10.26.2012

Milwaukee's Best Ice Beer


Milwaukee's Best Ice
Beer
Miller Brewing Co.
IBU's: ?
Alcohol Content: 5.9%

I'm always amazed to find something I haven't tried before at the grocery store, especially cheap beer.   It seems like I've tried it all!  I don't know what that says about me, but...

Well, here's the review of Milwaukee's Best Ice!  I don't know why this is hard to find here, but it is. 



I've tried the regular Milwaukee's Best several times and was a bit underwhelmed... except for the price.  
The price is nice.

Very nice.



So, the other day I was buying some ingredients to cook some tasty grub because I'm awesome like that, and noticed Milwaukee's Best Ice.  I don't know if I've been hiding under a rock or what, but I guess I just didn't realize they made an Ice-version of Milwaukee's Best.  

Ice, of course, refers to the brewing method where beer is brewed and filtered at sub-freezing temperatures so ice can be filtered out, thereby raising the alcohol content slightly and creating a slightly smoother beer.  Making an Ice Brewed beer is essentially borrowing a technique the early colonial settlers used to make applejack (freezing fermented apple mash and filtering off the ice).  So, while it's not a new technique, it wasn't really applied to beer until the 1990's.  But, I'm getting off track here... back to this beer!

Milwaukee's Best Ice is a respectable 5.9% ABV.  It pours a clear, golden hue with a fairly thin and quickly dissipating head.  It smells pretty mild and of light toasted malts and bread.  Tasting brings what is expected: light malts, white bread notes, and some cereal grain sweetness and corn flavors (although not nearly as sweet and off-balance as Steel Reserve).  While this tastes very similar to a lot of similar cheap beers, the body is a bit heavier, especially for an Ice-Brewed beer which I find to be a good thing!

Is it a tasty craft beer?  No.  
Is it a slightly better than average cheap, ice beer?  Yes.

I actually prefer this to the regular Milwaukee's Best and a lot of other ice beers by quite a bit.  This would make a good party beer for serving a lot of people who aren't into craft beer and for CHEAP!  Plus at 5.9% alcohol, it's a pretty good bang for your buck! 

Drink This: if you want a cheap beer with a slightly heavier body and slightly more alcohol.
Don't Drink This: if you're looking for a hoppy or dark craft beer.  This is neither.  Not at all.  The choice is yours!

Cheers!    

2 comments:

  1. I totally Agree! Perfect on the wallet, great for moochers, and just plain not horribly bad cheap beer, for a cheap craft beer TRY to find Busch Signature Copper Lager.... Good Review Bob

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  2. I used drink the "Ice Beast" as we (my other friends working crappy low/minimum wage jobs) would get together and watch football on the tube, or listen to metal. After about a year or so of doing that it was a great incentive to find better jobs and make a little more money.

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