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Busch Ice | Anheuser-Busch

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Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-25-2002

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Photo of mikesgroove
1.98/5  rDev -6.6%
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,

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Photo of woodychandler
2.77/5  rDev +30.7%
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.

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Photo of richkrull
2.77/5  rDev +30.7%
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.

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Photo of JayS2629
2/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
1.65/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.73/5  rDev +75.9%
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.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
2/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 24 ounce can with born on date on the bottom of the can. Do you think freshness matters cuz my can said born on Sept 08. Poured into a pint glass no head. Very little carbonation. Straw yellow color. I drank this very cold cuz I figured its an ice beer I should drink it ice cold. Not much flavor other than rice and corn. Went down pretty smooth and fast.

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Photo of Bookseeb
2.17/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance is a light yellow with no head. Smell is a grainy, corny adjunct aroma. Taste has a corny adjunct sweetness with a light alchohol bite. Mouthfeel, considering, has good body and carbonation. The mouthfeel has the only thing really going for this beer, although the alchohol helps. I bought this as a single to try and I think I'll keep it that way.

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Photo of sociallooter
2.2/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

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Photo of BierFan
2.29/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 24 ounce can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Big frothy white head. Pale golden body. Carbonation is pretty wimpy. Lacing is damn fine. Can't really knock this beer for it's appearance, it looks pretty good.

Smell: Adjuctilicious? Definitely a corn adjunct lager by the smell. Sugary sweet aroma. Not offensive, but it doesn't particularly make me want to drink it either.

Taste: All the great taste of an corn adjunct lager that us BA's love(sarcasm) in a more concentrated and alcoholic form. No bitterness to speak of.

Mouthfeel: Desperately needs stronger carbonation.

I think I'm gonna end up drain pouring about 2/3rds of this can.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.45/5  rDev +62.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can
Served in a nonic

A - It pours yellow in color and is crystal clear. It is topped with over an inch of fluffy white head.

S - It smells sweet like most macros.

T - It tastes rather bland. It is a little sweet, but there is not a whole lot of flavor.

M - Thin

O - I find it quite drinkable for a house beer. I usually drink this or Busch after a sixer of some good stuff. It helps polish off the night.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.96/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found this in a gas station ice trough, I have never seen Busch ice before and I drank more than my fair share of Busch products in college. Pours a light gold color with a typical rapidly failing, large-bubbled head. It is a bit darker than most macros though.

Slightly skunky, slightly fruity Busch nose...only kicked up a couple notches. A bit of cooked vegetables in there, mostly corn and a mild herbal note that might possibly resemble a couple hop cones.

Whats this? Flavor? Its true. Grainy, sweet malts and a dry, boozy alcohol taste. This beer might feel more comfortable in a 40oz clear glass bottle than this tall-boy can. I did not say it was good flavor, but flavor it has nonetheless. I do not really mind drinking this beer. Some of these ice beers are not that bad, for a AAL you could do much worse and still not catch a buzz.

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Photo of MTNboy
2.43/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It has a sweet and fruity and highly adjunct aroma. The body is a golden almost brass color that is very clear. There is a lot of head but that goes away fast to make some thin lacing. It has basic flavor that is also very sweet and adjunct. It is not bitter at all. This beer reminds me a lot of watered down malt liquor. It is very plain. I will say that the mouthfeel is pretty smooth.

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Photo of Rumpole
1.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Much harder to find for whatever reason than Natural Ice, which one can find anywhere in central MA in 30-packs. Finally spotted a 12 pack of this and got it, hoping it'd at least be somewhat better than the Natty, what with the family name on it and all. Alas, not the case. A lot of reviews here saying this was bland; I found it unduly harsh. The regular 4.6% Busch is much easier to drink. The 5.9% strength is great, but not worth the flavor penalty.

Standard macro-gold appearance, nothing wrong there. The label is somewhat less silly than the Natty Ice at least, and nowhere near as embarrassing as Beast Ice. Smell isn't too bad either, although one can tell one is headed for trouble; light macro smell with a kind of stingy quality to it. Texture might be ok, but frankly all the attention is taken up by the harsh flavor, which has a kind of burning fuel-oil quality to it. In short, there's not enough beer to handle the 5.9% abv. Plainly not meant to be tasted; made for drinking quickly while very cold.

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Photo of nickd717
1.35/5  rDev -36.3%
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?

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Photo of LouieF
1.65/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Very clear yellowish color with a large, fluffy, off white head
Smell: Almost nothing.
Taste: Extremely bland...I can't taste much of anything going on here except for some mild bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Almost no carbonation at all...it's almost flat.
Drinkability: I'm being generous here...yes its easily drinkable...but so is water.

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Photo of PatrickJR
2.14/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Poured from a 24 oz can into nonic pint glass.

A - Pale with excellent clarity. With a hard pour I got 2-3 fingers of head, nice, pillowy head unlike the soda pop crap in most macros. I actually understand the "natural carbonation" printed on the can. Decent head retention and some moderate lacing.

S - A little skunky, with mostly adjunct aromas. A little bit of cardboard/eraser comes in along with some mineral and alcohol aromas. Maybe a hint of hops?

T - It's not really bad, but it's completely bland. Corn and slightly bitter grain husk kick in early palate, and the flavor slowly thins out to a metallic/cardboard flavor. Minimal, but unnecessary bitterness in the aftertaste.

M - While I can believe that this is "naturally carbonated," this has the absolute worst mouthfeel of any macro I've ever had. This brew is damn near flat, and a little thick, neither of which help the style. Terrible. This brew might be better all around if not for this ridiculously low level of carbonation.

D - I wouldn't drink much of this, I doubt I'll finish my 24 oz can. It's not terrible, but the mouthfeel really does throw this beer off. Yet again it seems this "ice beers" are stronger, shittier versions of their original counterparts, and Busch is no exception.

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Photo of daliandragon
1.5/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Seriously, I do know better, honest, I just wanted something dirt cheap to guzzle by the pool on a summer afternoon (it's a complex pool so no glass). Is that so wrong?

Apparently so. Pee yellow color. No head. A nose full of sweet corn and rice. Something resembling malt briefly makes an appearance in the taste but mostly it tastes like rusty water. The aftertaste is a delightful combination of metal and ass. Thin and insipid in texture. I promise to never buy this crud again and return to Schlitz or PBR next time I want to go to the pool.

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Photo of DrainBamage
2.5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear straw color with no much carbonation. Head starts out thick, but recedes to a very thin lace. Smells like your every day macro lager. Goes down smooth with no bitterness and very little carbonation. Taste is below par for an ice beer, doesn't taste much different than regular Busch. Overall this might be an ok session beer, but if your looking for a good ice beer, try Milwaukee's Best Ice instead.

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Photo of rye726
1.63/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Buch is one of my favorite lines in the Anheuser Busch family. It is quite inexpensive and more enjoyable than the more expensive lines like Bud. However, I can't tell much of a difference between the different Busch beers.

This one is yellow with a light tan head. The nose has some subtle grain presence. The taste is a bit bitter and stale, but still has the faint grain flavor. The body is light and fizzy as usual. A good cheap beer.

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Photo of Overlord
1.5/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Busch Ice had a high ABV and could be had (IIRC) for under eight bucks for a 24 pack. You can't beat that pricing!

Pours a flat yellow. Little to no head. Taste is watery with (strangely) not enough carbonation. This was actually worse than the Natural Ice/Light series, due to a horrible aftertaste that I can still recall to this day.

Avoid like the plague.

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Photo of clayrock81
1.58/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This one time (just once) I wanted to drink to forget my problems, and being a) cheap and b) not wanting to drink Natty Ice I tried this crap. Mistake. Where Natty at least serves a metallic taste that makes it seem like your drinking a medium-bodied beer, this clear yellowish hogwash is like drinking flat water. Worse than the aftertaste is that you will be feeling them like Natty, except you might end up drinking them faster because you're not tasting anything at all. Seriously, there's nothing in this beer at all.

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Photo of giblet
1.48/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

not sure i understand the 2.64 rating this one had when the top rating was 2.6...? i am pretty good in math and neer as i can tell this one should be below 1.5.

with that being said. i purchased this cheapy cuz my usual cheapie ice beer was gone. i should have passed. yuck. if this is ice ice (baby) cold and your are super thirsty and want a buz, pound down about 5 or 6 of these. if you want to enjoy a nice beer you better keep lookin!

suckem up and movem out!!!


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Photo of rodrot
1.73/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A macro drinking friend of mine accidentally left a couple of cans of this beer at my house the other day, so I figured what the hell, I'll give it a shot. The beer pours like most other macro lagers: very pale color, large head that dissipates quickly. Aroma was a mix of corn, old veges and light malts. No hop aroma whatsoever. Taste was the same, but also a little fruity and spritzy with a faint alcoholic flavor. Mouthfeel was very light and quite thin. I gave the drinkability a little higher score being that I can probably see my self chugging one of these on a 90 degree Summer day. I'm surpised there are so few reviews for this beer, considering it's in every grocery and convenience store between here and the Pacific ocean.

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Photo of troobie
1.95/5  rDev -8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 1.75

This beer seems to be somewhat of a rare find for an A-B product. Please correct me if I'm wrong on that.

I am going to be enjoying a 25 fluid ounce can (ONE EXTRA OUNCE! - BUY 24 CANS GET ONE FREE!) that was brewed at the Fairfield, California, brewery located about 2 hours southwest of me. That last fact is amusing because the 25 ounce can of Budweiser I purchased last week was brewed at the Houston, Texas, brewery, located thousands of miles away. Maybe Fairfield is too busy cranking out the Busch Ice to make Budweiser?

A: Apple juice. I've recently drank Busch (lol) and can say that the ice version is many shades darker, although not dark enough to be attractive. After a minute the beer is absolutely still with the faintest-possible foam ring. No lacing at all. Like I said, apple juice.

S: Cold raw red meat. Metallic and salty. Some sweetness that is slightly fruity (apples and raspberries.) Spent grains. There is a healthy amount alcohol in the smell.

T: This is an ice beer. It's based on a parent beer (Busch) and should have a concentrated taste of that beer. Busch Ice is the ice version of a beer that has no taste. See what I'm saying? It's hard to knock this beer for being flavorless, but damn, even in the A-B world there are much better choices for both the money and ABV percentage. The first 2/3rds of a drink is sweet followed by the the last 1/3rd being sour. Not bitter, sour. This has that signature Busch "aspirin" flavor.

M: The best part of this beer. Busch's only redeeming value is that it has an intense carbonation that makes it refreshing and easy to pound (sorry, drink.) Busch Ice tries to replicate that. If you pour mildly you'll get it. Creaminess lingers on the palate after swallowing. Carbonation is stinging. Thicker than expected. Very enjoyable.

O: Well, at least you can actually catch a buzz off of the ice version, but I guess that's the point? When comparing Busch Ice to it's brothers I'd say that Bud Ice is MUCH smoother and easier to drink and Natty Ice has a MUCH better flavor and is easier to drink. Or, for the same price or less, just grab a Hurricane High Gravity!

I want to like Busch Ice. I really do. Drinking this non-critically will give better results, but *cough*, Hurricane High Gravity.

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