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Icehouse | Miller Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
millercoors.com

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

BEER STATS
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363
Ratings:
1,208
Avg:
2.28
pDev:
60.96%
 
 
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Photo of rodbeermunch
2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Comes in slightly darker than your average macro yellow beer. Aroma is brutish. Alcohol, woodiness, soggy, and something beyond description that is definitely a pejorative term if I could think of it.

Taste, lots of alcohol and bitterness. Solid carbonation, feels like a heavier beer than its appearance or abv. Hot stuff and cooked veggies.

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Photo of TripleHeader
2.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Okay so I'll be honest this is no craft beer, but for a mainstream brew it isn't half bad. And when you consider the price this beer is great, at about 55 cents a can it's actually not half bad. Yes it's a pretty crappy beer but at this price point what are you expecting? In all honesty after you've had a couple this beer is a pretty good to keep you're buzz going. If you're looking for a great value beer Icehouse is good choice.

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Photo of AfricanPete14
1.79/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

This beer I drank out of a 24 ounce can so I gave it a neutral look rating of 2.5, the smell was malty and metallic. The taste reminded me of a much worse version of PBR, with a poor hoppy/metallic taste with a malt flavor at the beginning. The mouthfeel was better with a nice taste of alcohol and carbonation which made it rather smooth.

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Photo of Lane_in_ID
1.83/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

24oz can poured into a pint glass.

Look: pale yellow/amber 1 finger white head that disappated immediately. Very clear with lots of carbonation bubbles.
Smell: Cooked corn, grassy
Taste: grass/hay with a bitter dry finish
Feel: highly carbonated, medium light mouthfeel.
Overall: not a great beer...

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Photo of colts9016
2.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A frothy 2 finger head with some retention. The color of the beer is pale yellow and is clear. A load of carbonation bubbles in the beer.

N: Grainy, yeast, a slightly funky aroma like over cooked corn.

T: Cooked corn, yeast, hay, and grain

M: load of carbonation, and crisp finish.

Overall not as good as it could be.

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Photo of Myotus
1.44/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured at 40°F from a 16oz (best before 16Aug16) can into a nonic pint glass. Consumed on 28Jul16.
SMELL: Strong aromas of car exhaust quarrel with subtle aromas of corn and alcohol.
TASTE: The tumult of taste commences with an offensive fusion of mild corn and car exhaust flavors. Mild flavors of sugar water and subtle alcohol flavors next disrespect my palate as the flavors of car exhaust grow undesirably stronger. The vulgarity concludes with subtle flavors of spicy hops as the alcohol grows slightly stronger and all prior flavors maintain.
NOTE: I am unsure as to where to start with this. I do not know why and/or how a beer with only 5.5% ABV can have such a strong perception of alcohol. The fact that the car exhaust was the main flavor made this "beer" even more dreadful. Anything that makes me want to wash out the terrible taste in my mouth with a Bud Light should be illegal. I can see why this was $4 for a four pack.

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Photo of OldSwampy
2.48/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Light golden / dark straw colored beer. Aggressive pour yielded a thick white head but that faded fairly soon. Minimal lacing. Nose light malts, not much there. Taste dominated by malty corn flavor, tasted like cooked canned corn. Not too awful, but not the best cheap light beer I've had (a relative concept, certainly). Taste seemed to have a hole in it -- corny malt, then a gap, then a brief hint of hops before fading altogether. Only a little mouthfeel of any kind, but not offensive. Drinkable, but in general a weak, watery lager despite the "bolder taste" claim on the can. Best by date of October 3, 2016, and I drank it on 5 July 2016.

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Photo of MusaJames
2.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Well in all fairness to this beer I was expecting worse. Pours well and develops a head that begins to fade right away. Beer is really clear. I can't really tell what it smells like as nothing jumps out at me. Not a lot going on with flavor. Tastes alright. Can't spend $8-9 dollars for some micro brew this stuff is a inexpensive and drinkable.

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Photo of PearlJam420
3/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

People can bad mouth this beer all they want. It's cheap for a reason. With that being said this is on par with any domestic lager. Drink ice cold and fast!

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Photo of larryarms847
2.5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a darker golden color with high carbonation.

Grainy aroma.

Grainy water and slightly harsh.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, harsh.

Overall, terrible.

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Photo of CENTCOM467
1.95/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

All it does is enhance the affect of the alcohol content better then a malt liquor but better left to college students. You can taste the alcohol in it. Which is to me a mark of poor quality over done with sweetness but not as bad as a malt liqour.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
2.87/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the large can, it pours a clear golden with a nice head, quickly reducing to a thin layer. Bubbles stream from the bottom constantly, but do not replenish the head. Taste is ok, nose is less so.

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Photo of Squire123
2.6/5  rDev +14%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Beer Pounder's Club Beer of the Month selection.

The first (or one of the first) AAL Ice style beers, still around and quaffable as ever. Not a high bruiser of ABV at 5.5 %, but stiff enough to efficiently get you there. Light color, texture leaning toward medium, high carbonation, undemanding flavor best concealed by drinking it very cold.

A frat party winner.

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.48/5  rDev +52.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of 24 oz. can with a clear golden color and a ton of streaming bubbles with a quickly dissipating rocky white head.

Smells of sweet corn with white bread yeast and malts coming out. Maybe just a bit of hop spice way in the background. As I continued to drink it I was detecting some mustiness in the smell. The can is dated May 16 16 so I don't believe the mustiness comes from an out of date beer.

The taste is kind of corny with that "just a beer" taste.

Mouth feel is wet and refreshingly damp on the back end as well. Feels like a wet refreshing drink for a warm day.

In our area the only way I have found this is in the 24 oz. cans at our local grocery. From what I understand on the package prices this one is extremely inexpensive. Overall for just a cold beer every now and then this one is not bad at all. A craft beer this is surely not but for those other beers it does work.

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Photo of dukeandduke
2.24/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

1/27/16 Chicago (24 Oz multiple pours into standard pint glass). Light clear blond pour, mild carbonation, generous white head, though quickly dissipating. Minimal aroma or taste of hops. Firm texture despite mild carbonation, easy going down. Meh.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.78/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall sudsy foamy bright white head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Just shy of moderate aromas of grainy malts with a light amount of corn adjuncts. There is a hint of grassy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of grainy malts with a light amount of corn adjuncts and a light amount of sweetness. There is a hint of grassy hops in the finish which impart a light amount of bitterness which does not linger for long.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Not horrible and not great, though it is less harsh than I recall it being from my undergrad years. Easy enough to drink as I could finish the can but not one that I will be going back to get again.

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Photo of doktorhops
2.46/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

First off - this is an absurdly large can at 24oz (or 709ml to everyone not from the US/UK) and I thought when I saw it “Plank Road, must be a new craft brewer”... it’s not: It’s Miller of SABMiller fame. Ironically Miller released this beer under the Plank Road pseudonym to fool hipster craft drinkers like me, well played Miller. This beer is an Ice Lager - brewed like an Eisbock with water skimmed off the beer while it’s frozen to produce something bolder. For a 5.5% ABV brew this seems a bit of a redundant process, but hey let’s give it a go bro.

Poured from a 709ml can into a stein.

A: Clear pale golden body with a reasonably tight 1cm white head on top. Looks alright for a Lager - head sticks around well. 7/10.

S: Aroma is a bit of a trip down Dimethyl sulfide (DMS) lane with sweet corn and boiled cabbage characters. Background notes of sweet malt grains and a touch of grassy hops round out an aroma that is nothing fantastic but likewise nothing horribly offensive (unless you have a sensitivity to DMS which some people do). 5/10.

T: Quite sweet for a Lager (do Americans like overly sweet Lagers?) with sweet corn and cereal grain characters (actually tastes like a box of barley flake cereal). The sweetness is unbalanced - there’s not enough of a hop presence to keep it in check. After taste as a result is a bit of sticky rice syrup and a mealy/grainy note. 5/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with that sweet stickiness mentioned above and a fairly active carbonation that made me burp a bit... just let off another one then. This needs less gas. 5/10.

D: Perhaps if it was colder it wouldn’t taste borderline sickly sweet, however I did drink it ice-cold (my fridge is cold enough to freeze vegetables so it should be cold enough for beer, possibly too cold). Anyway the colder you have to drink a beer to enjoy it the cheaper the beer is IMO. Speaking of cheap - at $8 a can it is not. Granted Australians pay a premium for beer, especially imported beer, still $8 for a can of cheap Lager with little going for it? Just buy an Oettinger 6 pack of 500ml cans for $14 instead if you’re that desperate for a buzz. I do like this 709ml can idea though... 4/10.

Food match: Look you’re not exactly eating caviar and lobster with this brew but a foot long hotdog with Dijon mustard isn’t the wurst thing in the world now is it?

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Photo of transitionbikes93
4.55/5  rDev +99.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my first beers, and one of my favorites in the cheapo macro category.
Look-clear yellowish-gold with a decent fluffy white head, strings of carbonation but not overcarbonated unlike most other brews in this category
Smell-sweet corn and malts, with a little hint of earthy/grassy hop
Taste-sweet grainy malts and corn, very very very little grassy hops, I think it tastes great. Imagine taking Steel Reserve, dumping half of it, and cutting it with Miller Lite. Some people on here complained about its "strong" flavor, but if you drink any other ice brew(Bud Ice, Keystone Ice, Natty Ice, Labatt Ice, Busch Ice, Genesee Ice(my other top ice brew), Busch Ice, Milwaukees Best Ice) you will find this is much lighter in taste, but that's not a bad thing. Its very crisp, smooth, and easy to drink.
Feel-crisp and smooth, the carbonation is there but not in your face bubbly. I love it.
Overall- a great super cheap brew. Back up in northern New Hampshire its 99cents a tallboy. I still think I prefer Genesee Ice over this but its still one of my favorite ice brews.

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Photo of Joefromgeorgia
2.02/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

You know this is a cheap beer when its in a plastic 40 and its thd cheapest brew at the gas station. No. Just no. Pure malt and nothing else. Grab a bud ice. Its 10,000 times better. Trust me i sample cheap brewall the time

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Photo of Psychromatic
3.37/5  rDev +47.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is an inoffensive American Adjunct Lager. It doesn't burst with flavor, it's not super-carbonated, it doesn't have bodacious head, and it tends to be not at all nasty or skunky to my palate or nose. It comes across as being a rather corny beer, a bit sweet, and entirely refreshing when served ice cold.

However, I will admit I always buy this in cans, so that might explain my lack of dealing with the skunk that some other reviewers have mentioned.

Icehouse is my go-to session beer for when I can't afford something fancier. I love the new can design (as of mid-2015). It has punch, but not so much that I end up being totally stupefied.

For what it is, it's pretty decent, and usually comes at a very fair price. One could do much worse than choosing Icehouse when looking for a low-falutin' brew.

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Photo of jwc215
2.97/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Best by Sept. 28 15 stamped on the bottom of the 16 oz. can:

Pours golden with a thin fizzy head. Minimal lacing sticks.

The smell is of a cheap adjunct lager. Some husk. Some alcohol.

The taste is of sweet corn with some husk. Light touch of alcohol comes through. Not much to it, but inoffensive as far as cheap adjunct lagers go.

The feel is clean and crisp. Smooth.

Reviewed/scored for what it is, I would say it's not bad for the style. Very cheap. Clean and crisp. Easy enough to drink. It is what it is.

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Photo of Beric
2.68/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Serving: Can, from the can
Served: 15 August 2015

Appearance: Had this one straight from the can, so I can't comment much on it. Okay looking can though, I guess.

Smell: Harsh, acidic astringency, yet very sweet smelling and traditionally 'beery'.

Taste: Tastes like cheap beer- sweet malts, corn husk, creamed corn, and a pinch of farmy earthiness thrown in just for good measure.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation and light body. Quaffable.

Overall: Glad I had this after splitting a fifth of bourbon.

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Photo of Slaterlovesbeer
1.8/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a pint glass. First pour was 25%beer 75% head. Generic watered down piss color with little aroma. Taste is actually not too bad but not too good either. Slight malt aftertaste but no particular flavor notes other that malt. Overall very refreshing beer. Icehouse and IH edge are my go tos when im looking for a cheep refreshing beer. 4 pack of pint cans is 2$cheaper than budweiser and taste about the same with same abv. Dont hate it drink it for what it is.

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Photo of iman99
3.7/5  rDev +62.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is probably one of the best or THE BEST cheap beer at 5.5% the taste is great gets you a little buzz pretty quickly and I really can't say much more. This beer is way better than natural ice and keystone ice and bud ice.

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Photo of Iacobeer
2.11/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Your typical ice brewed beer. Picked one up in a convenience store because it was cheap. Basic yellow color with quick, dissipating head. Smell is pretty foul and skunky. A good comparison would be Natural or Milwaukee's Best ice. Taste is very watery with hints of straw and bread. Overall not a pleasant experience, but a cheap buzz.

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