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Busch Ice - Anheuser-Busch

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Ratings: 265
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 1.68
pDev: 38.1%
Wants: 8
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-25-2002

Busch Ice is a smooth-tasting ice beer. It is brewed with a blend of premium American-grown and imported hops and a combination of malt and corn to provide a pleasant balanced flavor.
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Ratings: 265 | Reviews: 52
Photo of logan_forsythe94
2.74/5  rDev +63.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Good for the price. Tastes like crap though.

Photo of Pirate27516
3.61/5  rDev +114.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A good price for a high ABV beet

Photo of MickeyTheHead
2.93/5  rDev +74.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks great, but not a lot of taste but very drinkable and pretty much everyone will drink it.

Photo of Alestorm4069
4/5  rDev +138.1%

Had this after work. Best way to describe it is kicking back with one of these is Really nice after a 10 hour shift. It has a pleasant taste and its good when its cold. really all there is to say about it.

Photo of nicholas2121
3.57/5  rDev +112.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Busch Ice brewed by Anheuser-Busch pours out a nice amber color. This brew has a small white head that goes away fast. Busch Ice looks like an american style lager. This brew dose not look like most Ice beers out on the market. Most of them are a darker amber color. The smell is the same as any american style lager beer. The smell is a strong with alcohol but not bad. The taste is smooth for being 5.9 ABV. This is one Ice brew that goes down like a regular american style beer. Busch Ice is not as sweet as Busch, it has a more bitter taste. Not too bitter to make a bad taste. The mouth feel is nice and crisp and refreshing. Overall for being an ICE Beer I giving this beer a 4 out 5. I will get this brew again.

Photo of Retroman40
2.72/5  rDev +61.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I have a hard time with the large number of "1" ratings for this beer. I'm not going to do a A-S-T-M-O type review since this stuff will mostly be drank out of the can anyway.

This is a perfectly acceptable "Ice" style beer. I poured a little in a glass and as expected it was pale yellow with fleeting head. The smell and taste are actually quite neutral. The mouthfeel is pleasant due to a moderate level of carbonation. Even several minutes after finishing a 24 ounce can I still have a pleasant after taste.

There is a multitude of malt beverages that make this stuff look like a world class beer which makes me wonder how anyone can rate it a "1".

This is a drinkable, 5.9 class ice beer. No - it's not world class but it's hardly bottom of the barrel either.

Photo of TWebb
2.62/5  rDev +56%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

This stuff is beyond cheap. Some sort of deflation must be setting in. I find this beer in only one place, but it goes $8 for an 18 pack! My new favorite, even cheaper than Milwaukee's Best!
And it's not a bad drink when you're hot and tired. That ice beer flavor starts in on you from the outset. The cold fizzy yellow life-giving elixir soothes and refreshes from your beer entrance on down. Unfortunately, I occasionally notice a note of sake in the finish, probably due to the large amount of rice used in the brew. Sake is one thing I can do without, but luckily, it's a fleeting sensation.

Photo of thehyperduck
2.64/5  rDev +57.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Tallboy can picked up at The Beer Store; listed at 5.5% and brewed by Labatt for the Canadian market. I've never noticed this stuff on shelves before, but I'm not sure if that's because it's new around here, or if they recently changed the packaging, or if it's just that I don't make it a habit of staring at the unfortunate shelves carrying the abominable burdens that are the macro ice beers. Served ice cold, as God intended.

Pours a pale golden-yellow colour (a familiar hue, indeed), topped with slightly more than one finger's worth of frothy, soapy white head. It manages to maintain cohesion for at least a few minutes, until it finally gives up the ghost and melts away into a thin, dense cap and a modest collar. There's even a few smidges of lacing on the glass - this actually looks pretty good for what it is. Too bad that it smells exactly like it's supposed to; an unpleasant mixture of corn syrup, boiled vegetable water and apple skin. Not the worst-smelling ice beer I've ever sniffed, but it's still not very appealing.

To be fair, it's not the worst-flavoured ice beer I've ever had, either - though there's still plenty of those odd off-flavours that generally keep me away from these higher gravity lagers. I get a very strong green apple vibe that sort of permeates the entire flavour profile... probably for the best, since it ensures that the notes of cardboard, ethanol and corn syrup beneath it are considerably less distracting than in most brews of this ilk. The finish is a little sweet, with a hint of lingering apple tartness. Fairly light-bodied, with appropriate carbonation for the style - fairly strong with a solid bite, but not fizzy/bloat-inducing. Easy to drink when it's cold, but you should probably do it quickly.

Final Grade: 2.64, a C-. I'm a little torn - Busch Ice isn't a very good beer, obviously, but I'd still take it in a heartbeat over much of the competition (which in these parts amounts to garbage like Carling Ice, Keystone Ice, Old Milwaukee Ice, etc.). There are off-flavours, and the overall taste isn't terribly appealing, but if you just want something cheap to get shitfaced on, this is a serviceable option that I can see being popular with the frat house set. Overall, this isn't nearly as awful as it's made out to be and I'd drink this if it were handed to me at a party or something, but it's not worth buying again.

Photo of BeerZack
2.72/5  rDev +61.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

I get some sweetish banana Runts candy on the nose along with the tiniest bit of malt underneath. Somewhat sweet on the palate with the same light malt and banana flavors up front. The flavor doesn't last long though, despite the somewhat sweet intensity of the initial impression. The carbonation scrubs the malt and banana flavor to a bland sourness at the midway and then turns to this very watery flavor followed by a very dry, almost “furry” impression on the tongue and cheek during the not so short finish. The weird over-carbonated and dry feeling on the finish lasts longer than the actual taste of flavors.

Photo of biboergosum
2.06/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

355ml can, 6.0 % ABV, and made in that backwater AB-Inbev backwater of Edmonton, AB. Wait, I live here! Single can from some random walk-by liquor store.

This beer pours crystal clear, very pale golden pee colour (I've got a two-month old, so this I know!), with three rather surprising fingers of puffy, tightly foamy bone white head, which leaves some actual, honest to goodness loose coral lace around the glass as it evenly recedes.

It smells of pretty sweet corn grist, mashed green apple, a certain mineral water character, and a general dusty mustiness. The taste is more sweet, gritty, and grainy malted corn, a bit of overcooked rice, and an indistinct wet mustiness - very much the semblance of any crappy neighbourhood pub whose doors I've sparingly darkened the doorstep of late (Hello, H20 Lounge!). No appreciable warming from the extra point of booze, so a win for AB-Inbev, then, eh?

The bubbles are hardly noticeable, the body on the light side, but not so much so, and smooth and creamy, down to the proscribed dotted i and crossed t. It finishes sweet, apple-ish, and generally inoffensive to the insensitive tastebuds of the world, I would imagine.

While not good by any stretch of the imagination, this follows the BMC trope of dumbing everything down to the simplest flavours, and ramming that down our throats. This isn't really that hard to drink, even with the extra bit of booze - I'd take it over any Minhas product in a heartbeat, but that's a world where beer would be my last drink of choice.

Photo of mintjellie
1.88/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Golden body, pours without forming a proper head, no lace. Faint corn cereal and green apple aroma. Doughy malt and corn syrup flavour, with a moderately strong green apple character. Alcohol is a tiny bit harsh, but bearable. Unpleasant, but bearable. Light-bodied with low carbonation, but not watery. Seems to have little more body than Busch Beer. Much as I expected, this is like a slightly concentrated version of Busch. Unfortunately, that means the off-flavours in Busch Beer are concentrated as well.

Photo of spinrsx
2.05/5  rDev +22%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

500ml Can from the Ottawa LCBO for 1.90$

Appearance - Clear light yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an above average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for 2-3 minutes.

Smell - Malts, breads/grains, metallic, corn

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts and corn mixed with some light fruity notes. There is also a graininess and it ends with a slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall - The flashy new can/label caught my eye, but this is just another poor macro with a little bit of extra alcohol. A good beer for the university kids trying to get drunk I suppose. I wouldn't buy this again.

Photo of netrioter
3/5  rDev +78.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

tastes better than its cousin Natural Ice and just a hair below its other ,more expensive cousin Budweiser Ice.

24 pack (12x2) of these at a Kangaroo gas station for $11.98 here in Durham NC

Taste is ok..nothing great but not offensive like Natural Ice can be from a can when it gets warm. This is a ice beer thats a good pick for a weekend session of beer,grilling and outdoor activities with the bros

5.9% alcohol and its ok taste for $11.98 a 24 pack and a saturday with nothing to do? why not!

drinking from the can...as well as a few shotguns...it works!

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.15/5  rDev +28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is what they call a blast from the past. Had quite a few of these back in the day in Charleston, SC & Daytona, FL. My first spring break. Might as well crush another one on a Monday night while watching pro wrestling I thought. $1 a can in the loose bin at the gas station.

Yellow, thin soapy head, no retention after poured into my Jake the Snake tasting glass. A sweet corn and sugar with the metal can from canned vegetables type of aroma, not harsh, just kinda kitschy value-esque.

Taste, meh, not much going on, but I think it is a little better than regular Busch, for whatever that is worth. Don't even go around thinking you're gonna pull some hop quality out of thise beer. In the mouthfeel, especially as it warms, the beer gets a little rough with the almost fusel like alcohol remnants. Corn pops would seem like a good food pairing with this.

Not worth $1 a can.

Photo of tdm168
2.88/5  rDev +71.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale, see through gold with a big foamy, fizzy, white head that quickly fades. The nose is very grainy and fruity. The flavor is grainy, slightly fruity with an apple-like off note, a bit malty, and a bit of hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, a little warm, and the carbonation is just right.

For the style it isn't awful. The body is a little better than expected. The flavor isn't offensive, but it isn't great either. I'll probably pass in the future.

Photo of marc956
3/5  rDev +78.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had not had drunk an "ice beer" in awhile and it's better than my vague memory of Keystone Ice but definately not as good as Molson Ice oh well it was cheap (99c a pint) having it really cold made it palatable but don't c myself getting it again. Not recommended under normal circumstances.

Photo of TippySelenoid
2.42/5  rDev +44%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Pale yellow, immediately disappearing head, fizzy.

Smell like corn and metal.

It tastes better than I expected. It's got a big adjunct flavor and a touch of hop bitterness.

It's watery and bubbly.

I like this better than another BMC's ice beer I think. You're #1 Busch Ice!

Photo of Wasatch
2/5  rDev +19%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clean/clear yellow color, some carbonation, small white fizzy head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is kinda malty, very slight hop note, mostly grainy/ricey. The taste is kinda sweet, and the usual grain/rice note. Light Body, a thirst quencher, but still a pretty shitty brew. Typical macro.

Photo of tone77
2.74/5  rDev +63.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a very pale yellow color with a smallish head. Smell is mostly of corn, a touch of malt. Taste is of grains, corn, alcohol, a slight bitterness at the finish. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall there is nothing special about this beer.

Photo of mikesgroove
1.98/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

a pale yellow with no head to speak of what so ever, really just a clear, over carbonated mess of a look for me. but a trudge on. weak grains, touches of light corn and bready notes abound here, again not that i was expecting a ton of wonderful flavor here, but it could have been more then the wet cardboard that i got. clean and crisp, light feel worked for the style and it went down smooth and easy,

Photo of woodychandler
2.77/5  rDev +64.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I CAN't believe how long it has taken to unearth this gem in support of The CANQuest (TM)! One of my more regular traders noticed it on my Wants and sent some along for my CANsumption. Now, if I could just lay hands on the still-elusive Beer:30 in a CAN, I'd be making significant progress. Or not ...

From the CAN: "Ice Brewed For Exceptional Smoothness"; "One of the World's Largest Recyclers". I CAN definitely get behind that last bit!

The Crack & Glug went off without a hitch and I was looking at two very foamy fingers of bone-white head with lousy retention. It disappeared as quickly as any of my students when the bell rings. Bye! The color was a pale sunshine-yellow and I might have mistaken it for a light version of a beer, had I not been able to read that it was an Ice version. The nose was just more of the same ol' same old. Same beer, different day. I CANnot understand how I used to enjoy such things in my youth. It smelled like silage, plain and simple. More corn than a hog could eat from its trough over an entire summer. Blah! And yet, it is stylistically correct. Oof. It is sometimes enough to make me regret this undertaking. Mouthfeel was medium with a slight lager sweetness underlain by corn and cotton candy. How do they make this swill?!? It should not taste like this and yet so many do! Finish was indeed smooth, given that I did not have to choke it down, but neither was it terribly pleasurable. It was what I imagine drinking Liquid Oxygen (LOX) would be like. Cold, semi-dry, liquid, but not much beyond that. I would not bother seeking this out, nor taking up valuable cooler space.

Photo of richkrull
2.77/5  rDev +64.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pale yellow color. about a half inch of head.

S - Bit of a bitter smell.

T - Not great. Strong aftertaste

M - Bubbly, not much body.

D - Well you typically don't drink ice beers for the taste, it's usually to get the job done quicker and this beer will help you do that.

Photo of JayS2629
2/5  rDev +19%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Thin watery pale yellow with frothy head that fades fast but has ok lace.

S- Faint hints of corn adjuncts, rice, funk, and sweet malt

T- Watery with hints of sweet corn and musty funk hops. Mostly taste like water. You have to try really hard to taste the hints.

M- Thin, fizzy, watery

D- This is a drain pour. If you must drink it, I suggest doing a shotgun.

Photo of TheKingofWichita
1.65/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Well for its class its only moderately as disappointing as I thought it would be.
Pours a straw color, small head, no lacing.
Smells of corn and grassy booze.
Tastes of weird dried fruits and corny/ricey flavors with a major blandness shining through.
Thin mouthfeel that is unacceptable.
Not very drinkable, could not drink on a normal basis.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.73/5  rDev +122%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Busch Ice (not available in Louisiana) has a faint, almost neutral aroma and a clear, straw color, which is standard for this genre. The flavor is nice and mild, and mouth feel is moderate. The above-average alcohol level gives the drinker a comforting feeling. I'd say that this rather rare beer is above average in its class. I wish it was more widely available. I've only seen it in St. Louis, Missouri and Memphis, Tennessee.
RJT

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Busch Ice from Anheuser-Busch
45 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.