Friday, November 15, 2013

Milwaukee's Best Ice

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
Chad9976 (1007) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2013
I poured a 24oz can into a large mug. It had a best before date of 4/14/14 and cost $1.16 ($0.05 per ounce).

Appearance: Bright gold hue, crystal clear body with plenty of effervescence present. Pours to a large, bright white, foamy/soapy head which doesn’t completely dissipate and even leaves some lacing.

Smell: Pretty generic as far as adjunct macro lagers go. More neutral than abrasive. Maybe a hint of sweetness.

Taste: American adjunct macro lagers don’t exactly have the best reputation among the craft beer community. That’s understandable, though I often find beers of the style to often be merely mediocre rather than the undrinkable swill the zeitgeist would have us believe. Milwaukee’s Best Ice is a perfect example since it’s not so much bad-tasting as it is neutral-tasting. In fact, I can find a touch of sweetness in it. This is probably the best bad beer I’ve ever had.

I go into beers like this hoping I can at least tolerate enough of it to get out a review. Often times they have classic brewing flaws of acetaldehyde, dimethyl sulfide and /or diacetyl. "Beast Ice" actually doesn’t have any of these things (not that I can tell anyway), though it does have the "generic adjunct lager" taste to it. Milled corn grits are present for sure, though they impart a surprisingly sweet, almost cereal-like taste to the beer. There’s a distinct presence of raw grain, akin to that often found in a Dortmunder. The hops are virtually non-existent, though I can’t say that’s a surprise. Even as it warmed, I was genuinely impressed by how more-than-tolerable the beer was. I don’t think I could honestly give this a positive review because there’s just enough to genuinely enjoy. Still, it’s definitely above average for a cheap fizzy yellow lager.

Drinkability: If Milwaukee’s Best Ice is the type of beer you drink for its "performance value" rather than its taste, then I’d say mission accomplished. Though 5.9% ABV is not all that strong, at least coming from a craft beer drinker’s perspective, at only FIVE CENTS per ounce you most certainly get your money’s worth. Plus it’s not abrasively fizzy; it goes down smooth and finishes almost completely clean. Nice. 
Grade: 5/10

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