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 kylehay2004
1.88/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thin head on a brownish gold body which slightly hazy. Aroma of stale honey, grains and tropical fruit. This beer is just awful. It's mostly sweet and barely has any malt or grain flavor making it more like old apple juice than even just a bad beer. Moderate to high carbonation. Basically tried it for the review. I understand not all beers are good but they should at least be drinkable to some extent.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Quite ordinary. Not as bad as most Macros, but far from quality. Hightly carbonate and clear yellow. Modestly creamy head that may or may not lace. Grainy sweet aroma with light hop detection. Tastes the same grainy sweet with the addition of cereal grains, decent hop bitter, yet little hop flavor. A grape skin or apple skin flavor. Finish has a grainy bittering. A bit corn sugar sweet in the end. Fairly crisp without drying.

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

24oz canned behemoth from another last stop before the Canadian border Yankee gas station, in order to best get rid of my last (below par) American pocket change...

This beer pours a perfectly clear pale yellow colour, with two fingers of thin foamy white head, which leaves a surprisingly attractive columnar array of lace around the glass as it quickly fades away. It smells of diacetyl central - mildly rancid buttery cheap cereal grain, some earthy, weedy character the only distraction. The taste is still pretty cloying in its thankfully underwhelming buttery malt, taking time only to pay homage to some equally sedate skanky, weedy hops. The carbonation is pretty meh, but generally none too obtrusive, the body medium weight for the style, under duress from a lack of any otherwise uplifting metaphor. It finishes off-dry, the dry very much off, in the same sense of the sweet offset. Blech.

Well, apparently the beer Ice Wars that spanned the 49th parallel back in the 90s have left some stragglers - no surprise there. What we have here is, then, a remnant of a bygone era, out of place, but not out of our collective consciousness. Bloody hell.

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Photo of zeff80
2.05/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a very bubbly, straw yellow color. It had a faomy, white, one finger head that receded quickly and left no lace.

S - Smelled like grain adjuncts and some corn.

T - It tasted of grain and corn. Fairly sweet with a bitterness that does not come from hops.

M - It was dry, fizzy and a little thin. A light-bodied beer.

D - It cheap and sessionable, but certainly not a great tasting lager.

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Photo of mothman
2.63/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass. Blue can that states: Brewed Colder, Brewed Longer.

Poured into pint glass.

Is it me or do all macro lagers look, smell, and taste the same? Pours a one finger head, no retention, no lace. Color is the same clear straw yellow.

Smell is very grainy and corn like. Taste is similar, but taste seemed a little skunky almost. Very boring taste.

Mouthfeel is not as crisp as most marcos. Ends pretty clean, which happens to be the best part of this beer. Well carbonated.

Overall, nothing I would buy. I got this from a friend, I mean it's not the worst, but it's just not craft.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.23/5  rDev +41.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A crystal-clear yellow-gold body is capped by a short head of creamy bright-white foam that holds fairly well before dropping to an average collar. Lacing is limited. The nose offers a generic beer aroma of sweetish malt and adjunct with a touch of non-descript hops. The body is medium and it's crisp in the mouth with a fine-bubbled, standard carbonation. In the flavor, a slightly grainy, sweetish malt is well-balanced by spicy and floral hop flavor and moderate bitterness along with a subtle apple-like fruitiness. It finishes crisp and dry; almost as if beer had never been there. Very clean and well-brewed but generally lacking in character.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.68/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 24oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is kind of faint but contains mostly adjuncts and light malts along with a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is pretty well-balanced for the style with flavors of grain, adjuncts and the usual macro sweetness. There's a very mild hops presence. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean finish.

D: Not very flavorful but better than most macros, goes down very easily since there isn't much to it, likewise not filling at all, decent kick, good representation of a Fizzy Yellow Beer but taking it for what it is, I think it's not too bad compared to other beers of it's kind.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Six-pack of 12 ounce bottle - $4.79 at the nearby Publix in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, darkish yellow body with a typical, fizzy, white head. No head retention as it crackles out within seconds.

Smell: Very, very mild nose giving a teensy sniff of vapid maltiness and dehydrated corn kernels.

Taste: Mild maltiness rounded out with hints of corn stalks. Lightly sweet. Faintly sourish, metallic hop character with a low, low bitterness. Goes out on the finish as bland as this ride started.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: You get what you pay for, I guess.

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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 BuckeyeNation
1.68/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pale amber-gold with one steady stream of bubbles rising in the exact center of the glass. The head is off-white and airy, but due to my hard pour, has some staying power. It takes several minutes to fall to a thin film and leaves miniscule amounts of lace.

No real surprises in the nose, but it does seem to be stronger and maybe more hoppy (!) than some others in its class. The flavor is bolder and more bitter than many other macro lagers. Skimpy malt, more would be welcome. Harsh, grain-like, acidic, bitter, thin and dry, how's that for a murderer's row of beer attributes?

Icehouse is the worst of both worlds. Too nasty tasting for lovers of truly good beer and too flavorful for lovers of easy-drinking, virtually tasteless macro swill. It's a wonder that anyone buys this more than once.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.92/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well I was out at dinner and it was this or bud light. Poured a pale golden yellow with a white foamy head that faded to nothing in mere seconds. No lace and lots of carbonation. Smell was really of nothing, maybe a slight muted corn or grain, but really nothing. The taste was balnd, tolerable when ice cold, but really absolutly nothing to write home about. Overall ehh, not again unless I have to. No life, or profile to it at all.

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Photo of russpowell
1.63/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed this on a whim, was offered a take away from a party that I was DD @ (that does suck, but not so much when this the main offering)

Pours golden with a bubbly head that drops off to a thin film pronto. No lacing or head retention

Taste: Graininess & alcohol, slight bitterness followed up by sickening sweetness

MF: Slick and overcarbonated (uurp!!), how bout waving a few more picture of hops at the brew kettle in anger???

I've been plenty of places in the world where this would be considered decent beer ( when I was 16/Egypt), I think I'll pass unless either one of these 2 scenarios repeat themselves

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Photo of Jason
2.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz blue lined can with a picture of an old time rural brewery. Don’t be fooled by the Plank Road Brewery bs this is a Miller product. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pale strawish golden colour with the clarity that comes with all ultra filtered American macro lagers, tight but thin white lace stays for a few minutes.

Smell: Very clean with a faint whiff of alcohol, corn and grain.

Taste: Crisp yet the brew yields a smoothness also that adds to the drinkability slightly. Perfumy alcohol rushes through the mouth and out the nose, ghost like hop profile donning a bitterness that cuts and a trace of leaf flavour middle to end. Malt is their but in a pale and thin form with several cereal grain monkeys riding its back. Some sweetness in the back but dries up in the end.

Notes: A half decent macro lager and for ice beer it is not half bad. Nothing to really talk about, just a clean ice beer to drink if you are into ice beers. No point really, you may as well drink malt liquor.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.08/5  rDev +35.1%
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 TMoney2591
2.85/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Beer #3 during Swill Tour 2010. It pours a clear urine topped by an uber-urine-y few fingers of white suds. The nose is only malt husk...though I think I can get some cashews in there too. It ain't "bad"...just not good. The taste makes me unhappy. Maybe some wheat, corn, whatever flavors elicit images of personality-less folks in bowler hats. Seriously, this is one lazy-ass beer, folks. The body is quite light, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp-ish finish. Yeah, this is pretty meek. It ain't all that bad,'s the wallflower at the party who's all really shy and when that decent-looking gal over there asks him to dance (I assume out of pity or something) he stutters and wets his pants, fleeing in even greater ignominy than usual. Yeah.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.12/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I am simply doing the CAN-CAN today. Every time that I think that I have had all of the widely-available beers in a CAN, one more pops up in a cooler, beckoning me to lay waste on its shoals.

My first thought was that the big boys sure can make a pretty beer. It had a fluffy finger's worth of bone-white head with decent retention. The nose was pretty weak with a mild lager sweetness deep down, but it was not readily obvious. The color was a golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Again, think pretty, not good. Mouthfeel was on the thin side with a very unobtrusive flavor on the tongue. In fact, my tastebuds decided to take a break at one point and wait for something to happen. It never did. The finish just went down like tap water. This was not an evil beer, like many that I have tried in cans. It was simply ho-hum boring.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
2.72/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In my opinion Icehouse is basically a malt liquor, however, it is a little better than most. The perfumey sweet aroma is there, as is the standard yellow color. Taste is sweet, adjunctish, and somewhat surprisingly a drop of hops. This is fairly easy to drink, basically Icehouse is where malt liquor meets cheap lawnmower beer.

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Photo of stakem
2.61/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Eric for gifting me with a can of this. I guess every once in awhile we owe it to ourselves to step back and drink something mass produced in order to appreciate the finer offerings... (or at least that is what I am told.) The brew pours a very light color of yellow that is perfectly clear. About a finger and a half of white billowy froth sits atop composed of rather large bubbles. It surprisingly leaves a webby pattern of lacework on the glass. Bubbles of carbonation emit from the solution almost like it is pissed off about being poured into a glass. These rising bubbles maintain some disturbance across the top.

The smell of this brew has some metallic/mineral character overtop of an adjunct sweetness. I say adjunct sweetness generically here because the sweetness to the nose does not seem grainy and fresh, it seems to come from something else that I am not use to smelling. There is almost a dusty afterthought to the aroma here along with the faintest touch of herbal (hops?) I am really putting forth some effort here to pick out descriptors to the aroma but that is it, im spent. I really dont pick up on anything else.

If cold was a flavor, this one got it! "Ice brewed below freezing." I don't know what that means... Just like the aroma hinted towards, this one has an awkward sweetness about it that blends with a metallic/mineral character that isn't that enjoyable. It persists into the aftertaste with a sweetness that is minorly reminiscent of corn. The aftertaste is a mixture of sweetness like bubblegum coupled with faint indications of herbal hops but without the bitterness, only a trace flavoring.

This is a light bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. I drink this and I am immediately taken back to my days before I was of legal drinking age. If you dont have a choice and you are forced to drink this than it is pretty good. But living in the wonderful world we do, and being of legal drinking age, thank God this isn't something I have to be forced to drink. If you are going to drink this, make sure it is cold. ICE cold...

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

On sale 22oz. for $0.70 I couldn't pass one up, but now for appearance: Pours a crystal clear yellow fizzy tone with a bubbly white decent sized head only after a vigorous pour, lacing speckled and thin.
Aroma: Definite corn and rice approach to their malt profile sweet and slightly alcohol ridden after freezing the initial beer they filter out the ice here and what's left is a concentrated version of shit beer. Mouthfeel is thin but overcarbonated and nothing calling out to me. Drinkability: Not a beer I would chill with daily but it goes down easy and would get you crunked up, however if you like beer don't try this one.

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Photo of tdm168
2.8/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden color with a thin layer of white, fizzy head. The nose is subtle and grassy. The flavor is malty and grainy but also grassy and mildly hoppy. It's smooth, very crisp, and light.

This wouldn't be ever be my first choice for a beer, but in the category in offers things other don't such no metallic off notes and not off apple-like yeast notes.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.41/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Icehouse is not exactly an award winning beer. But it is beer than Natural Light. Icehouse is a little darker golden than your standard American Adjunct Lager. There is not much to smell but grains....same with the taste. the mouthfeel is ok can be a bit bitter.

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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 feloniousmonk
1.95/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 ounce can, "smooth, never watered-down taste"...sounds promising?

wan, sallow faintest yellow appearance, head starts big, disappears in a trice.

vacant aroma, slightly sweet and corny,turning sour...

Taste is empty, as well, and not entirely pleasant, either. There's a plastic feel in the texture, body is light as can be, finish is short and none too sweet. Harsh, acrid, grainy-ness dominates what accounts for flavor, and this is revealed to be a thinly disguised alcohol-delivery system, as if we didn't know that already.

As much as I try to complete every sample of every beer I review, this one's gonna have to go down the drain. Not enjoyable, barely tolerable.

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Photo of MasterSki
2.81/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Carleton (SpdKilz) for sharing this as part of our Good Beer/Bad Beer tasting for AgentZero's birthday. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

A - A big white foam settles to a thin cap and thicker collar. Surprisingly good retention for the style. Transparent urine yellow body with some visible carbonation streams.

S - Aroma is pretty mild, but what's there is lemon, yeasty bread, a little bit of honey and corn sweetness.

T - Taste is pretty typical for the adjunct lager idiom. Corn and honey sweetness and a bit of fruity character. Largely inoffensive, even as it warms up.

M - Zesty carbonation, medium-light body, and a dry and slightly grainy texture.

D - A surprisingly decent adjunct lager - I'd certainly drink this over PBR or other similar swill if forced t choose. Probably a good value at its price point.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.6/5  rDev +14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured this into a pint glass just to see how it looked.
Pale, straw yellow color, but surprisingly it had a nice head. Foaming and laced...then gone. Oh well.
Smell of burnt hops, malt, grains and alcohol.
Taste was a hollow malt, pinot gris type of flavor. Light, fizzy, bad finish.

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Icehouse from Miller Brewing Co.
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