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Milwaukee's Best Ice - Miller Brewing Co.

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Milwaukee's Best IceMilwaukee's Best Ice

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BA SCORE
50
awful

568 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 568
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 2
pDev: 39%
Wants: 5
Gots: 76 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-29-2001

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Ratings: 568 | Reviews: 184
Reviews by bluejacket74:
Photo of bluejacket74
2.29/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

24 ounce can, best by June 13, 2011. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear gold color with about an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is sweet malt, cooked corn and some grain. It's a weak aroma, not much to it at all. Taste is similar to the aroma (however the taste isn't weak), but there's also a slight metallic taste that I notice. With that being said, it doesn't taste awful. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's a bit watery with a decent amount of carbonation. Drinkability is a little below average. I don't think it's a horrible beer, but it's certainly not good, either. For $1.19 a can, I can't really complain at all. If I wanted something cheap to drink just to get drunk with, Beast Ice isn't a bad choice.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.15/5  rDev +57.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Typical clear yellow in color with a lot of carbonation and a big white fluffy head that went down in 10 seconds.

Smell – The sole aroma that I could pick out of the glass was pure American grain.

Taste – The creamed corn was in effect at the very first sip. They managed to hide the booze better than most of the other “ice” style of beers I’ve had and the dreaded Gummi-Bear sweetness was absent. Overall this wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation was pretty good, actually, making the beer crisp and somewhat refreshing. I’d say that it was a shade over light-bodied, too.

Drinkability – I performed this tasting over my sink, thinking that if I passed out the giant 24 ounce can would fall down in the drain where it belonged. But, all in all, this wasn’t that bad. Hell, I might even finish this blue and silver bullet.

Photo of Jason
3.27/5  rDev +63.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good clear pale apperance with some lace, clean aroma with a hint of alcohol. Quite crisp with a light body, thin on the malt with extremely faint hops. Alcohol shows that it is there as there is not much to hind behind. Not too bad for an ice beer at $5.99 at 12-pack its a bargin.

Photo of Bamabrew22
2.58/5  rDev +29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Quaffed a few of these on the golf course recently. I guess I was drawn in by the 5.9% ABV and the price was certainly right. Pale straw in appearance. No noticeable smell. Slightly sweet in taste, not bad, but not great. Overall, not a bad macro choice on a hot day. Provided ample refreshment and booze on the golf course.

Photo of dogfishandi
2.19/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

24 oz can right out of the ICE cold fridge, poured into my giant 24 oz mug. JUN 13 11 on bottom of the can. on the side of this can it also says ALE (?)

pours out a super clear golden pale yellow color with a huge billowy pure white head that actually hung around for awhile (surprise?). bits of sticky lace as well.

the aroma is rather off putting, smells oddly enough like dryer sheets, very mettallic with some cooked corn.

the taste is dominated by cooked corn, mettallic aluminum with just a hint of dryer sheet. some slight acidity and a hint of apples towards the finish.

watery light mouthfeel. a bit over carbonated, but crisp and refreshing.

it goes down very easy, but i definatly wouldnt want another...ever. tastes so similar to practically every adjunct lager.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.27/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Can't knock the appearance, seems almost vibrant gold with a pristine white head with little bubbles, although it does 86 itself pretty quickly. Fusel alcohol or just rubbing alcohol aroma and grainy cereal like corn chex aroma don't earn it much respect.

Hop aspect is almost nonexistant, as seems to be the desire in these ice adjuncts, keep that price down and the alcohol up. Did have a larger corn and malt profile than most, maybe the icing of the beer gets rid of enough water content to make an ice beer or two actually not like alcohol water. Don't get me wrong, its not like this is worth falling over, but it isn't watery at least. Lots of carbonation.

Can't help but feel like the metallic aftertase is imparted by the can. Probably still leans above average for an ice adjunct though.

Photo of WVbeergeek
1.28/5  rDev -36%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

The label states Ice brewed from th finest quality malted barley, selected grains and choicest hops. pours a honey bright golden hue with a large overly carbonated white head dwindles as quick as it rises. Lacing is left behind thin and scant. Aromatics smells like beer, grainy offness slightly metallics. A blend of pale malts and assorted grains ie corn and rice. Not much alcohol on the nose even thought it's an ice brew it comes out at 5.9% just under the legal limit of some of the archaic states with beer laws like WV. Flavor unremarkable but yet a horrible chemical metallic offness comes across the palate with DME sweetness after a few sips I'm certain I'm not going to finish off a whole 24oz can. I will not waste anymore vibrant liver cells on this beer, drain pour. Mouthfeel is thin watery textured with carbonation so high it makes it hard to swallow, shitty industrial beer at it's worst. Drinkability terrible.

Photo of touchofsandusky
3.78/5  rDev +89%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First of all, don't listen to most people. To really appreciate any beer, you really need to have a long-term commitment.

Firstly, this is not a "premium" beer. It's economical. Think about it; a 12-pack for $5.99. TWELVE BEERS. SIX DOLLARS.

Not only is it twelve beers for six dollars, it's 5.9%!

This is the go-to beer for rednecks (at least in my area), and there is a dang good reason for this. It's cheap, it's effective (in terms of getting drunk) and it's readily available at any local gas station or convenience store. This is NOT the beer for someone who drinks beer for flavor... which I've never quite understood myself, but that's besides the point. Anyone who -really- drinks knows that beers that taste good usually come with a headache or indegestion. Milwaukees Best is what I would consider the BEST beer because it's cheap, readily available, has high alcohol percentage, and doesn't taste like pee in a can. It's very drinkable, and very economical. Good for shotguns, or for mooching bros or beer bong.

Bottom line is, the people that give this beer BAD reviews won't know what their missing until it's gone. Sure, I enjoy a "good" tasting beer occasionally... but I don't want the BEST to dissappear because a bunch of reviewers felt like talking smack about a beer that they didn't even understand. It's good, potent, and CHEAP. And it doesn't taste too bad either. I just mentioned FOUR positive things, and there is no disputing any of them. Keep this on the market, and I'll keep buying it. I only drink the BEST.

Photo of Metalmonk
1.33/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

"...here we dive hysterically and hilariously into the abyss..."

Pours a very clear pale yellow with lots of bubbles and a sizzling rocky head that doesn't retain very well. Although the color sends out some danger signs, it doesn't look foul or anything.

While the smell isn't atrocious, it's clearly bad. It's artificially sweet and unappealingly corn-like, with hops bringing up the rear. There's a weird, alien element to the aroma that I can't nail down, but I know I don't like it. The only good thing about the smell is that it's fairly timid.

The looks and smell weren't exactly abhorrent, so I had some hope for this beer...until I tasted it. Milwaukee's Best Ice is made with malt and hops. This much is clear at the very front of the sip...but no love has gone into it at all. What little flavor there is completely dies out in a matter of seconds, leaving you with a metallic finish and absolutely no memory of what you just tasted. It may not be the most foul beer in the world, but it is easily one of the most forgettable and lame. It's too thin, weirdly sweet (like they used Nutrasweet in the recipe) and predictably metallic. Lacking any kind of depth. I could go on, but why bother?

Mouthfeel is atrocious, sizzling with full-on carbonation and only prolonging the experience that I want to end NOW. And I do. Down the sink it goes.

I rate the drinkability low because I couldn't even finish a glass (and there's still more in the can). It may be very drinkable if you're just looking to pound back a few and get fucked up, and if you also don't care what your beer actually tastes like. But I can't consider this drinkable in any way. This is Milwaukee's best??? I'm sure the city has something better to offer than this swill.

Photo of Magpie14
2.28/5  rDev +14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A pounder can of the Beast Ice

A: a radiant fair wheat yellow color with a large number of bubbles swirling and twirling about. A raspy and coarse bone white layer of fizz was present for a mere seconds and was replaced by a meager ring of suds. One strip of lace exists that is reminiscent of a chinese dragon lurching forth

S: tin, rubber, and honey or sugar (you decide). Some corn and malted barely-like smells are detected

T: dried corn husks, barley, sweetness that borderlines table sugar and maybe some grassy hop notes. This has offending characters and yet it is not as bad I would have imagined...hhmm, not sure if that makes sense. In some ways it is almost flavorless and what it offers just hangs in the balance

M: if the palate is troubled to define any real character, it has no problem detecting a fizzy body. Large chugs might bring tears to the eyes if not careful. Crazily enough, what I can not overlook is the raw drinkability that this commands beer. It is by far from offensive but far from "feeling fine"

D: keep it ice cold and these brews move better. As mine warms the flavor and taste buds gather less and less flavors, is that even possible? Down any road, this beer is drinkable, but in all honesty I reach for other brews when the wallet is tight and when looking for the style...which is rare

Photo of AllisonWunderland
3.4/5  rDev +70%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

It's 5.9% alcohol and always ON SALE ! ! !

More body than most of the American piss water in a can, it's definitely got the run-of-the-mill commercial canned beer beat to death. As has been noted herein, it's a redneck beer, the one to drink when you're having more than one . . . in the safe company of a designated driver.

The 16 oz can (5.9% alcohol) six pack goes on sale all the time, $5.79 plus deposit. Do the math. That's less than a buck per pint.

You can drink it straight out of the can, but it tastes better in a chilled mug. Goes well with the appropriate red-neck food: Pizza, ribs, chicken, chili, chips, pretzels, pepperoni.

Yes, as a matter of fact, I do understand brewing, but there are times when you want cheap beer and lots of it -- like at keg parties.

Photo of pmcadamis
2.25/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A -Pale yellow-gold with a decent sized head that exhibits deplorable retention. Doesn't look half bad for a macro ice beer though.

S - Vague corn sweetness on the nose, with a barely-there hint of funky hops.

T - Again, sweet corn on the cob with some funky off-flavors that don't offend as much as annoy. Really, really tastes like corn...maybe even with a hint of diacetyl butter smattered on top.

M - Light bodied, highly carbonated, but not really watery like some other macros.

D - For the price ($5 for a 12 pack at the gas station), this is eminently drinkable for someone on a budget. This straddles the line between over-boozed malt liquor and watery low-abv macro brews.

Photo of tdm168
2.63/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale, clear yellow with a thin layer of soft, white head that hangs around for a while. The nose is grainy with a very, very faint grassy hop aroma. The flavor is light and grainy with a very faint bitter finish. The mouthfeel is light and smooth with a decent amount of carbonation.

I'm not entirely sure how I drank so much of this in college. It's not awful, but it's not good. I wouldn't make a habit of picking this up.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.13/5  rDev +56.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

What can be said here that's not already known? Perhaps only that it's a little bit better than might be expected.

It pours a crystal-clear gold body beneath a good-sized head of bright white foam that holds surprisingly well. Steady streams of tiny bubbled carbonation help to buoy the head; and it even leaves some minor splotches of lace about the glass.

The nose is clean, if not particularly fresh or enticing, with a generic malt and hop combination that doesn't really display either one or the other.

In the mouth it's a bit fizzy, with a delicately effervescent carbonation and medium body.

The flavor is not far from what the nose suggest, but there is a little more malt than you might expect. It's pretty well balanced by a firm bitterness, and it's certainly not sweet like a malt liquor. The generic hops return though, only lending a smear of muddled flavor where there could be so much more to give it interest. And the alcohol is noticeable, which is odd, as it's only 5.9% by volume.

Photo of JayTime
3.3/5  rDev +65%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I don't understand the piss poor ratings for this. Tastewise this beer is pretty decent. It tastes like a mixture of miller light and malt liquor, and as an ice brew thats practically what it is. There is a strong grain and corn taste to it, but its not offensive. Don't let it get warm though or you will get some bad tastes. Carbonation is a bit high for my taste, but not absurd. For what it is it's pretty good and I find myself actually enjoying them.

Photo of beerluvr
3.36/5  rDev +68%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big white head settles to a 1/4 ince layer before nearly disappearing, but leaves decent lacing oddly enough. Light golden gently carbonated liquid. Sweet adjunct and grainy nose. Clean tasting, with a subtle weakly fruity taste in the background with some hop twang present. Finishes sweetish. A solid and decent cheap beer is what we have here.

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
1/5  rDev -50%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Milwaukee's Best Ice, if that ice was cut from an outhouse. It is best real cold, left outside all night on November night. I perfer it with little chunks of ice swimming in it. Real bad beer, but a good way to get loaded.

Photo of bditty187
2.08/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Clear gold hue, smallish white head, bubbly and underdeveloped, it quickly fades to a collar, sparse specks of lace. Sweet, grainy nose with alcohol currents underneath, the potency doesn’t simulate an invitation. The palate is sweet and grainy… the alcohol is very naked. Somewhat clean. Medium-light body. Light carbonation. All in all it is pretty flavorless… not worth drinking, pointless, skip it, not recommended unless your looking to get hammered for little money.

As a younger man I regarded MBI to be the worst beer made, its not but it’s in the running.

Photo of nicholas2121
3/5  rDev +50%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Milwaukee's Best Ice Brewed by the Miller. This brew has an Abv of 5.9. This beer pours out of the can a nice amber color with a white head. The taste is that of an American style lager and malt liquor. It is right in the middle of the two. The beer goes down ok for being a higher abv, than other brews on the market. Nothing bad but nothing special . Overall I give this brew a 3 out of 5.

Photo of hophugger
2.36/5  rDev +18%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

rated from previous tasting notes

Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.76/5  rDev +38%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

24 ounce tall oil can. Light golden in color, fizzy and sizzling head that is wiped out rather quickly. Pasty malts and tender grainy hops on the nose, for the style...no complaints here. Fizzy carbonated malt based palate; light cooked veggies with a severe warming alcohol backbone. Palate turns grainy, yet cleansed with slender corn flavorings. Sweet metallic/acidic finsh, for the style not too bad, for the beer advocate, worth passing up.

Photo of Darwin232
1.5/5  rDev -25%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Just a really bad beer

Photo of EagleTalon
2.09/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours to a thin white head that almost completely disappears and pale gold color. Aroma is very much cooked corn and a faint hint of malt and hops, believe it or not. Flavor is a sweetish mixture of corn flakes, and a bit of alcohol aftertaste. the 5.9% abv really asserts itself. Generous CO2 as expected. I am noticing a buildup of harsh metallic and vegetable flavors and rough mouthfeel as I drink... not good.

Photo of Treyliff
2.27/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

40oz plastic bottle poured into a pint glass

A- pours a bright golden color with a two-finger foamy and sudsy white head that reduces to skim the top long after that pour

S- fairly clean aroma, some grain, metal, cooked corn, no trace of hops

T- lightly sweet creamed corn up front, but pretty clean. Faint whispers of grass before finishing lean with a toasted grain linger

M- light body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a crisp dry finish

O- this is one of the most drinkable AAL that I've had. It doesn't have that off-putting finish that most do. Not much flavor, but compared to others in it's class, pretty good

Photo of dakeynr
3.94/5  rDev +97%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To me, tastes like a Milwaukee's Best concentrated. And I like Milwaukee's Best sometimes. Hell, I like most beers, sometimes. (Most. Not all.) This is a good beer.

Serve this one cold, very cold. Kind of sweet taste, typical of a lager that approaches this level of alcohol. A bit of alcohol on the tongue. But not overpowering.

It will go with any food you choose. Burgers and Dogs? Check. Spaghetti? Pizza? Wings? Check, check Check! Cheese??? Check!

The same cannot be said for a Guinness, say, or that hoppy IPA, or that sour lambic or the thick and tasty stout. They all have their place and time. But for the all around go with for any occasion, this is very good.

At nearly 6% ABV, this may not be the best session beer for some.

I recommend trying it. What the hell? You don't have much to lose, and you might just find an overlooked gem - to your taste buds anyway. And who cares what any body else tastebuds say?

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Milwaukee's Best Ice from Miller Brewing Co.
50 out of 100 based on 568 ratings.