Bud Ice | Anheuser-Busch

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Bud IceBud Ice

Brewed by:
Missouri, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2001

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Ratings: 1,183 |  Reviews: 299
Photo of KMcGrath
1.85/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Photo of MetalRocker94
4.85/5  rDev +158%
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.

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Photo of GoStars
3.3/5  rDev +75.5%
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.

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Photo of Bsimpson91
4.98/5  rDev +164.9%
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!

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Photo of Bulldog1488
4.45/5  rDev +136.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JohnDon
1.14/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Photo of GIftofgod4u1
3.5/5  rDev +86.2%
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.

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Photo of Winter48
1.9/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of BlueTomorrow
1.26/5  rDev -33%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of SunTzuArt
4.78/5  rDev +154.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I think this beer is GREAT, how can you knock a premium beer at a vagabonds price point? It looks good with that deep ember, tastes as it smells and maybe I should have rated the smell higher but it also has a great feel, taste. C'mon people what else can you want PLUS it gets you there. Please remember your designated driver with this baby!

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Photo of Foyle
3.5/5  rDev +86.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 25oz can into shaker glass. A thick white head falls moderately with some decent lacing. Color is standard clear pale straw. Aroma of grains, water, not much else. Mouthfeel is light and easy drinking. Flavor is also mild -- just some malt sweetness, a hint of corn, can't really detect the hops, but I'm sure there most be some. As a plus there is not a strong alcohol taste as with some in this style. Overall for the style it is really not bad.

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Photo of Fitzy01
2.14/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of LordCthulhu
2.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of PMakowski
2.55/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

25 oz Can
Looks like most macro beers, just straw color with slight lacing on glass. About what you would expect in the appearance
Smell is also what you expect from cheap macro, just watery grains and rice. Not strong smelling at all.
Taste is okay, getting mainly rice, slight malt, some sweetness. Can't really taste the alcohol at all like some other Ice beers, yet not as much flavor as some other Ice beers. Semi drinkable, light and watery but still feels filling. Highly carbonated, lots of burping.
First time trying this so i have no idea if they have made any adjustments to the flavor since it debuted. Doesn't stand out and doesn't make me want more...Grade is a C

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Photo of Cholla
3.5/5  rDev +86.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like Bud Ice. Smooth and easy drinking. Refreshing and enjoyable. One the better ice beers. Enjoy after yard work or a bbq. Hot summer days can be dealt with. Cheers.

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Photo of wejohnsn
3/5  rDev +59.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

light and refreshing. a good daily drinker and low cost option that beats cheap malt liquer. not a lot of flavor here but thats ok, wets the palate and goes down easy.

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Photo of Chuckles21
1.1/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of blissfulNemo
2.78/5  rDev +47.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

maybe this rating seems high to some, but i'm mainly comparing it to other beers within its genre (american adjunct lager). by this standard, bud ice is by no means 'awful'. it is easy to drink, has great mouthfeel, and an easy non-threatening flavor. not every beer has to be groundbreaking to be enjoyable.

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Photo of VivaTheHate
1.25/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Photo of TangoJuliet
2.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Sigmund
1.35/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

330 ml clear bottle, ABV 5%, bought at Vinmonopolet, Norway. Surprisingly strong aroma of yeast and artificial candy. Light golden colour, moderate head - and then: nothing. Blurk! As if the ordinary Bud wasn't tasteless enough.

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Photo of BubbleBobble
2.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Photo of Dalkri
5/5  rDev +166%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of superspak
3.41/5  rDev +81.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25 ounce can into lager glass, canned on 3/7/2018. Pours crystal clear medium golden yellow color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, and mild herbal/grassy earthiness. A bit too fruity aromas, but not overwhelming. Okay aromas with pale malt/grain and mild earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, and mild herbal/grassy earthiness. Very mild herbal/grassy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, and mild herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness of pale malt/grain and mild earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Very clean lager flavors; minimal fruitiness. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. A bit thin, but not watery finish. Lightly increasing warmth of alcohol after the finish. Overall this is a solid iced pale adjunct lager. All around good robustness of pale malt/grain and mild earthy hop flavors; smooth, crisp, clean, and easy to drink. Feels about the same as Bud Heavy, with more alcohol and a bit more body. Not quite refreshing, but was expected. Clean pale malt/grains and mild earthy hop balance as expected. An enjoyable offering.

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Photo of cardfan212
1.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Drank from a 25 ounce can, dubbed "The Big One." Rating is based on the style.

Look - A weirdly attractive can. Incredibly bombastic and in your face with the dark blue and red colors and the large "ICE" spanning the height of the can.

Smell - An unpleasant sour smell like old grass or hay.

Taste - Metallic grass with a bit of vinegar acidity. Not good.

Feel - For such a cheap beer, it's surprisingly not way too carbonated or boozy. Actually easy to drink.

Overall - For $1 after taxes, I was expecting truly the worst. I got slightly better than that. Wouldn't seek it out.

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