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 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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Photo of digitalflood
2.93/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears pale yellow with high amount of carbonation. Head thick upon pour and dwindles to thin white fuzz. Translucent color suggests lower specific gravity.

Smells like a mix of light roasted corn and wheat barley. Malty overtones. Overall clean smell with no hops or spice present. Slight alcohol smell.

Tastes fairly clean with a light mouthfeel. The colder the better to enhance crisp nature of overall mix of malt and barley. Very low hops taste. Alcohol heavy aftertaste fairly consistent with American style Ice Beers. There are hints of corn and wheat with a subtle nutty undertone when swirled against palate. Best sipped and enjoyed in moderation. Good whether from can or from glass. Glasses will "lighten" the taste and enhance drinkability at the same time. Cans will enhance the taste and give the appearance of more alcohol, but lower drinkability. Slight warming effect present due to above average ABV compared to other domestics at this price point (5.9%).

Mouthfeel is lighter than normal. Watery in nature, but not offensive. Water and alcohol clearly dominate over other ingredients, but this adds more edge to the over feel and aftertaste than other domestics. Despite high amount of carbonation this doesn't translate into any sensible effect in mouthfeel.

Drinkability is high. Fairly light and crisp, with bold aftertaste. Good Summer brew because of light nature or late Winter brew because of warming effect. I consistently choose this as my everyday beer because despite its overall middle of the road rating, the character and taste of the beer are fairly enjoyable throughout the year and make a good end of the day wind down drink. The price is fairly low (~$7USD for 12 pack) making it a good value beverage for those on a budget.

Nicknamed "The Beast" because of its slightly higher than normal ABV, Milwaukee's Best Ice has been the beer of choice for college students because of its bang for the buck ABV, but when taken in moderation there is a regular everyday drinkable beer that can be appreciated. I've more than once had naysayers retaste the beer in a more mature and sophisticated environment only to be surprised on how well it tastes compared to other mass market US domestics.

Don't get me wrong, this not a premium brew by any means; but it is both a good "sharing beer" and a good drinking for the heck of it beer while tooling around the house doing chores or unwinding at the end of a long day.

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Photo of dogfishandi
2.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

24 oz can right out of the ICE cold fridge, poured into my giant 24 oz mug. JUN 13 11 on bottom of the can. on the side of this can it also says ALE (?)

pours out a super clear golden pale yellow color with a huge billowy pure white head that actually hung around for awhile (surprise?). bits of sticky lace as well.

the aroma is rather off putting, smells oddly enough like dryer sheets, very mettallic with some cooked corn.

the taste is dominated by cooked corn, mettallic aluminum with just a hint of dryer sheet. some slight acidity and a hint of apples towards the finish.

watery light mouthfeel. a bit over carbonated, but crisp and refreshing.

it goes down very easy, but i definatly wouldnt want another...ever. tastes so similar to practically every adjunct lager.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
2.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

24 oz can. Fresh-by date clearly stamped on bottom of can.

Pours a super-clear, pale golden yellow. Many fast carb trailers and a small-bubbled white head (soon a coating) that *gasp* sticks to the glass! Looks above average, imo. Not much as far as aromas go. Some huskness and a bit of green bitterness. Taste is pretty much the same, some sour, green apple-like qualities sit on top of a light grain base. Finishes sour and medicinal, but it's not too extraordinary. Feel is a bit carbonated, thin, and astringent. Drinkability a notch below average. "Bleh" beer, but my 24 oz can was $0.99!

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Photo of OhYesILoveBeer
2.9/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Milwaukee's BEAST Ice from a 12oz can into 16oz pint. Pours light golden, pretty much just like any other BMC adjunct, small foamy head that recedes rather quickly, minimal lacing left behind. Smells lightly of steamed vegetables, grains, slightly corny, and a small hint of alcohol. Tastes fairly decent with notes of sweet malt, grains and once again steamed veggies. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, I find this to be a great lawnmowing beer on a hot day. Overall Ive always liked this beer, considering the price of $15.49, availability, and reputation. I have alot of pricey brews in my cellar, but I always keep a few 30 case's of this around for good measure!

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Photo of buschbeer
1.46/5  rDev -36%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I poured into a pint glass to two inches of white head. This beer is straw colored. The smell is sweet and grassy. The taste is sweet up front and finishes with a bitter alcohol taste. It is very watery. This is just a bad, bad beer. Under no circumstances will I purchase this beer again. I've been dreading it since I had the lapse in judgement and bought it.

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2.28 out of 5 based on 645 ratings.
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