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Icehouse - Miller Brewing Co.

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1,012 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,012
Reviews: 334
rAvg: 2.04
pDev: 35.29%
Wants: 6
Gots: 50 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-19-2001)
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Photo of CCUBA
1.63/5  rDev -20.1%

My roomate showed up with a few of these the other day because they were cheep. The price can be easily justified after one taste. This is honestly the first beer that I dreaded finishing, and not just because I would be out of beer. Didnt even bother to pour this, really just wanted it gone, but I am not one to waste beer. Anyway a 22 oz is only $1 so thats equivilant to about $.50 for a 12 oz...so...$6 for a 12 pack if I have my math right. Good price/bad beer. Stay away from this unless you just want a quick buzz from the 5.5%ABV or if you just like nasty tasting beer.

CCUBA, Sep 11, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.65/5  rDev -19.1%

Pale amber-gold with one steady stream of bubbles rising in the exact center of the glass. The head is off-white and airy, but due to my hard pour, has some staying power. It takes several minutes to fall to a thin film and leaves miniscule amounts of lace.

No real surprises in the nose, but it does seem to be stronger and maybe more hoppy (!) than some others in its class. The flavor is bolder and more bitter than many other macro lagers. Skimpy malt, more would be welcome. Harsh, grain-like, acidic, bitter, thin and dry, how's that for a murderer's row of beer attributes?

Icehouse is the worst of both worlds. Too nasty tasting for lovers of truly good beer and too flavorful for lovers of easy-drinking, virtually tasteless macro swill. It's a wonder that anyone buys this more than once.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 29, 2004
Photo of FormatKid
2.23/5  rDev +9.3%

40oz bottle purchased from a random gas station for cheap.

I poured the first bit in to a standard pint to give it a full rating. Big foamy fizzy head right off the bat. The head actually has a bit of retention surprisingly, and even faint lacing clings to the glass. Smell is sweet and bland, it has the typical mushy macro fragrance to it. Taste is barely there as well, hint of a flat malt taste, and a flavor I perceive to be “corny” No real notice of any hop flavor at all. Another beer I prefer out of the can, or in this case 40 where it glugs straight down and I don’t have to deal with it too much. I will say that averaging at $1.50 a 40oz, this is the cheapest beer I can stomach, and unfortunately, I’ve drank way too much of this stuff for one life time. Sure I’ll have it again though when I only have a buck fitty to spare.

FormatKid, Jul 31, 2004
Photo of ZAP
1.43/5  rDev -29.9%

Pours a straw color...big cooked corn and alcohol on the nose...smells like a mild Malt Liqour...tastes like it too...harsh alcohol flavor...cheap adjunty flavor..smooths out a little as you drink it but not a favorite of mine...there are many macros I'd pick over this including a lot of so called cheapies...and the ABV on this is only 5.5. or something like that....kind of a light malt liqour without the full flavor/sweetness that malt liquors pack..

ZAP, Jul 29, 2004
Photo of Dmann
2.53/5  rDev +24%

I was in a cheep beer mood tonight so I tried some "classics". Icehouse poures a little darker than straw color with a decent white head that left a little lace down my glass. The smell was quite astringent with grain and alchohol dominating the scent. The flavor was not much to brag about either. The grain was overpowering and not balanced at all, the aftertaste of alchohol was not plesent and the lack of any bittering agent was sorely missed. But what can you expect from $1.25 a 24oz can? Average for the style at best.

Dmann, Jul 08, 2004
Photo of twi1609372
3.4/5  rDev +66.7%

This is a good beer overall, one of millers better. nothing amazingly special about it but it has a deep enough taste to be a beer drinkers beer, yet not quite as powerful as some other beers. Easy to drink, goes down pretty smoth, not a bad aftertaste. not as watered down as some say, not as filling as some say either, in the middle between ultra dark and ultra water, descent balance.

twi1609372, Jun 12, 2004
Photo of cptnjck101
1.08/5  rDev -47.1%

This is another one of those beers that will hurt your feelings. Tastes like ass and gives you the worst hangover a mortal man can imagine. It is cheap, but that's about all it has going for it. I can't say I have one good reason to drink this swill.

cptnjck101, May 30, 2004
Photo of ManekiNeko
1.8/5  rDev -11.8%

24 oz can served cold in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear pale yellow topped by a stark white head. Visible streamers of carbonation. A scant film of bubbles was all that remained of the head after a minute or so. No lacing or clinging.

Smell: Faint bready, almost a yeasty, aroma. One hit wonder. Weak.

Taste: Stereotypical "beer" taste. Not bitter in the least. Not malty either. No real taste.

Mouthfeel: Very light and watery. Carbonation is surprisingly gentle.

Drinkability: Inoffensive and timid. the only things this has going for it are price and a lack of offensive flavors. Of course, it has no real good flavors, either. McBeer.

ManekiNeko, May 07, 2004
Photo of Southernbrew
2.63/5  rDev +28.9%

This is my second review of macro lagers, and it's actually kind of fun, a back to the roots kind of thing. I bought a 24 oz. for $1.50, pretty good deal, I guess. Piss appearance, slight corn smell. No real flavor, basic adjunct flavors with no real aftertaste. Now I can really appreciate good stuff, but well worth the price.

Southernbrew, Apr 22, 2004
Photo of WesWes
2.53/5  rDev +24%

The beer pours a very pale gold color with a spotty white lace head. The aroma is less than average. It has a watery, pale malt scent with a skunky lager yeast smell. The taste is terrible. It is really bitter and watery. It is light on malts and heavy on the skunky finish; no complexity. The mouthfeel is also less than average. It is a low/medium bodied beer with way too much carbonation. This is a horrible brew. It's one and done for me.

WesWes, Mar 30, 2004
Photo of CBFanWish
1.48/5  rDev -27.5%

American beers are some of the best beers in the world. Hands down. There really is no real compitition. But then there are people who swear that American beers are far below par with the rest of the world. The reasons for these comments are beers like Icehouse.
Pouring a transparent yellow colour with a super fast receiding thin head, it shows no real charisma. There is no character. It's just there.
The aroma is weak. Adjuncts and a slight alcohal nite to the nose is all there is. This leads to a borring taste. As close to water as you can get. The only thing that separated this from water was a slight corn taste.
Weak and embarassing. I said I was going to boycott the big three. This is why I should stick to the boycott.

CBFanWish, Mar 11, 2004
Photo of ADR
2.38/5  rDev +16.7%

Clear yellow look, adjunct foam head of little duration. Laces in slight rings, about 3 incomplete circles. Slightly petroleum aroma, sweet with a slightest bit of far off oil and gas mix for a two cycle engine. Flavor is slightly unusual, sweet in an antifreeze sense, grainy and rolling across the mid palete. Finishes relatively dryer (tight and arid hops) than the start, a slight nod to complexity. Reminds me of the old Pig's Eye Ice, not tasteless, a little different, but not much of a beer for my preferences

ADR, Mar 05, 2004
Photo of beertaster13
1.48/5  rDev -27.5%

Picked up a bottle of this from a friends house so I could review it. My friends seem to always have this beer stocked so I gave it a chance. BIG MISTAKE. Icehouse is the worst ice beer I have ever tasted. Pours the usual macro corn yellow with a little bubbly head that fizzles away to quickly. The smell is potent, corn is the strong scent here, no smell of hops just strong corn with a small small hint of malt. The taste is what really makes this beer horrible, the taste is of nothing, absolutely nothing, like drinking dirty water. In the mouth the beer feels flat and warm. Not a drinkable beer, this beer was made to get f&^%*'d up, and that is about it. Ice beers are the true alcoholic beer, get drunk quicker and faster, sounds like fun...not!

beertaster13, Feb 24, 2004
Photo of TastyTaste
2.42/5  rDev +18.6%

I bought a big 24 oz. can of this stuff just to review it. I drank it from said can, so appearance was average based on that. Didn't smell like much, maybe a little malt, maybe not. No trace of hops anywhere in the smell or taste. Didn't make me gag, didn't taste good. Light and well-carbonated. This is a prototypical "get drunk" beer. The fact that it is called Icehouse and is brewed in 'Scony make me think they are trying to appeal to the ice fishing sect, but maybe it's just me.

TastyTaste, Feb 16, 2004
Photo of JAL67
1.78/5  rDev -12.7%

This is just a typical "ice" beer. Drink it fast and get f*&%$ up. What ever! No sense in pouring this into a glass as this just a typical straw colored mess. They think if you "ice" beer and up the ABV that's gonna make it respectable...WRONG.

No Taste.
No Color.
No Nothing.

Pass on this is my opinion.


JAL67, Feb 14, 2004
Photo of Zorro
2.2/5  rDev +7.8%

Compared 4 U.S. Macro brews together to see if there is REALLY any winners here.

Executive Summary:

Scores: A S T M D

Coors Regular: 2 3 3 2 3 = 2.7
Budweiser Regular: 2 1.5 2 3 3 = 2.1
Miller MGD: 2 1.5 1.5 2.5 1.5 = 1.7
Ice House: 3 2.5 2 2.5 2 = 2.35

All brews were assumed to be a 2 in all categories before reviewing.

APPEARANCE: All look pretty much the same except Ice House, It’s a Bit darker.

SMELL: Budweiser has almost no smell, just a bit of grain. Coors smells distinctly of Banana and grain with a bit of yeast. MGD smells barely like bread. Ice House smells a bit citrus. Coors was best but Ice House was far better than Bud or MGD.

TASTE: Budweiser tastes of grain and is mildly sweet. Coors tastes of grain and is Tart compared to Budweiser. MGD tastes sweetest, but has an off taste to it. Ice House tastes like a tarter version of Budweiser. Coors was best, only MGD had a weird taste.

MOUTHFEEL: None of these really have it, Bud is thickest, and Coors is thinnest. Only Budweiser has any real Mouthfeel.

DRINKABILITY: Coors and Budweiser are about the same, MGD has that off taste and it cost it points, Ice House is OK, but not quite as good as Budweiser or Coors.

CONCLUSION: Drink better beers! But if you are trapped without a choice Coors, Bud, Ice House, and MGD.

Zorro, Feb 06, 2004
Photo of DESTRO
2.65/5  rDev +29.9%

this pours pale and unattractive and looks like typical bad beer. the smells makes me wince, because it sucks. it smells like corn and alcohol. the taste though is actually alright, clean and simple. on par or better than other cheap lagers. really no hop profile but a bit of grainy malt, a light alcohol touch finishes it off. not horrible, not good, its ok...gets the job done and thats about it.

DESTRO, Nov 17, 2003
Photo of mwrseeley
2.78/5  rDev +36.3%

I was taken in by the label and didn't realise I had purchased a product from the Miller Brewing Company.

Appearance: The beer poured with a colour that was a cross between pale straw and sunlight; the head was white and short and offered surprisingly sufficient lace for a macrobrewed product.

Smell: Nothing unusual; fairly normal.

Taste: Not exactly full of flavour. A mild smoothness; watery, but not to an alarming degree.

Mouthfeel: Not bad. In fact, inoffensive.

Drinkability: To be honest, I was expecting a lot worse. This is an average beer.

mwrseeley, Nov 07, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.23/5  rDev +58.3%

A crystal-clear yellow-gold body is capped by a short head of creamy bright-white foam that holds fairly well before dropping to an average collar. Lacing is limited. The nose offers a generic beer aroma of sweetish malt and adjunct with a touch of non-descript hops. The body is medium and it's crisp in the mouth with a fine-bubbled, standard carbonation. In the flavor, a slightly grainy, sweetish malt is well-balanced by spicy and floral hop flavor and moderate bitterness along with a subtle apple-like fruitiness. It finishes crisp and dry; almost as if beer had never been there. Very clean and well-brewed but generally lacking in character.

NeroFiddled, Oct 25, 2003
Photo of Webby64
1.9/5  rDev -6.9%

It look great, clear straw color, nice head which disapates quickly, no lace at all. No taste to speak of, maybe corn, a touch of malt and a chemical taste. I will say it looks good in a glass. I bought it cause I wanted to catch a quick buzz. It is just swill!!


Webby64, Oct 05, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
1.78/5  rDev -12.7%

On sale 22oz. for $0.70 I couldn't pass one up, but now for appearance: Pours a crystal clear yellow fizzy tone with a bubbly white decent sized head only after a vigorous pour, lacing speckled and thin.
Aroma: Definite corn and rice approach to their malt profile sweet and slightly alcohol ridden after freezing the initial beer they filter out the ice here and what's left is a concentrated version of shit beer. Mouthfeel is thin but overcarbonated and nothing calling out to me. Drinkability: Not a beer I would chill with daily but it goes down easy and would get you crunked up, however if you like beer don't try this one.

WVbeergeek, Sep 18, 2003
Photo of SetarconeX
1.65/5  rDev -19.1%

Oh man, it's really getting to the point where I dread reviewing anything that's listed here as a "Pale Lager." There's just so many terrible examples of this particular style. Alright, here we go:

Appearance: I've seen worse. Rather pleasently dark as macro-lagers go. Head dissapears a bit too quickly for my tastes though. No biggie, however.

Smell: Oh, gag me with a spoon. Not quite sure how to describe the smell other than "malts gone wrong." Something is very, very wrong with the smell of this beer. Not always a bad sign, but usually....

Taste: 26 beer reviews isn't much around these parts, and quite honestly, this is the first ice beer I've tried. I was scared. Everyone hates them. Apparently they have reason. Are there any hops in this anywhere? Any flavor at all? Tasteless, with a finish of vaguely bitter muck. Again, I've had worse, but this is pretty bad.

Mouthfeel: Well, it feels like a beer. Gotta give it credit for that. Not as watery as it could be. Not much beyond that however.

Drinkability: Really, you could do worse. But then, does anyone really aim for mediocrity? This is the sort of thing you drink during a hockey game. Early in the season. Definately not a Stanley Cup beer. Chug it, and move on to something better.

SetarconeX, Aug 23, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
2.75/5  rDev +34.8%

Appearance – Plain, yellow body but a nice head that foamed up easily and left a touch of lacing.

Smell – Not much on the nose here. – mostly corn and vodka.

Taste – It tastes better than it smells. There’s actually some body to this brew although I’d still consider it “light.” The grain has a little malt flavor in it, and the alcohol let’s you know it’s not 3.2 beer (does that take anybody back?).

Mouthfeel – The carbonation makes this one interesting, and the slight alcohol sting on the cheek lets you know there’s an ABV over 4.

Drinkability – I was ready to gag on this one (I had never tried it prior to this tasting), but was pleasantly surprised. Nice effort for the style (American ice lager).

RoyalT, Aug 19, 2003
Photo of jlervine
2.28/5  rDev +11.8%

Poured a honey gold color with a big foamy white head. The smell isn't so great. I can barely make out a hops aroma, but there's this weird metallic scent as well. Yummy. Taste is bland, and the mouthfeel is very, very thin. I guess you could pounds these back all day, since it wouldn't really do anything for you otherwise. Not enjoyable to drink, and certainly on the bottom-end of my list of cheap macro-lagers.

jlervine, Aug 10, 2003
Photo of granger10
2.3/5  rDev +12.7%

Icehouse is made for one reason. To get you drunk. It's cheap and strong. The flavor was lacking. No hops, no malts, not much of anything except adjuncts and a generic lager taste. But it's not thin and goes down decently. This one wasn't made to taste good, just get you hammered.

granger10, Aug 09, 2003
Icehouse from Miller Brewing Co.
51 out of 100 based on 1,012 ratings.