Icehouse - Miller Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,079
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 2.02
pDev: 35.64%
Wants: 7
Gots: 79 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-19-2001)
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Photo of DoubleJ
1.95/5  rDev -3.5%
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
2.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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
2.38/5  rDev +17.8%
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
2.75/5  rDev +36.1%
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
2.7/5  rDev +33.7%
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
2.38/5  rDev +17.8%
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
2.95/5  rDev +46%
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
2.6/5  rDev +28.7%
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’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
2.98/5  rDev +47.5%
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
2.53/5  rDev +25.2%
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
2.8/5  rDev +38.6%
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
2.25/5  rDev +11.4%
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
1.63/5  rDev -19.3%
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
3.45/5  rDev +70.8%
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
2.73/5  rDev +35.1%
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
2.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of harpo111
1.45/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

had not tried an ice beer in a while. while i like MGD ok and regular miller high life somewhat....from the standpoint of OK macros (i prefer much heavier stuff...but you can't get it at the quickie mart).
a: looks like ok beer
s: musty, little hint of grain
t: fizzy with a weak grain flavor..very little sweetness
m: fizzy
d: you better have a good one first so you don't taste much of this one.
overall not impressed at all. little flavor, little character...would rather have a plain old miller or bud over this any day...
will not buy again.

Photo of xav33
1.13/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Recent browing, resided in 11/06
Medium pour in a pint glass.

Poured a slightly pale yellow with a fizzy mostly diminishing white head.

Smelt of faint grain.

Taste was upfront sweet drainage water with maybe hints of grain flavoring followed by an execrable harsh bitter fat man's bat tub water taste. Mouthfeel was light bodied, watery-ish, fizzy and strongly astringent on the finish.

Overall, I never actually tasted this beer until today. I've drank it a few times and thought it was ok, but never *tasted* it. Don't taste it. Just enjoy the buzz.

Photo of ski271
2.83/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium-pale yellow with a large, white, frothy head that diminishes to a short-lived film and leaves some lacing behind. The smell is nothing special, corn and alcohol are most prominent. The taste is a big improvement over the nose though. Corn and grain of course, but there’s a pleasant maltiness to it and a light hint of hops. The finish is warm and dry, with some alcohol coming on a little stronger but still not too offensive. It has a medium body, dry texture and lively carbonation. Now granted, I wasn’t expecting much from this beer, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one. It wasn’t terrible at all. In fact, it was oddly satisfying. I’d consider giving it an above average rating if it weren’t so corny.

Photo of Adamthome1
1.78/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into plastic pint glass from 12 oz. glass bottle. Looked promising, good carbonation and looked full of corn flavor, was hoping for a sweet aftertaste to mask some of the alcohol. Aroma was highly corn and mild alcohol. Found the alcohol taste very powerful, especially as it warmed up under the hot sun. Had to force myself to down the last half of it before it got any warmer. Even when ice cold detected mostly alcohol. There was a good amount of corn flavor though so that helped. Aftertaste was dominated by alcohol and rotten/stale corn.

I'd go with Milwaukee's Best Ice if looking for ice beer, it is as flavourful as Mil Best Original and really does a fantastic job of masking the alcohol content. But why not drink a good malt/double malt beer if looking for high alcohol content though, more flavour to be found there.

Photo of pmcadamis
2.65/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Had one of these at my buddies house. Poured from a cold 12 once can into a pint glass.

Smells typical of a macro lager. Some fruity adjuncts and almost undetectable hops. Doesn't really smell like anything in particular. Just smells like cheap lager.

Tastes astoundingly good for such a cheap beer! This is smooth and goes down very easily (although it was my fourth of fifth beer in maybe two hours, so I might be overly generous).

Again, doesn't really taste like much besides light hops and a bit of no altogether unpleasant corny adjuncts.

A great brew if you are looking to save some money and drink quite a few.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
2.17/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a super clear slightly orange golden color with a 1/4" head of tight white bubbles after an aggressive pour. The head sticks around for about 30 seconds to end up as a thin white ring around the top of the beer where it meets the glass. There are a few bubbles rising to keep the ring around the glass. No lacing or not much else to speak of.

Aroma: My initial impression was of some serious corn. My second impression was of some serious corn. Gee, I wonder if there is some serious corn in this one? I don't really get that much else. There is a little bit of hops to give an impression to mix with the corn. The water seems a bit salty to give the hops more backbone. There is a bit of spice in the aroma that I would assume is from Saaz hops rather than from alcohol.

Taste: The flavor isn't quite as corny as I expected. It is still really corn driven, but it isn't like drinking cream corn as I expected it to be from the aroma. There is a bit of a buttery like flavor that I guess is from some toast and caramel malts, though it may be Diacetyl. The flavor borders on metallic with the dryness from the adjuncts leaving no where for the off flavors to hide. The finish is rather wet with some noticeable alcoholic burn that must be because of the lack of substance causing the alcohol to be apparent at only 5.5%.

Opinion: Well, I hate to admit it, but I drank this beer quite a bit before I knew what good beer was. Now that I know, I probably won't finish this glass. This beer is hollow and only has a higher than average alcohol content. I bought this beer as a single bottle, and it is a good thing because I wouldn't want any more of this one. Whew!

Icehouse from Miller Brewing Co.
50 out of 100 based on 1,079 ratings.