as appetizing.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 09:14:01 | More by rootbeerman
Photo of cheesepuffs


1/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer is perhaps the worst I've ever tried. It's as if it were brewed like regular Budweiser to begin but was then filtered through a compilation of the factory workers' socks, and it has been 110 degrees in the factory all day and surprise! - the workers have chronic toe fungus.

Skunky and harsh with a thin but carbonated texture that is anything but smooth, there is no reason to buy this beer. I'm really glad that I tried one can for free because if I had bought a twelve pack of this I would have regretted it. Two of my friends tried it with me (all of us had it straight out of the can) and they literally couldn't even finish theirs. They dumped out half their cans in the grass. I managed to get mine down but it wasn't pleasant.

Serving type: can

07-05-2010 13:52:04 | More by cheesepuffs
Photo of dcook11


1/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A Light yellow low, medium carbonation, small white head. Unattractive.

S- Smells of old broccolli left out in the sun to rot. The worse smell out of any beer ive had.

T- Malt, cheap ethanol burn, just awful.

M- unpleasent. rough on the tongue.


Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 08:08:24 | More by dcook11
Photo of bundy462


1.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Pale yellow, very thin.

S: Cooked grain, slight hops, artificial sweetness.

T: Very crisp and clean. There's something weird going on with the grain and hops that make it pretty harsh going down.

M: Thin and ultra carbonated.

O: Too harsh, only drink if you're pissed at yourself.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 17:10:39 | More by bundy462
Photo of JMad


1.8/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bud Ice, haven't had this one in awhile. The only reason I'm drinkin it is because someone left some at the pool so my fridge adopted them.

This beer was a typical pale straw color with a fluffy white head, suprisingly it left some nice lacing.
It smells metallic and has that ice smell like something thats been sittin in the freezer too long.
It tastes metallic almost like blood. Tastes lot of malt and a little breadiness.
Too carbonated and drinkable if ice cold.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 02:52:50 | More by JMad
Photo of Amalak

New York

1.4/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I'm not really sure of the reason for this beer. I guess it has a bit more maltiness than a regular Bud, but I'm not sure that it has anything else different to it. If possible, I think it actually has an even more limited taste than a Budweiser. In the past I've tried to appreciate these kinds of beer. But no more. I've had too many good beer and there is no other way to describe this than bad.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 19:36:19 | More by Amalak
Photo of tykees88


2.65/5  rDev +44%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Bud Ice, well what can you say other than look it's a bud beer trying to have a different name pretty much. I think that this one is alright. Not going to be what I reach for if I'm going for the big 3, but wouldn't say no if offered with no other options. I mean at the end of the day it's still beer. It's a light color, smells like nothing and tastes icy. It was ice cold thanks to the cooler and that made it tasty. Watery but that's alright because your not expecting anything but that from bud ice.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 01:12:53 | More by tykees88
Photo of Avagadro

New Jersey

2.15/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: standard color and clarity with decent froth and impressive lacing.

S: cabbage, corn, and sweet grain come together in a subtly off putting way. Not terrible, but a bit of hops could really step this one up.

T: taste is a carbon copy of the flavor. Same need for some balance in the form of hops.

M: light, heavy carbonation, and a touch solventy.

D: I picked this 24oz can at a gas station for 99 cents. All of the other beer stores were closed, and this was something I hadn't troed before. Not terrible, but I probably wouldn't pay much more for this.

Serving type: can

05-18-2010 04:29:20 | More by Avagadro
Photo of carlspeed


1.05/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I hate this beer. This taste like a camels waste after not drinking for a year in the desert with no liquid.

That being said, it has a following that only Hitler would be jealous of, and for mere pennies more you could upgrade to the much improved Busch Light. You make the call.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 22:09:23 | More by carlspeed
Photo of colts9016


1.9/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I decided to do a series of Adjunct lager tasting. I have been on a kick of doing other styles. Poured into a pint glass at 35 degrees. I will be rating this beer by the standard and not preference.

Appearance: A one finger froth creamy white heads that has very little retention. The color of the beer is a pale straw color. The clarity of the beer is clear to brilliant. There is a lot of carbonation.

Nose: A harsh corn malt mash with a subtle sweetness. The grainy characters are bold and not subtle. There is a light spicy hop profile.

Taste: A medium cloying corn flavor that kinda taste fake. The corn gives a subtle sweetness and the hop profile is missing.

The mouth feel is creamy flat, and smooth. Ironic enough there is suppose to be a carbonated mouthfeel that is clean.

Overall: The body of the beer is light and the finish is light. This beer made me chuckle, it said an ale, but on another part of the can it said. lager. This beer is tolerable on a low level. The drinkability is very low. It is a beer to slam and not to enjoy.

Serving type: can

05-12-2010 00:17:08 | More by colts9016
Photo of soju6


2.58/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light color with a billowy white head. There was no real smell to speak of just a bit grainy. Taste has a hint if sweetness and not much more. Feel is light with decent carbonation. Goes good with viewing sporting events especially the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Miss the penguin.

Dooby dooby doo...

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 23:34:27 | More by soju6
Photo of MrHassellYaHurd


1.25/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Bud Ice pours a pale yellow of absolute clarity. The big bushy white head maintains its thickness for several minutes.

Corn and alcohol notes are prominent. Faint sweet grain and rice.

Watery, metallic, boozy, and sweet. Includes a very unpleasant sulfur-like taste.

Thin body, fizzy carbonation, and boozy taste make for terrible drinkability.

Serving type: can

04-21-2010 03:31:18 | More by MrHassellYaHurd
Photo of phillipzayas


1/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

just god awful. No flavor. It was nothing except yellow coloring and fizz.

I actually went and got a six pack of this stuff to give it a fair chance.

So I can't believe I am reviewing this beer but I am. Pale color, smells like burnt corn, tastes like corn and has the carbonation of a bad soda. Mouthfeel = water.


Serving type: can

04-19-2010 02:56:05 | More by phillipzayas
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


1.33/5  rDev -27.7%
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
Photo of nicholas2121


3.55/5  rDev +92.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bud Ice is Beer Made By Anheuser-Busch with 5.5 ABV. This Has a Stong Beer taste. Good COLD this beer must be COLD to drink. Over all it has a good taste and it goes down good. Drinkabiliity is good too. For the price I would buy this Still Like Budweiser better. Over all a Good Beer at a Good Price. If you don't like stong Beers than I would go with something else.

Serving type: can

04-18-2010 18:09:57 | More by nicholas2121
Photo of OneDropSoup


2.25/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pilsner: Pale gold, real clear. 2 fingers of foamy white head that drops to a thick collar & dusting. No lacing.

Smells of sweet grains, bubblebum sugars, mild hops. A tad musty & dank.

Starts off decent enough, inoffensive sugar & corn flake taste, some mineral flavors & crisp hop. Then turns a chalky cherry tablet/Juicy Fruit gum in aftertaste, like Cepacol & kind of metallic. Went from neutral to bad.

Slightly fizzy & sugary, then weirdly coating.

Wouldn't be hard to take a few if drunk fast & without thinking, but not worth paying attention to.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 11:53:09 | More by OneDropSoup
Photo of Kromes


2.7/5  rDev +46.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: A clear pale yellow fizzy beer with a soapy white head.

S: There is a sweetness to the smell, it's kind of grainy but hard to tell. There is also a skunk-like smell to the beer.

T: It is overly sweet and surprisingly has little flavor. The only thing I can detect is a slight grainy flavor kind of like cornmeal in the finish and a feeling of bitterness on the back of my tongue.

M: Watery and a slight dryness in the finish, but the finish is still sweet.

D: If you don't care about flavor and just want to get blitzed, then yeah this is the beer to have. Can't detect any alcohol and there is hardly and flavor and it is watery....You can pound this stuff.

Serving type: can

04-16-2010 20:27:17 | More by Kromes
Photo of Lacesoutcody

North Carolina

2.78/5  rDev +51.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a 22oz. can of this on a whim, seeing as how I have never tried it, and figured it was worth a try.

A: Eh, a light see through yellow.

S: Pretty much non-existent, slight artificial sweetness.

T: A little harsh, mild corn and sweetness, not too pleasant, but nothing undrinkable.

M: a mild thickness, watery.

D: I'd not really recommend this, Natural Ice is even better! but if you can find it, I'd recommend you try it at least once.

Serving type: can

04-12-2010 23:24:02 | More by Lacesoutcody
Photo of rednrag


2.05/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very economical, same price as Busch or Bud Dry.
I would buy either one of those over this next time, I think.
There is, to me, no flavor to this beer, other than salty. I taste barely even a slight Macro flavor to this concoction.
Not horrible, but what is the point to this?
And I am a fan of American macro lagers.
I don't get it.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 02:14:12 | More by rednrag
Photo of RonaldTheriot


3.4/5  rDev +84.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bud Ice should NEVER be sampled out of a bottle as the clear glass will more than likely render the product skunky and slimy. I drank this one out of a 16 oz. can. It has a thick, white head and a very clear yellow appearance. Lacing is scattered and ragged. The aroma is almost nil, but one can detect a stereotypical A-B beer smell. This is a very carbonated beer, but then again, it is an Anheuser-Busch product. Taste is acceptable, but a bit too sweet. Mouth-feel is similar to Budweiser (moderately heavy). Overall, this is a fine beer and would be a good accompaniment to cheese and crackers or enchiladas.


Serving type: can

03-22-2010 00:59:54 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of budgood1


2.25/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a re-review.

pours out of the clear bottle a clear dark yellow colour with an active foamy white head which reduces quickly to almost nothing, leaving some very sporadic lace. sweet adjunct aroma...hints of banana give a forewarning of things to come. the flavour is really devoid of any defining character, it's just clean and wet. the body of this ice beer is fullish but without character. the mouthfeel is on the crisp side and it all finishes on the dry side with an ever so slight bitter twang. sketchy drinkability...it's wet and intended to for the drinker to get a buzz on.

definitely not regular budweiser ice brewed. and i did ratchet down the scores.


previous review from 12-13-2002

dark gold with no head but some carbonation. heavy grainy aroma, not really adjuncty to the extreme. medium full body. hops? uh....i smell something more along the lines of rubbing alcohol. pretty smooth, with a crisp malt liquor type feel. it misses the mark in the refreshment category because it leaves a strange, unwelcome astringent aftertaste. oh well, slam a few quick, get a good buzz, and beware of the penguin!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 21:18:49 | More by budgood1
Photo of Wasatch


2/5  rDev +8.7%
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
Bud Ice from Anheuser-Busch
47 out of 100 based on 828 ratings.