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Busch Ice - Anheuser-Busch

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245 Ratings
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Ratings: 245
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 1.66
pDev: 37.95%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-25-2002)
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Reviews by Retroman40:
Photo of Retroman40
2.73/5  rDev +64.5%
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.

Retroman40, Mar 03, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of nicholas2121
3.58/5  rDev +115.7%
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.

nicholas2121, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of TTripp725
1.25/5  rDev -24.7%

TTripp725, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of Happy_Camper
1/5  rDev -39.8%

Happy_Camper, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of NilocRellim
1/5  rDev -39.8%

NilocRellim, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of Funky-Brewster
2/5  rDev +20.5%

Funky-Brewster, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of Cynic-ale
1.75/5  rDev +5.4%

Cynic-ale, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.13/5  rDev +28.3%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
1.25/5  rDev -24.7%

IchLiebeBierZu, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of richkrull
2.75/5  rDev +65.7%
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.

richkrull, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of CrusinforaBrewsin
1/5  rDev -39.8%

CrusinforaBrewsin, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of acurtis
1.25/5  rDev -24.7%

acurtis, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of MJ63
3/5  rDev +80.7%

MJ63, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
2.05/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

biboergosum, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of mintjellie
1.85/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

mintjellie, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of ManMoosePig
1.5/5  rDev -9.6%

ManMoosePig, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of tdm168
2.9/5  rDev +74.7%
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.

tdm168, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of traumaqueen
1/5  rDev -39.8%

traumaqueen, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of sociallooter
2.2/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer has a past for me. It's one for those "holy grail" types for me(shitty beers that are hard to find).I used to purchase this gem back in 2002-2003. I was the life of the party with peoples reaction of"Holy shit, Busch ICE??" &"That stuff exists?"So it was always fun to bring excitement to party in that aspect. To be blunt about Busch ICE its not that good. Of course is a good punch your car keys in the side of the can and slam 'em down kinda beer. You wont cry over spilled beer on this one. As for the taste, well..hummmm?....kinda like natural ice but with a hint of cherry and clove and some smells of...Its tastes like cheap, get drunk, and have a good time beer. I don't think I need to get into flavors and stuff It would just be...wrong. So with that said, CHEERS!

sociallooter, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of dailyminefield
1.75/5  rDev +5.4%

dailyminefield, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of ordybill
2.1/5  rDev +26.5%

ordybill, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of nickd717
1.33/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I know we're supposed to be constructive here, but this "beer" is absolute crap. If they mail it in on the brewing, can't I mail it in on my review? Not like anyone takes great pride in the taste of this stuff.

It's a pale yellow with a fizzy white head, heavily carbonated. Taste is offensive, with adjunk and other horrors I can't put my finger on.

If it looks like pee and it tastes like pee, can you really call it beer?

nickd717, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of DOCRW
1/5  rDev -39.8%

DOCRW, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of beergorrilla
1.75/5  rDev +5.4%

beergorrilla, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of BeerZack
2.73/5  rDev +64.5%
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.

BeerZack, Jul 12, 2013
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Busch Ice from Anheuser-Busch
44 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.