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Milwaukee's Best Premium - Miller Brewing Co.

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631 Ratings

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Ratings: 631
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 1.82
pDev: 39.01%
Wants: 3
Gots: 40 | 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 EMV
1.95/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

EMV, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of Barraclou
1.8/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Barraclou, May 10, 2005
Photo of Frozensoul327
1.73/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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.

Frozensoul327, May 02, 2005
Photo of Luigi
1.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Luigi, Apr 17, 2005
Photo of RocketWidget
1.55/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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!

RocketWidget, Apr 14, 2005
Photo of Gagnonsux
2.25/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Gagnonsux, Apr 02, 2005
Photo of scaliasux
1.3/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

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.

scaliasux, Apr 01, 2005
Photo of maek228
2.23/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

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

maek228, Mar 29, 2005
Photo of Bighuge
2.9/5  rDev +59.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Bighuge, Feb 28, 2005
Photo of Billolick
2.33/5  rDev +28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 ounce can sampled, yeah now we are livin' large. Only cost me .60 cents in that beer rip off zone known as Grand Central station in NYC (Duane Reade also has Heineken for $1.30 a bottle...)Pours the expected light pissy yellow, medium bubble head, snow white. Nose of corn, very light bodied and quite watery. Next to no malt or hops noted. Crisp and cleansing of the palate,slight metalic note. Only decent on a very hot day

Billolick, Feb 24, 2005
Photo of mjc410
1/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Another Fraternity staple. Smells of alcohol and grains, without any character. Very light, slight sweetness, but gets very dry and bitter. High on the carbonation as well. The bite and general bitterness make this one of the tougher swillers. Still, it's price will keep it alive on the party scene for good, I'm sure. Just don't drink it willingly.

mjc410, Feb 17, 2005
Photo of cptnjck101
1.73/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Well not that it matters, but again, all the Beast products are for frat boys and getting mass amounts of people drunk. They do the job, and they do it well. For $10 a 30 pack, it gets the job done. No matter what people say, Beast will always have a place in the hearts of America's youth, and for that, I tip my hat to them.

cptnjck101, Nov 24, 2004
Photo of ccm414
2.33/5  rDev +28%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

For the price, it's not a bad buy. If you have money to spend, then stray away from this beer. It has an almost sweet taste to it. Very carbonated, but goes down pretty easy. This beer is definitely not good, but I wouldn't call this horrible. It's mostly the broke man's beer. Overall it's not too bad for the price and I would probably buy it again when my wallets looking a little thin.

ccm414, Nov 06, 2004
Photo of Dogbrick
1.25/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Canned (how appropriate): Most bad beers I try to think of something interesting or witty to make the experience worthwhile. However this beer is so worthless it is not worth the effort. Straw color with tiny bubbles and a thin white head. No lacing. Musty weak hops aroma. Thin-bodied and anemic with barely any flavor, and what is there is not pleasant. You shouldn’t even be able to make something this low quality with malt, hops and water. The fact that there is an aftertaste is distressing because it is not an appealing experience. Never again.

Dogbrick, Oct 23, 2004
Photo of TheDeuce
1.65/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3


Appearance-light brown, minimum foam that dissapears...

Smell-awful, I know it's in a can but the metallic is unbearable, no hints of any hops or anything....

Taste-lot of metal but that's to be expected, not much flavor at all, dark hops with no flavor

Mouthfeel- bitter, bad aftertaste, makes you want to drink it faster.

Drinkability- for $9.99 a thirty you can drink a lot for cheap but why would you want to.

Overall-Beast Light is better, overall this is awful. I see many people scoring it high because they have memories of it in college. Well I'm in college, and this beer still sucks, no matter how often I drink it. A cheap horrible beer to be drank in high quanities for a quick buzz. That's it.

TheDeuce, Oct 09, 2004
Photo of Redrover
2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

24 oz can with no apparent freshness dating.

Beer pours a very light yellow. Large initial head (Foaming agents at work??) that quickly collapses and disappears.

Not much aroma, just a bit of grain and some alcohol.

The taste is equally as bland, there is some corny sweetness, and something that tastes like grass smells. The taste is very watery and weak. No off-flavors, but no real falvor either.

This mouthfeel and the beer is under carbonated (that would be a good quick and cheap way to improve this beer). Drinkability is better than awful. Lots of better cheap beers to drink. In the spirit of always saying something nice, it is better than Busch.

Redrover, Sep 16, 2004
Photo of jvajda
1/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Appearance: Looks like piss. It even has the same color as corn.
Smell: Brutally pungent and musty.
Taste: Oh god, this is hands down the worst beer ever. I'm glad I grew out of this phase. Totally disgusting.
Mouthfeel: How would you like for someone to piss in your mouth?
Drinkability: If one beer makes me queezy I've either got the stomach flu or a Beast in my hand.

jvajda, Sep 14, 2004
Photo of emre007
1.4/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

God this beer sucks! I was restricted to this crap when I was part of a frat (but they're no longer in business thanks to yours truly, hehe).

But anyway, this is probably the worst beer I've ever had, and being a college boy, I've had a couple pints here and there. It tastes like dogpiss and looks like it, too. No buzz whatsoever, and after a while, it's just a chore to drink. If you want a cheap college beer, go for the Pabst or Natural/Keystone Ice. Ice's are never a bad choice, but Light's are just disgusting.

emre007, Aug 01, 2004
Photo of WesWes
2.63/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a very pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is less than average. It has a pale malt scent with the addition of adjuncts. It is dry and slightly bitter from hops and lager yeast. The taste is horrible. It is tasteless and bland. It has no character and doesn't even refresh. It has decent mouthfeel. It is a low bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a less than average lager. It has little flavor and less aroma. It's one and done for me.

WesWes, Jul 26, 2004
Photo of cypressbob
1.93/5  rDev +6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

330ml can
Pours with a straw yellow body, thin whispy head

Smell, nasty skunky corn aroma. Very little else, little malt

Taste, corny as f, malty body with no hop bitterness whatsoever

Overall, pretty awful, tasteless like bud, rice and corn present in the mouthfeel and a nasty greasy finish on the palette

cypressbob, Jul 12, 2004
Photo of TastyTaste
1.4/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Drank straight from the cans. From a marketing standpoint, I would guess that they are trying to impart a sense of royalty by making the cans red and gold, but it just reminds me of drinking an old man's beer. Taste is so full of adjunct and skunk that it is hard to get anything else out of it. Do not buy this stuff, get 40's instead, they are just as cheap and not as bad as this crap.

TastyTaste, Jun 12, 2004
Photo of beertaster13
2.53/5  rDev +39%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I know that Milwaukee's Best isn't the greatest thing in the world. The beer is also know as beast. It poured a putrid yellow with no foam, head whatsoever. The smell is very grainy and corny. The taste however isn't half bad. While it is nowhere near average it is better that some other more expensive macros (bud especially), in fact I find the taste to be the same as a Coors. Feels crisp but flat in the mouth but is very refreshing. Was mowing the lawn today so bought a six pack of this for 2.50 and I thought very drinkable. This is a beer for a swealtering hot day, not for sitting around a pub.

beertaster13, Apr 01, 2004
Photo of simmons
1.15/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

God my friends and I use to drink this stuff all the time. For $12.00 a 30 pack I guess you can’t go wrong. When this stuff is poured out it is a nice yellowish color to it, it has no aroma at all and as for the taste, it tastes like an aluminum can. The Hops in this beer you don’t even no exist, it is defiantly a cheap beer with no flavor or character at all. As for why they call it the beast, I guess it comes from two things first the horrible taste and the nice hangover you get after drinking this beer.

simmons, Feb 23, 2004
Photo of brewQ
2.05/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Whoa! Even in a beer clean glass you gotta look fast to evaluate the head. It disappeared in seconds, leaving just the pale yellow brew.

Maybe my sense of smell isn't set to pick up subtlties. I could not detect any aroma here.

The taste, as might be expected is lackluster. A bit of graininess passes as the backbone.

"Mouthfeel" falls into the category of vaporware- the best that can be said is that it is not a low calorie offering. This leads, however, into this product's strongest suit: drinkability. You could swill this all day while cleaning out the garage and washing the car. At $3.99 for the 16 ounce 6 pack I picked up this stuff has a place in the beer drinker's budget.

(I must admit a certain positive prejudice here since I am a Milwaukee native who worked at Miller Brewing many years. This brand was an old Gettleman label way back when).

brewQ, Feb 23, 2004
Photo of UDbeernut
1.35/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A staple at colleges, Milwaukee's Best is more affectionatly known as "Beast." The reason for this is quite simple: it sucks. The color is unimpresive, taste is ungodly when it is anything but icecold. Evenwhen it is cold, I find it difficult to drink in big gulps.

UDbeernut, Jan 20, 2004
Milwaukee's Best Premium from Miller Brewing Co.
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