Icehouse | Miller Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

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.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
2.41/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

IceHouse by Miller Brewing Co., 5.5% alcohol ice beer. Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a crystal clear urine yellow fluid that caps a one inch head falling to a decent froth leaving ultra light lacing not bad for a AAL.

S- Harsh cereal grains, alcohol, and tangy metallic scents are all there is.

T-M- Taste is raw with the corn adjuncts giving a hell of a bite upfront. As I begin to taste the real beer I note a faint sweet malty tinge with a dead bitter hop note. Metallic corn, cereal grain sweetness, and a mild hop bite is all i get in a meld of mess. Mouthfeel is so so with a slightly high carbonation and water like feel.

O- Good drinking beer for mass quantities but not alway tolarable.

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Photo of Jimmys
2.36/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: dull pale gold with a lazy carbonation rising to the surface. clear. 1 inch bright white head. no lacing, some retention.

S: a very pale malt and maybe a little bit of corn. virtually no hop aroma detected.

T: slightly tin-ney/alkaline. again no hop flavor. a hint of grainy chewyness. slightly sweet finish keeps it from being completely dry.

M: tingly carbonation on a light light light body.

D: not undrinkable, but i wont be hunting icehouse down anytime soon. i couldnt detect the 5.5%abv tag. reminds me of coors light or just about any other american adjunct lager.

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Photo of Luigi
2.73/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Came from a tall boy can 4 for 5 bucks at the local Food Lion.

The appearance is what you would expect from this style of lager. Pale, a good amount of carbonation. The head starts off nice and bubbly with a two finger head. But, quickly fades away into a small lace.

The aroma is full of grain and grass, maybe even some cooked corn. Not terrible though. Alcohol it present.

This lager kind of taste average for an American lager. Nothing really special because it taste like it smells. But, it will get you a nice buzz with out a terrible flavor. Out of all the "ice beers" I would pick icehouse because it was an ole high school favorite. There is some times I have had on this brew.
The drink-ability of this beer is unmatched by only a few. Light, highly carbonated, and goes down easy.

Overall, it is what you are looking for in an American lager. To me it cheap and get''s the job down,

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

24 oz can poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - No head. Clear straw body.

Smell - Tobacco. Corn. Not much else.

Taste - Slight tobacco. Corn. Slightly earthy. Slight astringency. Dry.

Mouthfeel - Slight astringency. Otherwise smooth.

Overall Drinkability - Maybe it's the Bud Ice I just had, but this beer does seem to be suprisingly complex for the style. Reminds me of a german pilsner. Maybe a watered down Warsteiner. Very watered down.

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Photo of mattkoon
3.21/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

icehouse takes me back to my younger days bar hopping. Icehouse isn't the best beer I've ever had but as far as everyday run of the mill beers go, it aint bad. It has a little more bite than some other beers of the same caliber. The color is clear yellow, there is nothing really great about the smell, and like I said there is just a little extra bite to an otherwise bland flavor. All in all I'll drink an icehouse from time to time. You could do worse.

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Photo of keeganfrank
2.96/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

24 ounce tallboy with "Icehouse" on the side in huge letters. This beer looks like it means business. Golden lager with a big, foamy head that dissolves pretty quickly. Tons of carbonation. Sweet corn and toasted grain aromas. Odors are a little faint. Sugary, malty vegetable taste. Becomes crisper and tangier as it warms, but retains a good flavor.

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

Six-pack of 12 ounce bottle - $4.79 at the nearby Publix in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, darkish yellow body with a typical, fizzy, white head. No head retention as it crackles out within seconds.

Smell: Very, very mild nose giving a teensy sniff of vapid maltiness and dehydrated corn kernels.

Taste: Mild maltiness rounded out with hints of corn stalks. Lightly sweet. Faintly sourish, metallic hop character with a low, low bitterness. Goes out on the finish as bland as this ride started.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: You get what you pay for, I guess.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
2.97/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very clear pour resulting in a two finger head of pure white, thick foam that lasted about three minutes, and left a broken but clinging lace. The color is a 4 on the SRM beer color chart. Smell yields a slight aroma of floral, with a overtone of roasted wheat, corn, and rice, followed with the sweetness of malt. The taste is a little harsh and unbalanced, yet sort of appealing, with wheat and corn flavor in the lead, and undertones of cooked rice and just a shave of grapefruit. Mouthfeel is a little over carbonated, but what it short on smoothness it makes up in zing. Not a bad, cheap beer, that will cool you down after a hard day in the yard or sports. Not something you want to drink warm...heaven forbid, but a solid after a hard day of work beer.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.41/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Icehouse is not exactly an award winning beer. But it is beer than Natural Light. Icehouse is a little darker golden than your standard American Adjunct Lager. There is not much to smell but grains....same with the taste. the mouthfeel is ok can be a bit bitter.

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Photo of tjwarren
3.44/5  rDev +50.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was a Saturday night and I was thinking of a friend I lost to cancer 3 years ago and the PBR's we drank together back in the day. Went to the store to get one and they were out so I got an Icehouse since it was the beer at the last party we were at together. Maybe it is the memories talking but I really enjoyed it. Made me think of simpler times and simpler beers.

Appearance - straw yellow with a quickly evaporating white head.

Smell - sweet, corn, not much else but not bad.

Taste - again sweet, no hops to speak of but enough malt to make it enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - smooth, refreshing, nice carbonation almost prickly.

Overall - very drinkable, nothing outstanding but nothing offensive. Got to be a great lawnmower, camping, golfing beer as long as it is insanely cold. Wouldn't recommend drinking it warm.

Thanks buddy.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Look - Pale golden color, clear, with about half a fingers worth of white foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - smells very much like a light adjunct lager...very cereal-like and bland.

Taste and Mouthfeel - Again, very cereal-like with a slight muskiness that hits the back of the palate in the middle of the taste. Texture is watery but close to being well-balanced.

Overall - not bad tasting, but very bland in general like most of these types of beers.

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Photo of richkrull
2.43/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a pale yellow color with little to no head on it. Smell is pretty faint, maybe some grain - not a lot to speak of. Taste is not good but not too bad. Again not a lot of flavor, but it doesn't taste like ass. Just a bit of malt flavor and some grains coming through. Very light mouthfeel, goes down pretty easy. There are definitely worse beers out there. This was not as bad as I expected. It's pretty cheap, so if you're looking to get drunk, this would get the job done.

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Photo of weizenbob
3.67/5  rDev +61%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got laid off last week. It looks like I'll be hitting up budget brews for the time being. First up: Icehouse - $.99 for 24 ounces at the local grocery. It's difficult to locate the alcohol content on some beer labels; this can proudly advertises its 5.5% ABV like it's something to be achieved. The can says that Icehouse is "ice brewed below freezing". I'm serving this around 40 degrees so I hope that I don't cancel out the benefits of ice brewing with non-ice consumption.

I cracked the can and poured into a pilsner glass. Pouring the can horizontally produced four fingers of foamy, near-white head. Retention is moderate. Patches of lace struggle to hold on. The beer is golden colored and crystal clear. A lot of carbonation can be seen through the glass. It's slightly above average looking for style.

The nose displays a lot of corn adjunct. Nose hair tickling alcohol is surprisingly strong smelling for a brew of 5.5% ABV. Behind the less desirable aspects of this brew are pleasant hints of sweet malty grain and mellow hop aroma, such as one would expect from an industrial Euro lager. It makes the aroma seem a little more premium than the price tag would imply.

The taste is not bad either. The beer is watered down, as though ice was added rather than removed from the beer during the brewing process. Otherwise, the Euro graininess dominates the taste with the sweet flavor of wet hay and grass. A small trace of hops is detectable. The alcohol is noted but is still well-hidden. I get the impression that the only reason I taste the alcohol at all is that there aren't really any competing flavors. The aftertaste is grainy. I've never had Heineken Light, but this is what I imagine it would taste like.

In the mouth this beer is light bodied but still ample for the style. It is lightly carbonated and not as watery in feel as it is in flavor. I'm scratching my head as to why the overall rating is so low for this beer. At the very least it is non-offensive in every category, and I actually appreciated the subtle Euro lager styling, whether it was intentional or not. It's higher in alcohol than is comfortable for sessioning, but at a dollar for what amounts to two beers, Icehouse carries a perfect price to serving size ratio. There's no reason to stop at 12 ounces, and no need to drink beyond 24. It serves its purpose well.


The Two-Schlitz Scale: (see my profile for an explanation)
If you somehow can't afford Schlitz this will do. As such, I give a Schlitz about Icehouse

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Photo of adammacmillan
3/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For a cheep beer this is good. pours with a dark Golden color with a little bitter taste. its made by miller so it has a similar taste to mgd
it has a little liquor taste. you get get a 12 pac

this is a beer you buy when you want a cheep party beer

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Photo of ElCommodoro
3.06/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark gold colour with a bone-white head that comprised about a third of the glass. It smelled sweet, metallic, and like corn. It has high carbonation. The taste has some corn in it, but mostly it tastes like bread and a bit metallic. It has a bit of a bite to it too that I like. It's not a particularly harsh bite. It's probably partially due to the carbonation and that metallic off-note, but it's there. It's got a bit of a starchy flavour to it as well, despite being watery. That's what i like about this beer, it's a water-beer for sure, but despite that it still tastes like liquid bread and it's got a 5.5% alcohol content. This is my go-to beer for a budget beer. My only problem with it is that it doesn't taste fresh. Something about it tastes old and stale. It's probably due to that metallic taste. That's no bueno. But all in all, I like that good old bread and water taste.

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Photo of wmtxbb
2.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: clear yellow with a nonexistent head.

Smell: Mazie and sweet malt. Some low levels of phenols.

Taste: A thicker body than I expected, but not really in a good way; feels sort of like a false body based on the corn adjunct malt.

Drinkability: I suppose if you want to "get trashed" this beer is a winner, but not really for someone with a discerning taste: basically this beer is for trashy college kids.

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Photo of Sauron2012
2.32/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served in a 12 oz. can.

Overall, this beer is awful. However, this is coming from a fan of pale ales and stouts. So I'll just judge Icehouse for what it is.

A: It looks likes beer, a little more yellow than say.... Corona Light or Natty, but really it just looks like beer.

S: Much as with appearance, this just smells like beer. The most generic adjunct lagery smell. You know PBR? Then you know Icehouse.

T: There is, for the life of me, nothing for me to say with any real feeling about this beer. It tastes like it smells, and that is the taste of cheap, drinkable beer. Nothing special, and definitely not the worst of its kind.

M: Heavily carbonated light beer. Like Bud Light but less of an abject failure at beer. It simply "is."

Overall: Like I said, to fans of "real" beer, this is an awful beverage, but as a cheap beer probably meant to be drank en masse - it does it's job to the letter than nothing more. Honestly not an awful experience, just nothing remarkable in any way.

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Photo of bluejacket74
1.58/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

24 ounce can, best by date of May 9, 2011 printed on the bottom. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear straw gold color with a half inch white head. Not much of any head retention or lacing. Aroma is very, very weak, but I can smell some corn and grain. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also a slight metallic taste noticable. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's thin and a bit watery with decent carbonation. Overall I just don't like this brew. Even for the style of beer this is, it's not one of the better adjunct lagers out there. It was a chore just to finish the can. For $1.39, I think I paid too much for this.

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Photo of KtotheC123
2.29/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The appearance is just like any other tasteless Busch beer, the smell is horrible and the taste is like drinking beer that has gone bad for like ten years. overall this beer tastes like dirt mixed with carbonated water. It seems like it was only brewed for underage drinkers and homeless people who just want to get drunk. PLEASE AVOID THIS BEER. Sam Adams and Fat Tire is where it is at!!!

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Photo of guitarsnbeer
1.81/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

16oz can into my wheat glass. Poured about a half inch of froth that slowed faded into a thin lace.

This Icehouse is almost ice cold and there is still smells I wish were muted. Stale corn syrup and alcohal it is pretty bad.

Bad taste...almost nothing which would have been nice until a second later when a strong disgusting bite of alcohal came and stayed.

Watered down as to be expected, thin-bodied.

Not to drinkable. there is better cheap beer out there, but you get what you pay for.

I had picked up this a week or two ago while I was out and wanted more beer, 6 16 oz. for 4.75. Saw the last one in my fridge and figured I would review it while I had the chance(b/c I wont be buying this again).

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Photo of JayS2629
2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Thin, watery pale straw yellow with foamy head. Surprisingly the retention is good and lacing is descent.

S- Musty, wet corn and grain

T- Harsh, watery, hints of corn and grain

M- Watery and thin and overcarbonated.

D- Harsh and watery. Musty and not enjoyable.

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Photo of larrytm56
3.7/5  rDev +62.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good drinking beer. It looks and smells very average has a nice flavor, and drinks well. The higher alchohol content adds to its allure. I would drink it again for sure. It is not watery like most american beers. Wish they carried it at our golf course I would drink more.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.13/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A second purchase on a rare visit to the tall boy section of the local market. 24 oz. can poured into a pint glass, this puppy pours a light and clear straw with a bit of a carbonation boil. Half an inch of foam sticks around for a bit longer than expected and stirs back up when asked.

Nose has a bit of malt and a bit of corn. No hops or negative metallic notes though still quite light. Check that, there is a hint of hop as the beer warms. Taste is spritzy and with a slight corn sweetness which turns into a background of orange on an otherwise dry finish. This beer reminds me a lot of High Life as for its bloodlines, slightly stronger and drier by design.

Feel is in stride with the smell and taste, a touch of citrusy grain helping it along. Fairly good drinkability given the lack of challenges and decidedly better than that Beer 30 I had last night.

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Photo of hardy008
1.11/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Reviewed from notes.

Pale yellow color with a small white head with poor retention and no lacing. Smells like cooked grain and corn. Not much going on with the aroma.

Tastes like watery cooked grain and corn. A little bit of skunk, and a bit of a metallic taste.

Thin and watery mouthfeel, too much carbonation, harsh to drink. A terrible beer, and a drain pour.

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Photo of camaro76
1.82/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a pint glass. This beer looks like every other macro lager, but even lighter and more watery. Foamed up nicely, left no swirling. Not much of a smell, but what is there is slightly floral, mostly corn. Tasted like metal and corn. Not much beer taste at all, but a metallic unpleasant after taste. This isn't the worst beer I have ever tried, but it is certainly bottom tier.

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Icehouse from Miller Brewing Co.
2.28 out of 5 based on 1,241 ratings.
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