Bud Ice | Anheuser-Busch

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53
awful
1,136 Ratings
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Bud IceBud Ice
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch
Missouri, United States
anheuser-busch.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,136
Reviews:
282
Avg:
2.09
pDev:
35.89%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
226
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,136 |  Reviews: 282
Photo of dag1991
1.5/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of J_T_Arlington
2.85/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Probably the best of the Bud family. Loads more flavor than Light, that's for sure. Good 40oz-er too. But let's get one thing straight; no one buys this because they are looking for a quality product that is going to challenge their taste buds to detect obscure flavors and appreciate delicate balances and combinations. People buy Bud Ice, like all Buds, because they are on a budget, want something drinkable to get drunk with.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
2.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of IckyT2012
1.89/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Jbecks64
2.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Ok here's the review for real guys that can't drink 6 hopped up IPAs in a night with out weighing 280 . If your looking for a beer that comes in low carb , about 4 , with decent ABV 5.5 . That you can have few of out camping and what not , while enjoying a few nicer beers you like, at the 5.99 a 6 price tag you can do a lot worse . Really cold straight out of the cooler it's very refreshing and you don't have to step on the scale Monday up 5 Lbs . Just my thoughts .

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Photo of ECsurfattic
2.25/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of SGT_Gump
1/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Awful, rough stuff!

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Photo of JamesGrove
1.92/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of CENTCOM467
2.75/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Malty taste not to hoppy, highly carbonated and inexpensive. A step or 2 above malt liquor if that is a positive, Its cousin seems to be of a higher quality. The carbonations hides the cheap flavor. Had alot better but also alot worse

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Photo of Myotus
1.83/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured at 46°F from an 18oz bottle (indecipherable bottle date) into a nonic pint glass. Consumed on 09Jun16.
LOOK: A fingers worth of white foam is formed after pouring. At twenty seconds, the head shrivels to a line. Straw yellow in color. There is a subtle amount of medium-sized rising bubbles. Lacing is thin and hardly existent.
SMELL: Strong aromas of corn clash with mild aromas of car exhaust, subtle sweet sugars, and hints of spicy hops.
TASTE: The assault on my taste buds opens with mild car exhaust flavors. Strong flavors of corn bring an unwanted balance to the toxicity of the car exhaust. The hop profile next becomes prevalent as mild spicy hop flavors enter. Once again, an unwanted balance is presented. Hints of sweet sugars finish off this monstrosity as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL: Light-bodied and highly carbonated. This goes down rough due to the carbonation. Finishes nice and crisp.

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Photo of Hazen
1.95/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Photo of redsoxjim
2.5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

Photo of corywalston
2.98/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Shradical
3/5  rDev +43.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of 54V4G3
1.24/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Photo of TooLucid
2.48/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Long time lurker, after throwing back a few of these though I need a little stimulation so here goes. I used to drink more ice beer than I'd like to admit because it goes down easily and is dirt cheap. After finishing off a six-pack of Flying Dog's barley wine ale last night I was feeling cheap so I picked up a 12-pack of Bud Ice from the gas station. It's a cheap brew but it goes down shockingly easy. You do not sip this beer, you take it in gulps. Smooth, heavy carbonation leads to a malty, watery finish. It's reminiscent of malt-liquor. As light as a beer can go without calling itself light. Awful unappealing bottle design and straw yellow color, equally unfavorable smell. Favorable to Bud Light and the like.

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Photo of JordanlikesAles
2.58/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of AD17
1.34/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Photo of kjkinsey
1.69/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Photo of PUbeer
1.58/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of Cold_1
1.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Jamie_Newman
3.17/5  rDev +51.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Photo of Squire123
3.35/5  rDev +60.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Champion of the Ice Beer arm wrestling competition.

This one actually taste good and doesn't diminish too greatly after it warms up a bit. Sort of an enhanced Budwiser with more of that brand's better qualities. It is crisp, clean, smooth, fuller textured and doesn't have the slightly abrasive aftertaste of regular Bud.

Bargain priced and well worth it.

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Photo of beertraveler08
2.8/5  rDev +34%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Bud Ice from Anheuser-Busch
2.09 out of 5 based on 1,136 ratings.
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