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 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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Icehouse from Miller Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 2.04 out of 5 with 1,259 ratings