Lost Lake Ice
Melanie Brewing Company

Lost Lake IceLost Lake Ice
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Melanie Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
American Adjunct Lager
2.55 | pDev: 27.06%
Aug 07, 2021
Oct 17, 2010
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

2.06/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25
Can nabbed as part of a sixer in Tulsa, Oklahoma...sixer ran me $3.99 USD.

"Naturally brewed pilsner beer."

Saccharine and buttery with a corn-driven sweetness and syrupy 6-row malt (or, rather, dried malt extract or some sort of malt syrup). Sticky. Off-putting in both taste and texture...a real miss of a beer.

Not even close to a pilsner; I think they just threw the word pilsner on the label as some sort of a marketing ploy. This drinks like a budget adjunct lager at best and tends more towards a malt liquor. When it comes to budget lagers, I'll take watery over syrupy all day, and this is squarely in the latter camp.

Easily one of the worst beers I've tried this year, and I say that drinking it ice cold as my first beer after 12 hours of sweaty work outside in Oklahoma's Summer heat.

Aug 07, 2021
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Reviewed by Skywave from Oklahoma

2.81/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Pours to a generous head that goes away completely. Brilliant light gold. Aroma is very weak--what is there is sweet bready grains. Flavor is also not very strong. It has some sweetness to it due to lack of hops. I can taste and smell the alcohol. Feels a bit slick. For the price, you got about what you paid for. The newer version of Icehouse has more %abv bang for the buck and tastes slightly better.
Jul 29, 2017
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Reviewed by tone77 from Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of light grains, not much going on. Taste is mild, light grains, some malts, nothing offensive, but lacking in flavor. Feels medium/light in the mouth and overall, at this price point, not bad, but I wouldn't recommend it.
Nov 23, 2015
Rated: 2.85 by kguyty from Missouri

May 13, 2015
Rated: 1.42 by Beer-Zombie from Oregon

May 09, 2015
Rated: 1.64 by ahuey333 from Wisconsin

Aug 14, 2014
Rated: 3 by stealth from Minnesota

Apr 01, 2014
Rated: 2.25 by Carl_R from Oklahoma

Jul 20, 2013
Rated: 1.25 by MammothTarantula from Colorado

Apr 06, 2012
Rated: 3 by gio540 from Wisconsin

Dec 03, 2011
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Reviewed by WIBeerGuy from Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
This is my favorite "fall back beer" for a number of reasons-

1. At 5.15 a twelver I can always afford the backup [and that's at a high priced local market]
2. The 5.6 is both refreshing and strong
3. The transition from a NB Tripel [for example]
is pretty seamless...I appreciate that.
4. It's a local brew and I've met the owner pouring free samples at local supermarkets [even scored a hat]
Feb 11, 2011
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

2.61/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
The CANQuest (TM) has had a number of CANs on hold while I aligned my bottle numbers, but now I'm back in the saddle atop the high horse that I rode in on, for a lovely mixed metaphor.

Previous reviewers mentioned the CAN's verbiage: "Naturally Brewed Pilsner Beer" and I am a bit dubious my dang self.

The Crack & Glug went off without a hitch, leaving me with just better than a finger of rapidly falling bone-white head. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was slightly vegetal with an underlying lager sweetness. Pretty much the standard for the style. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a big sugary sweetness on the tongue. I have no idea how they achieved this, but it would be hangover-inducing in quantity. I am only having one for entertainment purposes, however, so I should land feet-first. Finish had a strange tartness, totally unexpected, and not really welcomed, either. I would look elsewhere, even at this pricepoint.
Jan 12, 2011
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Reviewed by fizzy from Minnesota

3.46/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I have never hesitated to admit that I am a sucker for cheap beer. Heck, I grew of age during the years of the "3 cases x $7.50" returnables beer. Some of the cheap ones were made by the same plant that Lost Lake is now made by.
Lost Lake, either Lite, Regular, or the Ice is a lawnmower type beer. Each has the same general taste with a slight twist. No different with the Ice that I am reviewing.

The color is darker than their standard "Pilsner", I don't wish to defame the word "Pilsner", but that is what they call it. Darker sometimes means Malt Liquor-UGH, but in this case they are right on the line.
Smell- HUH?
Taste- like I say, right on the Malt Liquor line, any more lean to the Malt Liquor side and I would not buy again.
Mouthfeel- well, if you do a mouthwash test it still comes up as beer.
Drinkability- well at $9.99/case it has remarkable drinkability. I would go back to the standard "Pilsner" or Lite.

I am just glad that somebody still makes a drinkable beer for $10.00/case. I love the Summit offering and will always chose it at a bar or supper club. But the Lost Lake offering is great for general backyard use.
Opps, forgot to add, at 5.6% it will deliver a buzz ahead of the competition.
Oct 20, 2010
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Reviewed by Chaz from Minnesota

3.05/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Pours a clear golden-straw in color, topped with a white head of average duration and exhibiting minimal lacing.

Nose is reasonably clean, with a sweetish malt-focused character. This is by no means as clean or crisp as a Pilsner*, and is in fact more than a bit vegetal. No hop presence.

Sweet, smooth, and medium full-bodied on the first sip, with rather broad notes of corn. Very minimal bitterness throughout, and just enough to balance the sweetness, and sturdy strength of this beer.

Mouthfeel is definitely better than average, even as this warms -- although admittedly, very few Craft Beer fans will sit still long enough for this one to get warm!

Drinkability is average for the style . . .

This one is worth a try for a budget-priced American beer which straddles the fine line between Malt Liquor and Ice Beer.

*The copy on the can reads "Naturally brewed Pilsner beer", but this is far from any of that style's associated sub-styles, and is much, much more in line with traditional Malt Liquor. As such, Lost Lake Ice is not a bad beer, and is also priced reasonably-well.
Oct 17, 2010
Lost Lake Ice from Melanie Brewing Company
Beer rating: 72 out of 100 with 14 ratings