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.