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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Ratings: 1,264 |  Reviews: 382
Photo of ZebulonXZogg
1.39/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 24oz can into a 12 oz Lagunitas glass, (forgive me Lagunitas), it's a clear yellow. If it didn't have a small head I would have thought this was a urine sample. Surprisingly, it left a little lacing on the glass.
Aroma of soggy corn and rotting white rice.
Flavor reminds me of soggy corn flakes in water with a couple drops of grain alcohol for flavor.
Surprisingly, this beer had a little body, nowhere near as thin and watery as expected.
I don't remember the last time I consumed an AAL, ten years at least, and it's as bad as I remember. With a listed ABV of 6.9% you'd get a pretty good buzz after a couple of them, probably a hangover the next a.m..
Not too good.

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Photo of PepeLopezz
2.61/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured a 24 ounce can into a pint glass. The head cleared rather quickly with no lacing at all. Not too strong of a smell... but it smells like malt liquor to me... slightly sweet corn smell. I wasn't expecting a pleasant drink considering increase in abv from 5.5 to 6.9. It just seems to be less watered down icehouse to me. Nothing offensive. Nothing great. Not the best but better than similarly strong cheap beers out there. In my opinion the strength is just low enough to avoid the dreaded high gravity aftertaste you can get with the 8+ bum beers but you can tell this brew has a little more kick to it. IMO its a good choice if you only have a couple of bucks and want something with a kick that doesn't taste like absolute trash.

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Photo of jmills3
2.75/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of CycleSuds
3.16/5  rDev +54.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

16-oz. can / Pull date: JUN1917 / brewed @ Albany, GA facility
Icehouse Edge's (not so) little brother is flexing his muscles. Just released 6.9% ABV version of Icehouse is a 25.4% hike over the previous 5.5% ABV incarnation. The result is no surprise - a sweet and robust malty/bready punch inside the mouth with little to no subtlety (but also no glaring faults for a beer of this ilk). Consume it cold, however, as high-gravity brews are extremely volatile to drinking temperature and can run off into the ditch as they warm up.
MolsonCoors appears to be trying to create a niche between the upper and lower echelons of strong beers and I think it did a pretty commendable job with this updated Icehouse.

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Photo of Schlitz74
2/5  rDev -2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured ice cold in a large mug, it has a large white head, as it gets warmer the worse it tastes This is a cheap bad beer nothing good here.

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Photo of JLK7299
1/5  rDev -51%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of adip
2.41/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of LJSchoppert
2.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

L: Clear pale yellow, not a ton of head
S: Alcohol and corn funk
T: Mostly corn funk
F: Kinda prickly, surprisingly full-bodied for an adjunct
O: Yeah this is kind of garbage. Not the worst ice beer I've had but that's saying very little. Clearly built for pure drunkenness, and it's not even very good at that.

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Photo of mikr
1/5  rDev -51%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of rodbeermunch
2/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Comes in slightly darker than your average macro yellow beer. Aroma is brutish. Alcohol, woodiness, soggy, and something beyond description that is definitely a pejorative term if I could think of it.

Taste, lots of alcohol and bitterness. Solid carbonation, feels like a heavier beer than its appearance or abv. Hot stuff and cooked veggies.

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Photo of TripleHeader
2.75/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Okay so I'll be honest this is no craft beer, but for a mainstream brew it isn't half bad. And when you consider the price this beer is great, at about 55 cents a can it's actually not half bad. Yes it's a pretty crappy beer but at this price point what are you expecting? In all honesty after you've had a couple this beer is a pretty good to keep you're buzz going. If you're looking for a great value beer Icehouse is good choice.

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Photo of B_B
2.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Superheatnsubcool
1.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Photo of AfricanPete14
1.79/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

This beer I drank out of a 24 ounce can so I gave it a neutral look rating of 2.5, the smell was malty and metallic. The taste reminded me of a much worse version of PBR, with a poor hoppy/metallic taste with a malt flavor at the beginning. The mouthfeel was better with a nice taste of alcohol and carbonation which made it rather smooth.

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Photo of Johnct
1.35/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Photo of Lane_in_ID
1.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

24oz can poured into a pint glass.

Look: pale yellow/amber 1 finger white head that disappated immediately. Very clear with lots of carbonation bubbles.
Smell: Cooked corn, grassy
Taste: grass/hay with a bitter dry finish
Feel: highly carbonated, medium light mouthfeel.
Overall: not a great beer...

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Photo of colts9016
2.44/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A frothy 2 finger head with some retention. The color of the beer is pale yellow and is clear. A load of carbonation bubbles in the beer.

N: Grainy, yeast, a slightly funky aroma like over cooked corn.

T: Cooked corn, yeast, hay, and grain

M: load of carbonation, and crisp finish.

Overall not as good as it could be.

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Photo of Myotus
1.44/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured at 40°F from a 16oz (best before 16Aug16) can into a nonic pint glass. Consumed on 28Jul16.
SMELL: Strong aromas of car exhaust quarrel with subtle aromas of corn and alcohol.
TASTE: The tumult of taste commences with an offensive fusion of mild corn and car exhaust flavors. Mild flavors of sugar water and subtle alcohol flavors next disrespect my palate as the flavors of car exhaust grow undesirably stronger. The vulgarity concludes with subtle flavors of spicy hops as the alcohol grows slightly stronger and all prior flavors maintain.
NOTE: I am unsure as to where to start with this. I do not know why and/or how a beer with only 5.5% ABV can have such a strong perception of alcohol. The fact that the car exhaust was the main flavor made this "beer" even more dreadful. Anything that makes me want to wash out the terrible taste in my mouth with a Bud Light should be illegal. I can see why this was $4 for a four pack.

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Photo of jbf190
1.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

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

Photo of IckyT2012
1.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of OldSwampy
2.48/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Light golden / dark straw colored beer. Aggressive pour yielded a thick white head but that faded fairly soon. Minimal lacing. Nose light malts, not much there. Taste dominated by malty corn flavor, tasted like cooked canned corn. Not too awful, but not the best cheap light beer I've had (a relative concept, certainly). Taste seemed to have a hole in it -- corny malt, then a gap, then a brief hint of hops before fading altogether. Only a little mouthfeel of any kind, but not offensive. Drinkable, but in general a weak, watery lager despite the "bolder taste" claim on the can. Best by date of October 3, 2016, and I drank it on 5 July 2016.

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Photo of Noelito76
2/5  rDev -2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of CjMcGarner
1.99/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Hazen
1.66/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Icehouse from Miller Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 2.04 out of 5 with 1,264 ratings