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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-19-2001

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Photo of rdunigan
2.66/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass.
I have only had Icehouse once before, about 8 years ago, from a keg at a Halloween party at the University of Toledo. Obviously I had come to this party armed with some Natty Light...So i really don't remember "tasting" the Icehouse. Anyways I was at Krogers today and noticed a 6pack for $4.29. Thought i might be nostalgic. To be honest....i have had worse. Its for sure got that grainy, corn taste but you could do worse. I can kick back, and drink a 6 of this, get a good buzz and thats bout it. For the price...i recommend it. Goes down pretty smooth. If you can afford better...no need to bother.

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Photo of greenmonstah
2.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - It looks like an American Adjunct Lager. Yellow with a white head and lots of carbonation.

S - It smells like an American Adjunct Lager. Clean and sterile, with corn aroma.

T - It tastes like an American Adjunct Lager. Clean and corny with a metallic tingle.

M - It is a Light bodied Lager. Active carbonation. Finishes a bit dry, surprising me.

O - Perfect representation of the the style. On the other hand it is terrible. Considering every beer in this style is a perfect representation of this style, I'll give it a 2 and tell you to avoid it. Not bad for a cheap drunk, though!

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Photo of Chiefy770
2.2/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served from a can and poured into a Pilsner glass.

A: Clean golden appearance. Long-lasting white foam tops it off. Very bubbly.

S: Fairly skunky with a good presence of that metallic scent from the can.

T: The taste is not complex. A good deal of hops but no wheat or malt flavors come through.

M: Heavy carbonation. Makes the mouth water but quickly dries up.

Overall this beer is just below mediocre. There is nothing special. It is easy to throw a handful of these back on a hot day but this is not a beer that I personally would spend money on.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.46/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

24oz canned behemoth from another last stop before the Canadian border Yankee gas station, in order to best get rid of my last (below par) American pocket change...

This beer pours a perfectly clear pale yellow colour, with two fingers of thin foamy white head, which leaves a surprisingly attractive columnar array of lace around the glass as it quickly fades away. It smells of diacetyl central - mildly rancid buttery cheap cereal grain, some earthy, weedy character the only distraction. The taste is still pretty cloying in its thankfully underwhelming buttery malt, taking time only to pay homage to some equally sedate skanky, weedy hops. The carbonation is pretty meh, but generally none too obtrusive, the body medium weight for the style, under duress from a lack of any otherwise uplifting metaphor. It finishes off-dry, the dry very much off, in the same sense of the sweet offset. Blech.

Well, apparently the beer Ice Wars that spanned the 49th parallel back in the 90s have left some stragglers - no surprise there. What we have here is, then, a remnant of a bygone era, out of place, but not out of our collective consciousness. Bloody hell.

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Photo of DrainBamage
2.88/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden color with super thick head that eventually thins to a lace. Standard putrid adjunct aromas. Goes down smooth, like water a hint a bitterness in the back of the throat with a little bit of that ice beer alcohol flavor. Overall this beer is standard adjunct crap, but if your into ice beers, this is one of the better ones.

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Photo of outlawstar102
3.05/5  rDev +49.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is not all that bad, not great by any stretch of the imagination, but if money was an issue and I was looking to buy a 12 pack of something cheap, i wouldn't mind getting this. Or if I went to a friend's house and this was my only option to drink, I would not hold it against my friend. It is a drinkable beer but it does have a little bit of a bitter taste to it.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
2.41/5  rDev +18.1%
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 +15.7%
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 +33.8%
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 +6.4%
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 +57.4%
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 +45.1%
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 +25%
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 +45.6%
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 +18.1%
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 +68.6%
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 +47.1%
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 +19.1%
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 +79.9%
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 +47.1%
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 +50%
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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Icehouse from Miller Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 2.04 out of 5 with 1,251 ratings
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