Clear Creek Ice
Minhas Craft Brewery

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American Malt Liquor
Ranked #66
Ranked #47,685
2.16 | pDev: 35.65%
Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 38
Photo of scaliasux
1.5/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Appearance - Medium-light gold. A little red, too. Clear. Not as bubbly as I would have hoped. Thin and immediately disappearing head.

Smell - Not strong. What's there is sweet pale malt. Sugary corn.

Taste - Excessively, cloyingly, sickeningly sweet. Sugar and grain. Ack.

Mouthfeel - Light.

Overall - Not good. Not good.

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Photo of dhannes
2.91/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a Perfect Pint.

A=Darker gold color, much darker than AAL's and more appealing...also a nice frothy head.

S=Overly sweet...probably due to the adjuncts.

T=Syrupy sweet...hint of honey and apple.

M=A bit syrupy with a bit too much carbonation.

O=Too sweet for my liking...may be interesting as a cheap lager for a snakebite.

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Photo of BigBry
2/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Another can for the collection, compliments of Minhas. Glad I have a couple trade partners to share this with.
Not exactly sure what they we trying to acheive in this "strong ice beer" - high alcohol, low price to compete with other malt liquors. Gold color, fizzy head that quickly disappears to nothing. Almost no aroma, maybe wet straw or grain, kind of sweet smell. First taste is sour on the tongue. Watery and thin, no body, and an alcohol after taste. Should have known better : High alcohol % plus low cost equals no good.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.65/5  rDev +69%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear Creek Ice has a thick, white head and a mostly clear, bright, golden appearance, with lots of bubbles streaming up, but not much lacing left behind. The aroma is subtle at best, but one can detect some water and slight grain. Taste is strongly alcoholic, with some sweetness, grains, a touch of hops, and water. Overall, this is a mostly malty and boozy concoction. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Clear Creek Ice finishes mostly dry, easy drinking, and smooth. I liked this. It has character. I recommend it.


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Photo of CrazyMike
1.95/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale golden appearance with lots of bubbly head that sticks around. Very sweet, corn smell with a hint of booze and metal.

Taste has an overpowering sweetness, picked up some corn and grain as well. Booze is evident, the taste is very stale. Light-moderate body with high carbonation. Aftertaste has a lingering sweetness.

Could be an average malt liquor, but the sweetness makes the beer disgusting. Only try if your already drunk and can't notice the taste.

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Photo of Chaz
3.23/5  rDev +49.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, orange-gold in color, topped with a tightly-frothed head of good duration. Good lacing, not a bad looking beer overall...

The nose is a pungent, adjunct-laden mess full of vegetal off-notes and boozy goodness -- in other words, quite average for the style ; )

On the first sip this is sweet and slightly-sour/astringent, with broad honey-like notes. Fusel alcohol is also present from the get-go, and perhaps not an altogether bad thing considering the fact that it's to be expected for the style and this beer was purchased solely for the bang-for-buck factor.

Mouthfeel is average, drinkability is slightly better than average, but I'm setting both of these sliding determinants at "average" and ramping up the taste a bit to 'better than average' -- for what it is it's a drinkable beer, and I've certainly enjoyed worse from other breweries over the years.

Now, I wonder how it would compare in a side-by-side with "Simpler Times" . . .

P.S. / EDIT: Clear Creek Ice tastes a bit like "Earthquake", only watered-down for those who are still at 'entry level' in terms of their appreciation of street life : /

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Photo of EgadBananas
1/5  rDev -53.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Thanks to woodychandler for the CANned swill!

Pours a pale golden color with an odd haziness, bright white head and lots of bubbles.

Smells cold, with a bit of metal. Thats it.

"Oh my God." That's all I could say. It's retched. And there is a stale, year old, bubble gum-like sweetness that that is unbearable. Sorry Woody, I couldn't even GLUG it!

The feel is awful, and it's entirely undrinkable.

However, my drain found it very easy to drink...

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Photo of biboergosum
1.59/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I remember when the introduction of this brand was a welcome, and momentarily potential threat to Molson hegemony around here. Ahhh, unsquelched hope...

This beer pours a clear pale golden colour, with two fingers of thin foamy white head, which leaves some very thin tiered lace around the glass as it quickly abates. It smells of sweet, sickly cornmeal and sugary alcohol. The taste is creamed corn and nail polish remover, mixed with sugar solution. The carbonation is moderate dull (in a flat soda sense), the body medium weight, and cloying as all get out. It finishes sweet, in the aforementioned wrong ways.

Good news for those who buy this crap for the extra booze - you can`t really taste it amongst the suckling sweetness. Enjoy your 12 packs, boyz...

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Photo of Snipp
3.38/5  rDev +56.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this randomly at a beer distributer in Pittsburgh. It was cheap, $10.50 for a case, so that's basically why I bought it. It was labeled "craft brewed," and that actually put me over the top. I mean, how bad could it be if it at least claimed it was craft brewed.

At 6.2%, it's a heavy brew. I didn't realize it was a malt liquor until I ventured to BA. I sipped this curiosity with an open mind dispute the mostly negative reviews here.

The beer poured a thick, creamy yet ultimately slight-tasting head. Mouthfeel was actually really good, probably the best aspect of the beer. Taste was smooth, slightly citrusy. Good lacing on the pint glass. Taste was nothing like any malt liquor I've ever had.

In comparing it to bold-flavored craft brews, it actually can hold a candle. Don't get me wrong, this isn't 60 Minute, but it a simple, tasty, cheap beer.

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Photo of tone77
2.65/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to woodychandler for the trade.Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet, malts. Taste is not so good, plastic, overly sweet, other undetectable flavors,not very enjoyable. Feels light in the mouth and is not very drinkable. Overall this is a sub-par beer.

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Photo of kylehayworth
1.61/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Another powerhouse beer from Wisconsin. I feel I have been spoiling myself with the generaly good beers I have reviewed. I decided to change it up and review a popular seller, based solely on cost and alcohol bad could this be?

A: The head comes like a raging hurricane hitting the coast, leaving almost nothing it its path. When the storm finally subsides, there is a small amount of clear liquid puddle. It is a strange pale yellowish, perhaps from the farm land swept along the way.

S: Corn-Metal stale'ness. Smells like the beer left over from a college frat party. The remains of beer pong the night before. Maybe Clear creek ice is a mutation from Keystone Light, after it sits long enough, it transforms.

T: Sweet corn taste, high fructose syrup in some capacity. Similar metallic taste which I smelled before.

M/D: Very Light, high carbonation. If anything postive can be said about this beer, mouthfeel isn't great but ok, at least until you swallow it.

After all is said and done, it's exactly what I expected. It has the bare minimum in every category to make it drinkable. Add to it the fact the it is only 50 cents a can and 6.2% abv, and you have a popular beer. If those were the criteria, it would be on BA's Top 100 list.

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Photo of woodychandler
1/5  rDev -53.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Oh, my dear and close buddies at Minhas ... I CAN't wait to do a Crack & Glug of this latest of your beers. You are "Union Made", a "Craft Brewery" and your website is and yet you are my anathema. Why is that, do you suppose? More ammo for my argument forthcoming ...

I could smell the plastics factory as soon as I did the Crack action. OMFG! In the early iterations of Doctor Who, the Cybermen were molded from plastic. Is Minhas a cover for a Cybermen production facility?!? What is that noise in my backyard? "You will be upgraded shortly. Stand by." Nooo!

I'm back. A lovely thick head of bone-white beauty with perfect retention. Color was exactly as The CyberLeader ordered, I mean, a deep gold to offset our aluminum-colored suits, I mean with NE-quality clarity, whatever that may have meant to the former human entity who is now Cyberman # 30993. Never mind the off-task musings that are still filtering through. Nose was a perfect accompaniment to the melange here in the Upgrade Facility with a definite smell of plastics accompanied by cotton candy to increase the feel-good factor during said upgrade. Mouthfeel was medium with a beautifully pleasant taste of ... No, what have you done to me? It tasted like an admixture of perfume and plastic, like a scented Barbie doll. "You will obey the CyberLeader and enjoy your beverage!" Ooof, it's another Epic Fail on the part of Minhas, but they don't care. They're out to subvert us all! "You will be re-upgraded." Nooo. This beer stinks and I wouldn't feed it to a cybernetic hybrid under even the worst of circumstances. Finish was sickeningly sweet. Now, I want the upgrade so as not to have to taste it ever again.

Re-Upgrade complete. # 30993 now in complete compliance with Minhas plan Sol3. Lovely beer. Yum yum.

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Photo of hu5om
2.55/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

poured into a chimay chalice and paired with dorito's late night all nighter cheeseburger chips, totally taste like McDonald's. Kinda creepy

a- water clear, pale corn yellow, some foam, blink, no foam

s- to be honest, reminds me of college.

t- at least the 6.2% abv covers up the actual taste, minhas light's another story.

m- fairly lacking. smoother than the other minhas cans though.

d- again, better than the other cans from minhas, but this isn't very good really.

to quote nwk340 "do we have to finish this?"

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Photo of newk340
1.53/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: poured into a Kwak glass for humor's sake. a quickly receding 12 finger head and very clear as the name suggests.

S: cheap beer. enough said (or as hu5om suggests, 'leftover beer pong beer the morning after')

T: water. slight beer aftertaste.

MF/D: thin, regretting putting this liquid in my mouth. i may apologize to my taste buds. do i have to finish this? followed by Doritos Late Night All-nighter Cheeseburger chips. might be worse than the beer. oddly they compliment each other well.

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Photo of aefbjo
1.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

couldn't drink this straight, so i made a little shandy. poured out of an ice-cold can into a Ball jar with lemon nectar and ice.
on its own, this was a sickly sweet alcohol bomb with nothing supporting it. with lemon and ice it becomes eminently drinkable. i'm rating the beer as it is sold, though. 0.5 imaginary points (maybe factored into drinkability?) for being economical: $2.29 for a 4-pack.

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Photo of alleykatking
2.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this the other day at band practice. I usually bring over some PBR to drink and well this time beer was there and it was this!

A- Pours a very light almost clear yellow color. Half finger bright white head comes and goes with no lacing on the glass.

S- Grain, sweet alcohol, corn, and metal. This is what makes up the light aroma in the beer. To be honest it just smells too sweet before I even taste it.

T- Super sweetness to this beer. Nothing special about it at all. Sweet corn, light metal taste, grainy, and well some light sweet alcohol in the backend.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation actually is good for the style...not overly with some other macros. Sickly sweet on the palate and sweet alcohol in the aftertaste. Metal taste throughout the beer as it warms more and more. Bland tasting and watered down.

D- This is a average drinker. I wouldn't go out of my way to drink it but it was there and I had to take my time with the first couple. I think I'll stick with my Pabst as a thrist quencher as I practice with the band.

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Photo of RJUGA03
2.56/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Very clear pale yellow effervescent body pouring an ample 1/2" snow white head.
S-Faint malts, yeast, and metal detected.
T-On the uptake it was ultra simple with a bit of hops in midsip closing out with a sicky sweet malt liqour-esque finish/ after-taste.
M-It comes on light and frothy and finishes thicker and lingering.
D-At the same price point as Mountain Creek and Minhas light I would say it is very drinkable for an ajunct macro.

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Photo of rambojr03
3.43/5  rDev +58.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coming from someone who usually associates Malt Liquor with Colt 45, St. Ides, and Olde English 800, this is a nice change of pace. I bought this in a 4 pack of 16 Oz cans for $2.79, and wasn't expecting much. However, it's quite sweet when you first drink it, with not to strong an aftertaste. I could see some lady friends of mine enjoying this, and not complaining about it's lack of "skunk" that is usually associated with Malt Liquors.

I'm very impressed with this beer, and recommend it to anyone looking for a beer that has decent flavor but not the aftertaste of a usual malt liquor. It's a deceiving 6.2% alcohol, which is never a bad thing.

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Photo of EsoxLucius
2.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

my can is dubbed 'tundra ice' and has football graphics on it for the Grey Cup, it's also 'Rider Green'... all unlicensed.

anyway, it's a 710ml can that was $2.60 for 6.2%, i bought 3 as novelties to give away to friends that were already hammed at the Grey Cup party.

i ended up with one, onto the review.

i poured half of it into a glass to check it out.

A: golden with a thick fluffy, soon to be gone head.

S: metalic corn, some grain smell. overall sweet smell.

T: faint malt, more corn than anything, quite sweet. didn't like it.

M: thickens up and doesn't feel too bad, this was the highlight for me.

D: if you're gunned, this would be great.

if price was a factor, this would score extra points as it truly is budget. it passes, but definately not something to drink if you're into flavor and presentation.

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Photo of biggred1
3.03/5  rDev +40.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This stuff goes for $8.99 a case, how can you pass that up?

Dark gold with a ton of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass and a lumpy grey tinted white head that fades quick and leaves some scraps of sticky lace on the glass. The nose is mostly grits with a whiff of alcohol. The taste isn't bad, sweet corn, green apple skin and a touch of grain alcohol. Medium bodied and easy to drink. Tastes more like a lighter malt liquor than a typical "ice" beer. Not bad for what it is, cheap and high octane.

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Photo of ETM
3.55/5  rDev +64.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks like a macro lager. Its smell is faint. It lacks scary funk; this is nothing like OE; one might say it is clean smelling. I sort of like the fact that this beer, as its packaging suggests, is quite plain, in a midwestern-american kind of way. This beer should be served cold because it is meant to quench the kind of thirst that can't be quenched by hydration alone. Palate is mildly sweet with alcoholic headiness lurking just below the surface. There is nothing really off-putting about this beer. It is stronger than the typical swill and tastes fresh and unsurprising. I like it and I hope it stays on the shelf around here.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.56/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bold goldenrod beneath three fingers of sheep's wool colored foam that is of acceptable quality. Not that most loyal drinkers will care, since this stuff probably goes straight from can to mouth. A few blips of soapy lace won't last long.

I hesitated when assigning the style since American macro lager could have been chosen as well. Strictly following the ABV guidelines, however, puts this Minhas Craft(?) Brewery lager into malt liquor territory. Good thing too, because it smells like one. It's lightly corn-like, with a hint of huskiness and a hint of ethanol. Thankfully, it's too underpowered to be overly offensive.

Clear Creek Ice tastes like watered-down malt liquor. That's a good thing for those who don't care for the taste of malt liquor... and not such a good thing for those who want a big alcohol bang for their buck.

Does the flavor really deserve a description? Oh all right: sweet corn, untoasted grain and a small splash of grain alcohol. It really isn't any more complicated than that. What were you hoping for, Belgian yeast? Conjure up a flavor memory of your favorite malt liquor. Now, subtract a little sweetness, a little flavor and a little alcohol. Street cred score: zero.

The mouthfeel is actually pretty decent if expectations are on the reasonable side. The sugars give it substance and a slightly slick finish, while the carbonation is right about where it should be.

Although the scores seem a little bit high in retrospect, Clear Creek Ice does what it was brewed to do and does it pretty well. Sure it's sledgehammer simple, but it's also better than any macro lager you'd care to name. Bottom line: training wheels malt liquor.

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Clear Creek Ice from Minhas Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 60 out of 100 with 38 ratings