Busch Ice
Anheuser-Busch

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Style:
Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #459
ABV:
5.9%
Score:
48
Ranked #49,379
Avg:
1.7 | pDev: 45.29%
Reviews:
79
Ratings:
347
From:
Anheuser-Busch
 
Missouri, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  10
Gots
  42
SCORE
48
Awful
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Notes: Busch Ice is a smooth-tasting ice beer. It is brewed with a blend of premium American-grown and imported hops and a combination of malt and corn to provide a pleasant balanced flavor.
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KACK1533 from Massachusetts

1.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Consumed at Lake Timberline, Bonne Terre, MO on a rainy October night many moons ago. The appearance of this beer was average. That, however is where the niceties end for this beer. Smell was metallic and boozy. Could definitely tell this was going to be a battle of attrition. The taste was booze with underlying hints of green apples. Not good. The mouthfeel was seltzer-like on the tongue. Overall, I'd avoid this like the plague.

Mar 31, 2020
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Tantonys from Maine

1/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Assaulted by corn/alcohol smell first thing. Not very enjoyable. No hops to speak of. Cloying corn and GMO grains. If you are looking for a cheap buzz, do yourself a favor, avoid bush ice at all costs.

Jul 01, 2019
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Ricochet from Ohio

1.96/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Super Beer World reopened from the ashes of Beer World in PA. Now that 6 packs can be purchased in PA, there have been a ton of retail changes in Pittsburgh. BW was the primary supplier to me during my earliest reviews. Yuengling, Iron City and the beers they produced were purchased from this HUGE case store. Reopening as SBW, with a few special deals and a large 6 pack section, I thought to go old school and buy a cheap case. Busch? It was one of the first beers I consumed. I've only looked back on it to review it early in my BA reviews. So, how bad could Busch ICE be? It was 10.99 for the case.

L: Bubbly like soda. Light head and lace. Light yellow.
S: Champagne? I mean, it is darker, but the smell, there is some sweetness, but it's not close to even cheap beer.
F: Watery. Minimal cream from foam. Alcohol remainder
T: Butterscotch soda with a champagne backbone. That is it.

Overall? This is the cheap beer I drank back in the day, only it's bastardized and made ICE. Busch used to be drinkable and likely is, but Busch ICE beer doesn't resemble Busch. It's just bad. If I don't throw them out, it's going to take time to drink this case. Maybe I'll drink it really cold after mowing the lawn.

May 30, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

3/5  rDev +76.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

25oz can stamped 18247 (approximately 8 months old) poured into a vintage Busch pokal glass at fridge temp 5.9% ABV. The beer pours bright golden tinted, straw yellow with nearly white head. The head fizzles away to an island and thin ring. The aroma is very nuetral. I get a hint of grainy sweetness. The taste is nearly tart, sweet, corny grain with no noticeable bitterness. The mouthfeel is thin bodied, adequately carbonated and undry in the finish. There is a little oily/soapy aftertaste and feel but it's not terrible. Overall, not as bad as I expected. Previous Busch beers were more flawed IMO. Not something to seek out, but it does it's job at $1.74 for 25 ounces.

May 04, 2019
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manoshandsoffate from Pennsylvania

2.34/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

I've already tried Busch and Busch Light. Figured I might as well go for the trifecta. The $1.49/ tall boy price tag didn't hurt.

Look: The clearest ice beer I've ever seen. Not unlike the other two Busch beers, with perhaps slightly more of a head on the initial pour. Not thrilling.

Smell: Faint wheat, grass, biscuit malts, wet cardboard. Unusual for the style, but not unpleasant.

Taste: Surprisingly decent. Most cheap ice beers have a nasty alcoholic burn to them; this one does not. It reminds me somewhat of Olde English malt liquor. Very smooth, kind of like the lighter Busch variants but with a little kick of banana/clove that does a good job of balancing out the alcohol.

Feel: Similar to Genesee Ice. It's lighter than your typical bottom-shelf ice beer, but still slick and gets worse as it warms up.

Overall: You could do much worse in the style. It's not a great beer by any means, but it's a good buzz for the buck.

Apr 11, 2019
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Another ice beer that I used to drink 2 decades ago, but no longer cosume. May be the ice beer I like the least, hence the 2.0 rating. I don't know what it was, but it just never grew on me

Jan 29, 2019
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Spikester from Oregon

3.72/5  rDev +118.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pale amber gold with two fingers of white head. Splotches of lace appear as level drops.
Smell is grain bin musky grassy herbal hops.
Taste is grain bin light touch of grassy herbal hops.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation. The finish is lightly dry and balanced.
Overall a decent Ice lager.

Jan 26, 2019
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Cholla from New Jersey

5/5  rDev +194.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

To me it’s the best ice beer. Very smooth and easy drinking. Refreshing on a hot day after yard work. Just kick back and relax with one or two and you’re set. Cheers.

Jan 07, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.61/5  rDev +112.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

(25 oz can - THE BIG ONE - code 8290 WA1325 ... poured into a snifter)

L: perfectly crystal-clear, pale gold liquid; white foam on pour self-destructs, leaving med-thin collar, shallow island of bubbles in the middle... actually some spotty lacing; collar keeps till end

S: sweet apple juice, hay, mellow underbelly of cereal grain and masa... a fruity pancake?; soft hint of sweet esters... after sips, only faint, corn syrup/meal note cuts through

T: essence of an apple danish/muffin (apple, light almost doughy malt), just without sugary sweetness... after those first two sips, familiar lightly-pommed Kix cereal grainy flavor takes over... hints at syrupy sweet, but frayed-clipped on the back end, very mild watery finish... has similar vague phenolic banana note in aftertaste as Busch standard

F: lithe, comfortably light-bodied; nearly silky smooth viscosity; latent gas, but no real sizzle; mild perhaps alcohol 'legs' in the finish... just a dream drink from the glass

O: taste kind of straddles adjunct lager and malt liquor... not all that bad for an 'Ice', probably one of the better, more palatable ones I've had; dare say I liked it more and more as it went along... easily could have finished whole can, but will buy again!

Nov 10, 2018
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Foyle from North Carolina

3/5  rDev +76.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from 25oz can into shaker glass. Standard lager appearance -- 2" sudsy white head, mild lacing, pale straw color, moderate streaming bubbles. Aroma -mild toasted malt and slight corn sweetness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, frothy with a crisp, dry finish. Flavor of lightly toasted malt, cracker, a bit of corn, with a mild hop bite. Overall: a decent offering in the style.

Aug 18, 2018
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depechemode1983 from Texas

2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours out a clear medium yellow color. Head is white with almost no retention. No lacing.
Smells a bit like banana. Could be the corn. There is also a faint graininess in the back but not much else.
Pretty light tasting for 5.9 abv. If its really cold that is. The cheap corn sweetness makes its appearance as the it warms.
Mouthfeel is light to medium bodies with high carbonation. Standard for the style.

It isnt too bad when cold. But as warms watch out.

Jul 09, 2018
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OldSchoolMike from North Carolina

2.27/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Another one that I will only buy and drink if it's the cheapest option. After two or three, however, you kind of forget how bad it is. For some reason, though, it is usually cheaper than regular Busch.

Dec 14, 2017
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whiplash308 from Canada

3.58/5  rDev +110.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Busch Ice. The official beer of American college party goers that want to say to the second-string quarterback that their beer is stronger than theirs.

Honestly though, it's manageable. It's 5.5% ABV here in Ontario, FYI.

Look: Yup, it's beer.
Smell: Smells like beer.
Taste: Complicated. Like it's trying to be overly malty, but a hidden grainy flavour is escaping.
Feel: Smooth Intro, and a surprisingly large bite at the end.

Overall, I shockingly like it. The main reason is because some people can slam a few cans of these, and not realize they slammed a few cans. It's easy to casually drink, and that's its redeeming quality.

Oct 09, 2017
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OriginalWayOut from North Carolina

1.1/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Poured into a disused Yahtzee shaker.

Look: bad. Like something an alcoholic would drink out of something other than glass

Color: slightly yellow. Nothing impressive.

Smell: nonexistent.

Taste: vaguely of beer and old play-doh.

Feel: ha!

Overall: it was cold and I drank it. Experience is slightly heightened when drinking in the shower.

Oct 04, 2017
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huthuty from Utah

3.87/5  rDev +127.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours with a thin head to a mild amber color, despite the small head its clear its highly carbonated,

The smell is of water, grains, and lightly of alcohol

The taste is that expected of an adjunct except sweeter with the alcohol accenting the flavor of the light lager

This is a good cheap ice beer, at 5.9% it's reasonably strong and very drinkable

Aug 02, 2017
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jzlyo from Iowa

1.73/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Not much of anything other than mild corn/malts in the aroma. The flavor is corn/malts, rather bland in the middle and a heat/noticeable alcohol in the finish.

Apr 08, 2017
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dat_boi from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +194.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is literally the perfect beer. It changed my life. I used to be a loser until this golden lager touched my lips. Now I am a god. Thanks Busch, you finally made up for 9/11.

Sep 24, 2016
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Mitch_cook from Illinois

2.36/5  rDev +38.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Not bad for a cheap ice beer . Better than keystone ice but a bit more expensive where I live . Still has the average big brew tin can taste . Good for a hot day under a shade tree or fishing .

Jul 01, 2016
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BeerBobber from Nevada

2.94/5  rDev +72.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 25 oz. "The Big One" can. Color was a clear golden color with lots of streaming bubbles and a thick soapy white head that was actually crackling.

Smell something sweet and not much else going on. Maybe some grains in there.

Taste is very watery and adjunct lager like.

Mouth feel is actually light and watery.

Overall there is not a whole lot going on here. This beer has no real beer flavor to grab hold of and the odor is just very plain. Overall I think I would look elsewhere if I was going for an adjunct lager.

Jun 24, 2016
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Squire from Mississippi

2.85/5  rDev +67.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What, another 5.9 percenter? AB's on a roll.

Frat house buzz brew. Light color, low hops, medium body and flavor derived from adjuncts rather than malt. Not bad stuff and not ashamed to say I could drink it again without being forced. Not my cut of tea though, a diminished version of Bud Ice which is a better balanced brew.

Buy it if you're in the mood for a 5.9 and the store is out of Bud Ice.

Apr 14, 2016
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

2.39/5  rDev +40.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall fizzy foamy bright white head that quickly reduces to a large patch of thin film covering about 80% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grainy malts with a light amount of light fruit/apple sweetness and a hint of rice adjuncts. Hints of grassy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of grainy malts with a light to moderate amount of rice adjuncts and a hint of light fruit/apple sweetness. Light flavors of grassy hops impart a light amount of bitterness which fades away in a moderate amount of time.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Not horrible and pretty easy to drink but not something I would seek out again. The higher ABV is well hidden, I would not even know this one packed more punch than Busch or Busch Light.

Mar 23, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.08/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

No retention from the soapy yellow beer and head. Cheap corn and veggie aroma, with a blast of alcohol.

Taste seems a little more substantial than the non ice variety, but still, its just a sweet, corn instead of 100% barley kind of beer. Mild bitterness. Some aluminum/metal flavor. Somewhat bearable when it is super cold, but as it warms, the harsh alcohol comes out a lot as if it is an eisbock instead of ice lager.

Jan 07, 2016
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bigpepperoninate from North Carolina

2.92/5  rDev +71.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Ok purrdy good but not my go to beer.
Looks: Legit looks like my piss...not saying its a bad thing.
Smell: Smells like a trailer park party, with a hint of marborlo stoges.
Taste: If you was to blend a loaf of bread and water, that is the exact result. Kinda good, i like bread.
Feel: Pretty smooth, like my pickup lines with the ladies,
Overall: Not bad, definitely drinkable but if i had other beer in the fridge, it wouldn't be the beer i grab.

Dec 05, 2015
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Caveworm from Ohio

4/5  rDev +135.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Busch Ice - Anheuser-Busch. Poured from the can into a pint glass, this beer's head is two fingers thick, with spottier lacing, and a clear lighter golden body.

Smells like a lot of corn; so much that its a sweeter aroma. Also get brighter, grassier grains.

I taste a sweeter taste here for sure. Its not too sweet though&pretty smooth.

The mouthfeel here is clean and crisp

Overall, I'll give Busch Ice - Anheuser-Busch a 4. This is my favorite ice beer.

Oct 11, 2015
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VABA from Virginia

2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a straw color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has slight malt hints
The taste follows the nose with a slight nalt flavor
A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
A decent beer

Sep 24, 2015
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