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Bud Ice - Anheuser-Busch

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830 Ratings

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Ratings: 830
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 1.84
pDev: 39.13%
Wants: 3
Gots: 28 | 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 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
Photo of projectflam86


1.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A- Pours a light golden color with a thin wispy head that fades away to nothing. No lacing left.

S- Mostly corn and rubbing alcohol. Not much going on.

T- Musty grain with a solvent like finish. A weird chemical flavor is present as well.

M- Light with ok carbonation. Very off-putting aftertaste that could be likened to sweat and corn flakes.

D- Although it is light in body, it certainly isn't something that I could drink many of.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 06:22:49 | More by projectflam86
Photo of smithza9


2.63/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a very drinkable beer only if you are drinking to get drunk. It is better than some of the beers you would get from a keg but it's not as good as regular Budweiser or Bud Light for that matter. It really doesn't have that much of a smell to it at all.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 15:08:28 | More by smithza9
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev +81%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a can of this to use in a dip for the Super Bowl party tonight, and decided to finish off the can. Poured into a pilsner glass. This pours a darker than expected gold with a nice frothy white head on top. Retention is zilch and there is no lace at all. Scents of corn mash and sugar. The body is crisp and refreshing, as expected. Flavor is of creamed corn with the subtle sweetness, and buttered white bread. Light bitterness. Huh. Color me surprised. This was actually decent and hit the spot this afternoon. This is one of the better Bud offerings IMO. In a world of light, thin, no-flavor beers, this one stands above with a bit of flavor and body. I'd have it again methinks.

Serving type: can

02-07-2010 20:28:08 | More by Onenote81
Photo of troobie


2.53/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Like it or not, Budweiser is my favorite all-time beer. Considering that, my brain tells me that Bud Ice should be even better because it is cheaper and has more alcohol. Consequently I continue to buy Bud Ice and realize I should have just purchased more Budweiser, or Natty Ice for that matter.

Bud Ice has zero Budweiser taste to it. None. It actually has very little taste at all. Seems watered down. Bitter, corn, sweet, bananas. Natty Ice and Busch Ice are quite decent compared to this. It gets tolerable by the fourth or fifth can as long as you keep it ice cold. They do have one thing right: it is smooth, though not "remarkably."

5.5% is weak for an ice beer. 5.9% is where it's at.

I got suckered in by the new graphics, which are actually worse than the old graphics. I miss the ice textured clear 12 oz. bottles. Adding "premium" prominently and a "5.5% alc./vol." stamp that calls on Steel Reserve is not going to do anything for the taste.

Nonetheless, I'm sure I'll buy this again this year.

Serving type: can

01-13-2010 09:02:56 | More by troobie
Photo of tone77


2.98/5  rDev +62%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 24 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a 1 inch head. Smell is fairly sweet, malts and corn. Taste is a bit sweet, corn and malts with a slight metallic flavor. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a very mediocre beer.

Serving type: can

12-17-2009 16:02:04 | More by tone77
Photo of Eldalonde


1.08/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This beer has one appeal, and that is it's 1/2% higher in abv than normal Bud. Meaning, get you drunk quicker.

A - Pours very light straw yellow color which is very common for macro swill. Really no head to speak of and definitely no lacing either.

S - The aroma is not nice at all. Hints of metal combined with corn and stale fish sticks. What do they put in here?

T - Ok, this is just stupid. The taste doesn't even taste like beer. Though this beer is mostly watered down, there's this flavor of "stale" that seems to linger for so long. Blech.

M - Very thin, mostly like drinking water.

D - Not drinkable at all in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2009 21:23:36 | More by Eldalonde
Photo of womencantsail


1.95/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

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

South Carolina

2.98/5  rDev +62%
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 BDJake


1.1/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This was my very first beer, and I'm only reviewing it out of that obligation. When I was 10, I went with my dad to help one of his co-workers in building a driveway at his house on a hot summer day, and right before laying the concrete everyone went to take a break and "enjoy" a beer or two. After repeated begging, my dad finally gave in and threw me a can. I think it was an early attempt to discourage me from drinking ever again, as there were a few better (but still not good, being other BMC's) beers also in the cooler. Needless to say, I didn't even finish the can that day. But upon later review when I got older, this is my take on AB's bastard child:

A- clear, pale yellow, and very bubbly- typical of any adjunct macro, nothing out of the ordinary.

S- has a bit of the usual ice beer skunk, although obviously more so in bottles than cans

T- has a sharp, headache-inducing bite that hits you like a rusty nail; other than that, flavorless

M- overly carbonated, combining with the metallic taste to cause gag-reflexes

D- what drinkability? each serving is a test of will, especially if it's the first of the night

Although this is clearly a beer I steer clear of, it is still not the worst ice beer I've ever had- that distinction belongs solely to "the Beast". Still, I don't recommend this to anyone unless they are dead broke AND there's no Busch to fill their cravings.

Serving type: can

10-15-2009 06:03:32 | More by BDJake
Photo of drunkboxer1


2.98/5  rDev +62%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dispensed from my kegerator into my frosty mug and also into my mouth. Pale golden color with a white head. Smells kinda like straw and alcohol. Not as corny as I would have expected. Fittingly, the frosty mug was so cold it froze some of the beer. Ice cold is the way to drink Bud Ice, and any American "Ice" beer for that matter. Its fairly highly carbonated, and served vary cold its fairly inoffensive. As it warms the alcohol comes out a bit more. Overall a bland fizzy beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2009 23:40:34 | More by drunkboxer1
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.83/5  rDev +53.8%
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 vacax


1.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

32 oz. clear glass bottle with a twist off cap. $1.48.

Pours straw colored with a decent head that dwindles to nothing rather quickly. Very clear, somewhat lifeless looking. Not a lot going on in the aroma, maybe some waxy apple skins and pears served inside a tin can. Starts off with a mild pome sweetness which is brought down by some bitterness and metallic flavor on the midpalate. Unfortunately, the finish is a blend of cereal, apples, and lots of metal. Objectionable. Light bodied with some medium-high macro fizziness. Drinkability is low considering the poor metallic flavor persists for quite some time in the finish.

Why does this beer exist? The obvious answer is to sell to people who want to get drunk, but considering this is only 5.5% ABV, why pick this over the regular Bud? If you want a high alcohol cheap beer, try one of the malt liquors with 8% instead of this. I would rather drink something that tastes like water than this: light beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 06:10:46 | More by vacax
Photo of civilizedpsycho


2.58/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Very pale golden color. Crystal clear with a fair head that goes fast.

Smell: Pretty bland. Maybe some mild malt aromas, but not much.

Taste: Surprisingly strong hop kick for what it is. While hardly a great taste, it wasn't awful.

Mouthfeel: Very thin and watery.

Drinkability: Not bad; it was better than I was expecting. On the whole, however, this is not something I'm going to run out and find for myself.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 18:00:56 | More by civilizedpsycho
Photo of twiggamortis420


2.58/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Ahhh, good 'ol Bud Ice...remember the penguins! Pours a light yellow color with an initially large white head that fades very rapidly to barely a sheen.

Smell is sweet, light malts with a mild floral essence that is hard to determine if it is from a touch of hops or the solvent-like alcohol.

A flash of grainy and semi-sweet malts is followed by a carbonation blast and then, poof...completely gone. Finishes dry and quick. Not much else to say about it, really. It's pretty easy to drink and for a beer like this, it is probably a good thing the flavor leaves the palate so fast.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 19:59:08 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of thekevlarkid


2.2/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Out of a can this beer was a twenty-four carat gold color with some nice rising carbonation. The two finger beige head retained rather poorly and the lacing was good at first though it left only tiny bands later. The aroma was of macro grains, pale malt, crystal malty alcohol and aluminum. The flavors were bland, stale and dominated by macro grains with some pale malt, a slight sourness, metal, sweet malt and some bitterness of herbal notes. The mouthfeel was rough, the body was medium and the carbonation high.

Serving type: can

07-07-2009 13:19:46 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of woodychandler


1.5/5  rDev -18.5%
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
Photo of packetknife


1.23/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

In my close friends quest (hey Oscar) to have me kill my tongue he also provided Bud Ice. I don't have the best or perhaps even good taste... but I know my dislike of this and Keystone is more than justified.

Pours almost as clear as distilled water if not just as clear. Bleached white pourous head that disappeared between blinks. Slightly sweet smell perhaps but really so faint I'd have to spend more time around it and I won't. Tasted like wet plain rice and just barely that. Seriously, take some rice and boild it without salt or anything. Put it in the middle of a teaspoon for your texture test and this is the same taste. I know rice. :-D

Very plain on the tongue and drinks just like water should. Err.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 17:32:06 | More by packetknife
Photo of nicksta


2.25/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The appearance was a crystal clear bright gold with no lacing. The smell was funky. Mildly sweet and skunky. The taste wasn't awful. A too-small kiss of hops followed up with a tiny bite from some alcoholic sweetness that gets buried in an avalanche of corn flavor until the end. The mouthfeel is ... it serves this beer well, 'cause you could pound these things but they'll catch up with you soon because there seems to be more alcohol than beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 22:33:35 | More by nicksta
Photo of nlmartin


1.4/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Ok where to start on this beer. The beer was served in a pint glass. The beer is ice cold.

Appearance: This is the epitome of fizzy yellow. The head is massive but this is after a hard pour that resulted in a stadium pour. The retention is pretty weak. The appearance was the mark for this beer.

Smell: I get a bit of indistinct sweetness from this beer. No hops not even cereal. Could the sweetness be the alcohol?

Taste: Harsh grain and alcohol flavors. No good!

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: Yuck!... The beers body is slightly more than watery. So this is what the water from the millcreak is like? The drinkability for me is shot due to stinging carbonation.

Serving type: can

05-22-2009 00:47:48 | More by nlmartin
Photo of BeanBone


1.95/5  rDev +6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: A crystal-clear, paler-than-pale straw body with a bubbly white head that burns out rapidly and leaves no lacing.

Aroma: Sweet, grainy malt with the barest hints of hops. Clean and thin.

Taste: It's a thin wave of grainy, ricey, and slightly sweet malt up front. Then... there's really nothing to back it up. If you go looking for it, you may be able to pick out some grassy hops towards the end, just don't bet on it. The aftertaste is grainy and rather short-lived.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and watery with lots of fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability: The only thing holding you back is the utter blandness of it all.

Verdict: Let's do a mental exercise. I want you to imagine a bottle of Bud Light with a percent more alcohol and perhaps a little more grainy malt. Can you see it? There, now I've saved you from ever bothering to try this. Bleh.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 23:59:50 | More by BeanBone
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a pale yellow with a slight white head and no lacing.

The smell is quite muted but is of malt and corn.

The taste is of corn and a slight grain flavor. Not a very flavorful beer.

Drinking this beer was mildly pleasurable. There was no strong aftertaste or harsh alcohol flavor but there wasn't much flavor at all. It goes down well but just seemed to be too much on the lighter side.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 13:19:50 | More by Duhast500
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


3.73/5  rDev +102.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose is grainy and sweet with notes of spice. Smells quite good.

Pours a deep yellow, clear, mild head with quick dissipation. Looks okay.

Moderately malty with a nice spicy vein. Grainy and toasty sweet, warm and fairly pleasant. Tastes pretty good while cool. As it warms it starts to develop harsh aftertastes. Good mouthfeel - lots of carbonation and a moderately full body.

And yes, it is "remarkably easy to drink." Good show, AB. I rather like it.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 01:20:01 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of ChainGangGuy


2.9/5  rDev +57.6%
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
Bud Ice from Anheuser-Busch
47 out of 100 based on 830 ratings.