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Old Milwaukee Ice - Pabst Brewing Company

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Old Milwaukee IceOld Milwaukee Ice

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BA SCORE
56
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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 2.11
pDev: 35.07%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Shiloh on 12-09-2002)
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djcreepshow

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +54%

12-04-2012 00:14:16 | More by djcreepshow
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jharris0624

Missouri

2/5  rDev -5.2%

11-13-2012 06:48:26 | More by jharris0624
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tdm168

North Carolina

1.78/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Serving type: can

08-31-2012 23:03:25 | More by tdm168
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daliandragon

North Carolina

1.65/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

Serving type: can

07-19-2012 01:56:28 | More by daliandragon
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cpolking

Iowa

2.78/5  rDev +31.8%
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.

Serving type: can

07-14-2012 02:09:57 | More by cpolking
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.43/5  rDev +110%
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

Serving type: can

04-23-2012 21:05:08 | More by RonaldTheriot
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emerge077

Illinois

2.38/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Serving type: can

03-04-2012 21:14:01 | More by emerge077
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slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

1.73/5  rDev -18%
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.

Serving type: can

03-02-2012 18:34:40 | More by slitherySOB
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yooper920

Wisconsin

1.5/5  rDev -28.9%

02-12-2012 03:26:11 | More by yooper920
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Beer4Baltimore

Maryland

1.5/5  rDev -28.9%

02-07-2012 07:40:49 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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slimntubbs

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -52.6%

01-31-2012 03:05:21 | More by slimntubbs
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electtodefer

New York

1.5/5  rDev -28.9%

01-18-2012 01:20:30 | More by electtodefer
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Schade

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -52.6%

01-13-2012 21:56:55 | More by Schade
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wmickdds32

Ohio

2/5  rDev -5.2%

12-11-2011 02:55:04 | More by wmickdds32
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ROGUE16

Delaware

2/5  rDev -5.2%

11-15-2011 21:54:12 | More by ROGUE16
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

2.08/5  rDev -1.4%
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

Serving type: can

10-14-2011 16:42:53 | More by spinrsx
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ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev +18.5%
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!

Serving type: can

07-30-2011 02:49:42 | More by ChrisCage
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

1.9/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: can

05-11-2011 16:52:44 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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DrJay

Massachusetts

1.8/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: can

08-29-2010 01:18:54 | More by DrJay
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bundy462

Texas

2.6/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 04:40:39 | More by bundy462
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev +46.9%
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.

Serving type: can

12-24-2009 01:06:37 | More by tone77
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev +58.8%
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.

Serving type: can

08-19-2009 01:39:20 | More by woodychandler
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steeler

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +77.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

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!

Serving type: can

11-12-2008 22:29:48 | More by steeler
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clayrock81

Virginia

2.05/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: can

09-03-2008 17:43:52 | More by clayrock81
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.48/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Serving type: can

04-21-2007 12:16:28 | More by BuckeyeNation
Old Milwaukee Ice from Pabst Brewing Company
56 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.