Icehouse
Miller Brewing Co.

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From:
Miller Brewing Co.
 
Wisconsin, United States
Style:
American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #307
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
51
Ranked #30,501
Avg:
2.08 | pDev: 35.58%
Reviews:
421
Ratings:
936
Status:
Active
Rated:
Monday at 11:12 PM
Added:
Aug 19, 2001
Wants:
  18
Gots:
  235
SCORE
51
Awful
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Notes: 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.
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Rated: 2.36 by Kevin_5280 from Colorado

Monday at 11:12 PM
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Reviewed by Papercut4 from Wisconsin

2.12/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25
Pours out of the can a crystal clear gold with 2 fingers of fizzy head that dissipates within a minute. Smells grainy and slightly metallic. Tastes pretty simple, not metallic like the smell. Easy drinking honestly. I'd be just as likely to get this as Lite or Milwaukee's Best Ice. Not really too bad.
Jan 28, 2023
 
Rated: 1 by carolinabeerguy from North Carolina

Jan 06, 2023
 
Rated: 1.52 by Beergod420 from Texas

Nov 06, 2022
 
Rated: 3 by etan420 from Illinois

Nov 05, 2022
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Reviewed by Ggallin from New Hampshire

1.63/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75
It’s nostalgic because I’ve been drinking it since I was a kid 30 years or so now. Of course it’s trash but if you only got some change a dollar bill and a little bit on your debit card to combine all into one Walmart purchase its better than nuttin’
Nov 02, 2022
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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

2.7/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
Poured from a 24oz can best by Nov 7th 2022

On the pour an impressive mostly fine woth some fizz 4 finger head forms then has enough retention to only lose a finger a minute. The head does become more fizzy and rocky however, amd carbonation is very high in the light golden body.

Aroma is pretty meh. Cheap lager tartness on a relatively decent corn and malt base but the cheap ick is there. Not the cleanest. Slight Metallic note.

Taste is actually nice for an ice beer. It's sortof like light Colt 45 or something but with a bit of that cheap ick. Malty corny and surprisingly light. There wants to be bitterness but it fades fast and I'm not sure if it's alcohol or hops.

Feel is light but mouthcoating. Quite drinkable and refreshing. This beer is one of the most chuggable Ice Beers I've had. Short finish on the "main" flavors but a light mouthcoating sweet corn adjunct sticks around for a while.

Overall I was expecting worse. For an ice beer its not bad, but still colt 45 is better if you want cheap above 5%, but MHL is still the king.
Aug 22, 2022
 
Rated: 1.82 by not2quick from Missouri

Jul 09, 2022
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Reviewed by tekstr1der from New Hampshire

2.96/5  rDev +42.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
Wow, this was surprisingly not only not bad, but pretty okay. Surprised by just how low the avg ratings are here. Revisited for the first time since poor college days decades ago and found a non-offensive, sweet corn malty beverage I'd have again.
May 11, 2022
 
Rated: 2.5 by alexvhrk from Wisconsin

May 09, 2022
 
Rated: 1.59 by TP2MSU from Michigan

Apr 23, 2022
 
Rated: 1.57 by Danzifer from Ohio

Apr 08, 2022
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

2.58/5  rDev +24%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
16 oz can from the discount bin at Albertsons. pale golden pour, frothy head, no retention. Aroma isn't really a factor, no aroma, but at least its not bad. Taste is light malts and adjunct grains, but not sweet. A small bitter bite at the finish. It's not horrible....
Jan 12, 2022
 
Rated: 1.47 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 23, 2021
 
Rated: 1.86 by hybridnoisebloom from Wisconsin

Oct 06, 2021
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Reviewed by Joefromgeorgia from Georgia

2.77/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25
Someday when we're old men sitting in our floating rocking chairs on our space porches watching the starships roll by, we'll dream of the amazingly cheap ice beers we used to buy in our youth to get us drunk on a lazy day, because the only thing left to buy will be overpriced mars pale ales. But today is not that day.
Look man it's an ice beer. It's meant to be cheap, strong, and less filling. And they say this was the first. Same as everything else in this style: strong malt, slight sweet corn, light feeling, only a tad skunky if you drink slow and let it warm. You know what you bought this for, if you wanna be critical about it piss off back to the ipa factory you vape at next to the burned out train station. Among ice beers? I put it in second behind busche and just before bud because it's ever so slightly darker. It's fun to change it up, so if the race is at Daytona this week spring for a case
Sep 23, 2021
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Reviewed by WaterBoar from Pennsylvania

2.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25
This beer sucks! This is competing too much with American Adjunct beers, and to make it worse it is almost an ice beer. If it is an ICE beer it does not surprise me, but I got a case of this back in the day and wound up dumping the rest out. I did not even want to give it to the riff-raff or to a friend in need. I rather buy them something else than ruing my reputation of being the beer aficionado of the clique. I would say this beer is good on a hot day where there is nothing else to drink and you are not trying to drink many of them and are barbecuing or it is a dog day of summer. This is a pour out beer. I would not disrespect my circulatory system with this garbage.
Sep 18, 2021
 
Rated: 3.23 by miwestcoaster from Michigan

Sep 08, 2021
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.91/5  rDev +88%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
(24 oz can, NOV0821; purchased cold single from Tony's at 32nd & Clark, Cleveland... decanted into my new 9 oz Genesee-branded taster glass)

L: polished-clear, pale, yellow liquid; unsurprising tight, white, lasting foam - yes!... lace spiraling down glass; constant collar

S: masa, play-doh, dry cereal grass, lipstick... intensity below-mellow, well under the threshold of off-putting obviosity

T: lightly-peppery (carbonic acid?) tortilla-tinged pils malt; extra dry, peppery aftertaste, with a delicate malt flavor lingering... about 1/4 through, and a subtle lemon or lime note has emerged in the aftertaste; mildly phenol perhaps as well

F: soft roll to its flow up front, almost inflating the palate, but quickly fade-dropping away, with a tailing carbonic prickle (not too much or too little - just enough)... perfect kiss of roundness up front, with an ideal drop and sparkle finishing it out

O: I finally found you! - and you're not half bad!... despite it having my beloved Miller-masa spicing, this is more or less typical of its packaging/branding, though its slightly drier cut and more pronounced peppery edge does make it stand out a bit... I'd probably buy this on occasion when craving nothing more than an 'ice-brewed' swill
Aug 14, 2021
 
Rated: 2.8 by heerboth from Pennsylvania

Jun 15, 2021
 
Rated: 3.39 by MatthewJW from Wisconsin

Mar 31, 2021
 
Rated: 2.76 by Wilkolaczek94 from Connecticut

Mar 13, 2021
 
Rated: 1.67 by Metalgod666 from Michigan

Feb 27, 2021
 
Rated: 2.83 by GRhoads from Ohio

Feb 16, 2021
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Rated by AndrewFord666 from Illinois

1/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
It tastes metallic and like poison. You're better off sober.
Feb 01, 2021
 
Rated: 2.23 by Demi from Minnesota

Dec 25, 2020
 
Rated: 1.7 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Dec 20, 2020
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Reviewed by MetalHead7734 from South Carolina

2.69/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75
Look: Straw
Smell: Malt and corn dust. Almost minty?
Taste: Wrong. Just all wrong. Like so bad it deserves a metal...but somehow is still enjoying. There's a suprising amount of barley malt character. Otherwise not much going on.
Feel: Like a lightly carbonated water.
Overall: This beer gets a really bad rap but I actually kind of like it. It's one of my favorite macro lagers. It's so bad it's good. Easy to drink and tastes good...ish.
Dec 13, 2020
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Rated by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

1.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
A total marketing ploy. Not good in anyway shape or form.
Nov 15, 2020
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Reviewed by Mdog from Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev +56.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
From a 24oz silo:

Appearance: Clear gold, good head.

Smell: Light corn, damp hay?

Taste: Mild sweetness, corn throughout, medium body. No obvious flaws.

Overall: Icehouse was the first beer I had my roommate buy for me at college 26 years ago. For some reason, I did not review it back then, or even have it again in the ensuing time. But I've been on a cheap lager kick lately so I picked up a single silo. It was not bad at all! I was expecting some fusels or other flaws, but really had nothing to complain about. Might even pick it up again sometime.
Oct 18, 2020
 
Rated: 3.27 by Boone757 from Virginia

Oct 15, 2020
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Reviewed by 1009 from Massachusetts

1.76/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75
Exceptionally smooth as an ice beer usually performs. A little sweat and really heavy. It’s meant to get you drunk and yeah, it does that effectively but it’s not pleasant. After the entire stove pipe you will certainly be feeling yourself but man it’s just not a pleasant taste. Classic miller product. It cost a buck thirty so I’m not that upset, but still not something I’m clamoring to get again.
Jul 16, 2020
 
Rated: 1.31 by Jaasoares from Virginia

Jul 04, 2020
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Reviewed by hman43 from North Carolina

2.33/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5
Look: It pours golden and clear. It has a white, fizzy head. Head retention is low.

Smell: It has a sweet grain and corn aroma. There is a hint of spice well into the background.

Taste: It has grainy sweet flavors with corn mixed in. There are some spice elements that are low.

Feel: It has a carbonic bite to it as well. It has a medium light body with a carbonic and sweet grain after taste.

Overall, the aroma is actually decent and the taste is okay, but the carbonic and sweet grainy after taste is just not very good.
Jun 26, 2020
 
Rated: 2.03 by smi69 from New York

May 25, 2020
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Rated by lflotron from Florida

3.17/5  rDev +52.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
Not as bad as I thought it would be. It seems like a good budget beer that has its own unique style
May 16, 2020
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Rated by MD31 from Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +140.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I really enjoy this beer. It's bold and full flavored. A great "Thank God it's Friday" beer.
Apr 24, 2020
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Reviewed by UristMcBrewer from Pennsylvania

2.29/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25
It a pale-golden beer that is very transparent and has a bubbly heady that disappears quickly. It is inoffensive on the nose but lacks anything to enticing. Just some corn flavors. The taste is similar. It is sweet and adjuncty but not bad. The feel is loose but with a nice foaminess at the end. Overall, not a bad beer but not a good beer.
Apr 10, 2020
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Reviewed by Nsnwmaka

3.76/5  rDev +80.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Picked up a 12 pack for $5

My expectations were really really low due to the price point, I mean it’s a $0.42 beer, I usually buy yuengling as my cheap beer and it’s $0.83 a can.

This will now my go to home beer, it tastes like beer, smells like beer, it even tastes good when it’s ice cold, and I can get a 12 pack for the price of a pint.

Update

I’m on my 10th 12 pack now. It’s nice to throw in in heavy rotation with craft beers. I’d say A good ratio is like 36 icehouse to 1 6 pack of craft beer.

I mean seriously you get 4 beers for the price of a 20 oz coke, what more could you want.

I’m ready to call it the official beer of the coronavirus.
Apr 07, 2020
Icehouse from Miller Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 51 out of 100 with 1357 ratings