I.C. Light | Pittsburgh Brewing Co.

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I.C. LightI.C. Light
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pittsburgh Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
pittsburghbrewing.com

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.15%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-30-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
228
Reviews:
89
Avg:
2.61
pDev:
29.12%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
33
For Trade:
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Ratings: 228 |  Reviews: 89
Photo of acurtis
2/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of djrn2
1.75/5  rDev -33%

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 t0rin0
2.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of dmorgan310
2.5/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light and sweet malts, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is decently balanced for a light beer. There's a thin malt sweetness and a decent hops presence and a touch of fruit in the background. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp with a little smoothness, light body, high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, mild kick, it's very similar to your typical "fizzy yellow beer" but this one at least has a little bit more flavor.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.62/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.68/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, light yellow body with a small, wispy, white head.

Smell: Sweet-smell cereal nose and that's about it.

Taste: Cereal taste with a few drops of medium sweet corn cyrup added. No real hop bitterness. Flavor grows increasingly watery on towards the clean, though empty finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation. Watery.

Drinkability: A fairly empty beer experience, though, surprisingly, it was a bit more tolerable than the standard Iron City.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This bottle of I.C. Light is part of Macro Smackdown XII and will be pitted against a bottle of Lone Star Light. This is the twelfth such comparison tasting that I've done (for those who don't understand Roman numerals) and the sixth involving light lagers. These beers have vastly different stats in terms of carbs, but I have no idea if that fact will impact the final outcome.

I.C. Light is a much paler beer and doesn't look as good as a result. I like its appearance more though, because the cap is vastly superior. It's bright white, rocky and leave a very nice array of lace in feathery rings. Advantage: Pittsburgh.

While no barn burner, the nose on this beer is the clear winner of the aroma portion of the competition. For starters, it actually smells like beer. Sure it's grainy, but I'm pretty sure that I can appreciate a whiff of hops. No, I don't think it's my imagination, but thanks for asking.

I.C. Light wins yet another round. Handily too. It's amazing what the brewers at Pittsburgh Brewing have been able to do with so few carbs. The ABV is slightly higher here (4.15% vs. 3.88%), but I can't believe that makes much of a difference. Actually, this is one of the more palatable, inoffensive light lagers that I've had. It's lightly grain-like with a twinkle of grassy hops.

As noted in the Lone Star Light review, I can't find much that's different about the two mouthfeels. Neither one stands out in either a positive or a negative direction when compared to other light lagers that I've had.

I.C. Light is the clear winner of Macro Smackdown XII. Simply put, it's a drinkable light lager that I was able to get some enjoyment out of; in contradistinction to Lone Star Light, which isn't and which I wasn't. Pittsburgh's favorite light lager is one of the best beers of that style that I've had in quite some time.

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Photo of duceswild
3.25/5  rDev +24.5%

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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2/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of Slatetank
2.8/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of orangesol
2.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of PA-Michigander
3/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev +24.5%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.71/5  rDev +3.8%
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...

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.82/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's Sunday evening and I need a bottle of healing after my hockey game. Had an Iron City Lite in the fridge....so why not. This beer is a typical light beer, decent flavor. The color is golden clear with thin white head and has a modest lace. There is only a weak grain nose. The taste is typical of this beer style. Mouthfeel is decent....perfect for any lawn mowing issues. Session...easily....but would prefer others...no question.

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Photo of InspectorBob
2.67/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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 ejimhof
3/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of tdm168
3.42/5  rDev +31%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.49/5  rDev +33.7%
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.

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Photo of tone77
2.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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, very light malts. Feels watery in the mouth and overall is nothing offensive, just lacking in flavor of any kind.

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Photo of tempest
3.06/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I expected to be disgusted by some DMS (cooked vegetable aroma and flavor)-riden mess, but this was a decent macro light beer, all things considered. Yeah, it was pretty watery, but the mouthfeel wasn't unpleasantly dry, bitter, or astringent light most other light beers. Instead this matched a slight lemon flavor with mild bready malts. Not a lot going on, but it's a light beer, what more do you?

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I.C. Light from Pittsburgh Brewing Co.
2.61 out of 5 based on 228 ratings.
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