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Mickey's Ice | Miller Brewing Co.

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2.39/5
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109 Ratings
Mickey's IceMickey's Ice
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
millercoors.com

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-14-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,720
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
109
pDev:
30.96%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
8
Trade:
0
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Photo of woodychandler
2.53/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this as a Want for a while until my local, in-person trader, tone77, came through like a champ! More precisely, I wanted it in the CAN for The CANQuest (tm), my ongoing attempt to drink & review every CANned beer in existence. Today is M, 14 March 2016.

From the CAN: "Ice Brewed Ale". Hmmm.

It was a pleasantly loud Crack! & so I CANducted an inverted Glug until the foaming action got a tad out of CANtrol. Backing off, I watched as it quickly reduced from two-plus fizzy, foamy fingers of bone-white head to just one and then it evinced good retention. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like we were getting the silage prepared to slop the pigs! Rancid, crappy corn and lots of it, thrown into a silo to rot, ferment & turn into a slush fit only for the hogs. Now, don't get me wrong. I like Fritos Corn Chips, I enjoy corn chowder, I look forward to fresh corn on the cob & corn bread & shrimp 'n' grits is one of my favorite southern meals. That said, I do NOT like corn as an adjunct in my beer! Mouthfeel was medium. The taste hearkened back to the early days of The CANQuest (tm), when just about EVERY beer in a CAN was an AAL. Ugh. I get that corn is a cheap way to extend the malt bill, but the imparted taste is not like any corn that I prefer to put in my maw. Cooked, sweet and unfit for human CANsumption pretty much sums it up. Finish was sweet, but do not mistake it for sweet corn, which is good. This was lousy.

This is currently on my "Wants" list and it will remain there because I want it in a CAN. I am trying to bump up my bottle numbers to (at least) 400 so that I may re-dedicate myself to The CANQuest (TM) without the feeling of guilt that I seem to be experiencing lately. Guilt, hah!

I will say this for the AALs - they are pretty. I got a solid finger of rocky, bone-white head with good retention from my pour. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-plus quality clarity. Just beautiful to look at and a razzberry to Greg Koch and his "Fizzy yellow beer is for sissies" act. I am a visual guy as evidence by my Film Studies certificate and my lifelong love of reading. I like to look and watch and I will not apologize for it. Nose smelled like the interior of a silo at the end of the season - fermented corn sweetness overlaying a grapey quality. Ooof. I wonder if high fructose corn syrup might have been one of the adjuncts used in its production. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a fairly innocuous lager sweetness in the mouth. It really was not as bad as the nose led me to expect. I have had MUCH worse, believe me. Finish was slightly dry and still pretty bland, overall. Call that damning with faint praise.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.2/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

The beer that got Chuck Liddell knocked out. A darker yellow than expected, no head, lacing, seriously why bother? Aroma is of alcohol and a bit of dumpster when collectors are on strike.

Hot, hot alcohol head in this one. Horrible aftertaste. I really can't hang with this one. Gets warm and gets even worse. It's cheap I guess, it has that going for it. Blech.

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Photo of troobie
3.96/5  rDev +65.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Mickey's Ice (brewed ale [LOL]) is a much better version of Mickey's. Another example of the "ice" process actually improving the base beer. It's worth nothing that Mickey's Ice doesn't have the rough edges that almost all macro ice lagers have, even the smooth ones like Keystone Ice and Milwaukee's Best Ice.

As always, reviewed within the style.

A: I'm honestly not going to pour this out of the 24 oz. can. Sorry. I've had it from 40's a few times and I can tell you that it foams up, a lot. That seems typical for SAB-Miller malt liquors as Steel Reserve does the same thing.

S: Smell is definitely better than regular Mickey's, which has that old man-sweat socks-PBR smell. Surprisingly boozy for only 5.8% ABV. Strong alcohol and metallic smell. While it isn't horribly inviting, it isn't off-putting either and that says a lot in this price range.

T: The best description I've ever encountered for the taste of Mickey's Ice is that it resembles beer mixed with salty butter. I swear that this beer will leave your lips salty. It is a slightly stronger tasting Mickey's without the sharp edges. Finishes with no aftertaste. This just dies on its way out. Seriously salty.

M: Mickey's Ice has an amazing mouthfeel to it, one of the best in my opinion. The carbonation comes on strong then fades to a creaminess. Sharp, then smooth. Very enjoyable. Reminds me of a slightly creamier Icehouse, which is another Miller product with an enjoyable mouthfeel.

O: This is one of the most drinkable beers I've ever come across. There is a great balance between alcohol %, taste, and mouthfeel.

This beer is a favorite of mine when traveling. It is good for unwinding in the hotel room but won't leave you feeling like crap in the morning.

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Photo of colts9016
3.11/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is another beer in my series of trying adjunct lagers. Poured into a nonic at 35 degrees.

Appearance: A two finger white foamy bubbly head that has some retention. The color of the beer is a medium amber with copper hues. The clarity of the beer is clear to brilliant. There is a lot of carbonation in the beer, its typically for this style. The head is leaving lacing on the glass.

Nose: A mild corn and malt aroma. There is a subtle apple note and a light corn sweetness. In the background of the beer there are light floral and lemon hints.

Taste: A subtle corn/rice flavor. There is some cloying malt amongst the corn/rice flavor. There are notes of apples, floral, lemon, and corn sweetness. The mouthfeel of the beer is slightly flat, with some astringent dryness.

Overall: The body of the beer is light and so is the finish. Surprisingly this adjunct lager fits its style really well, therefore its going to get a decent rating. The flavors aren't bad and its easily drinkable.

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Photo of Lacesoutcody
3.7/5  rDev +54.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drank from a 32oz bottle.

A: I do not drink this from the glass and never will, I'm guessing a palled yellow.

S: Non-existent, maybe a little corn or roasted malt.

T: A raunchy mix of corn and malts, with a little sugar thrown in to pass through.

M: Wonderful, smooth and like water.

D: It is one of the best. A great choice for malt liquor and something that you need to experience I highly recommend it, even if you're a beer snob and drain pour it. That probably means you've gone to far and need to enjoy the big mac to an filet mignon.

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Photo of tpd975
2.23/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

mark thanks for killing me with this one.

A: Pours a clear pale yellow with a tall foamy head. Good retention, moving on.

S: Aromas of corn, bread, and crackers. Very grainy.

T: a corny watery fizzy mess of a concoction.

M: Light fizzy meh.

D: About as drinkable as a horrible beer can be.

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Photo of erz316
1.5/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I guess is the sheer volume of micky's was enough this iced beer should do the trick. god, why have I set out on the bad beer pilgrimage?! let me go back to my sweet belgians and my robust stouts! I have a hard time distinguishing between all this garbage: head? yeah, considering im pouring this directly down into a glass. body? this this is ephemeral. skip this and go for olde english if your pressed for money.

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Photo of Bookseeb
2.73/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is a straw color with a quick dissipating crisp head. Smell has a very light adjunct grain to it. Taste is very light for an ice beer again with the adjuct graininess. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. Being watered down it makes for a great warm weather ice beer that will quench with moderate alchohol.

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Photo of tone77
3.21/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a green 40 oz. bottle. Has a very pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of corn and malts. Taste is just like it smells, malts and corn. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of DookDrinkyCrow
3.3/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Crisp Clear Amber
S: Grainy Adjunct hops
T: Light lagery
M: light with a small amount of carbonation

Mickey's Ice is okay beer. I have been drinking this 40 for years. The 40 oz has a big following and i consider myself part of it. You can grab a 32 of this for under 2 dollars, and makes a great sippin, swillin, [email protected]#$tin brew.

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Photo of rye726
1.18/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Quite unenjoyable indeed. Pours a clear yellow with a weak white head. Nose has corn, rice and hop extract. Taste isn't much better. Quite bitter with some old grassy flavors. Thin body is hard to drink. I may have to say this is worst than the original Mickey's.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
2.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Mickey's ice? Ice brewed ale stated on label. 5.8% alcohol.

A- Poured in to a long pilsner glass that ended in a junk load of foam that was like an aggravated soda in a can. Mild straw yellow similar to others of this nature.

S- Very light corn , barley , and metal.

T- The same as smell just even more obvious metallic tastes with light corn hints, but for a ice Adjunct beer I could handle one of these on a warm day.

M-D- Mouthfeel upfront is a mildly carbonated burst with a slightly slick oil feeling on the tongue after inital drink.

So so but not the worst by far, but far from the best... cheers

rev. 07/22/11

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Photo of tbeck
2.23/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, pale golden yellow. Very little head, but what head is there is white. Suprisingly it smells like malt liquor. A lot of cereal grains in the aroma and taste. Also a very metallic taste. Average texture, not thin or chewy. Taste was not pleasant and not recommended for a session beer.

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Photo of Floydster
2.61/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

24 ounce can from a 7-11 near my apartment

Poured into a frosted mug

Like most ice beers, i did not find this better than the regular brew

They call it a lager, but I did not really taste that, more of a malt liquor like its predecessor

Taste was not that great, but it did last long

Packs a punch, so amoderate amount can be drank

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Photo of matty
3.35/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Your everyday run of the mill brew. Normal pale yellow coloring,good taste with just a pinch of sweetness.Nothing bad to say,although this taste duplicates that of a lot of domestic beers.It's probably worth try there's just nothing special about it that will jump out at you.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This pours from 22oz bottle(best by 06 18 07) a very lively and clear medium gold with a smallish head of foam. That soon shrinks to an island in the middle with a little lacing.

The smell has that typical big brewery nose to it. Sweet malt, maybe a bit of corn.

The taste has a mix of sweet malt, corn and some harsh hop bitterness that starts in the background and ends up in the finish...not a very good aftertaste with this one but thankfully, it's not long lasting. Right about midway through, the flavours really fall flat and it becomes very watery in body. I like the regular Mickey's more....I can't recommend this at all.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

bought a single 16 oz can on a whim

poured in to a pint glass, yellow gold color with a medium white head, fair amount of lacing.

smells like malt and corn

tatse isn't horrible, can't taste the alcohol and taste some malts.

again, not horrible, but it doesn't really make me want more.

I'm not a big fan of ice beers and I won't buy this again.

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Photo of Redrover
3.13/5  rDev +31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mickey’s Ice from a 16 oz can.

Beer pours a light yellow with a fairly massive and dense head. Not a bad looker.

The smell is of adjuncts/grains. Smells like an amped up High Life with all that corn. Still no foul or off odors.

Taste is sweet and grainy. Slight, almost metallic bitterness late. Not much else springs to mind. Nothing harsh and the 5.8% is well integrated as I don't pick up any alcohol. Maybe my expectations were low, but this was better than expected.

The beer has aggressive carbonation. This works well with the beer and compensates for a slightly thin mouth.

Drinkable for what it is. I would have another.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.31/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

"Ice Ice Baby!"

--Robert Matthew Van Winkle (a.k.a. Vanilla Ice)


What better day to do Macro Smackdown XIII, a head to head beatdown between two ice beers, than a day that is... let's see... 0 degrees with a -18 wind chill. I have no idea what an 'ice beer' is or how it differs from any other macro lager. A little more alcohol is the only difference as far as I can tell. Let's see how they stack up.

Mickey's Ice is pale amber, which is still a shade darker than the extremely pale amber of Keystone. The cap is an attractive shade of off-white, not dingy in the least, and is much nicer looking on this beer. It has a creamy, sticky texture and is laying down a surprising amount of lace. I'm surprised and pleased.

The nose is on the mildly pleasant side; considering the style of course. It's grain-like with a modest whiff of musky hoppiness. It's also wildly different from the nose on the other beer. I like this one better.

This is simple beer. It's also inoffensive beer, which puts it well ahead of most macro lagers. The flavor profile consists of barley malt, and at least one adjunct I'll bet, as well as the same musky hops noted in the nose. For some reason, I don't like it as well as I thought I would (relatively speaking) after having smelled it. No worries Miller, I just drank a mouthful of Keystone Ice and the MacSmack XIII crown is yours in a runaway.

The mouthfeel is light without being overly watery and holds up fairly well throughout the mouthful. The carbonation is neither too much, nor too little. A fat lot of good that does when the beer isn't otherwise pleasing in the mouth. Finally, a dead heat.

Mickey's Ice is okay beer. I'm always pleased when I find an AML that's drinkable. Not that I'd ever buy it again, but it's always nice to know in case the pickings are especially slim. Even though it's far from wonderful, it had no difficulty slapping the snot out of its impressively nasty competitor. Mickey's is further proof that, as far as I'm concerned, 'M' is the clear superior of both 'B' and 'C' when it comes to beer of this general style.

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Photo of Drew966
2.48/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Mickey's Ice pours a typical macro yellow with a white head from a green thirty two ounce bottle. Nasty smell, adjunct dominated by corn. Taste is a bit on the sweet side, dominated by adjunct flavors. Okay as far as this type of beer goes, but not worth going out of your way for.

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Photo of ski271
3.02/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium-pale gold with a small, white, foamy head that diminished to a light film within a minute or two of being poured. Smells of weak grain and lots of corn. Hardly any detectable hops. More of the same in the taste, with a little apple. It has a medium-light body, lightly oily texture and moderate-low carbonation. Of course this beer isn’t very good, but when you’re slumming it, you can do a lot worse than this. Not terrible and not offensive, a rarety among ultra-cheapos.

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Photo of nota
2.53/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really don't know what this ice brewed ale on bottle is all about when BA list it as a macro lager and all of you call it a malt liquor...anyway I digress. As it turns out this was not as bad as I was expecting, but not saying it was good either. Pours yellow in color and very heavily carbonated. Sweet malt , corn and vegetable like grassy celery was my impresstion on the taste. I did taste a hint of alcohol at finish. I really would not of been able to drink more that the 40 oz I had.

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Photo of KoG
1.36/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Looks promising in a sort of ugly way. Not horrible, but still fizzy and yellow.

Smell is, umm... I thinnk wet barn describes it as acurately as possible. Hay and Corn mixed with horse.

Tastes like a barn too!! Put some corn syrup on a horse, lick it off, and VOILA! Mickey's Ice. Left a weird syrupy coating on my tongue. It was all I could to to choke it down, even cold it was awful...

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.12/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Listed as an "Ice Brewed Ale" on the bottle, for what it's worth. I drank it straight from the 40 bottle. Really not too bad, when compared with other 40's. Taste is fiarly non-offensive, and skunk free. Does have a taste of adjuncts, which the alcohol goes a long way to cover up. I did wake up with a hangover the morning after a couple of these, but overall they are good for the price.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.18/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Light, hazy yellow with some good carbonation and a decent head that left a little lacing. This doesn’t look half bad.

Smell – Yes, it’s grain and alcohol, but the grain smells kind of smooth and I’d swear there was a hop or two in there.

Taste – Not bad, actually. Not good, but the grain isn’t offensive and is smooth. The finish is cheap candy sugar but it is not raunchy like most malt liquors.

Mouthfeel – I felt that this was the ale’s strong point. The overall smoothness, big(ger) body (not medium but well better than most other MLs), and somewhat dry character made this bearable.

Drinkability – One of the few MLs that will stay out of my sink. Good job, Miller.

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Mickey's Ice from Miller Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 2.39 out of 5 with 109 ratings
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