Bud Ice
Anheuser-Busch

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Style:
Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #468
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
47
Ranked #51,060
Avg:
1.82 | pDev: 42.31%
Reviews:
321
Ratings:
1,240
From:
Anheuser-Busch
 
Missouri, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
47
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Bud IceBud Ice
Notes: 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.
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WaterBoar from Pennsylvania

1.31/5  rDev -28%
look: 1 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer is get drunk, it even comes in 40 ounces so the teens who know someone who want to look cool on the railroad tracks or at a shitty party they don't realize that 40 ounces of bud ice is not how much you can drink but how fast. Ever drink warm bud ice? The ass end of a bottle? WOOF! I only bought a case of this because of the dam penguins and getting beer I was too young for during the early 90s ICE wars. Budweiser admitted that their employees used to piss into the vats. Now we know why it has such a bad flavor. PASS THIS UP!

Sep 18, 2021
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

1.8/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

12oz bottle - bought this because it's infamous, review from notes:

This lives up to the awful legends about it. The best way I can describe it, and I'm not trying to be vulgar, this is just the best way to sum it up: it tastes how piss smells. And I wish I was kidding. Slightly sweet with a bite of alcohol, too. I don't know if this is a bad bottle, or what, and I don't care

curiosity satisfied

Jul 31, 2021
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DarrellFine from Florida

1.6/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

Revisited this vile piss because l told my wife to grab me some beer. She must hate me. Looks is fine, pale golden yellow, leaving light lacing down the glass as it sits. Smells like, well, nothing good, really. Faint corn, stale wet bread, just not good. Taste is absolutely horrid. Slightly sweet, with an unpleasant bitterness. Not a hops bitter, but a wtf did l just put in my mouth bitter. Almost like someone put a cig out in this thing and put it back in the fridge. Mouthfeel is not horrid, and probably the best quality of this crap. Glad l had the opportunity to show the can to my wife and explain to her how she should never desecrate my fridge with this ever again. So many better brews at the same price point. Effing disgusting. Avoid... just terrible.

Jun 08, 2021
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NATTYFATTY from New York

2.98/5  rDev +63.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

It's primary benefit is the price. It's very inexpensive. The beer itself is easy to drink and has decent carbonation. The smell of it may not be the best but if you can get past that it's a decent brew. I'm not a huge fan of ice brewed beer but this one is acceptable to my personal taste. I recommend trying it. Even just once.

May 06, 2021
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cpbunker24 from South Carolina

3.36/5  rDev +84.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bud ice is the true godfather among the ice beer family. Doesn't taste the best but what do you expect. No other Ice beer goes down as smooth and feels as good as a few crisp bud ices. Best enjoyed in a bottle and with a pack of American Spirits after a long day. Has a nice vintage look that clearly has not been updated since the '90s.

Mar 08, 2021
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LilPeep from Maine

3.8/5  rDev +108.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

People gotta remember this is an iced bud light, not bud regular. It's low in calories and flavor, less than bud regular but you get a higher abv with the refreshing bite of a bud a light. I'm down with it, esp from a clear bottle on a hot day

Jan 28, 2021
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Caldwan123 from Iowa

3.1/5  rDev +70.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

In the realm of ICE beers this is not bad the appearance is average smell average taste essentially like bud heavy with less bread taste and more of an Alcohol. Overall Average. I would not bother buying it for a party or any function. Would recommend just spending the extra 2-3 dollars a case and buy something better and crisper. For a ICE Beer I would recommend Labatt Maxx ICE over this.

Jan 19, 2021
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

1.62/5  rDev -11%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.5

Pours a piss yellow, classic among all cheap lagers, 1/2 inch frothy white head that leaves the glass quickly. Smells like straw & horse piss inside of a hay barn with a slight hint of malts. Taste certainly follows the nose, it is smooth, but it sure does leave a funky aftertaste. Full-bodied with a smooth finish. There is a reason why this beer is cheap & we all bought it for that reason. If it's ice cold it isn't all that bad.

Oct 03, 2020
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

1.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Poured from a bottle in to a pint glass.
Appears golden yellow with a rocky foamy white head that dropped quickly to almost nothing.
Smells lightly malty.
Taste follows the nose.
Mouth feel is light.
Overall, there's better beers out there, but a free beer on a 100 degrees day? I would drink one.

Sep 23, 2020
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krismorgan10 from California

3.3/5  rDev +81.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the quintessential lazy summer night beer, the kind of drink you have with the boys over a bbq and a ball game. Nothing extraordinary, nothing offensive, just a clean and refreshing taste for those easy going nights.

Jul 22, 2020
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1009 from Massachusetts

1.72/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Nothing quite singes the palette like that metallic Budweiser Ice flavor. Brewed for that fantastic can smoothness for an ice cold finish and a life ending hangover! After a few you’ll know it, both from the alcohol and the brick that is now in your stomach. The taste of a metal street pole will linger for a while, as will the masonry in your gut. Not advised for a drinking game, but it will get ya drunk. That’s about all it has going for it.

Jun 15, 2020
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fluxcore from Illinois

3.62/5  rDev +98.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ice cold (obviously) is the way to go for this one. This is my favorite ice brew edging out Beast Ice by a hair. Paid $1.19. Doesn’t smell like much and it’s smooth as hell. It’s kinda carbonated but not as much as say High Life. Give it a shot cause if you don’t like you’re out a dollar and some change. Drink it cold and you’ll enjoy it, cheers.

May 21, 2020
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Scott17Taylor from Iowa

2.25/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Light and grainy, honestly it’s exactly what you’d expect. It’s sweet grainy malts with very faint bitterness. There’s not much to say, it’s just an inoffensive cheap ice lager.

Feb 02, 2020
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Beertsipper from New York

3.25/5  rDev +78.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I love a good craft beer. Sometimes I need change.
This is beer at its rawest. A mans beer. A beer you can drink with buddies while watching a football game on TV or listening to Jimi Hendrix on your stereo turntable.
Great taste. Refreshing. Solid lager.
Paid $1.59 for a 25 ounce can. Three cans on a Sunday for this price, and you are good to go.

Jul 28, 2019
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robed from California

1.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I found this tough to drink on a ~110 degree day on a bus to Coachella. If you can't stomach this in the desert, then what can one say? I think it serves its purpose in the domain of college drinking games

Jul 15, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

2.15/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

25oz can stamped 19031 (presumably 4 months old) poured into a shaker pint glass at fridge temp 5.5% ABV. The beer pours bright golden straw yellow with nearly white head. Minimal lacing. The head recedes to a thin cap. The aroma is negligible with just a hint of sweet grain. The taste is barely tart, vegetable tainted grain with no perceptible bitterness. The mouthfeel is thin bodied with above average carbonation and an undry finish. The aftertaste is soapy/oily with a carbonic bite that accentuates the vegetable sourness. Overall, poor. If I'm going to drink a 25 oz can of poor tasting, cheap beer, I want a quicker buzz than 5.5% is going to deliver.

May 30, 2019
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

1.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'd have to look back at other AB product rankings, but this is probably my least favorite AB product of all time. Had it on three occasions at minor league hockey games, thinking it would get better and that it was just me. It wasnt, I still feel like gagging when I recall the smell and taste of this beer

May 02, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

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

A-Pours a straw color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has slight malt hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a slight malt flavor
M-A light bodied well carbonated beer
O-An average lager

Mar 06, 2019
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

1.6/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

Yes, Bud Ice. The last time I had something with that name was back in 2007, when I tried and reviewed Bud Ice Light. That seems like half a lifetime ago. With it snowing yesterday in some low-laying area of the Southland for the first time since the 1940s, it feels appropriate to go for an ice beer. From a clear 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

The body is clean and nearly pale yellow with visible, lively bubbles running from bottom to top. The fizzy head drops to a wee lace above. Before I baptize into the liquid, I smell it. Someone took Budweiser and made the smell of fermented rice stronger, and added an odd steeley note to show that the two are different. Not quite Budweiser, and not quite malt liquor.

The first sip is inoffensive with little to talk about. Once the liquid dries up, it reveals a nasty aftertaste that echoes, and leaves one of the worst aftertastes I've had in a beer. With small sips, I can somewhat tolerate it. With large sips, it pounds bitter seltzer water, cooked rice water, and fermentation that was rushed, giving the overall flavors an unfinished quality. It feels weak with a spritzy alcohol and a slightly syrup addition.

I can tolerate a Budweiser, so I wonder where did Bud Ice go wrong? It's like the roast beef that was cooked at 500 degrees or a sportscar driving on a 4x4 track, I'm going to grab the whiskey after this and finally say that I tried Bud Ice.

Feb 23, 2019
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ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

1.06/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I will try to spell this out in 150 charactars just how bad this is, it smells terrible and tastes terrible, but it only cost $1.09 for a 25oz can. Save your money boys 'n girls, this stuff sucks big time.

Jan 27, 2019
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Weisenbeer from Ohio

1.95/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Look up "rot-gut" in the dictionary and you are likely to see a picture of a sixer of Bud Ice..... Flat in appearance and taste...slimy feel...yet, admittedly drinkable ... Could be palatable on a hot day...I for see a run for extra Charmin

Dec 21, 2018
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MetalRocker94 from Tennessee

4.85/5  rDev +166.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- Pale Gold and a Thick White Head.
Aroma- Not much, Faint, Sweet, Corny, Ricey, Yesty, and a tab bit Hoppy.
Taste- Sweet, Malty, Corny, Ricey, White Breadiness, and Little Hop Bite.
Mouthfeel- Light and a Light Body.
Overall Conclusion- Pretty good Ice Beer from AB-InBev. One of the best in the style. Would recommend.

Oct 30, 2018
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GoStars from Texas

3.3/5  rDev +81.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is made by the same guys that make Bud Light? You can't tell. Is this beer anything special? No, but it's still pretty good. A good session beer. Good for a football Sunday. Good BBQ, hot summer day partying at the river...etc. And you can't beat the price. $17.50 for a 30 pack.

Oct 26, 2018
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Bsimpson91 from Georgia

4.98/5  rDev +173.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Wow, for a more economic brew this beer packs some flavor and unique aromas. I am pleasantly surprised by this beers flavor profile as compared with many other beers that make competition. The looks is typical, light gold straw with carbonation bubbles and a thin cap. Some spotted lace in the glass. The smell is unique from my experience with many beers. This beer has a bubble gum like aroma along with sweet yeasty white bread notes. Very pleased with the nose. Taste is great for the value. Starts out yeasty and bready and turns into a light maltiness with a pretty dry finish there is not much in the way of hop character, seems to be all about the balance this is a very light tasting beer.there is no pungent off flavors no taste of adjuncts, just a solid all around American lager flavor. The feel is light to medium but is not watery. There is a low carbonation so the beer goes down very smoothly. Id say this beer makes a nice rotation beer or good all around beer to enjoy with a meal or at a party. Its economic and tastes pretty good. I would definitely consider this beer as a everyday beer to drink. Give it a try!

Oct 22, 2018
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GIftofgod4u1 from Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev +92.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad ice beer not a strong smell or achochol aftertaste goes down easy and is cheap think for 25oz fan is like a 1.50. Would defiantly drink again.

Oct 08, 2018
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