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