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 MichaelProcton
2.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Upgraded to full review 10/9/16. Served out of a 16-oz. can into goblet. Ultra-clear golden hue that seems almost apple-juice tinged. A good frothy head disappears very, very quickly to leave a thin trace. Smell very corn-y/vegetal, but there are some malts on the nose as well. Taste is very, very skunky. The alcohol notes are pretty subtle...until they're not. Mouthfeel isn't as slick/oily as some in this beer neighborhood, but still nothing that would bring you back. I guess you could do one of these if you're looking for something with alcohol that they sell at the gas station, as I was last night around 1 AM.

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Photo of JayTime
3.3/5  rDev +44.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I don't understand the piss poor ratings for this. Tastewise this beer is pretty decent. It tastes like a mixture of miller light and malt liquor, and as an ice brew thats practically what it is. There is a strong grain and corn taste to it, but its not offensive. Don't let it get warm though or you will get some bad tastes. Carbonation is a bit high for my taste, but not absurd. For what it is it's pretty good and I find myself actually enjoying them.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.06/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Milwaukee's Best Ice Brewed by the Miller. This brew has an Abv of 5.9. This beer pours out of the can a nice amber color with a white head. The taste is that of an American style lager and malt liquor. It is right in the middle of the two. The beer goes down ok for being a higher abv, than other brews on the market. Nothing bad but nothing special . Overall I give this brew a 3 out of 5.

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Photo of Beric
3.16/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Serving: 32oz can poured into snifters
Served: 7 February 2014

Appearance: Crystal clear pale yellow with just a faint hint of golden depth. Soapy white head on top. Good lacing.

Smell: Clean, nothing off-putting about it. Simple "beer" smell with some corny sweetness to it.

Taste: Much like the smell, this one tastes like one would expect for an AAL. Not cloyingly sweet but also not picking up any of the strange earthiness I also sometimes get in AALs. Not half bad for what it is.

Mouthfeel: Light and bubbly, just as one would expect.

Overall: Overall, this beer is certainly nothing to write home about. It's a party beer, for sure- a cheap option that you can buy massive quantities of for little money. I got a 32oz can for $1.70 and used it to wash down eight chili cheese dogs. It did it's job, and in a great way. I would certainly consider this for a college kegger.

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Photo of ChiChi
2.73/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A reviewer before me typed it best, "A good cheap, get drunk kinda beer" Many friends of mine call it the "Hangover Central Beer" I don't know if they are recalling college mornings or they are just closet alcoholics that drink till they pass out, but I've never experienced this from this beer.

Before the basics, I will say out of all the Milwaukee's, (reg, light, ice) The Ice is the best for flavor's sake because it's the smoothest. I don't know why. I drink beer, not brew it.

With that said, semi-sharp hop smell, bitey but smooth hoppy mouthfeel. No tracing in my glass when I poured it out of a can. Appearance is a boring typical gold color, (doesn't bother me though)

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Photo of MarkSmith86
3/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ive got to give this credit, its cheap and it cuts to the point. at 5.9%abv its kinda noticable but goes down good. you can smell the grains/malt and the hint of alcohol. head is soapy and leaves decent lacing?!?! i know lacing? really. i will give it a full swallow beer in my honest opinion. It will get you where you want to go.

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Photo of yeastlovehoppiness_greg
2.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

This beer was surprisingly good for a cheap get drunk kinda beer. It has a clear amber red appearance. there is a this malt smell. It has a malty taste with a dry aftertaste. It is slightly skunky at the end. It goes down pretty hard since it is pretty volatile.

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Photo of SerialTicker
2.11/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Oct2813 on the bottom. Didn't bother pouring this.

Meh. The alcohol can sort of be smelled and tasted, even though this beer is at 5.9%, which, as we craft drinkers know, really isn't that high at all. It's subtle, but there. The flavor is really sweet... sweeter than most AAL's I've had. Really gets cloying as I drink more and more, actually. Corn syrupy, to be honest. Sure the ABV's a bit higher, but not THAT high. The feel is really carbonated with a foaminess.

I've had worse, but not much worse. The corniness seems to come out of this more than other AAL's I've had. The trace of alcohol in the flavor/aroma confuses me. The flavor is too heavy on the corn. At $1.49 for a 24oz can it's what you'd expect... shitty quality, but it IS pretty drinkable. Probably wouldn't bother with this one again... though I will say that the price is hard to beat for the ABV. I'd rather have this over a Bud Light or mostly any other light beer, for sure.

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Photo of gtp537
1.58/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

For the price, you can't really go wrong. Very clear appearance, nominal aroma, with the faintest hint of malt and alcohol. A very crisp taste, you can taste the alcohol, which for an ice beer, I suppose you are hoping for. A classic drink of the college elite.

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Photo of bbluemzbeer
3.3/5  rDev +44.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer is not bad for the price.
Appreance: clear pale apperance some lacing
Smell has a clean aroma some small amount of alcohol.
TAste : prett crisp with a light body some hops. Alcohol comes up on your tongue. It is not bad for an ice beer at $6.99 at 12-pack but does not up to par stick with Trader Joes cheap beer.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
1.88/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

24 fl oz. can, with best by date on bottom best before July 22, 2013. Another American adjunct lager from Miller, so I pretty much know what to expect, but I'm going in as unbiased as possible.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours the typical clear golden colored lager we all know and expect, with about one finger of audibly sizzling fizzy white head, which disappears within seconds. No lacing.

S - Has that classic Miller smell that I've come to expect now also. Chemically treated corn and corn husk, stale dusty malts, and old man sweat. Hint of artificial sweetness.

T - Grainy, chemically treated corn and malts. Carbonation. Touch of sweetness. Tastes pretty damn similar to a Miller Lite, if you ask me. Noticeably more crisp and appley, though. Not sickeningly sweet with any medicinal cough syrup like taste either, which is a good thing also.

M - Feel is pretty neutral, no real action happening. Clean enough, smooth, and crisp on the tongue. Doesn't deviate much from a Miller Lite, except smoother and less bloating.

Overall, we all know the territory this beer lies in. To give it credit, it is probably the best American adjunct lager I've had from Miller yet. Inoffensive, but pretty boring. A nice palate cleanser, and a decent alcohol delivery vehicle at 5.90% abv.

Miller Milwaukee's Best Ice ---2/5

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Photo of fmccormi
2.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Straight pour from a 40oz screw-top bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip—because otherwise I wouldn’t even be trying, and what’s the fun in that? Might as well give it a fighting chance. Freshness date of February 25, 2013 printed in yellow ink on the shoulder of the bottle (“FEB2513 C08040818”).

Appearance (4.5): Three fingers of bone-white head rise easily off of the pour, showing some crackly, fat bubbles. Surprisingly, this shows some really good rentention and the lacing is just fucking baller—nice webs, lots of clumps all over. Body is a pale, sunshiney yellow and crystal clear.

Smell (2.0): Sweet corn, some white bread, and the aroma of puffed rice cereal like Rice Krispies. It’s not unpleasant, but it’s just simply lacking in body and character. All very light, crisp, pale, and watery. Not terrible, probably below average for the style.

Taste (1.75): A bit of pale malt character like water crackers or common crackers, along with some cooked vegetables, are the most prominent notes here. Some cabbage water, but watered down, if that’s possible. Hops? Hops? No hops. Tiny bit of apple juice sweetness comes through from underneath. Not exactly offensive, but really unremarkable.

Mouthfeel (2.0): Light and fizzy, with soft carbonation—a soft tingle here and there, and just watery and swishy. Refreshing, I suppose. Underwhelming.

Overall (2.5): It’s a light-bodied, underpowered AAL. What did you expect, going into it? I certainly didn’t have high expectations but frankly was blown away by the appearance, if nothing else. Everything else was unimpressive, at best. RIDE THE BEAST.

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Photo of Wildcatz69
2.77/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I have to say this was the go to cheap beer for me.
The appearance of beast ice was seldom seen, but when poured into a glass it forms a decent head and is dark yellow.
The smell is of straw and whatever container it has been in, and alcohol.
Taste is rough on first drink, then becomes rather easy to swallow after carbonation subsides, especially in can that is semi-warm.
When drinking this beast of a beer, beware, your mouth will love to hate you, bring tic-tacs.
Overall this beer is great to get drunk and have a party with, campfire, or just by yourself watching UK dominate at bball!

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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 DavoleBomb
1.79/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a pils glass from a 24 oz. can.

3.5 A: Clear dark yellow color. Two and a half fingers of frothy white head. Retention isn't too bad and a decent amount of lacing is left.

2.0 S: After having Beast Light, this is a hell of a lot more potent. Usually, bad being more potent equals worse, but I like this one more. It smells less like rice somehow and while it doesn't do much, it does stimulate a few more receptors in my nose. Very faint graininess.

1.5 T: The taste, however, is repulsive. It has no "beer taste" to it. Rather, it just tastes like polluted rice water. Again a light graininess.

2.0 M: Lighter medium body. Carbonation level is reasonable. Not a lot of creaminess though. Heavy on the tongue.

1.5 D: Bad fucking taste.

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Photo of Diz0915
4.51/5  rDev +97.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I don't think this beer has a poor taste to it like others have said.
It's really true that it gets a bad review because of it's "cheap" price before anyone has ever even tried it. I actually had a friend with me once and we had $20 between the two of us and the goal of the night was to get drunk on that $20.
I grabbed a 30 pack of this for $12 (Oklahoma) and he looked at me like I was bat $hit crazy and said "Are you kidding me? That is disgusting!?" So, I asked him if he had tried it and he said that if it is cheaper than Keystone, it's basically a biohazard.

And then he tried it.. changed his tune and said that it wasn't bad for a cheap drunk and that it was cost-efficient.

Therefore: Try It.

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Photo of AllisonWunderland
3.4/5  rDev +49.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

It's 5.9% alcohol and always ON SALE ! ! !

More body than most of the American piss water in a can, it's definitely got the run-of-the-mill commercial canned beer beat to death. As has been noted herein, it's a redneck beer, the one to drink when you're having more than one . . . in the safe company of a designated driver.

The 16 oz can (5.9% alcohol) six pack goes on sale all the time, $5.79 plus deposit. Do the math. That's less than a buck per pint.

You can drink it straight out of the can, but it tastes better in a chilled mug. Goes well with the appropriate red-neck food: Pizza, ribs, chicken, chili, chips, pretzels, pepperoni.

Yes, as a matter of fact, I do understand brewing, but there are times when you want cheap beer and lots of it -- like at keg parties.

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Photo of touchofsandusky
3.78/5  rDev +65.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First of all, don't listen to most people. To really appreciate any beer, you really need to have a long-term commitment.

Firstly, this is not a "premium" beer. It's economical. Think about it; a 12-pack for $5.99. TWELVE BEERS. SIX DOLLARS.

Not only is it twelve beers for six dollars, it's 5.9%!

This is the go-to beer for rednecks (at least in my area), and there is a dang good reason for this. It's cheap, it's effective (in terms of getting drunk) and it's readily available at any local gas station or convenience store. This is NOT the beer for someone who drinks beer for flavor... which I've never quite understood myself, but that's besides the point. Anyone who -really- drinks knows that beers that taste good usually come with a headache or indegestion. Milwaukees Best is what I would consider the BEST beer because it's cheap, readily available, has high alcohol percentage, and doesn't taste like pee in a can. It's very drinkable, and very economical. Good for shotguns, or for mooching bros or beer bong.

Bottom line is, the people that give this beer BAD reviews won't know what their missing until it's gone. Sure, I enjoy a "good" tasting beer occasionally... but I don't want the BEST to dissappear because a bunch of reviewers felt like talking smack about a beer that they didn't even understand. It's good, potent, and CHEAP. And it doesn't taste too bad either. I just mentioned FOUR positive things, and there is no disputing any of them. Keep this on the market, and I'll keep buying it. I only drink the BEST.

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Photo of netrioter
2.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not as good as alot of ice beers....ill leave it at that.

$5.99 for a 12 pack of cans on sale at Krogers here in Durham NC

average ice beer with a nasty aftertaste if you let it warm up...Miller Lite Ice was much better but seems to be replaced by this.

Its good to buy if youre having people you dont like over that forgot to byob or the alcohound bros are over and you dont want to spend a fortune as the provider of beer for the has enough alcohol to kick their asses and leave them with a hangover bad enough to make them think twice before they mess with the Beast again....unless theyre hardcore bastards...then they probably drink this on the reg.

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Photo of BeerCan-noiseur
3.82/5  rDev +67.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a nice can of beer. Very distinctive. It has a good head and good carbonation. Is it Guinness? No. Is there a better beer you can buy for 50 cents a can? No. Does it fit the parameters? Yes. 5.9% alcohol and 144 calories. It's like drinking two beers for one. Two cans of light beer are about 150 calories and will probably run you about $1.50 and you'll still only get about 6.0% alcohol total. If you buy the 30 pack it'll last you a month. I'm disappointed that othe reviewers don't see the value of this beer.

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Photo of papat444
2.47/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz. can.

Appearance: Ginger ale yellow color body with a surprisingly large head.

Smell: Weird, not natural aroma really and actually smells like ice.

Taste: Taste of mild tropical fruit along with corn.

Mouthfeel: Crisp feel but blink and the feel is gone.

Overall: Could do worse but also could do better.

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Photo of troobie
3.91/5  rDev +71.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beast Ice, your number-one choice in beers nicknamed "The Beast."

Reviewed within the macro ice beer style! Compared to other macro ice lagers.

A: Lighter color than expected. Depending on the background, color ranges from amber to gold. I expected darker for some reason. Leaves a finger of foam after a soft pour that turns into a solid ring with patchy foam in the center. Some modest lacing. Yes, lacing.

S: Typical Miller product with an emphasis on corn, creamed corn, and corn on the cob. Metallic bitterness, alcohol, hay, and green tea. Somewhat inviting for the style.

T: Once again, typical Miller product. I swear that everything Miller brews is just a variation of one beer. Corn, metallic, grain. Really not much there outside of the sweet/sour thing. Sweet up front but bitterness chimes in quickly and lasts throughout. Bitterness does serve to balance the beer and keep it from becoming cloying. Think "drinkability." "Old man beer" is not something that I seek out in the taste department but it works for MBI.

M: The most enjoyable thing about this beer. Medium-high carbonation. There is a creaminess that helps to dull the taste and make it more palatable. Slick and somewhat substantial. To me it's almost chewy. I'd say MBI is unique among ice beers in having such a substantial mouthfeel.

O: I'm no stranger to ice beers. I regularly enjoy Icehouse, Bud Ice, Busch Ice, Natural Ice, and Keystone Ice. I've had many more including Molson Ice, Genessee Ice, and Mickey's Ice. Milwaukee's Best Ice is unique in that it specializes in that classic "old man beer" flavor (think PBR, Old Milwaukee, Grain Belt, and Utica Club.) I used to dislike Beast Ice but now I buy it at least once per month. If you drink ice beers this is worth throwing into your rotation. Until a few years ago it was consistently $5.59 for a 12 pack. I believe it has gone up to at least $6.59. There are no pretenses here, this is meant to be affordable.

For the record, I believe that Miller changed the recipe on this beer when they switched to the current label circa 2010. I emailed Miller and they said there was no change, but other beers of the same ilk have left the same impression on me in similar circumstances.

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Photo of jimmah120
2.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

24oz can into hourglass

Look is pale yellow with one stream of rising bubbles, small sudsy head. Smell is almost non-existant. I have to strain to pick up some metallic corn. Taste is corn and grain at first, followed by alcohol and a sickly-sweet 'ice' flavor. Kinda like steel reserve mixed with rubber. Not altogether unpleasant, but not enjoyable either.

Not sure what the appeal of this one is; it seems like it should have a higher ABV. Still, I finished the can..

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Photo of Raime
2.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Me and 2 of my friends were recently sitting around having a slow night so we decide to go on over to the good ole liquor store and pick up a 30 pack of this for only $14. So we all crack one open, With no smell to speak of, A decent taste, along with a decent mouthfeel. As we tear through the 30 pack we all start to get drunk...At a fast pace. If there is one thing this beer is good at it is getting people SMASHED. Seriously, a 30 pack of this could get 6 or 7 lightweights smashed off of their ass. No, It isn't particularly good tasting, But I'm not a beer snob. Pick up a few cases for a party of 15, And I can guarantee you that everybody will be wasted by the time it is gone.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
2.48/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

OK looking but not great, a little white head with some lacing topped a clear, light yellow, fizzy brew.

Smell is quite grainy and a little grassy, without a whole lot else going on, other than perhaps a touch of sweetness.

Taste is sweet, grainy, with a little grass and basically zero hops.

Body is light, well carbonated, with a slick, sweet aftertaste.

Overall it's not my fav for the cheep lager category. Amongst Milwalkee's best brands, I prefer the light. It's funny to even have a preference on this sort of beer, but hey, back in the day we drank a lot of this stuff. It's good for what it's good for, cheep beer, very cheep. This one is fine in that respect.

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Milwaukee's Best Ice from Miller Brewing Co.
2.28 out of 5 based on 645 ratings.
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