Miller Fortune - Miller Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 715
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 2.56
pDev: 28.91%
Wants: 17
Gots: 188 | FT: 1
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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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Reviews by russwaddell:
Photo of russwaddell
1.99/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

For absolutely no reason, I figured there was a chance this would be good. In fact, Miller Fortune is really terrible.

Looks pretty good, completely clear and a lot of bubbles trailing up from the bottom. Zero head retention though.

Smells brassy but not as bad as even the best smelling malt liquor. Not much complexity to the nose and isn't 100% awful, but it's sort of neutral-bad overall with some really off notes.

Taste is absolutely terrible. The only thing that could make it worse is that it doesn't actively make me want to retch. This is basically the worst a beer can taste without me immediately pouring it down the drain. Has none of the refreshment of Budweiser, MGD, or High Life but still has all the bad flavors of MGD (they are just more intense).

Mouthfeel is fine. Clean enough. Finishes like you didn't even drink it.

Maybe I don't like this style of beer, because I can think of some other American lagers that turn me off just as much as this. Honestly, though, this stuff seems like boosted ABV and an ad campaign with the product itself a total afterthought. Pretty sure drinking one gave me a hangover before I even got to the bottom of it.

Avoid this beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Buddyroe9
5/5  rDev +95.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

People are nuts. I have liked Miller beer, but this beer is unbelievably good. Try it for yourself and stop trying to say what you think is cool. Just be honest with yourself. This beer is GOOD!. And at 7% alcohol, you don't have to drink a bunch to get a nice buzz.

Photo of van1btz
3.86/5  rDev +50.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

There is no way to try and mask this beers intended market! This beer was made for people who like strong inexpensive beers. I happen to like all beers and depending on the mood I might want a cheap strong beer. That being said this beer is not expensive, so I will treat and rate it as so. Like other strong beers in its category, Malt liquors, High Gravity lagers, Ice beers... this beer is a cut above the rest. This kind of reminds me of a cross between Olde English and Leffe Blonde, of course it’s made at 1/4 the budget of Leffe Blonde so please don't bash it. If you want a better tasting strong beer/ale then go for something like a Leffe Blonde. If you want a six pack of strong beer for the price of two Leffe Blonde's than look no further! Miller Fortune will do the trick.

Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I purchased a can of Miller Fortune in El Monte, CA/USA for $2.29 USD.
Appearance: The appearance of Miller Fortune had a fizzy bunch of bubbles amidst a yellow puddle of beer within the can.
Colour: Miller Fortune had a vague yellow appearance.
Smell: Miller Fortune had an aroma that resembled the scent of rotten corn.
Taste: Miller Fortune had a vague taste of malts, stale/sweet corn, metal, and grain.
Mouthfeel: Miller Fortune had a light feeling of mellow but kind carbonation. Later, Miller Fortune lost its carbonation. Mellow Fortune had a slight weight within the mouth which would remind a person that time was going too fast because the beer is losing carbonation. One positive point is that Miller Fortune has decent alcohol content.
Overall: People who enjoy the aroma of rotten corn and stale malt will derive amusement from Miller Fortune. People who like a beer that reminds them of grain mixed with light metal will enjoy Miller Fortune.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.51/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, caramelized malts, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors of caramel and fruit. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s not a bad beer but there are others in the style that I would pick first.

Photo of BcCraft710
2/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Kind of bias due to my dislike of reds and Miller, but a passable beer for sure

Photo of BB1980
4.06/5  rDev +58.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pretty good. Best of the Miller Beers I've had. Higher ABV and for a lower price than many others

Photo of CMHillsy55
3.44/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Good beer for Miller to do. Dark and high alc. content makes for a decent beer.

Photo of Knbugs
5/5  rDev +95.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a very good beer.

Photo of TheOpinionatedScoundrel
4.05/5  rDev +58.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Miller Fortune is the best economic equation of price vs. taste vs. ABV. It defies your natural expectations for a beer that has 6.9% alcohol by volume. It's ethanol taste is remarkably subtle, the liquid has a light crisp feel. It's light on spice and flavor, but it delivers what it promises which is a higher than mainstream ABV that is potable for the masses. I don't perceive it as insulting. Personally, It's one of my new guilty pleasure beers.

Photo of DirtyMikeandTheBoys
4.38/5  rDev +71.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Great yard work beer. Pours golden blonde with a thin white head. Goes down smooth. My goto beer worth the price. Hoppy malty taste

Photo of Andypowpow
4.42/5  rDev +72.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer great price! Gets you drunk pretty quick

Photo of RoyalT
3.2/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This is bright yellow mixed with a light orange and modest head.

Smell – The American grain is more refined at the nose than with other offerings from the Miller line.

Taste – This actually tastes like an Amber Ale, which surprises me greatly. It’s incredibly light of course for the style but there’s a nice malt flavor with some authentic sweetness that doesn’t taste like rotten Gummi Bears like I was expecting.

Mouthfeel – I really don’t mind the lightness of body but it is a style faux paux. Looking past that though it has a good mouthfeel and again not overly effervescent like you find in a lot of macros.

Drinkability – This was much better than I thought it would be. It’s a smooth drinker, nothing offensive, and makes a laudable effort at following the style guidelines. My only criticism is that it was light in the ass but that didn’t take away from the drinkability of the beer.

Photo of markallmon
2.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. I'm normally a big fan of Miller Lite as a cheap, everyday beer and expected the best with this.
Comes off as a attempt to compete with Bud Light Platinum, which I also dislike. Very cheap tasting and boozie. I'd actually much rather have a Colt 45 than this. Hits the palate weird and has a sour, bad-breath like aftertaste that honestly makes me want to brush my teeth.
Honestly, if the higher alcohol content is what you're after, just get some malt liqour, because that's basically what this tastes like.

Photo of generallee
3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: It was poured from a big 24 oz can into a tall mug glass. The label lists the abv at 6.9%.

Appearance: It has a fairly deep golden color body with very good clarity and some carbonation streaming up though it's self. An aggressive pour makes for a big soapy head which settles out quickly leaving no lacing.

Smell: The aroma is pretty much your basic cheap adjunct style beer. There is a sweet corny grain like maltiness with notes of grassy hops.

Taste / Palate: It's flavor has a firm grainy presence with notes of corn husk and cereal grain with light grassy hop backing it up. It also has a little sweet malty boozy character as well. It feels slick and full with some fizzy carbonation trying to give to some lift off the palate.

Photo of BeerIsland
3.03/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Photo of tigg924
3.05/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, gold in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and sugar

Taste: toasted malt, corn, adjunct, and sugar

Mouthfeel: moderate-light carbonation, light bodied, sweet start with light bitterness

Overall: Not really getting red ale here. More of an amped up adjunct lager. The extra alcohol was not overly noticeable. If you like adjunct products, this falls right in the middle--only with an extra kick.

Photo of far333
2.86/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Gave this a try thinking that it might be an attempt from Miller to make a craft-type beer. Pours a clear cidery color with a sizzly head that settles out very quickly. Aroma of biscuit malt, bready notes, and cinnamon.

Sweet malty flavor, mild hop bitters, faint bourbony note, finishes sweet, just shy of cloying. Very slick and watery mouthfeel, this beer has NO body. Carbonation tingles in the finish.

Photo of WVbeergeek
1.95/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Really dark glass bottle, why don't they use these for IPAs or something worth preserving from being light struck. Pours a fizzy deep copper the label boasts the 6.9% abv, white head dwindles away so quickly. Aroma has some grain husks, malt liquor like smells, a bit of apple fruitiness, with cooked veggies. Flavor super sweet somewhat alcohol finish, there's nothing smooth in this beer. Residual sugars flood the palate, cloying hard to finish the bottle. There's just no point in getting to know this beer anymore than the single 12 oz bottle I purchased. Mouthfeel fizzy carbonation, nothing good to say I can't believe this made it through the testing phases huge multi-million dollar ad campaign big brewers are ridiculous basically monkey see monkey do, this is right in line with Bud Light Platinum.

Photo of Brenden
2.73/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of scottblaze
3.4/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color, taste and middle of the road, not bad, not great, but ok.

Yes, there is some "cooked vegetable".

After reading many negative reviews, I am surprised that Fortune seems to me like a decent, but not great, belly warmer. I can't quite get a handle on all the negativity....makes me think there is a bunch anti BMC bias going on. It may be that I've simply lowered my standards.
Anyway, I liked it enough that I would probably buy it again.

Photo of Retroman40
2.8/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from (albeit a cool looking) bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured out a light copper color with a loose head that quickly retreated to a thin lace.

S - Not much but a hint of adjunct.

T - Very neutral with some faint malt but no hop note at all. As the beer warmed the alcohol became more prominent particularly with nothing to balance it.

M - Tangy when cold but syrupy as it warmed.

O - Not bad for a AAL. The 6.9 ABV is a little on the high side for a session beer.

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.93/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Miller Fortune
12 oz. bottle, dated "JUN0914 D08081609"

Interesting beer. They've gone to a lot of trouble with the packaging, and I do have to say the shape and weight of the bottle are nice. It's a surprisingly deep amber color. Fingerprint clear through the glass. Fairly decent head retention - the lacing could be better for sure, as the spots that are left slide steadily down the glass before your eyes. The aroma is quite fruity and estery. Sweet malt is present as well, but also adjunct-like. Somewhat dextrinous in the mouth with a moderate carbonation that leaves it gently crisp. The flavor follows. Sweet with sugar and light malt flavors, some caramel but not much - adjunct-like overall. Pear, apple, and some dark skinned fruit... esters and alcohol... 6.9% shouldn't be so easily revealed, and I'm also finding what I think of as higher alcohols (in the way that it hits the back of my throat and then makes my face and ears turn red). Not much bitterness here, but balanced. It finishes drying with a bit of malt and a wash of alcohol to take it away. Some minor hop flavors may be appearing in the finish, leafy and floral. English in character, I'd think. And if I had to categorize this beer I'd probably classify it as some kind of English strong ale, but there's also a kind of malt liquor character to it that shoots that down. Brash. Alcoholic. Odd for a large brewery to allow that, especially in fancy packaging. I have to ding it on points for the flavor as it's got such a kind of "hot fermentation" aspect to it.

Photo of randyw41
2.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

I really wanted to like this beer, as I drink both MHL, and MGD. I poured this into a Guinness pint sized glass. The appearance is a medium golden color. A very thin head, with very little lacing. It had a fruity taste at first, then leaves an odd, thick textured, sour taste which isn't very pleasant. Glad I only bought a six pack. Way overpriced too. Like others noted, they did a good job of covering up the high alcohol content. I'm not a beer snob, so let me say that I'd rather have a Miller Highlife over this stuff...

Photo of JohnFatAss
2.74/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I enjoy Miller beers., and was looking forward to giving Miller Fortune a try.

Fortune pours a nice amber color with a white head. Not a bad looking beer.

It has a maltier flavor than regular miller beer. I didn't taste any bourbon flavor.
It is heavier and more full bodied than regular Miller, but it's smooth and extremely easy to drink.
But this is not a beer I would want to pound down and drink a lot of.
At 6.9 % alcohol, it will have you feeling fine in no time, if a quick buzz is what you are looking for.

Overall. I did not find it all that enjoyable. It is too heavy and too boozy for an American Lager. The flavor is not that great.

I will stick with High Life or Miller Lite when I want a simple beer to enjoy with a meal or snacks.

I don't see Miller Lite drinkers switching over to this.
I don't see bourbon drinkers liking this either.
The quality is not there to compete with craft beer.

Maybe Malt Liquor drinkers will buy it.

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Miller Fortune from Miller Brewing Co.
61 out of 100 based on 715 ratings.