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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
poor

174 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 2.45
pDev: 28.57%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | 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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Photo of t0rin0
2.25/5  rDev -8.2%

t0rin0, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of djrn2
1.75/5  rDev -28.6%

djrn2, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of acurtis
2/5  rDev -18.4%

acurtis, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.58/5  rDev +5.3%

This bottle of I.C. Light is part of Macro Smackdown XII and will be pitted against a bottle of Lone Star Light. This is the twelfth such comparison tasting that I've done (for those who don't understand Roman numerals) and the sixth involving light lagers. These beers have vastly different stats in terms of carbs, but I have no idea if that fact will impact the final outcome.

I.C. Light is a much paler beer and doesn't look as good as a result. I like its appearance more though, because the cap is vastly superior. It's bright white, rocky and leave a very nice array of lace in feathery rings. Advantage: Pittsburgh.

While no barn burner, the nose on this beer is the clear winner of the aroma portion of the competition. For starters, it actually smells like beer. Sure it's grainy, but I'm pretty sure that I can appreciate a whiff of hops. No, I don't think it's my imagination, but thanks for asking.

I.C. Light wins yet another round. Handily too. It's amazing what the brewers at Pittsburgh Brewing have been able to do with so few carbs. The ABV is slightly higher here (4.15% vs. 3.88%), but I can't believe that makes much of a difference. Actually, this is one of the more palatable, inoffensive light lagers that I've had. It's lightly grain-like with a twinkle of grassy hops.

As noted in the Lone Star Light review, I can't find much that's different about the two mouthfeels. Neither one stands out in either a positive or a negative direction when compared to other light lagers that I've had.

I.C. Light is the clear winner of Macro Smackdown XII. Simply put, it's a drinkable light lager that I was able to get some enjoyment out of; in contradistinction to Lone Star Light, which isn't and which I wasn't. Pittsburgh's favorite light lager is one of the best beers of that style that I've had in quite some time.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.68/5  rDev +9.4%

Appearance: Pours a clear, light yellow body with a small, wispy, white head.

Smell: Sweet-smell cereal nose and that's about it.

Taste: Cereal taste with a few drops of medium sweet corn cyrup added. No real hop bitterness. Flavor grows increasingly watery on towards the clean, though empty finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation. Watery.

Drinkability: A fairly empty beer experience, though, surprisingly, it was a bit more tolerable than the standard Iron City.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of Knapp85
1.4/5  rDev -42.9%

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.

Knapp85, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
2.7/5  rDev +10.2%

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...

TMoney2591, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.05/5  rDev +24.5%

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

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

S: The aroma is of light and sweet malts, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is decently balanced for a light beer. There's a thin malt sweetness and a decent hops presence and a touch of fruit in the background. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp with a little smoothness, light body, high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, mild kick, it's very similar to your typical "fizzy yellow beer" but this one at least has a little bit more flavor.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of WVbeergeek
2/5  rDev -18.4%

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 Slatetank
2.78/5  rDev +13.5%

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.

Slatetank, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of WesWes
2.55/5  rDev +4.1%

The beer pours a pale yellow color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is below average. It has a very faint pale malt scent with loads of adjuncts and a dry, musty lager yeast aroma. The taste is terrible. It has very watery, pale malt flavor with lots of adjuncts present. It has no hop character. It's almost like drinking seltzer water with a slight malt flavor. The mouthfeel is average. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a below average light lager. It has little flavor and almost no malt aroma. It's one and done for me.

WesWes, Sep 11, 2005
Photo of woodychandler
2.23/5  rDev -9%

CAN you believe that I am just now getting around to reviewing THIS beer? In a CAN ...

An aggressive pour produced a finger of bone-white head with low retention. Nose was very light and slightly sweet. The color was a pale straw-yellow with NE-quality clarity. The mouthfeel was somewhat thin with a mild sweetness on the tongue. Finish was equally thin with that same sweetness that just seemed to linger. Overall, it was a pretty boring beer. Oh well. Stick to Arn!

woodychandler, Oct 31, 2009
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2.25/5  rDev -8.2%

orangesol, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of tempest
3.08/5  rDev +25.7%

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 dbrauneis
2.61/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

dbrauneis, Aug 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +32.7%

duceswild, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of DoubleJ
2.25/5  rDev -8.2%

I see light...penerating through this bottle of beer. I'm betting I.C the light make its way through this beer when it's in a glass. On to the beer:

Pale straw yellow color, the head fizzles away to nothing within seconds. Some carbonation bubbles in the body keep this from the lowest appearance score. I smell corn in this beer. Just some. And some astringent grain. Hmmm. The taste? Sour...in a bad way. The seltzer-like carbonation adds some excitement, but otherwise this is anot very exciting to drink. Mildly clean...faded taste of boiled corn. Actually, the taste isn't too bad for a light beer...if you drink it fast and not let it sit on your palate. Weird, my stomach just got that warming feeling. At least my tummy is happy when my palate is expecting better.

Decent for a light beer, but nothing more.

DoubleJ, Jan 01, 2009
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1.6/5  rDev -34.7%

Pours a one-fingered bubbly, white head that goes very quickly and leaves some lace. Clear pale yellow color. Light carbonation and very light bodied. Nose is hoppy with adjuncts. Starts with a sweet citrus flavor, watery, finish is boring but this has more flavor than a Bud Light. The ABV is 4.15%. 79¢ for a 12oz bottle from Liquor Barn Lexington, KY.

jdhilt, Sep 30, 2004
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev +22.4%

ejimhof, May 04, 2013
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.75/5  rDev +53.1%

This beer appears in a bottle.

The smell is of bready malts.

The taste follows this, and actually I have noticed it tastes very fine out of the bottle. Some noticable hop character.

Mouthfeel is pretty average but it goes down smooth enough.

Drinkability is off the charts. Great for pre-gaming, or for that matter, during the game. Whatever sport you enjoy.

Stinkypuss, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of wrightst
2/5  rDev -18.4%

wrightst, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of plaid75
3/5  rDev +22.4%

On tap on Primant's, Pittsburgh.

The smell featured a sweet adjunct malt.

The taste was upfront sweet corn cut with a grassy hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a decent light adjunct lager. Good local alternative.

plaid75, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of Latarnik
2.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
Photo of tdm168
3.43/5  rDev +40%

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 dmorgan310
2.5/5  rDev +2%

dmorgan310, Mar 01, 2014
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I.C. Light from Pittsburgh Brewing Co.
60 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.