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Milwaukee's Best Ice - Miller Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
51
awful

507 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 507
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 2.02
pDev: 39.11%
Wants: 3
Gots: 28 | 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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dakeynr

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +95.5%

To me, tastes like a Milwaukee's Best concentrated. And I like Milwaukee's Best sometimes. Hell, I like most beers, sometimes. (Most. Not all.) This is a good beer.

Serve this one cold, very cold. Kind of sweet taste, typical of a lager that approaches this level of alcohol. A bit of alcohol on the tongue. But not overpowering.

It will go with any food you choose. Burgers and Dogs? Check. Spaghetti? Pizza? Wings? Check, check Check! Cheese??? Check!

The same cannot be said for a Guinness, say, or that hoppy IPA, or that sour lambic or the thick and tasty stout. They all have their place and time. But for the all around go with for any occasion, this is very good.

At nearly 6% ABV, this may not be the best session beer for some.

I recommend trying it. What the hell? You don't have much to lose, and you might just find an overlooked gem - to your taste buds anyway. And who cares what any body else tastebuds say?

04-08-2011 03:24:24 | More by dakeynr
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TheKingofWichita

North Carolina

1.85/5  rDev -8.4%

My father drinks this shit like water so I finally grabbed a sip and found out what she is all about. Pours that typical yellow straw color with a thick white head and no lacing. Smells of corn and some grain. Tastes grainy and musty, with a little sweetcorn in there. Mouthfeel is average with a heavy carbonation. Overall it isn't the worst thing ever.

03-25-2011 04:20:29 | More by TheKingofWichita
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lwillitz

Florida

2.8/5  rDev +38.6%

12-oz can poured into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - An aggressive pour left a 3-finger foamy white head--very bubbly and frothy. Some lacing as head diminished. Beer is golden-yellow in color--typical AAL color. A few bubbles of carbonation rise through the beer every now and then.

S - A very strong smell of sweet malt reached my nose the moment I popped the can--sort of a musty scent with perhaps a hint of corn. Good smell, but nothing special.

T - Like the smell, very grainy. In fact, the taste follows the smell quite closely. Musty, corny, malty flavor. Not at all complex.

M - Light-bodied and low carbonation.

D - Not much of a beer overall, but good for a tight budget. I would drink it in a pinch during a Carolina Panthers game, but certainly not while watching the Packers in the playoffs.

03-14-2011 00:35:15 | More by lwillitz
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Criscoh88

Maryland

1.83/5  rDev -9.4%

appearance - a rich golden yellow color. Starts with a think head that soon dies down. Retains a small head for a few minutes before disappearing.

smell - does not make me think yum.

taste - its actually not bad for a beer with the word Ice following the title. A strong and unwelcoming flavor of malt and corn, makes you say, well at least im going to get drunk.

mouthfeel - a short strong burst of carbonation. soon dies down into this feel i would explain as maybe drinking gasoline.

drinkability - I can drink a few of these. Its not too terrible of a taste and it gets you drunk fast for cheap. The next morning hangover sucks. I will probably steer clear of this one from now on.

03-14-2011 00:32:27 | More by Criscoh88
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birdypowder

Oregon

2.83/5  rDev +40.1%

Milwaukee's Best Ice is a drinkable lager that neither excels or fails at anything. It's decent beer when taken in the macro lager context.

Appearance:
Sparkling clear, pale gold in color, big frothy white head that fades after a minute or so, good beading and decent lacing. When first poured into my glass it's very attractive

Smell:
Some alcohol and cooked corn aromas with very faint hops which I might just be imagining.

Taste:
A very clean palate with minimal malt and hop contributions. A bit grainy with some sweetness towards the end right before the dry clean finish

Mouthfeel:
light bodied with active carbonation

Drinkability:
Drinkability is decent, excitement is missing

03-12-2011 00:33:58 | More by birdypowder
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bluejacket74

Ohio

2.28/5  rDev +12.9%

24 ounce can, best by June 13, 2011. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear gold color with about an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is sweet malt, cooked corn and some grain. It's a weak aroma, not much to it at all. Taste is similar to the aroma (however the taste isn't weak), but there's also a slight metallic taste that I notice. With that being said, it doesn't taste awful. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's a bit watery with a decent amount of carbonation. Drinkability is a little below average. I don't think it's a horrible beer, but it's certainly not good, either. For $1.19 a can, I can't really complain at all. If I wanted something cheap to drink just to get drunk with, Beast Ice isn't a bad choice.

02-20-2011 01:25:47 | More by bluejacket74
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digitalflood

New York

2.95/5  rDev +46%

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.

02-05-2011 04:39:38 | More by digitalflood
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dogfishandi

New York

2.17/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

01-13-2011 00:12:33 | More by dogfishandi
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sixerofelixir

Ohio

2.55/5  rDev +26.2%

24 oz can. Fresh-by date clearly stamped on bottom of can.

Pours a super-clear, pale golden yellow. Many fast carb trailers and a small-bubbled white head (soon a coating) that *gasp* sticks to the glass! Looks above average, imo. Not much as far as aromas go. Some huskness and a bit of green bitterness. Taste is pretty much the same, some sour, green apple-like qualities sit on top of a light grain base. Finishes sour and medicinal, but it's not too extraordinary. Feel is a bit carbonated, thin, and astringent. Drinkability a notch below average. "Bleh" beer, but my 24 oz can was $0.99!

01-12-2011 05:43:31 | More by sixerofelixir
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OhYesILoveBeer

Georgia

2.95/5  rDev +46%

Milwaukee's BEAST Ice from a 12oz can into 16oz pint. Pours light golden, pretty much just like any other BMC adjunct, small foamy head that recedes rather quickly, minimal lacing left behind. Smells lightly of steamed vegetables, grains, slightly corny, and a small hint of alcohol. Tastes fairly decent with notes of sweet malt, grains and once again steamed veggies. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, I find this to be a great lawnmowing beer on a hot day. Overall Ive always liked this beer, considering the price of $15.49, availability, and reputation. I have alot of pricey brews in my cellar, but I always keep a few 30 case's of this around for good measure!

11-22-2010 20:25:00 | More by OhYesILoveBeer
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buschbeer

Ohio

1.48/5  rDev -26.7%

I poured into a pint glass to two inches of white head. This beer is straw colored. The smell is sweet and grassy. The taste is sweet up front and finishes with a bitter alcohol taste. It is very watery. This is just a bad, bad beer. Under no circumstances will I purchase this beer again. I've been dreading it since I had the lapse in judgement and bought it.

11-04-2010 21:40:18 | More by buschbeer
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beersensei305

Florida

1/5  rDev -50.5%

AWFUL. This 'beer' just smells from moldly boiled rice and distilled alcohol. Pale yellowish color, no head no lacing. Makes me wonder why I am drinking this, and who would buy this. The flavor is mostly of the bitter moldy rice. AVOID!!! unless your aying beer pong

10-16-2010 22:45:37 | More by beersensei305
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hmk22

New York

2.05/5  rDev +1.5%

Bought this on impulse because it was on sale...it has a get-drunk-quick taste to it and (relatedly) advertises its ABV on the outside of the 12-pack. Not really worth a try unless you are hell bent to try everything. I'm no elitist (see my reviews), but it's sad that major brewers need to stoop to conquer by going for the lowest rung on the ladder.

10-16-2010 02:48:43 | More by hmk22
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GNR4life2

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev +46%

A-Yellow foamy pee

S- The smell was metallic and corny

T- There was no distinct taste at all with some "light corn"

M- There really isn't any mouth feel, just coldness.

D- If you are a poor bastard like me and you wanna get drunk for cheap and smoke too then this is your beer.

09-30-2010 02:22:38 | More by GNR4life2
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.08/5  rDev +52.5%

From the 24 fl. oz. can AUG0910-CO8011731. I sampled it on August 29, 2010 so I don't know if this can is expired or freshly brewed.The pour is full of bubbly carbonation with a well-filtered pale yellow and a quick lasting fizzy white head the disappears with a poof after a few seconds. Unlike many Miller-brewed macros this one is clearly missing the metallic, grain alcohol scent. In fact I found the aroma to be a mildly enticing mashed maltiness full of fresh-cut hay and grapefruit. The taste also has a better than expected maltiness with a slight hoppiness around the edges. I rate it a bit better than the current average.

08-29-2010 19:52:51 | More by puboflyons
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matjack85

Illinois

1.75/5  rDev -13.4%

22oz silver and blue can from the Jewel-Osco store in Schaumburg, IL for $1.29 a can. No freshness date or any information about the beer other than it is a Miller product.

Poured a clear, medium gold color with a 2-finger fizzy white head that actually lasted a few minutes and left some pretty good lacing. Unfortunately, looks are where all the good marks end for this beer.

Grainy corn smell.

Grainy corn taste. Very little malty sweetness and almost no hop bitterness to speak of.

Light bodied with only moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

Drink this one as cold as you can get it because as it starts to warm up the corn flavor gets even stronger and the alcohol begins to show. Glad they sell this in single cans, cause as a sixer, 5 of them would be drain pour.

08-29-2010 09:23:17 | More by matjack85
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beerprovedwright

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev +93.1%

Pours nicely out of the can, seeing I can't find it in a bottle...don't even know if it comes that way. Not a lot of head and little lasting power. Light lacing around my mug that does cling to the side of the mug. The color is a medium light amber rating a 7 on the SRM chart. Smells like malt and corn, a little on the musty side. Quite bland on the tongue and palette...not a lot of zip. Has a bit of a bite and a harshness that gets your attention. Oooo but the real fruit of the matter the buzz of the alcohol hits you quickly. Something about the harshness and buzz that gives it a reserved corner in my fridge. Now for the availability and the price. Here is where this beer shines. I like the taste....it grows on you. If the flavor is not quite to your liking....have a couple of your choice brews and then have these. Talk about getting a bang for the buck, this is where it is at. 5.9 percent of the thing we drink beer for at less than $.50 a 12oz...can't see where you can go wrong. The Beast is like a staple of beer in my place. This is a real party beer, good for those who don't want to shell out a lot of green for a good time. And those who come for the free ride...beggar's can't be choosers.

08-27-2010 22:46:22 | More by beerprovedwright
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

2.4/5  rDev +18.8%

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.

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

Wisconsin

1.7/5  rDev -15.8%

Pours clear golden, fluffy initial head, slight lacing.

Smells of grain and corn,

Tastes grainy, with cooked vegetables, corn, sort of a mineral water flavor, very metallic aftertaste, and alcohol was poorly hidden.

Mouthfeel somewhat flat.

I try to give beers like this a chance, but this was nothing special, even in the macro ice department. Stuff like this had at parties is why people say they don't like beer.

08-13-2010 03:43:57 | More by Strix
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beertunes

Washington

2.13/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

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

Texas

1.65/5  rDev -18.3%

Really not much to say here...
The appearance is the best thing about this beer, it's a typical light golden color with a frothy 2 finger head that shrunk to a thin white head, left little lacing on my mug.
It smells like it tastes, a little alcohol and corn, just a hint of metal. No hops or malt jumps out. Also smells and tastes kind of sour. Mouthfeel is watery, overcarbonated. Not very enjoyable to drink.

06-24-2010 22:52:23 | More by JMad
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BabyBastard

New York

2.65/5  rDev +31.2%

Poured from the tall boy into my chalice, looks like the typical macro lager, very light golden color with quickly vanishing head. Decent amount of carbonation bubbles float to the top. Nothing spectacular.

Smell is very metallic with burnt corn and alcohol thrown in the mix somewhere. Very, very bad. Though not as bad as I remember from years ago, this is still a pretty nasty smelling brew. Wow, there may be a hint of urine scent in there, though I hope it isn't the real thing.

Taste redeems the smell characteristic. Has alcohol and corny rice on the palate, other than that, it is pretty tought to describe this any differently than any other adjunct lager.

Feels typically light, even for a beer of this alcohol content. Carbonation is spot on, making this easy to drink, though the temperature should be appropriate or this swill will soon become undrinkable.

05-22-2010 15:49:43 | More by BabyBastard
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.33/5  rDev +64.9%

Milwaukee's Best is a surprisingly bold and complex beer. It has a thick, white head and is highly carbonated. The beer is deep gold, sparkling, and clear. The aroma is subdued, but sharp- corn, I think. Taste is bold and somewhat bitter. Mouth-feel is somewhat heavy. This beer starts off harsh and finishes so. No, one may not like this product, but I find it hard to believe that a person could say this is bland and tasteless. Well, I enjoy a jarring beer from time to time, and this fits the bill. I'd recommend this with spicy foods or fried fish. I poured this from a 16oz. can.

RJT

04-12-2010 00:14:13 | More by RonaldTheriot
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teovaldi

Michigan

1.15/5  rDev -43.1%

Pours a pale straw color with a very thin white head..

Smells of stale corn and grain.

Has some almost unnoticeable awful taste that sort of follows the smell. You could say it's finish is water-like, but that would be an insult to water.

Mouthfeel has full on awfully high carbonation, which leads to its awfulness.

Quite possibly the worst beer I've ever had in my entire life...only drank it at the worst of times in college because of the higher ABV and cheapness.

03-26-2010 15:56:55 | More by teovaldi
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3/5  rDev +48.5%

Holy sh*t this is a big-ass can. 32 oz opens with a loud Whoosh, afraid this mutha might take off a finger! I like the label on the can calling it "The Crusher". Freshness stamp of FEB1510, this one has sat in the fridge a few months as I have not exactly felt up for this beast. Pours a clear, moderately dark golden color for the style. Fluffy white foam actually has some density to it and leaves some great lacing on the glass. One of the best looking AALs I have seen.

Nose is grainy and plenty sweet. A little husky with a hint of alcohol. Pretty clean profile, not overly offensive.

Taste is sweet cardboardy grains with plenty of corn adjunct flavor to go around. Has a bit more body and flavor than the regular Milwaukee's Best, whether that is a good thing or not is debatable. Mouthfeel is somewhere between an adjunct lager and a malt liquor. There is some detectable bitterness on the finish, probably a combo of the husky grains and mild hops. Overall it is not too bad, pretty average macro swill here but there are certainly worse out there. The humongous can is still trippin' me out!

03-06-2010 18:07:49 | More by twiggamortis420
Milwaukee's Best Ice from Miller Brewing Co.
51 out of 100 based on 507 ratings.