Milwaukee's Best Premium | Miller Brewing Co.

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Miller Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-18-2001

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Photo of Squire123
2.6/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Geezer beer.

Being a geezer myself, I know whereof I speak. Sometimes I think Miller has a basic beer that is packaged and sold under different labels for those of us who tend to buy "our brand" over and over. Nothing wrong with this package, light color, flavor, clean fizzy beer for when you want to drink a beer without analyzing it.

Buy when it's on sale which happens often.

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Photo of utopiajane
2.82/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Clarity is excellent. Golden straw color with lots of bubbles. Nice head of creamy off white foam that lasted well. Practically no nose. Low malty presence on the nose that becomes more grainy as it warms. Faint hint of dms. No hops presence on the nose at all. Light fruity ester from yeast. No diacetyl. Taste is light and I mean thin. Light corn sweetness. It has low malty flavor, some dms, a little bite from bubble and low to no hops presence on the palate. There is a good balance and a finishing bitterness. This malt is crisp and very thin. No diacetyl.

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Photo of KACK1533
1.51/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

This brings back memories of working at Lake Timberline. I used to go to Barney's Mini mart and pick up 40's of this, then at the liquor store I worked at. Color is pale straw. Head seemed to collapse on itself. Smell was adjuncts. Taste was corny with some cereal. Pretty inoffensive.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.8/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a moderate/good foam head, depending on the aggressiveness of the pour. It dissipates quickly enough.
Has a pale-straw -yellow color. Not bad, average, not a "nice" color.
From the can it has the average cheap AAL smell, but once in a glass it has a sweet, corn like fragrance to it.
Tastes is better than I expected for the price. Reminds me or corn, maybe even grains. Has a flavor to it. Not watery.
Has a smooth feel to it, with a minor aftertaste. Light to moderate carbonation.

Overall, for the price, it's better than I expected, not watery like others of its kind, not overly carbonated, the taste itself isn't poor, but not to everyones liking, similar to Coors in my opinion.

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Photo of DirtyMikeandTheBoys
5/5  rDev +143.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Still don't have an taste for this beer because it's an acquired taste. My grandpa drank it often after working all day in the fields. He told me in Vietnam the good beer would go quick and all that was left was PBR. He told me after 2 years of PBR he came home and enjoyed Milwaukee's Best and swore he'd never drink blue ribbon beer. I respect my grandfather enough that when hands me a Milwaukee's best I feel honored to drink a beer with him no matter what brand, and it an honor!

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
2.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

This barely qualifies as beer. It tastes like water and feels like water. Mostly corn and sugar, some faded hops at the end of the sip. Super cold, it goes down easy. Crisp all around, easy to pound. But I imagine you would need one million pints of this to get a slight buzz.

It isn't offensive, I drank it all. But I'd be hard pressed to call this a brewing product.

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Photo of DodgeStealth93
1.31/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.25

Tastes horrible smells horrible looks horrible about the only good thing this beer has going for it is its light mouthfeel and very sessionable but there are much better beers out there if u just plan on getting your buzz on! Would not recommend this beer to anyone!

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Photo of bushwack
2.72/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beers major downfall is that it's flat. Maybe they make it like that so you can pound them back, I dunno. It's got some flavor going on but still seems light and drinkable, and the price is right.

Pour in a glass and hide the can quick because color scheme and design of the product is one of the worst I've ever seen.

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Photo of FrozenJoe
4/5  rDev +95.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can. $16.74 for a 30 pack of cans at Walmart.

Small head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing. Light golden, yellowish body. Moderate but lively carbonation. Looks like a typical American Adjunct Lager.

Clean. Mild maltiness. White bread.

Mild sweet maltiness. Light dry corn flavor. Very clean and smooth. Mild balancing hops. The taste is good. For a cheap, lighter style adjunct lager this is good. The malt flavor is nice. The corn flavor is subdued. The hops are very mild but there. Hard to find a better tasting beer at this price point. Much better than many other lagers that cost more. Clean. Nothing off.

Well carbonated but still soft on the palate and easy to drink. Light bodied. Very clean and smooth. A great hot weather beer.

A great "cheap beer". Light and smooth. Good beer flavor for the style and price point. 12 oz cans are the way to go. Buy fresh. Serve ICE COLD. Pour out into a frosty mug and enjoy! This is a no nonsense old school lager. It is clean and refreshing at a great price. The taste is very good because you can taste the malt and the hops are very light but decent. The corn tastes good without being too astringent. For a light bodied adjunct lager this is a great brew. Very consistent. Ice cold goodness.

[Old Review from June 2014:
32oz can. $1.99 at the local beer convenience store.

Large foamy white head that dissipates quickly. Light lacing. Very light golden body. Crystal clear. Light carbonation.

Starts out harsh and astringent. After the beer settles for a minute or two the smell improves. Corn and malted barley.

A slightly watered down, more light bodied version of Miller High Life. Corn and malted barley. The barley flavor is quite nice, but you have to get through the corn to taste it. There is a sweetness to this beer. Hops are light. They are detectable as a balancing bitterness on the back end. The hops balance the sweetness and corn/barley nicely. There is a slight astringency/harshness to this beer that is best masked by COLD TEMPERATURE. However overall this is a fairly well balanced, smooth, drinkable beer. Actually TASTES GOOD.

Light bodied. Carbonation is strong on the tongue.

This is a somewhat harsh, but tasty economy macro lager. Miller goes too heavy with the corn every time. That being said, I still like this beer and would drink it again. Tasty. Has potential. Good value. Not the highest quality.]

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Photo of Falcone
2.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

The pour produces a surprisingly thick head with a lot of disproportionate bubbles. It fades quickly to a thin lace with a wee bit of lacing (also surprising). The look displays the expected macro filtered clarity with plenty of rising bubbles. Color is light gold and appealing.

The aroma is of stale grain husks and a bit of corn. Smells surprisingly dirty and a bit like a poor malt liquor, though without any alcohol heat for obvious reasons.

The taste is a bit better than the aroma. Surprisingly decent malt flavor. A bit on the sweet side though there is just enough hop bitterness (assuming actual hops were even used here) to keep it from being cloying. The finish is a bit rough, kind of wet and dirty. A touch of alcohol is also detected, which is kind of sad considering the low abv.

You can do much worse than this, though you can also do much better. While I don't factor price into my ratings I will say I that this isn't a bad value pick ( I payed under 6 bucks for a 12 pack). Overall you are still much better off going with PBR.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
2.49/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I know, I know BUT never tried it and it is very cheap. Like 50c a can. LOL! Sampled back on May 30th. Comes in a 12 ounce can. Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage "SCHLITZ" thumb-print-goblet.

Brew pours a deep golden-yellow in color with a think white head, as most of these types of brews do. Some spotty lacing was seen when sipped. The aroma is pretty much like all the others of this style, which is grains and sweet corn for the most part. Pretty much is said for the taste along with some yeast. Lightly dry finish with a bit watery. Lighter bodied with good carbonation. Overall it was just OK (if that) and not special. A cheap brew if you are budget-minded.

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Photo of priwen
3.59/5  rDev +75.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear, straw appearance with thick, white, bubbly head. Mild aroma of corn husks with a slight breadiness. Flavor is very light. Corn taste and not much else. Nothing offensive. Watery mouthfeel. Smooth, crisp finish. Slightly sweet. Overall: A very drinkable beer. Nothing bad about it, but also nothing memorable about it either. Good beer for a hot day when you're looking to pound a few.

12 can
Best by: Jul 13 15
Served in a Pint glass

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Photo of frinknasty
1.64/5  rDev -20%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

When you attend Texas Tech, but are under drinking age, and your roommate is of drinking age but from Illinois, this is what you end up drinking most nights. thank goodness I graduated!

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Photo of DrainBamage
2.64/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice golden color with a nice head that lingers. Smells quite putrid like most other adjunct lagers. Goes down smooth, but a little bitter on the palate. Not much flavor but not bad either. Overall not bad for a adjunct lager.

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Photo of maximusj
1.47/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

I used to drink this in high school when it first came out and good thing I didn't know any better. It is still one of the weakest tasting beers out there. It is cheap so if your beer budget is $10 per month this might be the beer for you.

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Photo of KYGunner
1.75/5  rDev -14.6%

The aroma is typical American Adjunct with a sweet corny malt, metallic tinnieness and an airy scent of carbonation.

For the most part I don't find this much different than so many adjuncts as the corn is sweet and pervasive. It does have a bit of metallic flavor and a harsh carbonated feel. It tastes cheap and is cheap.

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Photo of Caveworm
3/5  rDev +46.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Milwaukee's Best Premium - Miller Brewing Co. Poured from the can into a glass, this brew's got a 1/8th finger thick white head, no lacing, and a clear pale golden body.

Smells like corn mostly, along with other grains. Nothing really out of the ordinary going on here,

The taste is pretty aveage,too. Just a regular American lager taste.

Mouthfeel with this brew is lean and crisp, no lingering elements whatsoever.

Overall a solid 3 for Milwaukee's Best Premium - Miller Brewing Co. Its ok, nothing terrible,but on the same note its nothing out of this world. I'd get this for a big ass party that mainly would consist of people that don't even know what the term "head retention" is.

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Photo of hokieguy95
1.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

The Beast!!

For your last 2 bucks you could get a 6 pack in the 80's. If you had 6 bucks you had a case.

I'll give the High School and College memories a 5. But the beer is awful.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.29/5  rDev +60.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Milwaukee's Best Premium brew by Miller Brewing Co with an ABV of 4.50%. This brew pours out a nice golden amber color with a nice white head. The smell is grain and corn. Milwaukee's Best Premium has the look and smell of an American style lager. The taste is mild with corns and grans, lighter than what I was expecting. Nothing to write home about but it not bad. I have had a lot worse. For what it is worth this brew goes down smooth with a nice clean finish. There is nothing overpowering in this brew, it has a nice balance to it. Miller Brewing Co. did a nice job with this one. Overall I'm giving Milwaukee's Best Premium a 4.5 out of 5. I would buy this brew again.

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Photo of cryptichead
2.75/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

It seems that a lot of ratings for American Adjunct Lagers are based more on emotion than usual, as is the casae here. I have a special emotional connection to this one for its drinkability and a decent bitterness.There are much worse American adjuncts out there.

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Photo of bbluemzbeer
4.75/5  rDev +131.7%

lwaukee Best pours to a clear yellow. the smell is nothing new to me just your typical of cook vegetables and grains . It does not bother me! Taste like a typical american lager grains and malts. The hops are their to balance the beer out . It has very tiny taste of cardboard if warm but other the that milkwaulees best can hold its own against high price Budwesier , MGD. Your typical american lager with out the price tags. It is the lowest price beer in most market in the country You can take the label off Milwaukee Best Premium beer an put a Coors or MGD label on this beer and 99 percent of the people would not know they would be drinking a cheap beer. This beer is excellent for what it is american adjunct lager. I rate Milwukee Best Preuim with other maerican adjunct lagers an apples with apples rating . Meaning I rate Milwaukee best Preuim with other american lager . IThis beer beats out 95 percent of american lagers out their on the market specially Mexical lagers with their high price . Milkwaulee Best Premium is the best value on market for taste , price and quality.

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Photo of boogieman
3.28/5  rDev +60%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into my beer glass slightly below room temperature.
Decent appearance. Nothing special. Pretty much what you'd expect from a cheap beer. Bright transparent yellow with a high but quick to disappear white head.
Smell- not too much there. Malty wheaty metallic corn.
Taste- for a cheap beer, not half bad. Malt, subdued honey sweetness, wheat, and corn. Pretty decent actually.
Mouthfeel- too much carbonation for my taste, but nothing out of the ordinary for cheap beers. There's less carbonation than the Milwaukee's Best Ice- my typical go to for an everyday brew, which was nice. Fairly smooth.
For a cheap beer, I think this one might be the way to go. It's the smoothest of all the beers that it's similar to, and has a slightly more refined taste. It also drinks very light. You can chug a bunch without starting to feel bloated. The only thing I would change is that it's less than 5% alcohol. A little more would be nice.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.79/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: A clear golden body holds up a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly. Very little lacing if any.

Aroma: Some grains and a lot of corn husk and/or cooked corn adjunct.

Taste: Grainy, very metallic. Some bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated, dry.

Overall: Not a complete disaster for the price point, but I've had better cheap beers than this.

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Photo of archyquaffer
2.94/5  rDev +43.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a shaker pint. An aggressive pour produces about an inch of bubbly, foamy, white head that dissipates rapidly but does leave some frothy lace. The beer is a pale golden with medium carbonation.

DMS (cooked corn) and a touch of fruitiness reminiscent of tomato are apparent in the aroma. The taste is clean with little or no hop aroma-flavor, semi-dry finish, a little bit of lingering sweetness and faint bitterness lingers on the palate.

This isn't terrible for what it is, good hot weather beverage, and in my opinion is as good as any other AAL. It holds it own with such brands as a Hamm's, PBR, High Life, Busch, etc. Purchased as part of a 12 pack for $8.49 (that's 71 cents a can folks). Cheapest beer on the rack.

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Photo of JosefBerger
1.5/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance (1.75) : Golden yellow with a light head and medium-light carbonation. Not a very exciting and inviting appearance.

Smell (1.00) : Almost smells stale to me and a has an almost skunky aroma. I'm not very pleased with the smell but I am ready to be proven wrong.

Taste (1.25) : I have trouble picking out any dominant characteristics or flavors - not complex at all.

Mouthfeel (2.50) : The feel is not bad, but not outstanding. A very crisp feel with a good finish. Again, nothing sticks out to me.

Overall (2.00) : I didn't absolutely hate this beer but I certainly didn't love it. It's major redeeming quality is the mouthfeel. Without this beer being as crisp and smooth as it is, I would not have enjoyed it at all.

I'll be sure to try this one again in a week or so. I'd like to give it that second chance.

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