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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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561 Ratings

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Ratings: 561
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 1.99
pDev: 39.2%
Wants: 5
Gots: 70 | 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: 561 | Reviews: 179
Reviews by digitalflood:
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2.93/5  rDev +47.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears pale yellow with high amount of carbonation. Head thick upon pour and dwindles to thin white fuzz. Translucent color suggests lower specific gravity.

Smells like a mix of light roasted corn and wheat barley. Malty overtones. Overall clean smell with no hops or spice present. Slight alcohol smell.

Tastes fairly clean with a light mouthfeel. The colder the better to enhance crisp nature of overall mix of malt and barley. Very low hops taste. Alcohol heavy aftertaste fairly consistent with American style Ice Beers. There are hints of corn and wheat with a subtle nutty undertone when swirled against palate. Best sipped and enjoyed in moderation. Good whether from can or from glass. Glasses will "lighten" the taste and enhance drinkability at the same time. Cans will enhance the taste and give the appearance of more alcohol, but lower drinkability. Slight warming effect present due to above average ABV compared to other domestics at this price point (5.9%).

Mouthfeel is lighter than normal. Watery in nature, but not offensive. Water and alcohol clearly dominate over other ingredients, but this adds more edge to the over feel and aftertaste than other domestics. Despite high amount of carbonation this doesn't translate into any sensible effect in mouthfeel.

Drinkability is high. Fairly light and crisp, with bold aftertaste. Good Summer brew because of light nature or late Winter brew because of warming effect. I consistently choose this as my everyday beer because despite its overall middle of the road rating, the character and taste of the beer are fairly enjoyable throughout the year and make a good end of the day wind down drink. The price is fairly low (~$7USD for 12 pack) making it a good value beverage for those on a budget.

Nicknamed "The Beast" because of its slightly higher than normal ABV, Milwaukee's Best Ice has been the beer of choice for college students because of its bang for the buck ABV, but when taken in moderation there is a regular everyday drinkable beer that can be appreciated. I've more than once had naysayers retaste the beer in a more mature and sophisticated environment only to be surprised on how well it tastes compared to other mass market US domestics.

Don't get me wrong, this not a premium brew by any means; but it is both a good "sharing beer" and a good drinking for the heck of it beer while tooling around the house doing chores or unwinding at the end of a long day.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.15/5  rDev +58.3%
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 markallmon
2.75/5  rDev +38.2%

Photo of billq82
1.96/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Scott_P83
2.36/5  rDev +18.6%

Photo of Jason
3.27/5  rDev +64.3%
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 Seanny317
1/5  rDev -49.7%

Photo of Cavanaghty
1.25/5  rDev -37.2%

Photo of NilocRellim
1/5  rDev -49.7%

Photo of Bamabrew22
2.58/5  rDev +29.6%
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 Roscoe1847
1/5  rDev -49.7%

Photo of dogfishandi
2.19/5  rDev +10.1%
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 tyleeis
3/5  rDev +50.8%

Photo of briandaube
1.5/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.27/5  rDev +14.1%
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 -35.7%
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 Astrojack
1.5/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of Auraan
1.25/5  rDev -37.2%

Photo of bif_fat_sellout
1.5/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of acurtis
1.5/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of RDW
1/5  rDev -49.7%

Photo of ksiazewski
1/5  rDev -49.7%

Photo of JamesStreet
2/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ManMoosePig
1.5/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of touchofsandusky
3.78/5  rDev +89.9%
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.

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Milwaukee's Best Ice from Miller Brewing Co.
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