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Icehouse - Miller Brewing Co.

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1,095 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,095
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 2.02
pDev: 35.64%
Wants: 7
Gots: 104 | 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 Wasatch
2/5  rDev -1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a light yellow color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slight hop note. Light body. Not drinkable, would not buy again.

Photo of beertunes
3.03/5  rDev +50%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, this pretty much an average example of this style. Clean clear yellow with a thin, white head without much retention or lacing. A slightly sweet, grainy aroma. A neutral, slightly sweet, slightly grainy flavor. The thin watery body we expect from this style. This is as drinkable as beer flavored water gets. If you're going to drink this style, there both better and worse examples.

Photo of kdawg105
2.64/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

from 22oz. bottle poured into a highball glass it has a dark golden color that doesn't really appeal to me the smell not so bad if you swirl in the glass and smell it actually has really grainy smell. I am not a fan of the taste. Mouthfeel is about average for its class of beer and its drinkability is not so harsh if you can get over the taste. I would much rather drink Bud Ice and its the same price. All and all to me not a good beer!

Photo of BeerMasterD
2.53/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Long-Neck Bottle.
Poured into a pint glass, straw/gold color thats just a pinch fuller than other cheap ice beers, fizzy white head, receedes quickly.
Nothing really to smell here, very clean, slight grain.
Tastes just about the same, clean with maybe a bit of stale corn grainy taste, and almost the slightest hint of sweetness that tries to come through with a faint metallic. Very thin, alittle dry, somewhat drinkable but even for a lighter beer this could give you a stomach ache or that bloated feeling some cheapo brands tend to do. I dont see much of a point to this beer, save your money or get yourself a couple decent 40's.

Photo of erz316
1.12/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

so I tried the can version of this btich. you know what? it was exactly the same. well, it didn't smell like I was actively haivng my face farted on, but it was close enough. the qualities are the same as my bottle review, so go there for the few details I give.

Photo of baos
1.16/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

From mental notes.

Poured this into a big jar to have a look-see.

A: Looks like most Macros.

S: It smells like metal and stale grains. Not nice.

T: I hadn't had one of these for probably ten years. I remember thinking that this was a good new brew when I saw the commercials as a teenager. It tastes like metal and grains that have gotten old and someone added sugar to it.. Funky malts

M: subpar.

D: I had two.. I mean i had to.. i mean i'm had too

Photo of Whiteweasel
2.24/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a can into a glass

Appearance: Looks like I just peed in the glass. And i was quite dehydrated. Very yellow and a small amount of frothy carbonation.

Smell: Sweet and malty with a hint of weak hoppiness. Corn is not too strong, but more importantly skunkiness is not there.

Taste: Sweet and surprisingly not too bad for an american adjunct. Weak flavour but leaves a bad aftertaste. Very sweet and a little malty.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and decently carbonated. However the booziness is pretty evident, and isn't terribly pleasant. Not horrible though

Drinkability: Very easy to drink many of these. Good beer if you're looking to get drunk or play a drinking game. Not good for its taste purposes, but easy to get down surely.

Photo of BeerCon5
2.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a pale light golden color with thin bubbly white head.

The scent is of corn and grains.

The taste is of alcohol up front, some sweet corn, a little skunky.

Light bodied, crisp and thin, high carbonation.

I would not recommend this beer, unless you just want to get wasted, there is hardly anything to offer.

Photo of matty
3.38/5  rDev +67.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold to light yellow colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma and flavor is pretty much grainy and bready.A good macro beer that is a good fit for any type of outing.Drinkable and smoooth a good deal at 13.00 for a case of bottles.I would recommend and would purchase again.

Photo of WolfmanK
3.15/5  rDev +55.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After seeing the reports here on this beer I was a tad afraid, but I found it to be quite drinkable. No worse (or better) than PBR or Red Dog.

For an economy brew with a decent ABV% this is worth the money.

My buddy Rob reports that it's considerable better if you can find it in bottles.

Photo of roddwolff
1.81/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A big blue can i bought at a gas station of McAllen, Texas.

A: Ruby color, descent foamy head;

S: Metallic, industrial malt, also a lot of carbonation a alcohol, a mess;

T: After i perceived the smell, i didn't expect much of the flavor, but at least is not offensive, i tasted some malt grains, with a slightly sweet end;

M: Watery, light body and medium carbonation;

D: A beed bar, but inoffensive flavor and very affordable price.

Photo of chasebrownyeah1
2.5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Icehouse 24 oz. can ABV: 5.5%

A: The apperance is a golden, light color. Kind of a similar look to PBR.

S: Smell of hops and corn. To me it smells like your average light beer, but has a little bit strong hint.

T-M: Taste of hops and malts. The one thing that I enjoy of this beer is the 5.5% alcohol. Has a distinctive taste compared to the other light beers, but, I believe, it is one of the better light beers for the price.

D: This beer is very drinkable, but I would only drink it to get to get drunk. Not a sipping beer, but it gets the job done!

Photo of thedrewski86
3.1/5  rDev +53.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a can into a glass. Golden color, 3/4" white bubbly head. Actually left some lacing. Smells like corn and grains. Very crisp taste, bitter, grainy, smooth. Typical American pilsner. Little bit of a bitter aftertaste that vanishes pretty quickly. I still think this is a pretty good pils, because of the abv this leaves one feeling pretty relaxed! Can't beat the price; 30 for $15!

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

24 oz. can.

Pours out pale with a medium head that shows a touch of retention. Looks pretty well carbonated. Smell is not strong but the major components are a citric skunk quality and a dabbling of malt sweetness. The taste is fairly balanced though it seems acidic or plasticesque from the beginning. The upside is that the finish does not get any worse, so all in all this is okay. Feels light and fizzy, but not as fizzy as the appearance luckily. This is just okay, though as far as "ice" macro lagers go this is probably the most quaffable one by far.

Note: The scoring in this review is based on the style of industrial lager. It should be viewed as a reflection of this beer in comparison to other cheaply made, mass produced fizzy yellow beers.

Photo of Bookseeb
2.49/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance is a light golden yellow with a nice crisp head. Smell has a corny adjunct aroma and not much of anything else. Taste is pretty much the same with light sweet corn and mild hops. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. Overall there's not much going on here, just a easy drinking adjunct lager.

Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev +71.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 24oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smells of corn and malts. Taste is crisp, some malts, corn is present, fairly refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall for $1.25 a 24 oz. can, I can't complain at all.

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.58/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Good 'ol icegrouse...takes me back to high school days. Pours an extraordinarily clear light gold color with a loud, fizzy white head that disappears very quick and leaves no lace.

Smells like a can of sweet creamed corn poured over a few slices of green apple. Has a pretty big nose for an AAL, but that is not necessarily a good thing here.

Drinking this at almost 50 degrees was my first mistake. This puppy needs to be consumed at the coldest possible temperature to choke it down. Sweet with a noticeable fruity alcohol presence. The grains are fairly husky and rough and there is not really any hop presence to balance things out. Icehouse is a pretty typical higher abv offering from the macros...not really meant to be enjoyed for the flavor, but makes an efficient alcohol delivery system.

Photo of scottyshades
1.93/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Not much to say about this one. Just a run of the mill macro. Very watered down, low abv, fizzly carbonation, transparent straw in color. Corn and grain along with a cereal and metallic note comprise the nose and flavor. Avoid, plenty of better adjucts to be had

Photo of tmiller7
4.07/5  rDev +101.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

This is the first time I have had this beer and I am presently surprised. After being hooked on Red Dog ( I'm strapped for cash, so cheap 40's for me!) I didn't think this would fair much better, but I have found a new love. The taste is nothing special but it does wonders after a hard day of work. Smell is pleasantly sweet and nice. I'm quite fond of this beer and will most definitely purchase Icehouse again. Good job "Plank Road."

Photo of Onenote81
2.96/5  rDev +46.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a can of this at the local grocery for a little over $1.

Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with plenty of bubbles rising through. There's a good-sized frothy white head resting on top. Good retention, little lacing. Smells sour and mashy. Hints of grains and Cheerios.

The mouth is a little thin; I thought there'd be a bit more carbonation on the tongue. This is a decent refreshing lager. Nothing harsh about this at all. Some buttered bread and corn flavor is about all I'm getting, but it's more flavorful than any of the other BMC lager mainstays. Not bad for the beach, but I most likely won't get this again.

Photo of hockeyhead
3.38/5  rDev +67.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

cheap 12 pack of btls is seven bucks
A:pours pale yellow with lots of bubbles and carbination with a fast disipating very fizzy head
S: smells like corn and weird chemical adjunct lager smell with no hops come through in the nose
T: great very corny up front almost nut like sweetness no real hops bitterness exept the drying bready taste lingering in the mouth after but great taste
M: this beer is very light and crispy and watery feels like it has body when it goes down your throat though weird
D: this beer is refreshing and easy drink when its a hot summer day so it does what it is supposed to do i like this beer dont think it deserves a d though maybe c-

Photo of thekevlarkid
1.28/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Out of a forty bottle this beer was a perfectly clear gold color. The one-finger of off-white head retained well as a collar and left impressive lacing in sheets. The aroma was distinctly unpleasant, macro grains, stale grains, skunky malt and wet wood. The flavors were no better. Dry, grainy, skunky and boring. The mouthfeel was rough and a little slick, the body medium and the carbonation medium. I was not happy to have a full forty of this to deal with. I always hate to fail a beer but this one sucked in several categories, especially the flavor one that matters.

Photo of mnrider
2.73/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz can with freshness date on bottom. Poured into Pint glass.
A: Pours a pale yellow with medium carbonation and regular white fluffy head. Head almost immediately goes away but leaves irregular lacing.
S: Not much hear. Malt and grains are faint.
T/M: kinda malty with a watery taste. I can feel the carbonation in the mouth. Lite bitterness is ok. Crisp and refreshing. ok aftertaste.
D: Leaves me wanting more. For the price i don't think it gets better than this. I could kill a bunch of these. It's really a party beer but actually rivals many macro brews. ABV is good because of the Ice brewing process.


Photo of Clydesdale
2.88/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very pale, crystal clear yellow color. Lots of active carbonation is bubbling up. The head is tall, off-white, and foamy, with decent retention. Some patches of lacing left on the glass.

S: A textbook, generic "beer" aroma. Some sweet malt and a white corn aroma. A faint leafy hop character. Slightly acrid and metallic.

T: Grainy, slightly sweet malt. It has the white corn flavor in the background, but it's less offensive than many similar bargain-basement macros. Again, a mildly leafy hop flavor providing a slight bitterness. Rather clean; it's evident that this is cut from the Miller cloth.

M: Medium body; slightly fuller than many of its cousins, probably due to the somewhat higher alcohol. Fairly crisp, with moderate carbonation.

D: This is surprisingly adequate. For a bargain ice beer from Miller, easily drinkable and inoffensive. It's not a good beer, but it is a complete beer. It at least achieves mediocrity, if only coincidentally.

Photo of woodychandler
2.12/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I am simply doing the CAN-CAN today. Every time that I think that I have had all of the widely-available beers in a CAN, one more pops up in a cooler, beckoning me to lay waste on its shoals.

My first thought was that the big boys sure can make a pretty beer. It had a fluffy finger's worth of bone-white head with decent retention. The nose was pretty weak with a mild lager sweetness deep down, but it was not readily obvious. The color was a golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Again, think pretty, not good. Mouthfeel was on the thin side with a very unobtrusive flavor on the tongue. In fact, my tastebuds decided to take a break at one point and wait for something to happen. It never did. The finish just went down like tap water. This was not an evil beer, like many that I have tried in cans. It was simply ho-hum boring.

Icehouse from Miller Brewing Co.
50 out of 100 based on 1,095 ratings.