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
Reviews:
372
Ratings:
1,228
Avg:
2.28
pDev:
33.33%
 
 
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Photo of archyquaffer
2.96/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a tallboy into a shaker pint glass. A label on the can states the beer is "ice brewed below freezing". A moderate pour produce about 3/4 inch of white froth that disappears quickly enough but leaves a thin coating of lace that hangs around, slowly thinning out. The beer is a pale straw color with ample carbonation.

Adjuncty, floral hop aroma, but of course very light on the hops- but the floral hops are there and detectable. A definite cooked corn flavor is present, a rather bland presence that lingers into the aftertaste, which is otherwise pretty clean. I also get a bit of a slightly fruity alcohol flavor with some metallic tang. No musty or cardboard flavors. The body is predictably thin and somewhat oily.

For what it is, this isn't half bad, though quite bland overall. There is maybe a bit more hop character than than the average AAL, and it's cheap enough. It's smooth compared to a typical malt liquor, and as strong as the weaker varieties of that style. There are worse beers out there, and though I probably won't seek this out again, I wouldn't refuse one either.

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

Good ole Icehouse. Due to Oklahoma's silly liquor laws, most BMC beers were brewed at 3.2 abv. Icehouse was not. I drank a lot of Icehouse my sophomore year. I do not remember it fondly.

A: Macro lager golden. Finger of bleached head. Dies immediately. Fairly well carbonated, with large bubbles rising to the surface. No lacing.

S: Corn, millet, metal. Nondescript spiciness (hops?). Some alcohol sweetness present. Not willing to let this one warm. Must consume cold, the name basically demands it.

T: That is pretty bad. Not quite as bad as I remember it, though. Lots of corn and other adjunt flavors. Missing that cornflake component I get in Miller and Bud Light. Fruity sweetness, almost like artificial white grape juice. Grainy corn comes on the finish, along with some metal astringency.

M: Light, crisp. Less carbonated than anticipated. While the bubbles are very present, they lack the overly abrasive seltzer characteristics of many AAL's and Euro Pales.

O: This is nowhere nearly as bad as the 51 Beer Advocate is giving it. While it's not a good or even solid beer, it's better than the BMC's and far better than the Natty and Keystone level beers.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.92/5  rDev +71.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Icehouse is a brew that is brewed by Miller Brewing Co . This brew has an ABV of 5.5% and it pours out deep amber with a nice white head. I like the color of this brew; it is not too dark but not too light. The smell is grains , malts, and some hops. This brew has the smell of an American Adjunct Lager. I'm not saying that is a bad thing. The taste is bold with flavors. You pick up on grains and malts. There is alot going on in Icehouse, it is a nice smooth ICE brew. You can pick up on the 5.50% ABv in this brew. Icehouse has that alcohol bite to it, not saying that is a bad thing. There is nothing bad about this brew. Icehouse has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. This is one Miller Brew that I really like. Mouthfeel is bold but clean, and smooth. I would buy this brew again. Icehouse has the look and feel of most ICE brews on the market. Now I'm not saying that is a bad thing. Miller brewing co., did a nice job with this one. Overall I'm giving Icehouse a 4 out of 5. I would buy this brew again.

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Photo of carmike813
3.08/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is the first beer i ever drank to the point of getting drunk ... it has a special place in my heart so for the overall experice i give it an outstanding. This is a pure sentimental reason, and i am a beer geek, so this is one of those that takes the geek in me to a new level.

Icehouse bought from Sterk's Grocery in Hammond, IN when i was a young-in ... outstanding!

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Photo of welldigger888
1.43/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Well, this is one bad example of an american light lager.

Smells of caro syrup piss

taste is of caro piss and to much corn

Aweful SHIT

AVOID THIS BAD PISS!!!

Fo

Sho

Gross

Filth Taste

Mo

Better!!!

This is why you must seek local brew. Compassionate brew makes for better brew, local mkes it fine!

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Photo of hdf561
2.06/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was my go to beer in high school as it was cheap and had a higher alcohol percentage than the average American lager.

It served its purpose and while I am a fan of most beer, and drink most anything especially if it is free this beer is one I shy away from. It just is not very good. The recipe hasn't changed in forever and I would rather pay a little extra for a coors, PBR, etc.

However if your looking for a cheap beer that will get you drunk in short order than this is for you.

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Photo of Hergestridge
3.13/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Icehouse is an ok beer. It's cheap, it's a Miller Entry, that is as most things Miller, just ok. Nothing special.
Where Miller's MGD has some character and is quite drinkable when you've an adjunct frame of mind/taste. Icehouse is just 5.5% of eh.. not much carbonation, nearly no head and after it sits in a 16 oz. Pilsner glass for more that 10 minutes is somewhat flat.
Since Miller is now touting Miller Light as the original that started it all... it speaks of their focus. Sell a lot of beer to a lot of people as quickly as possible.. Bleh!
~Carry on Citizens!!!~
sMc

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Photo of James773
2.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Definitely not a "good" beer but one I feel very nostalgic about due to it being the preferred choice of friends during college. Higher ABV than many other macrobrews. "Adult soda". When I need a lot of light refreshing beer I'll always go with this guy.

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Photo of Mike_Moe
2.61/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Light golden straw, translucent color. Short lasting white head.
Aroma: Non-distinct beer smell.
Flavor: A light smoky malt flavor. A harsh, slightly bitter finish. Weakly carbonated. Light bodied foamy feeling in the mouth.
Overall: This beer has a decent woody/smoky flavor up front. The finish; however, is harsh and dry. It leaves a prickly, dry feeling in the mouth.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
2.41/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

CURRENT RATING REFLECTS THAT OF THE 6.9% ABV VERSION, NOT THE ORIGINAL 5.5%.

Review of the 5.5% Icehouse

Look - 2.5
Smell - 2.5
Taste - 2.75
Feel - 2.75
Overall - 2.78

Coworker caught me off guard telling me that the warehouse was backordered on Icehouse due to a recipe-change and an alcohol boost (5.5% to 6.9%). Let's see if this is any better or worse.

The smell and taste both tell me right away the recipe has changed and that the ice-brewing process was probably a bit more adamant in removing all the ice-crystals in order to produce a higher, more potent alcohol concentration. The result is a bit more of an asskicker in flavor and alcohol bite, but the beer remains incomparable to the far worse Steel Reserve or its utterly putrid counterpart Edge.

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Photo of bbluemzbeer
3.63/5  rDev +59.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is pretty good ice cold. Their is nothing wrong with this beer because the price is low for this beer.

Appearance It Is a gold body . Head is gone in in a few seconds with no lacing.

Smells : Malts and a bit of corn.

Taste Has a sweet taste with a tiny hint of hops. Slightly metallic finish if drank out of a can. To solve this probem drank out of a glass ..

Mouthfeel :Too highly carbonated for my taste but it is not bad.

It's certainly not the worst or the best I've ever had but the price is right on this beer. It went down pretty smooth !

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Photo of watermelon
3.36/5  rDev +47.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

40oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Date on the bottle says Feb14

A: Clear golden body with whit frothy head. Really good retention and lots of lacing.

S:Smells like corn, nothing out of the ordinary for the style.

T: Tase mostly like corn, come fruity flavors as well.

M: Fuller then most for the style carbonation is good and this goes down easy. Very refreshing.

O: Not a terrible beer, I like it better then a lot of AAL beers, plus it comes in the 40oz format which is convenient. Its also got another ABV point at 5.5 then most AALs.

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Photo of Foam
2.94/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've tried pretty much every "ice beer" there is and most are trash that have horrible industrial chemical flavors and after-tastes but IceHouse somehow manages to be tolerable and even enjoyable in modest amounts especially given the low price per the case ($17 in PA.)
I got a case of the bottles to have for watching hockey (Lets go Pens) and just hanging out .
It's no Westvleteren 12 but it's also much much less expensive and much more widely available.
You will get some of that corn/straw-grain taste that is common in cheaper brews but to me, bitter hopped beer is worse tasting . I favor malt sweet-ness anyday over perversely hopped high-IBU beers .

King of the bank account-friendly ice-beers . cheers .

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Photo of MarkSmith86
3.15/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance= typical american adjunct lager, Golden
Smell= Corn
Taste= Better than The King of Beers and a hell of alot cheaper
Mouthfeel= The beer lays with you for a while in the mouth

Overall= I like it, most people dont but oh well. its 5.5 percent alcohol, decent flavor on mouth and its a all around go to beer for me. Beings its from Miller... Ugh

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Photo of Treath
1.76/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Out of a 32oz bottle into a glass mug.

A- Pale golden yellow. Big fluffy head that leaves lacing. Some bubbles streaming up.

S- Corn, slight alcohol, no hop presence on the nose.

T- Hmmm, at first no taste then *POW* I taste: corn, overcooked grains, fusel alcohol, some sweetness, wine taste. It's on the border of Malt Liquor and Wine...not a good combo. The fusel alcohol hits the throat and stomach like a bad vodka.

M- High carbonation, slick feeling that sticks to your mouth.

O- Overall, this is a rather poor beer. The fusel alcohol is horrendous in this plus the wine taste.

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Photo of Carl_R
2.43/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I used to drink this beer alot when I lived in Minnesota. I would stick a few cans in the snowdrift to get them ice cold when grilling. It seems to taste best when the beer is near freezing. It has a crisp taste and seems to have more carbonation than most beers. Not the best beer I have ever had but its light and goes down easily.

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Photo of zachary1122
2.89/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

For the price 13.99 a 30 pack where I live this beer is good. It better then most in the same price range. Has a strong apple cider taste with a sour after taste. Some metallic taste from can I believe. Aftertaste goes away quick. Really a smooth taste for ice brew style non watered down. Has what I call ok drinkability not top dollar but not the worse,

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Photo of BeerZack
3.46/5  rDev +51.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Smells lightly of malt and hops (slightly floral perfume) with a bit of a sour edge. Almost smells like a Pilsner. As it warms up, that slight sour edge becomes more apple cidery. Flavor is similar to the nose, but the hops are less pronounced and there is a sweetness that carries through the whole way. Sweet malt up front, flash of hop flavor then fades quickly from malty to sugary, the hops go metallic, then the flavor muddles and becomes watery before the finish. Finish is short except for the impression of sweetness that lingers a bit.

Overall, this brew has a good balance between clean/crispness and actually having some flavor. It's got more flavor than most beers in the category without being too fruity or sweet. The carbonation is on the low end of moderate and just about right, in my opinion.

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Photo of WalterHeisenberg
2.78/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Aggressive pour into big Ol beer mug
A:Poured light straw yellow fat head no lacing. Head is gone pretty quick. Lots of carbonation looks cheap
S: corn malts grainy. Actually not so bad
T:slight bitter upfront corn grains and finally metallic malty finish Tastes Better than I assumed it would.
M:thin. But again not as watery as I assumed.
O:not bad for the style. Of course I enjoy the taste of beer period. So it's tastes like beer to me. Its got above average ABV points for that. A decent choice if you want to slum it for a day and someone else is buying!

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Photo of hermit990
1.88/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Best by date: 1/13/14. Review date: 12/23/13.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, pale yellow. About 1 finger of a bright white head, with tight, creamy looking bubbles. Recedes to a thinner layer, and actually sticks around quite well. Tons of carbonation bubbles floating up through the glass rapidly. Decent lacing sticks around to the glass.

Smell: Very faint. Light notes of a wet grain aroma. Bit of an artificial sweetener character.

Taste: Cereal grain, upfront. Fades into an almost sugary sweetness. Finishes into a nondescript blandness before finishing with corn flavor and a very light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Body in the lighter side of medium. Nice creaminess from the head while it persists. Less carbonation feel along the tongue than I would have expected from the appearance. Leaves a slightly sweet, grainy aftertaste.

Overall: A decent AAL option. Ubiquitous and cheap ($6.99 for a 12 pack in my area). Easy to drink but nothing amazing. Could be refreshing on a hot day. Would not highly recommend seeking it out.

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Photo of EdgeT
1.9/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

This beer is nasty. In my opinion, the only people who should be buying this beer is people who are looking to save money. A 30 box of this beer was $15 at my store which is incredibly cheap.
You realize why this beer is so inexpensive one you taste it. This brewery spent no time or effort making a good tasting bee!

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Photo of acsprouse
1.03/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Pousrs clear yellow with a thick soapy head that fades quickly. This beer, is very grainy, corny and cheap. Corn all the way through the nose, and into the taste.. Cheap grain, cheap malts, decent carbination. Its just a very cheap tasting beer. Its only purpose is getting drunk.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.85/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance –Pours a medium golden color with tons of small bubbles rushing p through the body of the brew. There is a big white head on the top which fades very fast to leave a moderate level of lacing.

Smell – The nose is very light overall and consists of some corn and a light papery smell.

Taste – Upfront he taste is on the slightly drier side with flavors of corn and rice up front. As the taste advances some light hop bitterness comes to the tongue. This is accompanied by a very light metallic taste, but one that is very light and not overpowering or very off putting. Overall the taste was much better then what I anticipated.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the thinner side in terms of its creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the medium to slightly higher side. Both are quite appropriate for the style and make it easier drinking.

Overall – While there are much better brews out there, Icehouse is better then I was expecting. Not really offensive and rather easy drinking with an even little bit of bitter hop working its way into the taste.

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Photo of lwillitz
2.21/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

16-oz can into weizen glass

A - huge white head rests atop a crystal-clear body of straw yellow; lively carbonation; looks like a typical adjunct

S - malty/corny smell, alcohol

T - corn and wheat, alcohol, prominent bitterness, drying finish

M - smooth light body, high carbonation; crisp and refreshing

O - You know what you're getting when you buy a case. No surprises here.

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Photo of jucifer1818
1/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

appearance: pale, putrid, yellow piss water. it looks like you should have chosen a glass of water instead of this stuff
1/5

smell: Remarkably it smells worse than it looks, with that terrible "cheap beer smell" that is quite hard to describe.
1/5

taste: Can I give it a 0? its aweful. they obviously did not brew this beer for taste, as "below freezing" has not given it any
1/5

mouthfeel: yea, nothing to see here folks. move along

overall: the WORST....worst...WORST beer I have ever had. this is the most sorry excuse for a beer I have ever seen since Budweiser tried to mix up clam juice, tomato's, and bud light into an atricous canned cocktail
at least that dreck had the defense of being a gimicky, bad idea

this whole beer is a bad idea, made simply to market to lowest common denominator for the cheapest price with the highest alcohol content

If you have any dignity at all, Avoid it at all costs.
Their is so much better ways to get drunk

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Icehouse from Miller Brewing Co.
2.28 out of 5 based on 1,228 ratings.
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