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I.C. Light - Pittsburgh Brewing Co.

I.C. LightI.C. Light

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BA SCORE
60
poor

154 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 154
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 2.47
pDev: 27.53%


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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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.58/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 14:18:10 | More by BuckeyeNation
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.68/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2008 05:10:23 | More by ChainGangGuy
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.7/5  rDev +9.3%
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...

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 03:16:42 | More by TMoney2591
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.05/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2008 02:03:53 | More by TheManiacalOne
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WesWes

New York

2.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: can

09-11-2005 22:53:47 | More by WesWes
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

1.4/5  rDev -43.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 15:42:12 | More by Knapp85
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

2/5  rDev -19%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2003 00:11:28 | More by WVbeergeek
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev +24.7%
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?

Serving type: can

06-24-2008 02:48:47 | More by tempest
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

1.6/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2004 22:43:43 | More by jdhilt
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

2.23/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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!

Serving type: can

10-31-2009 20:58:01 | More by woodychandler
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DoubleJ

California

2.25/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 00:06:36 | More by DoubleJ
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plaid75

New York

3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2009 17:01:39 | More by plaid75
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +51.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 08:18:02 | More by Stinkypuss
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

2.78/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 00:13:39 | More by Slatetank
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Brad007

Vermont

2.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light, nearly clear yellow color with a thin head into my pint glass. Seems right for the style.

Aroma is sweet and full of corn. Seems light I suppose. Not much to entice the nose.

Taste is sweet and watery or at least, those are the two characteristics that stand out. Not much in the way of malt.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering flavors as mentioned above. At least there's no harsh aftertaste or anything.

Eh, it's a light beer. What else can I say? I'm not a fan of light beers but I'm always searching (albeit fruitlessly) for a light beer other than Sam Light that I can tolerate. There just ain't no thing but if you're getting sick of BMC light beers, try this.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 05:10:18 | More by Brad007
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

2.61/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 20:16:57 | More by dbrauneis
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bluejacket74

Ohio

2.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was from a 12 ounce aluminum bottle. IC Light pours a clear light gold with a small white head which goes away quick. It smells like grain, corn and some sweet malt. The taste is mostly malty and grainy, with a small metallic taste too. It starts off a bit sweet and finishes a bit sour. The mouthfeel is light and watery. With that being said the drinkability is decent as the beer is non-offensive and it does go down smooth. Yeah, there are plenty of better choices out there but it's not bad on a hot summer day watching a ball game at PNC Park.

Serving type: can

11-24-2006 00:33:26 | More by bluejacket74
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

2.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I tried this side-by-side with Iron City, both in aluminum bottles. IC Light was far worse, more corn-flavored, no malt flavor at all, completely forgettable. It was really really bad, worse than Miller lite which is my calibration for bad beers.

Don't ever try it. If you want to try a Pittsburgh macro, I recommend standard Iron City over this.

Serving type: can

04-14-2006 23:52:09 | More by TurdFurgison
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev +38.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 21:36:03 | More by tdm168
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

2.63/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 21:43:43 | More by Darkmagus82
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WoodBrew

Illinois

2.85/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 00:44:57 | More by WoodBrew
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Pegasus

Texas

2.1/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Clear, pale golden color with a small white head, and surprisingly thick lacing. An occasional fat bubble quickly rises to the surface.

Aroma: Dry with a cooked corn note and grain husk.

Taste: Opens with washed out corn malt flavor, and a little alcohol, these soon fade to nothing. The finish is dominated by a harsh herbal bitterness and is fairly dry.

Mouth feel: Quite thin and insubstantial.

Drinkability/notes: Little more than carbonated water, and not good carbonated water at that.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce aluminum bottle, served in a Pilsener glass.

Serving type: can

09-11-2005 14:49:58 | More by Pegasus
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JamesS

Indiana

2.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a near flat, very light straw color. It has almost no scent at all, beyond a very mild sweet, sugary aroma. Almost no taste, it was nearly like drinking water. It was very smooth, though, I have to give it that. While not a great beer, this would be great after working outside during the summer.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2008 16:44:21 | More by JamesS
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soju6

Missouri

2.6/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: can

08-21-2011 13:33:42 | More by soju6
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Drew966

Florida

2.88/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I.C. Light pours a light golden yellow with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. Aroma is mostly adjunct. Light body, highly carbonated, minimal taste. The taste is heavy on adjunct. Typical for the style I guess. No real off tastes, not bad compared to the competitors.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2007 23:45:59 | More by Drew966
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I.C. Light from Pittsburgh Brewing Co.
60 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.