I.C. Light | Pittsburgh Brewing Co.

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I.C. LightI.C. Light

Brewed by:
Pittsburgh Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.15%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 87 | Ratings: 224
Photo of mrn1ceguy
1/5  rDev -61.7%
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.

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Photo of matjack85
1.22/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I picked up this single 12oz brown bottle from the Binny's in Plainfield, IL for $1.49. There was no freshness date or anything written about the beer on the label.

The beer poured the palest shade of yellow I've ever seen - any lighter and it would be water. It's crystal clear and makes a 1½ finger white head that disappears before you even set the bottle down. It doesn't even leave a thin white rim of foam on top. All trace of head completely dissipates and therefore it leaves no lacing whatsoever.

It smells like corn swetener and nothing else, but at least it's not skunky or offensive.

This tastes like sweetened seltzer water. It also has a mineral water flavor to it along with a metalic taste, even though this one comes in a glass bottle.

The mouthfeel is like takung sweetened Alka-Seltzer.

I didn't like this beer at all, and while it may be drinkable, I don't jnow why anyone would want to.

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Photo of psugrad98
1.38/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I always said, "Light Beer if for people who don't like beer, but like to pee a lot". This is no exception. This beer is very light yellow, and extremelly clear. Almost no noticeable smell. Taste is also almost non existent. Slight taste of malt and cooked rice. Mouthfeel is crisp and higly carbonated, like drinking alka-seltzer. Again, drink cold.

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Photo of Knapp85
1.43/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured this onto a glass and was assuming it'd look like a light lager. It has very little to offer the consumer. This beer goes down fairly quickly at least. As it warms it kind of starts to have an odd aroma. Drink these fast if you have too. This reminded me a lot of Miller Lite.

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Photo of dacrza1
1.52/5  rDev -41.8%
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....

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Photo of jdhilt
1.58/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a one-fingered bubbly, white head that goes very quickly and leaves some lace. Clear pale yellow color. Light carbonation and very light bodied. Nose is hoppy with adjuncts. Starts with a sweet citrus flavor, watery, finish is boring but this has more flavor than a Bud Light. The ABV is 4.15%. 79¢ for a 12oz bottle from Liquor Barn Lexington, KY.

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Photo of Padron4KM
1.66/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 oz aluminum bottle, no freshness date noted.

Clear yellow with a thick, soapy white head. Head evaporates quite fast and leaves patches of lace.

Aroma was DMS and corn syrup.

Flavor was cereal and light corn syrup.

Finishes medium dry.

Somewhat refreshing, got a single bottle for 50 cents so my money wasn’t completely wasted.

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Photo of beerwolf77
1.86/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Another can of Iron city to rate from my friends trip out east.

Poured in to my pint glass the beer is crystal clear yellow. A large stark white head caps my glass then dissapates in a blink of an eye. Not that I thought there would be any but lace is not even an option.

The aroma. Who am I kidding? This beer doesn't have an aroma is has a "smell". A smell of sweet grain and corn tortilla chips.

The flavor is light for sure. More tortilla chips and a touch of hop bite.

Light body. Loads of carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall another crappy light american lager. Yawn. I'm glad my buddy thought of me and brought this home. I'm just sad he didn't grab mesomething good.

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Photo of billybearcat
1.97/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Hey when you want a light beer as your booze delivery system this might be the choice...it does not offend me but its not that great either. Frankly what it does for me is that it tastes like home. In Pittsburgh if you are not drinking Coors Light (most people are) than you drink the I.C.

Also I.C. Light is a non hangover beer for those nights you want to tie one on...

But the taste is flat and it has to served cold as ice so that you don't get those sour overtones that can come along with a cheap brew like this one.

There are worse choices you could make...just don't pick this one when you want to enjoy a good beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
1.98/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours golden pale straw hue with a white short lived head with no lacing to spare for my enjoyment. Aroma slightly sweet cooked veggie adjunct origin with a mild flowery hop aroma. Taste light refreshing sweetness here not the smoothest beer here, but better than a lot of other mass produced light lagers out there in my opinion a little partial since I was born in Pittsburgh. Only complaint is the slightly metallic tone in the finish of the beer light bodied and highly carbonated easy going lawnmower beer, not meant to think about and breakdown just to enjoy on a hot day in the sun.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
2/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

like most macro types, this ones basically like iron city, but watered down...alot. thus, it's better than most other macro lights, as iron city is better than most macros. this one pours a light golden colour with lots of carbonated fizz and virtually no smell or flavour. pretty standard stuff. a bit fuller than other light beers, but barely. if you've got to choose from amongst this stuff, stick with regular old iron city.

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Photo of ckollias
2/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

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Photo of soulfly967
2.03/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Well, this one poured a pale yellow color with minimal head. The smell was of faint malt and some sweetness. The taste was light (go figure) and had hints of malt, corn and rice. The mouthfeel was thin and overly carbonated. As for dinkability, I developed a HUGE headache after drinking just one of these, maybe someone is trying to tell me something. But if you like light beers, give it a shot.

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Photo of Portertime
2.05/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I am not too much into light beers but I thoguht I would try it for the sake of doing. Just like any other bland light beer. Pours a sloppy yellow with minimal head. Taste like regular Iron City with water added and flavor subtracted. Drink at a BBQ on a hot summer day.

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Photo of therica
2.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Having grown up in Pittsburgh and watching Iron City out-advertise all of the GOOD Pittsburgh beers over the years especially during the 1960's, I've always had a distaste for Iron City as a label. Unfortunately, it took the lead at the expense of quality, in the region.

IC-Light is the baby-food version of Iron City. It tastes like rusty rinse. If you're not a true beer drinker and just like some cold watery beverage without a sweet taste, then this is your "beer." Actually, it has less nasties to it than the original standard Iron City, and in that regard it is better than at least one beer in the world.

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Photo of Pegasus
2.11/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Clear, pale golden color with a small white head, and surprisingly thick lacing. An occasional fat bubble quickly rises to the surface.

Aroma: Dry with a cooked corn note and grain husk.

Taste: Opens with washed out corn malt flavor, and a little alcohol, these soon fade to nothing. The finish is dominated by a harsh herbal bitterness and is fairly dry.

Mouth feel: Quite thin and insubstantial.

Drinkability/notes: Little more than carbonated water, and not good carbonated water at that.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce aluminum bottle, served in a Pilsener glass.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
2.16/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I tried this side-by-side with Iron City, both in aluminum bottles. IC Light was far worse, more corn-flavored, no malt flavor at all, completely forgettable. It was really really bad, worse than Miller lite which is my calibration for bad beers.

Don't ever try it. If you want to try a Pittsburgh macro, I recommend standard Iron City over this.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.2/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

CAN you believe that I am just now getting around to reviewing THIS beer? In a CAN ...

An aggressive pour produced a finger of bone-white head with low retention. Nose was very light and slightly sweet. The color was a pale straw-yellow with NE-quality clarity. The mouthfeel was somewhat thin with a mild sweetness on the tongue. Finish was equally thin with that same sweetness that just seemed to linger. Overall, it was a pretty boring beer. Oh well. Stick to Arn!

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.22/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I see light...penerating through this bottle of beer. I'm betting I.C the light make its way through this beer when it's in a glass. On to the beer:

Pale straw yellow color, the head fizzles away to nothing within seconds. Some carbonation bubbles in the body keep this from the lowest appearance score. I smell corn in this beer. Just some. And some astringent grain. Hmmm. The taste? Sour...in a bad way. The seltzer-like carbonation adds some excitement, but otherwise this is anot very exciting to drink. Mildly clean...faded taste of boiled corn. Actually, the taste isn't too bad for a light beer...if you drink it fast and not let it sit on your palate. Weird, my stomach just got that warming feeling. At least my tummy is happy when my palate is expecting better.

Decent for a light beer, but nothing more.

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Photo of Salpta
2.22/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Overall: Not a bad No-Taste lager. On par with most macros so, if your a macro lover: Drink up!

Appearance: HUGE bubbles during the pour that dissapeared rather quickly leaving lace and a decent ring.

Smell: Light odor (had to cup the glass to detect it). Unusual smell, slightly skunky.

Taste: Eh. I won't go out and buy this brew for the taste. But its easily on par with the Macros with a good deal more malt flavor.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: A heavy mouthfeel for a light lager, but easily quaffable. Not a bad, might actually be a good thirstquencher on a fishing trip.

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Photo of squish059
2.35/5  rDev -10%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

This is your classic cheap beer, made for the weekend warrior. Not much more to this beer than a glass of water, but like coors light anyone can choke this stuff down. It has very little colore. ui also has very little taste. It did not stimulate my palate much at all, it had little head when poured and quickly lost any trace of that.

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Photo of AdamBear
2.36/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A-light gold, almost clear. very, very thing white head. quite sad looking

S-sweet barley scent, medium strength, not THAT bad. actually decent smelling

T-very light taste of barley and honey. it tastes almost like a very smooth, light octoberfest style beer. the after-taste tastes almost of belgian sugars. this isn't a terrible light beer.

M-heavy carbonation with a slightly dry finish. definitely not a selling point

D-this is one of the better light beers i've had but its still not a great, or good, or decent beer. i'd rather see this in kegs at parties than BMC products tho.

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Photo of secondtooth
2.4/5  rDev -8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pale, straw yellow, and looks watery on pouring. It is a light beer, so no surprise there.

Limited foam, with no head or lace visible.

Scent is decent, malty sweet.

Tastes crisp, like a sweet corn, or maybe a cream corn (which sounds awful). Definitely adjunct here.

No evidence of hops, just a sweet malt presence.

Nothing special here, pretty plain and nothing beyond ordinary.

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Photo of JamesS
2.45/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a near flat, very light straw color. It has almost no scent at all, beyond a very mild sweet, sugary aroma. Almost no taste, it was nearly like drinking water. It was very smooth, though, I have to give it that. While not a great beer, this would be great after working outside during the summer.

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Photo of Rudgers73
2.48/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had this out of an aluminum bottle. I was in Pittsburg, so I figured I'd give one a try :-/

A- Pale, watery, very "macro-esque".

S- Not much of anything.

T- very thin and watery. I did taste a strange citrus in the hops. Maybe I was just dreaming?

M- Light and fizzy. Watered-down macro trash.

D- Meh.

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