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Milwaukee's Best Ice - Miller Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
51
awful

495 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 495
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 2.02
pDev: 39.11%
Wants: 3
Gots: 23 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-29-2001)
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digitalflood

New York

2.95/5  rDev +46%
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.

Serving type: can

02-05-2011 04:39:38 | More by digitalflood
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It's a golden yellow color, similar to what you'd expect from most cheap American macrobreweries. Brief high head that settles down really quickly, leaving just a circle of thin foam around the edge of the glass. Minimal lacing. I wish there would have been more. Smell is similar to most cheap beers, sweetness, corn, and malty wheat, but I thought it was stronger and more defined than I usually expect from cheap beers.
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Milwaukee's Best Ice from Miller Brewing Co.
51 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.