Icehouse | Miller Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

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 Vinman29
2.53/5  rDev +24%
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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Photo of OriginalWayOut
1.24/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.1/5  rDev +52%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of HopHunter19
2.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

A - straw yellow, white head that dissipates quickly, as many a college student would want
S - big corn, mild hop bite, an off putting dirtiness, and that's about it
T - definite hop bite, light malt, corn. The thing about a beer like this is it actually tastes like beer. It's not like bud light, trying to go for that carbonate water taste.
M - light beer, alcohol covered, aftertaste is minimal light beer taste
O - it's a cheap beer, good for when there's nothing craft worth drinking

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Photo of TPZEM
2.12/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a very off-yellow color with light bubbly head. Little lacing. Smells very bland; light wheat and rice smell. Perhaps some other graininess. Tastes very much the same; light body and no real flavor to the beer. Some rice here and there, but nothing special. Overall, not something I would recommend.

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Photo of kraut6363
1.87/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Nace4
2.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of JeffPDX
1.13/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Pours like a leaky bag of thawed chicken parts. The head contains aromas of burned out VCR parts with a hint of recycled aluminum cans. Defiles the pallet with an obstinate kick to the scrotum, warning the drinker of the inexorable blast to the gut. Clean finish.

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Photo of bigbellysailor
2.8/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A good go to beer when your funds are tight...the 6.9% helps justify buying at this low price point. Not my first choice, but it doesn't suck.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.63/5  rDev +77.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of huthuty
3.09/5  rDev +51.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.25

This beer is a brilliant dark amber in appearance, the aroma is that of alcohol and grain and the taste is like if gasoline was drinkable, overall, I'd prefer it to a malt liquor

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Photo of poisoneddwarf
1.47/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.5

Photo of TCP2017
2.25/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I'm being very generous here. Icehouse is akin to drinking a can full of rubbing alcohol that someone left a loaf of bread in for too long. Then they proceeded to remove said bread, thus producing this result.

As with anything, I like to look for the positives: Icehouse beer is like sex. Even when it's bad, it's still pretty good.

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Photo of Jlabs
1.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Photo of BeerSexLove
2.21/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I hate to admit this was a beer I drank a lot of back in the day. It seemed an upgrade from what my friend's were drinking. I had one not too long ago - all I can say is I'm grateful my taste is a tad more refined. In a world of good beer I never again have to compromise.

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Photo of Beer_Weeb
1.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of caburdette51
1/5  rDev -51%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of fthegiants
1/5  rDev -51%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of BrewAskew
3.35/5  rDev +64.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am re-reviewing this 90's classic that I recently discovered was reborn as an IPA-strength (a sexy 6.9% abv) adjunct lager.

Pours to a thin white head that fades to a ring but leaves bits of foam on the side of the glass if you swirl it a bit. Color is a bolder gold-yellow than it's 5.5% predecessor. Aroma is fruity (smells of banana pudding with vanilla wafers) boozy, corny and sweet. Flavor is clean but it veers into cloying sweetness that could have been remedied by additional hops--but I won't deduct points for that because this beer style is not supposed to be hoppy or bitter. Finishes with a lingering boozy sweetness. Overall, I would say that this is a "fine malt liquor" in the style of Mickeys but with an extra dash of EtOH.

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Photo of Krusader
1.84/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of robebo44
2.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of mooseisloose
3.45/5  rDev +69.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up as it has been years since I drank it. Very pleasantly surprised for a cheap huh gravity brew this brew has: mouthfeel, smooth as silk, body big and hearty, taste an ale with a smooth bite to it and price point, out of this world compared to craft beer that is not that much better. I would say this costs 1/3 of snobby craft beer but does not compromise 2/3 of characteristics. A winner and a thirst quencher.

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Photo of tpruyn
1.12/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bring back my old Icehouse this new one is horrible. Please let me know if there is a petition started anywhere

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Photo of warpedrevolution
2.75/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of acmurphy696
1.56/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This beer is like a time portal, and I don't mean that in a good way. For some reason, Icehouse takes me back to college keg parties from the 80s: parties that made me believe that beer was not for me, which a taste of Guinness, years later, thankfully made me realize should not be the case. I know that none of the nasty keg beer had the ABV this beverage possesses, but it has the same unappealing yellowish color, unpleasant odor, and unbalanced taste (lacking hardly any bitterness) that made me pour many a red cup into a potted plant.

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Icehouse from Miller Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 1.8% out of 100 with 1,245 ratings
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