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Icehouse - Miller Brewing Co.

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1,015 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,015
Reviews: 334
rAvg: 2.04
pDev: 34.8%
Wants: 6
Gots: 52 | 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 RoyalT
2.75/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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
Photo of KroMagnon
2.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

(See disclaimer at my review of Bud Light.) This one was poured vigourously as well but its head went away rather quickly. THe clarity is again flawless, perfectly crystal clear, and the color is a bit darker than the other beers in this session to this point (bud light, coors light, busch). THe aroma is also more "beer-like" from this beer - I actually get a hint of malt in the nose, and not much else. In fact, compared to a typical quality lager like a Munich Helles or Dortmund export style beer, the aroma is good, although with everything it could be bigger and bolder. The flavor features malty hints this time along with some other sweet notes that may be from corn or another cereal grain. The hop notes seem to be limited to simple bitterness. There is some hint of astringency at the end as well that is kind of puckering and reminds me a little of tea. I've been to concert venues where this was the strongest beer available. Under those circumstances, I wouldn't hesitate to buy one. Furthermore, I'd rather have this at family get-togethers than most macroswills.

KroMagnon, Aug 02, 2003
Photo of ngandhi
1.5/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Icehouse is incredibly astringent.

There's nothing on the nose, little on the palette as far as malts and hops are concerned, but the carbonation is harsh and the alcohol is poorly balanced. Being an ice beer, it makes good fun for keggers because it will get you drunk quicker. I have a tough time, however, finishing a glass (or a plastic cup).

This beer is nothing but pain. It doesn't taste bad, it doesn't really taste at all. More like taking your medicine than enjoying a brew. Stay away. Even worse in the cans.

Relax, relax.

ngandhi, Jul 24, 2003
Photo of Redrover
2.55/5  rDev +25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

24 oz can served ice cold.

I had this one at the Braves game. I’m not sure the plastic cup made any difference on how I rated this beer.

Beer pours a typical American macro yellow color. Huge initial head, that quickly disperses.

Not a ton of smell here. You get some whiffs of corn, a little chemical smell and a hint of malt.

Taste is slightly below average and not nearly as good as some of its Miller stable mates. Some malty sweetness and an underlying chemical/ester type taste. Carbonation is very active and that may help the taste. They do a good job of hiding the alcohol. Don’t let this one get warm as it quickly loses what little appeal it has.

I guess this would be an ok beer if you wanted to get a quick buzz, but its not one that I will search out. Much better macro alternatives available.

Redrover, Jul 23, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
2/5  rDev -2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Fizzy little clear yellow guy with a nice white head to start; none to finish. Lots of carbonation and streams of continuous bubbles. The nose of light malting and adjuncts. The taste is not too bad with a little sense of hopping and light flavor of adjuncts. This is a very thin watery brew with over carbonation.

AtLagerHeads, Jul 12, 2003
Photo of TheDM
1.53/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This brew poured a small white head of fine to medium sized bubbles and a weak pee water light yellow color. It has a mild hoppy aroma and leaves just a fair lacing. Its flavor is that of a typical fizzy weak rice beer, mild and uneventful. Continuous carbonation rises up the side of the glass. Can you spell BURP?

TheDM, Jul 12, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
1.6/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This beer poured a large creamy head with small bubbles that fully diminished. There was some lacing with this beer. The body was clear and yellow in hue. There was some carbonation observed with this beer. This beer had a light malty and hoppy aroma and also a citrus aroma. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and finished in the same way. The mouthfeel was light, thin and watery.

hotstuff, Jul 01, 2003
Photo of Rootdog316
2.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Icehouse isn't the greatest domestic beer available today, but it tastes pretty good. The design for the label is great, and it has a real catchy name. The beer itself is sort of thick, and has an unusual taste to it, but not a bad taste. It is not a first choice beer for me, but certainly not a last choice either.

Rootdog316, Jun 16, 2003
Photo of beerbill
3.15/5  rDev +54.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

For an icebeer this is exceptionally easy to drink. When cold it goes down fairly smooth. There is a bit of an aftertaste but nothing too bad. It's not much to look at and it's not terrible complex, but all things considered this is a good, economic beer. Nowhere near a Guiness, but it was never meant to be.

beerbill, Jun 14, 2003
Photo of elmocoso
2.55/5  rDev +25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I havn't even thought about buying one of these in many years, probably about 10 and thats saying a lot. When i was 16 and smoking pot every day, this stuff was new and me and my friends were all excited to drink something different with a "High" alcohol content (a whopping 5.5). I look back and smile on this beer and realize how far I have come in more ways than one.

The brew is light gold with very active carbonation, no head. Just a whisp of bubbles around the edge o' the glass.

A very grainy/cereal smell. pretty one demensional.

The taste starts out innocently but packs a mean aftertaste, especially in the first two or three drinks, and after that the beer becomes utterly forgetable, even whilst i drink it. My mind is already on my next beer. Skip it.

elmocoso, Jun 10, 2003
Photo of aaronh
1.33/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

One of the few beers I've never finished. Pretty much a typical macro in appearance and smell, but the taste is much too bitter and metallic, with a harsh mouthfeel and an everlasting aftertatse that tastes like an acid-soaked penny. This is absolutely horrid stuff.

aaronh, Jun 05, 2003
Photo of Stubbie1
2.38/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This brew pours a pale yellow. There was a head but it left without any lace. The smell is sweet and of corn and grain. The taste is water down with a touch of alcohol at the end. So much for their “ Never watered down taste”. Glad I was cooking with it

Stubbie1, Jun 01, 2003
Photo of Amdahl
1.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a bad beer, but there are worse. Very pale yellow with only a very thin ring of head. The smell is very bad. No aromas stick out. Taste is similar. This is a light bodied beer. Drinking more than one of these is hard to do. I would stay away from this beer, unless your digging in the couch cushion for bling to buy beer.

Amdahl, May 21, 2003
Photo of Boto
1.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had a couple of these on the golf course today. Overall, not too awfully bad for a Macro. Good swilling beer, if the need arises. Pale yellow in color, with a white head and typical fiziness. Limited aroma and taste. I know they sell alot of this stuff. Advertising is a good thing???

Boto, May 04, 2003
Photo of AudioGilz
2.35/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's pale straw in color. A rather large fluffy head forms and is nice to look at for the 15-20 seconds it lasts. There's not much of an aroma, just a little grain. And the same goes for flavor, just a little graininess, and slightly noticeable alcohol. It's crisp on the palate and that's about the only plus to this beer. That and the fact that it can be a cheap buzz for someone who is broke. It's definitely not a beer for beer advocates to enjoy. Not much flavor, just a cheap buzz.

AudioGilz, Apr 15, 2003
Photo of Tballz420
1.73/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

For a lot of my friends at college, this is the perfect drink for them. A six pack of tall boys is about 5 bucks, and after that you will be feeling alright. A nice cheap drunk, if thats what youre looking for, if for some reason you were looking for a tasty beer and thought this might be it, keep on looking.

Tballz420, Apr 05, 2003
Photo of taez555
1.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Someone left a few cans of this beer at my place a while back. So, instead of pouring it out, I thought I might actually try it.
I went into this beer with a very open mind. Pouring it into my favorite snifter and letting it build as big a head as I could get.
The body of this beer was a very clear yellow with lots of tiny bubbles, I was actually able to read type in some books while looking through it. The white head was nice but died down quickly.
I tried to get a picture of the nose, swirling it around as much as I could and no matter what I tried I could barely pick up any flavors at all. If anything it reminded me of being a kid of maybe 5 and smelling my dad's beer.
The taste was yet again almost none existant. Very mellow, almost no hop flavor, very subtle malt, it was more of a yellow alcohol water than beer. I even tried swirling it around in my mouth like mouthwash. Let some air in to bring out the flavors, but still next to nothing.

The funniest part about this beer is that after I drank it I really got the best picture of the flavors by burbing. Reminded me somewhat of that one scene in willy wonka, well.. minus the flying.

If you're looking to get drunk on a serious budget this is the beer for you, other than that I'd probably never go out of my way to buy this beer.
This beer is the reason people don't take beer snobs even a quarter as seriously as they take wine snobs.

taez555, Mar 17, 2003
Photo of Frozensoul327
2.63/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not too bad of a beer. Beats the hell outta Red Dog in my opinion. Had a nice slightly pale yellow color, skimpy white head, but decent flavor of hops. It had a bit of a watery / alcohol flavor that i found kind of overpowering, but compared to other beers in this price range, it's nothing to totally turn your nose up. If you have never had it, i say it's worthy of a try.

Frozensoul327, Mar 09, 2003
Photo of JISurfer
1.48/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Beer colored water. No head at all.
Smell: Smells like a stale hoppy beer. Still not skunk though.
Taste: You can definately taste the alcohol in the "beer". You can
also taste the water. Pretty bubbly too.
Mouthfeel: Nothing really special here, just rolls down like semi-
carbonated water. Doesn't leave a film or anything.
Drinkability: I try to stay away from this one. The only time I drink
it is when I run out of my good stuff and my bro has it
stocked in his fridge.

JISurfer, Jan 26, 2003
Photo of Reidrover
2.78/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I actually used to drink this beer quite often when it first came out ( usually in longnecks).Back then when i was a macro-beer drinker, i thought this wasnt too bad..pretty good sometimes. In those days i lived in Georgia and an Ice cold Icehouse hit the spot..and as i was a High Liofe man got me drunk pretty darn fast!
I tried a can today, its been a year since i last tatsed this..and after trying so many good micros this is very bland..but i am strapped for cash and i must says its still better than more exspensive macros...so if your after a summer beer for the BBQ Icehouse ain't too shabby if your short of cash.

Reidrover, Jan 24, 2003
Photo of Shiloh
2.38/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not an impressive brew, the colour is nice but their is a faint aroma of yeast,,,the taste is hollow in that it leaves you wanting. Mouthfeel is that of a carbonated water...a slight bitter after taste..
Gets a 2.0 for drinkability, and I think I am being kind.

Shiloh, Dec 23, 2002
Photo of budgood1
1.85/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

well instead of waxing poetic about this beer, i'll get straight to the point. it's gold with a detergent head. grainy and alcoholic smelling. tastes slightly grainy with a pronounced alcohol bite. kind of a spritzy mouthfeel, the slight fullness in mouthfeel comes from the alcohol. if you want to get comfortably numb quickly...this is the beer for you. i'd recommend mixing this with some tomato juice or bloody mary mix, olives, pickles, and some tabasco. one of my top five all time worst hangovers came after a night of drinking this beer in college. the pain of the following day still haunts me. this is not a good beer...even by "swill" standards.

budgood1, Dec 18, 2002
Photo of Jarod
2/5  rDev -2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer came out of the can a gold color. There was a white head present no lace. It seemed to be well carbonated. The aroma was of weak malt and hops, alcohol was present. The taste was watery, carbonated that is about it. Look if it is hot out, the beer is ice cold and you are thirsty, think about it. Hey after you get 1 down, your taste buds will be numb enough to drink more. Don't expect much from this beer.

Jarod, Dec 17, 2002
Icehouse from Miller Brewing Co.
51 out of 100 based on 1,015 ratings.