Bud Ice | Anheuser-Busch

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Bud IceBud Ice

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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.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
1.73/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

22 oz. bottle, with no bottling information present. My second review of an Anheuser-Busch product. I haven't had a regular Budweiser or Bud Light within the last like four or five years, so it's gonna be hard to compare this Bud Ice to them. I don't imagine it could be much better or worse, though.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Half finger of fizzy white foam head dies out within seconds. Pale clear yellow lager body. Nothing impressive here.

S - Smell is of dusty malts and corn husk adjuncts. Touch of sweetness.

T - Crisp, carbonated, wet cardboard taste. Virtually no natural corn or malt tastes. Fairly inoffensive, if you like the taste of wet paper water mixed with a touch of high fructose corn syrup. Reminds me of what Sol tasted like. Do yourself a favor and squeeze a damn lime wedge into this thing.

M - Crisp is about the only positive thing I can say about this beer. It is carbonated, bloating, wet cardboard water.

Overall, inoffensive in the sense that it doesn't taste like some of the more extremely awful malt liquors which taste as if they were concocted in a chemical facility, but this beer is pretty bad. Doesn't deviate much from any other awful American adjunct lagers, except it might be slightly higher abv, but at a 5.50% abv it is still weak and pitiful, and not even a prime choice if you're just looking to get drunk.

Anheuser-Busch Bud Ice ---1.5/5

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Photo of beerking760
4.55/5  rDev +117.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a true American lager.

Firstly, the appearance is magnificent. It's a clear bright yellow. One thing that a lot of drinkers do not seem to like is the fact that it does not leave a lot of foam. Personally, I think that's great; more drink, less air, I say.

The smell could be described as neutral as far as beers go, but you can definitely smell the hops.

The taste is unmatched. Although it taste similar to the other beers made by Busch, this is the best. It taste sweet, it's like there's a berry flavor after taste.

If you get it down to a cold temperature, as take a sip, it's wonderful; refreshing.

Overall, this is a high quality beer that for some reason gets a bad reputation. At 3 dollars for 64 ounces, how can you go wrong? It's a crisp clean tasting and looking beer.

And, in case you couldn't tell, this is my favorite beer.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.13/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance- Pours a light straw color with a one finger fizzy white head. The head fades very fast to leave very little lacing.

Smell – The aroma is a mix of corn, some breadiness and some cardboard aromas.

Taste –The taste actually follows the nose quite well. It starts out with a very light sweet corn flavor and some malt. The flavor sweetens out more toward the middle to the end all the while a cardboard taste gets more potent. In the end a rather bland papery and bready flavor are left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is average to below average in terms of thickness with a carbonation level that is slightly above average. A crisper feel appropriate for the style, but nothing too exceptional.

Overall – Ah nothing you really want to go to even for a cheap session.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bud Ice

Look: Pale yellow in color, fizzy , over carbonated lager.

Smell: Adjunct grainy smell with sweet corn and cooked veggie notes coming out.

Taste: Sweet corn, rice and stale hop flavor. Somewhat crisp but near cloying sweetness is king here. The rest is just a hodgepodge of spent grains, generic hops, and alcohol.

Overall: Malt liquor lite, this has all the downfalls of cheap malt liquor, without the benefit of high abv.

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Photo of flagmantho
2.25/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 24oz tall can into a pint glass. I do like to give beers like this a shot once in awhile.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a crystal-clear body and a decent effervescence. Head poured two thick fingers of fizzy white foam which dissipated almost instantly.

Smell: sweet malt, slightly sour grain, and a touch of plastic. Not great, but for all that, surprisingly inoffensive.

Taste: kind of over-sweet malty flavor with a bit of a sickly-sweet aftertaste. Better than I was anticipating, but it's not wonderful.

Mouthfeel: light body with a decent level of carbonation and a refreshing effervescence. Pretty much what the style calls for.

Overall: not the best beer in the world, but not the worst example of the style. That said, I still don't like this beer very much.

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Photo of Brenden
1.8/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A clear pale yellow beer struggles to keep a bone-white head that grows to almost a finger before fading away. A wisp is left on top, and a few tiny spots of lacing manage to stick.
The nose offers white grape and grains.
The taste offers seltzer water with an offensively grainy finish and a flash of almost residual sweetness and metal. It's fortunate that it's so weak of flavor.
The feel is seltzer water; just...carbonated water. At least it's crisp, as AB likes to tout. They can keep it.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
2.06/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured this American Adjunct Lager from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a clear straw color, produced a white head, retention was poor and no lacing left on the glass. The aroma of this beer is clean, some faint grain aroma. Light in body, this is a clean beer, somewhat strong flavor of grain, sweet, and some slight hop bitterness at the finish. Overall, not a beer that I would go back to anytime soon.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
1.65/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 32-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Aug. 4, 2012 (picked it up for $2.59 at a 7/11 in San Diego, Calif., on Aug. 4, 2012). One finger of head that dissipated almost immediately. Pale, clear, watery color. No retention.

Smelled sharp skunky malts up front. Also grain, bread and cereal.

Tasted puke (really) first. Skunky malts, cereal, bread, grain, corn and metallic.

Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, skunky finish.

Ehh. This may have been the first time I ever had this beer, but it was bad either way you look at it. Just stick with Budweiser regular.

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Photo of netrioter
3.03/5  rDev +45%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

drank from a 12 oz bottle...$4.99 a 6 pack at a 7/11 in Lubbock when i drank it a few months ago.

Its the high end of the Ice family by A-B. Ice beers are an acquired taste...extremely smooth when cold makes this a beer you can seriously pound on a hot day and the 5.5% will sneak up on you pretty quick if you drink too fast and cant k a beer every 5-10 minutes.

I call it "Wild" ice because whenever i see people sessioning this beer...things usually escalate into a brawl between a few of them because they dont expect to get plowed so fast because theyre Bud Light noobs.. Smooh like BL...taste is better than BL but thats not saying much...its priced cheaper and will drop you like a rock if you go too fast..

reminds me alot of Michelob Golden Draft..which was one of the best sessioning beers ever ceated...i miss Mich Golden Draft

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
2.37/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is the typical American Ice Lager. Very comparable to Natty Ice, except slightly more smooth and less harsh tasting. Very light and carbonated, with an almost malt-liquor scent. Taste is in line with most all AAL's, but slightly more heavy on the malts. Pours a really orangish-golden color, no head retains and no lacing. Not a good beer, but if you want something with Ice on it, this is a safe bet.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.2/5  rDev +53.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow, a beer I never thought I'd review but here goes: Pours brassy/golden with a white head that leaves some lace...gotta bless the brewing wizards for that! Slight sour and adjuncty nose. Mouthfeel is more than expected, much better than the mainstream "Bud" we were weaned on. Finish is pretty much non existent but for what it's worth I expected less (sampled at a party) Would I buy it on my own? No. Is it drinkable? Yes.

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Photo of Raime
3.15/5  rDev +50.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The best " Bud " beer period. Easily the smoothest, And the best tasting. You can pick it up for cheap, And it does a great job at getting you drunk. A definite party favorite. Doesn't taste much different than most American beer's, But MUCH better than anything Budweiser or Bud Light can offer. it is altogether much more drinkable. And the high alcohol content will get you where you need to go

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Photo of TenthSpeedWriter
2.6/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Don't tell my beer snob comrades, but this is actually my cheap beer go-to.

A: Light amber with a very faint brown shade. Thin, fleeting head.

S: Very faint aroma; slightly grainy.

T: Also very light. The grains are most present, although they're mild enough that the minerals in the water show though. Most folks would put down a beer for lack of flavor, but I think AB accomplished what they set out to do: it's light, it's crisp, and when cold it's very refreshing. Bar higher shelf beers, this would be a great choice for a barbecue or a summer workday lunch break.

M: A bit viscous for a beer this light. Fine bubbles, and more carbonation than the thin head would allude to.


Not my first choice when the budget allows, but at five dollars a six pack, it does stand out among cheaper beers. I'd rank it right around classic Budweiser as far as my taste goes. That said, it would certainly make a good session beer for the light of pallet and tight of wallet among us.

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Photo of Lemke10
2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear, very pale amber color. Decent head but disappears quickly. Scent is weak but mostly of grassy grains. Taste is smooth and weaker, but does have some good features that are refreshing and drinkable. Leaves a semi-dry after taste and is decently tasty for a cheap Bud brew.

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Photo of emerge077
1.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Another $1 beer novelty buy, this one from L&P Liquors.

Into a large mug it pours a pale dull gold, slow rising carb trails in the middle. Feeble head of white foam that begins to ebb away almost immediately, leaving a glassy urine tinged surface.

Smells musty like an old dishrag, wet grain husks.

Taste... not much. Insipid and nearly flavorless, unless you count wet paper as a flavor. Wet manila folders, corn, co2. Watery, astringent and overly charged with co2, gaseous and burpy almost instantly. This is a very poor AAL, but pretty much what you'd expect.

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Photo of kojevergas
1.7/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

32 fl oz clear glass bottle with twist off cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are very low. Acquired at a local Mexican corner mart.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Paired with nachos and pretzel sticks.

A: Pours no head whatsoever. Colour is a clearly overcarbonated transparent straw yellow. In no way appealing. Even if you pour it extremely vigorously, the thin pathetic "head" is gone within four seconds.

Sm: Straw, barley and water. Water is dominant. Stale. A light strength aroma.

T: Straw, clean barley, and water. No alcohol or yeast comes through. Extremely simple. Badly balanced, but it could be far worse. Luckily, water isn't the dominant taste. Built very poorly, but it could be argued it's to style. Fortunately, it isn't littered with cheap malt like most cheap Spanish lagers. A bad boring taste all around, but far from awful.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and sharp from overcarbonation. Too thick for the lack of flavours. Doesn't really suit the flavours. Below average to be sure. Gets in the way of the drinkabiity.

Dr: Hard to enjoy on account of the low quality, but easy to quaff when you have to. Hides its ABV only generally decently. Really a garbage beer. I'd never get it again unless it was dirt cheap on draught (and Im sure I'll find it somewhere where it is). It's better than some beers in the style (I'm fishing for good things to say about it here). I would never recommend this crap to anybody. It's more barleywater than it is beer.



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Photo of vicsju1991
2.67/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

poured from tallcan into duvel snifter
A - slightly more amber than bud light, head dissappears quickly, little retention and lacing
S - a little overly sweet maltiness i guess, not much of anything
T - same as smell, not bad to drink
M - thin watery but crisp enough and very refreshing
O - decent cheap beer to get the job done

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Photo of DunkelDong
2.17/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured 12oz bottle into my Lakeland Community College Beer Bong. Two fingers of white foamy head lace my beer funnel. The color is light amber and highly transparent.

The smell honestly reminds me of a dirty laundry hamper, some sour sock type smell. The smells are subtle and sour.

The taste is clean and refreshing, with a small alchol warming on the back end. Not much going on at all.

The mouthfeel is light and well cabonated

Overall this is a pretty basic adjuct beer. I like it better than most ICE beers and i will probobly drink it again.


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Photo of J23hc
2.12/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear gold into pils glass, 3 finger head gone in 30 seconds. Smells, frankly, like vomit. Taste isn't horrible off the bat, plain adjunct taste nothing more or less. Moderate carb and clean finish, crispy with a bite to it. Below average but at least the taste isn't too bothersome. Smell is truly unpleasant though and for that alone I almost despise this brew

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Photo of TippySelenoid
1.83/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

It's pale yellow and fizzy with a snow white head.

It smells like adjunct grains and metal.

It's got some malt flavors and a hint of extra alcohol.

It's watery and highly carbonated.

Overall, got this from a friend. Sine I drink anything I accepted it gladly. Not very good, but I like this more than a lot of other things.

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Photo of alcoholinside
3.14/5  rDev +50.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Only touch it in a can. Crisp, very pale, a little kick, reminds me off drinking cheaply in college, but not of the typical cheap beer taste. Lacks the hairspray after taste of most 'ice' beers. Highly redrinkable, because it gets the job done (at 5.5% abv) without trying too hard.

Plain horrible in a bottle. Watery, bland with a slightly rice grainy taste. Hard to choke. No matter how cold, it is still hard to swill.

Harder to find in the preferred 24 oz. But when I see it, I grab a few for backup when I'm in a pinch.

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Photo of dankster
1.3/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Tried this one at a friends house a couple days ago. I have drank many buds in my life but this one ranks down there with bud light lime and the chelada. Just nasty taste of rottin corn and barley. Even ice cold the stuff is a drainpour. My buddy said it was only $7 a twelve pack and thats why he bought it for the card game. there is a reason it is that cheap because it sucks bigtime. Normal bud is much better

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Photo of JoLight
3.27/5  rDev +56.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light side of golden - and a stark, soapy white head that quickly dissipates - for the appearance.

As for the aroma, it smells very clean, with hints of barely malt peak under the generalized grain smell; you get mainly rice and a slight breadiness. A slight bitterness, but almost undetectable to the nose.

The taste is very watery and bland. The beginning is sweet, then there's the adjuncts/rice. There is a slight bitterness in the middle and towards the end, and it finishes with a white breadiness (i.e., barely malt).

It's crisp, clean, refreshing and dry.

It's more bland than when I remember having it from a can. Nonetheless, this is what I think of it as of now.

Personally, I think Natural Ice has more flavor, a better flavor, and there's more alcohol, all for a lower price. I'd get Natty over this, but this is a good beer all its own.

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Photo of tdm168
1.49/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a bright yellow gold with a mountain of loose, bubbly, frothy head that hangs around for a little while. The smell is corn and metal. The taste is sweet corn, faint metal, and very faint hops. The mouthfeel is light bodied, crisp, and heavily carbonated.

This is definitely a miss. There's nothing here worth a second glance. This is just another foul, macro adjunct lager.

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Photo of gtermi
1.3/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Oh dear God, I can not believe I had one of these. I was at a college party and my buddy bought some of these to be a game called edward beer hands or something like that, but I dont play beer games so I just had a few sips of it and gave it to him to play with my other friends...anyways, this beer is just terrible. It tastes like beyond cheap malt liquor, has a weird liquory with slight malt smell. The taste is just awful. Maybe I am ruined with these kind of beers, but I gag on beers with no flavor. The mouthfeel was horrible too, I couldnt stop burping after this beer. Overall this is by far the worst beer I have ever had.

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Bud Ice from Anheuser-Busch
2.09 out of 5 based on 1,114 ratings.
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