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I.C. Light - Pittsburgh Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
I.C. LightI.C. Light

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BA SCORE
60
poor

180 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 2.46
pDev: 28.86%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-30-2001)
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Reviews by americanwolfdrea:
Photo of americanwolfdrea
4.78/5  rDev +94.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ok I must admit I am pushing a local beer....But listen up y'all this beer is noted for starting the whole light beer trend. It was out WAY before low carb diets were the rage. It has a "full flavor" taste but yet is low in calories and carbs and contains just about the normal ABV as a regular beer. It is very smooth going down finishes clean and tastes great with wings, on a hot summer day or when I am parked in front of the TV watching my fave team play some football(and I'm sure you can guess who it is if you looked to see where the beer is made) AND THANK YOU for keeping it local!!! Try it peoples!!!!

americanwolfdrea, Aug 21, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of GameOfBeers
2.36/5  rDev -4.1%

GameOfBeers, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.38/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Maybe it was the "first-beer-of-the-day" syndrome (the first beer you have that day never tastes bad) but I really didnt think this was a bad brew at all. What I really liked was that IC light didnt seem to have that typical overcarbonated, burning-mouth sensation that a lot of other Lights have. It also has that interesting grass/hay/etc taste that all light beers have, like you are chewing on a mouthful of something that has been freshly cut from the ground. Goes down smooth and easy. Not bad at all.

chOAKbarrell, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of jcdiflorio
4.03/5  rDev +63.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had a couple of cans left from an outdoor event sponsered by my local bar. It's in WV so my only choices were Macros. Went with a light beer as it was an all day event.

12oz can served in a pub glass.Clear golden with staw-like highlights. 1' white sudsy head fizzley out quick to a slight coating with a white ring. Not much lacing, little spotting with a few bubbles rising.

Sweet malty aroma with breaddy/doughy scents.Slightly toasty with a good bit of fruityness. Clean aromas nothing offensive.

Very clean,sweet maltiness with light toastyness. Grainy/straw-like with fresh fruity tastes,slighly metallic as it warms. Finishes crisp,clean with a fruity fade.

Light mouthfeel,not watery like a lot of light macros, has a grainyness tastes like beer even has a bite to it. My choice for sessioning a light macro, blows away BMC lite beers. Rated this beer compaired to other light beers out there. Can't belive more people don't drink this one.

jcdiflorio, Sep 26, 2007
Photo of wattoclone
3.75/5  rDev +52.4%

wattoclone, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of bpfrush
2/5  rDev -18.7%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
2/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours golden pale straw hue with a white short lived head with no lacing to spare for my enjoyment. Aroma slightly sweet cooked veggie adjunct origin with a mild flowery hop aroma. Taste light refreshing sweetness here not the smoothest beer here, but better than a lot of other mass produced light lagers out there in my opinion a little partial since I was born in Pittsburgh. Only complaint is the slightly metallic tone in the finish of the beer light bodied and highly carbonated easy going lawnmower beer, not meant to think about and breakdown just to enjoy on a hot day in the sun.

WVbeergeek, Jul 09, 2003
Photo of dsauter
2.75/5  rDev +11.8%

dsauter, May 06, 2012
Photo of sgttibbs
3/5  rDev +22%

sgttibbs, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of acurtis
2/5  rDev -18.7%

acurtis, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of FleeVT
3.23/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown 12oz bottle with no date poured into a pint.

A: Pours an extremely pale straw yellow with a thin white head. The head doesn't linger even with the the slow and steady carbonation.

S: Sweet and malty with the faintest of hops. I'm pretty sure there is banana in there.

T/M: Extremely mild tasting brew. Similar to the nose with the faintest hints of banana, hops, and malts. Nicely carbonated, light, and crisp.

D: An all day session beer for Penguins, Pirates, or Steelers games. It is what it is, and I love it for that.

FleeVT, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of dacrza1
1.5/5  rDev -39%
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....

dacrza1, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of asabreed
2.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Fizzy yellow and typical light beer specs. Not much head or lacing or any stickage going on.

Smell: Corn and adjunct sweetness with enough hops maybe to make it fairly bearable with nothing metallic or off-putting. There's just not a lot there.

Taste: Again, not much to speak of here, but nothing off-putting. A bit of sweetness and beer-flavored water taste, maybe a bit of mild hops and grain.

Mouthfeel: Actually fairly decent carbonation with a lighter bodied beer, which makes it a bit easier to drink.

Drinkability: If I drink light beer at a barbeque or someone's having a party with such a brew, it's not too bad. I'd never really buy it myself, but there are worse light beers out there. Very easy to drink and wash food down, and it's nice they actually have the calories and nutritional information on the can too, since many light beers don't.

asabreed, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of tdm168
3.43/5  rDev +39.4%
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.

tdm168, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
2.42/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

secondtooth, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
2.85/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

WoodBrew, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of tempest
3.08/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I expected to be disgusted by some DMS (cooked vegetable aroma and flavor)-riden mess, but this was a decent macro light beer, all things considered. Yeah, it was pretty watery, but the mouthfeel wasn't unpleasantly dry, bitter, or astringent light most other light beers. Instead this matched a slight lemon flavor with mild bready malts. Not a lot going on, but it's a light beer, what more do you?

tempest, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of cliff1066
2.25/5  rDev -8.5%

cliff1066, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of lumpy1126
3/5  rDev +22%

lumpy1126, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of DerekP
3.03/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

DerekP, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of nicholas2121
3.05/5  rDev +24%
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.

nicholas2121, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev +32.1%

atlbravsrno1, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of Treyliff
2.59/5  rDev +5.3%
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

Treyliff, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of Pensfan0782
2.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Pensfan0782, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of macesq
2.5/5  rDev +1.6%

macesq, Oct 14, 2014
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I.C. Light from Pittsburgh Brewing Co.
60 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.