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): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
ABV increased from 5.9 to 6.9 in 2016.

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Photo of mothman
2.18/5  rDev -4.4%
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 NeroFiddled
3.13/5  rDev +37.3%
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 +8.8%
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 -4.4%
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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Photo of dbrauneis
3.18/5  rDev +39.5%
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 BuckeyeNation
2.28/5  rDev 0%
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 mikesgroove
2.38/5  rDev +4.4%
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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Photo of Jason
3.27/5  rDev +43.4%
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 woodychandler
1.99/5  rDev -12.7%
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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Photo of WVbeergeek
1.28/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

The label states Ice brewed from th finest quality malted barley, selected grains and choicest hops. pours a honey bright golden hue with a large overly carbonated white head dwindles as quick as it rises. Lacing is left behind thin and scant. Aromatics smells like beer, grainy offness slightly metallics. A blend of pale malts and assorted grains ie corn and rice. Not much alcohol on the nose even thought it's an ice brew it comes out at 5.9% just under the legal limit of some of the archaic states with beer laws like WV. Flavor unremarkable but yet a horrible chemical metallic offness comes across the palate with DME sweetness after a few sips I'm certain I'm not going to finish off a whole 24oz can. I will not waste anymore vibrant liver cells on this beer, drain pour. Mouthfeel is thin watery textured with carbonation so high it makes it hard to swallow, shitty industrial beer at it's worst. Drinkability terrible.

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Photo of tdm168
2.63/5  rDev +15.4%
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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Photo of jwc215
3/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours straw yellow with a fizzy loud head.

The smell is of cereal, some grain - inoffensive.

The taste is of sweet cereal with a hint of alcohol. There is a crisp dryness balancing the sweetness in the finish. Pretty bland, but, again - inoffensive, and actually better than expected for a cheap macro brew (not much more though.

It is light-bodied, and no more or less fizzy than most other macros.

Per style, this is not a bad brew. Not too good either - just middle of the road. Good enough for a cheap lawnmower beer with a bit of a kick, if that's what you're looking for.

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Photo of Tone
2.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, pale yellow with short head and no retention or lacing. Smells of an adjunct lager. Definitely fits the style, as sad as that is. Crisp feel with low carbonation. Weak body and tastes mostly of adjunct. Overall, not a beer for anything but getting smashed.

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Photo of Wasatch
2.03/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clean/clear yellow color, nice carbonation, a surprising two-finger white foamy head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is slightly malty, with some grain/rice notes. The taste is slightly sweet, slightly malty, ricy/grainy. Light Body. Overall not bad, for a hot day would not be too bad, but would not buy again.

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Photo of tone77
2.98/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 24 oz. can. Has a gold color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, some corn, not a lot there. Taste is crisp with some notes of corn, not a whole lot of flavor. Feels light in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this makes for a mediocre beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.14/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Beast Ice

Poured from a 40oz bottle into a large mug. The color is golden yellow. Perfect clarity. Well retaining white froth leaving lace. Looks ok.

Smells of graininess and extractives of malt. Actually smells like the cheap beer found in solo cups at beer pong events. In the flavor, mostly flavorless with bland malt sweetness, spent hops, and veggies. For the most part it is inoffensive, with only mild off flavors. Remains mostly flavorless, with most flavors either bland or not tasty .

Watery feel, light bodied, slick. Leaves a poor after taste.

Overall, this is not something I can recommend, flavorless iced lager.

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

Poured from a 24oz can into a Pilsner glass.

Beast Ice was my unemployment-era beer of choice many, many years ago. I'm glad to finally be revisiting it in this setting.

Appearance: like regular Beast, this beer is a plain, not particularly natural yellow color without a nice golden or straw hue. The head and effervescence are actually quite nice, though, and style-appropriate.

Smell: boring grain and a little plastic quality. Not good, but not particularly offensive either. These beers can get a lot more plastic-ey and they can certainly have the cooked corn thing going on -- which I'm glad to say Beast Ice does not. So not good, but could be a lot worse.

Taste: mildly sweet malt flavor with a tiny bit of plastic. Hops aren't evident at all. That said, this is actually tastier than regular Beast. I'm somewhat pleasantly surprised.

Mouthfeel: light body which is just heavy enough not to be watery. Mouthfeel is fizzy and refreshing. Almost insipid, but again, could be a lot worse.

Overall: this is far from a good beer, and even pretty far from a decent macro lager. That said, it's surprisingly a lot better than its brother, Milwaukee's Best Premium. And at 5.9%, I can see now why it was my unemployment beer of choice all those years ago.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.09/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the 24 fl. oz. can AUG0910-CO8011731. I sampled it on August 29, 2010 so I don't know if this can is expired or freshly brewed.The pour is full of bubbly carbonation with a well-filtered pale yellow and a quick lasting fizzy white head the disappears with a poof after a few seconds. Unlike many Miller-brewed macros this one is clearly missing the metallic, grain alcohol scent. In fact I found the aroma to be a mildly enticing mashed maltiness full of fresh-cut hay and grapefruit. The taste also has a better than expected maltiness with a slight hoppiness around the edges. I rate it a bit better than the current average.

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Photo of clayrock81
2.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ahh...the Beast. For what it cost many a cans were devoured by myself and my roomies back in the day. Of the cheap ice beers this one isn't that bad. It has that pale yellow pee look and that bad grainy smell. But the taste improves after the first few sips (perhaps there is rubbing alcohol in there and it sterilizes the tongue) and the body is almost medium. There are some malts and sweet notes of rice and corn to taste, which is surprising for a cheap American macro ice. I wouldn't drink this again if it were offered to me (even if it made me appear rude) but it is not a horrible pickup.

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Photo of beertunes
2.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clean, clear yellow with a fluffy white head that dissipated at about the same rate as a 7-Up. A slightly sweet scent is what is most noticeable. The taste was unremarkable and just short of nasty. The body was thin and watery. Drinkability was, lets just say, difficult. But still this beer was better than the Granville Island Pumpkin Beer.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.04/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Bright yellow, 1/2" white head, retention sucks. Lots of boozy alcohol in the aroma, sweet corn, metal.

Taste is hot alcohol, bitterness is substantial actually despite almost no hop flavors. Has lots of flavor, just not the ideal kind. If you're drinking this, you want cheap, alcohol.

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Photo of bluejacket74
2.29/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

24 ounce can, best by June 13, 2011. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear gold color with about an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is sweet malt, cooked corn and some grain. It's a weak aroma, not much to it at all. Taste is similar to the aroma (however the taste isn't weak), but there's also a slight metallic taste that I notice. With that being said, it doesn't taste awful. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's a bit watery with a decent amount of carbonation. Drinkability is a little below average. I don't think it's a horrible beer, but it's certainly not good, either. For $1.19 a can, I can't really complain at all. If I wanted something cheap to drink just to get drunk with, Beast Ice isn't a bad choice.

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Photo of TX-Badger
1/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a clear light gold color with white head. Cereal grains and a little skunk on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied for an ice beer. Finishes with boozy grain.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.27/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Can't knock the appearance, seems almost vibrant gold with a pristine white head with little bubbles, although it does 86 itself pretty quickly. Fusel alcohol or just rubbing alcohol aroma and grainy cereal like corn chex aroma don't earn it much respect.

Hop aspect is almost nonexistant, as seems to be the desire in these ice adjuncts, keep that price down and the alcohol up. Did have a larger corn and malt profile than most, maybe the icing of the beer gets rid of enough water content to make an ice beer or two actually not like alcohol water. Don't get me wrong, its not like this is worth falling over, but it isn't watery at least. Lots of carbonation.

Can't help but feel like the metallic aftertase is imparted by the can. Probably still leans above average for an ice adjunct though.

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Photo of BMMillsy
1.32/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Beast ice. Is what it is. This one pours from the frat house's keg light golden copper (darker than the light) and lots of foam on top. Aroma is heavy skunk and stale corn. Flavor goes on the pattern with solid Skunky Beast with extra skunk flavor. Blah. Not worth drinking to tick, but had to be sure to tick all my college mistakes.

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