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American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #455
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2.02 | pDev: 36.14%
Miller Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
Notes: 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 BeerBobber
3.48/5  rDev +72.3%
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 The can is dated May 16 16 so I don't believe the mustiness comes from an out of date beer.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 +10.9%
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 +37.6%
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 doktorhops
2.46/5  rDev +21.8%
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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Photo of transitionbikes93
4.55/5  rDev +125.2%
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 Joefromgeorgia
2.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

You know this is a cheap beer when its in a plastic 40 and its thd cheapest brew at the gas station. No. Just no. Pure malt and nothing else. Grab a bud ice. Its 10,000 times better. Trust me i sample cheap brewall the time

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Photo of Psychromatic
3.37/5  rDev +66.8%
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 jwc215
2.97/5  rDev +47%
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 Beric
2.68/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Serving: Can, from the can
Served: 15 August 2015

Appearance: Had this one straight from the can, so I can't comment much on it. Okay looking can though, I guess.

Smell: Harsh, acidic astringency, yet very sweet smelling and traditionally 'beery'.

Taste: Tastes like cheap beer- sweet malts, corn husk, creamed corn, and a pinch of farmy earthiness thrown in just for good measure.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation and light body. Quaffable.

Overall: Glad I had this after splitting a fifth of bourbon.

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Photo of VABA
2/5  rDev -1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-Pours a straw color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has malt hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a slight malt flavor
M-A light bodied well carbonated beer
O-A decent lager

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Photo of Slaterlovesbeer
1.8/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a pint glass. First pour was 25%beer 75% head. Generic watered down piss color with little aroma. Taste is actually not too bad but not too good either. Slight malt aftertaste but no particular flavor notes other that malt. Overall very refreshing beer. Icehouse and IH edge are my go tos when im looking for a cheep refreshing beer. 4 pack of pint cans is 2$cheaper than budweiser and taste about the same with same abv. Dont hate it drink it for what it is.

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Photo of iman99
3.7/5  rDev +83.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is probably one of the best or THE BEST cheap beer at 5.5% the taste is great gets you a little buzz pretty quickly and I really can't say much more. This beer is way better than natural ice and keystone ice and bud ice.

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Photo of Iacobeer
2.11/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Your typical ice brewed beer. Picked one up in a convenience store because it was cheap. Basic yellow color with quick, dissipating head. Smell is pretty foul and skunky. A good comparison would be Natural or Milwaukee's Best ice. Taste is very watery with hints of straw and bread. Overall not a pleasant experience, but a cheap buzz.

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Photo of DomesticDrinker
4.21/5  rDev +108.4%
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 beerdrinker21144
5/5  rDev +147.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Okay, so I remember beer before the era of the overly hopped craft beer. Hipsters be damned, Icehouse is a good beer, despite not being over hopped and overpriced. Beer doesn't have to be overly bitter and brewed in a bathtub to be good.

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Photo of btsfav
5/5  rDev +147.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

not sure what problem is I DRINK THIS BEER WARM !!!!! and enjoy it very much !!!!! been drinking warm beer for several years and this by far is the best !!!!!

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Photo of SLAWLOR70244
1.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Back in the day some friends and I went to visit another guy who went away to college. This stuff was everywhere, all the dorm parties, frats, dives. Long story short, ice house is a totally forgetable beer however the timesI had drinking it were wicked pissah

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Photo of DagenhamDavis
3.29/5  rDev +62.9%
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 mjurney
1.5/5  rDev -25.7%

Straw color, super clear. Some carbonation rising. Bright white, soapy head.

Corn and grains, some sweetness.

Corn, grainy cereal, a little sweetness. Sharp metallic towards the end. Finish is mostly dry, a little crisp. Body is light and watery, sharp, rough, fizzy.

It's an awful beer.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.18/5  rDev +7.9%

Round 2 of paper bag liquor night.

Appearance (2.25) : Pours a tall 3 fingered head, pale straw body, no surprises.

Aroma (1.25) : Tin. Stale, dry corn. Rubber? Light floral.

Taste (2.25) : Smooth, some notes of banana amongst strong creamed corn. There's just something there that makes this taste okay. It's definitely not memorable, it's entirely forgettable, but marginally drinkable.

Mouthfeel (3) : Creamy, smooth, carbonated.

Overall (2.18) : This stuff will get you hammered fast. That's not my goal personally, as I'm more of a connoisseur than a drunk; however Icehouse drinks a little better than some macro tall beers - but not very many. Better than Keystone Ice by a nose. And now the alcohol is taking effect. Great. Best out of the tall macros? Natty Ice. Sorry Miller/Coors.

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Photo of ordybill
3.25/5  rDev +60.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 22OZ bottle into a beer mug
Aroma- A rather lacking beer in this department, I did notice some malt and maybe corn.
Appearance- A light golden color (common for this style of brew) generated a large white head.
Taste- s slightly bitter flavor with a corn follow up. this beer is lightly carbonated.
Palate- A light bodied beer that was surprising for the alcohol content, the carbonation was noticeable in a non-annoying way.

I call these type of brews "gas station beers" they are very predominant in larger sized bottles at the local gas station and are cheaply priced. For the cost you are not getting a terrible beer. I wouldn’t turn one down, but if I was looking for a cold beer at the gas station this would not be my first choice.

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Photo of jaredtp
3/5  rDev +48.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thos beer was an okay beer for a cheap beer. The taste was not that bad, but it was not the best tasting beer. The aroma was just ok as well. I personally would pick another beer over this one. But that is just me. But for a cheap beer like I said it was just ok.

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Photo of PvtSnowball
2.48/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Purchased from one of the local quick marts.

A: Crystal clear gold with moderate head and retention.

S: Malt, hops, grain and alcohol all in in small quantities.

T: Mild. Same as the smell.

M: Smooth, but a bit flat and watery.

O: A little better than I remember but still in no way good. It's tolerable.

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Photo of FrozenJoe
3/5  rDev +48.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Large, off white head. Retention is not that good but it is not terrible. Leaves behind some lacing. Clear, light golden body. Mild carbonation.

Corn and sweet malt.

Sweet with a strong corn profile. Hops are mild. Dry, slightly bitter finish. Mild taste of alcohol.

On the heavier side of light bodied. Carbonation feels strong. Dry finish.

Not a bad higher abv, economy beer. 5.5% but the flavor is not that harsh. Nothing that good or bad about it. A decent "get the buzz on" ice lager.

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Photo of Spikester
3.5/5  rDev +73.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16 ounce can into a nonic pint glass.. Nice 3" head that lasts about 5 minutes and leaves a surprising amount of lace.
Smell grainy some grassy hop aroma.
Taste is pale malt cereal grain and a touch of herbal hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel is thin to medium with plenty of carbonation.
I enjoy an occasional Miller Highlife and this brew reminded me of that beer with a bit more flavor. One of the best beers of this style. Slightly too sweet but not cloying. If Miller would bump the hops a bit this would be really good instead of just alright. Very refreshing for the style.
Date on bottom of can is Aug. 25, 2014. Not sure what the time span is for the best by date.
My guess would be six months so this would be about halfway there.
Edit 7/18/2014. Appearance is really excellent for this beer. I can't think of another AAL that has a better long lasting head and the lacing is rather superb for a beer of this type.

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Icehouse from Miller Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 51 out of 100 with 1306 ratings