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Milwaukee's Best Premium - Miller Brewing Co.

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644 Ratings

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Ratings: 644
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 1.82
pDev: 39.01%
Wants: 3
Gots: 43 | 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 Mike71085
4.93/5  rDev +170.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Most people feel this is not a premiun beer and perhaps it is not. I think they should charge at least $10.00 a six pack for this liquid gold. It is one of the most underestimated american lagers on the market. Let me begin by saying the nostalgia alone sets this beer apart.

Smell- At first the hint of tyne enters the olofactory glands. This is quickly followed by a warm sense of rhubarb and chickory. After the primary smells have subsided one can notive a hint of white corn torillas lingering in the air.

Taste- The taste of barley plunges my tastebuds into a sensory overload. The quenching effect of hops is blended by an ever present abundance of yeast. As the beer goes down, one no doubts notices the carbonation brining with it a classic familiarity of tap water and sub standard ingredients. But alas, after the swallow, the aftertaste leaves you feeling like this should be marketed as a mouthwash. Not a hint of cocoa lingering on the palate.

Don't be discouraged with the mainstream attitudes towards this beer. Just because a beer in inexpensive doesn't mean it cannot be a good beer. Hence, my love of this American Classic.

Photo of changeup45
1/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The Beast. This is probably one of the worst beers out there. Like many others I'm sure, I first had this in College and honestly, had trouble drinking it then. Yellow color, not much head. Malty, corn, rice taste which is watery and semi-syrupy offensive. But hey, at least it's cheap.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.48/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a...forgive me..urine yellow with a compact fizzy white head that quickly gave way to a fizzy surface covering. Visible carbonation was very strong.

S: slight corn and soft lemon hopping.

T: The initial flavor starts out sweet with some sugary notes and cereal grains. Theres a soft sour lemon bread hopping before it finishes with some malt sweetness to balance it out. Overall the flavor was not bad and moderately average.

M: light, with a buttery slick consistency with almost no carbonation detected. A light sour lemon hopping upon the swallow.

D: Do-able in a tight situation but wouldn't push it and certainly wouldn't brag about it.

Photo of bort11
2.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz can poured into a tall pils glass. Thin white head though the active carbonation keeps replenishing the lace cap. Clear straw yellow.

Bit of a wet hay smell, followed with a strong corn and adjunct aroma. Taste has a slight astringent flavor with plenty of corn and a bit of pepper.

Mouthfeel is very crisp with a slight creaminess from the carbonation. Oddly, I like this a lot better than Miller High Life.

Photo of IntriqKen
2.68/5  rDev +47.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't think this is as bad as people make out.

Almost unassuming aroma but definitely a grain/corn aroma and just a touch of 'litter-box'

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth due to the high carbonation.

Taste is very mild yet with a malt sweetness possibly amplified by the adjuncts used.

After taste stays clean and refreshing as well.
Only drawback is very little to no hops at all.

Still as a summer lawnmower beer it's just about as refreshing as they come.

Photo of MarsMoose
1.95/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Oh, the Beast.

I've only ever tasted it on tap, as it's my school's crappy beer of choice (every college has one). After drinking it for so long, I've learned not to mind it so much, but it is by no means a worthy brew. After all this conditioning, I'll admit I've learned to like it more than some other crap beers, like Natty Light, and if you're going to be playing beer games with it, then it does well enough. However, I'd never recommend tasting it while you drink it; gulp it down at a taste bud-numbing temperature. Even fresh, it has a weak taste neither of hops nor of malt and is a clear, pale yellow color. Not too appealing, but very chuggable.

Photo of Hibernator
2.1/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Milwaukee's Best
40 oz brown bottle with a twist cap
Served mainly out of the bottle, but used an 8 oz juice glass for appearance

Pours a fizzy light yellow with a ton of mini carbonation bubbles racing to the top of the glass. A white and fluffy head appeared with an aggressive pour, but quickly vanished. Not a good looking beer from the start.

The nose is not much better. Whiffs of sour milk, corn and grains.

Flavor is bland....very bland and way too carbonated. Reminds me of seltzer water with a cereal adjunct kick. Where are the malts in this beer? The overall taste is extremely watery with a corn and cereal punch on the finish.

As with most macro lagers and malt liquors...it is what it is. Drink it as cold as possible and don't expect much going in.

Photo of omar
3.33/5  rDev +83%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hey if your broke and can't afford the good stuff this is the beer to drink.

I survived many weekends in my college days when I had limited funds drinking this stuff.

It's not for beer connoisseurs but better than most of the lower tier macro Lagers.

Hits the spot on a hot Texas day.

Photo of rye726
1.05/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Ah the beast. By far one of the most sub par beers of this style. But hey, if you want a nice yellow beer to warm up to, give it a try.

Aroma is of mild grainy malt and bitter hops. Not in a good way.

Taste is very grainy with a little malt syrup in the mix.

The feel is way to light and has way too much carbonation. Hard to drink. I would rather have a water.

Photo of woodychandler
1.95/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

CAN you believe it? My local place will sell me a single of just about anything at this point.

I bought a tall boy can which I then poured into a glass, producing two finger's worth of bone-white, foamy head which slowly reduced to about a half-a-finger's worth and then experienced decent retention. The color was a light yellow with NE-quality clarity. The nose was slightly sweet, somewhat lager-like, but underlain with a musty, metallic quality. Mouthfeel was thin and watery with only a faint sweetness on the tongue. Finish had a graininess accompanied by a metallic aftertaste. Oof. I would not recommend allow this to achieve anything close to room temperature. Heck, I would not recommend this, period.

Photo of TwinSox33
1.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My friend loves this for some reason, and the night I drank it, it was free. Dear Lord, How dare they call this Milwaukee's BEST! Everyone who lives in Milwaukee should be outraged that their city's name is on this swill-piss. It is watery, thin, and tastes like nothing, with a tick of old corn maybe..if so that taste is even faint. But what did I expect anyway for a cheap brew. For the price, he should have bought PBR, it tastes much better, and for about the same price in NH. Why bother? ICK,ICK,Ick!!

Photo of pb9613
1.53/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The character of this beer can be determined in the first pour into a glass. The beer is so light that it is difficult to see a yellow tint to the brew. There is no head to speak of even after an improper pour.

Ths smell is enough to make a skunk run for a clothes pin.

The beer has a strange off flavor that is difficult to describe.

The beer drinks like diet root beer.

If you can get by the first few beers, this brew can be drunk all night long but it will catch up with you in the morning.

Photo of donteatpoop
1.3/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

One night I had been drinking quite a bit but had run out of beer. I was in no condition to drive, but still had several hours in the night left to drink. So I walked down to the corner store and picked up a twelve pack o Milwuakee's Best for only six or seven dollars. I had never had the beast before and figured that night was as good a time as any to try it. I drank two cans before I crashed for the night and didn't think it tasted too bad. In the days to come, however; I came to find out otherwise. I never quite got through that twelve pack, ended up throwing at least three of the cans into the trash. Complete waste of six or seven dollars.

This beer has earned the name The Beast.

Photo of TYE
1.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A - Pours light golden with active carbonation. White foam head that doesn't last. No lacing.
S - Smells of bread. Very light aroma.
T - Light body. Hint of bread and grain. No bitterness.
M - Watery. High carbonation. No bite.
D - Drank this in high school when we were broke or stole some from a friends old man. Only for the alcohol would you drink this. Not good.

Photo of SIRIUS2
2.15/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Extremely pale coming out of the can. Sloppy pour into a glass produced frothy bubbles but faded to nothing fast. I've seen Coca-cola with longer lasting head.

S: Nothing noteworthy. No discernible hops. No malts. No skunkiness. Nothing. Just a sort of "cheap beer" smell.

T: After experiencing the appearance and smell, I was a little surprised that the flavor profile didn't strictly follow the smell. There is actually a hint of sweetness that can be found through the shallow taste; not maltiness - just a minor sweetness. Not sure what it is.

M&D: Smooth - like water. Not much here. Nothing particularly attractive about this beer accept for the price - and then you still find yourself weighing the pros & cons.

Photo of clayrock81
1.9/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I had to laugh when I read reviews of this because I couldn't agree more - this is a college beer everyone should experience in their younger days. I laughed because I remember this and Beast Ice before turning 21 were staples in my college partying days. the regular Beast wasn't my preferred option because I wanted to get drunk, but it is a better beer. The smell is slightly more grainy and less metallic, and it has a smoother slide compared to the bitter Ice. That doesn't mean it is good or anything, in fact it is quite pungent also, but not too horrible. Probably one of the cheapest domestics you can get and for good reason.

Photo of nrpellegrini
1.95/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

This beer is college.

A: Never saw it out of the can in a nice glass, it looks nice in a beer pong cup, and not so nice as the aftermath of too much on the sidewalk.
S: Horrible, skunked, stinks
T: Horrible, skunked, baddd aftertaste
M: The smell makes it feel horrible in your mouth
D: Just chug it.

Cheap beer... it should be cheaper.

Photo of chiefydawg
2.17/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Truly one of the most pale beers I've reviewed. Active carbonation, but the bubbles rise more slowly, giving it a viscous appearance. Headless as a holiday hen, but I was genuinely surprised at the lace left behind. Gives it a fresh look at least.

No smell to speak of, and the little bit I catch is not pleasant. Not as viscous as it looks, but I will say there is more malt than I thought (5% is higher than 0%)

A little more taste than I expected with its pallid appearance. The little bit I get is not unbearable, and is a step or two above the taste. Otherwise watery and carbonated like sparking water.

Fitting beer to wash down hot wings, enter a drinking contest, or if you are on skid row and are allergic to grapes..

Photo of rodenbach99
1.93/5  rDev +6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

drank from a can of 12fl. oz

commercial beer, industrial, chimical blonde like all the others, no distinction among all, no interest for the beer lover exept to quentch thirst and to pollute whith the empty cans. bad beer but still it has its public

Photo of pmcadamis
1.15/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A - Pale gold and perfectly clear brew that is slightly less dull than other macro lagers, but otherwise pretty much par for the course. A small cap of white foam dissipates within a minute, leaving a thin collar and a small spattering of lace.

S - Light corn notes....corn tortilla chips. This is pretty much as scentless as a beer can be. It doesn't smell bad, it just doesn't smell at all.

T - Tangy rotten orange juice with an odd metallic flavor with lots of cooked corn and vegetable flavors. Their marketing slogan is "best tasting beer in America." Really? According to who?

M - It's super-carbonated and raspy in my throat like soda. Offensively over-carbonated.

D - I didn't actually mean to buy this beer. I thought that it was Old Milwaukee...which IMO is actually a pretty good beer for the rock-bottom price, and picked up a 12-pack. There are several cheapo beers that are decent PBR, Old Milwaukee, Stag, and Icehouse. This, however is nasty, so if you have to go the cheapo route, avoid this nasty sour rot-gut metallic beast at all costs.

Photo of Floydster
2.2/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 ounce can from a friend's six pack that he bought at CVS Pharmacy in Redlands

Pour was a golden color with a huge foamy head, might have been because the cans were rolling all over the place on the way home

Smell was really weak and some oat and barley, but that's it

Taste was dry and a little rough to get down

Heaviness of the beer prevents you from being able to drink many of these

Photo of JOaikido
2.63/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

355 ml can. Bewwed under license by Molson.

A- Decebt white head. Good bubbliness. Clear pale yellow. Keeps a good ring of bubbles till the end.

S- Faint lemony hops. Pleasant but weak and ordinary.

T- Very little beer flavour. Like a light beer. Off aspartame-like aftertaste. Faint lemon flavour. Not even a hint of malt.

MF- Crisp, light bodied. A bit drying. Thirst quenching.

D- Refreshing. But so bland it seems pointless to pay for it. Hurt by slightly off cheap beer taste.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
2.15/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Twelve pack of 12 ounce cans, on sale for $4.49 at Wal-Mart, purchased for boiling some Bratwurst prior to crisping them on the barbecue grill -- the brats, not the beer.

Consumed straight from the can, as such beverages should be -- you don't want to even see the urine-looking, headless fluid. Still, I poured some out just to check, and yes, it looks like urine, without only a briefly lasting head.

Smell is rice, skunk, corn, and a little cracker malt. The ingredients list includes hops, but I couldn't detect any.

Please drink this cold, because there's really not much taste at all. Nothing unpleasant, mind you, just nothing there. Neutral spirits and Alka-Seltzer would have more taste and more kick. Still, there's nothing bad here. Nothing really good either.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery.

Very drinkable, I suppose, for what it is. I'm trying to figure out what to do with the rest of the 12 pack, since it only takes three cans to boil the brats.

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.8/5  rDev +53.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Milwaukee's Best pours a surprisingly golden body beneath a short head of creamy bright white foam that holds fairly well before dropping to a standard collar. Some minor lacing is left behind. The aroma is a fairly generic combination of malt and non-descript hops. It's medium-light in body and quite crisp in the mouth. The flavor is as the aroma suggests. It's basic but clean. There's some bitterness to it, but not much is really needed as there's not really that much malt. It finishes with a dull residue of malt left behind in the mouth.

Photo of giblet
1.55/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

yuck. not for me. this is a surprize cuz i drink a lot of the Beast Ice. they taste nothing alike.

this one and the "light" version (can it get any lighter? oh yea, just add water.) should be passed on unless it is this or nothing.

not recomended for true beer drinkers.

cept it is CHEAP.

suckem up and movem out.


Milwaukee's Best Premium from Miller Brewing Co.
47 out of 100 based on 644 ratings.