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 Dardel
1.75/5  rDev -15%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Chubbyboy98
4.15/5  rDev +101.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall good beer for the price and is the Daddy of ice beers in America

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Photo of RickyBfromCT
2.14/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of KMcGrath
2.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of xolectic
2.86/5  rDev +38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Purchased at a gas station for 99 cents.

Look: Pours a medium, decent lasting head. No lacing. Medium straw yellow color.

Smell: Grainy, sweet, a little boozy. Very weak smell overall.

Taste: Slightly sweet, with very good balance of corn and barley malt, but VERY watery. No detectable bitterness.

Feel: Very light body, no lingering aftertaste or greasiness like some of these lagers.

Overall: decent beer for parties and basic refreshment. Not going to get poured down the drain like many cheap beers (and this is among the cheapest).

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Photo of paladinpeanut
4.24/5  rDev +105.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Loggers are my favorite type of beer. I was amazed that I could get a 12 pack at Wal*Mart for only $9. It's very smooth, and taste better than Bud, in my opinion. To be fair though, I don't like Miller either, (or light, I forget) in a bottle, but Icehouse in a can is great. I also like Yuengling on tap at least, and the only reason I bring any of that up is to just say if we have similar tastebuds Icehouse would be worth a try, especially for the price.

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Photo of gvickery
2.29/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Funny that this is called a lager, it’s listed as an ale on the can. I bought this on a whim for $1.45 in a 24 oz can. No idea what it looks like, drank it from the can. Not much smell. It’s initially sweet with a little nondescript bitterness and then the typical annoying backwash taste that lets you know it’s an adunct. It’s not terrible and I was able to finish it. I can’t recommend unless your strapped for cash. There’s worse out there.

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Photo of cardfan212
2.75/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank from a 12 ounce can. Scores are based on the style.

Look - A little bombastic, would look appropriate at a frat party. "Ice brewed for a bolder taste" seems like a strong claim.

Smell - Very earthy and dirty. Doesn't smell sweet at all, which is a welcome surprise. Also quite strong, the smell gets around easily.

Taste - The smell was deceiving. This is a sweet beer with little bitter balance. I feel cheated.

Feel - Thin body with surprisingly little carbonation. This is an easy drinker.

Overall - Not to be drank slowly. They know what they're doing with this, it's a college party beer through and through.

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Photo of Micheal_McCann
1.83/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Winter48
3.26/5  rDev +58.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JimboBrews54
1.67/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of blissfulNemo
2.39/5  rDev +16%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of paulish
2.5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of meanmutt
3.47/5  rDev +68.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Spluger
1.52/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of PMakowski
2.61/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

24 oz Can. Initial thought it is looks like Ginger Ale. Smell is very similar to Miller High Life, corn and grain. I try to drink Ice Beers as cold as i can because they start to lose their appeal after being out of the fridge for awhile. Taste is refreshing..slight alcohol, corn and rice flavor with a very smooth, crisp finish. It doesn't have a whole lot of flavors that are different from most cheap beers. I did enjoy it in the humid hot weather. I'm not a fan of super carbonated beers and this has lots of bubbles. Not something I would drink regularly because it lacks overall flavor but it is fairly sweet and is a good brew for the price. Grade is a C+

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Photo of VivaTheHate
3/5  rDev +45.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TangoJuliet
2/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of npdevil27
1.75/5  rDev -15%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of buschbeer
3.19/5  rDev +54.9%
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 +89.3%
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 +52.9%
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 +62.1%
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 +45.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
1.68/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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Icehouse from Miller Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 2.06 out of 5 with 1,285 ratings