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Miller Genuine Draft - Miller Brewing Co.

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619 Reviews
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Reviews: 619
Hads: 2,249
rAvg: 2.41
pDev: 26.97%
Wants: 15
Gots: 319 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.66% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2002

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Reviews: 619 | Hads: 2,249
Photo of drmeto
2.53/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

L:
-pours a light golden with a medium,foamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-corn sweetness,biscuity,slight honey,spicy hops,faint cardboard
T:
-Follows the nose
-no hops detectable,metallic,cereals,cooked potatoes
-finishes dry with lingering corn sweetness
F:
-medium carbonation
-light body
O:
Honestly,it's not as awful as often talked about.
Overall a slightly below average Pale Lager.
Nothing offensively awful. (430 characters)

Photo of Aharon
4.39/5  rDev +82.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a target of its own.
You can not give this beer an impresion without understanding the purpose of this beer.
When you are thirsty in a hot hot day this beer is the best beer out there. When it is cold and there is snow outside this beer is its worst anemy .

It is all about body and mouth temp .
If you do not understand it you will never know when to buy which beer .
Good Luck . (395 characters)

Photo of NoobofBeer
3.36/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Honestly, Nothing stands out as particularly bad about this beer, but then again nothing stands out at all about it. It's rather refreshing and completely inoffensive but it's average at best and bland at worst. (211 characters)

Photo of robusn
4.52/5  rDev +87.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I always drank Miller High Life & it wasn't until recently that I started buying MGD. I always thought of it as an old man's beer. Then I found out that it was the same ingredients as High Life, just cold filtered instead of pasteurized, to help give it the draft beer taste. I see a lot of negative reviews but don't really understand them. Yes I know it's not a "craft beer" but I would recommend that you give it a try for yourself rather then read silly reviews. (466 characters)

Photo of SoulFroosh
5/5  rDev +107.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't get the hateful reviews on this.

This is definitely one of the best macro beers out there.
Very smooth, malty, nicely balanced, with a taste of hops to finish.

I'd say it's nearly on par with Narragansett lager.
I'm giving it 5/5 for what it achieves with the style.

(Nice can too) (292 characters)

Photo of LeonardFournette
4.04/5  rDev +67.6%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smells bad but taste good. Have looked all over for this and found it! Besides mickey's, this is definitely my favorite Miller product and has more of a barley taste than most American Adjunct Lagers..really like this..definitely is what Miller set out to do in a draft beer in a bottle (286 characters)

Photo of bwood06
3.05/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - clear golden straw in color. thin, frothy, but somewhat creamy white head that dissipates quickly. fast rising carbonation and lots of it. 3/5

S - corn, rice, and some light grain. grassy note to the hops. slight green apple. 3/5

T - corn and light malt are the most prevalent flavors. maybe a very slight grassiness. tastes like a typical american lighter beer. packs somewhat more flavor than miller lite or bud light though. 3/5

M - very carbonated, scrubbing bubbles sensation. light to medium body. 3.5/5

O - good beer for a hot day or drinking with food. goes well with everything minus dessert. not a lot going on in terms of flavor or aroma but not much expected either. 3/5 (704 characters)

Photo of StinkyFishBoys
1.06/5  rDev -56%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

For a "non-light" beer, this is truly as bad as it gets. The only reason it gets a 2 for appearance is because of the label. I know that's not technically appropriate but c'mon. There's an eagle. Eagles are dope. It's a good bird. "Coo coo, yeah yeah," what a good bird. (270 characters)

Photo of DrainBamage
1.92/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Pours a amberish corn color with a lace of head. Smells like fermented corn. Goes down pretty harshly, quite putrid, and slightly bitter. Ones of the worst adjuncts I've hard. Was hard to finish. (195 characters)

Photo of Andrewharemza
2.78/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Serve Ice cool on a very hot day. A neutral thirst killer without any interesting characters but if you prefer beer with less beer taste you surely like it. (156 characters)

Photo of xSTLxCody
1.16/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Back in the day (3 years ago) I had one friend over 21 that would buy me a 12 pack of beer and id sneak that 12 pack into my parents house and make it last a week, then after that week we'd go get another one. Well I was making my way down the line of all the Beers that I saw commercials for my entire life (thats all I knew at the time) and finally this one came.
Miller Genuine Draft.

This beer is awful. I was 18 - I'd drink Keystone all day, for all I cared. Id drink any beer I could get. Untill this one. I opened up this 12 pack chilled it and took a drink.
The look of this beer is its best feature (and thats not saying much).
It smelled exactly what it taste like- a skunky Busch Light that someone dropped a couple ounces of vegetable juice into. Honestly that is the only way I can describe this beer. Just awful. Do not buy. Do not try. Do not think about it. The only beer I have ever drank that gave me a instant headache. AWFUL. (951 characters)

Photo of FLima
1.77/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

Light golden color with a fluffy head with low retention, but leaving laces.
Aroma of lemon and cereals.
Flavor with notes of cardboard, corn, metal, mild cabbage and lemon drops. Dry aftertaste with a very low bitterness.
Watery body with good carbonation.
It has a fair share of off-flavors, at least is not too sweet. Below average for style. (345 characters)

Photo of W_Des
2.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Had this at a wedding. I try not to sound biased with this but the color really does remind me of piss. There is not much of an aroma and when you drink it really cold you don't get much to the taste. It is rather refreshing on a hot day outside. But if you don't finish it quick it warms up and it just starts to taste "off". It's hard to describe other than straw/hay like. Nothing complex or standout about this. Just chug and go. (433 characters)

Photo of FrazFraz
2.94/5  rDev +22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A - Very light in colour, reminds me of straw - a golden yellow

S - Standard lager smell. It has a bit more floral sweetness? than other lagers though

T - Crisp and clean taste, not much to it like I anticipated. A very easy drinking beer, I could easily down a lot of this with no problems. I has some weird metallic taste to it sometimes, other than that no complaints. Not an outstanding beer but not bad in my eyes either. (429 characters)

Photo of JMS1512
2.75/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Consumed our if a screw-top aluminum can at a minor-league baseball game.

Cold, refreshing, went down easy. It's not Sculpin, it's not Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold. It's MGD, and it's exactly what a minor-league baseball game calls for. It's an inoffensive, easy to drink AAL. (281 characters)

Photo of mikemands
2.49/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.75

Outliar detected!!!

awful look, no smell, zero taste but...refreshing

I wouldn't pour it out. When your options are mgd or water and you don't want water... (161 characters)

Photo of sporklift87
2.2/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Pours a finger of sudsy, frothy white head, fades quickly to a thin film, and decent spotty lacing. Clear and straw colored. Smells of cereal grains, slightly skunky, very straightforward. Bland taste, with a short bitter hop bite. Slight citric tartness and notes of straw/hay in aftertaste. Feels watery, with higher carbonation. Taste does not linger at all, not that I'd want it to. Overall, I simply can't bring myself to find anything really pleasing or outstanding about this macro. If nothing else, it looks good. (521 characters)

Photo of cryptichead
2.75/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This one is another emotional rating. It is not as bad as the average rating indicates. It is very decent for what it is - a run of the mill AAL. Does the job when asked. (170 characters)

Photo of takusan1000
2.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can that had been sitting in the bottom of a fridge for half a year, into a glass 300 ml mug. I don't know what a "bad" beer is supposed to look like but this looks like a pretty standard American macro lager, which it is.

I am, however, surprised by its drinkability, having not had an American macro lager in quite some time now. To me, there is nothing unpleasant about this brew. I never thought I'd say this about a beer like this, but I honestly have tasted much worse German lagers, having lived in Germany for six months and tasted some brews that never make it to the U.S.

It is mostly grassy sweet, with some just a hint of hops bitterness that doesn't last or bite at all. In fact, none of the flavor lasts or really asserts itself in any way. No aftertaste. Smell is a bit skunky but this doesn't come through in the taste. Light mouthfeel, easy drinking, no challenge at all, the mac and cheese of beer. I wouldn't turn my nose up at this on a hot summer day at a BBQ, but I'm not going to be the one to bring it to said BBQ or buy this unless it's really the only beer in the one local store out in the middle of the wild. (1,160 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
3.13/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A great beer, when canned, for all day ocean fishing trips. Very smooth and crisp. Several off quality batches have occurred over the years having a metallic off flavor. (171 characters)

Photo of priwen
3.46/5  rDev +43.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, straw color with a creamy, white head that sticks around for a while. Good lacing on the glass. Aroma of corn husk. Straight forward taste of grain with a bit of sourness in the background. Vapid expression from the hops. Watery and mouth-filling with some sweetness on the finish. Overall, a standard American-style lager. Nothing offensive. Enjoyable.

12 oz can
Best by: May 04 15
Served in a Mug (406 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
3/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased at the LCBO for $2.40 or so for a 473ml can. Served at 2deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a medium white head that is gone in seconds.

S- Not much at all here.

T- Not too bad. Has a decent malt base. Not much hops though but mass produced North American style beers like Bud do not anyway. It's a Bud with a bit more bite, but not much

M- A Bud clone

O- It's a Bud with a touch more flavor any my rating shows this.

Food Pairing

Yup! Yet once again with the mass produced North American bland beers it goes well with..... Anything you would pair a Bud with.

Enjoy (597 characters)

Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I purchased a can of Miller Genuine Draft for $1.99 USD in Glendale, CA/USA.

Look: Miller Genuine Draft had a vague light yellow liquid appearance. Slight amounts of bubbles.

Smell: Miller Genuine Draft had a vague aroma of nothing with light airs of fermented grains.

Taste: Miller Genuine Draft had a light flavour of water mixed with grain and hints of vague bitterness.

Feel: Miller Genuine Draft had ordinary carbonation. After the can of Miller Genuine Draft was finished, there was a sensation that time had disappeared by drinking a bland beer.

Overall: People who desire an unbearable feeling of bland sensation will seek Miller Genuine Draft as a confusing compensation. (694 characters)

Photo of Andrewziggy
2.56/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

dominated entirely by a strange, mouth-filling adjunct fug. Not entirely offensive, but not even so much as a touch of grain or hops. Pretty ordinary stuff. (156 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
2.05/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Format: a 330mL clear bottle with an okay macro label. I had one of these a few years ago and thought it was pretty ordinary. I'm trying it again so I can do a proper review of it this time, and because I made a promise to myself that I would try and review every beer I can get my hands on - whether I am looking forward to it or not. And why do Americans spell draught as draft? Very strange.

Appearance: a very light yellow in colour with pretty weak-looking carbonation. An inch of tight white head pops up and slowly drops down to a thick cap with pretty good lacing. Looks better than I expected.

Aroma: ahh, that's more like the Millers I remember. Sweet grains with an unusual and sharp off wet carpet smell. Delicious.

Taste: dominated entirely by a strange, mouth-filling adjunct fug. Not entirely offensive, but not even so much as a touch of grain or hops. Pretty ordinary stuff.

Aftertaste: not really very much on the finish either, which isn't too terrible since it's a lager. It'd be nice to have some grain or hops at all though.

Mouth feel: I don't know how this beer manages to feel both medium in body and yet completely watery, but I assume they had to work at it for a while. Moderate carbonation that fortunately doesn't bring those flavours through properly.

Overall: thank you Millers for living up to my expectations. This is a pretty nasty and boring macro lager with awkward, pungent flavours and an unsatisfying and watery feel. Worth AU$44 a case? Not nearly. (1,495 characters)

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Miller Genuine Draft from Miller Brewing Co.
58 out of 100 based on 619 ratings.