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): 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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,235
Reviews:
375
Avg:
2.28
pDev:
33.33%
 
 
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Photo of huthuty
3.09/5  rDev +35.5%
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 -35.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.5

Photo of TCP2017
2.25/5  rDev -1.3%
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 -19.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Photo of BeerSexLove
2.21/5  rDev -3.1%
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 -14%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of caburdette51
1/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of fthegiants
1/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of BrewAskew
3.35/5  rDev +46.9%
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 -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of robebo44
2.06/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

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 tpruyn
1.12/5  rDev -50.9%
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 +20.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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 Dmecca
2.84/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Strigiform_Witness
2.27/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of nater919
1.27/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

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 .....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 SebastianMandeville
1.72/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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
drank:

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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 jmills3
2.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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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Icehouse from Miller Brewing Co.
2.28 out of 5 based on 1,235 ratings.
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