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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-29-2001

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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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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 ElCommodoro
3.54/5  rDev +55.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smell is of old man beer: old wet grains. I don't know what it looks like because I drank it straight out of the can.
It tasted just like it smelled. It had a very nice old man beer flavour. That classic "bad beer" taste. It may have been a little over the top and it was surprisingly bad to pair with hot dogs, probably because it was a bit too boozy for that. But it really wasn't too bad. The taste might have been a little too "bold," but often times I like that in an adjunct lager. I don't know why this is rated so badly. It's got a good, classic taste to it. It's not tasteless or overly carbonated or starch or chemically. It just tastes like a good strong, old fashioned beer. Like an adjunct lager should. Decent stuff. Very...decent.

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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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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 BeerNoobNC
1.72/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Buy this beer all the time in 24-packs from the grocery store due to its higher alcohol content and very cheap price (usually the cheapest).

The beer is similar to any of this style by these major companies. It sucks. You have to drink it ice cold or you'll want to vomit from the horrible taste. That is, what little taste there is. It's sad when the little taste there is in a watered down beer is not even good.

My friends always give me a hard time for getting this compared to their "light" versions of beers, but in my opinion, they all suck, so I just go for the cheapest and most alcoholic, when I'm doing that kind of thing. It might take some getting used to, but it's definitely a good choice in those situations. Otherwise, there should be no reason to even consider drinking this beer. Any other style of beer is better than these American macro-brews.

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Photo of vandemonian
2.64/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Milwaukee's Best Ice is cheap, tasteless lager. It is not unpleasant and an excellent beer to buy when you want to get drunk.

A: Very clear pale straw and a good 1 cm head that lasts decently (maybe because the glass was kinda dirty). 4

S: Sour apple and grain. 2.5

T: Syruppy corn and dust. Maybe a little sour tang. No flavour, but not unpleasant either. 2.5

M: Syruppy with a little fizz. 3

O: 2.5

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Photo of BierFan
2.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 40 ounce bottle into a 1 liter mug.

This beer has an absolutely fantastic head in a giant mug. Honey colored clear body. Head retention is decent. Adjuncts in the smell and taste derail what was shaping up to be a good experience. Smells very slightly skunked. Pale malts and an odd sweetness in the aftertaste, probably from adjuncts. Mouthfeel would be better with a little more carbonation, but that's not that big of a deal.

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Photo of beerwolf77
2.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

16 oz can poured into a tulip. Which makes me laugh.

A: Crystal clear golden yellow. Huge white head nearly escapes the glass. Soapy lace left behind.

S: Sweet pale malt, corn, grass, moderate hint of alcohol. Touch of butter.

T: Not a whole lot of flavor. Skunky acrid hops, sweet corn and earthy grass.

M: Light and thin body. Loads of carbonation.

O: It is what it is.

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Photo of olimpia84
1.53/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pretty common beer at college parties. Bland appearance with a piss pale yellow color with little to no smell of corn.

Taste is bland as well, with a metallic carbonated feel and watery aftertaste. This is a favorite among college students because of its relatively high alcohol content that gets you drunk rather quickly. In the event that you are brave enough and decide to try this make sure you drink it cold and quickly because like other cheap beers it has an horrible taste and feel when it's warm.

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Photo of barrenbane
2.14/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: transluscent and golden -- typical for American macro lagers. Slightly darker than a typical AAL. Loads of carbonation.

S: nearly intolerable. Slight sweetness from the alcohol and loads of corn. I wonder if this was brewed exclusively with corn.

T: slightly sweet and extremely corny. Very metallic and bitter. I would not drink this sober.

M: somewhat thick for its style, but more watery than craft brews. The carbonation aids in choking down this brew.

This was my staple beer as an underage drinker. It was cheap and got you smashed. I guess it serves a purpose, although there are other ice beers that have a smoother, more tolerable flavor.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Straw yellow, fizzy white head, ample but short-lived.

S: Smells tinny and adjunct with corn, very little else.

T/M: Tastes like seltzer water tainted with malts. The inevitable sixth beer tastes only like seltzer water.

It is what it is and it gets the job done. The job being inebriation.

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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 LaymanReviews
2.68/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Milwaukee's Beast is a great beer if you just want to play a ton of beer pong on the cheap and get hammered at the same time. When I first started drinking, this was my favorite beer. These can be drank fast fairly easily and they'll send you on your way when you wrap up a twelve pack.

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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 keeganfrank
3.84/5  rDev +68.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ah, the Yeti. Perfect for the times when it's all about becoming intoxicated as cheaply as possible. The kind of beer that should only be consumed from large containers. Aromas of crisp grass and sweet vegetables. Sometimes it has a sweet, malty flavor; sometimes it tastes dry and grainy; sometimes it tastes like candy. There's usually a slight metallic aftertaste. It never tastes bad, though. I reach for the Beast Ice whenever the urge arises to sit on my porch and drink a 40 on a hot afternoon.

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Photo of dakeynr
3.94/5  rDev +72.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To me, tastes like a Milwaukee's Best concentrated. And I like Milwaukee's Best sometimes. Hell, I like most beers, sometimes. (Most. Not all.) This is a good beer.

Serve this one cold, very cold. Kind of sweet taste, typical of a lager that approaches this level of alcohol. A bit of alcohol on the tongue. But not overpowering.

It will go with any food you choose. Burgers and Dogs? Check. Spaghetti? Pizza? Wings? Check, check Check! Cheese??? Check!

The same cannot be said for a Guinness, say, or that hoppy IPA, or that sour lambic or the thick and tasty stout. They all have their place and time. But for the all around go with for any occasion, this is very good.

At nearly 6% ABV, this may not be the best session beer for some.

I recommend trying it. What the hell? You don't have much to lose, and you might just find an overlooked gem - to your taste buds anyway. And who cares what any body else tastebuds say?

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
1.87/5  rDev -18%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

My father drinks this shit like water so I finally grabbed a sip and found out what she is all about. Pours that typical yellow straw color with a thick white head and no lacing. Smells of corn and some grain. Tastes grainy and musty, with a little sweetcorn in there. Mouthfeel is average with a heavy carbonation. Overall it isn't the worst thing ever.

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Photo of lwillitz
2.83/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12-oz can poured into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - An aggressive pour left a 3-finger foamy white head--very bubbly and frothy. Some lacing as head diminished. Beer is golden-yellow in color--typical AAL color. A few bubbles of carbonation rise through the beer every now and then.

S - A very strong smell of sweet malt reached my nose the moment I popped the can--sort of a musty scent with perhaps a hint of corn. Good smell, but nothing special.

T - Like the smell, very grainy. In fact, the taste follows the smell quite closely. Musty, corny, malty flavor. Not at all complex.

M - Light-bodied and low carbonation.

D - Not much of a beer overall, but good for a tight budget. I would drink it in a pinch during a Carolina Panthers game, but certainly not while watching the Packers in the playoffs.

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Photo of birdypowder
2.84/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Milwaukee's Best Ice is a drinkable lager that neither excels or fails at anything. It's decent beer when taken in the macro lager context.

Sparkling clear, pale gold in color, big frothy white head that fades after a minute or so, good beading and decent lacing. When first poured into my glass it's very attractive

Some alcohol and cooked corn aromas with very faint hops which I might just be imagining.

A very clean palate with minimal malt and hop contributions. A bit grainy with some sweetness towards the end right before the dry clean finish

light bodied with active carbonation

Drinkability is decent, excitement is missing

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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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