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Milwaukee's Best Premium - Miller Brewing Co.

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597 Ratings

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Ratings: 597
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 1.82
pDev: 39.56%
Wants: 4
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of rodrot

North Carolina

1.63/5  rDev -10.4%

I'm embarrassed to admit, but this is the beer that started it all for me. During my high school years this was the beer of choice for me and my friends. $1.99 for a six pack and a package store that didn't bother to card 16 and 17 year olds was heaven for us back in the mid-80's. I decided to try this for the first time in many years and try to capture some of that nostalgia. The beer poured a very pale yellow color with a large head that went away quickly. I purposely gave it a vigorous pour. Smell was of corn, vegetable matter and adjuncts. Pretty lousy. Taste was equally lousy, very watery with no body or flavor other than a strong adjunct(veggie?) taste. No hop flavor detected and I could barely taste any trace of malt. How did I stomach this stuff for so many years and in so much quantity? Never again! Lord help me!

02-21-2006 14:46:52 | More by rodrot
Photo of nlmartin


1.93/5  rDev +6%

This was a forty ounce beer drank from the bottle. No sign of any bottling or best by dating.

Appearance: Well it was originally served from the bottle and then I poured it into a glass. The beer was very carbonated. The beer was essentially fizzy clear pale yellow colored with a thin white head. The head quickly resolved itself.

Smell: The beer was very astringent smelling with a grain smell.

Taste: The beer has a mostly corn taste. There is a very minimal amount of malt and hops to the beer.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is very thin and watery. The beer maintained its drinkability as long as the beer was cold. A very difficult beer to suck down.

02-08-2006 13:26:51 | More by nlmartin
Photo of palffyfan


1.63/5  rDev -10.4%

Appearance - Pale yellow with about an inch of foam, along with carbonation bubbles.

Smell - Skunky.

Taste - Watered down, lots of skunk.

Drinkability - Gave me a headache and a hangover afterwards. Spend a few bucks more and get some Bud/Natty Lite instead.

02-03-2006 03:23:39 | More by palffyfan
Photo of sockeye101


2.08/5  rDev +14.3%

If this is Milwaukee's Best, I fear what they produce in that city that is not their 'Best'. Anyhow, not a disgusting beer, but not that good either.

Color wasn't that bad, yellowish light gold color, with a very small head that evaporated about as fast as my enthusiasm for this beer. Smell was a little skunky and kinda veggie like. Taste was not very distinct, watery and plain, and nothing redeeming. This is definitely towards the bottom of the barrel of ultra cheap mass produced American lagers.

01-20-2006 03:53:12 | More by sockeye101
Photo of xduderx


1.35/5  rDev -25.8%

A = no idea, it was in a can, but I am imagining it is unimpressive

S = smelled skunky

T = tasted like typical watered down american marco beer with a skunky flavor

M = watery and light

D = I made it through one of these and stopped. This beer is purely for the frugal drinker wanting to catch a buzz. I won't drink this crap anymore.

01-19-2006 14:01:07 | More by xduderx
Photo of psugrad98


2.85/5  rDev +56.6%

I actually serve this as my beer of choice for the no brainer party beer. Most of my party guests wonldn't appreciate a Troeg's Nut Brown or a Stoudt's Gold.

Crisp, highly carbonated in the glass. Medium head, that lasts longer than most mass produced macro brews. Average lace.

Malt nose with corn adjunct backbone that becomes more noticeable as it warms. Smooth drinking and fizzy, slightly bitter with corn sweetness, but hoppier than other macros.

Smooth and a no brainer. A very inexpensive brew and good quality for the price if all you desire is a watered down beer to serve at a backyard BBQ. Goes well with ribs and rich foods.

01-08-2006 16:47:50 | More by psugrad98
Photo of casualbeerman

New Jersey

1.95/5  rDev +7.1%

In a moment of questionable judgement late on New Year's Eve- early New Year's Day I found this in the back of my friend's semi-functional fridge. I know they don't want you to review beers if you were excessively inebriated at the time you drank it, but that can only help this beer, and no one's gonna run out and serve this next to some rare micro Lambic brew on a special occaision if I rate it kind of terrible instead of godawful. Anyway here's the dirt on "The Beast":

Appearance is a sort of light watered down yellow. Not neon bright like Bud, more an off-yellow. Like Highlife only watered down. Smell wasn't too good. I'm not sure exaclty what I smelled but it wasn't really beer. There was alcohol in there, that's the only scent I could identify. Taste wasn't too great either. Thin, sickly sweet, plus you can definately taste the can. No hop character at all, but considering the hops a beer of this price must use that can only be a good thing. And something else, not quite sure what. Not much of the bitter chemical kind of adjunct I found with Bud or Highlife, but there's something else a little off in this beer. Like the yeast was sick and stunted or something.(or maybe that was the missing hop character) Anyway mouthfeel was definately overcarbonated. Drinkability could have been worse, I didn't have to supress the urge to gag or anything. But even like 18 assorted beers, shots and mixed drinks in the hole this didn't make me want another.(and that's really saying something. Anything less than completely terrible is usually delicious once I'm that "acclimated") Having finished this beer, I popped open a cold Budwieser afterwards, thereby continuing my string of bad drink decisions. But that was actually worse by a lot. This beer seems to be not very beerlike but only moderately offensive. The Bud, being Bud, is actually a little more beerlike but definately tasted worse. Now somehow this rating worked out to better than Coors Light. Don't believe that. I don't consider Coors Light good for much of anything, but if it comes down to "The Silver Bullet" and "The Beast", and you can't do the intelligent thing and get yourself a water or something, Coors Light is probably a better idea.

01-08-2006 08:43:48 | More by casualbeerman
Photo of mstank


1.8/5  rDev -1.1%

Well, this is my first review and I chosen the beer I have drank the most of.

Being a poor college student, the sheer quantity of this beer available for the price is staggering. The local super markets sell it at $8.99 a 30 block. This breaks down to roughly 30 cents a beer, the best price to drunk ratio I have ever seen! I challenge anyone to find a better deal.

The appearance is very urine-like, and that quality doesn't change when you move onto the taste or the smell. Given the above facts, this beer (or should I even call it that) really shines through at the times where you reach in your pocket only to find a couple bills plus some change. If you are looking to get plastered this is your beer… anything less is just vile torture to your stomach.

01-02-2006 23:18:45 | More by mstank
Photo of tgbljb


2.85/5  rDev +56.6%

poured a pale yellow color with a nice white head. Rapidly fell to only a thin ring. Smell is minimal with maybe a slight sweetish note. Taste is very light, but not offensive. Finish is thirst quenching, but no malt or hop taste to be found. Acceptable as a cheap spacer.

01-02-2006 00:10:03 | More by tgbljb
Photo of Suds


1.85/5  rDev +1.6%

My brother, an unconverted (and unapologetic) macro-lover, had this beer on tap in his basement recently. I have to admit that I drank way too much of this brand in college, and this was the first taste of the stuff in years. It’s a light straw color with very little head. Serious corn in the aroma. Also in the smell are a very weak hop scent and a fleeting whiff of alcohol. The up-front sweetness was more intense than I recalled from way-back-when. The body is very watery, and utterly unsatisfying. It’s a weak and hollow brew, no question about it.

12-10-2005 14:34:02 | More by Suds
Photo of kbnooshay

New York

1.3/5  rDev -28.6%

A rancid work of the devil. This pours a very clear straw color with a airy as hell head that leaves you quickly. Smells like metal and chemical ass. The taste is hoppy but not good hoppy. Nasty carbonated iron hoppy. Aftertaste of acid. Milwaukee's best ice is the way to go. It is just as cheap, gets you drunk a little faster and tastes allright. Why do they make this? It is so painful. Not drinkable in any situation.

11-06-2005 17:19:39 | More by kbnooshay
Photo of nekronos


3.63/5  rDev +99.5%

Really strange, not as annoying as other beers from this brewery, but at least was dinkable. Almost green the liquid, like in those macro lagers around, but even more remarkable. Little foam, and no additives that hard. Extrange can for being one of MIlwaukee familly, you know what I mean.

10-24-2005 14:34:05 | More by nekronos
Photo of tesguino


3.25/5  rDev +78.6%

"a beer made for the men", i try this beer in summer 2005, and is good, over the counterpart of AB brewery; is rich in flavor, best in general like its name, smell hops flower and broiled corn, taste little bitter and full of plenty, clear yewlow color, dry malts, try with mexican food and bbq, friends reunion; serve in a glass mug; 91% recommended.

10-20-2005 16:41:59 | More by tesguino
Photo of mentor


1.85/5  rDev +1.6%

Can provided amid a bunch of stuff given to me for volunteering at 2005 GABF. Uhm, thanks guys, I really appreciate the opportunity. Stamp on the bottom of the can reads 12255 E11889. Pours a 1 1/2 finger white head that settles really fast. The beer is clear and light straw in color. Smells almost like water. Very weak iron, honey, and cardboard. Tastes...not so good. The malt sweet is mild and I think there is a soured grain character in there. Hop flavor is strong (compared to the strength of other flavors in this beer). It comes across as dark and oily and doesn't mix well with the overly strong carbonation. Upon the swallow there is a nice melon sweetness rounding about naer the tonsils. The aftertaste is acrid carb on the tongue and iron-ish malt cat-fighting with the hops. Light body and I'm glad this review is over. I drank a MBest Light just before this beer and think the Light version is much better than the regular. I guess it may be that the flavors in the Light are so subdued that they can't be offensive.

10-14-2005 04:30:22 | More by mentor
Photo of PBRstreetgang


1.98/5  rDev +8.8%

Pours a very clear pale straw. One finger head has about a 30 second lifespan, and no trace of lacing. Corn and grain aroma that doesnt hide the sweet estery alcohol smell. The same adjuncts make up most of the flavor, with a mild alcoholic bite, and no sign of hops. The lightish body and heavy carbonation fail to buffer the taste of harsh alcohol and adjuncts. Astringent and tangy sweet finish. For casual drinking on a budget, the "Ice" or "light" versions of Milwaukee's best are far superior, but that still not saying much.

09-17-2005 03:52:43 | More by PBRstreetgang
Photo of BEERchitect


1.73/5  rDev -4.9%

Aah it's a beaut. A true camper's beer. Would compete for the smash-the-can-on-your-head award. Unlike most beers, you have to drink at least four of them to decern any flavors at all. A powdery corn-like flavors. Some other vegetable and grain characteristics, but in too low of detection to identify. Quite metalic in taste and feel. Overcarbonate equals sandpaper on the toung. Light hop detection aids in drying and leaves the mouth void of flavor or body. I like this beer--It makes me appreciate other beers.

09-15-2005 13:27:16 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of EMV


1.95/5  rDev +7.1%

Who in all of their beer drinking days hasn't sampled "The Beast"? It's almost a rite of passage in college, or that cheap beer you'll settle for at a party, because free is free. As for all the harsh reviews... when you compare this to a good beer, they're entirely deserved. After all, this is the cheap stuff, but it isn't ALL that much worse than your typical macro swill.

A- Bubbly, golden yellow and very clear. Thin head that rose and fell fast, but to be honest, this one isn't really worth pouring.

S- Macro corn, with some mild hops. A slight chemical aroma as well, which fortunately isn't overpowering.

T- Below average, and unimpressive. A bit on the watery side, with a mildly sweet corn taste.

M- A little overcarbonated. Pretty average stuff.

D- Honestly... unless I was drunk already, I don't think I could handle more than one of these. If you serve it ice cold... it's got a chance, but let this baby warm and you're in for a sour stomach. If it's free, I'll think about it. Not one I'll ever part with cash for. There's better macro-garbage out there, so let the beast pass you by.

08-21-2005 21:11:19 | More by EMV
Photo of Barraclou

Quebec (Canada)

1.8/5  rDev -1.1%

Presentation: Another economy brand called itself "quality beer". My bottle was brewed under license by Molson in Canada. 4.6% ABV

Appearance: It pours a pale straw colour with lots of carbonation bubbles. That's a very typical macro look.

Smell: At least, it got an aroma, but it smells adjunct (corn).

Taste: Fade. It got almost no flavour. Just some faint grains.

Mouthfeel: It is very thin. That's just carbonated water.

Drinkability: It is cheap priced, because it is cheap. You pay for what you got. In my case, I bought just a single one for that review and it will probably be my last one.

05-10-2005 20:24:54 | More by Barraclou
Photo of Frozensoul327


1.73/5  rDev -4.9%

Damn, this is swill. Never liked this brew. Pours out to a cheap yellow color with quite a bit of carbonation. Notes of corn and a metallic like odor were noted. Taste was consistant with smell. I would recommend many other beers over this, as If you are buying this you are 1) in college 2) broke, or 3) an alcoholic with a fetish for shitty beer. Go with Old Milwaukee instead. Not recommended.

05-01-2005 23:50:09 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of Luigi

North Carolina

1.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Pale yellow color very thin white lace for a head. Very think bodied and a lot of carbonation. Smells like grains and cooked corn. The taste might as well not exist. Watery with some sweet corn, faint hops, and grains. Kind of hard to drink but gets the job down when people want to beer bong at a frat party.

04-17-2005 07:52:16 | More by Luigi
Photo of RocketWidget


1.55/5  rDev -14.8%

Ahh, the "beast". A beer made completely from hot garbage.

Pours a off-yellow piss color, much lighter than a pilsner, light enough to know any good flavors have been stripped from the beer. Smell is sour. Taste is foul, bitter (but not hop bitter) and very little malt profile. Extremely watery. Drinkabilty is probably the best part of this beer, with a 2.0 score.

Thank goodness I live in my fraternity house, because I would probably never get to review this bad boy otherwise!

04-14-2005 02:43:10 | More by RocketWidget
Photo of Gagnonsux


2.25/5  rDev +23.6%

Paid $2.89 for a sixer of 16 oz. cans. I don't know if I've ever paid less for that much beer. Milwaukee's best is pale yellow in color with a small soapy head. Retention is non-existant. The aroma is typical of the average adjunct lager, however probably less sweet smelling than most. There isn't much here to talk about, this beer has all the bad tastes of adjunct lagers without some of the possible good flavors of grains or mild sweetness. This is pretty tasteless, which probably makes it easy to drink, but you can do a lot better for a lawnmower beer. Spend the extra 50 cents or dollar and get a Pabst product.

04-02-2005 01:00:08 | More by Gagnonsux
Photo of scaliasux


1.3/5  rDev -28.6%

Appearance - Pale yellow beer. Quick dying foam leaves no lacing whatsoever. First glass bubbled like a shook-up selzer, the second was almost entirely devoid of any activity.

Smell - Pretty ordinary for a macro. Little odor to speak of. What's there is faintly adjuncty.

Taste - Wow, this stuff is actively bad. Taste is a mix between metal and astringent, with a hint of watery beer. Probably the worst flavor I've ever had in a beer.

Mouthfeel - Both cans were bad. The first had me belching before I raised the glass to my mouth; the second felt like water except for the putrid flavor.

Drinkability - Can't drink a beer if it makes you choke.

It certainly takes some hubris to call your beer Milwaukee's Best when your brew is perhaps the most offensive commercially available beer. A little surprised, too, that Miller puts their logo on these cans. Just knowing that Miller knows how to make this beer makes me reconsider purchasing their other beers.

04-01-2005 05:41:30 | More by scaliasux
Photo of maek228


2.23/5  rDev +22.5%

Cheap beer, only seven dollars for a twelve pack. College students such as myself often take advantage of these deals, but good deals like this have consequences. The trade-off for buying cheap beer is that it usually tastes awful, case in point: Milwaukee's Best

Is this beer Milwaukee's best?

Appearance: Piss yellow with a weak frothy head. Looks like mass produced macro-lager

Taste: Grainy and bitter. Gives you a bitter beer face. Grains are the main flavor, with a disgusting hop fininsh.

Mouthfeel: Astrignet and pungent.

Drinkability: Despite being nasty, I find these things easy to drink. Great session beer

03-28-2005 23:49:26 | More by maek228
Photo of Bighuge


2.9/5  rDev +59.3%

This beer is almost as clear as water. It has a slight yellow tint to it. Absolutely clear. The carbonation looks to be quite active. A decent sized blanket of white sits on top. The aroma is actually pretty good. Grainy and sweet. Just a little corn, but not overdone as in some macros. The carbonation is just a little too jacked up. Makes drinking a little tougher than it should be. The flavor profile is grainy and sweet (like the nose). And a bit of cereal is noted as well. Just a touch of bitterness....barely deceptible. Overall, better than I remember from my college days.

02-28-2005 02:48:52 | More by Bighuge
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