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Icehouse - Miller Brewing Co.

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350 Reviews
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Reviews: 350
Hads: 1,172
Avg: 2.29
pDev: 33.62%
Wants: 10
Gots: 159 | FT: 0
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Miller Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager | 5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-19-2001

America's first domestic ice beer, Icehouse is traditionally brewed, fermented and, just before aging, its temperature is lowered to below freezing. This process imparts the beer's smoothness and an alcohol content that's slightly higher (5.5% by volume) than other regular premium beer brands. Icehouse was introduced in 1993 and has reinforced its position as the ultimate beer for wind-up and pre-game occasions. Blending humor and high-energy excitement, Icehouse marketing encourages its target consumers to take occasions to the next level with a great-tasting beer.
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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.85/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance –Pours a medium golden color with tons of small bubbles rushing p through the body of the brew. There is a big white head on the top which fades very fast to leave a moderate level of lacing.

Smell – The nose is very light overall and consists of some corn and a light papery smell.

Taste – Upfront he taste is on the slightly drier side with flavors of corn and rice up front. As the taste advances some light hop bitterness comes to the tongue. This is accompanied by a very light metallic taste, but one that is very light and not overpowering or very off putting. Overall the taste was much better then what I anticipated.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the thinner side in terms of its creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the medium to slightly higher side. Both are quite appropriate for the style and make it easier drinking.

Overall – While there are much better brews out there, Icehouse is better then I was expecting. Not really offensive and rather easy drinking with an even little bit of bitter hop working its way into the taste.

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Photo of lwillitz
2.21/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

16-oz can into weizen glass

A - huge white head rests atop a crystal-clear body of straw yellow; lively carbonation; looks like a typical adjunct

S - malty/corny smell, alcohol

T - corn and wheat, alcohol, prominent bitterness, drying finish

M - smooth light body, high carbonation; crisp and refreshing

O - You know what you're getting when you buy a case. No surprises here.

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Photo of jucifer1818
1/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

appearance: pale, putrid, yellow piss water. it looks like you should have chosen a glass of water instead of this stuff
1/5

smell: Remarkably it smells worse than it looks, with that terrible "cheap beer smell" that is quite hard to describe.
1/5

taste: Can I give it a 0? its aweful. they obviously did not brew this beer for taste, as "below freezing" has not given it any
1/5

mouthfeel: yea, nothing to see here folks. move along

overall: the WORST....worst...WORST beer I have ever had. this is the most sorry excuse for a beer I have ever seen since Budweiser tried to mix up clam juice, tomato's, and bud light into an atricous canned cocktail
at least that dreck had the defense of being a gimicky, bad idea

this whole beer is a bad idea, made simply to market to lowest common denominator for the cheapest price with the highest alcohol content

If you have any dignity at all, Avoid it at all costs.
Their is so much better ways to get drunk

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Photo of kylehay2004
1.88/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thin head on a brownish gold body which slightly hazy. Aroma of stale honey, grains and tropical fruit. This beer is just awful. It's mostly sweet and barely has any malt or grain flavor making it more like old apple juice than even just a bad beer. Moderate to high carbonation. Basically tried it for the review. I understand not all beers are good but they should at least be drinkable to some extent.

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Photo of Fatehunter
1.62/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From the 24oz can. Almost two fingers of head. Clear, medium straw colored body.
Pretty bad smell of metal and rice.
Taste is sweet with a mix of metallic bitterness at the end. Unappealing.
Moderation carbonation, lighter body.
Well, it's Icehouse: Brewed below freezing. Is that even possible?

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Photo of ConsumerOfBeer
1.71/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: This is just your average looking beer. Nothing special, resembles piss.

S: Sort of a sour musky smell. Not the worst smell in the world, but far from the best.

T: By far the worst aspect of this brew. I would probably rather drink a 12 ounce can of my own piss if it weren't for the buzz factor. This one is tough to get down. In comparison to Milwaukee's Best Ice, this one is noticeably worse, and has less alcohol! This could possibly be the worst tasting beer I have ever had.

M: Feels like one of your average cheap beers. Very high gravity, but most likely an attempt to hide its rotten flavor.

O: While this is probably the worst tasting beer I can think of, it does remind me of college and having a good time. It is higher in alcohol than your average beer, so I view that as a plus. This beer should only be consumed when there is nothing else left.

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Photo of punky796
2.95/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a stoneware stein.

A - Much like Bud Light or Busch Light. Light amber, one-finger head, minimal lacing.

S - Corn, adjuncts, alcohol, grains.

T - Same as above.

M - Fizzy, but not much aftertaste. Good for large quantities when you don't care about taste.

O - Not terrible. Another good one if you're short on cash but wants lots of beer. It is what it is.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
1.71/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A- Very clear yellow with a two finger frothy white head. No lacing.

S - Corn adjunct and taco bell farts. Smells pretty nasty.

T - Rice adjunct, Creamed corn, pretzels.

M - Heavy stinging carbonation with a medium body.

O - Overall, An off flavored adjunct that provides no frills.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
1.26/5  rDev -45%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured into a pils glass from a 24 oz. can.

2.0 A: Clear light yellow color. Mega-carbonated as the first pour gave me about 40% head. Fortunately retention is poor. Pillowy white head.

1.0 S: This is the closest to smelling like nothing that I've ever experienced in a beer. Smells like water I guess.

1.5 T: Just the slighest bit of neutral maltiness. Underwhelming even for the style.

1.0 M: Despite the giant head, there isn't a lot of carbonation in this. I guess the carbonation was just trying to get as far away from this beer as possible. Water body. No creaminess.

1.0 D: I don't know how they got this up to 5.5% without having any flavor in this. Amazing.

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Photo of flagmantho
2.08/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from 24oz tall can into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a clear body and a decent effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy white foam that doesn't have much retention. Actually, it's not too bad for the style.

Smell: light, largely inoffensive aroma, probably helped by its relative coldness right now. A little bit of plastic and corn come in around the edges; par for the course for the style, and like I said, not yet warm enough to be offensive.

Taste: here's where this beer *really* shines. At first taste, it's cold -- just how it ought to be served. Unfortunately, but the time it hits my gullet, it has warmed up enough to show its true colors. The aftertaste of this beer is all plastic and metallic and, well, lots of other inedible things. Blech.

Mouthfeel: pretty light body with a little bit of fizz. Not that interesting.

Overall: even for a cheap beer in a big can, this is not too good.

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Photo of Brenden
2.19/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The head is surprisingly large and creamy when it settles. Retention is also surprisingly good for an adjunct, and when it settles further it's pretty rocky. It ultimately sticks around as a thick foam, and it only leaves some spotty lacing except for a thick ring at the top when it sits in the glass for a minute. It's not impressive for a beer, but it is for this style. The beer itself has a bit of chill haze but is otherwise a completely clear pale gold.
Some corn husk and a fruity tang with a grainy undertone are all I get from the nose.
It's a little hoppier than most in the style, but I also get an unpleasant alcohol burn and some plastic-like notes. Malts are fairly dry but too light.
It's obviously light and somewhat thin, but crisp and with a bit of smoothness to it. It's not quite creamy, but almost.

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Photo of Beerlover619
3.48/5  rDev +52%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Always seen my uncle drink this throughout my life so i had to try it. This is a good beer to drink during the hot summer.

Theres no bad aftertaste and it gets the job done. You get a nice buzz without drinking alot of them. Im not a real big fan of ice beers but this is my favorite one.

The price could go down a lil bit. Its pretty high down here in Indiana. Overall you cant go wrong with an ice cold Icehouse.

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Photo of netrioter
2.95/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

18 pack of 12oz cans on sale at Circle K here in Durham NC for $10.99

I used to drink this regularly before they elevated the prices of it to premium beer prices when i still lived in Indiana.

its a cheap tasting ice beer that shouldnt be 7.50 a 6 pack in bottles...its a sub 5 dollar beer. Its not as offensive as some of the others like Natural Ice or Old Milwaukee Ice. I figured id try it again after 4 years because it was 4 dollars off on a 18 pack.

it is what it is... a cheap ice beer. nothing special

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Photo of BucannonXC5
2.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tall boy can into a pint glass at my house on July 19, 2012. About two fingers of head. Pale, golden color. Bubbly white head. Hardly any retention.

Smelled light caramel malts, corn, honey, grain and bread.

Tasted corn, metallic, honey, lots of grains, bread and a bad note of strong alcohol.

Light body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt watery finish.

Not a bad beer for the style. It started out pretty well but the taste was not much to speak of.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.08/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer is amazingly clear with a white head. Clean aroma with a strong corn character. Some grainiess and a bit of yeast. Very simple flavor as well. No hop character or anything, but a clean flavor and moderate sweetness. Better than I had remembered.

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
1.9/5  rDev -17%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a beer stein

Appearance - Pale yellow color with a very voluminous albeit soapy head that quickly fizzes away.

Smell - Malts, Corn, Cereal Grains, Slight Yeasts and Ice Cubes. That is probably the best way I can describe it. Smells like freezer burned food as well

Taste - Cooked Corn, Malts, Cereal Grains, and freezer burn. Like the scent, if they could make "freezer burn" into a flavor, this would come pretty close to it

Mouthfeel - Light & carbonated. At least it's somewhat crisp, which is it's strongest feature

Overall - I don't really see the appeal to Ice Beers. I definitely have had worse but this just was not a great beer to drink what-so-ever. Don't be tempted by the $1.50 price tag, spend that extra $2 and get a bomber of Fat Tire instead

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Photo of Stinkypuss
1.6/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Icehouse
Miller Brewing Co.
Style: American Adjunct Lager
ABV: 5.50 %

LOOK: Clear, pale, almost perfectly clear, but with a yellow hint. Soapy head forms and fizzles quickly to nothing.

SMELL: Spent grains, stale hop, corn.

TASTE: Upfront sweet crispness gives way to a very vague almost hidden malt/corn character and a big note of dirty pennies. Metallic, harsh, grainy, low bitterness, twang of stale spent hops, and a well water characteristic that just can't be ignored. Other tasters have commented that this beer must be served ICE cold, and I tend to agree. Great beer does not need to be ICE cold, as it masks the flavor, but here it is an improvement.

FEEL: Light bodied, over carbonated, no finish besides unpleasant metallic and rotten corn notes.

OVERALL: Pretty rough stuff here. Tastes pretty much like a 3% beer that has been iced to death to create a measly few abv degrees. Not alot of flavor, and the flavor there is not tasty and very metallic. There are better "cheap beer" options than this.... just about anything. But don't take my word for it, just read a few reviews. Universally awful and not to be purchased unless you're a glutton for punishment .

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Photo of cyclonece09
2.05/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a straw color with a small white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no head. Smells of corn and other malt, that is about it. Tastes of bland malt, that is it, a little taste of alcohol, but nothing too bad, and has some fullness to it. Definitely goes down smooth for a light bodied beer, but carbonation seems a tad heavy. Overall, a below average beer.

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Photo of Infidel1717
3.53/5  rDev +54.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've been drinking Icehouse for years. And i have to say it is my favorite american beer. I love Ice beers and Icehouse was my first love when it comes to brew. I've nothing against other brews, b/c my favorite beer in the WORLD is Murphys Irish Red Ale. i love that stuff.
But Icehouse is one of those beers when you're on a budget that you can have a good time on, its not bad tasting, you can stomach it. Its a great sociable beer when your with friends at the local trailor park.
i love icehouse. Thank god for the plank road brewery.
-Infidel

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Photo of stakem
2.61/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Eric for gifting me with a can of this. I guess every once in awhile we owe it to ourselves to step back and drink something mass produced in order to appreciate the finer offerings... (or at least that is what I am told.) The brew pours a very light color of yellow that is perfectly clear. About a finger and a half of white billowy froth sits atop composed of rather large bubbles. It surprisingly leaves a webby pattern of lacework on the glass. Bubbles of carbonation emit from the solution almost like it is pissed off about being poured into a glass. These rising bubbles maintain some disturbance across the top.

The smell of this brew has some metallic/mineral character overtop of an adjunct sweetness. I say adjunct sweetness generically here because the sweetness to the nose does not seem grainy and fresh, it seems to come from something else that I am not use to smelling. There is almost a dusty afterthought to the aroma here along with the faintest touch of herbal (hops?) I am really putting forth some effort here to pick out descriptors to the aroma but that is it, im spent. I really dont pick up on anything else.

If cold was a flavor, this one got it! "Ice brewed below freezing." I don't know what that means... Just like the aroma hinted towards, this one has an awkward sweetness about it that blends with a metallic/mineral character that isn't that enjoyable. It persists into the aftertaste with a sweetness that is minorly reminiscent of corn. The aftertaste is a mixture of sweetness like bubblegum coupled with faint indications of herbal hops but without the bitterness, only a trace flavoring.

This is a light bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. I drink this and I am immediately taken back to my days before I was of legal drinking age. If you dont have a choice and you are forced to drink this than it is pretty good. But living in the wonderful world we do, and being of legal drinking age, thank God this isn't something I have to be forced to drink. If you are going to drink this, make sure it is cold. ICE cold...

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Photo of JoLight
4.05/5  rDev +76.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Light golden, clear color, with a stark-white head, which is soapy on the sides and frothy on the top. The head retains very well and leaves lots of nice lacing.

Aroma - Sweetness, and that typical and inviting beer aroma. Some grassy hops, maybe? A little corn. Breadiness.

Taste - Grainy, some white breadiness from the barley, and a little bit of corn. It finishes with some hop bitterness, and a noticeable metallic note, which, while it does not spoil the experience, is not pleasant either. The overall flavor is very bold, very rich, and full.

Finish - Very dry, crisp, and refreshing. Emphasis on the dryness.

Overall - Very, very good. Much more of a bold and flavorful brew than I suspected (it was only $1 for the bottle). The only bone with this beer I have to pick is the very noticeable metallic flavor.

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Photo of shaunb81
1.82/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - Golden pour with a frothy white head. Nothing special.

Smell - Grassy, corny, and biscuit malty.

Taste - The biscuit malts are prevalent and the hops come afterward. Very earthy. Not in a good way...

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is strong and the brew is watered to no end. Gross...

Overall - Not sure why I bought this. I think it was to amp me up for the craft brew that followed it. Steer clear.

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Photo of soju6
2.6/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a pale yellow color with a had that fades quickly to bits of lacing.

S: Clean aroma of grain and some sweetness.

T: Taste of mild sweet ness and grain with some bitterness and a fairly clean finish.

F: Light body, crisp and somewhat refreshing.

O: Not bad for what it is. Best served ice cold.

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Photo of TTAmod
2.47/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

24 oz. can poured into pint glass.

Looks...the same as any other AAL. Clear yellow with a fizzy head. Loads of carbonation.

Smells grassy, slightly sweet and adjunct-y.

It's not super offensive. There's grass and adjunct, but at least there isn't any DMS. It's slightly sweet, but not cloying. No real perception of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is obviously light and the carbonation is a tad abrasive.

Overall, this isn't the worst ice beer ever, but it wouldn't be my first choice. It's cheap, but you get what you pay for.

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Photo of tdm168
2.8/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden color with a thin layer of white, fizzy head. The nose is subtle and grassy. The flavor is malty and grainy but also grassy and mildly hoppy. It's smooth, very crisp, and light.

This wouldn't be ever be my first choice for a beer, but in the category in offers things other don't such no metallic off notes and not off apple-like yeast notes.

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Icehouse from Miller Brewing Co.
56 out of 100 based on 350 ratings.