Miller Genuine Draft - Miller Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 614
Hads: 2,226
rAvg: 2.4
pDev: 27.08%
Wants: 15
Gots: 305 | 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: 614 | Hads: 2,226
Photo of robusn
4.52/5  rDev +88.3%
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 +108.3%
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 +68.3%
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 +27.1%
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 -55.8%
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%
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 +15.8%
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 -51.7%
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 -26.3%
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 -10.4%
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 +22.5%
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 mikemands
2.49/5  rDev +3.8%
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 -8.3%
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 takusan1000
2.25/5  rDev -6.3%
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 +30.4%
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 +44.2%
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 +25%
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 +25%
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 +6.7%
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 -14.6%
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)

Photo of crob3888
1.75/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

It's not the worst American Adjunct Lager, but it's certainly not great either. You know what you're getting into if you are on this website and buy this beer. (159 characters)

Photo of Alestorm4069
5/5  rDev +108.3%

MGD hits the spot. Good at parties. Miller is just good in general. Yeah they are big, but i enjoy miller quite a lot. Rating this against the style, this is good stuff. (169 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
3/5  rDev +25%

Pours a soft, frothy head. Grainy aroma. Crystal, clear golden color. Starts with a very mild flavor. Builds into a nice biscuit flavor. Finish is more biscuit, and as it lingers, a touch of grassy hops comes in.

Not a lot going on here, but there's a lot of maltiness, and it's surprisingly not as bad as I was fearing. Tolerable. For the style, that's like a home run!

( should not that I don't think this one has skunked yet, as I did get it in Milwaukee...and that helps make it better than I remembered). (516 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
2.76/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden color with a one finger head of pure white foam. The head has a light level of retention, fading rather fast to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a slight bready and corny smell as well as a little bit of a cardboard aroma. Along with these smells are some light aromas of a metallic nature.

Taste – The taste begins with a corn syrup and bready taste with the overall flavor being a little on the sweeter side. As the flavor advances the bready and corn fade a bit and a little bit of caramel takes it place. With this flavor transitions comes some light papery tastes as well, leaving one with a still somewhat sweet and papery like flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. For the style the feel is quite appropriate and makes for an easy drinking brew.

Overall – Not the most offensive, but nothing too special. A good tailgating brew, but otherwise, not a go too. (1,150 characters)

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
1.9/5  rDev -20.8%

Appearance – Light straw like colour and very clear. Raises decent head that has good retention, leaving white lace that sticks in clumps to the side of the glass.

Smell – Musty malt smells that are not very appealing.

Taste –The taste is dominated by the malt but it is neither sweet nor grainy just sort of musty like sucking on a bit of old sack from a grain store.

Mouthfeel – Very smooth and crisp. Moderate body and very dry back end that is almost like sucking on sloe berries.

Overall – Not good that is all I can say. The taste is bland and the finish is super dry. (589 characters)

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Miller Genuine Draft from Miller Brewing Co.
58 out of 100 based on 614 ratings.