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Miller Fortune - Miller Brewing Co.

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306 Ratings
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Ratings: 306
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 2.54
pDev: 25.2%

Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: RonaldTheriot on 01-15-2014)
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Photo of TheMarkE


3.25/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Nice clear copper/amber shade. Decent head that disappears very quickly. Moderate lacing and carbonation.

Smell: Malt and a hint of floral hops.

Taste: Sweet malts, grain, and a touch of hops.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a slight hop bitterness at the end.

The Verdict: Not bad. There’s no doubting that it’s a macrobrew, but it’s a drinkable one. The bourbon flavor it supposedly carries evades my taste buds, though.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 19:06:12 | More by TheMarkE
Photo of sobuf

New York

2.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Let's all face the facts. We wouldn't have bought, and tried this beer if it didn't have 6.9% It's an aweful beer, don't try to pull out flavors. I like the one comment about all the corn - that's funny - because that's what it is. I mean, compared to all macros, it fits the bill. And with the 1.9% higher abv than most macros, it's okay for the masses. It's basically marketed to the "club" crowd in their early twenties. It's marketed as "classy" and has a higher abv that bars can charge 7-8 bucks a pint. All the while guys with way too much cologne and hair gel think they're drinking something great in their futile attempt of bringing home a girl drinking pina coladas. Yeah, you know it :) I had to try it - because I pretty much drink every beer. But just another Platinum rip-off. Blah

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 04:30:52 | More by sobuf
Photo of burnerfinger


2.83/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bought this b/c it's new to me (excuse?)

Adarker amber than the usual MACRO - lots of clarity
thin head that fizzles to close to nuthin - leaving very little lace

s not nice. sorry but there's just not much there far as I can tell

t cardboard y. truly this is not much better than any macro

m carbo-lite!

d slam em back - buzz is the only redeeming quality far as I can tell


Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 03:13:08 | More by burnerfinger
Photo of y2jrock60


2.79/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A- Clear light amber with a small head that leaves slight lacing.

S- Hefeweizen type aroma followed by a slight toasted malt. It finishes like a typical macro lager.

T- Tastes like a stonger Miller Lite upfront. The finish is really odd, it's like they threw a bunch of peanut shells into it. The alcohol is masked well.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O- This beer actually suprised me, it wasnt terrible. It's far from good, but it would have scored higher if it was categorized as an adjunt lager and not an amber.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 00:39:21 | More by y2jrock60
Photo of Chaz


3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliant golden amber in color, with a billowy off-white head which subsides after a couple of minutes. Lacing is minimal, but carbonation is good.

Not a bad looking beer, but hardly the sort of thing that makes today's vocal Craft Beer adherents scream and shout -- in a good way, I mean. Not much on the nose; rather basic and malty, with no real presence of bittering or aromatic hops. No off-flavor notes at all, just a clean, malty lager.

It does smell generically 'booze-like' (rum? bourbon? can't be sure... ) and I recall that this was originally supposed to be aimed and marketed at younger, urban beer drinkers who were looking for a spirits-like experience in a pre-packaged format (I'm actually not sure that this one is presently available in draught form.) Smells -for better or for worse- like a classic malt liquor.

Big and almost (not quite) bold malt character on the first sip, with a barrel-like funk and just a touch of some hop bitterness. This is my second can of the day (the first was for breakfast -- warm: Burp!) and my first, lingering impression from the morning holds with this chilled and served in a Pilsener Urquell pokal sample: this recipe is in fact a derivative of a malt liquor line extension, brewed by Miller pre-MillerCoors merger, and re-badged. It's either Schlitz VSL or one of the newer Colt brands. Oh, sure it's darker, but that's just emkamalt. The 'spirits' character could be from kettle boiling of oak chips or spirals, but barrel-aged? I think not. There is no true bourbon or rum character, only a hint at that sort of flavor profile.

Edit: Light vanilla notes, even a banana-like note. Neither is unpleasant, but when I think fruit and "rum-like", I get flashbacks to flavored white rum...

In looking at the beer in the glass I imagine it being served in a low ball glass, on the rocks, and I would not be surprised if this is suggested in some corporate POS instructional materials to the trade. At just 6.9% ABV it is strong, and certainly in keeping with the average malt liquor strength, and there's a touch of heat in the drink, but it would not benefit (in my mind from the addition of water or rocks -- a cocktail base this is not.

Body is surprisingly light and effervescent, owing to the well-carbonated profile. With the malt profile that this offers, a bit more body would improve it. And in fact, I prefer the experience of this beer warm from a can much more than I do chilled from the refrigerator and served in a glass!

Not a bad beer in and of itself, it's just not one that is in any sense out of the ordinary. The can and paper-labels feature a modernistic, clean, and somewhat "classy" design, but can a package design sell a product?

Jun1614 B.B.D. -can- sampled on 4/5/14

Serving type: can

04-06-2014 03:07:45 | More by Chaz
Photo of JuicesFlowing


1.98/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: See-through copper color, with rusty red hue. The cream colored head dissipated before I could even take a sip. Needless to say, there's no lacing.

Aroma: Sweet perfume in the form of malts and booze, maybe some woodsy vanilla notes as well, but that's a stretch. A lingering ice cream smell in the back end.

Taste: A creamy, vanilla ice cream kind of malty backbone, and a harsh gasoline finish.

Mouthfeel: Light and watery.

Overall: I'm not sure what Miller is going for here. At best, this beer is all over the place and doesn't connect any dots. At worse, it's a watery 6.9% brew that doesn't really taste like anything you want it to.

Serving type: can

04-04-2014 20:18:35 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of barnzy78


2.8/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Date stamped JUN0214 on bottom of 24oz can. Sharing this with my wife.
L - rigorous pour reveals a creamy off-white head topping a deeper golden bodied lager, nice clarity, ok head retention
S - odd aroma with wet grain, sweet and toasty, brown sugar
T - suprisingly nice taste of caramel, toffee, toasted grain, brown sugar, and yeast initially, but then has some odd metallic tastes, wet grain, and is a bit vegetal after that. It is too sweet, but there is some grassy hop in there for a slight bitterness.
F - medium bodied and creamy, finishes with a lingering wet grain taste that I'd rather not be there. It does, however invite another sip to bring back the more pleasant up-front tastes, but the after-taste is pretty unappealing.
O - all over the board here. I like it and I don't. It's way too sweet and could use some more hops. It does have some decent flavors, but would I actually buy it again? I'm not sure. Probably not, especially this giant sized can - it's too sweet and odd for me. It did, however, exceed my expectations.

Serving type: can

04-02-2014 03:34:11 | More by barnzy78
Photo of budgood1


2.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

24 ounce can. spirited golden lager.

pours out of the can an amber colour with a short lived fizzy head. no retention. no lace. a sweet burnt brown sugar aroma. and that's about it. the taste profile consists of a short blast of toasty maltiness up front, quickly devolving into some syrupy adjunct...but not overly corny. there is definite boozy blast that is perceptible, not unlike a malt liquor. there really is nothing offending or obnoxious flavourwise, so that's a plus. it's got a pretty slick mouthfeel on top of a lageresque body. drinkability is ok.

overall i would say that Miller always does higher gravity lagers better than A-B, so maybe this is just an attempt to make a "classy" malt liquor. it's just an amped up version of adjunct amber lager. i really don't see the point in brewing these. would make a good beer to boil some brats in.

Serving type: can

03-29-2014 20:28:01 | More by budgood1
Photo of StonedTrippin


2.38/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

following a cantillon review with this, such is my life. 24 ounce can, apparently the miller answer to bud light platinum, i must say this is worlds better, but thats as far as i am willing to go on it. smells like college, already dead, corny and sweet, unnecessarily strong, and fizzy as they come. somewhat comical to me, i have not had a beer of this quality in some time, and am reminded why i made the switch to craft all these years ago, its not horrible, but its so so bad compared to even the most humble and pedestrian craft offering. sometimes i get so lost in our beer world that i forget the vast majority of americans drink stuff like this. a commentary on our society more than just beer i guess, but this is utterly disgusting in the context of all beer. in the context of BMC stuff, its middle of the road. no detectable off flavors in it, which puts it ahead of at least half of its peers. it has a sweetness to it too that isnt all the way nasty, but i am left realizing that i would have no chance of finishing this can withotu vomiting, even for money im not sure i could pull it off. drinking should be a chore, and this can of beer is exactly that.

Serving type: can

03-29-2014 05:09:23 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of coasterfreak75

North Carolina

2.34/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: Light amber with a finger of head in the glass. Little or no lacing or head retension throughout the drink.

Smell: Sweet malt with light fruit tones in the nose.

Taste: Overpowering sweetness, little or no hop balance. The front is malt sweetness and the finish is a strange lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation with a clean finish. Seems like a good "lawnmower beer" but not much beyond that.

Overall: I wasn't overly impressed. Overly sweet with little bitter balance. Seemed like a good summer yard work beer but for the price there are better, more tasteful options.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 02:12:04 | More by coasterfreak75
Photo of AudioFileZ


2.4/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

If I had to guess what the wort is made of I'd have to imagine ultra-filtered dregs of cream corn fermented with some corn sugar thrown in. Yeah, it's a high-alcohol corn-fest, and a waste of, perhaps, a few hops. This stuff is like drinking sweet alcohol infused filtered corn juice with a shot of CO2. Absolutely no imagination here. Doesn't Miller realize there is a grain called barley? The corn market would collapse overnight if Miller went out of business, lol! Truly a wasted effort by a major brewer trying to pass this off as a craft brew. Stay away.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 10:57:59 | More by AudioFileZ
Photo of RoamingGnome


3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Miller Fortune

Pounded down a couple bottles while doing some dinner prep. I poured some into a cylinder to eyeball it and get my nose in for a whiff. I was enjoying this pretty cold.

A) Amber brew with decent clarity. Looks like ample carbonation. About a finger of head with minimal retention. Looks okay to me...

S) Sweet malt, and light toast. I'm getting grain and sweet corn. I find no hops on the nose, maybe light grass. Meh... It's okay...

T) Follows the nose... I did not let this warm up at all. The 6.9% ABV is under the radar.

M) Lighter with crisp carbonation. Goes down with ease. Clean finish. Not much going on here.

O) Tried a sample of this at a local bottle shop about a month ago. Honestly never thought I'd be drinking it again. Then my grandma gives me a sixer, because it was on sale, and she had a coupon. So now I'm just rambling... My point is, Miller wants you to put this in a tumbler, like it's some high brow shit. Well of course that's a crock. You keep this beer ice cold, and you pound it out of the bottle. If you maintain that approach, then under certain circumstances it will be okay. Thanks grandma... I'm glad it wasn't a sixer of Lite or MGD.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 02:41:48 | More by RoamingGnome
Photo of ThisWangsChung


2.19/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear amber color. The head is a little over one finger high, barely off-white in shade. Retention is surprisingly good for a BMC product, but not great. A modicum of lacing is left on the glass.

S: First whiff, it doesn't smell bad...it just doesn't have much of any smell. When it warms up slightly, there is a touch of noticeable caramel. Even some toasted malts! On the other hand, I do pick up some cereal grain and diacetyl typical of a BMC offering. By no means does it smell great (or even good, to be honest), but it could have been far, FAR worse.

T: The flavors are closer to a malt likka, but not a horrible malt likka. Notes of cheap white wine and cereal grain opens this up, while it finishes with a surprising amount of sweet caramel malt. It seems a little boozy for 6.9% on the aftertaste - as sugary as it is, it still doesn't cover the alcohol very well. Some green apple appears when it warms, and that's not a good thing.

M: The carbonation of this one is really fizzy, intense, even a bit harsh. This has always been my problem with Miller's AAL's - they genuinely don't taste horrid, they just have ridiculous over-carbonation. At the end of the day, though, this has a bigger problem: it's too sugary and under-attenuated.

O: This is kind of like a fancy pants, sofistimicated malt likka. While I'm not a fan, I honestly believe it exceeded my (hideously low) expectations. As an amber lager, though, it sucks. Even in the world of malt likkas, I'd rather drink Steel Reserve or Natty Daddy. Next!

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 22:17:33 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of Brenden


2.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Well, whether it's a red lager or a golden lager, what it ultimately comes down to is that it's Miller's effort at a BL Platinum competitor.

It's a little darker than the golden color Miller itself advertises on their website, kind of a pale polished copper. The off-white head is fizzy and spritzy, keeping up some foamy sudsing but nothing more but managing some very light spotting.
The aroma's just boozy sweet corn and grains with a little burn to it off some fruity esters. Something mildly leafy is also in there.
Some caramel and grains, toast leaning toward some char but without the roast to back it up, the fruity esters off the alcoholic heat (which isn't completely over the top), and some green apple skin move into a slightly leafy finish.
The body is light but does, surprisingly enough, work its way toward medium. It doesn't quite reach it, though. Crispness is fizzy but consistent off the rolling carbonation, and the best I can say is that at least it doesn't get too slick, and it keeps up some semblance of smoothness.

Serving type: can

03-25-2014 19:35:53 | More by Brenden
Photo of ahommell


1.55/5  rDev -39%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The answer to so many beers out there, Miller has attempted to make its mark.

Poured from bottle into Delirium Tremens Tulip.

A: CLEAR. Copper to dark amber color. Foamy head dissipates to a sticky yet uninviting foam head.

S: Oh god. It is so bad. Rice-y apple juice. Faint hops somewhere in la la land.

T: My god. They have made a product that takes Bud Ice and marries it to St. Ides. These two have a baby that is less alcoholic. This is that baby. This is awful.
Rice. Apple. Sweet light Malt. Little hint of alcohol.

M: Light feel. Miller light with some extra additives that still seems smooth yet un filling. Burn does exist... but no creaminess will be found here.

O: This is bad... but will make people who don't know/like beer think they are getting a more "craft experience." The place where this is drinkable: If pabst and yuengling are sold out and you are going boating that afternoon. Spending a day on the lake with this wouldn't be awful. Spending a night by the fire with your honey... well this would be like adding Robert Goulay throwing nuts at you.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 03:42:08 | More by ahommell
Photo of bubbakx500

Rhode Island

2.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Chilling this beer only masks the poor quality of its creators. I had two just to ensure I wasn't mistaken, one off the shelf into a frozen glass, and one chilled for two days. The fact that it's considered an ale is almost an insult. Couldn't finish either of the I had.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 21:12:15 | More by bubbakx500
Photo of boidesbrew


2.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Takes like crap. Black Crown from Bud is so much better. Thankfully I only bought one can. I tend to like a little sweeter taste. This is bitter. No enjoyment in the drinking. Had to force it down. Never again. It seems like an experiment gone array. Back to Black Crown.

Serving type: can

03-20-2014 04:27:01 | More by boidesbrew
Photo of theBubba

New York

2.26/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Poured into my '64 World's Fair Schaefer beer glass there appeared a nice golden/amber color. More golden than amber. And a very decent head that disappeared by the count of 5.
Smell was that of corn and a touch of watered down cider vinegar.
Taste? Well pretty much like any big beer adjunct lagers with a slight edge from the higher ABV and a bit more carbonation.
Mouthfeel was thin with a bit of bite from the carbonation which lasted to the end (not a bad thing...the carbonation).
To sum it up IMHO, Miller has jumped on the current big beer band wagon started by Bud's Black Crown. Higher ABV's with names that sound like men's cologne. And dark labeling. Can you imagine how many marketing geniuses and how many "focus groups" it took to bring this pretty crappy beer to market?
BTW, if yer into this style Bud's Black Crown is a better bet. A bit less booze with a bit more body and mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 03:22:17 | More by theBubba
Photo of beershrine


2.45/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Perfectly golden clear. No head, very sweet & taste similar to Old English 800 but a little smoother. At 8 bucks a 6 pack it's priced at a premium and tastes like the brown bag stuff.
Just for kicks I took a gravity reading and it measured 1.023 Too sweet for my taste

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 00:24:49 | More by beershrine
Photo of pkalix


2/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

cool bottle. cool spade beneath the cap. ooh! did someone say bourbon? where? geez this stuff tastes like miller lite. no different. not quite ready for this crap right now. been drinking some good stuff and wham! why do I do this to myself? why even review the sh*t? kind of reminds me of my meth pipe days.... yeah right. yuck. done bye bye.... get me a pizza or something to wash this swill down with. thank god it's a 12 oz bottle. wont hurt as much draining it....
check this out: http://www.beergeeknation.com/admin/miller-fortune-beer-geek-nation-craft-beer-reviews/ did he just flip this beer off at the end????!????!???? too funny

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 22:16:29 | More by pkalix
Photo of KYGunner


2.68/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

What does impress me is the brilliance of the head as the ivory white mass of bubbles is quite striking. The body itself is a light coppery hue but the overall look is just average.

The aroma is a tame scent of corn malts and a tinge of barley.

The flavor is typical adjunct with a corn pop like taste. Sweet caramel malt, albeit very light, is certainly present but it's not prominent enough to outweigh the corn.

I must admit that at nearly 7 pct ABV this holds no alcohol residuals. It drinks like water with no heft or thickness.

This bottle was given to me and I'm happy for that as this seems to be just a touch above so many adjuncts

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 00:03:32 | More by KYGunner
Photo of vickersspitfire


2.88/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This is a crystal clear ale with nice burnt amber color to it, there’s plenty o carbonation in it to make the ale dance around and the head starts off thick and slowly withers into a thin layer of bubbles with a slight lacing around the glass.
The aroma is light and malty with very mild floral smells coming through and not much else.
This is a light-to-medium bodied ale with a nice fresh and crisp feel when it first hits your tongue. The malts really take over this ale and the mild bitterness, there are some mild fruit flavors in its aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 19:14:09 | More by vickersspitfire
Photo of iman99


3.61/5  rDev +42.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really like this. I am not a fan of miller brew because it is not very good but I think MGD is not so bad but miller high life could use some work.

Got a 16oz can for $1.06 don't know why some places sell it for like 1.50 because it really ain't worth that price

I do like the sort of musky kind of flavor they have in it. I slam these things and all other 16 oz cans within a few seconds I would give this a try if you haven't before pretty good stuff.

i lik3 to drink one of these followed by a 211 or colt 45 8.5% or what not sometimes the hurricane 8.1%

Serving type: can

03-14-2014 17:16:03 | More by iman99
Photo of OregonGrown7


1.13/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This beer is truly horrible. I thought miller might have made something that was comparable to Busch signature copper lager, which suprisingly wasn't too bad, but damn.. This just tastes like a mustier version of busch, or coors, or something. Slick mouthfeel with the gross aftertaste of what I can only describe as metallic corn cobs. I believe another poster mentioned "cooked vegetable", which also works. There is nothing special about this beer, it is gross. I feel bad that I gave a dollar for a single bottle. Jokes on me I guess, but what did I expect.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 02:43:07 | More by OregonGrown7
Photo of BeerIsland


3.03/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

24 ozzer for $2.50 at the Lititz Weis is a fast way to get there if you're OK with BMC adjunct lagers. It's definitely reddish without a lasting head. This isn't a fashion plate beer anyway. Flavor is getting better with that corny thing at mid taste pretty much going away. You can pick up the extra body but the 6.9% is pretty much in the background. An OK beer.

Serving type: can

03-13-2014 16:47:16 | More by BeerIsland
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Miller Fortune from Miller Brewing Co.
61 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.