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Beer 30 Ice - Melanie Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Beer 30 IceBeer 30 Ice

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36 Ratings
no score

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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 2.09
pDev: 25.84%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Melanie Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jjanega08 on 04-13-2009)
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Photo of t0rin0


2.5/5  rDev +19.6%

10-28-2012 16:56:56 | More by t0rin0
Photo of UCLABrewN84


2.23/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear orange with a 1 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks and dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain and sugar. Taste is of grain, sugar, and some corn flake flavors on the finish. There is no hop presence in the smell or taste. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer bit definitely not as bad as Beer 30 Light.

Serving type: can

05-06-2012 03:02:40 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of womencantsail


2.28/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Oh yeah, can from the 99 cent store.

A: The beer pours a very pale golden color with a short lived white head.

S: This beer reeks of corn and beer soaked carpet. More corn just for good measure. It's slightly musty and there is even a little bit of banana in the background.

T: There is a moderate sweetness to this with plenty of corn as well as some apple juice and sugar. Lightly sour and lemony and a touch metallic. A bit watery, too.

M: Light in body with medium carbonation.

O: Nowhere near as horrendous as expected.

Serving type: can

06-11-2011 18:34:36 | More by womencantsail
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.17/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of adjuncts, light malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with an adjunct and light malt sweetness that is followed by a grainy breadiness. The hops presence is very mild even for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: A little crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Not very flavorful, goes down easily and is not too filling since there's not much to it, mild kick, decent representation of a lackluster style, it's not completely awful, but there are several fizzy-yellow-beers that are better than this one.

Serving type: can

02-04-2010 02:00:07 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of woodychandler


1.53/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Apparently, I will drink anything in support of the CANQuest. I have had people apologize for sending this to me to review. CAN't I be curious about what is available?

The head began as a little more than a finger of bone-white foam which just evaporated before my eyes. Color was a golden yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a definite, sharp grapiness along with an ammonia/HCl-acid bite. Whoa! I am guessing that this is not generally poured out of its CAN before drinking. Mouthfeel was on the thin side with a grape bubble gum flavor on the tongue. How do they achieve this? Oof. Finish was an unpleasant blend of grape-sweetness and acidity. I am already developing a headache from this. Phew.

Serving type: can

02-21-2010 07:33:08 | More by woodychandler
Photo of tone77


2.75/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of corn and malts. Tastes like it smells, corn and malts, not paticuarily good. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall nothing going for this beer except the low price tag.

Serving type: can

05-17-2010 13:35:24 | More by tone77
Photo of Duff27


2.93/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Very light amber in color. White inch tall head. Poor lacing and head retention.

S- Smells kinda of sweet.

T- The sweetness overpowers what little hops are brought forth to the table. Alcoholic bread at 5.5%.

M- Quite creamy, medium to medium-thick mouthfeel for the style.

D/O- This wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it'd be but would not buy again. Well maybe, next time I'm down in the STL...as a joke. Marketing...go figure.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 03:02:05 | More by Duff27
Photo of Pegasus


3/5  rDev +43.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear deep golden in color, with a small, snow-white head of coarse bubbles, which soon collapses to scattered patches foam on the surface. The carbonation ia profuse, fast-rising and coarse, with slight and scattered lacing.

Aroma; Alcohol dominates the aroma, as expected, with cooked corn as well, and a faint metallic hop presence..

Taste: Opens with tart malt and alcohol,the malt has a slightly sour tang. As the taste progresses, there is a faint sweet note. As the taste draws to a close, there is a slight metallic bitterness, which lingers on past the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Soft, fairly full, with a bit of stinging carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: An moderate example of the style. At sixty-nine cents a can, it seems quite reasonable.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a standard Pilsener glass

Serving type: can

11-13-2011 19:08:19 | More by Pegasus
Photo of RonaldTheriot


3.33/5  rDev +59.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer 30 Ice is a horrendous beer. It has a thick, white head and a clear, straw appearance. Carbonation is high, and lacing is fairly even and pronounced. The aroma is of burnt rubber, as far as I could determine. The taste is of resin, over-ripe citrus, and it has a chemical undertone of some sort. Mouth-feel is light and watery. Beer 30 Ice finishes harsh and unpleasant. Why anyone would want to save a few cents per 6-pack and buy this, I do not know. I still have five cans left. Wish me luck! Thankfully, this is not sold in Louisiana.

I reassessed this one today, poured into a mug from a 24 oz. can. Gone are the roofing tar and grape soda aroma and taste profiles. Now, it’s wet grain, some hop bittering, and a refreshing, fairly crisp, semi-dry finish. RJT


Serving type: can

07-26-2010 18:04:03 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of crossovert


2.13/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

So-called ice beer. 9.99 for a 30 pack.

It pours a clear yellow with a fizzy white head.

It smells like grain, corn, and banana runts.

The flavor is like most ice beers. Slightly nutty, fruity, but corny.

It is pretty crappy but worth the price comparatively to other ice beers.

Serving type: can

12-07-2011 01:20:00 | More by crossovert
Photo of HalfFull


2.25/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

24 oz. can picked up while perusing the can section. A rare event done for the purpose of proving to a friend that Four Loko is still available here in Cali. Beer 30? Gotta try that for the name alone, and the Ice version was all they had. Don't remember my last Ice beer, been a loooong time.

Poured into a room temperature pint glass so as to not remove any more ice from this finely crafted masterpiece. This Premium Beer pours a clear light straw with half an inch of white foam, which slips away to a light film and light lacing. No notable carbonation after a minute or so.

Smell is very thin, I guess typical for an ice brew. Touch of grain and a bit of metallic vegetal notes. Just not there though not there in a bad way either. Taste follows the metallic cue, offering a dryness interpreted as a light spice and a lightly fruity sense give a thin juice like quality to the flavor. Apple spice continues on the finish and seems to offer a very light artificial sweetness sense to it. Feel is subsequently thin but the bite keeps it from being watery.

Pretty drinkable with no malt body to slow you down and no smells or flavors to dissect and analyze. Very approachable any time of day, any time it's Beer Thirty.

Serving type: can

12-20-2010 05:37:46 | More by HalfFull
Photo of Lukass


2.25/5  rDev +7.7%

04-12-2013 20:42:55 | More by Lukass
Photo of MbpBugeye


1.83/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Huge ass "I've got a deep, stinging depression welling up deep inside that needs extinguished" 24 oz can. Poured into a Perfect Pint with the $0.99 price sticker still on it.

A pretty unspectacular sight. I poured hard, making sure to thoroughly dampen my pants with beer. A head arose but faded before I could even wipe off the excess beer before it soaked into my boxers. The color is quite pale. Clarity is very high. Not many bubbles are seen.

Ok, what the hell is it about these beers, particularly Beer 30 and Beer 30 Ice and others like them, that make them smell just grape juice? Some smell like grape soda, others like grape bubble gum. This one smells like Welch's from concentrate. I think I'm going to BM Homebrew42 after this review...

I can deal with the grape juice sweet aroma, and many times I can cope with the sweet flavors that it hearkens. But this one is just put together all crazy. Really sweet with that artifical, sugar laden grape flavor but then there's that boiled husk nonsense. No hops, only sugar.

Hey, guess what. Its slick as hell on the mouthfeel. With all the underattenuated sweetness who would have thunk? Sharp carbonation.

I kinda bashed it here in this review, but I'd rather drink this than a lot of other beers in its class, not to mention Batch 10,000.

Serving type: can

06-11-2011 05:30:22 | More by MbpBugeye
Photo of Gregwa


2/5  rDev -4.3%

12-16-2011 00:51:38 | More by Gregwa
Photo of jjanega08


1.78/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Found this gem at the MGM in Winona. Poured from a 24 oz can into a pint glass.
A= looks like ginger ale almost. Maybe a little lighter. An orangish yellowy color with a tiny head coming out falling into nothing but bubbles floating on top.
S= Nothin really but a small amount of booze. Some corn is there too.
T= Ah the big moment. Really really weird. At first it almost tasted like an apple cider at the tip of my tongue. Falls into a carbonated water taste...
M= Very light but very coating is the best way to describe it. Its light for sure but the feeling of a very dirty unbrushed teeth mouth kinda thing is going on.
D= I'll only be able to finish this can I think there might be a lot of alcohol in it and it's not very good.

Serving type: can

04-13-2009 01:50:29 | More by jjanega08
Photo of pperez38


2/5  rDev -4.3%

01-22-2012 17:19:55 | More by pperez38
Photo of Clydesdale

District of Columbia

1.55/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: A clear, pale golden-yellow with some active carbonation. The white head is somewhat short and foamy, with poor retention and lackluster lacing.

S: Corn, corn, and more corn. Not even good corn - nasty, canned creamed corn. Some sugary sweetness and boozy alcohol.

T: More of the same. Sweet, corny, with a flash of tartness appearing at irregular intervals. Alcohol is prominent again.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is somewhat lively. A coating, sugary, soda-like character.

D: I saw this during a trip home to Cleveland, and my morbid curiosity got the best of me. This is without question one of the worst beers I've ever tasted. This is bad even by bargain malt liquor standards. Avoid, unless you need a beer that helps you re-appreciate literally every other brew on the planet.

Serving type: can

05-30-2009 00:25:43 | More by Clydesdale
Photo of vacax


2.23/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Gold color, white head fades down relatively quick, yet leaving a film of foam around the glass. Nothing crazy on the aroma, some malt with some adjunct cheapness. For an "ice" beer it actually is surprisingly nice to the nose.

Awkward flavor, not really bad, but strange. A bit of malt on the tip of the tongue, but no sweetness as a mild lactic sourness is here that kind of blends it all together. Moderately bitter, but again, the oddly sour note blends it together. The finish reveals the hidden off flavors, the solvent cheapness comes to light along with some cookielike malt sweetness. Unique in how the tartness of the beer covers up the defects actually successfully for the most part.

Light body and lively carbonation actually reminds me of a Berliner Weisse to go with the sourness (not saying this tastes like that style, but does remind me of it). For an "ice" beer this is actually a good choice in a bad category. Though if you're looking in "ice" beers flavor probably isn't a priority to begin with.

Serving type: can

02-06-2011 05:20:09 | More by vacax
Photo of brewerburgundy


2.55/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

We've had 6 cans of this in the fridge since a party last semester and while playing the first game of beer pong tonight, realized I have not reviewed a 12oz can of this AAL/ADD poured into the Dixie cups and then from a Dixie cup to a pilsener.

Looks like the Busch I reviewed last weekend. Maybe even lighter in a cheap sparkling wine way. Not inappropriate, as it tastes quite white grape like. The clean white head seems to last longer than most American Adjunct Lagers with a minimal, very minimal, lace.

Almost a savory frozen corn, slightly vegetal. When colder, the grapes make their appearance.

Taste culminates in the rear of the mouth. Light grape soda, or rather white grape juice mixed with seltzer. The corn and fresh from the fridge a hop bitterness gives a little bit.

Slightly less watery in the mouth than Busch I had next.

The first time I had this, I hated it. Now it is no worse than any other common beer pong beer at the most.

Serving type: can

01-16-2010 17:06:26 | More by brewerburgundy
Photo of kguyty


2/5  rDev -4.3%

10-01-2013 01:30:57 | More by kguyty
Photo of Hoganlaw


1.5/5  rDev -28.2%

04-12-2014 04:00:54 | More by Hoganlaw
Photo of stingrayvr6

New Jersey

2.53/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this at a party, drank straight from the can. When I saw the name I wasn't expecting to be able to finish it but was pleasantly surprised. Smelled odd but had a surprising malty taste, reminded me of a Molson Export Ale I had in Canada. Drinkable, more taste than most other adjunct lagers.

Serving type: can

11-19-2010 00:21:50 | More by stingrayvr6
Photo of porterwoobie

North Carolina

1.75/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Served out of a 24 oz can into a standard pint glass.

A: medium yellow color, translucent

S: kinda smells like high school parties. in other words, no malt, no hops, just smell the alcohol in the beer

T: lots of carbonation present, not much taste. pretty bland, no personality

MF: just the right amount of carbonation, smooth going down. and my mouth feels like hops.

Drinkability: i've had worse. this will be the last can i consume. can't imagine drinking many of these unless you really like drinking to get drunk

Serving type: can

05-07-2009 22:09:58 | More by porterwoobie
Photo of kneeland

North Carolina

2.65/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I saw this tall boy in a gas station and I had to get it. It was only a buck fifty, so why not give it a shot for hits and iggles.

It poured an everyday straw yellow with unimpressive head. I was really nervous about taking the first sip. Memories of Steel Reserve and PBR danced in my head. I was quite shocked when i tried it. It wasn't terrible! I'm not saying it was a good beer, but I don't think it was bad for such a cheap beer. I would compare the taste mostly to Miller Lite. It doesn't have that rusty aluminum taste like a lot of cheapo beers do.

With all that said, I'll only get this again as a goof. I mean come on, it's called Beer 30.

Serving type: can

11-17-2010 01:21:43 | More by kneeland
Photo of nicholas2121


1.45/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Beer 30 Ice is a cheap cheap cheap BEER. I got this for free and it was BAD. Taste was just nasty. I will just stick to the Budweiser Busch and Natural Light. These beers are 10x better in taste and drinkability. Never buy buy this stuff it is AWFUL!!!
Death in a Can

Serving type: can

04-13-2010 17:41:22 | More by nicholas2121
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Beer 30 Ice from Melanie Brewing Company
58 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.