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Milwaukee's Best Ice - Miller Brewing Co.

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525 Ratings

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Ratings: 525
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 2
pDev: 39.5%
Wants: 3
Gots: 38 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-29-2001)
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Photo of santoslhalper
1.1/5  rDev -45%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Had (again with the shit beers) at my nieghboor's. You know, I enjoyed this even less than the light. Honesty, I can taste the alcohol so horribly. It's weird... 5.9% ABV and all I taste is alcohol. No grains, hops, nothing. This is sheer and utter crap.

santoslhalper, Dec 23, 2004
Photo of CBFanWish
1.6/5  rDev -20%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I hate beer that should have never been brewed in the first place. This is the perfect example. Pours almost crystal clear with no head and lots of fizzies. The aroma is almost non-existant. The taste is somewhat metalic and has a strong water overtone. A great beer for someone who is wandering the desert, other than that, bad times.

CBFanWish, Nov 17, 2004
Photo of zacharius
2.45/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I'd like to say this beer looks like crap seeings how it is the beast and all but it actually looks fairly decent with a golden color and a white head. Smell is almost nonexistant with a faint adjunct odor detected. Taste is very faint, with a grainy adjuct flavor that builds up in the finish. Very light bodied, not much different than water. Beer is lightly carbonated. Drinkability is good but so is water's. Not much going on in this beer but it has some alcohol to it and is actually not the worst ice beer I've ever had (not that it says much).

zacharius, Oct 29, 2004
Photo of jimbotrost
2.75/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Medium straw colored, super size head that has decent staying power. collapses and then brings some nice lace, forget about everything you have been told about lace. Nose is grassy and soap like, some off scents. flavor is sugary and sweet grain is dominant but not much syrupiness. finish is long and sweet. Not real good, not real bad

jimbotrost, Oct 14, 2004
Photo of AtLagerHeads
2.35/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours out a deep gold with a large white head. The head vanishes almost immediately despite the large number of carbonation bubbles. However, the residual laces with great gusto. The nose gives a scent of Saaz hops but intruded upon by the adjunct aroma. The taste is of the hops and adjuncts as well. The feel is medium with a good deal of crispness. Overall drinkability limited by the lack of real substance in the taste.

AtLagerHeads, Sep 27, 2004
Photo of beerluvr
3.35/5  rDev +67.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big white head settles to a 1/4 ince layer before nearly disappearing, but leaves decent lacing oddly enough. Light golden gently carbonated liquid. Sweet adjunct and grainy nose. Clean tasting, with a subtle weakly fruity taste in the background with some hop twang present. Finishes sweetish. A solid and decent cheap beer is what we have here.

beerluvr, Sep 19, 2004
Photo of thydarkprevails
1/5  rDev -50%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

first things first, lets get this straight, this is a beer for someone wanting to get very drunk, for very cheap. 10 dollers for 30 beast ice's, and it's 5.9%, this beer really has nothing fantastic about it, skunky smelling, almost a transparent color, not a great taste, light in the mouth, about the only thing one can say about it is, it has a higher ABV than ice house, and it tastes just slightly better, well, maybe a lot better, but that really isn't saying much. if you are budgeting, and needing a drink, go for it, it's still more respectible than grabbing wild irish rose.

thydarkprevails, Jun 18, 2004
Photo of FranklinPCombs
1.9/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

had to get this to replace a keg that simply could not be procured (unfortunately the keg was going to be of saranac pale, which is far more acceptable). The appearances is light yellow with a huge head that is gone almost as quickly as i was able to pour it. The smell is light, but too sweet for what it is. Definately you can smell some corn, and al the rest is alcohol. taste is a bit of wheat, and some metalics, with an overriding salty alcoholicness. It goes down well i will admit and i find that this isnt actually a terrible choice when the choices are limited. plus, its extra alcohol, who can argue for a party?

FranklinPCombs, Jun 15, 2004
Photo of jlervine
2.17/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured pale yellow-gold with a foamy white head that counterintuitively both prevented me from pouring the beer all at once in my glass, refusing to settle quick enough for me to continue pouring, and then all but disappearing once it was all in the glass. Maybe I should have left the last bit in the can if I'd known it was a head retention killer. Smell is corn with very little malt or hops. Sweetness is reminiscent of honey, almost, but mostly just creamed corn. The taste is non-descript, except for the corn flavor at the end. There is nothing exciting about this beer's taste. The mouthfeel is quick and relatively painless, that much can be said. Drinkable, but why torture yourself?

jlervine, Feb 23, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
3.15/5  rDev +57.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Typical clear yellow in color with a lot of carbonation and a big white fluffy head that went down in 10 seconds.

Smell – The sole aroma that I could pick out of the glass was pure American grain.

Taste – The creamed corn was in effect at the very first sip. They managed to hide the booze better than most of the other “ice” style of beers I’ve had and the dreaded Gummi-Bear sweetness was absent. Overall this wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation was pretty good, actually, making the beer crisp and somewhat refreshing. I’d say that it was a shade over light-bodied, too.

Drinkability – I performed this tasting over my sink, thinking that if I passed out the giant 24 ounce can would fall down in the drain where it belonged. But, all in all, this wasn’t that bad. Hell, I might even finish this blue and silver bullet.

RoyalT, Feb 16, 2004
Photo of UDbeernut
1/5  rDev -50%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

There is not really much I can say about this beer. It is the worst offering from the Milwaukee's Best line: that enought should tell you to stay away. This beer has a terrible taste, smell and apperance. Unless this is ice cold, it is almost impossible to take down with out gagging. The only thing working in this beer's favor is the relativly strong 5.9% abv. "Beast" Ice is a cheap buzz with little else to offer.

Stay away from this brew. If your better off with drinking a light beer than this.

UDbeernut, Jan 22, 2004
Photo of TastyTaste
1.02/5  rDev -49%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Simply gross. An econimcal way to catch a buzz is all this is. Taste is skunky and alcoholic. Flavors are not natural for beer. Pale yellow in color, with head that is not impressive. Tastes just awful. Don't buy this swill, your tastebuds will thank you.

TastyTaste, Nov 26, 2003
Photo of bditty187
2.08/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Clear gold hue, smallish white head, bubbly and underdeveloped, it quickly fades to a collar, sparse specks of lace. Sweet, grainy nose with alcohol currents underneath, the potency doesn’t simulate an invitation. The palate is sweet and grainy… the alcohol is very naked. Somewhat clean. Medium-light body. Light carbonation. All in all it is pretty flavorless… not worth drinking, pointless, skip it, not recommended unless your looking to get hammered for little money.

As a younger man I regarded MBI to be the worst beer made, its not but it’s in the running.

bditty187, Aug 21, 2003
Photo of Jason
3.25/5  rDev +62.5%
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.

Jason, Jul 14, 2003
Photo of garymuchow
2.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The mistake I keep making is that I sample these after I've done something to make me hot, sweaty and thirsty. I guess the micobrews get me when I'm weak.
"classic taste at it's best" and I like this one "selected cereal grains."
Aroma is exclusively light "cereal grain" in nature. Pretty standard.
Dark gold, clear large fizzy white head with some stamina. Some metallic quality to taste. Very light flavor overall. Maybe a hint of alcohol and slightly bitter. HIghtly carbonated, some softness and rather watery. Unbelievably flavorless, even less than many light beers I've had.

garymuchow, Jul 10, 2003
Photo of Reidrover
1.9/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Ok the infamous "Ice Beast"..I had been thinking about old times when i saw this in my local grocer they were on sale for 79 cents a 24 oz can.
The old times I was thinking about involved living just south of Atlanta with 3 other single/divorced guys in a house..one of the guys a real alcoholic (no kiddin) drank this stuff morning ,noon and night", us sophisticated Miller High Life drinkers :-) made fun of this a lot. Well to cut a long story short we had to kick him out as he never paid the rent or bought any food and stole our beers., last time I saw him he was living under the air conditioning unit out back at a bar we used to frequent..anyway so i hope this can is not the beginning of the end for me LOL

Ok here goes with the review..
I poured this into a slighly frosted mug as i believe this is how this style should be served..after the frosting cleared the beer actually did not look too bad..just average american lager looks..light golden, small white head that goes quick.
The aroma is prety rancid though its hard to place the smell..but it reminds me for some reason of those disinfectant cubes you see in the urinals of mens bathrooms ( you know those you aim at LOL ).
The taste though not good was thankfully better than the aroma..very sweet and wet..almost cloying no hops detectable.
average for an american style lager in the mouth.
Ice cold and with a blocked nose this might be drinkable..but for 79 cents a 24 oz can i suppose you get what you pay for

Reidrover, May 18, 2003
Photo of Shiloh
2.68/5  rDev +34%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Before sampling this product, I was expecting the worst, and I was mildly surprised during the sample taken. Still, this is not a good beer, but it is not bad either...just goes to show that you should keep an open mind.
Light golden offering with sizeable glass ring and good carbonation. Aroma is a little floral and the body is medium.
The taste is evenly balanced but does not finish real well as the alcohol becomes evident and leaves you dry.

Shiloh, Mar 27, 2003
Photo of Beastdog75
1.63/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Drinking Beast Ice is like an instant headache. There should be absolutely no doubt in anyone's mind that this beer exists for one reason and one reason only, and that is to get wasted, and to get wasted cheaply. It will probably clear out your sinuses with the first sip too.

Beast Ice pours a bright straw/pale gold color. It formed a decent foamy head that was a little clumpy, and the carbonation was very active. The smell is dominated by a sweet alcohol smell mixed with a little bit of corn. The mouthfeel, while watery, was quite bubbly. My first impression of the beer was that it tasted like turpentine. Extremely alcoholic taste (what do you expect from this 5.9% brew). There was some sweetness mixed with some adjunct grain taste, but the alcohol took over the entire beer. The bitterness that follows isn't the pleasing, refreshing type. It's the type that makes your mouth pucker. The aftertaste is basically alcohol and corn. Plus that alcohol will put some fire in your belly once you're done.

Drink a few of these and don't even think about driving. I only had two of these, and I could imagine the pain I'd be in if I had a 12-pack or even a 6-pack. If you're at a party and this is all they have, by all means go for it, but don't drink this if you like good beer.

Beastdog75, Oct 28, 2002
Photo of ElGuapo
1.68/5  rDev -16%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

already half in the bag, i started funneling these things. rank skunky odor and a rough flavor made it hard to drink any other way. this is just not right. i could make out the piss flavor while my taste buds were really sleeping if you know what i mean

ElGuapo, Oct 25, 2002
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
1/5  rDev -50%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Milwaukee's Best Ice, if that ice was cut from an outhouse. It is best real cold, left outside all night on November night. I perfer it with little chunks of ice swimming in it. Real bad beer, but a good way to get loaded.

bewareOFpenguin, Oct 08, 2002
Photo of IrishRedRock
2.2/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yikes. Its been a while since I poured Beast Ice down the hatch, and I dont miss it. This probably has never been done before by anyone, but I actually poured this stuff into a pint glass...my Samuel Smith glass..hahaha.

It stinks like corn and rubbing alcohol, and tastes very thin and highly alcoholic. Anyway, we got it for beer pong, and should do the job in getting people all druuunked up, despite the nastiness. I'll probably sneak away from it every now and then for Harpoon IPA.

IrishRedRock, Aug 30, 2002
Photo of psugrad98
3.8/5  rDev +90%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Surprisingly good for "beast". Light straw in color with fast rising bubbles and rich head. Almost no lace. Slightly malt sweet flavor with metallic corn and cooked veggie flavor. Surprisingly, this works pretty well. Not a bad beer when drinking just to wet your whistle.

psugrad98, Aug 11, 2002
Photo of BeerBob
1.2/5  rDev -40%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Picked up a 24 can case for $9.98 knowing full well what I was getting into. Plastic and beer just don't mingle well at all. Sharp plastic taste... Overpowering plastic aroma... (I just mangled aroma because I didn’t have the heart to use stench). Must drink more so I can get ripped enough to Finish this review.

Starts with plastic, then goes to a light corn with a hint of malt. Colour is a fair amber, looks are so misleading here. Some unpleasant sticky palatability, with a fair amount of carbonation. If you need this beer for effect, then go for it. HAZMAT (hazardous material) teams can be seen unloading this stuff from the beer trucks from time to time, I’m sure. Once you get past the first few cans, every thing settles down except for the plastic taste, that never goes away completely.

BeerBob, Jun 30, 2002
Photo of budgood1
1.93/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

darker than your average lager, with a slight head. smells like crap and the taste isn't much better. it IS better than regular Beast, but what does that matter? nice alcohol punch, some smoothness and a tiny bit of hop bite in the end. a beer purely to get drunk fast. not recommended.

budgood1, Jun 08, 2002
Photo of proc
2.33/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Continuing my tour through all that is the Beast...

I cannot believe I drank Beast Ice. And, more than once. Was it good? No. Was it bad? No. This beer doesn't have that "Miller" taste like the rest of their products. Its a little darker (slightly) than I expected. There is some actual taste to this beer that for some reason I enjoyed it. Uneventful to say the least, but the gold standard of The Beast Lineup. Best consumed at hunting camps, with guys named Doug.

proc, May 10, 2002
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Milwaukee's Best Ice from Miller Brewing Co.
50 out of 100 based on 525 ratings.