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

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#46,918
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386
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1,269
pDev:
35.12%
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Ratings: 1,269 |  Reviews: 386
Reviews by Brad007:
Photo of Brad007
2.1/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours the usual light yellow color with a lingering head. Aroma is strong and there's a bit more corn flavor but not by much. Taste is much of the same except that it's stronger, somewhat bitter and leaves a bland aftertaste. Burns a bit going down as well. Haven't had Icehouse in years and I'm reminded of why I stopped drinking it in the first place.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DagenhamDavis
3.29/5  rDev +60.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I was surprised by this beer. I picked up a 6 pack of 12 oz cans from a gas station in Northern Vermont. It's not available where I live, so it's my first try. Not groundbreaking, but... this is by no means 'awful' beer. It's surprisingly clean, more so than your PBR or High Life, both of which I like. The flavor is smooth and pleasant, I bet it's great on a hot day. It can't really be picked apart too much though.

It's not trendy, nuanced, or lovingly crafted. Don't let it warm up and drink it from a snifter. But for what it is, I think it's great and I'll buy it again, particularly at <$5 for a sixer. If you enjoy AAL, give it a try- it's a good one.
We're here to respect beer, so let's not call things awful that are simply out of fashion.

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Photo of Psychromatic
3.37/5  rDev +64.4%
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 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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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.39/5  rDev +65.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really do enjoy drinking Icehouse beer. It has a thick, white head, a golden color, and very clear appearance. Carbonation is high. The aroma is weak, but typical for this genre. Taste is more full-bodied than other ice beers; corn and grain. Mouth-feel is light and watery. Icehouse finishes crisp and refreshing. I highly recommend giving this one a try.

RJT

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Photo of jwc215
2.97/5  rDev +44.9%
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 CycleSuds
3.16/5  rDev +54.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

16-oz. can / Pull date: JUN1917 / brewed @ Albany, GA facility
Icehouse Edge's (not so) little brother is flexing his muscles. Just released 6.9% ABV version of Icehouse is a 25.4% hike over the previous 5.5% ABV incarnation. The result is no surprise - a sweet and robust malty/bready punch inside the mouth with little to no subtlety (but also no glaring faults for a beer of this ilk). Consume it cold, however, as high-gravity brews are extremely volatile to drinking temperature and can run off into the ditch as they warm up.
MolsonCoors appears to be trying to create a niche between the upper and lower echelons of strong beers and I think it did a pretty commendable job with this updated Icehouse.

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Photo of JeffPDX
1.13/5  rDev -44.9%
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 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 jucifer1818
1/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

appearance: pale, putrid, yellow piss water. it looks like you should have chosen a glass of water instead of this stuff
1/5

smell: Remarkably it smells worse than it looks, with that terrible "cheap beer smell" that is quite hard to describe.
1/5

taste: Can I give it a 0? its aweful. they obviously did not brew this beer for taste, as "below freezing" has not given it any
1/5

mouthfeel: yea, nothing to see here folks. move along

overall: the WORST....worst...WORST beer I have ever had. this is the most sorry excuse for a beer I have ever seen since Budweiser tried to mix up clam juice, tomato's, and bud light into an atricous canned cocktail
at least that dreck had the defense of being a gimicky, bad idea

this whole beer is a bad idea, made simply to market to lowest common denominator for the cheapest price with the highest alcohol content

If you have any dignity at all, Avoid it at all costs.
Their is so much better ways to get drunk

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Photo of KtotheC123
2.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The appearance is just like any other tasteless Busch beer, the smell is horrible and the taste is like drinking beer that has gone bad for like ten years. overall this beer tastes like dirt mixed with carbonated water. It seems like it was only brewed for underage drinkers and homeless people who just want to get drunk. PLEASE AVOID THIS BEER. Sam Adams and Fat Tire is where it is at!!!

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.26/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

24 oz. For .....um....99cents. A 90's classic.

Clear golden color. Nice carbonation and a soft, white sticky foam cap. Stick cumps of lace left all over.

Buttery and Sour malt mash, green veggie hops and sweet corn in the nose. A pretty classic American Pilsner aroma really. Sweet and sour malt and yeast pops out most. Maybe a bit of lingering alcohol heat.

The feel is very light and crisp....at first. Then it really becomes much more malty-slick and cloying. Snappy at first with a long, buttery ride after. Kinda smooth but it Feels like a bunch of malty sweet sugars hang on the palate too long. Not a terrible mouthfeel but not exactly what you could call "clean". As time goes on, not even enough time to finish 24 oz of this, the feel goes south. Becomes much more cloying and just plain flat. A very short life span.

The flavor is much like most American Adjunct pilsners, with a buttery, sweet corn tasting malt, but this one is a bit extra sweet. The low level of hop effect is pretty much like a green veggie salad. The yeast brings big time sour pilsner, funky flavor, that mixes with the sweet and sour malty edge. I feel like there might be a bit more flavor in this one, certainly more alcohol than any of the other "standard" cheapo, mass-produced beers available.

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Photo of BeerZack
3.46/5  rDev +68.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Smells lightly of malt and hops (slightly floral perfume) with a bit of a sour edge. Almost smells like a Pilsner. As it warms up, that slight sour edge becomes more apple cidery. Flavor is similar to the nose, but the hops are less pronounced and there is a sweetness that carries through the whole way. Sweet malt up front, flash of hop flavor then fades quickly from malty to sugary, the hops go metallic, then the flavor muddles and becomes watery before the finish. Finish is short except for the impression of sweetness that lingers a bit.

Overall, this brew has a good balance between clean/crispness and actually having some flavor. It's got more flavor than most beers in the category without being too fruity or sweet. The carbonation is on the low end of moderate and just about right, in my opinion.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.92/5  rDev +91.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Icehouse is a brew that is brewed by Miller Brewing Co . This brew has an ABV of 5.50% and it pours out deep amber with a nice white head. There is some thin spotty lacing to this brew,it sticks to the side of the glass well. I like the color of this brew; it is not too dark but not too light. The smell is grains , malts, and some hops. This brew has the smell and look of most American Adjunct Lagers on the market. Now I'm not saying that is a bad thing. The taste is bold with flavors. You first pick up on grains and malts. Then a mild hop bitterness. There is a lot going on in Icehouse, it is a nice smooth ICE brew. You can pick up on the 5.50% ABV in this brew, however it not bad. Icehouse has that alcohol bite to it, not saying that is a bad thing. There is nothing bad about this brew. Icehouse has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. This is one Miller Brew that I really enjoy to drink. The mouth feel is bold, clean, smooth, and Refreshing. I would buy this brew again, giving the opportunity to. Icehouse has the look and feel of most ICE brews on the market, now I'm not saying that is a bad thing. Miller brewing co., did a nice job with this one. Overall I'm giving Icehouse a 4 out of 5.

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Photo of DomesticDrinker
4.21/5  rDev +105.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

If you're looking for the best tasting, cheap, 5.5% alcohol beer, ICEHOUSE is the best buy. It has more or a hoppy, almost citrus taste to it, whereas other ICE beers mostly taste like alcohol and water.

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Photo of huthuty
3.09/5  rDev +50.7%
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 BrewAskew
3.35/5  rDev +63.4%
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 ThaCrax
1.03/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

A terrible beer. It's my Grandfather's favorite, and I've had more of these than I care to admit

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Photo of acmurphy696
1.56/5  rDev -23.9%
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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Photo of BeerBobber
3.48/5  rDev +69.8%
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 mooseisloose
3.45/5  rDev +68.3%
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 transitionbikes93
4.55/5  rDev +122%
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 dbrauneis
2.78/5  rDev +35.6%
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 womencantsail
3.08/5  rDev +50.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer is amazingly clear with a white head. Clean aroma with a strong corn character. Some grainiess and a bit of yeast. Very simple flavor as well. No hop character or anything, but a clean flavor and moderate sweetness. Better than I had remembered.

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Photo of LJSchoppert
2.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

L: Clear pale yellow, not a ton of head
S: Alcohol and corn funk
T: Mostly corn funk
F: Kinda prickly, surprisingly full-bodied for an adjunct
O: Yeah this is kind of garbage. Not the worst ice beer I've had but that's saying very little. Clearly built for pure drunkenness, and it's not even very good at that.

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Icehouse from Miller Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 2.05 out of 5 with 1,269 ratings