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I.C. Light - Pittsburgh Brewing Co.

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I.C. LightI.C. Light

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BA SCORE
60
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193 Ratings
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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 2.46
pDev: 29.67%
Wants: 3
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pittsburgh Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.15% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-30-2001

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Ratings: 193 | Reviews: 85
Photo of YoshkaPundrik
3.99/5  rDev +62.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After drinking beer for over 40 years, this is my go to.

Photo of MaltLickyWithTheCandy
2.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer bring back memories. this was our go to at the ski lodge when my college buddies and i went snowboarding. 3 dollars for a pounder. Not a bad brew, refreshing, clean, and somewhat tasty.

Photo of ordybill
2.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Very weak smelling concoction, it smells like a watered down left over beer from the night before.
Appearance- A very pale golden yellow.
Taste- Non-descript at best, very watery
Palate- A light bodied beer that has some medium carbonation
Overall- Well, this is off my list of beers to try. At least I get the beer credit for drinking one. I will not drink this again.

Photo of mrn1ceguy
1/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Can you make a worse beer, I doubt it. Take the worst of the macros, water it down and make it more unappealing, that's IC Light.

Photo of nicholas2121
3.06/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I.C. Light brewed by Pittsburgh Brewing Co. This brew has an ABV of 4.15% The brew pours out a nice amber color with a small white head. I.C. Light is a filtered brew you can see right though it. This brew looks like most American light brews. The smell has some grains and malts. You do pick up on some corn in this brew. There is nothing bad about this brew so far now for the taste. The taste at first is bitter but it goes down smooth. But there is something in there at first. This brew ok, it is not bad but it is not good. I would put this light brew right in the middle. The mouthfeel is ok with a clean finish. But the first taste is bitter sweet. Overall I'm giving this brew a 3 out 5. Not the best, but not the worst I've had.

Photo of dacrza1
1.52/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

DATE REVIEWED: August 2, 2014... GLASSWARE: ballpark see-through plastic... OCCASION: perfect night for a ballgame and some beers with brother Jer in State College...APPEARANCE: thick, white creamy head; yellow body with some cascading bubbles...meh... AROMA: vague hints of water hose, hay and malt liquor ping....with a hint of beer pong ball... PALATE: light bodied, with a retreating aftertaste--has peanut-rinsing potential... TASTE: middling malts mingle with water to produce...mostly water, with a warming fuzz not appropriate to its ABV...not much else can be deduced... OVERALL: I went cheaper at the Spikes game and got four more ounces for a dollar less than the Robin Hood IPA...and not surprisingly, I regretted the change.. this beer needs to be chased with an activity that involves strong-tasting fare; otherwise, I wouldn't drink this unless visiting Pittsburgh where the locals embrace its quirks and flaws....

Photo of Treyliff
2.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured from can to snifter

A- pours a clear pale yellow color with a small foamy white head that retains nicely, leaving some lacing behind.

S- grainy adjunct corn aroma with just a trace of floral hop, toasted cracker

T- grains with some light floral hop, adjunct sweetness dry finish

M- light body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a slick & clean finish

O- this isn't terrible, I actually prefer it over BMC light beers. Actually has a bit of flavor, but not much

Photo of watermelon
3.2/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A:Clear golden color with a white head that went away quickly and left minimal lacing.

S: Corn is the dominate scent.

T: Mostly cereal in the taste with some malt upfront.

M: Great mouth feel, high carbonation and easy to drink.

O: This is a really good light lager. It was 93 cents for a 12oz bottle. If I could find this in a case locally it would probably be my go to cheap beer.

Photo of Slatetank
2.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this up at Giant enjoyed chilled from the 12oz brown bottle in a pils glass.

The color is a very pale and clear golden with visible carbonation rapidly ascending to a eggshell cap with fine bead and lace sticks well, the retention is decent. The smell is sweet, light and pretty mild yet not off or offensive, just faint. The feel is very seltzery and high in carbonation with some mild sweetness and clean overall feel with dry finish.

The flavor is not bad yet it does lack any real resemblance to beer since you basically get the fizziness yet a light sweetness is present on the palate with very light fruity tinge. The overall impression is nothing special to enjoy or appreciate even in the realm of light beers -it is basically a palate cleanser, would pair well with extremely spicy wings or greasy fair-food maybe.

Photo of ckollias
2/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Enjoyed this bottled brew out a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a golden hue with a minimal white head that quickly dissipates.

S: Faint hints of grains and malt.

T: Some grains and malt and maybe a hint of hops.

M: Light body and medium carbonation.

O: No thanks – I’ll pass next time.

Photo of dbrauneis
2.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a crystal clear light yellow in color with some moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and hints of golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy bright white head that reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of corn adjuncts over cereal grain malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of cereal malts with lightly sweet corn adjuncts. Absolutely no hint of hops and the flavor fades pretty quickly. Minimal amounts of bitterness.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Thin/watery.

O: There is a minimal amount of flavor to this beer but it is not offensive - feels like it is a good beer for hydrating on a hot summer afternoon while working in the yard.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.71/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

"The beer you reach for when Iron City is just to heavy and calorie-laden..." This stuff pours a clear straw topped by a finger of relatively short-lived lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises corn, funky wheat, and hard water. The taste brings in more of the same, with the hard water and funky wheat really combining for some "fun" on the tongue. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, a meek, character-less beer, prolly exactly what they were aiming for. Some people...

Photo of MirkoCroCough
3.3/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear and a natural looking yellow. Beer mixed with water.

Not much. Faint beer smell.

Alright. A flash of malt then hop with the quickness.

Seltzer water carbonation.

Much better than bud or coors light. Like Miller but would buy instead since it is a smaller brewer. Alright light beer.

Photo of Darkmagus82
2.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a light golden color with a one figure pure white head. The head faded fast to leave a surprising amount of lacing for a light beer (although lacking when compared to most other brews).

Smell – Almost no aroma at all. Just a very light corn.

Taste – A light breadiness is on the tongue throughout. There is some corn upfront which fades giving way to a very light caramel sweetness. At the very end the tiniest bit of citrus seems to work its way in along with some more papery tastes as well.

Mouthfeel – A light body with a medium to high level of carbonation. Pretty standard light beer.

Overall - More flavorful the average light beer with a better look as well. If you want a light beer this is one to have from time to time.

Photo of keeganfrank
2.9/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale beer with a thin, soapy head that fades over 30 seconds or so. Faint, grassy aroma with a bit of fruitiness. Dry, grass flavor and not much else. Has a bit of a sugary aftertaste. IC Light isn't offensive to the palate, but it doesn't offer much either. Still, I think it tastes better than some of the more popular light lagers. I'd drink it again if it were offered to me, but it's not something I'd go out of my way to have.

Photo of tdm168
3.42/5  rDev +39%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a very pale gold with 1/4" of soft, bubbly head that quickly fades to a thin lacing. There's a great deal of carbonation bubbles rising to the top. The smell is grainy with a nice grassy hop aroma. The taste is also grainy with a slight grassy hop character. There's a hint of an apple-like sweetness in the finish. Mouthfeel is light and crisp.

This is my first IC Light since leaving PA in '07. I can see why I drank so many of them back in the day. It's cheap, sessionable, and unoffensive.

Photo of soju6
2.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a pale golden color with a billowing head that fades quickly and no lacing.

S: Faint aroma of grain with some sweetness.

T: Mild sweetness and grainy flavor. Has a aint bitterness and a fairly clean finish.

F: Light body, crisp & refreshing.

Not bad for a light beer. Good Summer beer for backyard activities.

Photo of BigRedN
3/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours from the 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. The beer is perfectly clear, pale gold color. Pour produces a thin white head that fades to nothing but a ring around the glass.

S: Scent of some adjuncts gives the beer a somewhat sweet aroma. Overall the smell is pretty low, which I guess goes with the style.

T: A bit better than the scent. I get a little malty taste that comes through. No bitterness (no/little) hops? Not bitter, non offensive.

M: Not as thin and watery as some light lagers. Good carbonation, light and lively.

O: I purchased a 6 pack for $4.50. Not a bad deal. A good light lager especilly for that price. I would definitely take this over any BMC macro produced light lagers.

Photo of WoodBrew
2.82/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's Sunday evening and I need a bottle of healing after my hockey game. Had an Iron City Lite in the fridge....so why not. This beer is a typical light beer, decent flavor. The color is golden clear with thin white head and has a modest lace. There is only a weak grain nose. The taste is typical of this beer style. Mouthfeel is decent....perfect for any lawn mowing issues. Session...easily....but would prefer others...no question.

Photo of Knapp85
1.43/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured this onto a glass and was assuming it'd look like a light lager. It has very little to offer the consumer. This beer goes down fairly quickly at least. As it warms it kind of starts to have an odd aroma. Drink these fast if you have too. This reminded me a lot of Miller Lite.

Photo of secondtooth
2.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pale, straw yellow, and looks watery on pouring. It is a light beer, so no surprise there.

Limited foam, with no head or lace visible.

Scent is decent, malty sweet.

Tastes crisp, like a sweet corn, or maybe a cream corn (which sounds awful). Definitely adjunct here.

No evidence of hops, just a sweet malt presence.

Nothing special here, pretty plain and nothing beyond ordinary.

Photo of AdamBear
2.36/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A-light gold, almost clear. very, very thing white head. quite sad looking

S-sweet barley scent, medium strength, not THAT bad. actually decent smelling

T-very light taste of barley and honey. it tastes almost like a very smooth, light octoberfest style beer. the after-taste tastes almost of belgian sugars. this isn't a terrible light beer.

M-heavy carbonation with a slightly dry finish. definitely not a selling point

D-this is one of the better light beers i've had but its still not a great, or good, or decent beer. i'd rather see this in kegs at parties than BMC products tho.

Photo of BeerCon5
3.3/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, light yellow color with a small amount of white bubbly head that doesn't last long.

Not much in the nose, a little corn and some yeast.

The flavor is pretty much what you would expect; corn, yeast, some sweet malt.

Light bodied, crisp and thin, high carbonation.

This was probably one of the better macros out there, not something I would buy though.

Photo of DerekP
3.02/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Out of a bottle, I've thought for a year or so now that this beer isn't half bad. But being the beer aficionado that I am, I have to judge it properly, and pour from the bottle into my Czech pilsner glass to allow its true character to come out, instead of letting it hide behind a perception veil that so many beers have managed to wrangle & exploit through intense marketing of poor beer etiquette. What I'm trying to say is: pour all beer in a glass.

The brew is yellow-gold. Like yellow liquid water coloring. The half-inch head that I was able to get out of the bottle quickly disappeared and left me with a sad rim. A steady flow of carbonation bubbles is rising to the top, but not at an intense pace.

Corn husk in the nose. Very dry grains. A mildly sweet undertone. Not one note of finishing hops. Could it be single-hopped? I am catching a scent of hop aroma, but it is so faint I can only imagine it is a remnant of the hops tossed in for the full boil (bittering hops).

Grainy, dry, hay-like flavor in the taste. A good level of bittering hops. Light & thin in the mouth. Dry to the tongue. Very lackluster in the malts section. I know this a light beer, but a touch of character wouldn't hurt this brew at all. Not a lot of flavor, so I'd say it has kept to style.

Pretty easy to drink, but I always counter that factor--which is evidently so important to the average beer drinker--with what is, in my opinion, more important: whether or not I actually want to drink it.

Photo of jcm8756
3.2/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So I'm reviewing this right after a review of Iron City, do you think that depletes my sense? I think not.

Appearance: Average for the style. Light yellow with a foamy white head that disappears very quickly.

Smell: Smells like corn and bread, just like every other American Light Lager.

Taste: I.C. Light has slightly more taste than most of its BMC counterparts. I would say it is the most like Miller Lite if you really want to get technical but it mostly tastes like water.

M & D: As average as it gets. There is nothing that stands out at all. I could drink a twelve pack in a sitting during a Pens or Steelers game (as I have done many times) and be perfectly happy!

Notes: All in all, if you are looking for a low cal beer that is very drinkable give this a try. It is every bit as good as its BMC counter parts and it is independent.

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I.C. Light from Pittsburgh Brewing Co.
60 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.