Milwaukee's Best Ice | Miller Brewing Co.

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Milwaukee's Best IceMilwaukee's Best Ice

Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-29-2001

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1.5/5  rDev -27.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
1.86/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

holy cow, its been a really long time since i had one of these, and now i know why! truly one of the worst beers on the planet, i dont know how people slug these every day after work, different times we live in now i guess. this is almost rancid to me, metallic and watery and chemical all at once, without hardly a trace of real malt in the aroma, and more can than beer to me. i actually do get some lager yeast in the flavor, but thats really the only beer component that is on display at all here. corny watered down base, synthetic tasting to me, and with a bizarrely exposed alcohol content for a beer that really isnt that strong by craft standards. tin and paper and rubbing alcohol, barely even palatable to me, and when it warms up a little bit, oh god, its downright nasty! this beer is about getting a buzz and nothing more, i understand the necessity budget beer, but this is really rough even by those measures. i dont mind the regular best, but the best ice is about as bad as beer gets... avoid at all costs!

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1.75/5  rDev -15.9%

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2/5  rDev -3.8%

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1/5  rDev -51.9%

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2.25/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
2.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of kojevergas
2.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

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2.25/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of mothman
2.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

"Ice brewed for a crisp, bold taste"

Poured into new belgium globe glass... no pints available.

Pours a 1/2 finger thin white head that fizzles down quickly. No lacing. Color is a little darker then the normal clear golden yellow.

Aroma is of corn and grain. Stronger smell then most American macros. Taste is similar, but it has a bit of skunk to it as well.

Mouthfeel is way to crisp and overcarbonated. However, it leaves a somewhat clean aftertaste.

Overall, a typical macro. Something college kids are more likely to get because of the ice (5.9%). Nothing I'd every buy.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.18/5  rDev +52.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation and faint medium golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy white head that quickly reduces to a large patch of mottled thin film surrounded by a very thin film covering the reminder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to heavy amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of grainy malt and corn adjuncts with a light aroma of grassy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of grainy malts with corn and rice adjuncts. That is followed by light flavors of grassy hops which imparts a light amount of bitterness which fades away quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp

O: This was much better than I was expecting with an easy to drink light overall flavor and aroma - alcohol was well hidden and it was more enjoyable than I remembered it from my college days. Not a beer that I will be running out to get again but not bad.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.13/5  rDev +50.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

What can be said here that's not already known? Perhaps only that it's a little bit better than might be expected.

It pours a crystal-clear gold body beneath a good-sized head of bright white foam that holds surprisingly well. Steady streams of tiny bubbled carbonation help to buoy the head; and it even leaves some minor splotches of lace about the glass.

The nose is clean, if not particularly fresh or enticing, with a generic malt and hop combination that doesn't really display either one or the other.

In the mouth it's a bit fizzy, with a delicately effervescent carbonation and medium body.

The flavor is not far from what the nose suggest, but there is a little more malt than you might expect. It's pretty well balanced by a firm bitterness, and it's certainly not sweet like a malt liquor. The generic hops return though, only lending a smear of muddled flavor where there could be so much more to give it interest. And the alcohol is noticeable, which is odd, as it's only 5.9% by volume.

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Photo of chinchill
2.48/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can served in a goblet.

Fizzy amber body with a quickly vanishing head.

Very light body with prickly carbonation.

Aroma: faint and lightly sweet

Flavor: light hops and minimal malts with an aftertaste of corn.

O: drinkable; i.e., a bit better than expected.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: A very pale gold color. Very think white head, but fades quickly and leaves a think uneven lace on the glass.

S: Honestly, I really can't smell much of anything. A little bit of alcohol & malt maybe.

T: A hard corn malt taste hits you in the taste, almost burnt, but given the style it's not that bad. No after-taste, which can be a good thing or a bad thing. I'll consider it a good thing in this case. Who really wants an after-taste in a macro?

M: It's smooth for a macro and finishes decently.

D: I'll give this beer a good score in this category simply because this style is made to be drinkable. However, comparing it to other macros, I still consider it quite "poundable". Given the alcohol content, the drinkability of a light beer and the low price, it's the perfect buzz-maintainer once you’re too hammered to care about what you taste.

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1.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of woodychandler
1.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I really CAN't believe that I still have not reviewed this beer! CAN you? I have been on a mission for a while now to review CANned beers and here is yet another entry.

I kept getting a finger's worth of rocky, bone-white head, but the retention was so poor that it kept collapsing like a souffle with someone banging the oven door shut. Nose had an odd scent, not really lager-like, but more sharp with alcohol than subdued. I do not mean to make it sound "hot", however. Instead, it was simply more alcohol-forward. Mouthfeel was medium with a very light flavor. I wish that I could quantify that better, but it was simply a light, fluffy flavor that had all of the impact of a marshmallow on a trampoline on my taste buds. The finish was equally light and airy. Let's call this damning with faint praise.

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1.8/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

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1.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.28/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This review is one half of Macro Smackdown XV, another in my never-ending series of head-to-heads pitting one macro lager against another. Generally speaking, I prefer Pabst products to Miller products, but we'll see if Milwaukee's Best Ice turns the tables and really is the 'Best'. My can of Old Milwaukee Ice includes the tagline ' It doesn't get any better than this!', so it looks like they're both ready to rumble.

Lucent goldenrod, just like the other beer. I might as well have poured from the same can into two different glasses because these two look more identical than any two beers in MacSmack history. The caps are off-white and have a soft creaminess that one doesn't usually see in a macro lager. There's quite a bit of attractive lace as well.

I think I like OMI's nose better, although it isn't enough of a difference for different scores to be granted. This nose is almost a carbon copy of the other one, but is a little more tinny and a little less hoppy. Still though, it isn't as bad as I'd feared.

MBI is a trifle less sweet, but is still sweet compared to most non-ice lagers. The flavor profile is a variation on the Old Milwaukee Ice theme rather than being a completely different beast. It's odd, but both beers seem to be losing flavor as they warm, not gaining it. Maybe it's just the dulling of my taste buds after so many rapidly repeated samples of similar, less than stellar beer.

I might as well repeat the mouthfeel description that I entered for Old Milwaukee Ice since this one is exactly the same: light with a minimal finishing slickness and a lower than usual bubble load. Nothing offensive, but nothing to get excited about either.

Milwaukee's Best Ice has nothing to be ashamed of. Well... maybe it does, but not in the context of this hard-fought competition it doesn't. Although it falls just a wee bit short in the flavor department, it's a beer that I could see myself drinking in a pinch. Ice-cold of course. Not a bad showing Miller. Your beer is still clearly superior to most of what comes out of St. Louis.

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Photo of Jason
3.27/5  rDev +57.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good clear pale apperance with some lace, clean aroma with a hint of alcohol. Quite crisp with a light body, thin on the malt with extremely faint hops. Alcohol shows that it is there as there is not much to hind behind. Not too bad for an ice beer at $5.99 at 12-pack its a bargin.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

So he goes for another mixed sixer of the best of the worst from the grocery store this weekend. I grabbed six more "gems" and did my best to get them all down. served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/22/2010.

another gem i picked up at publix today. i never thought i would walk out with the selection of cans that i did, lol. pours out the hazy golden light color that i would expect which quickly clears up and leaves just the light carbonation an little head on top that settle down very quickly.

just a small dose of corn and grain here, that is about it, nothing really seperating it from anything else. crisp, clean feel which actually went down better then i thought it would. small, very small dose of hops could be picked up in the finish but that was about it.

overall not the worst one at all, i actually could see someone drinking this, maybe, possibly.

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2/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of tdm168
2.63/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale, clear yellow with a thin layer of soft, white head that hangs around for a while. The nose is grainy with a very, very faint grassy hop aroma. The flavor is light and grainy with a very faint bitter finish. The mouthfeel is light and smooth with a decent amount of carbonation.

I'm not entirely sure how I drank so much of this in college. It's not awful, but it's not good. I wouldn't make a habit of picking this up.

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1.75/5  rDev -15.9%

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1/5  rDev -51.9%

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