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.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.45/5  rDev +51.3%
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 acmurphy696
1.56/5  rDev -31.6%
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 GratefulBeerGuy
2.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

24 oz. For 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 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 gandres
2.12/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle poured to pint glass very cold beer
Appearance: Light yellow, big white foam
Aroma: scent smell of malt, nothing else
Taste: not really great, watery
Mouth feel: very carbonated
Overall: good beer, repeat: no look for: no

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
1.39/5  rDev -39%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 24oz can into a 12 oz Lagunitas glass, (forgive me Lagunitas), it's a clear yellow. If it didn't have a small head I would have thought this was a urine sample. Surprisingly, it left a little lacing on the glass.
Aroma of soggy corn and rotting white rice.
Flavor reminds me of soggy corn flakes in water with a couple drops of grain alcohol for flavor.
Surprisingly, this beer had a little body, nowhere near as thin and watery as expected.
I don't remember the last time I consumed an AAL, ten years at least, and it's as bad as I remember. With a listed ABV of 6.9% you'd get a pretty good buzz after a couple of them, probably a hangover the next a.m..
Not too good.

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Photo of PepeLopezz
2.61/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured a 24 ounce can into a pint glass. The head cleared rather quickly with no lacing at all. Not too strong of a smell... but it smells like malt liquor to me... slightly sweet corn smell. I wasn't expecting a pleasant drink considering increase in abv from 5.5 to 6.9. It just seems to be less watered down icehouse to me. Nothing offensive. Nothing great. Not the best but better than similarly strong cheap beers out there. In my opinion the strength is just low enough to avoid the dreaded high gravity aftertaste you can get with the 8+ bum beers but you can tell this brew has a little more kick to it. IMO its a good choice if you only have a couple of bucks and want something with a kick that doesn't taste like absolute trash.

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Photo of CycleSuds
3.16/5  rDev +38.6%
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 LJSchoppert
2.24/5  rDev -1.8%
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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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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