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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Shiloh on 12-09-2002)
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2.75/5  rDev +33.5%

Jenessa, Jan 25, 2013
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2/5  rDev -2.9%

spycow, Jan 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +57.8%

Lukass, Jan 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +57.8%

djcreepshow, Dec 04, 2012
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2/5  rDev -2.9%

jharris0624, Nov 13, 2012
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 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
Photo of cpolking
2.78/5  rDev +35%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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 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!


RonaldTheriot, Apr 23, 2012
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 slitherySOB
1.73/5  rDev -16%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours your usual piss yellow colour, common with most adjunct lagers. Smells of corn, corn syrup, and metal. Tastes of breads, grains, and metal. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Overall, your typical iced beer. Meant to get drunk off of. A shame this was one of the few offerings at a wedding I attended.

slitherySOB, Mar 02, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -27.2%

yooper920, Feb 12, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -27.2%

Beer4Baltimore, Feb 07, 2012
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1/5  rDev -51.5%

slimntubbs, Jan 31, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -27.2%

electtodefer, Jan 18, 2012
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1/5  rDev -51.5%

Schade, Jan 13, 2012
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2/5  rDev -2.9%

wmickdds32, Dec 11, 2011
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2/5  rDev -2.9%

ROGUE16, Nov 15, 2011
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 ChrisCage
2.5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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 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 bundy462
2.6/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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 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 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
Old Milwaukee Ice from Pabst Brewing Company
55 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.