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Icehouse - Miller Brewing Co.

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1,085 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,085
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 2.02
pDev: 35.64%
Wants: 8
Gots: 93 | 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 meechum
2/5  rDev -1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this at a friends house not too long ago and just now getting to it. The appearance is pale yellow with little white head that fell quickly leaving now lace. Smell is non-existant for the most part..maybe some of the adjuncts in there...not much else. Taste is bland. Overall the beer is bland and like all macros as it warms is terrible, bordering on undrinkable. Great for quenching your thirst when hot and sweaty and you're out of water...other than that...I don't think so

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

A- Yellow with hues of faint orange.

S- Smells of some hops, but I get the "doctors office" smell from this one. You know what I mean.

T- Taste is stale, but strong alcohol taste. Nothing to mask it or cover it up

M- Carbonation is there, and a touch of malt. Not much on the chewy, but a little better than light beers.

D- I always have had tremdous hangovers off this stuff with bad headaches.

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

We went to Gatlinburg, TN for a trip to the Smoky Mountains. While we were waiting to be seated at the restaurant of our choosing, we went across the street to have a beer. What a poor choice of bars! I forget the name of the place but they only had Miller Lite on tap.... so I asked about the bottle selection. The bartender speeled off every BMC offering and nothing even remotely micro.... The last one he said was Icehouse.... I'd never had one, so I thought I'd try it.

It poured out from the 12 oz brown bottle into a pilsner glass. The label was quite proud of the 5.5% abv.... there to advertise that you could get drunk quicker on this than most 4% macros....

The head formed rapidly and disappeared just as rapidly leaving no lace. The beer was typical light yellow.

Smell: What smell? Only faint grain

Taste? Watered down lager with no redeeming taste... bland.... grainy.

Mouthfeel: fizzy lager.

Drinkability: Never again... Yeah you could drink this all day.... but why would you?

Photo of bminus
1.38/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

snaged a can of this from a buddy of mine, just wanted to try it. this was a mistake.
drank it out of the can so no appearance on this one.

just smelled bad.

taste was worse. the most repulsive taste I have ever tasted from any drink. kinda tasted like it sat on a piece of rotted wood for several weeks and then was found to be served after it was long expired.

nothing is good about this beer at all. the mouth feel was the only thing that allowed me to nearly finsh this one... it wasn't too bad.

overall if you call this drinkable then you need to try other options, even in cheap beers. I couldn't finsh 1 can and thats on my college budget taste. Horrible.

Photo of TennesseeHusker
3.05/5  rDev +51%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I hate to admit it but as far as drinking at home goes this is what I have on the regular. I get it in the 40oz bottle at the bodega down the street. $1.59 a forty. I pour it into a bar glass when I'm drinking it, then refrigerate the rest of the 40 until I need another glass.

This beer is cheap and packs a bit of a wallop. I'm in Nashville so there is no point in going for the funky malt liquors as every macro is south of 6%, including the malt liquors. The micros over 6% are sold in liquor stores.

This beer is perfectly inoffensive, an important characteristic in a cheap macrolager. It has almost no taste, a bit of alcohol and a smattering of bitterness. It goes down like water and thats the reason to drink it if your going for a cheap buzz and can't stomach malt liquor.

Photo of Halcyondays
1.92/5  rDev -5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

24 oz. can, bought for $1.29, at a corner liquor store,

A: Pours a pale, fizzy, yellow, the head dissipates quickly, after the second pour, it doesn't last much past 2 seconds.

S: Some faint corn hints and a bit of malt, some alcohol, but very light overall.

T: The beer is almost completely devoid of flavour, which makes the alcohol content, even at 5.5% the major flavour, some corn is also there.

M: Not bad for a macro, fizzy, but bordering on medium-bodied, not as watery as I would have expected.

D: If this is a beer to drink fast to get drunk, Miller is not doing a very good job, I just got bored with it by the middle of the can.

Photo of DoubleJ
1.94/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Busch Beer had it's turn yesterday, making Icehouse the beer for today here in the College Invitational. Made by the Plank Road Brewery according to the can label, but we all know Miller is the one behind this. Served right out the fridge and into a stange, on to the beer:

Typical pale gold color with a nice foamy head on top. Corn and some funky processed sweet scent (reminds me of Tab soda) are in the smell, not much else. We now get to the meat and potatoes of this beer and find no offensive flavors, pretty clean. That's the good news. Unfortunately, I was wondering when the beer flavor went. Maybe it ran away because I can't find it. The extra slap of alcohol from this brew is slighly felt on the palate, but more so in the throat. It creates a little bit of bitterness and zip to what is a pretty blah taste.

I want to stop, but I can't. I must press on to rate it's "buzzability" (a special side challenge here in the College Invitational). I'm giving the Buzzability a 3 for this beer.

Two down, two to go. Natural Ice is coming up soon.

Photo of plaid75
2.53/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a medium straw hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and poor lacing.

The smell featured a boiled sweet corn and a husky grain.

The taste upfront sweet corn malt with a gradual shift to a heavy graininess.

The mouthfeel was average with a dry finish.

Overall an average middle of the road macro.

Photo of Brad007
2.1/5  rDev +4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours the usual light yellow color with a lingering head. Aroma is strong and there's a bit more corn flavor but not by much. Taste is much of the same except that it's stronger, somewhat bitter and leaves a bland aftertaste. Burns a bit going down as well. Haven't had Icehouse in years and I'm reminded of why I stopped drinking it in the first place.

Photo of Clockwork420
2.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Lets be honest okay.
This beer is amazing if your low on cash.

Im gonna save you a long story about this one.

Bought a 12 pack for the 4th and got it for about 6 bucks flat.

Smell isnt that great the taste isnt too bad and the mouthfeel is better than, Oh.... Regular Busch. To compare.

The taste is great for a cheaper beer. I would gladly drink this over Regular bud any day of the week.

Its chaper. It taste better.
Its worth a shot.

This beer deserves this rating for what it is.

No more no less.
Always easy on the pocket.


Photo of giblet
2.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

i purchased this just before a 95 degree day of golfing. it was icehoused down in ze coola.

i thought is was pretty decent. it got me fucked up. either that or the combination of the beer and the sun. not bad for an ice beer.

worth a try in order to put another notch in the belt. oh yeah, it was pretty cheap too. not as cheap or as drinkable (for me) as Milwaukee Beast Ice. the same brewer but different beer.

suckem up and movem out!


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

I've been wanting to try this (beleave it or not).
I bought this for its value, .99 cents for the can pictured.
A hot day is a good start.

It poured a good golden color with slight copper hues. Not as water like in color as say an AB.
The head was about an inch, white with some lace at first. The carbonation was fair, not the fizz.

The aroma typical malty grain, corn grass.

The taste was malty grain with a burnt aftertaste, not a true toasted flavor. Some corn, metal, very little hop.

Overall a typical mac in a can. I was hopeing for more. Even as a mower brew. Best when cold. Icehouse Cold!

Photo of srrn
2.68/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is not an awful beer, at first anyway.It at least has a smell that is not completely skunked, just opened it smells pretty good, a faint sharp alcohol smell. Appearance is clear and light golden yellow. Taste is crisp and clean and I kind of like it, a bit of corn in the finish.

Then it warms a bit. It goes from being a pleasant 'lawnmower' beer to awful swill.A shame really as cold it's one of the better macros.

Photo of hunteraw
2.37/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Sampled at (where else?) the Miller Ale House in Coral Springs. Might as well review it. One of those nights that $1 pints seemed like a good idea.

Appearance is wholly lacking in any kind of head - so obviously no retention or lacing. Very clear, but an unattractive yellow color.

Smell is light, lagery. Grain, sweet, and a hint of alcohol - this is an "ice" beer after all.

Taste is next to nonexistent. Slight malt, no hops flavor - just a little bitterness - and a faint touch of fruit.

Mouthfeel is light. Looked flat, but carbonation was actually fine.

Drinkability makes me wonder why I'm a beer-drinker tonight - and why I'm at this place again.

Photo of mikesgroove
2.92/5  rDev +44.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well I was out at dinner and it was this or bud light. Poured a pale golden yellow with a white foamy head that faded to nothing in mere seconds. No lace and lots of carbonation. Smell was really of nothing, maybe a slight muted corn or grain, but really nothing. The taste was balnd, tolerable when ice cold, but really absolutly nothing to write home about. Overall ehh, not again unless I have to. No life, or profile to it at all.

Photo of kimcgolf
2.56/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is your typical mass-produiced, highly advertised big beer with golden yellow pour, high carbonationa and grainy nose and flavor. Bottom line..it’s an okay beer for the price, when consumed from an ice cold mug on a hot day. Beyond that, let it go.

Photo of jcdiflorio
2.97/5  rDev +47%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a nonic glass from a brown long neck bottle with a twist -off cap. Somebody left a sixer of this beer in my fridge don't know why. Figured I give this Marco a review,just to keep it honest.

Clear,pale golden color with a tall creamy white head falling quickly to just a coating,some bits of lacing with some large carbination bubbles rising to the surface, not flat looking like lots of Macros.

Sweet,doughy aroma,grainy/grassy some fruittyness clean and fresh has somewhat of a malt licquior aroma

Clean taste grainy/corn taste,slightly tart with some fruittyness,no offensive tastes like some AB beers. Finishes clean,tart with a light bitterness and a very slight alcohol tinge.

Tangy,grainy mouthfeel with some slight cloying. Not a beer I would buy,but no too bad for a Macro. Used to buy this a lot when it first came out,probably because of the 5.5% and the 6% limit in WV. The things we did when we were young. Still drinkable just couldn't drink lots of these. Wouldn't turn one down if I was thirsty nothing offensive here just not a beer that fits in my fridge.

Photo of Cyberkedi
2.52/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aroma is typically beery. Looks like the average straw-yellow US macrobrewed beer. Taste is OK, not bad but not exciting or exceptional either. Both aroma and taste are mainly malty, with just a hint of bitterness. This brew does not have much to it, but it is OK if nothing else is available. Good for parties and sporting events, or for whenever you want a beer but don't want to focus too much on your chug.

Photo of Bamabrew22
2.78/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had one of these last week. Served in a 16 ounce tallboy. Wife made me go cheap at the supermarket, so I chose this instead of the usual BMC offerings. Not much to write home about, but decent, if you gotta drink it.

Appearance: Ultra light, pale, almost platinum with a smallish head and decent retention throughout.

Smell: cooked grains, trace hoppiness.

Taste: carbonated water, with hops and light malt thrown in. unremarkable.

Mouthfeel: Light and quickly fading.

Drinkability: Decent. Nothing exciting, just an easy ultra-light American lager.

Photo of prototypic
2.2/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Transparent golden to yellow color. One finger head vanished quickly and left very little lacing down the mug.

Smell: Pretty typical for a macro. It's mostly corn, grains, and slight metallic aroma. A touch of malt and hops, but not much. Very light on smell though. It's tough to pick up much of anything.

Taste: Surprisingly, it has a somewhat crisp taste. The corn and grains are readily apparent. I can taste a little bit of malt in there, but not so much on the hops.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's pretty light bodied. It's crisp and goes down easy. On a hot day, I could take it if it was really cold, but it wouldn't be my beer of choice. But, drinkability is limited simply because it's not very good. Overall, it's tolerable for a macro, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it.

Photo of Neehan
1.62/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This poured a pale bright gold with a small, thin head and no retention. Tons of carbonation, appearance of a bad champagne. The smell is heavy in poor-quality malts and a burn from the carbonation. Again heavy in malts in the taste, like a malt liquor. Thin and unimpressive in the mouth. The finish is smoother than the rest but nothing noteworthy here.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.43/5  rDev +69.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This review covers the 5.5% "full strength" version of this beer (the 3.2% abw version is no longer available in Oklahoma)

Pours to a thin white head that fades to a ring but leaves bits of foam on the side of the glass if you swirl it a bit. Color is pale yellow similar to Pabst or MGD. Aroma is corn, sweet malt and a bit of alcohol. Flavor is clean and a bit sweet, maybe due to the corn, malt and extra alcohol. Finishes dry and clean. This is an economical pale American lager that has no apparent style flaws and fits the style well. A solid citizen.

Photo of ReebShorts
2.72/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

12 oz can, poured into a pilsner glass. Clear pale yellow appearance, Decent head on the pour, but that faded away pretty quickly, carbonation bubbles noticeable, but not as much as I expected from an AML.

Aroma of corn husk, grain, mild perfume, and a bit of alcohol.

Other than a slight lingering corny sweetness, this beer is as easy to drink as water. This is an average AML, and a good bet if you are on a budget, or need an easy drinker for caps or beer pong.

Photo of skivtjerry
2.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got a 6 of this as a Xmas gag gift. I figured I might as well review it to sharpen my tasting skills, as there probably wouldn't be a lot to taste. Pours straw colored with a miniscule head that quickly disappears. Smells of seltzer and a little grain. Hits the tongue with a seltzer taste, then a hint of malt mixed with a taste that reminds me of the aroma from the grain we feed our horses. Upon swallowing, ALL taste disappears! Feels like I just had a sip of water. Not even a good lawnmower beer for the summer months. I will throw it in the back of the fridge for non-beery houseguests. This is still the cleanest tasting, least objectionable Miller product I've ever tasted (not that that happens often; certainly won't anytime soon).

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

(Served in a strange)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear body with a very light hue of pale yellow with a strong carbonation of big bubbles. The head is a pure snow white with big bubbles pushing through and it fades to a thin ring after a bit.

S- This beer has a very clean smell with a pale sulfury raw grain note with a hint of field corn as it warms. There is a dry hop bitter smell that has no depth and reminds me of what a hop extract might smell like.

T- This beer has a sulfury dry hop bitter flavor that is combined with a carbonic acid finish. There is a very light dry pale malt hint that comes through in the beginning of the taste.

M- This beer has a very light fizzy mouthfeel with a watery texture.

D- This beer has a combo of sulfury dry hops and lots of fizz that is just not very appealing. The fizz is the strongest player in this beer not the malt or the hops.

Icehouse from Miller Brewing Co.
50 out of 100 based on 1,085 ratings.