you’re from Upstate New York like me you’re familiar with the Stewart’s
chain of convenience stores (the 7-11 of our state). For some reason
they felt the need to have their own brand of beer. Why they choose to
go with the cheapest, nastiest recipe possible I do not understand.
That’s what Mountain Brew Ice is – pretty much the lowest form of fizzy
yellow adjunct lager there is.
This was previously known as “Mountain Brew Beer Ice” and was literally
Genny Ice in a different package up until about two years ago when the
contract went to City Brewing Company in Lacrosse, Wisconsin (the makers
of Four Loko). Since this beer has a new name and is being made by a
different brewery I’ll consider it a separate beer and this an original
rather than a re-review.
I poured a 16oz can into a frosted liter mug. It was canned on February 13, 2015 and cost $0.99 ($0.06 per ounce).
Appearance: Surprisingly dark gold color with a clear body. Not much
visible carbonation, though it does pour to a large, bright white,
fluffy head. It fizzles away quickly and leaves no lacing.
Smell: Probably the best aspect of the beer since it’s so faint. Minor
corn water scent and a generic adjunct lager aroma. Though it’s actually
more neutral-smelling than it is foul.
Taste: Not being a professional brewer I don’t understand how it’s
possible to make a beer taste this bad on purpose. Is this brewed with
the cheapest ingredient possible, or perhaps with
spoiled/stale/contaminated ingredients? I always though the major macro
lagers were bad, but this is even worse. It’s nothing but corn, metal
and quite frankly – dirt. There is a bit of a cereal corn flavor at the
beginning, but it’s quickly overshadowed by a foul metallic flavor of
some sort. It’s not lacto or any character associated with
non-pasteurized beer (I assume this is pasteurized to give it a long
shelf life). I can find not hop presence whatsoever. This could probably
be considered a malt liquor, though most brews of the style aren’t as
Drinkability: I was actually a bit disappointed that this beer wasn’t
fizzy. The mouthfeel is a bit oily and slick and it leaves a starchy yet
metallic aftertaste (higher carbonation would’ve fixed this). Mountain
Brew Ice is 5.9% ABV which is about normal for a generic “ice” lager
(it’s not a true eisbock, though). Each swig is worse-tasting the
previous; and I drank it from a frosted mug! Imagine how bad it must be
at fridge temp.