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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.

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Photo of Mike_Moe
2.61/5  rDev +14%
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 bbluemzbeer
3.63/5  rDev +58.5%
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 +46.7%
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 +28.4%
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 +37.6%
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 -23.1%
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 +6.1%
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 +26.2%
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 +51.1%
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 +21.4%
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 -17.9%
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 -17%
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 -55%
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 +24.5%
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 -3.5%
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 -56.3%
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

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

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

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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Photo of kylehay2004
1.88/5  rDev -17.9%
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 Fatehunter
1.62/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From the 24oz can. Almost two fingers of head. Clear, medium straw colored body.
Pretty bad smell of metal and rice.
Taste is sweet with a mix of metallic bitterness at the end. Unappealing.
Moderation carbonation, lighter body.
Well, it's Icehouse: Brewed below freezing. Is that even possible?

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Photo of ConsumerOfBeer
1.71/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: This is just your average looking beer. Nothing special, resembles piss.

S: Sort of a sour musky smell. Not the worst smell in the world, but far from the best.

T: By far the worst aspect of this brew. I would probably rather drink a 12 ounce can of my own piss if it weren't for the buzz factor. This one is tough to get down. In comparison to Milwaukee's Best Ice, this one is noticeably worse, and has less alcohol! This could possibly be the worst tasting beer I have ever had.

M: Feels like one of your average cheap beers. Very high gravity, but most likely an attempt to hide its rotten flavor.

O: While this is probably the worst tasting beer I can think of, it does remind me of college and having a good time. It is higher in alcohol than your average beer, so I view that as a plus. This beer should only be consumed when there is nothing else left.

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Photo of punky796
2.95/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a stoneware stein.

A - Much like Bud Light or Busch Light. Light amber, one-finger head, minimal lacing.

S - Corn, adjuncts, alcohol, grains.

T - Same as above.

M - Fizzy, but not much aftertaste. Good for large quantities when you don't care about taste.

O - Not terrible. Another good one if you're short on cash but wants lots of beer. It is what it is.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
1.71/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A- Very clear yellow with a two finger frothy white head. No lacing.

S - Corn adjunct and taco bell farts. Smells pretty nasty.

T - Rice adjunct, Creamed corn, pretzels.

M - Heavy stinging carbonation with a medium body.

O - Overall, An off flavored adjunct that provides no frills.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
1.26/5  rDev -45%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured into a pils glass from a 24 oz. can.

2.0 A: Clear light yellow color. Mega-carbonated as the first pour gave me about 40% head. Fortunately retention is poor. Pillowy white head.

1.0 S: This is the closest to smelling like nothing that I've ever experienced in a beer. Smells like water I guess.

1.5 T: Just the slighest bit of neutral maltiness. Underwhelming even for the style.

1.0 M: Despite the giant head, there isn't a lot of carbonation in this. I guess the carbonation was just trying to get as far away from this beer as possible. Water body. No creaminess.

1.0 D: I don't know how they got this up to 5.5% without having any flavor in this. Amazing.

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Photo of flagmantho
2.08/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from 24oz tall can into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a clear body and a decent effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy white foam that doesn't have much retention. Actually, it's not too bad for the style.

Smell: light, largely inoffensive aroma, probably helped by its relative coldness right now. A little bit of plastic and corn come in around the edges; par for the course for the style, and like I said, not yet warm enough to be offensive.

Taste: here's where this beer *really* shines. At first taste, it's cold -- just how it ought to be served. Unfortunately, but the time it hits my gullet, it has warmed up enough to show its true colors. The aftertaste of this beer is all plastic and metallic and, well, lots of other inedible things. Blech.

Mouthfeel: pretty light body with a little bit of fizz. Not that interesting.

Overall: even for a cheap beer in a big can, this is not too good.

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Photo of Brenden
2.19/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The head is surprisingly large and creamy when it settles. Retention is also surprisingly good for an adjunct, and when it settles further it's pretty rocky. It ultimately sticks around as a thick foam, and it only leaves some spotty lacing except for a thick ring at the top when it sits in the glass for a minute. It's not impressive for a beer, but it is for this style. The beer itself has a bit of chill haze but is otherwise a completely clear pale gold.
Some corn husk and a fruity tang with a grainy undertone are all I get from the nose.
It's a little hoppier than most in the style, but I also get an unpleasant alcohol burn and some plastic-like notes. Malts are fairly dry but too light.
It's obviously light and somewhat thin, but crisp and with a bit of smoothness to it. It's not quite creamy, but almost.

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Photo of Beerlover619
3.48/5  rDev +52%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Always seen my uncle drink this throughout my life so i had to try it. This is a good beer to drink during the hot summer.

Theres no bad aftertaste and it gets the job done. You get a nice buzz without drinking alot of them. Im not a real big fan of ice beers but this is my favorite one.

The price could go down a lil bit. Its pretty high down here in Indiana. Overall you cant go wrong with an ice cold Icehouse.

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Icehouse from Miller Brewing Co.
2.29 out of 5 based on 1,208 ratings.
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