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Old Milwaukee Ice - Pabst Brewing Company

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Old Milwaukee IceOld Milwaukee Ice

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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 2.09
pDev: 35.41%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Shiloh on 12-09-2002)
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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.43/5  rDev +112%

Old Milwaukee Ice has a very thick, stark-white head, some decent lacing, and a clear, golden appearance, with streaming bubbles. The aroma is of mild, sweet grain (barley & corn) and some candy corn. Taste is of lightly-toasted malt, some corn husk, and bit of hop, sweetness, and a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Old Milwaukee Ice finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, dry, and highly drinkable. This might be the smoothest and most enjoyable ice beer I’ve tasted. I recommend it!

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of steeler
3.75/5  rDev +79.4%

ah the Old Milwaukee ICE, this is one of the best "ice" beers I've ever drank. Onto the review!

A - Looks like your average macro

S - Metallic, adjuncty, boozy, not good.

T - For an "ice" beer, it is actually decent tasting. Really nothing to it, stock beer taste, a bit watered down.

M - Smooth, Smooth Smooooth, but watery.

D - I give this a perfect score, because when this beer is ice cold it really is easy to drink. Since i drink them in tallboy cans, after one or two, they just start going down like water. Great for parties, and getting loaded :P

Overall for 10.50$ for a 6 pack of tallboys this is a great deal, when going for a cheap buzz, but you hate malts, this is the way. The most bang for your bang. I HIGHLY recommend this! Just done expect a ground breaking experince, for an ICE beer its the BEST!

steeler, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of nicholas2121
3.38/5  rDev +61.7%

Old Milwaukee Ice brewed by Pabst Brewing Company. This brew pours out a nice amber color with a small white head. Now keep in mind this an ICE brew with an ABV of 5.9. This ice brew has a lighter color than other ICE brews. The smell of this brew is ok nothing special but nothing bad. It smells like beer. The taste is strong at first but at the end it is smooth and rich. You pick up on the higer abv and some sweetness. The after taste is ok nothing bad about that. This brew goes down smooth. Old Milwaukee Ice is not the best I had but Not the worst by a long shot.Over all I giving this brew a 3.25 out of 5. I would pick up Old Milwaukee Ice again.
Also Keep in mind this brew is price is 1.19 plus tax. Not a Bad buy at all

nicholas2121, May 11, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
3.35/5  rDev +60.3%

I CAN hardly wait to taste yet another American Adjunct Lager in a CAN!

A finger of bone-white head with decent retention, especially on a humid late-August night. Nose had a cereal, lager sweetness. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium with a decent lager sweetness. This was better than its regular counterpart. Perhaps there is something to ice-brewed beer. Still, I hope that they are wrong that "It doesn't get any better than this!" Finish was decent with a mild sweetness and none of the harshness that I have been experiencing lately.

woodychandler, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of djcreepshow
3.25/5  rDev +55.5%

djcreepshow, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of Lukass
3.25/5  rDev +55.5%

Lukass, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of tone77
3.1/5  rDev +48.3%

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is slightly sweet, corn and malts. Taste is crisp, basically malts and corn. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall I would consider this to be a fairly mediocre beer.

tone77, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.08/5  rDev +47.4%

Its deep-golden colored body teems with life as tiny effervescent bubbles race to take their place beneath its good-sized head of rocky bright-white foam. The head retention is surprisingly good, and it maintains a solid cap throughout the glass and leaves some very nice, but transient, spotty lace as it goes. The nose expresses some very basic grainy maltiness and a bit of floral, leafy, and very slightly cheesy, hops. The body is surprisingly full, and its very fine and gently effervescent carbonation caresses the tongue before fading smoothly away. The flavor is rich but one dimensional. It's borderline sweet, but it never really gets beyond that; and it hints at maltiness but just can't get past it's adjunct content. The hop bitterness is at a decent, firm level and it's well-balanced; leaving it to finish dry with a subtle residual note of alcohol and some very minor floral, grassy, and leafy hop notes. Well-brewed but not worthy of any real notoriety. It doesn't offer the rich and bright character of some other fine examples, and it tends to build on the palate more quickly than warranted.

NeroFiddled, Mar 02, 2004
Photo of bushbeer75
3.08/5  rDev +47.4%

Old Mill Ice is pale ‘golden’ yellow in color that is effervescent and has a bright head of foam. Drinks crisp, clean and easy to consume. Low hop character, and thin in flavor. It is average for the style and its price is very economical. It does give a hint of alcohol upon finish. It should be a good brew to drink on a hot day. There are better Ice beers and worse ones too.

bushbeer75, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of scarletfire79
2.95/5  rDev +41.1%

this beer serves one purpose only. it gives a cheap buzz. at $3.50 a sixer and at 5.8% it's not a bad choice if you're looking to get crunk on a budget. that being said, this beer looked average, smelled horrible, tasted way sweet, but kind of enjoyable, and covered my mouth with a nasty kind of aftertaste. i gave it a slightly higher drinkability score simply because if served ice cold it might be possible to attain a good buzz very quickly. probably won't ever subject myself to this again...but who knows.

scarletfire79, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of kbnooshay
2.93/5  rDev +40.2%

Well i had low expectations for this. Regular old milwaukee is a distaster. Disgusting flavors of death. This on teh other hand is just another ice beer. It is not that bad or different from the others. But still, it is an ice beer. You drink it to get drunk not to taste it. This pours a light yellow and has a corny smell. The taste is the regular ice beer taste what can i say. Not as sweet though, and this one is a little harsher. Mouthfeel is of ass. Sorta drinkable.

kbnooshay, Oct 09, 2005
Photo of cpolking
2.78/5  rDev +33%

The beer pours a pale yellow golden in color with a half inch of white head that dissipates fairly quickly.

The aroma is damp grain, and a light tart note.

The taste is slightly sweet grain, corn, light apples, and just the whisper of a hint of a lager funkiness.

It is well-carbonated, very crisp in the mouth. Like most beers of this type, it tastes better straight out of the can. Not great, not as good as regular Old Milwaukee, but inoffensive for a macro ice beer.

cpolking, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of Jenessa
2.75/5  rDev +31.6%

Jenessa, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of bundy462
2.6/5  rDev +24.4%

A: Pale yellow as expected with no much head retention.

S: Grainy and boozy. Processed corn hints.

T: Pretty smooth considering the alcohol content. Grainy backbone with some slight bitterness in the finish. Pretty unoffensive.

M: Water like.

O: It's not that bad tasting, the alcohol is hidden nicely. Guaranteed to bang you up.

bundy462, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of ChrisCage
2.5/5  rDev +19.6%

A- Poured from the can into my glass and was greeted with a chill hazed piss yellowy color with a tinge of lime juice coloration in the hue. There isn't much of a head even after a fairly hard pour and what there is vanishes quickly into a patch here and there. The carbonation is fizzy and big bubbled, which is to be expected and don't even talk about lacing....there is none.

S- Surprisingly, there is some moderate character here for an AAL....modest sweet malt, but it is quick lived, being overshadowed by corn and raw barley kernels. Something different here though....there is some apple fruitiness on the finish and of course there isn't really any hop profile.

T- Ah, this is what I was more expecting from this brew. Cheap grainy adjuncts, boiled corn water, and a metallic alcohol character that adds a bit of sourness/tang on the palate. Not very good tasting overall but then again I wasn't expecting fine champagne either!

M- Thin, watery and unassuming. I find the carbonation is palate scrubbing but not to the same degree as other macro lagers that I've had. It simply reminds me of slightly smoother swill for lack of a better term.

O- I'll pass...I only had this in my fridge due to some leftovers from my wifes' camping trip. I suppose this is ok for that type of thing, as it's cheap to buy and it's cheaply made too. I prefer Icehouse by a lot....this one doesn't do it for me!

ChrisCage, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.48/5  rDev +18.7%

Macro Smackdown XV will be a face-off (pun intended) between two macro lagers with similar names. This can of Old Milwaukee Ice will be going up against a can of Milwaukee's Best Ice. This beer is brewed by Pabst and its competitor is brewed by Miller. According to my cans, they're both brewed in Milwaukee, which is only fitting.

Lucent goldenrod with a lively, well-bubbled look (at least right after the pour). There's very little difference in color between the two glasses. The color, quality and persistence of the heads, as well as the amount and quality of the lace, is usually what determines the winner in the appearance category. Strangely enough, the caps are virtually identical as well.

The noses are very close to one and the same. This one is mildly sweet with a somewhat pleasant, musky hoppiness. Although it isn't something that I'd use as air freshener, it isn't bad at all. I'll be pretty happy if the beer tastes like it smells.

I'm finally starting to see a little separation. Old Milwaukee Ice is the sweeter of the two and is a fraction more flavorful overall. In fact, it reminds me of a lower alcohol malt liquor due to its corny sweetness. More hops would have been nice, but I've given up hope that any macro lager will be more than minimally hopped.

If blinded, and if flavor is left out of the equation, I would be unable to determine that I'm drinking two different beers. The mouthfeels are both a notch or two greater than feather light, with a minimal finishing slickness and a lower than usual bubble load. I guess that less carbonation is conducive to sessioning, but then I'm not about to buy even one more can of either one of these beers.

I don't believe there has ever been a Macro Smackdown as closely contested as this one. These two lagers are so similar that only by drinking them side-by-side am I able to discern any differences whatsoever. Even then, the differences are slight. I'll have to give the nod to Old Milwaukee Ice, though, since its flavor is fractionally more appealing. Congratulations to Pabst on yet another MacSmack crown.

BuckeyeNation, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of emerge077
2.38/5  rDev +13.9%

$1 22 oz. can at the random corner store. "OM ICE" and "It doesn't get any better than this!" emblazoned in white/silver on the blue can.

Into a large mug it pours a pale straw yellow, with a few lazy trails of rising carbonation visible. Thin layer of white foam, about a fingers width, rises and settles to an unbroken skim. It remains unbroken after the first cautious sips, and there's "icy" lace around the edges like snow flurries.

Smell is lightly swilly, some sweet apple and soft graininess, pretty bland and insipid. Flavors are similarly dull, but take an unpleasant turn into wet paper and envelope glue territory. Flaccid astringent feel, watery finish, sharp note of alcohol. Pretty gaseous, and you're left with a mealy texture coating the tongue. Yuck. Started out average, and left few redeeming qualities afterwards. Dumper.

emerge077, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of CraigTravor
2.25/5  rDev +7.7%

CraigTravor, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of andrenaline
2.25/5  rDev +7.7%

andrenaline, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of SonictheBeerhog
2.25/5  rDev +7.7%

SonictheBeerhog, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of jtw5877
2.2/5  rDev +5.3%

Pours yellow with a chemical smell and a white head. Cheap as hell, and no real redeeming qualities except a decent ABV. Once again, if I am short on cash I want as much bang for my buck as possible. A good beer if it is near freezing, and it is 90+ outside.

jtw5877, Aug 28, 2003
Photo of Shiloh
2.13/5  rDev +1.9%

Old Milwaukee Ice as brewed bt Stroh Canada for Sleemans Brewing and Malting Company....not to be confused with the Old Milwaukee as brewed by Pabst in the U.S....I'm sure their is a family history here, but I'm not the one to look for it....Truth is this Ice lager just is not worth the effort.
The numbers speak for themselves, nothing noteworthy here, best grade is for mouthfeel...that has got to be sad!

Shiloh, Dec 09, 2002
Photo of spinrsx
2.08/5  rDev -0.5%

473ml Can

Appearance - The beer pours a clear yellow colour with an average size fizzy white head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing. There is some faint lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for only a few minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Bread/grains, Metallic, corn syrup

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste corn syrup, breads/grains and just a hint of malt. It really doesn't have a whole lot of taste, and comes across as sort of watery. It finishes with a grainy/adjunct an corn syrup sweet aftertaste.

Overall - In my effort to try every beer under the sun, I gave this one a shot. Not something I'd buy again, there are wayyy more beers I'd rather drink

spinrsx, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of clayrock81
2.05/5  rDev -1.9%

Another horrible American macro "Ice" beer, but not as bas as others. While in the realm of the Beast and Natty Ice (if you don't know what I'm talking about that is good), this beer is actually a little restrained and better than those beers (this is still a cut above malt liquor). I didn't pour it out the can to be honest, so I really didn't notice anything but a pale, seethru yellowish body and smelled some metallic adjuncts. There isn't much malt at all, but the hops are subdued and therefore this beer passes over the tongue without a drying out/taste bud killing from barley or any grassy/earthy/dirty hop presence. Goes down watery and slippery since there's not much beer in this beer, so to speak, but this isn't a completely horrible drink.

clayrock81, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of MJ63
2/5  rDev -4.3%

MJ63, Jul 04, 2014
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Old Milwaukee Ice from Pabst Brewing Company
56 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.