How Long Does Smirnoff Ice Last?

Smirnoff Ice is a malt drink that is similar to beer, and it does go bad. Most malt drinks have about a 3-month half-life.

Even though malt beverages aren’t usually bottled with an expiration date, each bottle has an industry code with the month and year of expiration so that people can tell how fresh they are. For example, the code could say “A0714DE,” which is the industry code for a malt beverage that was brewed in Delaware on April 7, 2013.

Keep in mind that many malt beverages have a “best used by” date, but if they don’t, reading this code is a good way to figure out when the beverage was bottled. To find the expiration date, add 3 months to that date. In this case, you could drink the malt drink until July 7, 2014.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.

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