rumproasts (4828) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 28, 2014
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
can. Golden with one finger head. Sweet with some light corn and mild hops. I want to hate this, but it’s not that bad. Perhaps I’m just in a more forgiving mood than usual.
EithCubes (5475) - New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2014
1.9 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
24 oz can, bottom stamped JUL2814. Nose lightly sweet with heavy corn dust. Clear pour is deep golden with healthy carbonation and a sudsy bright white head. Watery body is strongly sweet, cereal grain with floral character and a (actually pretty nice!) bready finish. Crisp and slightly refreshing. There’s some corn here, yes, but the floral hops are more the focus, and despite the ’hangover taste’, there’s also a surprising feel of freshness. Could do a lot worse!
Brutesdad (3) - - MAR 8, 2014 does not count
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A brilliant looking adjunct lager with a dark golden hue. Refreshing, and thirst quenching. For a cheap macro lager, this one is top notch when one figures in the price. Oddly, this beer will not give you a headache either, which is a benefit in it’s own right. A wonderful choice for the budget conscious adjunct lager everyday "Joe."
Nate (4113) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2014
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
From can. Carbonic gaseousness, very mild astringent-dusty hop note, a wee bit of sulfur and some corn sweetness in the nose. Pale golden straw clear with visible carbonation, topped with white foamy lacing head. Watery body with high carbonation, fizzy. Starts dull with mild corn sweetness, light metallic notes, and a bit of carbonic acidity. Very little hop bitterness, with fairly clean finish with light sulfur notes. Tasteless after, watery.
omhper (22986) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 29, 2014
0.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Canned in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Pale yellow, minimal head. Aroma of vodka and boiled rice. Sweet and empty with light body. Boozy, yet watery.Notes of metal in the finish. Feels like some by product from a chemical factory.
Eberndt (235) - - JAN 11, 2014
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Ohh yeah used to buy 30 packs of this for like $12. Tastes like metal but will get you drink for cheap.
luttonm (4482) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2013
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
24oz can in Seattle. Continuing my lowbrow ratings on my trip home. Lightest yellow-gold, ugly white foam. Light corny grain aroma, smooth creamy lactic grain. Could be worse? most alike the cheap euro lagers of the beers in the States I’ve come across.
metalhead0043 (207) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2013
0.6 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
24 oz my friend left behind last weekend. This is the worst of the worst. Cheap beer that tastes like corn syrup and malts that were scraped off the floor. Terribly sour. I’m not one to generally bash macro brews but this one is just inexcusably bad. Even for free I’m having to choke this one down.
JHeath99 (1676) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2013
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Can. Pours sickly gold with no head. Aroma of cheap malts. Pretty much similar in taste.
ChadPolenz (1649) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2013
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2014 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.