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Miller Genuine Draft - Miller Brewing Co.

Miller Genuine DraftMiller Genuine Draft

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1,670 Ratings

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Ratings: 1670
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 2.25
pDev: 30.22%

Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.66% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of joe12pk


3.64/5  rDev +61.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Gold straw

S - Slight corn

T - Highly carbonized corn, malt and faint hops.

M - Medium and a bit creamy

O - I really like this- always have. Goes down smooth. Very refreshing! I know that my leg-crossing, pansy beer aficionado peers sneer at this brew. Don't listen to them! This is a good standard that stands tall amongst it's throng of competitors.

Serving type: can

04-15-2014 05:38:16 | More by joe12pk
Photo of Fatehunter


2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours two fingers of head on a clear light golden colored body.
The aroma is an unpleasantly sharp metallic lemon and rice smell.
The taste is sweet with some mild bitterness towards the end. Just really sweet.
The texture is crisp with some stickiness. Moderate carbonation, but it feels really fizzy.
Well, it looked good.

Serving type: can

01-27-2014 00:01:08 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

1.63/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

DATE TASTED: January 10, 2014... GLASSWARE: Ommegang pokal...OCCASION: Shan's winterm is over; new Shark tank... APPEARANCE: two-finger swiftly declining soupy white head; slightly sallow, golden body with sparse bubbles; lacing is cloudy and sporadic... AROMA: sharp, pingy hops; malts are corny with wafts of honey and syrup... PALATE: gas-inducing, rather thin body; lingering aftertaste; oily and resilient...TASTE: sweet, almost lip-puckering sweet corn malt akin to thee malt liquor swigged in college... OVERALL: a top-shelf beer-fridge filler and a third-beer-of-the-night kind of quality; does not distinguish itself from the rest of the miller production line...

Serving type: can

01-25-2014 04:45:36 | More by dacrza1
Photo of Beric


3.01/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served: 24 December 2013
Serving: Can

Appearance: I had this one straight out of the can, so I can't say much about the appearance other than the can looked okay.

Smell: Smells sweet with lots of corn in the nose, as you would expect from an AAL. Overall much less pungent than a PBR, but that could have been from the can as well.

Taste: Really not half bad for a cheap AAL. No off flavors to speak of and very clean tasting. Sweet, but not as sweet as a PBR. A little harsher than other AALs, but not in a terrible way.

Mouthfeel: Starts off pretty good but gets rather thin as the can warms up.

Overall: In terms of mass-produced AALs, this is pretty darn good. In terms of all beer, avoid it. This is one you need to have low expectations for and one that is best consumed at a sporting event or family party where everyone has low beer expectations. A cheap party beer that doesn't have "light" attached to its name.

Serving type: can

12-30-2013 17:58:37 | More by Beric
Photo of Alextricity


2.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Aug2613 on the bottom of the can... WOW! This beer is "good" for another 600 years!

Appearance: Actually looks... very good. A creamy looking head. A nice pale golden color. Nice lacing ... and this is just what I saw when looking down into my can. This may have actually been worth pouring. MEH.

Smell: Sweet corn... what a shock. Not overly corny, though. Nothing metallic.

Taste/feel: Taste is pretty subtle... almost drinks like a light beer. Almost nothing there. Creamed corn would describe this best. Maybe some grain, but yeah. Not much. Not bad though. The feel is actually REALLY creamy to me, which is a bit weird for this beer... or any lager. It gets kind of foamy in my mouth. Eh.

Another AAL that I like more than the majority. Not a good beer by any means, but it doesn't taste bad. The mouth feel was a surprise, though with the name "Genuine DRAFT" I should have actually expected it.

One of the better examples of the style.

Serving type: can

06-24-2013 18:37:48 | More by Alextricity
Photo of Tones-


2.44/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer brings back memories of my parents BBQ'ing and there was always this one family friend - a pretty funny middle aged guy, can't remember his name at the moment (this was almost 20 years ago) - who was always drinking this stuff. I literally don't recall anybody in those 20 years who has touted this as anything, or even given it basic respect. "Garbage beer" seems to be the consensus with everyone I know...I'm here to make some counterpoints:

Appearance: 12oz can with the "Punch Top" gimmick. Didn't bother with that. Crack this thing open and CRRRRSHSHSHHH - a solid amount of frothy head comes bursting from the top, then drizzling down the side of the can...very commercial-like...Plain enough golden can. Not gonna pour it, because to me this is a beer you just drink from the can. It is what it is. So far so good.

Smell: Rice, alcohol, a gallon of tap water that has baked in the sun for an indeterminable length of time. Not good.

Taste: white rice. Stale housebrand corn flakes. Watered down apple juice. Not good.

Mouthfeel: Watery, but very carbonated, with a sharp crisp finish. The frothiest, smoothest, most easy-drinking macro IN TERMS OF MOUTHFEEL. The way this beer drinks is spot on for the style, and blows the other brands out of the water.

Overall: This is what I thought all beer tasted like when I was a kid. The quintessential "EW, GROSS!" taste that everyone is familiar with back when you were ~6 years old and dad let you get a sip - a fond memory, looking back on it... back to the beer itself: i'd never go out of my way for it, and 9 times out of 10 i'd pass up buying it if i saw it. never turn down a free one though, and this would be great while doing some charcoal grilling, gritty yard work, car maintenance, or after a rough shift. there's a grit to it that is kind of charming, but also kind of gross.

Serving type: can

06-24-2013 08:35:21 | More by Tones-
Photo of LJRat


2.01/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Very clear pale straw color very little lacing.

S: Not much on the aroma.

T: watery. .Taste is watery sweet iron / well water

M: watery..Pours a light amber with no head

O: it’s not that great, a cheap ok beer for Kayak It does not have the intensity of my usual beer a IPA. No hops some malt I feel like its missing something and that would probably be the lack of intensity of the hop flavors’ that I come to expect from my IPAs.
Serving type: Can

Serving type: can

06-12-2013 22:26:00 | More by LJRat
Photo of Scrylol

Alberta (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden color body with a two finger fluffy, bubbly white head.

Some sort of adjunct like smell to it, no hop presence, and pretty grainy. No skunk fortunately.

Metallic-like rice flavor, some grain, and typical adjunct flavor. No hop bitterness. Rather crystal clear taste.

Pretty watery, and a decent amount of carbonation.

A typical adjunct, but I think I prefer this one over other similar offerings such as Molson. Well, it's probably decent to drink a few of these on a hot summer night, but otherwise I'd spend my money on something else.

Serving type: can

04-11-2013 03:33:07 | More by Scrylol
Photo of bbluemzbeer


3.16/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have been drank this beer since 1986. I tried all types of beer. It taste very good in bottle and in can it has a metallic taste. It is in can pour it in a glass. I always go back to this beer,,

Appearance : Looks like a lager beer in a glass.

Smells : It smells like corn grain

Taste: The smoothness of this beer is so great! I would not tried this beer for anything in wolrd. It's my most drinkable beer for me . It is smooth aand crisp. This is my beer taste!

Overall: There is nothing be learned about this beer. but hey, isn't that kind of the point of dranking some beer.

Serving type: can

04-01-2013 15:41:50 | More by bbluemzbeer
Photo of danreitz

New York

2.98/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

24 oz. can into a mason jar. Pours clear, muted urine-sample yellow with the metallic, slightly malty fragrance common to American macro lagers. Watery and bubbly in the mouth. Little taste to speak of, but lightly sweet, lightly bitter and very easy to drink. An inoffensive, crisp, cheap beer that is better than other beers at its price point.

Serving type: can

12-16-2012 05:54:59 | More by danreitz
Photo of buschbeer


2.85/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz can
Served in a conical pint glass

A - It is yellow. It almost passes for golden, but I won't go that far. I got an inch of white head that settled to a thin film on top.

S - I smell sweet malt, grain, and a little grass.

T - I get some light grain and some sour grass.

M - Thin with lots of carbonation.

O - It has a little more flavor than other BMC. Mediocre.

Serving type: can

10-14-2012 19:32:05 | More by buschbeer
Photo of cyclonece09


2.55/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a transparent straw color with a large white head that dissipates quickly and disappears. Smells of cereal grain and corn, no hops at all. Tastes of corn and grain, not much in the ways of hops, and very bland but not watered down. Carbonation is heavy like most macros but it is very smooth for its light body. Overall, slightly below average beer.

Serving type: can

09-07-2012 03:53:11 | More by cyclonece09
Photo of jimmah120


3/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

24oz can into pilsner glass.

look is a clear golden color. smell is sickly sweet cereal, malts, and a serious amount of corn. taste is crisp and clean cereal grain, corn, with a touch of barley and a hint of hops. feel is crisp and clean with a slight astringency.

Good for the style.

Serving type: can

08-13-2012 08:56:01 | More by jimmah120
Photo of Dave1999

North Carolina

2.83/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a transparent dull yellow with a little white head which disapeared un seconds.

The smell is sweet and corny. Its pretty bad but at least it's pretty subdued.

The taste is sweet and also corn like. To be fair I can taste some malts in there as well. The taste isn't great but better than the smell.

The mouth feel is light and medium carbonated.

Overall smells terrible but tastes a little better, not that bad if you're looking for a cheap party beer othetwise I'd skip this.

Serving type: can

06-28-2012 00:39:02 | More by Dave1999
Photo of DrDemento456


2.85/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Offered a can of this and considered it worth the tick.

A - Well it's darker than I expected but still very "piss" like in color. Head surprised me a bit sticking around for a few minutes before reducing to nothing. Bubbly carbonation.

S - Smell is as expected for an adjunct lager. Corn being the only notable smell next to some sweet malts. As expected no hops in the smell, just corn...

T - Well it wasn't as bad as I thought (how many people have posted that?) Amway you do get acres of corn, lager yeasts and well... water. I swear halfway through the beer just tasted like water which I am sure if you slam them like water it's good for you but it didn't impress me a whole lot. This beer needs triple hopped :P

M - Well I don't post this much but this beer is thin and watery, so not that great.

Overall I guess I have found a very lackluster beer even for an adjunct lager. Giving this more than an average score is like calling yourself an alcoholic.

Serving type: can

06-22-2012 16:25:36 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of J23hc

New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours just about clear, smell has alot of grain and hop, very plain. Good balance in the taste, definitely some hops in there. Acidic character, alcohol, a bit of metallic taste. Crispy feel but burns a bit, and a little sharp, and watery at the same time, still pretty drinkable, leaves a dry feeling

Serving type: can

05-02-2012 21:49:05 | More by J23hc
Photo of jifigz


2.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A can poured into a pint glass.

A: The beer has the typical adjunct lager color: pale, fizzy (extremely fizzy, actually) stale straw/semi dehydrated urine color. The amazing part about this beer is that the head actually lingers for a while and, dare I say, do I actually see some lacing from the head sticking to the side of the glass? That is amazing.

S: Sweet, husky, blah, blah, blah.

T: This beer tastes...sweet. That is about the only flavor I am picking up from this-a grainy sweetness.

MF: Too much carbonation. However, the beer does feel smooth and creamy in my mouth.

O: Mainstream adjunct lager. They are all about the same, but all a tad different, too. It is what it is.

Serving type: can

03-18-2012 19:32:30 | More by jifigz
Photo of Vito


1.6/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Miller Genuine Draft -- MGD.

Looks OK, like most beer.

It has Miller High Life's unique "cooked vegetable smell" (for want of a better phrase) without the sweet corn-like aroma.

Taste seems much more bitter and sour than High Life.

Mouthfeel is fizzy, but without High Life's tingly bubbles.

Overall, I don't like this beer very much, and I can't understand why the Miller company once tried to make this their flagship beer.

My guess is, the good people at Miller will eventually phase out MGD and focus on High Life (a far superior product, in my opinion) and Milwaukee's Best (which tastes exactly like MGD, for a fraction of the price).

Serving type: can

03-12-2012 01:00:39 | More by Vito
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

2.95/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pure golden color with heavy carbonation rising to the top. There is some loose, foamy white head sitting on top that fades quickly. The nose is grainy with a very faint grassy hop aroma. The taste is bitter up front with a smooth, grainy finish. The flavor is actually decent. The mouthfeel is light bodied and heavily carbonated; very crisp and easily drinkable.

This beer is better than most in the style category, but it'll leave most beer drinkers seeking more flavor.

Serving type: can

11-28-2011 01:16:36 | More by tdm168
Photo of BucannonXC5


2.55/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a tall boy can into a pilsner glass. Color was pale golden and clear. Lots of frothy head, maybe 1 ¼ inches. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Healthy amount of lacing on the top. Surprisingly a lot of film on the sides.

Smelled of corn malts, somewhat skunky. Seemed to be a grainy grassy smell, too.

I would say corn malts led the way, but there was no aftertaste.

Light body. Think texture. Fizzy carbonation (lots). Abrupt finish. Clean, crisp and refreshing.

I’ve had this many times, but after starting to rate beers over the past four months, I thought this would be lower. Not too bad when compared other similar types (cheap beer).

Serving type: can

11-17-2011 04:29:23 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

2.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

473ml Can

Appearance – Clear yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a lot of carbonation and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, bread, malts, corn syrup

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation and it it feels slightly like club soda on the tongue. It's got a very very light taste, almost like a light beer. I can pick up on grains, corn and an apple or pear juice sweetness. It ends with a watery grainy aftertaste.

Overall – Another beer that would work well for camping/cutting the grass etc. Not something I'd buy again however.

Serving type: can

10-14-2011 16:54:42 | More by spinrsx
Photo of kojevergas


2.17/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml can served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude LA, California. Reviewed live, with low expectations.

A: Pours a three finger head of slight cream, decent thickness, and okay retention. Clear light yellow colour. Generally unappealing.

Sm: Light shite barley and water. Very bland and boring.

T: Light barley water. That's this beer in a nutshell. Even the malt climax of miller lite is missing. No alcohol, as expected. Shite build and poor balance.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and watery, but not necessarily too thick. Doesn't suit the flavour, except to make it last very little time.

Dr: Easily poundable, as evidenced by frat boys. Decent price, but low quality. A true student beer, though budget wise High Gravity Steel Reserve is better.

Serving type: can

09-10-2011 06:17:49 | More by kojevergas
Photo of EsoxLucius

Saskatchewan (Canada)

2.08/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Blah, definately better out of a bottle by the thinnest of margins.

A: light yellow, quickly disapating head. not really anything special, but it looks like a beer.

S: metal and wet grain. put my nose right in it to get something, not very strong at all and that's likely a very good thing.

T: bland, thin, very little flavor at all. what's there is sweet corn and grains with a metallic aftertaste.

M: like the taste, very thin and watery. combine the two and you get a watery feel with a faint hint of beer taste. perhaps it was the mix with my saliva, but this really froths up in the mouth.

O: it was 32*C (89.6*F) outside at a gathering and these started going down after i ran out of my stock.

Bottom Line: Desperation beer.

Serving type: can

08-24-2011 02:48:33 | More by EsoxLucius
Photo of DrJay


2.1/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Crystal clear, straw yellow with a finger of bright white foam on top. Clumpy lacing stuck to the top of the glass, decent head retention. The aroma was quite sweet, cereal grains and slight corn. Low bitterness with lingering sweetness, perhaps a hint of grassiness. More cereal and cooked corn. Light bodied, thin and very dry, fizzy carbonation.

Serving type: can

08-20-2011 22:48:13 | More by DrJay
Photo of BeanBone


2.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A crystal-clear straw-colored body capped by two fingers of bubbly, white head that feature decent retention and lacing.

Aroma: Sweet and grainy pale malt with mild, lemony hops for balance.

Flavor: Surprisingly, there is a relatively substantial malt backbone here. While it’s hardly a lush base of caramel malt, it does feature some biscuity notes along with the usual grainy and husky character. That said, there’s little hop character here, just a splash of lemon. The finish is clean, with just a suggestion of slightly biscuity grain in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A somewhat watery body with sharp carbonation and crisp finish.

Drinkability: As usual with these beers, if you’re into the flavor profile there’s nothing holding you back.

Verdict: While it’s still bland and thin compared to the rest of the beer world, MGD actually has a decent wedge of malty character for this style. Still, given a choice between this and its cousin High Life, I’d choose the latter every time.

Serving type: can

06-04-2011 21:41:05 | More by BeanBone
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Miller Genuine Draft from Miller Brewing Co.
55 out of 100 based on 1,670 ratings.