Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Milwaukee's Best Ice (2014 re-review)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Chad9976 (1060) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2014 I split a 24oz can with a friend. We each poured it into a shaker glasses. It had a best before date of 6/14/14 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. Maybe a hint of sweetness. Strong corn presence, though.

Taste: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" only has acetaldehyde). 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.

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: 3/10


  1. I've tried the regular Beast before without any ill effects, and for sheer performance value my go to has always been Icehouse. After reading your review I'm gonna have to try the Beast Ice, sounds like solid contender. Thanks!