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Icehouse - Miller Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
51
awful

876 Ratings
THE BROS
62
poor

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Ratings: 876
Reviews: 327
rAvg: 2.06
pDev: 34.47%


Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-19-2001)
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WoodBrew

Illinois

2.42/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Icehouse is not exactly an award winning beer. But it is beer than Natural Light. Icehouse is a little darker golden than your standard American Adjunct Lager. There is not much to smell but grains....same with the taste. the mouthfeel is ok can be a bit bitter.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2011 00:15:45 | More by WoodBrew
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bundy462

Texas

2.53/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Straw, very clear. Hardly a head or lace.

S: Clean with a boozy smell. Cheap corn and grain as expected.

T: Boozy smell with a slight hint of hop and malt. Sweet and dry.

M: Smooth and crisp.

O: Average, goes down easy, but the boozy taste is overly pronounced.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2010 03:58:23 | More by bundy462
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hunteraw

China

2.38/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Sampled at (where else?) the Miller Ale House in Coral Springs. Might as well review it. One of those nights that $1 pints seemed like a good idea.

Appearance is wholly lacking in any kind of head - so obviously no retention or lacing. Very clear, but an unattractive yellow color.

Smell is light, lagery. Grain, sweet, and a hint of alcohol - this is an "ice" beer after all.

Taste is next to nonexistent. Slight malt, no hops flavor - just a little bitterness - and a faint touch of fruit.

Mouthfeel is light. Looked flat, but carbonation was actually fine.

Drinkability makes me wonder why I'm a beer-drinker tonight - and why I'm at this place again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2007 14:26:59 | More by hunteraw
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

2.15/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served up in the lobby of the Embassy Suites in Jacksonville, FL during the free happy hour.

Pours a pale gold but looks downright rich in color next to the Miller Lite my boss had poured for himself. A 1/4 inch snow white head, no lace and soon, no head. Smells lightly grassy and of very light sweet pale malt.

Crisp in the mouth. Some corny flavors, some light grassiness. Just a touch of hops and then it finishes clean, no discernable aftertaste. Very crisp and light on the tongue. No problem at all to drink one down, nothing offensive about it at all.

Pretty good for "free beer" I guess. Stuck in the macro hell that is most of Jacksonville, you could do much worse than this one.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2005 00:14:26 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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ngandhi

Illinois

1.5/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Icehouse is incredibly astringent.

There's nothing on the nose, little on the palette as far as malts and hops are concerned, but the carbonation is harsh and the alcohol is poorly balanced. Being an ice beer, it makes good fun for keggers because it will get you drunk quicker. I have a tough time, however, finishing a glass (or a plastic cup).

This beer is nothing but pain. It doesn't taste bad, it doesn't really taste at all. More like taking your medicine than enjoying a brew. Stay away. Even worse in the cans.

Relax, relax.
ng

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2003 16:14:09 | More by ngandhi
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THEMULHURRICANE

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +142.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfectly carbonated for that immediate "over full" feeling upon consumption.
Pairs nicely with a brown paper bag, chicken cup-a-noodles cooked at a gas station coffee machine and poor life choices. My personal favorites.

IF IT AIN'T THE HOUSE, YOU'RE WEARIN' A BLOUSE.

Serving type: can

04-21-2014 02:45:33 | More by THEMULHURRICANE
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archyquaffer

Montana

2.96/5  rDev +43.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a tallboy into a shaker pint glass. A label on the can states the beer is "ice brewed below freezing". A moderate pour produce about 3/4 inch of white froth that disappears quickly enough but leaves a thin coating of lace that hangs around, slowly thinning out. The beer is a pale straw color with ample carbonation.

Adjuncty, floral hop aroma, but of course very light on the hops- but the floral hops are there and detectable. A definite cooked corn flavor is present, a rather bland presence that lingers into the aftertaste, which is otherwise pretty clean. I also get a bit of a slightly fruity alcohol flavor with some metallic tang. No musty or cardboard flavors. The body is predictably thin and somewhat oily.

For what it is, this isn't half bad, though quite bland overall. There is maybe a bit more hop character than than the average AAL, and it's cheap enough. It's smooth compared to a typical malt liquor, and as strong as the weaker varieties of that style. There are worse beers out there, and though I probably won't seek this out again, I wouldn't refuse one either.

Serving type: can

04-09-2014 02:48:41 | More by archyquaffer
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McStagger

California

2.55/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Good ole Icehouse. Due to Oklahoma's silly liquor laws, most BMC beers were brewed at 3.2 abv. Icehouse was not. I drank a lot of Icehouse my sophomore year. I do not remember it fondly.

A: Macro lager golden. Finger of bleached head. Dies immediately. Fairly well carbonated, with large bubbles rising to the surface. No lacing.

S: Corn, millet, metal. Nondescript spiciness (hops?). Some alcohol sweetness present. Not willing to let this one warm. Must consume cold, the name basically demands it.

T: That is pretty bad. Not quite as bad as I remember it, though. Lots of corn and other adjunt flavors. Missing that cornflake component I get in Miller and Bud Light. Fruity sweetness, almost like artificial white grape juice. Grainy corn comes on the finish, along with some metal astringency.

M: Light, crisp. Less carbonated than anticipated. While the bubbles are very present, they lack the overly abrasive seltzer characteristics of many AAL's and Euro Pales.

O: This is nowhere nearly as bad as the 51 Beer Advocate is giving it. While it's not a good or even solid beer, it's better than the BMC's and far better than the Natty and Keystone level beers.

Serving type: can

04-08-2014 06:16:14 | More by McStagger
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nicholas2121

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +85.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Icehouse is a brew that is brewed by Miller. This brew has an ABV of 5.5. Icehouse pours out dark amber with a white head. I like the color of this brew; it is not to dark but not too light. The taste is bold with flavor, but it is refreshing and smooth. There is nothing bad about this brew. This is one Miller Brew that I really like. I will get this brew again.

Serving type: can

03-07-2014 03:59:56 | More by nicholas2121
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carmike813

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev +50.5%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is the first beer i ever drank to the point of getting drunk ... it has a special place in my heart so for the overall experice i give it an outstanding. This is a pure sentimental reason, and i am a beer geek, so this is one of those that takes the geek in me to a new level.

Icehouse bought from Sterk's Grocery in Hammond, IN when i was a young-in ... outstanding!

Serving type: can

03-05-2014 15:42:22 | More by carmike813
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welldigger888

South Carolina

1.48/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Well, this is one bad example of an american light lager.

Smells of caro syrup piss

taste is of caro piss and to much corn

Aweful SHIT

AVOID THIS BAD PISS!!!

Fo

Sho

Gross

Filth Taste

Mo

Better!!!

This is why you must seek local brew. Compassionate brew makes for better brew, local mkes it fine!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 03:42:26 | More by welldigger888
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hdf561

Virginia

2.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was my go to beer in high school as it was cheap and had a higher alcohol percentage than the average American lager.

It served its purpose and while I am a fan of most beer, and drink most anything especially if it is free this beer is one I shy away from. It just is not very good. The recipe hasn't changed in forever and I would rather pay a little extra for a coors, PBR, etc.

However if your looking for a cheap beer that will get you drunk in short order than this is for you.

Serving type: can

02-11-2014 22:53:46 | More by hdf561
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Hergestridge

Illinois

3.14/5  rDev +52.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Icehouse is an ok beer. It's cheap, it's a Miller Entry, that is as most things Miller, just ok. Nothing special.
Where Miller's MGD has some character and is quite drinkable when you've an adjunct frame of mind/taste. Icehouse is just 5.5% of eh.. not much carbonation, nearly no head and after it sits in a 16 oz. Pilsner glass for more that 10 minutes is somewhat flat.
Since Miller is now touting Miller Light as the original that started it all... it speaks of their focus. Sell a lot of beer to a lot of people as quickly as possible.. Bleh!
~Carry on Citizens!!!~
sMc

Serving type: can

01-25-2014 03:08:35 | More by Hergestridge
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James773

Illinois

2.74/5  rDev +33%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Definitely not a "good" beer but one I feel very nostalgic about due to it being the preferred choice of friends during college. Higher ABV than many other macrobrews. "Adult soda". When I need a lot of light refreshing beer I'll always go with this guy.

Serving type: can

01-22-2014 02:14:43 | More by James773
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Mike_Moe

Illinois

2.63/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Light golden straw, translucent color. Short lasting white head.
Aroma: Non-distinct beer smell.
Flavor: A light smoky malt flavor. A harsh, slightly bitter finish. Weakly carbonated. Light bodied foamy feeling in the mouth.
Overall: This beer has a decent woody/smoky flavor up front. The finish; however, is harsh and dry. It leaves a prickly, dry feeling in the mouth.

Serving type: can

01-10-2014 08:42:55 | More by Mike_Moe
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bbluemzbeer

California

3.64/5  rDev +76.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is pretty good ice cold. Their is nothing wrong with this beer because the price is low for this beer.

Appearance It Is a gold body . Head is gone in in a few seconds with no lacing.

Smells : Malts and a bit of corn.

Taste Has a sweet taste with a tiny hint of hops. Slightly metallic finish if drank out of a can. To solve this probem drank out of a glass ..

Mouthfeel :Too highly carbonated for my taste but it is not bad.

It's certainly not the worst or the best I've ever had but the price is right on this beer. It went down pretty smooth !

Serving type: can

01-03-2014 00:14:33 | More by bbluemzbeer
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watermelon

North Carolina

3.36/5  rDev +63.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

40oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Date on the bottle says Feb14

A: Clear golden body with whit frothy head. Really good retention and lots of lacing.

S:Smells like corn, nothing out of the ordinary for the style.

T: Tase mostly like corn, come fruity flavors as well.

M: Fuller then most for the style carbonation is good and this goes down easy. Very refreshing.

O: Not a terrible beer, I like it better then a lot of AAL beers, plus it comes in the 40oz format which is convenient. Its also got another ABV point at 5.5 then most AALs.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 05:59:06 | More by watermelon
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Foam

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've tried pretty much every "ice beer" there is and most are trash that have horrible industrial chemical flavors and after-tastes but IceHouse somehow manages to be tolerable and even enjoyable in modest amounts especially given the low price per the case ($17 in PA.)
I got a case of the bottles to have for watching hockey (Lets go Pens) and just hanging out .
It's no Westvleteren 12 but it's also much much less expensive and much more widely available.
You will get some of that corn/straw-grain taste that is common in cheaper brews but to me, bitter hopped beer is worse tasting . I favor malt sweet-ness anyday over perversely hopped high-IBU beers .

King of the bank account-friendly ice-beers . cheers .

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 00:57:33 | More by Foam
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MarkSmith86

Wisconsin

3.15/5  rDev +52.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance= typical american adjunct lager, Golden
Smell= Corn
Taste= Better than The King of Beers and a hell of alot cheaper
Mouthfeel= The beer lays with you for a while in the mouth

Overall= I like it, most people dont but oh well. its 5.5 percent alcohol, decent flavor on mouth and its a all around go to beer for me. Beings its from Miller... Ugh

Serving type: can

11-11-2013 07:18:49 | More by MarkSmith86
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Treath

California

1.73/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Out of a 32oz bottle into a glass mug.

A- Pale golden yellow. Big fluffy head that leaves lacing. Some bubbles streaming up.

S- Corn, slight alcohol, no hop presence on the nose.

T- Hmmm, at first no taste then *POW* I taste: corn, overcooked grains, fusel alcohol, some sweetness, wine taste. It's on the border of Malt Liquor and Wine...not a good combo. The fusel alcohol hits the throat and stomach like a bad vodka.

M- High carbonation, slick feeling that sticks to your mouth.

O- Overall, this is a rather poor beer. The fusel alcohol is horrendous in this plus the wine taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 01:22:38 | More by Treath
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Carl_R

Oklahoma

2.44/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I used to drink this beer alot when I lived in Minnesota. I would stick a few cans in the snowdrift to get them ice cold when grilling. It seems to taste best when the beer is near freezing. It has a crisp taste and seems to have more carbonation than most beers. Not the best beer I have ever had but its light and goes down easily.

Serving type: can

07-20-2013 02:25:39 | More by Carl_R
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zachary1122

Indiana

2.9/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

For the price 13.99 a 30 pack where I live this beer is good. It better then most in the same price range. Has a strong apple cider taste with a sour after taste. Some metallic taste from can I believe. Aftertaste goes away quick. Really a smooth taste for ice brew style non watered down. Has what I call ok drinkability not top dollar but not the worse,

Serving type: can

07-09-2013 03:56:26 | More by zachary1122
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BeerZack

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev +65%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Smells lightly of malt and hops (slightly floral perfume) with a bit of a sour edge. Almost smells like a Pilsner. As it warms up, that slight sour edge becomes more apple cidery. Flavor is similar to the nose, but the hops are less pronounced and there is a sweetness that carries through the whole way. Sweet malt up front, flash of hop flavor then fades quickly from malty to sugary, the hops go metallic, then the flavor muddles and becomes watery before the finish. Finish is short except for the impression of sweetness that lingers a bit.

Overall, this brew has a good balance between clean/crispness and actually having some flavor. It's got more flavor than most beers in the category without being too fruity or sweet. The carbonation is on the low end of moderate and just about right, in my opinion.

Serving type: can

07-08-2013 02:31:40 | More by BeerZack
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WalterHeisenberg

New Mexico

2.78/5  rDev +35%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Aggressive pour into big Ol beer mug
A:Poured light straw yellow fat head no lacing. Head is gone pretty quick. Lots of carbonation looks cheap
S: corn malts grainy. Actually not so bad
T:slight bitter upfront corn grains and finally metallic malty finish Tastes Better than I assumed it would.
M:thin. But again not as watery as I assumed.
O:not bad for the style. Of course I enjoy the taste of beer period. So it's tastes like beer to me. Its got above average ABV points for that. A decent choice if you want to slum it for a day and someone else is buying!

Serving type: can

04-22-2013 05:15:35 | More by WalterHeisenberg
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hermit990

Illinois

1.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Best by date: 1/13/14. Review date: 12/23/13.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, pale yellow. About 1 finger of a bright white head, with tight, creamy looking bubbles. Recedes to a thinner layer, and actually sticks around quite well. Tons of carbonation bubbles floating up through the glass rapidly. Decent lacing sticks around to the glass.

Smell: Very faint. Light notes of a wet grain aroma. Bit of an artificial sweetener character.

Taste: Cereal grain, upfront. Fades into an almost sugary sweetness. Finishes into a nondescript blandness before finishing with corn flavor and a very light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Body in the lighter side of medium. Nice creaminess from the head while it persists. Less carbonation feel along the tongue than I would have expected from the appearance. Leaves a slightly sweet, grainy aftertaste.

Overall: A decent AAL option. Ubiquitous and cheap ($6.99 for a 12 pack in my area). Easy to drink but nothing amazing. Could be refreshing on a hot day. Would not highly recommend seeking it out.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 02:41:48 | More by hermit990
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Icehouse from Miller Brewing Co.
51 out of 100 based on 876 ratings.