Icehouse | Miller Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
America's first domestic ice beer, Icehouse is traditionally brewed, fermented and, just before aging, its temperature is lowered to below freezing. This process imparts the beer's smoothness and an alcohol content that's slightly higher (5.5% by volume) than other regular premium beer brands. Icehouse was introduced in 1993 and has reinforced its position as the ultimate beer for wind-up and pre-game occasions. Blending humor and high-energy excitement, Icehouse marketing encourages its target consumers to take occasions to the next level with a great-tasting beer.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-19-2001

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Photo of TangoJuliet
2/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of npdevil27
1.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of buschbeer
3.19/5  rDev +55.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

24 OZ can
Served in a pilsner glass

This beer pours a brilliant golden color and is topped with several inches of off white head that leaves some surprisingly decent lacing.

The smell is light grain notes. There is not much aroma.

The taste is typical adjunct lager. There are some grain flavors, but I get a little alcohol on the back of my tongue.

Thin and watery mouthfeel

It has been years since I have had this beer. I needed to try it again to review it, and because it is cheap. I needed gas for my mower, and it was in the cooler. Yard mowed. Icehouse consumed.

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Photo of brcs78
3.9/5  rDev +90.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I drink expensive coffee and cheap beer. Of course you can get much better tasting beer but for the working man whose kids go to private school you can't beat this. Top notch . After a couple of the tall boys you'll be driving that lawn mower right up the tree.

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Photo of D9sus4
3.15/5  rDev +53.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Ok, let's be honest, I normally drink DIPAs, but when you're working outside on a hot summer day, a heavy beer is not very refreshing. So your choice is H2O, or a good lager. Sure you could choose a lot of other lagers over this one, for a lot more money I might add, but why? This tastes pretty good, clean with adequate alcohol and flavor. I'm a beer snob when I'm comparing Hopslam to some wannabe hop bomb, but this is just drink people. One final thought, for the half of America that drinks Bud Light in lieu of beer, this beer would probably taste like a Guinness! So Cheers

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Photo of superspak
3.34/5  rDev +62.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

24 ounce can into lager glass, best before 9/9/2018. Pours fairly crystal clear golden amber color with a 1 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of cracker, corn, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, and mild herbal/grassy earthiness. A bit too fruity with mild metallic notes in the aromas. Poor aromas with pale malt/corn and mild earthy hop notes; with decent strength. Taste of cracker, corn, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, and light herbal/grassy earthiness. Light herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, corn, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, and light herbal/grassy earthiness for a good bit. Nice robustness of pale malt/corn and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Mildly increasing alcohol warmth after the finish. Overall this is a solid pale adjunct lager. All around good robustness of pale malt/corn and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, and pretty refreshing to drink. Very flavorful and not watery. Clean pale malt/grains and solid earthy hop presence/balance for the style. A nicely enjoyable offering, despite the off noted aromas.

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Photo of Red_Zeke
3/5  rDev +46.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
1.68/5  rDev -18%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of Warren2621
1.41/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.25

Photo of Foxman27
2.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Derek8487
3.5/5  rDev +70.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I bought a case of 24 cans for 9.99 for that price this is a solid cheap beer with a decent taste. It's nice ICE COLD on a warm day or after cutting the grass. If you can't afford to drink craft beer all the time, or just need a regular beer to get the job done this is a good pick.

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Photo of J3553
2.13/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is the beer I drink when I'm not fussing about with my trendy facial hair, when I don't have a male yeast infection from wearing pants that are too tight, and when I'm not sitting at a gastropub in front of an assorted tasting while conversing among friends about the righteous act of bashing fascists. Yes, when I come home and hang up my coat after a long day of blaming whitey while simultaneously enjoying my life of lavish entitlements, I enjoy having a simple beer, made with substandard ingredients, in a substandard manner, and writing snarky reviews that make me seem worse than a beer snob. Thanks for reading.

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Photo of Dalkri
1/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of Beerbuddha
2.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of MeanMotaScootah
2.94/5  rDev +43.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Better than tasting than a Bud (or any other Add-Junk lager)

Appearance - pale yellow, white head that dissipates fast
Smell - malty, sweet with a touch of booze
Taste - slight hop detected but mostly just fizzy, sweet malty bright flavor. Nothing offensive. Reminds me of Simply Times Lager.
Mouthfeel - lots of carb, easy drinking
Overall - Like I said, better than a Bud - not the worst beer at corner store.

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Photo of mojohawk21
1/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of ADKbeerguy
1.77/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of OldSchoolMike
2.68/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not the worst ice beers around. Not great, either.

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Photo of Duffman79
1.55/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.25

Photo of Ballek
1.25/5  rDev -39%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Yuk, watery and strong alcohol, where’s the beer taste??

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Photo of BenHoppy
1.6/5  rDev -22%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of APH
2.67/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of StevenMilligan
2.69/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of JohnTurano
2.55/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Vinman29
2.53/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

So, Icehouse. You were at one time my go to beer. Lots of alcohol in this one. Pretty good flavor. Over time, the love wore off. Someone put some thought into this beer. It is the Kelly LeBrock from Weird Science of beers. Kind of like dating a stripper. Really exciting at first, then it becomes normal, then you start to notice her character flaws and although you love her, you don't like her because there is just something about the overall package which gives you pause. This is a fun beer. It isn't boring, and it has a lot of punch for a mass produced lager. The flavor and alcohol are amped up to 11, relatively speaking. It is like Skittles compared to natural fruit flavors. Icehouse is the boob job of beers. The Mustang or Subaru WRX of mass produced lagers. I still like this beer but at some point, I grew out of it as a fridge filler. For some reason it goes slow out of the cooler at parties. But really it is a high quality beer for what it is so that always surprises me. This is a beer that I still secretly like, just not an everyday beer that you can bring to meet your parents.

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Icehouse from Miller Brewing Co.
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