ordybill (1171) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - SEP 6, 2014
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Busch Ice bought at a gas station in Columbia, SC. This beer is simply made to be guzzled for a weekend party. Nothing complex or exhilarating about this. I will not buy this beer again.
swiseman (471) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 19, 2014
1.3 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 5/20
pours a very pale yellow with next to no head. taste is typical macro lager with just a hint of alcohol to provide a bit of taste. You know what to expect going into this one, but I will give it credit for hiding the alcohol well which is not typical of high gravity bargain beers.
pintbypint (3272) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 9, 2014
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
355ml can. Clear yellow pour, white foam. Apples in the aroma, a little lemon. Taste has some sweet grains and apple notes. Finish is pretty bland and flat. Light body, fizzy in the mouth. I knew what I was getting into with this one, but I had to tick it.
PolishPrisoner (3) - - JUL 15, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is better than you would expect. For .58 cents per can at 6.99 a 12 Pack, this beer is a bargain buy. Everyone on this website compares this ~.60 cent beer to beers that cost up to $5.00 a piece. Thatís ridiculous. Busch Ice is only sold in certain markets, and in Raleigh, NC this beer in sold in 6.99 12 packs (I have not seen it in bottles, 24 packs, 16 oz cans, etc).
For the price, this beer is very good. It pours a delicious amber color with a 2 inch head which quickly fades in the face of consistent streaming bubbles. First of all, there are no offensive aromas or tastes, and thatís important for a "cheap beer" (itís commonly alleged that "cheap beers" are nasty). The taste is slightly sweet yet very smooth with a slight carbonation scrub
Second, this beer rivals Bud Light Platinum in taste, costs much less, and has approximately the same amount of alcohol. Third, this beer has some "cult" appeal because it is only sold regionally - unlike Bud Platinum and other ice beers.
Ultimately, I would highly recommend this beer. It is my favorite ice beer. Busch Ice is better than Natural Ice, though I prefer Natural for its light beer variety (Natural Light). Finally, this beer is just as good as Bud Light Platinum (or another other ice beer) for a fraction of the cost.
*Note that I am not comparing this beer to craft brews or other specialty lagers, but there is no denying that this beer has been greatly underrated by the self-proclaimed beer snobs of the world wide web. Suddenly, everyone is a beer expert, and no one likes the mass produced brews. Rethink the group think. Busch Ice is pretty darn good.
MarkoR (869) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2014
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Can. Pours a golden colour with almost no head. Light body. As refreshing as drinking a glass of water. Thatís it.
jackl (6743) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2014
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Big boy can picked up at a gas station near the VA/NC border. Split with some chill bros. Light gold with hardly any head whatsoever. Pretty papery nose. Little else. Light body, tastes of nothing really. Very active carbonation. Watery. Overall, thereís nothing to hate here. Nothing to commend, either.
Bulk_Carrier (3429) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - MAY 31, 2014
0.9 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Onward ho. Reviewed from notes.
This was poured more than enough times in a pint glass and a pilsener.
The appearance was a decent clear golden yellow color with a fast rising carbonation running about it. There is a head, but that dies within less than about fifteen seconds. There is some lacing, but that ends up sliding right on into the beer.
The smell had some cooked vegetable/sort of sweet corniness to it. Its actually quite a weird smell to be honest.
The taste well, that leaves a lot to be desired as it portrays a lot of wateriness to it.
The palate, it sits light and the carbonation is not really there.
Overall, this is not much of a beer to me. I realize "light" can be good, but I say really only if youíre seeking it. Iím not seeking it.
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 14, 2014
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Stumbling onto the crappiest beer list inspired me to pick up a $0.99 25oz tall boy. Clear golden pour with giant initial white head that goes bye bye. Wow the smell of this is just horrible. Like dead beer garbage with stale vitamins and sweet corn booze. Taste is slightly better, but weak stale corny nastiness. Really is deserving for its ranking.
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 26, 2014
0.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
(can - 25 oz) Pale gold pour with a fizzy white head. Bad diesel fuel aroma with an even worse diesel fuel malt liquor taste. Nope.
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2014
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
I missed this classy, classy beer at RBWG, so I searched far and wide amongst all the gas stations in Kentucky until I found one. Well worth the search. Pours a clear pale golden color with a thin fizzy tan head. Fair head retention. Aroma of green apple jolly ranchers and a faint bit of grainy malt. The taste is the same Jolly Rancher apple notes, grainy malts, mild corn in the finish. Thin and watery, high carbonation. Not terribly offensive.