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Icehouse - Miller Brewing Co.

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1,087 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,087
Reviews: 345
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 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.

Photo of harpo111
1.51/5  rDev -25.2%
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
1.15/5  rDev -43.1%
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
2.78/5  rDev +37.6%
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
1.8/5  rDev -10.9%
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
2.62/5  rDev +29.7%
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
2.21/5  rDev +9.4%
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!

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

24oz can

Icehouse was a very clear light golden color with a shortlived fizzy white head. The smell was lightly sweet and grainy. The taste was light and grainy as well with a lightly bitter, dry finish. The mouthfeel was light with medium to high carbonation. Not a good beer.

Photo of Rudgers73
1.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I've had some pretty dirty beers while I was in college. I can honestly say that I can at least finish an entire can of something I don't like. Until I found Icehouse.

You can't even drink this when your already drunk... It has a malicious odor. It is offensive. It tastes like can mixed with creekwater. It also has enough alcohol in it that it gets the misguided people that drink it really messed up after a six pack of 16 oz cans.

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

Poured a clear pale gold color. Large frothy white head.
Smell is not very potent, corn is the most prominent.
Taste is has light sweet malt, and for the 5.5%abv, it balances it well.
Mouthfeel is light, drinkability is average. The 5.5% is well disguised.
An ok Macro.

Photo of tesguino
2.12/5  rDev +5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

like most of its resemblances, this beer does not make an impression to me, but this within the spectrum by above of bud and bud light, blond color, defined body slight flavor and with content within standard of alcohol the beers to lager, finishes sending a new image and promotional campaign, to replace its mark, rare in the border but to the aim can be obtained; good for Mexican and American kitchen recommendable 65%

Photo of Romulus141
1.46/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I have very bad memories of this beer. One of my roommates from college bought this on a whim, and although we had a good night, it was due to the alcohol in the beer, and not to its taste and characteristics.

Appearance: It's a pale yellow color that doesn't retain head. Looks like a typical macro brew.

Smell: Bitter, sour smell. My roommate broke one of the bottles by accident as we were loading them in the refridgerator, and it was a big tip-off to me that this was not a high-quality beer, despite its mid-range price.

Taste: Horrible. It has the bite of Molson Canadian, but is much more bitter and has a lingering aftertaste. I cringed as I took sips from my first bottle. It had a metallic taste if I recall too. No redeeming wheaty taste to be found here. Between the smell and the taste, I had a hard time dealing with this one.

Mouthfeel: Thin and oily, like typical macro brews.

Drinkability: I had to choke this down. This was just flat out bad, and there is no way I'll ever drink it again.

Photo of Blakaeris
1.88/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours completely clear very pale golden color. Modest white foamy head.

Smell is very thin and is dominated by sweet macro corn with no hop bitterness at all.

Taste has very light maltiness. Not as cloyingly sweet as the nose. finish has a very mild bitterness with a lingering sweet residue.

Mouthfeel is light and watery.

Typical macro. Watery and virtually tasteless.

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

Poured a dull yellow with a fizzy white head.

Smell was ultra light with some hints of malts.

Taste had some very mild malt flavors with a strong corn taste, very cereal like. Trace amount of hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel was light and thin with lots of carbonation.

Typical mass produced swill, nothing unusual here.

Photo of spiffysamurai
1/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer is just terrible. First off I got it skunked and the fact that it is so cheap should set off some lights. Anyways I was dared to drink one for ten dollars and god for bid after i drank this shitty beer the ten dollars wasn't worth it. The color looked worse then piss, well actually at first I thought it was piss. Well not really but this beer was just utterly disgusting looking. It was all down hill from there. Yes I got my ten dollars but in retrospect it wasn't worth it. Beware of shitty beer.

Photo of Sosh
1.5/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

appearance - like I'd actually pour this in a glass

smell - terrible, this may have been skunked, but it's more than likely was really just that bad

taste - not beer, just really weird

mouthfeel - doesn't matter

drinkability - not good, even worse than light macros like busch light or natty light. the only thing that makes this worth your while is the fact that it's cheap (4.20 a sixer) and is 5.5%.

Drink to get drunk.

Photo of jameaterblues
2.12/5  rDev +5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I took a 12oz can from my brother's fridge to review. It poured a color that was not quite yellow and not quite gold....my girlfriend described it as urine colored, and I have to say I agree with her. The head was about 1/3 of an inch and disappeared immediately.
Smell: The smell was of cereal grains (corn), and of mild malts. Overall the smell was bland, but it did have some hidden fruitiness, and that was slightly pleasant.
Taste: Malty, smooth, corny, and over all bland. It was actually not quite as light as I was expecting, but still exhibited many characteristics of water.
M/D: Medium bodies for a macro lager, high carbonation, smooth but bland. Not terrible, but did give my stomach the feeling that I drank too much water.

Photo of jettjon
2.38/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Highs: None
Lows: Bitter, unpleasant finish

Pours golden clear with a few bubbles; looking like a typical macro. One-finger whitish head fades to nothing quicker than you can say “American macro brewery.” Unremarkable nose, maybe a bit of malt and yeast. Flavor is pretty neutral with some malt and a little alcohol even though it’s only 5.5% ABV. Finish is malty and a bitter, but not a good bitter, more like a grating, bad coffee bitter, but it’s not too harsh. Mouthfeel is pretty decent, bubbly, and refreshing. Definitely a lawn mowing beer. Drinkability is below average: the finish kills it. This isn’t a terrible beer, but it’s not even an average beer, either.

Overall: A below average macro, not recommended. And contrary to urban belief, the 5.5% ABV is not worth the sacrifices in flavor.

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

Pours a crystal clear golden yellow, big fluffy white head forms, settles down to a layer and some lacing on the glass. Good retention for a macro. Smell is sweet with some slight citrus and honey, little bit of grass and grains, some rice. Taste is sweet honey, some citrus and little bit of floral. Clean finish with a little bitterness. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. Not a bad macro lager, there are worse.

Photo of acrawf6
2.73/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours out a decent straw color, small white head goes down quite quickly

Smells. very much a macro aroma. a little sweet maltiness. not bad for the style(and not good either) very typical.

Taste. if any good flavors come out, it would be one the maltier part of it, but it aint malty. adjunct flavor very present. is sweet.

Mouthfeel. i think the 5.5% alc gives it a better mouthfeel than some others. decent carbonation.

Overall i cant tell if i can tolerate it much. It seems decent at times, but i dont know if i could drink this on a weekly basis. not completely bad though, especially for the price. But i do have to say i would choose this over all the other miller products.

Photo of Mebuzzard
2.6/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured this into a pint glass just to see how it looked.
Pale, straw yellow color, but surprisingly it had a nice head. Foaming and laced...then gone. Oh well.
Smell of burnt hops, malt, grains and alcohol.
Taste was a hollow malt, pinot gris type of flavor. Light, fizzy, bad finish.

Photo of Drew966
1.8/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Purchased a twenty four ounce can. This beer pours a pale yellow, with a thick head. Smell is minimal, taste is fairly bland. Good alternative to drinking malt liquor, but not particularly interesting either. I would not recommend this unless you are looking for a cheap, mostly tasteless buzz.

Photo of DogFood11
2/5  rDev -1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Miller product. 5.5%. 24 oz can poured into a pilsener glass. Dried and bleached straw color. Slightly darker than a miller light. perfectly clear. Fizzy head that fades amazingly quck. Lace is evident for a drink or two.

Adjunct smell and taste. sweet corn, some astringent floral quality that I cant shake. It is crisp like most in this style. Fairly heavy on the carbonation. Light but quenching mouth.

Yeah I like to pick up a sixer of beers I tried in my youth. If for no other reason just to see how my taste have changed, and this isn't all that bad. But when you compare it across the board it is well below average, but drinkable and halfway enjoyable.

Photo of russpowell
1.63/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed this on a whim, was offered a take away from a party that I was DD @ (that does suck, but not so much when this the main offering)

Pours golden with a bubbly head that drops off to a thin film pronto. No lacing or head retention

Taste: Graininess & alcohol, slight bitterness followed up by sickening sweetness

MF: Slick and overcarbonated (uurp!!), how bout waving a few more picture of hops at the brew kettle in anger???

I've been plenty of places in the world where this would be considered decent beer ( when I was 16/Egypt), I think I'll pass unless either one of these 2 scenarios repeat themselves

Icehouse from Miller Brewing Co.
50 out of 100 based on 1,087 ratings.