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.