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Old Milwaukee Ice - Pabst Brewing Company

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Old Milwaukee IceOld Milwaukee Ice

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62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 2.06
pDev: 36.41%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | 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 spycow
2/5  rDev -2.9%

spycow, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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 Phyl21ca
1.63/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Can: Poured a light yellow color lager with a foamy head with better then average retention. Aroma of adjunct is quite powerful and dominated the aroma. Taste is also heavy on the adjunct with some corn and some light alcohol notes. Body is creamier then most macros. Overall, this is another bland macros with maybe a bit more of a creamy body and better head retention.

Phyl21ca, Nov 02, 2006
Photo of emerge077
2.38/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

$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 NeroFiddled
3.08/5  rDev +49.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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 woodychandler
3.35/5  rDev +62.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 duceswild
1.75/5  rDev -15%

duceswild, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of tdm168
1.78/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A small amount poured from the 22 oz. can into a pint glass for appearance and aroma, the rest consumed from the classy can.

A - very pale, translucent gold with a mountain of bubbly, white, dense head that has decent retention

S - warm, metallic, grainy, sweet

T - warm, apple, metallic, sweet, grainy

M - smooth, crisp, light to medium bodied, warm alcohol

This is really not good. The metallic and apple notes dominate and the alcohol is far too warming and offensive. I'll never pick this up again.

tdm168, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Unremarkable pour, yellow, no head despite plenty of bubbles. Aroma would make you think this beer was 11% abv at minimum, no hop smell, no malt, cooked/steam vegetables like they had in the lunch line at school.

Taste, not as bad, a little sweetness tempers the alcohol heat, which isn't all that much for an ice beer I guess, but damn if the aroma had me scared. Colder the better with this one. High carbonation allows the beer to not get stuck on your palate. Bitterness grows exponentially for every degree warmer it gets. Keep 'er cold, and they stay slick.

Beerandraiderfan, May 11, 2011
Photo of DrJay
1.8/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Brewed in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Clear straw yellow with a fast disappearing cap of white foam. A bit of streaky lace. Aromas of corn and grain, slight fruitiness. Bitterness was light, more corn and grain sweetness, plus a sharp mineral finish and light sourness that didn't sit well with me. Light bodied, carbonation a bit on the higher side of average, dry and slightly coarse in texture. This is not a beer that I enjoyed and I doubt I'll ever go back to it. It's not even "fun" in a slumming sense, like Molson XXX or OE800 are.

DrJay, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of tone77
3.1/5  rDev +50.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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 spinrsx
2.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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 ZEB89
1.75/5  rDev -15%

ZEB89, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of ROGUE16
2/5  rDev -2.9%

ROGUE16, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of clayrock81
2.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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 andrenaline
2.25/5  rDev +9.2%

andrenaline, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of threedaggers
2/5  rDev -2.9%

threedaggers, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.43/5  rDev +115%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
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1/5  rDev -51.5%

Herky21, May 12, 2013
Photo of I_BYE_MI_BEER
1.75/5  rDev -15%

I_BYE_MI_BEER, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of MinorThreat
2/5  rDev -2.9%

MinorThreat, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of Lukass
3.25/5  rDev +57.8%

Lukass, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of CraigTravor
2.25/5  rDev +9.2%

CraigTravor, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of Frozensoul327
2/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This stuff nearly killed me. Seriously. 40 oz bottle with no freshness date. Poured out to a light yellow color with higher than average carbonation, but no head to speak of. First smell was laden with alcohol. So was the second. All I could smell was booze, and maybe a bit of corn. Taste was nothing special, very heavy tones of alcohol and a metallic bitterness. Finished on the harsh side, with an aftertaste of alcohol. This beer nearly made me vomit after finishing the bottle. Due to my tolerance, I held my self together, and found that this beer will violently exit one of two ways; either via projectile vomiting for the rookies, or like a tsunami of brown anger out the back. I need not explain how this story ends. Go for regular or light, but avoid Old Milwaukee Ice.

Frozensoul327, Jun 19, 2005
Photo of daliandragon
1.65/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

It was on sale for 99 copper Lincolns for a 24 oz. can at Lowes Food. That's why.

Decent head and color. Golden straw and thin but present lace. Nose is noxious corn and rice or something else unpalatable. Flavor is a dull sawdust and sweet maltv sludge. Plenty of carbonation is actually a benefit, which is rarely a good sign.

I expected little when i bought this and it met my expectations perfectly. It was cheap, however.

daliandragon, Jul 19, 2012
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Old Milwaukee Ice from Pabst Brewing Company
55 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.