One of the most popular malt beverages in the nation, Smirnoff Ice has been a party staple since 1999. This premium, flavored malt beverage hails from the house of Smirnoff, which was founded in Moscow way back in 1864. Though Smirnoff Ice is a relative newcomer for the brand, it's a winner that looks like it's here to stay. Though the good folks at Smirnoff make Smirnoff Ice, this bottled beverage isn't made with vodka. It's a malt beverage, so the brewing process is similar to the process for making beer. The malt gives Smirnoff Ice a light, fruity flavor that's on the sweet side. Smirnoff Ice is 5 percent ABV, which is pretty standard for a beer. What does Smirnoff Ice taste like? Think citrus. The original malt beverage has natural lemon and lime flavors, so it's crisp, zesty and refreshing. If you're in the mood for something fruitier, try one of the many available Smirnoff Ice flavors.