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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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184 Reviews

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Reviews: 184
Hads: 602
Avg: 2.25
pDev: 66.67%
Wants: 8
Gots: 98 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-29-2001

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Photo of Wildcatz69
2.77/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I have to say this was the go to cheap beer for me.
The appearance of beast ice was seldom seen, but when poured into a glass it forms a decent head and is dark yellow.
The smell is of straw and whatever container it has been in, and alcohol.
Taste is rough on first drink, then becomes rather easy to swallow after carbonation subsides, especially in can that is semi-warm.
When drinking this beast of a beer, beware, your mouth will love to hate you, bring tic-tacs.
Overall this beer is great to get drunk and have a party with, campfire, or just by yourself watching UK dominate at bball!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.14/5  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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
1.79/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a pils glass from a 24 oz. can.

3.5 A: Clear dark yellow color. Two and a half fingers of frothy white head. Retention isn't too bad and a decent amount of lacing is left.

2.0 S: After having Beast Light, this is a hell of a lot more potent. Usually, bad being more potent equals worse, but I like this one more. It smells less like rice somehow and while it doesn't do much, it does stimulate a few more receptors in my nose. Very faint graininess.

1.5 T: The taste, however, is repulsive. It has no "beer taste" to it. Rather, it just tastes like polluted rice water. Again a light graininess.

2.0 M: Lighter medium body. Carbonation level is reasonable. Not a lot of creaminess though. Heavy on the tongue.

1.5 D: Bad fucking taste.

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Photo of Diz0915
4.51/5  rDev +100.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I don't think this beer has a poor taste to it like others have said.
It's really true that it gets a bad review because of it's "cheap" price before anyone has ever even tried it. I actually had a friend with me once and we had $20 between the two of us and the goal of the night was to get drunk on that $20.
I grabbed a 30 pack of this for $12 (Oklahoma) and he looked at me like I was bat $hit crazy and said "Are you kidding me? That is disgusting!?" So, I asked him if he had tried it and he said that if it is cheaper than Keystone, it's basically a biohazard.

And then he tried it.. changed his tune and said that it wasn't bad for a cheap drunk and that it was cost-efficient.

Therefore: Try It.

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Photo of AllisonWunderland
3.4/5  rDev +51.1%
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.

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Photo of touchofsandusky
3.78/5  rDev +68%
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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Photo of netrioter
2.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not as good as alot of ice beers....ill leave it at that.

$5.99 for a 12 pack of cans on sale at Krogers here in Durham NC

average ice beer with a nasty aftertaste if you let it warm up...Miller Lite Ice was much better but seems to be replaced by this.

Its good to buy if youre having people you dont like over that forgot to byob or the alcohound bros are over and you dont want to spend a fortune as the provider of beer for the party....it has enough alcohol to kick their asses and leave them with a hangover bad enough to make them think twice before they mess with the Beast again....unless theyre hardcore bastards...then they probably drink this on the reg.

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Photo of BeerCan-noiseur
3.82/5  rDev +69.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a nice can of beer. Very distinctive. It has a good head and good carbonation. Is it Guinness? No. Is there a better beer you can buy for 50 cents a can? No. Does it fit the parameters? Yes. 5.9% alcohol and 144 calories. It's like drinking two beers for one. Two cans of light beer are about 150 calories and will probably run you about $1.50 and you'll still only get about 6.0% alcohol total. If you buy the 30 pack it'll last you a month. I'm disappointed that othe reviewers don't see the value of this beer.

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Photo of papat444
2.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz. can.

Appearance: Ginger ale yellow color body with a surprisingly large head.

Smell: Weird, not natural aroma really and actually smells like ice.

Taste: Taste of mild tropical fruit along with corn.

Mouthfeel: Crisp feel but blink and the feel is gone.

Overall: Could do worse but also could do better.

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Photo of troobie
2.85/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Beast Ice, your number one choice in beers nicknamed "The Beast."

A: Lighter color than expected. Depending on the background, color ranges from amber to gold. I expected darker for some reason. Leaves a finger of foam after a soft pour that turns into a solid ring with patchy foam in the center. Some modest lacing. Yes, lacing.

S: Typical Miller product with an emphasis on corn, creamed corn, and corn on the cob. Metallic bitterness, alcohol, hay, and green tea.

T: Once again, typical Miller product. I swear that everything Miller brews is just a variation of one beer. Corn, metallic, grain. Really not much there outside of the sweet/sour thing. Sweet up front but bitterness chimes in quickly and lasts throughout. Bitterness does serve to balance the beer and keep it from becoming cloying. Think "drinkability."

M: The most enjoyable thing about this beer. Medium-high carbonation. There is a creaminess that helps to dull the taste and make it more palatable. Slick and somewhat substantial. To me it's almost chewy. I'd say MBI is unique among ice beers in having such a substantial mouthfeel.

O: I'm no stranger to ice beers. I regularly enjoy Icehouse, Bud Ice, Busch Ice, Natural Ice, and Keystone Ice. I've had many more including Molson Ice, Genessee Ice, and Mickey's Ice. Milwaukee's Best Ice is unique in that it specializes in that classic "old man beer" flavor (think PBR, Old Milwaukee, Grain Belt, and Utica Club.) I used to dislike Beast Ice but now I buy it occasionally. If you drink ice beers this is worth throwing into your rotation. Until a few years ago it was consistently $5.59 for a 12 pack. I believe it has gone up to at least $6.59.

For the record, I believe that Miller changed the recipe on this beer when they switched to the current label circa 2010. I emailed Miller and they said there was no change, but other beers of the same ilk have left the same impression on me in similar circumstances.

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Photo of jimmah120
2.26/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

24oz can into hourglass

Look is pale yellow with one stream of rising bubbles, small sudsy head. Smell is almost non-existant. I have to strain to pick up some metallic corn. Taste is corn and grain at first, followed by alcohol and a sickly-sweet 'ice' flavor. Kinda like steel reserve mixed with rubber. Not altogether unpleasant, but not enjoyable either.

Not sure what the appeal of this one is; it seems like it should have a higher ABV. Still, I finished the can..

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Photo of SometimesIfart
2.35/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Me and 2 of my friends were recently sitting around having a slow night so we decide to go on over to the good ole liquor store and pick up a 30 pack of this for only $14. So we all crack one open, With no smell to speak of, A decent taste, along with a decent mouthfeel. As we tear through the 30 pack we all start to get drunk...At a fast pace. If there is one thing this beer is good at it is getting people SMASHED. Seriously, a 30 pack of this could get 6 or 7 lightweights smashed off of their ass. No, It isn't particularly good tasting, But I'm not a beer snob. Pick up a few cases for a party of 15, And I can guarantee you that everybody will be wasted by the time it is gone.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
2.48/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

OK looking but not great, a little white head with some lacing topped a clear, light yellow, fizzy brew.

Smell is quite grainy and a little grassy, without a whole lot else going on, other than perhaps a touch of sweetness.

Taste is sweet, grainy, with a little grass and basically zero hops.

Body is light, well carbonated, with a slick, sweet aftertaste.

Overall it's not my fav for the cheep lager category. Amongst Milwalkee's best brands, I prefer the light. It's funny to even have a preference on this sort of beer, but hey, back in the day we drank a lot of this stuff. It's good for what it's good for, cheep beer, very cheep. This one is fine in that respect.

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Photo of tdm168
2.63/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
3.54/5  rDev +57.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smell is of old man beer: old wet grains. I don't know what it looks like because I drank it straight out of the can.
It tasted just like it smelled. It had a very nice old man beer flavour. That classic "bad beer" taste. It may have been a little over the top and it was surprisingly bad to pair with hot dogs, probably because it was a bit too boozy for that. But it really wasn't too bad. The taste might have been a little too "bold," but often times I like that in an adjunct lager. I don't know why this is rated so badly. It's got a good, classic taste to it. It's not tasteless or overly carbonated or starch or chemically. It just tastes like a good strong, old fashioned beer. Like an adjunct lager should. Decent stuff. Very...decent.

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Photo of BMMillsy
1.32/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Beast ice. Is what it is. This one pours from the frat house's keg light golden copper (darker than the light) and lots of foam on top. Aroma is heavy skunk and stale corn. Flavor goes on the pattern with solid Skunky Beast with extra skunk flavor. Blah. Not worth drinking to tick, but had to be sure to tick all my college mistakes.

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Photo of flagmantho
2.41/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 24oz can into a Pilsner glass.

Beast Ice was my unemployment-era beer of choice many, many years ago. I'm glad to finally be revisiting it in this setting.

Appearance: like regular Beast, this beer is a plain, not particularly natural yellow color without a nice golden or straw hue. The head and effervescence are actually quite nice, though, and style-appropriate.

Smell: boring grain and a little plastic quality. Not good, but not particularly offensive either. These beers can get a lot more plastic-ey and they can certainly have the cooked corn thing going on -- which I'm glad to say Beast Ice does not. So not good, but could be a lot worse.

Taste: mildly sweet malt flavor with a tiny bit of plastic. Hops aren't evident at all. That said, this is actually tastier than regular Beast. I'm somewhat pleasantly surprised.

Mouthfeel: light body which is just heavy enough not to be watery. Mouthfeel is fizzy and refreshing. Almost insipid, but again, could be a lot worse.

Overall: this is far from a good beer, and even pretty far from a decent macro lager. That said, it's surprisingly a lot better than its brother, Milwaukee's Best Premium. And at 5.9%, I can see now why it was my unemployment beer of choice all those years ago.

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Photo of BeerNoobNC
1.72/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Buy this beer all the time in 24-packs from the grocery store due to its higher alcohol content and very cheap price (usually the cheapest).

The beer is similar to any of this style by these major companies. It sucks. You have to drink it ice cold or you'll want to vomit from the horrible taste. That is, what little taste there is. It's sad when the little taste there is in a watered down beer is not even good.

My friends always give me a hard time for getting this compared to their "light" versions of beers, but in my opinion, they all suck, so I just go for the cheapest and most alcoholic, when I'm doing that kind of thing. It might take some getting used to, but it's definitely a good choice in those situations. Otherwise, there should be no reason to even consider drinking this beer. Any other style of beer is better than these American macro-brews.

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Photo of vandemonian
2.64/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Milwaukee's Best Ice is cheap, tasteless lager. It is not unpleasant and an excellent beer to buy when you want to get drunk.

A: Very clear pale straw and a good 1 cm head that lasts decently (maybe because the glass was kinda dirty). 4

S: Sour apple and grain. 2.5

T: Syruppy corn and dust. Maybe a little sour tang. No flavour, but not unpleasant either. 2.5

M: Syruppy with a little fizz. 3

O: 2.5

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Photo of BierFan
2.44/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 40 ounce bottle into a 1 liter mug.

This beer has an absolutely fantastic head in a giant mug. Honey colored clear body. Head retention is decent. Adjuncts in the smell and taste derail what was shaping up to be a good experience. Smells very slightly skunked. Pale malts and an odd sweetness in the aftertaste, probably from adjuncts. Mouthfeel would be better with a little more carbonation, but that's not that big of a deal.

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Photo of beerwolf77
2.19/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

16 oz can poured into a tulip. Which makes me laugh.

A: Crystal clear golden yellow. Huge white head nearly escapes the glass. Soapy lace left behind.

S: Sweet pale malt, corn, grass, moderate hint of alcohol. Touch of butter.

T: Not a whole lot of flavor. Skunky acrid hops, sweet corn and earthy grass.

M: Light and thin body. Loads of carbonation.

O: It is what it is.

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Photo of olimpia84
1.53/5  rDev -32%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pretty common beer at college parties. Bland appearance with a piss pale yellow color with little to no smell of corn.

Taste is bland as well, with a metallic carbonated feel and watery aftertaste. This is a favorite among college students because of its relatively high alcohol content that gets you drunk rather quickly. In the event that you are brave enough and decide to try this make sure you drink it cold and quickly because like other cheap beers it has an horrible taste and feel when it's warm.

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Photo of barrenbane
2.14/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: transluscent and golden -- typical for American macro lagers. Slightly darker than a typical AAL. Loads of carbonation.

S: nearly intolerable. Slight sweetness from the alcohol and loads of corn. I wonder if this was brewed exclusively with corn.

T: slightly sweet and extremely corny. Very metallic and bitter. I would not drink this sober.

M: somewhat thick for its style, but more watery than craft brews. The carbonation aids in choking down this brew.

This was my staple beer as an underage drinker. It was cheap and got you smashed. I guess it serves a purpose, although there are other ice beers that have a smoother, more tolerable flavor.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Straw yellow, fizzy white head, ample but short-lived.

S: Smells tinny and adjunct with corn, very little else.

T/M: Tastes like seltzer water tainted with malts. The inevitable sixth beer tastes only like seltzer water.

It is what it is and it gets the job done. The job being inebriation.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.27/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Milwaukee's Best Ice from Miller Brewing Co.
56 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.