I.C. Light
Pittsburgh Brewing Co.

I.C. LightI.C. Light
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Style:
Lager - Light
Ranked #229
ABV:
4.15%
Score:
62
Ranked #49,702
Avg:
2.51 | pDev: 30.28%
Reviews:
94
Ratings:
247
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Pittsburgh Brewing Co.
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
62
Poor
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Gingervites

5/5  rDev +99.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is Pittsburgh in a can. It perfectly embodies the hardworking, blue-collar essence that is Pittsburgh. Brewed with blood, sweat, tears and just a hint of smog, this beer has a delicate taste that takes you back to the glory days of J&L Steel. For only $20 for a 30 rack, you’re doing yourself a disservice by not enjoying this godly nectar.

Oct 26, 2019
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daliandragon from Maryland

2.42/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I was delighted to find a twenty four ounce single can of this at Giant Eagle while in Pittsburgh for a concert last weekend. The fact that it had all the different Pirate logos from year's past all over it made it even better. The can was pretty cheap as well. Making things greater still, there was beer inside the can as a bonus. It was light and mostly tasteless and fine. It may of also have been less filling, at least that was the rumor I had heard.

Jul 15, 2019
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

A blast from the past, was never one I drank on a regular basis, only from time to time. Never really liked it much, bland and unremarkable. Not quite poor, but barely above it.

May 07, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

2.79/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

This one pours a light and distinctive piss yellow, with a small fizzy head and not much lacing.

The aroma is basically nothing, which is not surprising.

This is your typical low end light lager, nothing more and nothing less. It's kind of just sweet and corny, with a light bitterness. There's no discernible flaws, but really nothing to speak of as well.

This is very light bodied, and very watery, but ultimately pretty drinkable.

There's not much to report here. There are better light lagers, but there also certainly much worse light lagers.

Aug 06, 2018
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Classless_Drinker76 from Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev +49.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obviously this beer will not hold up to the likes of any craft beer, but for what it is, it is quite good. For under $20 a rack its a good deal. Perfect for parties or tailgates. I have to admit I am a bit biased being from Pittsburgh, but even so I swear this is a much better beer than bud light or miller lite. If you ever find yourself in Western PA be sure to give this one a try.

Feb 06, 2018
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Tone from Missouri

3.49/5  rDev +39%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of yeast, slight citrus hops, hint of caramel malt, and a hint of piney hops. Fits the style of a Light Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of yeast, slight citrus hops, hint of caramel malt, corn, and a hint of piney hops. Overall, good feel, decent aroma, appearance, and body.

Jul 09, 2017
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davisrs from Pennsylvania

1.62/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Comparing only NA beers, BUD Light and Miller Lite, not my favorite Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.
Color was golden straw, far better than Bud Light!
There was NO aroma, no head, no carbonation
There was a nice malt flavor, but I could detect no hops flavor.

NOTE: I may have a stock of older beer, because it says brewed by Iron City Brewing Company, Latrobe, PA and the label is all Black except for the Gold IC and white LIGHT.

Jun 24, 2017
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mclugnut from Maryland

3.6/5  rDev +43.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - slightly more color than most light lagers, more tint that most, head is white but must pour aggressively to get much of one and like other light lagers it does not stick around to lace the glass

Smell - nothing to brag about but again comparing to the other light lagers is is just slightly grainy/malty and mild hop aroma

Taste - is slightly grainy and malty and mild hop taste, again comparing to the other light lagers it is more flavorful

Feel - mouth feel is somewhere between lager and light lager but not thin like a Mich Ultra

Overall - it is the best of the light lagers and my go to if I am going to drink light lager. It's 94/95 calories and 2.8 carbs is friendly to my diabetic system. I think Pittsburgh Brewing Co. has done the most within the light lager category.

Dec 11, 2016
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brother_rebus from Maine

2.83/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Basically a slightly more manageable version of regular iron city. More pale yellow look. Smells more grainy and less sweet. Tastes a bit less like antifreeze. More corn juice flavor. More foreward carbonation. Not as bad.

Jul 21, 2015
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

2.96/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 24 oz. can. Has a very pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, grains. Taste is bland and boring, some corn, light malts a touch of sweetness. Feels light bodied in the mouth and overall is your run of the mill light beer.

Jun 01, 2015
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MaltLickyWithTheCandy from Maryland

2.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer bring back memories. this was our go to at the ski lodge when my college buddies and i went snowboarding. 3 dollars for a pounder. Not a bad brew, refreshing, clean, and somewhat tasty.

Jan 30, 2015
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ordybill from Georgia

2.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Very weak smelling concoction, it smells like a watered down left over beer from the night before.
Appearance- A very pale golden yellow.
Taste- Non-descript at best, very watery
Palate- A light bodied beer that has some medium carbonation
Overall- Well, this is off my list of beers to try. At least I get the beer credit for drinking one. I will not drink this again.

Jan 01, 2015
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mrn1ceguy from Illinois

1/5  rDev -60.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Can you make a worse beer, I doubt it. Take the worst of the macros, water it down and make it more unappealing, that's IC Light. Best thing of moving away from pittsburgh is leaving IC Light behind.

Dec 23, 2014
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

3.06/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I.C. Light brewed by Pittsburgh Brewing Co. This brew has an ABV of 4.15% The brew pours out a nice amber color with a small white head. I.C. Light is a filtered brew you can see right though it. This brew looks like most American light brews. The smell has some grains and malts. You do pick up on some corn in this brew. There is nothing bad about this brew so far now for the taste. The taste at first is bitter but it goes down smooth. But there is something in there at first. This brew ok, it is not bad but it is not good. I would put this light brew right in the middle. The mouthfeel is ok with a clean finish. But the first taste is bitter sweet. Overall I'm giving this brew a 3 out 5. Not the best, but not the worst I've had.

Oct 03, 2014
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

1.52/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

DATE REVIEWED: August 2, 2014... GLASSWARE: ballpark see-through plastic... OCCASION: perfect night for a ballgame and some beers with brother Jer in State College...APPEARANCE: thick, white creamy head; yellow body with some cascading bubbles...meh... AROMA: vague hints of water hose, hay and malt liquor ping....with a hint of beer pong ball... PALATE: light bodied, with a retreating aftertaste--has peanut-rinsing potential... TASTE: middling malts mingle with water to produce...mostly water, with a warming fuzz not appropriate to its ABV...not much else can be deduced... OVERALL: I went cheaper at the Spikes game and got four more ounces for a dollar less than the Robin Hood IPA...and not surprisingly, I regretted the change.. this beer needs to be chased with an activity that involves strong-tasting fare; otherwise, I wouldn't drink this unless visiting Pittsburgh where the locals embrace its quirks and flaws....

Aug 05, 2014
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Treyliff from West Virginia

2.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured from can to snifter

A- pours a clear pale yellow color with a small foamy white head that retains nicely, leaving some lacing behind.

S- grainy adjunct corn aroma with just a trace of floral hop, toasted cracker

T- grains with some light floral hop, adjunct sweetness dry finish

M- light body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a slick & clean finish

O- this isn't terrible, I actually prefer it over BMC light beers. Actually has a bit of flavor, but not much

Jul 14, 2014
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watermelon from North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A:Clear golden color with a white head that went away quickly and left minimal lacing.

S: Corn is the dominate scent.

T: Mostly cereal in the taste with some malt upfront.

M: Great mouth feel, high carbonation and easy to drink.

O: This is a really good light lager. It was 93 cents for a 12oz bottle. If I could find this in a case locally it would probably be my go to cheap beer.

Oct 25, 2013
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

2.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this up at Giant enjoyed chilled from the 12oz brown bottle in a pils glass.

The color is a very pale and clear golden with visible carbonation rapidly ascending to a eggshell cap with fine bead and lace sticks well, the retention is decent. The smell is sweet, light and pretty mild yet not off or offensive, just faint. The feel is very seltzery and high in carbonation with some mild sweetness and clean overall feel with dry finish.

The flavor is not bad yet it does lack any real resemblance to beer since you basically get the fizziness yet a light sweetness is present on the palate with very light fruity tinge. The overall impression is nothing special to enjoy or appreciate even in the realm of light beers -it is basically a palate cleanser, would pair well with extremely spicy wings or greasy fair-food maybe.

Oct 02, 2013
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ckollias from Maryland

2/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Enjoyed this bottled brew out a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a golden hue with a minimal white head that quickly dissipates.

S: Faint hints of grains and malt.

T: Some grains and malt and maybe a hint of hops.

M: Light body and medium carbonation.

O: No thanks – I’ll pass next time.

Sep 03, 2013
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

2.62/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a crystal clear light yellow in color with some moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and hints of golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy bright white head that reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of corn adjuncts over cereal grain malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of cereal malts with lightly sweet corn adjuncts. Absolutely no hint of hops and the flavor fades pretty quickly. Minimal amounts of bitterness.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Thin/watery.

O: There is a minimal amount of flavor to this beer but it is not offensive - feels like it is a good beer for hydrating on a hot summer afternoon while working in the yard.

Aug 04, 2013
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

2.71/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

"The beer you reach for when Iron City is just to heavy and calorie-laden..." This stuff pours a clear straw topped by a finger of relatively short-lived lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises corn, funky wheat, and hard water. The taste brings in more of the same, with the hard water and funky wheat really combining for some "fun" on the tongue. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, a meek, character-less beer, prolly exactly what they were aiming for. Some people...

Nov 27, 2012
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MirkoCroCough from Croatia (Hrvatska)

3.3/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear and a natural looking yellow. Beer mixed with water.

Not much. Faint beer smell.

Alright. A flash of malt then hop with the quickness.

Seltzer water carbonation.

Much better than bud or coors light. Like Miller but would buy instead since it is a smaller brewer. Alright light beer.

Nov 25, 2012
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

2.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a light golden color with a one figure pure white head. The head faded fast to leave a surprising amount of lacing for a light beer (although lacking when compared to most other brews).

Smell – Almost no aroma at all. Just a very light corn.

Taste – A light breadiness is on the tongue throughout. There is some corn upfront which fades giving way to a very light caramel sweetness. At the very end the tiniest bit of citrus seems to work its way in along with some more papery tastes as well.

Mouthfeel – A light body with a medium to high level of carbonation. Pretty standard light beer.

Overall - More flavorful the average light beer with a better look as well. If you want a light beer this is one to have from time to time.

Apr 29, 2012
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keeganfrank from Ohio

2.9/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale beer with a thin, soapy head that fades over 30 seconds or so. Faint, grassy aroma with a bit of fruitiness. Dry, grass flavor and not much else. Has a bit of a sugary aftertaste. IC Light isn't offensive to the palate, but it doesn't offer much either. Still, I think it tastes better than some of the more popular light lagers. I'd drink it again if it were offered to me, but it's not something I'd go out of my way to have.

Jan 15, 2012
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tdm168 from Pennsylvania

3.42/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a very pale gold with 1/4" of soft, bubbly head that quickly fades to a thin lacing. There's a great deal of carbonation bubbles rising to the top. The smell is grainy with a nice grassy hop aroma. The taste is also grainy with a slight grassy hop character. There's a hint of an apple-like sweetness in the finish. Mouthfeel is light and crisp.

This is my first IC Light since leaving PA in '07. I can see why I drank so many of them back in the day. It's cheap, sessionable, and unoffensive.

Oct 01, 2011
I.C. Light from Pittsburgh Brewing Co.
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