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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
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62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 25
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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Photo of steeler
3.75/5  rDev +82%
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!

steeler, Nov 12, 2008
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 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 scarletfire79
2.95/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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 bushbeer75
3.08/5  rDev +49.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 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 nicksta
1.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

The ice brewed version of Old Mud that doesn't taste a whole lot like Old Mud. The smell gives hints at cereal malts and big surprise that is what the taste is, corn flakey. Just like the forerunner of the family, Old Mud (one of the worst beers ever), a terrible aftertaste finishes every sip to make a bad beer worse. However, instead of the Old Mud bitter aftertaste you get a gross adjunct sweet taste reminiscent of Stroh's and Camo, also some of the worst beers ever, which is the worst taste in beer. It is a very water down beer which saves the drinkability that is marred by the aftertaste. It is ice brewed and will hit you harder than you think, and not the way you think either. In the end it is a lot better than Old Milwaukee, but not much else.

nicksta, Oct 29, 2005
Photo of kbnooshay
2.93/5  rDev +42.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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 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 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 jtw5877
2.2/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 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 29, 2003
Photo of Shiloh
2.13/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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