Brew City Ice | Melanie Brewing Company

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Brew City IceBrew City Ice

Brewed by:
Melanie Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TastyTaste on 04-18-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This review is part of Macro Smackdown XI, another in my never-ending (please let it end!) series of death matches between the... uh... less agreeable denizens of the beer world. This can of Brew City Ice, which most have probably never heard of, will be going up against a plastic bottle of MGD, one of the more ubiquitous beers in this country. May the least bad man win.

Bold gold, slightly darker and rich looking than its competitor. There's less carbonation and the head doesn't look quite as nice as a result. It's more dingy white, is softer, falls more quickly and leaves less lace; in fact, it leaves the glass almost untouched. Clear victory to MGD in the opening round.

While it isn't all that aromatic, BCI's nose is vastly different from the AML norm. It isn't very grain-like at all and is fruit estery more than anything else; pleasantly so. MGD's nose is full of coarse grain and somewhat gamey smelling hops. I like it less and less the more times I stick my nose over the glass.

Brew City Ice is actually okay beer. It's far from great, but shines pretty brightly when stacked up against MGD. The flavor is as subtle as the nose and as gently fruity. Grain and hops are at a minimum and a wee taste of alcohol is apparent on the finish. This beer has more than a passing resemblance to a low-ABV, sessionable malt liquor. Round three to the Iceman.

The body/mouthfeel is light without being watery and is moderately carbonated. That sentence applies to both competitors and for the first time in this contest, there's no clear winner. No one really drinks macro lagers for the mouthfeel anyway, so I don't suppose it matters much. Come to think of it, why do people drink macro lagers?

So David took on Goliath and David won. Brew City Ice, despite being an unheralded beer from an unheralded brewery, faced down 'mighty' MGD and emerged victorious. I don't mean to demean Melanie Brewing Company, but I continue to be amazed that any old brewery under the sun can trouce BMC while playing by their style rules. This one wasn't even close.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.48/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale straw with pristine clarity. Fizzy three finger head reduces swiftly and leaves a few specs of lacing. Mostly clean aroma; adjuncts, mild ester and a whiff of brewer's yeast. Cereal grain sweetness upfront, followed by a faint tropical fruit flavor that is nearly concealed by apple ester. Blank aftertaste, only slightly drying- hints of stale hops. Light body and medium carbonation make a lightly crisp mouthfeel, perfectly suitable for an ice beer. Finishes clean and drinkable, with only traces of adjunct and weak ester. One of the better Ice beer I have found, and it only cost $2.50 a six-pack---perhaps because it was mis-labeled as "BIG City Ice"?

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Photo of Frozensoul327
2.79/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nothing special here... Poured out to a clear golden color with a soft drink like head (bubbled down to nothing after 15 seconds). Smell was good for a cheap brew, with odors of hops, malt, and some alcohol. Flavor was they typical Ice-macro bland taste with a slight twist; corn, alcohol and some malt flavors were detected. Better than most brews. Weak, water-like mouthfeel. This is a cheap quantity over quality beer. For being a cheap, macro made Ice beer, it's not bad. But that doesn't mean it's good either...

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Photo of ffboooboo
2.6/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance- Transparent dark yellow, white bubbly head when poured aggressively, the head fades quickly, constant bubbles from the bottom.

Smell-not much slight sweetness.

Taste- a lot of flavors I can’t describe their not offensive, the alcohol can be tasted behind a tart flavor.

Mouthfeel-thin watery that leaves the mouth very dry.

Drinkability-This would not be my first choice, but I would drink this over many others. A good buy at $.99 a 24 oz can

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.06/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From the brewery that brought you such great beers as M-X, The Cat Ice, and Evil Eye comes Brew City Ice. $8.99 a case in Hager City, WI (I was on the way back from a New Glarus run in Ellsworth). Pours a standard gold color, with a standard white head that settles at about 1/4". Smell is straight graininess and corn. Taste is very dry and grainy, not a lot of decent malt, and the hops are hidden behind off flavors and alcohol. OK carbonation. All in all this is not the wors beer I have had for $9 a case, but definitely not very good.

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Brew City Ice from Melanie Brewing Company
2.72 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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