Bud Ice

Bud IceBud Ice
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American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #460
Ranked #47,726
1.81 | pDev: 41.99%
Missouri, United States
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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Photo of yen157
2.02/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

No surprises here. You get exactly what you pay for. Unfortunately, this was the best beer on tap at the two closest bars to my new residence (I have just moved to hell!). Light yellow in color and lacking a head, this beer smelled a little grainy and corn-sweet. No real hop character to this one. A little bit of sweet taste and a ton of carbonation. It's light body allows one to drain a mug very quickly. After that mug is done, order a better beer, if you can!

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Photo of Beastdog75
2.35/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Ice beer became popular in the mid-90s, and most of the commericals I saw for it were aired during hockey games. I admit I thought the Bud Ice penguin commericals were cool. Now that I never see any ice beers advertised anymore, I wouldn't be suprised if the macrobrewed brands were discontinued in the near future.

I'm sure everyone here knows what ice beer is (brewed at cold temperatures, ice crystals removed, higher alcohol, yada yada), so I will get right to my review. The 6 pack of bottles I bought were a couple of days older than recommended, and seeing as how the bottles were clear, I feared some skunkage. Not so. It poured a light gold/straw color (darker than Bud and Bud Light), and actually produced a decent, but fizzy head that lasted about a minute. I sniffed it, and there was no skunkiness. It was a very clean smell, a little on the sweet side, probably from the adjuncts. I sipped it: very watery feel, and somewhat sweet taste. No bitterness, but some slight alcohol warmth in my stomach. After the first few sips, the rest went down like beer flavored water. I find it hard to hate this beer because it is so lacking in taste. Probably a good beer to get drunk to seeing how it goes down easily and has increased alcohol, but after 1 bottle, I started feeling the birth of a headache that is so commonly associated with Bud products. Overall, not entirely bad stuff, and quite refreshing. Just a little lacking in the flavor department. Doobie doobie doo...

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Photo of proc
1.8/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Its an ice beer. Hasn't the ice beer fad gone away yet? Pours out to a light golden color, with a fast disappating head. Taste is very light, with heavy carbination. Very little hop taste. I can see these being chugged easily (due to lack of taste/body). Maybe good out of a funner/beer bong, but not something to sit and enjoy.

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Photo of psugrad98
1.68/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pale yellow, clear, almost light off color water. Extremely carbonated with quickly vanishing head. Smell is almost non existent at cold temperatures. Once warming the beer smells slightly of hopps and grain. Taste is similar to regular Budweiser with a slightly more bitter hoppiness pared with a more pronounced alcohol flavor. Not much better if at all than the rest of their lineup.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
2.32/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hey, it's ice beer. It's a little better than Nattie Ice too. The entire point of ice beer is too kick the crap out of you in a shorter amount of time. Bud Ice does its job.

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Photo of sponberg
1.8/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 5

It's canned water. Absolutely nothing memorable at all about this beer.

Coming soon - Bud Dry Ice. A can that releases clouds of fog when opened. Pop open a case and pretend you're at a Kiss concert.

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Photo of ThreePistols
1/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Ice Beer, is it really special? Many people seem to think so. What is Ice beer? It is malt liquor dropped to freezing then the ice is removed so what remains is a much stronger malt liquor. Ice beer is for people who don't really like beer but they want to get drunk faster I suppose. Here is another fine example of a crappy beer from the "King of Crap Beer" Anheuser-Busch, Inc.

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Photo of Jason
1.6/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12 oz red, white and blue coloured can with a “Born on date” on the bottom. “Ice Brewed” on the label.

Appearance: Straw color with a white head that dissipates like cheap root beer, big bubbled carbonation loses a fighting battle to keep the head.

Smell: Clean, clean and clean. Too clean, a vague cooked cereal grain aroma and that is about it.

Taste: Oddly placed light to medium body, very crisp though when it doubles with the grain flavours it becomes a bit harsh. Hop bitterness is two dimensional with absolutely no flavour at all. Slight sweetness is noticeable perhaps from the alcohol or some residual sweetness that lost its way. The harsh grain seems to linger for a while but fades quickly as soon as the beer dries up leaving an almost immaculate finish.

Notes: Somewhat hard to coax down, there are better and easier drinking American Ice beers out there. Some breweries should stick with what they do best and some beer drinkers should stick to what they can drink without making a face.

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