Icehouse | Miller Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

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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Photo of kylehay2004
1.88/5  rDev -7.8%
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 jaydoc
2.25/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of acurtis
2/5  rDev -2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.1/5  rDev +52%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of kjkinsey
1.84/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of spycow
2.5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of djrn2
2/5  rDev -2%

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2/5  rDev -2%

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2/5  rDev -2%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +83.8%

Photo of biboergosum
2.46/5  rDev +20.6%
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 BEERchitect
2.13/5  rDev +4.4%
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 zeff80
2.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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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1.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of mothman
2.63/5  rDev +28.9%
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 dbrauneis
2.78/5  rDev +36.3%
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 NeroFiddled
3.23/5  rDev +58.3%
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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2/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Gagnonsux
2.72/5  rDev +33.3%
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 Gkruszewski
2.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.68/5  rDev +31.4%
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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1.75/5  rDev -14.2%

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1.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of jgunther71
2/5  rDev -2%

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Icehouse from Miller Brewing Co.
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