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Bud Ice Light - Anheuser-Busch

Bud Ice LightBud Ice Light

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127 Ratings

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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 1.62
pDev: 41.36%

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-24-2002)
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Photo of GossageBrewery


1.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured this 12 oz can into a pint glass. Poured a clear pale yellow color, produced a thin white head, poor retention , and no lacing left on the glass. The aroma of this Light Lager was mild, some corn and grain but not much else. Very light in body, smooth, some malted grain flavor, cereal grains, very dry finish. There are some mild hops present, but not much to talk about. Overall another poor quality, mass produced brew by AB that I hope to never drink again. Prost!

Serving type: can

09-12-2012 18:01:23 | More by GossageBrewery
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


1.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Wow, can't believe they still make this. One of my underage drinking mainstays out in South Carolina. Anyways, light, very light yellow color, with a problem with clarity for such a beer. Largely absent beer smells in the aroma, mostly watered down fusel alcohol and corn smell.

Kind of a sweeter edge in the taste, everything is pretty thin, except for the boozy edge to it. Hopping, malt, not really existing in a significant enough manner to warrant a further discussion. Adjuncts frozen and scraped beer.

What's the point when you only end up at 4% abv? A session ice light beer? Well, "we'll let marketing worry about that."

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 17:48:38 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of DUBinMIA


1/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Served in a pub glass from a bottle.

Very pale straw yellow color, very clear filtered look

no aroma noted

water like very light bodied

taste and looks like water.... no aroma... no head... i hear its very hard to make though and they get it the same every time... i guess that is one positive... oh and they do have good commercials!!!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 00:04:53 | More by DUBinMIA
Photo of Wasatch


1.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a nice clean/clear yellow color, some carbonation, tiny white head which fades quickly. Not much sticky lacing at all. The nose is kinda malty, grainy/ricy. The taste is slightly sweet, grainy/ricy. Light Body, not much going on with this one. Would not buy this one again, what a waste of water.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 23:43:09 | More by Wasatch
Photo of Jazzcrop


2.38/5  rDev +46.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Not really that interesting of a beer; smells and tastes like 3% carbonated vodka. Good beer for college shenanigans and car trips, and occasionally driving, err, I mean swimming, haha. I think my buddy has a fridge full of these things. He thinks this the shit. I think not.

Serving type: can

06-10-2011 02:06:07 | More by Jazzcrop
Photo of OrangeAmps


1.2/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

terrible beer. but then again, what did i expect? It smells like piss, and drinks like it too.

I dont get how people can buy cases of this shit and go home happy. It boggles the mind.

no hops, all corn and adjuncts. Id stay away from this one, even for the style.

never again.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 03:57:14 | More by OrangeAmps
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

2/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass it was not terrible, had a nice light golden color and a smooth, even carbonation level I could see through the crystal clear glass. Decently done. Unfortunatly that is where the fun ended as light corn, musky wet hay and just a mess took over from there. Not cool at all. Too light and way overcarbonated, the cold only served to mask what was a near putrid flavor. Wet corn and grass, week old clippings and a mess of grain. Just nothing redeeming here at all.

Overall I could see why this is is the top ten worst beers, wow. .79 could have been spent on gum.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 02:40:34 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of TheKingofWichita

North Carolina

1.3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a crappy looking thin straw yellow color with a thick white head and no lacing. Smells of corn and booze. Tastes of corn, oil, and maybe some hop extract. Mouthfeel is medium and it has a really hefty carbonation. Drinkability is really low and the beer is pretty nasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 04:37:31 | More by TheKingofWichita
Photo of JayS2629


1.98/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Thin watery, clear pale yellow with thin white head, little retention, and spotty lace.

S- Corn, hay, grass, and earthy hints, faint hops

T- Sweet corn, grass, hay, notes of booze

M- Thin, watery, crisp, over carbonated

D- Boring, overcarbonated, and bland. Watery, and lacking in flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 03:37:27 | More by JayS2629
Photo of bundy462


1.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pale yellow, thin white lace.

S: Very clean, somewhat of a grain smell and something that is of the unnatural processed sort.

T: Crisp and dry. A little bit of hops, thin malt. There is a boozy finish.

M: Very thin and carbonated.

O: Not too good, tastes artificial. There are other better light lagers from macro breweries out there.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 17:01:18 | More by bundy462
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.33/5  rDev +43.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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

A: The beer is a pale yellow 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, grain and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready and sweet with the typical adjunct and grain flavors that you normal get in this type of beer. There is very little hops bitterness and the malt character is about as thin as you can get. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

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

D: Not very flavorful, goes down quite easily and is not filling at all since there isn't very much to this beer, very mild kick, doesn't taste much different from regular Bud Light, yet another fizzy yellow beer from AB.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 00:18:10 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of utah44


1.27/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

What is the difference between this and Bud Light other than the name? This beer is watery and not much else good can be said about it. Others have said it better than I can. Mouthfeel is weak, taste is atrocious, and poured appearance is without obvious merit. Drinkability would be adequate for the non-discrimiinatory palate, but would not satisfy the more erudite person.

Serving type: can

07-08-2009 04:28:47 | More by utah44
Photo of biggred1


2.9/5  rDev +79%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, palest yellow with a finger of white foam that quickly melts away to a skim. Light graininess and not much else in the nose. Taste is really light adjunct grain and faint hop bittering. Finishes dry and squeaky clean. Pretty easy to drink with a light, watery effervescent mouthfeel. I'm not sure why we need a "light ice" it kind of seems like a made up style.

Serving type: can

05-17-2009 21:12:48 | More by biggred1
Photo of Brad007


1.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a light blond color with a one-finger head into my pint glass.

Aroma is full of corn and sweet malt. Typical light lager smell here. Certainly nothing special.

Taste is light and watery with corn and sweet malt. Very thin. Nothing impressive here.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering corn and malt. Almost non-existent to begin with.

To give any credit to this beer, it's easy to drink but it's nothing impressive. It's not even average. I know that there are people who drink this all the time and I can't ever understand why they would. Mediocre.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 23:03:37 | More by Brad007
Photo of WakeandBake


2.1/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A super pale yellow Pee-pee color with a medium fizzy white head that dissipated quickly and leaves no lacing.Aroma of light corn, alcohol and little else. Flavor is quite watery,corn and other adjuncts,not nearly as good as regular Bud Ice. Lots of carbonation,watery maothfeel,short finish of corn or vegetables.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 14:22:25 | More by WakeandBake
Photo of thekevlarkid


2.1/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I know, I know. Why do I do this to myself? Well, someone has to, that's why. Out of a bottle this brew was a very pale yellow color, perfectly clear, with a little bit of rising carbonation. The head was white, thin and foamy, quickly becoming a tiny skim. The lacing was surprisingly decent. The aroma was of pale malt and lager malt with a slightly metallic twinge. The flavors were dry and grainy with a very processed macro-lager malt being dominant behind which little else lurked. Light notes of corn and a crisp finish. It left a slightly bitter slick on my tongue. The mouthfeel was watery and foamy, the body light, the carbonation medium/high. Easy to get drunk on, but that's all one can say for it.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 00:40:30 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of magictrokini


1.6/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This thing smells better than its cousins, but don't be fooled. Near clear yellow fizz with a white head. Aroma is nice and sweet, like canned corn or frosted flakes. Sugary corn-water that is supposed to get you drunk faster. Just drink more Bud Light faster and avoid this corny mess.

Serving type: can

12-04-2008 23:12:38 | More by magictrokini
Photo of hurleymanvw


1.02/5  rDev -37%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

What can i say about this one that has not been said time and time again.

Looks like tinted water with a foamy disappearing head, if you can call it that.

Not much smell to speak of maybe a hit of alcohol

Tastes like lightly flavored water.

Finish, well you are just happy when you are finished with this one. Bud light on steroids.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 14:21:38 | More by hurleymanvw
Photo of changeup45


1.33/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A watered down version of their standard Bud Ice. I just don't like Ice beers in general. A little less foul tasting than their Bud Ice but still something I don't want to drink again. Corn, malty, rice mix. Not smooth, not flavorful, bitter, and down right tough to drink at times.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 19:10:16 | More by changeup45
Photo of Overlord


1.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Was subjected to this yesterday. What is there to say?

Pours a bleached watery yellow with a big sudsy head. Smells vaguely of ... nothing, really. Mouthfeel like carbonated club soda, with a bit of skunky vegetation thrown in.

It was embarassing looking for a glass to pour this into.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 22:15:40 | More by Overlord
Photo of Beerislife652854


1.27/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Bud Ice Light? What is the point? Bud Light is better and less expensive.

A - Pale straw yellow, lots of big carbonation bubbles, head fades to a ring, almost no lacing at all.

S - Almost nothing going on here. Slight hints of rice and alcohol.

T - Tastes like carbonated water with a hint of beer. Very watery.

M - Goes down like water, carbonation fades after a very short time.

D - Lots of college students seem to like it, and so did I. When I was in college.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 19:22:06 | More by Beerislife652854
Photo of rye726


1.02/5  rDev -37%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This elixir comes in a flashy clear bottle that probably appeals to underage drinkers looking for something cheap. Anheuser Busch claims to fight sales to minors yet they continue to advertise in their direction, them and cheap hookers. Standard yellow flavor and no real flavor or aroma. Maybe some rice. Fizzy gimpish body. Boo.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 04:08:52 | More by rye726
Photo of TheodorHerzl


1.27/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Many of my friends know that I enjoy beer, and for some reason people bring me stuff that they hate and are like "Hey, try this, it isn't any good!" Thanks for making me want to drink it.

Pours a light yellow with a small bubbly head that dissipated very quickly. Not much going on in the nose other than some light corn scent and alcohol. The taste is of a sweet filler flavor with a sour metallic twinge on it. Very very thin on the mouthfeel.

All I can say is that this is not good, and should be avoided at all costs. I should have known when one of friends that preaches the merits of Bud Light gave me this and said even he couldn't drink it.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 03:16:44 | More by TheodorHerzl
Photo of skeetermoses


1.73/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This is one of my low points of drinking beer. I so dont want to admit to drinking this one, I did drink it only for the whole point of having a very cheap beer to drink. It is better than drinking swill but there are so many good beers out there. To get drunk without spending much money or taste, this would be the beer for you.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 08:35:20 | More by skeetermoses
Photo of ChainGangGuy


1.18/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, almost colorless yellow body topped with a thin ring of white bubbles.

Smell: Water-logged cornflakes with a whiff of fusel alcohol.

Taste: More day-old cornflakes along with an accompanying sweetness. Nothing in here that resembles hops or bitterness. The flavor grows more and more and more watery until only a slight, unpleasant astringent note appearing on the finish can remind you you're not just drinking water, though you'll rather you had been.

Mouthfeel: Ultra thin-bodied. Medium carbonation. This is as watery as it gets, folks.

Drinkability: Entirely bland and unenjoyable. A very unnecessary beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2007 03:11:26 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Bud Ice Light from Anheuser-Busch
45 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.