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Milwaukee's Best Ice - Miller Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
51
awful

476 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 476
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 2.03
pDev: 38.42%
Wants: 3
Gots: 16 | 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:
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t0rin0

California

2.25/5  rDev +10.8%

11-22-2012 03:27:33 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -1.5%

11-19-2011 23:50:52 | More by djrn2
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.25/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This review is one half of Macro Smackdown XV, another in my never-ending series of head-to-heads pitting one macro lager against another. Generally speaking, I prefer Pabst products to Miller products, but we'll see if Milwaukee's Best Ice turns the tables and really is the 'Best'. My can of Old Milwaukee Ice includes the tagline ' It doesn't get any better than this!', so it looks like they're both ready to rumble.

Lucent goldenrod, just like the other beer. I might as well have poured from the same can into two different glasses because these two look more identical than any two beers in MacSmack history. The caps are off-white and have a soft creaminess that one doesn't usually see in a macro lager. There's quite a bit of attractive lace as well.

I think I like OMI's nose better, although it isn't enough of a difference for different scores to be granted. This nose is almost a carbon copy of the other one, but is a little more tinny and a little less hoppy. Still though, it isn't as bad as I'd feared.

MBI is a trifle less sweet, but is still sweet compared to most non-ice lagers. The flavor profile is a variation on the Old Milwaukee Ice theme rather than being a completely different beast. It's odd, but both beers seem to be losing flavor as they warm, not gaining it. Maybe it's just the dulling of my taste buds after so many rapidly repeated samples of similar, less than stellar beer.

I might as well repeat the mouthfeel description that I entered for Old Milwaukee Ice since this one is exactly the same: light with a minimal finishing slickness and a lower than usual bubble load. Nothing offensive, but nothing to get excited about either.

Milwaukee's Best Ice has nothing to be ashamed of. Well... maybe it does, but not in the context of this hard-fought competition it doesn't. Although it falls just a wee bit short in the flavor department, it's a beer that I could see myself drinking in a pinch. Ice-cold of course. Not a bad showing Miller. Your beer is still clearly superior to most of what comes out of St. Louis.

Serving type: can

04-21-2007 12:16:34 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

2.4/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

So he goes for another mixed sixer of the best of the worst from the grocery store this weekend. I grabbed six more "gems" and did my best to get them all down. served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/22/2010.

another gem i picked up at publix today. i never thought i would walk out with the selection of cans that i did, lol. pours out the hazy golden light color that i would expect which quickly clears up and leaves just the light carbonation an little head on top that settle down very quickly.

just a small dose of corn and grain here, that is about it, nothing really seperating it from anything else. crisp, clean feel which actually went down better then i thought it would. small, very small dose of hops could be picked up in the finish but that was about it.

overall not the worst one at all, i actually could see someone drinking this, maybe, possibly.

Serving type: can

08-23-2010 02:48:40 | More by mikesgroove
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nmann08

District of Columbia

1/5  rDev -50.7%

11-28-2011 23:12:19 | More by nmann08
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acurtis

New Jersey

1.5/5  rDev -26.1%

11-03-2013 17:32:33 | More by acurtis
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spycow

Illinois

1.75/5  rDev -13.8%

01-17-2013 16:05:47 | More by spycow
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev +54.2%
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.

Serving type: can

04-15-2006 00:24:39 | More by NeroFiddled
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.2/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: A very pale gold color. Very think white head, but fades quickly and leaves a think uneven lace on the glass.

S: Honestly, I really can't smell much of anything. A little bit of alcohol & malt maybe.

T: A hard corn malt taste hits you in the taste, almost burnt, but given the style it's not that bad. No after-taste, which can be a good thing or a bad thing. I'll consider it a good thing in this case. Who really wants an after-taste in a macro?

M: It's smooth for a macro and finishes decently.

D: I'll give this beer a good score in this category simply because this style is made to be drinkable. However, comparing it to other macros, I still consider it quite "poundable". Given the alcohol content, the drinkability of a light beer and the low price, it's the perfect buzz-maintainer once you’re too hammered to care about what you taste.

Serving type: can

02-02-2006 05:34:08 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev +60.1%
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.

Serving type: can

07-14-2003 18:33:58 | More by Jason
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

1.25/5  rDev -38.4%
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.

Serving type: can

08-01-2008 12:53:51 | More by WVbeergeek
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev +47.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours straw yellow with a fizzy loud head.

The smell is of cereal, some grain - inoffensive.

The taste is of sweet cereal with a hint of alcohol. There is a crisp dryness balancing the sweetness in the finish. Pretty bland, but, again - inoffensive, and actually better than expected for a cheap macro brew (not much more though.

It is light-bodied, and no more or less fizzy than most other macros.

Per style, this is not a bad brew. Not too good either - just middle of the road. Good enough for a cheap lawnmower beer with a bit of a kick, if that's what you're looking for.

Serving type: can

08-19-2009 15:41:18 | More by jwc215
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

1/5  rDev -50.7%

12-06-2011 01:48:07 | More by Rochefort10nh
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corby112

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -50.7%

11-22-2011 03:59:18 | More by corby112
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -1.5%

03-08-2013 00:16:38 | More by orangesol
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

1.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I really CAN't believe that I still have not reviewed this beer! CAN you? I have been on a mission for a while now to review CANned beers and here is yet another entry.

I kept getting a finger's worth of rocky, bone-white head, but the retention was so poor that it kept collapsing like a souffle with someone banging the oven door shut. Nose had an odd scent, not really lager-like, but more sharp with alcohol than subdued. I do not mean to make it sound "hot", however. Instead, it was simply more alcohol-forward. Mouthfeel was medium with a very light flavor. I wish that I could quantify that better, but it was simply a light, fluffy flavor that had all of the impact of a marshmallow on a trampoline on my taste buds. The finish was equally light and airy. Let's call this damning with faint praise.

Serving type: can

06-25-2009 22:51:22 | More by woodychandler
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Wasatch

Utah

2.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clean/clear yellow color, nice carbonation, a surprising two-finger white foamy head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is slightly malty, with some grain/rice notes. The taste is slightly sweet, slightly malty, ricy/grainy. Light Body. Overall not bad, for a hot day would not be too bad, but would not buy again.

Serving type: can

05-20-2011 22:29:54 | More by Wasatch
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

2.25/5  rDev +10.8%

10-08-2012 02:49:48 | More by DrunkinYogi
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

2.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

"Ice brewed for a crisp, bold taste"

Poured into new belgium globe glass... no pints available.

Pours a 1/2 finger thin white head that fizzles down quickly. No lacing. Color is a little darker then the normal clear golden yellow.

Aroma is of corn and grain. Stronger smell then most American macros. Taste is similar, but it has a bit of skunk to it as well.

Mouthfeel is way to crisp and overcarbonated. However, it leaves a somewhat clean aftertaste.

Overall, a typical macro. Something college kids are more likely to get because of the ice (5.9%). Nothing I'd every buy.

Serving type: can

02-27-2009 02:28:47 | More by mothman
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

2.13/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Beast Ice

Poured from a 40oz bottle into a large mug. The color is golden yellow. Perfect clarity. Well retaining white froth leaving lace. Looks ok.

Smells of graininess and extractives of malt. Actually smells like the cheap beer found in solo cups at beer pong events. In the flavor, mostly flavorless with bland malt sweetness, spent hops, and veggies. For the most part it is inoffensive, with only mild off flavors. Remains mostly flavorless, with most flavors either bland or not tasty .

Watery feel, light bodied, slick. Leaves a poor after taste.

Overall, this is not something I can recommend, flavorless iced lager.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 01:35:45 | More by Stinkypuss
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.3/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Serving type: can

06-17-2011 20:33:43 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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tdm168

North Carolina

2.63/5  rDev +29.6%
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.

Serving type: can

03-17-2012 01:23:35 | More by tdm168
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beertunes

Washington

2.13/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clean, clear yellow with a fluffy white head that dissipated at about the same rate as a 7-Up. A slightly sweet scent is what is most noticeable. The taste was unremarkable and just short of nasty. The body was thin and watery. Drinkability was, lets just say, difficult. But still this beer was better than the Granville Island Pumpkin Beer.

Serving type: can

07-16-2010 22:32:07 | More by beertunes
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Tone

Missouri

2.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, pale yellow with short head and no retention or lacing. Smells of an adjunct lager. Definitely fits the style, as sad as that is. Crisp feel with low carbonation. Weak body and tastes mostly of adjunct. Overall, not a beer for anything but getting smashed.

Serving type: can

12-14-2008 22:39:00 | More by Tone
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Zaphog

Michigan

1.75/5  rDev -13.8%

06-20-2014 15:46:11 | More by Zaphog
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Milwaukee's Best Ice from Miller Brewing Co.
51 out of 100 based on 476 ratings.