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Icehouse - Miller Brewing Co.

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346 Reviews

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Reviews: 346
Hads: 1,160
Avg: 2.28
pDev: 61.84%
Wants: 9
Gots: 154 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-19-2001

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Photo of transitionbikes93
4.55/5  rDev +99.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my first beers, and one of my favorites in the cheapo macro category.
Look-clear yellowish-gold with a decent fluffy white head, strings of carbonation but not overcarbonated unlike most other brews in this category
Smell-sweet corn and malts, with a little hint of earthy/grassy hop
Taste-sweet grainy malts and corn, very very very little grassy hops, I think it tastes great. Imagine taking Steel Reserve, dumping half of it, and cutting it with Miller Lite. Some people on here complained about its "strong" flavor, but if you drink any other ice brew(Bud Ice, Keystone Ice, Natty Ice, Labatt Ice, Busch Ice, Genesee Ice(my other top ice brew), Busch Ice, Milwaukees Best Ice) you will find this is much lighter in taste, but that's not a bad thing. Its very crisp, smooth, and easy to drink.
Feel-crisp and smooth, the carbonation is there but not in your face bubbly. I love it.
Overall- a great super cheap brew. Back up in northern New Hampshire its 99cents a tallboy. I still think I prefer Genesee Ice over this but its still one of my favorite ice brews.

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Photo of Joefromgeorgia
2.02/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

You know this is a cheap beer when its in a plastic 40 and its thd cheapest brew at the gas station. No. Just no. Pure malt and nothing else. Grab a bud ice. Its 10,000 times better. Trust me i sample cheap brewall the time

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Photo of Sconnie25
2.82/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured a light straw color with very little head. Smelled sweet with a faint hint of grain and corn. Tasted much the same way and also a bit watery. Overall not bad though.

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Photo of Psychromatic
3.37/5  rDev +47.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is an inoffensive American Adjunct Lager. It doesn't burst with flavor, it's not super-carbonated, it doesn't have bodacious head, and it tends to be not at all nasty or skunky to my palate or nose. It comes across as being a rather corny beer, a bit sweet, and entirely refreshing when served ice cold.

However, I will admit I always buy this in cans, so that might explain my lack of dealing with the skunk that some other reviewers have mentioned.

Icehouse is my go-to session beer for when I can't afford something fancier. I love the new can design (as of mid-2015). It has punch, but not so much that I end up being totally stupefied.

For what it is, it's pretty decent, and usually comes at a very fair price. One could do much worse than choosing Icehouse when looking for a low-falutin' brew.

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Photo of jwc215
2.97/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Best by Sept. 28 15 stamped on the bottom of the 16 oz. can:

Pours golden with a thin fizzy head. Minimal lacing sticks.

The smell is of a cheap adjunct lager. Some husk. Some alcohol.

The taste is of sweet corn with some husk. Light touch of alcohol comes through. Not much to it, but inoffensive as far as cheap adjunct lagers go.

The feel is clean and crisp. Smooth.

Reviewed/scored for what it is, I would say it's not bad for the style. Very cheap. Clean and crisp. Easy enough to drink. It is what it is.

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Photo of Beric
2.68/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Serving: Can, from the can
Served: 15 August 2015

Appearance: Had this one straight from the can, so I can't comment much on it. Okay looking can though, I guess.

Smell: Harsh, acidic astringency, yet very sweet smelling and traditionally 'beery'.

Taste: Tastes like cheap beer- sweet malts, corn husk, creamed corn, and a pinch of farmy earthiness thrown in just for good measure.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation and light body. Quaffable.

Overall: Glad I had this after splitting a fifth of bourbon.

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Photo of Slaterlovesbeer
1.8/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a pint glass. First pour was 25%beer 75% head. Generic watered down piss color with little aroma. Taste is actually not too bad but not too good either. Slight malt aftertaste but no particular flavor notes other that malt. Overall very refreshing beer. Icehouse and IH edge are my go tos when im looking for a cheep refreshing beer. 4 pack of pint cans is 2$cheaper than budweiser and taste about the same with same abv. Dont hate it drink it for what it is.

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Photo of iman99
3.7/5  rDev +62.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is probably one of the best or THE BEST cheap beer at 5.5% the taste is great gets you a little buzz pretty quickly and I really can't say much more. This beer is way better than natural ice and keystone ice and bud ice.

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Photo of Iacobeer
2.11/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Your typical ice brewed beer. Picked one up in a convenience store because it was cheap. Basic yellow color with quick, dissipating head. Smell is pretty foul and skunky. A good comparison would be Natural or Milwaukee's Best ice. Taste is very watery with hints of straw and bread. Overall not a pleasant experience, but a cheap buzz.

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Photo of DomesticDrinker
4.21/5  rDev +84.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

If you're looking for the best tasting, cheap, 5.5% alcohol beer, ICEHOUSE is the best buy. It has more or a hoppy, almost citrus taste to it, whereas other ICE beers mostly taste like alcohol and water.

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Photo of beerdrinker21144
5/5  rDev +119.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Okay, so I remember beer before the era of the overly hopped craft beer. Hipsters be damned, Icehouse is a good beer, despite not being over hopped and overpriced. Beer doesn't have to be overly bitter and brewed in a bathtub to be good.

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Photo of btsfav
5/5  rDev +119.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

not sure what problem is I DRINK THIS BEER WARM !!!!! and enjoy it very much !!!!! been drinking warm beer for several years and this by far is the best !!!!!

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Photo of SLAWLOR70244
1.75/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Back in the day some friends and I went to visit another guy who went away to college. This stuff was everywhere, all the dorm parties, frats, dives. Long story short, ice house is a totally forgetable beer however the timesI had drinking it were wicked pissah

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Photo of DagenhamDavis
3.29/5  rDev +44.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I was surprised by this beer. I picked up a 6 pack of 12 oz cans from a gas station in Northern Vermont. It's not available where I live, so it's my first try. Not groundbreaking, but... this is by no means 'awful' beer. It's surprisingly clean, more so than your PBR or High Life, both of which I like. The flavor is smooth and pleasant, I bet it's great on a hot day. It can't really be picked apart too much though.

It's not trendy, nuanced, or lovingly crafted. Don't let it warm up and drink it from a snifter. But for what it is, I think it's great and I'll buy it again, particularly at <$5 for a sixer. If you enjoy AAL, give it a try- it's a good one.
We're here to respect beer, so let's not call things awful that are simply out of fashion.

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Photo of mjurney
1.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Straw color, super clear. Some carbonation rising. Bright white, soapy head.

Corn and grains, some sweetness.

Corn, grainy cereal, a little sweetness. Sharp metallic towards the end. Finish is mostly dry, a little crisp. Body is light and watery, sharp, rough, fizzy.

It's an awful beer.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.18/5  rDev -4.4%

Round 2 of paper bag liquor night.

Appearance (2.25) : Pours a tall 3 fingered head, pale straw body, no surprises.

Aroma (1.25) : Tin. Stale, dry corn. Rubber? Light floral.

Taste (2.25) : Smooth, some notes of banana amongst strong creamed corn. There's just something there that makes this taste okay. It's definitely not memorable, it's entirely forgettable, but marginally drinkable.

Mouthfeel (3) : Creamy, smooth, carbonated.

Overall (2.18) : This stuff will get you hammered fast. That's not my goal personally, as I'm more of a connoisseur than a drunk; however Icehouse drinks a little better than some macro tall beers - but not very many. Better than Keystone Ice by a nose. And now the alcohol is taking effect. Great. Best out of the tall macros? Natty Ice. Sorry Miller/Coors.

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

Thos beer was an okay beer for a cheap beer. The taste was not that bad, but it was not the best tasting beer. The aroma was just ok as well. I personally would pick another beer over this one. But that is just me. But for a cheap beer like I said it was just ok.

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Photo of PvtSnowball
2.48/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Purchased from one of the local quick marts.

A: Crystal clear gold with moderate head and retention.

S: Malt, hops, grain and alcohol all in in small quantities.

T: Mild. Same as the smell.

M: Smooth, but a bit flat and watery.

O: A little better than I remember but still in no way good. It's tolerable.

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

Large, off white head. Retention is not that good but it is not terrible. Leaves behind some lacing. Clear, light golden body. Mild carbonation.

Corn and sweet malt.

Sweet with a strong corn profile. Hops are mild. Dry, slightly bitter finish. Mild taste of alcohol.

On the heavier side of light bodied. Carbonation feels strong. Dry finish.

Not a bad higher abv, economy beer. 5.5% but the flavor is not that harsh. Nothing that good or bad about it. A decent "get the buzz on" ice lager.

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Photo of Spikester
3.5/5  rDev +53.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16 ounce can into a nonic pint glass.. Nice 3" head that lasts about 5 minutes and leaves a surprising amount of lace.
Smell grainy some grassy hop aroma.
Taste is pale malt cereal grain and a touch of herbal hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel is thin to medium with plenty of carbonation.
I enjoy an occasional Miller Highlife and this brew reminded me of that beer with a bit more flavor. One of the best beers of this style. Slightly too sweet but not cloying. If Miller would bump the hops a bit this would be really good instead of just alright. Very refreshing for the style.
Date on bottom of can is Aug. 25, 2014. Not sure what the time span is for the best by date.
My guess would be six months so this would be about halfway there.
Edit 7/18/2014. Appearance is really excellent for this beer. I can't think of another AAL that has a better long lasting head and the lacing is rather superb for a beer of this type.

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Photo of StaggerinPoMan
2.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Another inner-city "beer," well-suited for summer nights seated on upturned plastic milk crates in bad areas of town, arguing loudly until the police arrive. Obviously marketed as a cheap load, as with other liquids prominently advertising their alcohol content -- especially on a 24-ounce slammer.

Ideal companion to a hand-rolled Bugler.

Appearance? Dark down in that can.

Taste -- "metallic, watery, cold is all it's got," he notes, weaving slightly on his way to the comfort station -- again.

Experimentally purchased at a Walgreens "at the corner of Happy and Healthy" because it was 1% alc. above their relatively harmless house "Big Flats" -- and the place nearby that sells DAB was closed.

I liked the notation on the 12-pack cardboard, "Ale In Texas."

God, for a an original Newark-brewed Ballantine Ale. Anyone here know the closest modern equivalent? Understand they used to put a bit of distilled hop oil in there -- as I suspect did Heinekens, which is a mere shadow of its former self today. I'm heartsick with nostalgia and thirst for the green can mit drei Ringe. A sixer of tall ones was truly the Working Man's Anodyne.

Icehouse? Gah. I'll finish it, though. I'm just grateful that there is no taste to develop a taste for.

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Photo of etownhooligan
2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pours with a thick and heavy head, though it diminishes quickly. I noticed no lacing after the head went down. Light gold in color with small bubbles flowing consistently through the middle of the body.

S: Tin with malt and corn, very little hops.

M: Watery, dry taste with expected alcohol aftertaste.

T: Sweet through and through with hints of corn and tin- bitter aftertaste.

O: I refuse to bash any beer, but I will say this is not what I would choose to drink. But in a pinch it will do alright. It is what you would expect from macro breweries. The taste has the same notes as others to me. It was drinkable and as I said will work when you are in need of some refreshment.

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Photo of Foyle
2.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: pours a thick, sudsy 2" white head that recedes quickly with mild lacing. Light golden appearance with plenty of streaming carbonation.
Aroma: lightly toasted barley malt, corn, and a bit of hops.
Mouthfeel: light and watery, slightly papery. Finish is dry with some lingering alcohol.
Flavor: sweet barley malt, corn sweetness, there is a lingering hop bitterness in the middle and finish.
Overall: this was drinkable, but not exceptional in any way. A decent brew for the price.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
1.86/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a fluted pilsner glass.

The beer is a clear golden color. A foamy white head receds to an even film, dots of watery lacing hang around momentarily.

The beer smells sour like sweaty socks, slightly sweet, and also like cold metal.

The taste immediately goes into that cold metallic thing found in the aroma. There's am awful gassy finish.

Mouthfeel is harsh and carbonated.

Overall, it tasted like licking the inside of a metal freezer, hence the name, I guess.

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5/5  rDev +119.3%
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.


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Icehouse from Miller Brewing Co.
56 out of 100 based on 346 ratings.