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Icehouse - Miller Brewing Co.

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1,106 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,106
Reviews: 351
rAvg: 2.02
pDev: 35.15%
Wants: 7
Gots: 110 | 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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Ratings: 1,106 | Reviews: 351
Photo of zimm421
2.8/5  rDev +38.6%
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
2.18/5  rDev +7.9%
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
2.56/5  rDev +26.7%
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
2.66/5  rDev +31.7%
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.

Photo of hayes31
2.6/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Better out of the bottle, obviously. Pretty much what you'd expect from an adjunct ice lager. Pale color, not much of a head, not a great smell. However, it's extremely drinkable given its weak taste, and with a high ABV, it's my go to when I'm on a budget.

As a side note... their new labels look pretty cool.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.39/5  rDev +67.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really do enjoy drinking Icehouse beer. It has a thick, white head, a golden color, and very clear appearance. Carbonation is high. The aroma is weak, but typical for this genre. Taste is more full-bodied than other ice beers; corn and grain. Mouth-feel is light and watery. Icehouse finishes crisp and refreshing. I highly recommend giving this one a try.


Photo of aval89
2.66/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a fizzy yellow color, a little darker than most cheap lagers.. had a creamy one finger head that quickly dissipated

smelled very grainy, a little metallic.. also picked up cooked veggies.. other than that not very much for the nose..

first taste was of cooked corn and also grain.. i was shocked at how light it felt in the mouth, not much malt/hop detection.. kind of a dry finish.. not much aftertaste.. as for drinkability its a good swill and session if you want something like this haha.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.3/5  rDev +63.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

18oz bottle, pilsener, dated "MAY2410".

Glug, glug, glug, and I have a darker than expected corn yellow beer. The head didn't surprise; an immediate white fizz cake went almost as soon as it appeared and all that's left is a little ring.

My nose is met by a surprising whiff of bitey pepper, grass, lemon, and herbal hops. Other than that there is a manufactured smell and corn.

While very cold, the flavor held up well to the shockingly pleasant nose. As it warms, and that occurs quickly, those flavors fade to be replaced by slightly sweet steamed vegetable and lemon.

Mouthfeel is a bit heavy for the style and a matte feeling is strong on the tongue.

For about a year this was my dad and uncle's go to beer here in Arkansas. A 30-pack can be had for about $13 up at the Missouri state line and this quenched our thirst for a whole summer and more. To be honest, I'm partial to Icehouse and find it to be better than or equitable to most American Adjunct Lagers.

Photo of tjsdomer2
2.44/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Surprisingly dark and refreshing-looking. Good foam as well. Kind of flat on the carbonation.

Smell: Pungent. Sweet. Strong. Very gassy at the end.

Taste/Mouthfeel: It's actually ok. Malty. Again, strong and kind of sweet as well. A bit watery at the same time towards the end.

Drinkability: Icehouse will knock you out of your chair very quickly.

Overall: One of the most unrefined beers in my opinion. Forget Coors, Icehouse is like a freight train coming into your living room.

Photo of Bitterbill
2.98/5  rDev +47.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

24oz can. "Brewed Colder Brewed Longer"

A light gold colour with a fairly fluffy 1" head of foam.

It has one of the lightest noses for a non light beer I've had, I can just pick out a touch of grain. Maybe a hint of malt and hops.

The taste is actually on the sweet side with some grain and sugary malt and it has a decent amount of hop bitterness to somewhat balance the flavours out. Not bad.

On the high end of light bodied with medium carbonation.

Drinkability? Not a bad quaffer at all but one to "enjoy" quite cold as there's nothing to be gained by letting it warm up....

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.

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Icehouse from Miller Brewing Co.
50 out of 100 based on 1,106 ratings.