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Icehouse - Miller Brewing Co.

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1,076 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,076
Reviews: 337
rAvg: 2.02
pDev: 35.64%
Wants: 7
Gots: 73 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of Sauron2012
2.33/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served in a 12 oz. can.

Overall, this beer is awful. However, this is coming from a fan of pale ales and stouts. So I'll just judge Icehouse for what it is.

A: It looks likes beer, a little more yellow than say.... Corona Light or Natty, but really it just looks like beer.

S: Much as with appearance, this just smells like beer. The most generic adjunct lagery smell. You know PBR? Then you know Icehouse.

T: There is, for the life of me, nothing for me to say with any real feeling about this beer. It tastes like it smells, and that is the taste of cheap, drinkable beer. Nothing special, and definitely not the worst of its kind.

M: Heavily carbonated light beer. Like Bud Light but less of an abject failure at beer. It simply "is."

Overall: Like I said, to fans of "real" beer, this is an awful beverage, but as a cheap beer probably meant to be drank en masse - it does it's job to the letter than nothing more. Honestly not an awful experience, just nothing remarkable in any way.

Photo of bluejacket74
1.58/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

24 ounce can, best by date of May 9, 2011 printed on the bottom. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear straw gold color with a half inch white head. Not much of any head retention or lacing. Aroma is very, very weak, but I can smell some corn and grain. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also a slight metallic taste noticable. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's thin and a bit watery with decent carbonation. Overall I just don't like this brew. Even for the style of beer this is, it's not one of the better adjunct lagers out there. It was a chore just to finish the can. For $1.39, I think I paid too much for this.

Photo of KtotheC123
2.33/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The appearance is just like any other tasteless Busch beer, the smell is horrible and the taste is like drinking beer that has gone bad for like ten years. overall this beer tastes like dirt mixed with carbonated water. It seems like it was only brewed for underage drinkers and homeless people who just want to get drunk. PLEASE AVOID THIS BEER. Sam Adams and Fat Tire is where it is at!!!

Photo of guitarsnbeer
1.83/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

16oz can into my wheat glass. Poured about a half inch of froth that slowed faded into a thin lace.

This Icehouse is almost ice cold and there is still smells I wish were muted. Stale corn syrup and alcohal it is pretty bad.

Bad taste...almost nothing which would have been nice until a second later when a strong disgusting bite of alcohal came and stayed.

Watered down as to be expected, thin-bodied.

Not to drinkable. there is better cheap beer out there, but you get what you pay for.

I had picked up this a week or two ago while I was out and wanted more beer, 6 16 oz. for 4.75. Saw the last one in my fridge and figured I would review it while I had the chance(b/c I wont be buying this again).

Photo of JayS2629
2/5  rDev -1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Thin, watery pale straw yellow with foamy head. Surprisingly the retention is good and lacing is descent.

S- Musty, wet corn and grain

T- Harsh, watery, hints of corn and grain

M- Watery and thin and overcarbonated.

D- Harsh and watery. Musty and not enjoyable.

Photo of larrytm56
3.75/5  rDev +85.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good drinking beer. It looks and smells very average has a nice flavor, and drinks well. The higher alchohol content adds to its allure. I would drink it again for sure. It is not watery like most american beers. Wish they carried it at our golf course I would drink more.

Photo of HalfFull
3.13/5  rDev +55%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A second purchase on a rare visit to the tall boy section of the local market. 24 oz. can poured into a pint glass, this puppy pours a light and clear straw with a bit of a carbonation boil. Half an inch of foam sticks around for a bit longer than expected and stirs back up when asked.

Nose has a bit of malt and a bit of corn. No hops or negative metallic notes though still quite light. Check that, there is a hint of hop as the beer warms. Taste is spritzy and with a slight corn sweetness which turns into a background of orange on an otherwise dry finish. This beer reminds me a lot of High Life as for its bloodlines, slightly stronger and drier by design.

Feel is in stride with the smell and taste, a touch of citrusy grain helping it along. Fairly good drinkability given the lack of challenges and decidedly better than that Beer 30 I had last night.

Photo of hardy008
1.1/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Reviewed from notes.

Pale yellow color with a small white head with poor retention and no lacing. Smells like cooked grain and corn. Not much going on with the aroma.

Tastes like watery cooked grain and corn. A little bit of skunk, and a bit of a metallic taste.

Thin and watery mouthfeel, too much carbonation, harsh to drink. A terrible beer, and a drain pour.

Photo of camaro76
1.78/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a pint glass. This beer looks like every other macro lager, but even lighter and more watery. Foamed up nicely, left no swirling. Not much of a smell, but what is there is slightly floral, mostly corn. Tasted like metal and corn. Not much beer taste at all, but a metallic unpleasant after taste. This isn't the worst beer I have ever tried, but it is certainly bottom tier.

Photo of TheKingofWichita
2.63/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not the worst adjunct beer ever. In fact it is the very first beer that I ever tried. My family are a bunch of mass produced beer drinkers.
Pours a yellow color with a small white head and minimal lacing.
Smells of some sweet corn and some floral notes. Tastes much the same maybe some hop extract in there somewhere. There's not that much going on here. Fairly thin mouthfeel and moderate drinkability.

Photo of GNR4life2
3.7/5  rDev +83.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- pale straw color with thin head and no real lacing.
S- Smell is not there except some alcohol.
T- The taste is pretty much corn and grain and highly drinkable
M- Crisp carbonation, yet thin weight.
D- Good cheap beer. I would say a malt liquor light and its good for when you are broke and wanna get drunk but hate natural ice.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.83/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Beer #3 during Swill Tour 2010. It pours a clear urine topped by an uber-urine-y few fingers of white suds. The nose is only malt husk...though I think I can get some cashews in there too. It ain't "bad"...just not good. The taste makes me unhappy. Maybe some wheat, corn, whatever flavors elicit images of personality-less folks in bowler hats. Seriously, this is one lazy-ass beer, folks. The body is quite light, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp-ish finish. Yeah, this is pretty meek. It ain't all that bad, just...it's the wallflower at the party who's all really shy and when that decent-looking gal over there asks him to dance (I assume out of pity or something) he stutters and wets his pants, fleeing in even greater ignominy than usual. Yeah.

Photo of Vdubb86
2.63/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass

Beer #4 of Swill Tour 2010

This pours a pale golden color with fading lacy foam on the surface.The smell is light on the nose. There is a light malty sweetness on the nose and and a slight corn smell in the back. Other parts of the nose have a mineral like aroma. There is a bit of a spice aroma on the tip of the tongue, but followed swiftly by the corn syrup flavor, which to its credit isn't that potent. There is a slight souring from the cheap hops. There is a granola like husk taste throughout. It's not really that complex, the mouthfeel is just as weak as I would expect. You could probably drink this if you want a cheap beer. Other than that I'm relatively indifferent with this beer.

Photo of tjsmith910
1.05/5  rDev -48%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Absolutely the worst beer in my opinion. Very rough taste and bitter after taste persistently exist after every swallow. Color seems non existent. Can not hold flavor from the second the cap is cracked. No refreshing qualities in my opinion about this beer.

Photo of Sleestak
2.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

$1.39 a tall boy at my local CVS. I don't why when I'm looking for a cheap beer I seem to pick this one. It's not good in any way. I've seen other reviews stating the aroma and taste of over cooked grains, kinda cabbage-y. All true. It's good for a quick buzz or to finish off a night of drinking but that's about it. I would pick this over a Bud Ice but then again that's not saying much is it.

Photo of rootbeerman
1.68/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours a pale yellow, almost no head, smells like over cooked grain, tastes like it too. watery in the mouth, and all i can say it is possible to drink, but whether or not you would want too. other wise if you want american macro this isn't it to me.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.91/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

A kind of dark yellow beer. Aroma is revolting. Wet wood and vomit.

Tough to get down tastewise with something that smells awful. Alcohol is there, not much else, maybe some ample carbonation if you're into that kind of thing. It is kinda heavy for an adjunct lager. Don't look for any hops. At least some beers just taste like water, this tastes like bad water and alcohol. Pass.

Photo of ronniebruner
2.55/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

If you love horrible hangovers, this is the best beer you can have! Icehouse is cheap and really should not be drank by anyone who considers themselves a beer connosseur. If you are a 21 year old poor college kid, this is amazing beer, if you are not, this is a skunky brew.

Photo of jrallen34
2.45/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I remember the days when an ice house can 24 pack was considered a splurge off my regular diet of natural light. This beer is watery and skunky with a touch of alcohol. This bad boy will give you the worst hangover ever but its really not that bad to drink.

Photo of jsprain1
2.7/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- pale straw color with thin head and no real lacing.
S- Smell is very faint, but is of alcohol, corn, and grain.
T- The taste is pretty much alcohol and corn, but there is a little bit more flavor and complexity than some other macro adjuncts.
M- Crisp carbonation, yet thin weight.
D- Overall this is something of "malt liquor light." better than some adjuncts, and good enough for what it is.

Photo of zimm421
2.85/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears a watery, clear, pale yellow color with almost no head, but what is there is thin, white and goes away quickly.

Almost no aroma at all, there is some grains, maybe corn? The taste is quite sweet, but there isn't much going on. Fairly well balanced, and not overly sweet, but not impressive.

The mouthfeel is light and has a good amount of carbonation. This is actually quite drinkable, the taste isn't off-putting, and it doesn't make you want to pour it out. It's light enough and refreshing enough that you can put away quite a few of them.

Photo of JMad
2.7/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a pint glass from a can.

This beer smells metallic and corny. It tastes like cream corn and malt. Feels bubbly and goes down easy, harder to drink as it warms. For the price, it'll do the trick. Not bad when you're paying 99 cents for a 24 oz.

Photo of BigBen61
2.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Everyone has their own opinion about what a beer should be, even within it's own style. Icehouse is, to my palate, not something that should be consumed. I typically review beers at room temperature since I don't usually mind the taste at room temperature and in some beers actually prefer it. At room temp. Icehouse is harder to swill than most cheap beers. While not so bad as Milwaukee's Best Ice and some others it doesn't have many redeeming characteristics. The aroma is very metallic and almost overwhelmingly that of corn instead of barley malt. There is barely any hop character if at all. The main redeeming quality of this beer is its price point, which admittedly for my area at least is hard to beat. Give it a try if you like Stroh's and other inexpensive ice beers.

Photo of puboflyons
2.6/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From the 24 fl. oz. can AUG0910-RO8011023. Sampled on May 26, 2010. Ah yes, it is 93 degrees, the air conditioner is not installed yet and I needed a beer. This was perfect for such an occasion with its pale yellow pour, overly carbonated head, skunky aroma, and vaguely malted but fizzy taste. As a craft beer it cannot compare to anything. But for a day like today it was perfect. That's about all I have to say about that.

Photo of eschbach
2.65/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I bought a 24 oz can of Icehouse. I have never had Icehouse in my life, so I decided to try it out.

The beer looks good in a pilsner glass. It's a nice dark golden color, and it has a good head. It smells like straw and veggies. I cannot smell hops. It has a very malty taste, but it's not a bad taste. It has a unique flavor I have never experienced in a macro lager. The mouthfeel is creamy and not like soda water. this beer is sorta heavy for a lager, so it's not easy to drink it like a Bud-Light.

For the cost this beer isn't bad. It has a nice malty taste and it has a high alcohol content, so it's good for getting humans completely wasted. I'd say buy this beer if you want a high alcohol content lager for a low price.

Icehouse from Miller Brewing Co.
51 out of 100 based on 1,076 ratings.