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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

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

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Reviews: 86 | Ratings: 220
Photo of IronCitySteve
2.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Living in Pittsburgh, I like to support this beer, especially at Steelers and Pirates games. These events don't have many beer options, so I go local.

A: Very light yellow, no real foam and zero lacing

S: a very light hint of floral, but not much else

T: kind of sweet, but mostly flavorless

M: good carbonation, really thin

D: I recommend for Steeler tailgate parties in the dead of winter or in the Summer for the Pirates

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Photo of Portertime
2.05/5  rDev -21.2%
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 FleeVT
3.22/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown 12oz bottle with no date poured into a pint.

A: Pours an extremely pale straw yellow with a thin white head. The head doesn't linger even with the the slow and steady carbonation.

S: Sweet and malty with the faintest of hops. I'm pretty sure there is banana in there.

T/M: Extremely mild tasting brew. Similar to the nose with the faintest hints of banana, hops, and malts. Nicely carbonated, light, and crisp.

D: An all day session beer for Penguins, Pirates, or Steelers games. It is what it is, and I love it for that.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.99/5  rDev +53.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had a couple of cans left from an outdoor event sponsered by my local bar. It's in WV so my only choices were Macros. Went with a light beer as it was an all day event.

12oz can served in a pub glass.Clear golden with staw-like highlights. 1' white sudsy head fizzley out quick to a slight coating with a white ring. Not much lacing, little spotting with a few bubbles rising.

Sweet malty aroma with breaddy/doughy scents.Slightly toasty with a good bit of fruityness. Clean aromas nothing offensive.

Very clean,sweet maltiness with light toastyness. Grainy/straw-like with fresh fruity tastes,slighly metallic as it warms. Finishes crisp,clean with a fruity fade.

Light mouthfeel,not watery like a lot of light macros, has a grainyness tastes like beer even has a bite to it. My choice for sessioning a light macro, blows away BMC lite beers. Rated this beer compaired to other light beers out there. Can't belive more people don't drink this one.

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Photo of Padron4KM
1.66/5  rDev -36.2%
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 americanwolfdrea
4.74/5  rDev +82.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ok I must admit I am pushing a local beer....But listen up y'all this beer is noted for starting the whole light beer trend. It was out WAY before low carb diets were the rage. It has a "full flavor" taste but yet is low in calories and carbs and contains just about the normal ABV as a regular beer. It is very smooth going down finishes clean and tastes great with wings, on a hot summer day or when I am parked in front of the TV watching my fave team play some football(and I'm sure you can guess who it is if you looked to see where the beer is made) AND THANK YOU for keeping it local!!! Try it peoples!!!!

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Photo of Drew966
2.85/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I.C. Light pours a light golden yellow with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. Aroma is mostly adjunct. Light body, highly carbonated, minimal taste. The taste is heavy on adjunct. Typical for the style I guess. No real off tastes, not bad compared to the competitors.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
2.61/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

The light beer of Pittsburgh.

Got this one at a Pirate game because you can't have Pirates baseball without Iron City.

Appearance was a very pale straw yellow with no head.
Smell is of water and light malt maybe a hint of carmel
Taste is the same.
This isn't that great but its very drinkable and its tradition. I was very upset when the Miller Lite guy came to my section but the Iron City guy didn't. I had to get up to go buy this one. Oddly enough-a bottle of DFH 60 min. IPA is $5.75 and a bottle of BMC or Iron City is $6...so if you are ever at a Pirates game hit up the Beers of the Burgh stand.

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Photo of 1whiskey
2.54/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

I love those 12 oz aluminum bottles from Pittsburgh Brewing. This came from one of those with a picture of Jerome Bettis on it. Evidently sales benefit one of his charities. Perfect for Super Bowl week.

This is about as pale as I've ever seen a "beer". Pours out a straw shade of clear. Very aggresive pour yields a small head that lasts all of about 10 seconds.

Smells...like someone may have spilled a macro in your booth at the pizza parlor months ago. Yes, it really is that faint.

Doesn't taste like much, so I guess there's nothing to object to here. It reminds me a little of Calistoga carbonated spring water with the added minerals. Very, very, very faint thin grains. Maybe a slight hint of metallic. That's it.

Mouthfeel and drinkabilty are not distinguishable from seltzer water, so I guess it's highly drinkable.

At least it doesn't taste bad. Plus it supports a small regional brewery and "The Bus Stops Here Foundation". Football fans (esp Steeler fans) should get a kick out of this as opposed to BMC, etc. I'd take this over Bud Light 10 times out of 10.

Nutritional Info on bottle:
95 calories
2.8 grams Carbs
0.7 grams Protein

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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 bluejacket74
2.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was from a 12 ounce aluminum bottle. IC Light pours a clear light gold with a small white head which goes away quick. It smells like grain, corn and some sweet malt. The taste is mostly malty and grainy, with a small metallic taste too. It starts off a bit sweet and finishes a bit sour. The mouthfeel is light and watery. With that being said the drinkability is decent as the beer is non-offensive and it does go down smooth. Yeah, there are plenty of better choices out there but it's not bad on a hot summer day watching a ball game at PNC Park.

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Photo of Rudgers73
2.48/5  rDev -4.6%
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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Photo of JohnnyM2002
2.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass right from the fridge.

Pours a light golden color with a small head...little aroma, maybe a slight floral scent. Very mild, watered-down taste...but goes down pretty well. No pungent aftertaste or anything...it's enjoyable for what it is. This is my pick for cheapest case if I need something in a pinch to please people. It makes a good football-party beer if you're watching the game with a large group of beer guzzlers (especially Steelers fans).

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.35/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Maybe it was the "first-beer-of-the-day" syndrome (the first beer you have that day never tastes bad) but I really didnt think this was a bad brew at all. What I really liked was that IC light didnt seem to have that typical overcarbonated, burning-mouth sensation that a lot of other Lights have. It also has that interesting grass/hay/etc taste that all light beers have, like you are chewing on a mouthful of something that has been freshly cut from the ground. Goes down smooth and easy. Not bad at all.

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Photo of therica
2.1/5  rDev -19.2%
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 TurdFurgison
2.16/5  rDev -16.9%
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 squish059
2.35/5  rDev -9.6%
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 wolverinerocker
3.23/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The smell has an interesting, fruity quality that's almost like sour apple. Highly carbonated with a taste that starts out fairly plain, like a stereotypical light beer, then finishes with a somewhat citrus-like aftertaste. The unique finish gives it more character than some light beers I've tried, but nothing special. It's fine for beer pong or if you're just looking for a cold one, but if you really want something satisfying I wouldn't recommend it.

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Photo of granger10
2.7/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Slightly dark straw color with a small, thin white head. Aroma of cooked corn and some citrus fruits. Taste was sweeter at first with a touch of grassy adjunct, but it wasn't too strong. Watery middle and the finish had a cranberry like tartness to it. Very dry at the end. This was watery but what do you expect, and the adjuncts were not too strong. Still, I just didn't really care for it too much. Decent for what it is.

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Photo of pentathlete
2.91/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A gift from an employee after the Steelers whooped up on the Bengals. Had a note attached saying it would help soothe the pain. The can looked suspiciously like a Diet Coke with the note wrapped around the label.

Very light yellow and a small white head, that fell to a stubborn ring. Lots of active carbonation even after a few minutes. Not bad looking at all for a light lager. Smell was nondescript, consisting a watery corn, harsh odors that must be hops and a saccharine hit. Taste is rather malty for the style (or has a sweetener been added?) Watery mouthfeel, an abrupt finish, though it does dry out a bit. Really, nothing terrible, but not particularly memorable either. If someone has it at a football party, pop a can. It won't hurt you.

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Photo of WesWes
2.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a pale yellow color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is below average. It has a very faint pale malt scent with loads of adjuncts and a dry, musty lager yeast aroma. The taste is terrible. It has very watery, pale malt flavor with lots of adjuncts present. It has no hop character. It's almost like drinking seltzer water with a slight malt flavor. The mouthfeel is average. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a below average light lager. It has little flavor and almost no malt aroma. It's one and done for me.

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Photo of Pegasus
2.11/5  rDev -18.8%
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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2.73/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Iron City Light is a pale straw color. There is a 1/4" white fizzy head that dissappears right away. Some lace left on pint glass.

Grainy, sweet and slightly herbal aroma. An odd sharp smell like glue?!?

This tastes like light beer. It does have an almost pilsner-like hop quality to it. Just not much else to be dissected here.

Soft mouthfeel and definitely light. Mid-level carbonation. Dry finish. The drinkability is OK and I would prefer this over IC if forced to choose.

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Photo of ski271
2.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale gold with a medium, white, foamy, almost completely diminishing head and very little lacing.

Smell: Sweet corn and white grape juice. Odd but fresh-smelling.

Taste: Candy corn? Toffee, butterscotch… wow this is sweet. A light bitterness and astringency try to keep the sweetness in check, but fail in doing so. But taking style into account, this isn't too bad for a light lager.

Mouthfeel: Thin body, watery (slightly resiny) texture, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: I was rather surprised by this beer. Picked up a couple of these following the don’t-knock-it-‘til-you-try-it rule. Glad I tried it, because it was not what I was expecting. There was something kind of good about this beer, and something kind of wrong. Definitely more character than most light beers, so that’s a plus. But nothing at all great. Doubt I’ll buy one of these again unless it’s the only alternative to one of the BMC usual suspects. Then I'd definitely "grab an Arn".

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Photo of chilidog
2.88/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Here again, for a light beer, its not that bad. Infact I thought this light was better with more character and class body than its named big brother.
It poured a solid pale straw, not watery. The head was as full as you wanted without that much fizz. Lace Was spotted.The aroma was sweet, alcoholic corn and grain. I bought it for the aluminum bottle and perhaps alittle metallic comes into the taste, but it doesn't offend. The drinkability is there, and the aluminum bottle looks good too.
If the situation called, id take thisone over a Bud Light hands down. The Miller Light would make a better head to head match up with this Iron City.
Just a note; ABV is 4.15% according to Pittsburgs web site.

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I.C. Light from Pittsburgh Brewing Co.
2.6 out of 5 based on 220 ratings.
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