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Mickey's Ice - Miller Brewing Co.

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42 Reviews
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Reviews: 42
Hads: 100
rAvg: 2.62
pDev: 16.79%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-14-2002

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.31/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

"Ice Ice Baby!"

--Robert Matthew Van Winkle (a.k.a. Vanilla Ice)


What better day to do Macro Smackdown XIII, a head to head beatdown between two ice beers, than a day that is... let's see... 0 degrees with a -18 wind chill. I have no idea what an 'ice beer' is or how it differs from any other macro lager. A little more alcohol is the only difference as far as I can tell. Let's see how they stack up.

Mickey's Ice is pale amber, which is still a shade darker than the extremely pale amber of Keystone. The cap is an attractive shade of off-white, not dingy in the least, and is much nicer looking on this beer. It has a creamy, sticky texture and is laying down a surprising amount of lace. I'm surprised and pleased.

The nose is on the mildly pleasant side; considering the style of course. It's grain-like with a modest whiff of musky hoppiness. It's also wildly different from the nose on the other beer. I like this one better.

This is simple beer. It's also inoffensive beer, which puts it well ahead of most macro lagers. The flavor profile consists of barley malt, and at least one adjunct I'll bet, as well as the same musky hops noted in the nose. For some reason, I don't like it as well as I thought I would (relatively speaking) after having smelled it. No worries Miller, I just drank a mouthful of Keystone Ice and the MacSmack XIII crown is yours in a runaway.

The mouthfeel is light without being overly watery and holds up fairly well throughout the mouthful. The carbonation is neither too much, nor too little. A fat lot of good that does when the beer isn't otherwise pleasing in the mouth. Finally, a dead heat.

Mickey's Ice is okay beer. I'm always pleased when I find an AML that's drinkable. Not that I'd ever buy it again, but it's always nice to know in case the pickings are especially slim. Even though it's far from wonderful, it had no difficulty slapping the snot out of its impressively nasty competitor. Mickey's is further proof that, as far as I'm concerned, 'M' is the clear superior of both 'B' and 'C' when it comes to beer of this general style. (2,109 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.51/5  rDev +34%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

40 oz. bottle consumed on the corner of 6th and Fairmount from within a brown paper bag. Only the top of the green glass bottle and the black screw-cap are visible.... only kidding!
It pours a clear yellow body with a rocky bright white head that holds surprisingly well, and leaves some very nice lace throughout the glass. The nose expresses a clean, lightly sweet, and somewhat grainy malt. The body is firm and it's lightly crisp upfront, but becomes creamier as it crosses the palate. The flavor is a well-balanced combination of lightly grainy semi-sweet malt and an underlying hop bitterness (no flavor or aroma is involved). The alcohol is well-cloaked throughout (of course it's only 5.8%abv), and it finishes surprisingly dry. There's obviously a good deal of adjunct involved here (noting the lack of grainy flavor), but it's smooth and refreshing. On the other hand, it doesn't deliver the richer malt taste that's expected of the style. (951 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
2.53/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is currently on my "Wants" list and it will remain there because I want it in a CAN. I am trying to bump up my bottle numbers to (at least) 400 so that I may re-dedicate myself to The CANQuest (TM) without the feeling of guilt that I seem to be experiencing lately. Guilt, hah!

I will say this for the AALs - they are pretty. I got a solid finger of rocky, bone-white head with good retention from my pour. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-plus quality clarity. Just beautiful to look at and a razzberry to Greg Koch and his "Fizzy yellow beer is for sissies" act. I am a visual guy as evidence by my Film Studies certificate and my lifelong love of reading. I like to look and watch and I will not apologize for it. Nose smelled like the interior of a silo at the end of the season - fermented corn sweetness overlaying a grapey quality. Ooof. I wonder if high fructose corn syrup might have been one of the adjuncts used in its production. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a fairly innocuous lager sweetness in the mouth. It really was not as bad as the nose led me to expect. I have had MUCH worse, believe me. Finish was slightly dry and still pretty bland, overall. Call that damning with faint praise. (1,220 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
2.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 24oz tall can into a pint glass. The hornet on the can indicates to me that Mickey's Ice has got the same sting as original Mickey's!

Appearance: light yellow hue with a haze-free body and a robust effervescence. Head pours two thick fingers and actually displays a little bit of retention! In addition to that, a pretty thick lace is left on the glass! For the style, it's actually not bad. A little surprise from ol' Mickey!

Smell: overly sweet aroma with equal parts malt and plastic. Not the best thing in the world; certainly not the worst. This is back inside the realm of expectation.

Taste: malty, grainy and sweet. A bit sticky and not particularly to my taste, but at least this seems natural and not particularly chemical-y. Not great but could be a lot worse.

Mouthfeel: light body with a somewhat light carbonation. A little bit bubbly and refreshing, but not enough substance here to be really creamy.

Overall: while this beer is actually quite flavorful for the style, it doesn't display the best the style has to offer. It is, however, better than you might think from the label, and offers a reasonable beer experience within its market. (1,171 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.21/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a green 40 oz. bottle. Has a very pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of corn and malts. Taste is just like it smells, malts and corn. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a mediocre beer. (252 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
2.06/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This pours from 22oz bottle(best by 06 18 07) a very lively and clear medium gold with a smallish head of foam. That soon shrinks to an island in the middle with a little lacing.

The smell has that typical big brewery nose to it. Sweet malt, maybe a bit of corn.

The taste has a mix of sweet malt, corn and some harsh hop bitterness that starts in the background and ends up in the finish...not a very good aftertaste with this one but thankfully, it's not long lasting. Right about midway through, the flavours really fall flat and it becomes very watery in body. I like the regular Mickey's more....I can't recommend this at all. (637 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.2/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

The beer that got Chuck Liddell knocked out. A darker yellow than expected, no head, lacing, seriously why bother? Aroma is of alcohol and a bit of dumpster when collectors are on strike.

Hot, hot alcohol head in this one. Horrible aftertaste. I really can't hang with this one. Gets warm and gets even worse. It's cheap I guess, it has that going for it. Blech. (364 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
2.61/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 40 into pint glass

Appearance - Pours a medium golden color with a billowy head that fades quite fast. With the head dissipating there is actually quite a surprising amount of lacing on this brew.

Smell - The aroma is very light. There is the slightest bit of corn with an ever so slightly caramel aroma present; very weak overall.

Taste - The taste starts out very sweet; corn and a little bit of caramel (just as the nose suggested). At the very end of the flavor there is an ever so light hoppy and sweet flavor on the tongue. They are very light (very light) and mainly toffee and citrus in nature. It would be quite pleasant, but unfortunately there is a rather unpleasant stale aftertaste that is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with a very moderate level of carbonation. It is slightly more creamy feeling then would be expected, but still very appropriate.

Overall - Slightly beer in some regards then the standard malt, but in some way worse. Not bad, but really not good either. (1,018 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
3.18/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Light, hazy yellow with some good carbonation and a decent head that left a little lacing. This doesn’t look half bad.

Smell – Yes, it’s grain and alcohol, but the grain smells kind of smooth and I’d swear there was a hop or two in there.

Taste – Not bad, actually. Not good, but the grain isn’t offensive and is smooth. The finish is cheap candy sugar but it is not raunchy like most malt liquors.

Mouthfeel – I felt that this was the ale’s strong point. The overall smoothness, big(ger) body (not medium but well better than most other MLs), and somewhat dry character made this bearable.

Drinkability – One of the few MLs that will stay out of my sink. Good job, Miller. (708 characters)

Photo of tpd975
2.23/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

mark thanks for killing me with this one.

A: Pours a clear pale yellow with a tall foamy head. Good retention, moving on.

S: Aromas of corn, bread, and crackers. Very grainy.

T: a corny watery fizzy mess of a concoction.

M: Light fizzy meh.

D: About as drinkable as a horrible beer can be. (294 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
3.1/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bought in the green 22 ozer.."Ice Brewed Ale"
Not too bad of an appearance for a malt liquor ..nice solid golden honey with a nice sized white head which persists.
again I was surprised that this actually smelled acceptable..mostly sweet maltiness.
Im quite impressed by the taste of this..its like a subdued pilsner..quite malty and with a tiny hop kick..but for a Malt liquor the maltiness is tasty.
Let down in the mouthfeel however..very sticky and cloying.
This is a big surprise ..better than regular Mickeys and must be one of the best malt liquors out there. (572 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

bought a single 16 oz can on a whim

poured in to a pint glass, yellow gold color with a medium white head, fair amount of lacing.

smells like malt and corn

tatse isn't horrible, can't taste the alcohol and taste some malts.

again, not horrible, but it doesn't really make me want more.

I'm not a big fan of ice beers and I won't buy this again. (359 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.73/5  rDev +42.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mickey’s Ice Brewed Ale has a very thick, white head and a clear, yellow-golden appearance with lots of bubbles streaming up, and a good amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is faint, but one detects clean water and undifferentiated grains. Taste is a round beer flavor, with a surprisingly sharp hop bitterness at the mid to back end of the sip. Mouthfeel is medium and Mickey’s Ice Brewed Ale finishes crisp, clean, relatively crisp, and quite smooth. Overall, this is a winner for malt liquor.

RJT (508 characters)

Photo of Floydster
2.61/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

24 ounce can from a 7-11 near my apartment

Poured into a frosted mug

Like most ice beers, i did not find this better than the regular brew

They call it a lager, but I did not really taste that, more of a malt liquor like its predecessor

Taste was not that great, but it did last long

Packs a punch, so amoderate amount can be drank (336 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.13/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mickey’s Ice from a 16 oz can.

Beer pours a light yellow with a fairly massive and dense head. Not a bad looker.

The smell is of adjuncts/grains. Smells like an amped up High Life with all that corn. Still no foul or off odors.

Taste is sweet and grainy. Slight, almost metallic bitterness late. Not much else springs to mind. Nothing harsh and the 5.8% is well integrated as I don't pick up any alcohol. Maybe my expectations were low, but this was better than expected.

The beer has aggressive carbonation. This works well with the beer and compensates for a slightly thin mouth.

Drinkable for what it is. I would have another. (647 characters)

Photo of bditty187
1.84/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Ultra translucent, golden hue, frothy white head, decent size and retention, did lace well. The nose is killer, sweet, husky, musty, and alcoholic, not very pleasant or inviting. Thus you regretfully take a sip… husky, grainy, sweet, the alcohol burns. There is an unpleasant rawness to it, which opposes the smooth mouthfeel. Heartburn inducing. I’ll try any beer once… one was enough. All in all, this is another bad Ice Beer. Skip it. (440 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
3.12/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Listed as an "Ice Brewed Ale" on the bottle, for what it's worth. I drank it straight from the 40 bottle. Really not too bad, when compared with other 40's. Taste is fiarly non-offensive, and skunk free. Does have a taste of adjuncts, which the alcohol goes a long way to cover up. I did wake up with a hangover the morning after a couple of these, but overall they are good for the price. (389 characters)

Photo of rye726
1.18/5  rDev -55%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Quite unenjoyable indeed. Pours a clear yellow with a weak white head. Nose has corn, rice and hop extract. Taste isn't much better. Quite bitter with some old grassy flavors. Thin body is hard to drink. I may have to say this is worst than the original Mickey's. (263 characters)

Photo of Drew966
2.48/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Mickey's Ice pours a typical macro yellow with a white head from a green thirty two ounce bottle. Nasty smell, adjunct dominated by corn. Taste is a bit on the sweet side, dominated by adjunct flavors. Okay as far as this type of beer goes, but not worth going out of your way for. (281 characters)

Photo of Spikester
3.58/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale gold with a good 2 plus fingers of dense long lasting white head. Very impressive lacing.
Smell is grasses some apple peel and a slight corn aroma.
Taste is mostly biscuit malts with a pinch of corn. Slight amount of hops toward the end of the sip. Very light alcohol presence.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with average carbonation and a lightly dry somewhat sweet finish.
Overall a fine Ice beer . Much more pleasant than regular strength AAl types due to bigger flavors in almost every way. The flavor was still pretty decent after it had warmed up some.
Note: This beer still has a thin coat of white head after close to 20 minutes!
Originally reviewed in 03-15-2008. Completely rewrote my review.
Alcohol is 5.8% by volume. (740 characters)

Photo of colts9016
3.11/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is another beer in my series of trying adjunct lagers. Poured into a nonic at 35 degrees.

Appearance: A two finger white foamy bubbly head that has some retention. The color of the beer is a medium amber with copper hues. The clarity of the beer is clear to brilliant. There is a lot of carbonation in the beer, its typically for this style. The head is leaving lacing on the glass.

Nose: A mild corn and malt aroma. There is a subtle apple note and a light corn sweetness. In the background of the beer there are light floral and lemon hints.

Taste: A subtle corn/rice flavor. There is some cloying malt amongst the corn/rice flavor. There are notes of apples, floral, lemon, and corn sweetness. The mouthfeel of the beer is slightly flat, with some astringent dryness.

Overall: The body of the beer is light and so is the finish. Surprisingly this adjunct lager fits its style really well, therefore its going to get a decent rating. The flavors aren't bad and its easily drinkable. (996 characters)

Photo of Tballz420
1.89/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

this is one sick drink most of you will want to avoid, but for those of us in college with no money this is always an option. As far as dirty foties are concerned this is my personal favorite, with the closest competitor being OE mind you. Three of these will get you rocking, but tomorrow you will regret it. (309 characters)

Photo of Bookseeb
2.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is a straw color with a quick dissipating crisp head. Smell has a very light adjunct grain to it. Taste is very light for an ice beer again with the adjuct graininess. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. Being watered down it makes for a great warm weather ice beer that will quench with moderate alchohol. (323 characters)

Photo of scottum
1.73/5  rDev -34%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is the only 40 that I will consider drinking. It is quite bad though. If this beer is really cold, I can drink it just fine. The 40oz makes it hard to keep it cold to the last drop. Solution: drink fast. If you still can't handle this brew, add vermouth. That's a real mixed drink, mmmmm. (293 characters)

Photo of proc
2.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Oh my...Mickey's Ice...

I was familiar with regular Mickey's but had no idea this one existed. To be honest, it isn't terrible, and is actually somewhat quirst-quenching. Pours out to a darker than usual yellow-gold in the glass with a wispy, white head. Aroma is that of cooked corn and slight malt. Taste is sweet, probably because of said corn. It doesn't finish with that nasty, alcohol-laden finish of most malt liquors. While not an IPA, stout or Pale, it is what it is, a straight-forward, decent Malt Liquor.

Rock on Mickey's Ice... (546 characters)

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Mickey's Ice from Miller Brewing Co.
66 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.