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Milwaukee's Best Ice - Miller Brewing Co.

Milwaukee's Best IceMilwaukee's Best Ice

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BA SCORE
51
awful

444 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

(view ratings)
Ratings: 444
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 2.03
pDev: 38.92%


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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stevenseg

Michigan

3.03/5  rDev +49.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

OK...I can't believing I am actually reviewing Milwaukee's Best Ice. I reviewed Goose Island's Bourbon County last week for Christ's sake! that being said, I believe I can approach this review with an unbiased perspective. I typically wouldn't even purchase this brew, but the cheap beer cooler was calling me on my latest trip to Speedway. I chose this 40oz. Milwaukee's Best Ice purely out of nostalgia, and my girlfriend begrudgingly picked up a 40 of Natty Ice. A side of a few of Taco Bell's 89-cent b33fy 5-layer burrito completes the experience. I will try to explain my expectations first, to which this beer will be compared.

Upon first sight, this beer appears perfectly clear. Even though I typically award points for opacity, I would be scared to drink a cold-filtered mega-brewed lager for which I paid 3 cents per ounce. In this case, the Beast was clear as glass, exactly how I expected it to be. I think a slightly foamier head would bump this guy up a bit.

The nose of a mass-produced lager is supposed to be yeast-y. This Beast is no exception. The hop content is very light, and all lagers of this quality have a lot of room to work here. But I have to remember that i am paying 3 cents per ounce, so what kind of hop profile am I going to get? I am lucky to get what I got. The sweet corny malt and yeast overshadow the hops. A very slight flower despite. When you drink beers from a can, you have to expect a metallic taste, which is why only drink from cans when I'm desperate. This Beast Ice was in a 40 oz. bottle, so I got no metallic taste, but I don't exactly understand why reviewers would hold that metallic taste against it...you know what you're getting into when you pull the tab.

Taste isn't necessarily important with beers with this intent. Regardless, I have to give it a score. Given that it's an ice bear, I also expect the flavor to be a little more potent as much of the water has been removed. The beer has a slight bitterness, but not a flavorful bitterness. The yeas on top is pretty typical of these cheap lagers. To be honest, I can't really tell the difference taste-wise between many of these lagers. There is very little aftertaste, just how I like it. Barleywine = good aftertaste...cheap ice lagers = bad aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is MUCH more important to me in these lagers. The Beast is very light and refreshing, even at the relatively high alcohol content of 5.9%ABV. The body is hilight and crisp. The colder this beer is served the better.

Overall, this beer is one that can be drank a case at a time, like most lagers. That hasn't been my style for quite some time, but for tonight, and for what it's worth, the Beast has been a pretty decent trip to memory lane.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 02:20:33 | More by stevenseg
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Served: 7 February 2014

Appearance: Crystal clear pale yellow with just a faint hint of golden depth. Soapy white head on top. Good lacing.

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Milwaukee's Best Ice from Miller Brewing Co.
51 out of 100 based on 444 ratings.