Similar to beer, Smirnoff Ice is a malt beverage with an expiration date. Most malt beverages have approximately three-month half-lives.
Although malt drinks are not typically labelled with an expiration date, each bottle has an industry code that includes the month and year of expiration so that consumers can gauge its freshness. The code may read “A0714DE,” which is the industry code for a malt beverage made in Delaware on April 7, 2013. Keep in mind that many malt beverages display a best-before date, but if they don’t, this code is a reliable indicator of when the beverage was bottled. Add three months to the date to determine the expiration date. In this instance, the malt beverage is valid until July 7, 2014.