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Miller Genuine Draft - Miller Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
55
awful

1,976 Ratings
THE BROS
53
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Ratings: 1,976
Reviews: 589
rAvg: 2.24
pDev: 30.8%
Wants: 10
Gots: 115 | FT: 0
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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2002)
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Ratings: 1,976 | Reviews: 589 | Display Reviews Only:
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2.25/5  rDev +0.4%

t0rin0, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of djrn2
2.25/5  rDev +0.4%

djrn2, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
1.43/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A: Straw colored with a white head. Okay lacing.

S: Lots of cereals and adjuncts. Some nuttiness.

T: Slightly sweet and nutty, but not in a good way. The faint nuttiness is like really old peanut butter with barely any of the sugar.

M: Light-to-medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Strange aftertaste.

D: One of the worse macros. Would be one of my last choices even if being used back in college for a drinking game.

Thorpe429, May 02, 2009
Photo of zestar
2.25/5  rDev +0.4%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of spycow
2.5/5  rDev +11.6%

spycow, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of nmann08
1/5  rDev -55.4%

nmann08, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of acurtis
2.25/5  rDev +0.4%

acurtis, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.75/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Macro Smackdown XI will be a slightly different animal. This plastic bottle (what! another serving type?) of Miller Genuine Draft is a macro lager brewed by a macrobrewery. Its competitor today is a can of Brew City Ice, a macro lager brewed by a microbrewery. Who's to say if it's a fair or an unfair fight? The Queensbury rules will be jettisoned in favor of gouging, biting, sucker punching and low blows. Have at it boys!

Lucent yellow-gold with a fairly large amount of fine carbonation leading up to a bright white head of semi-stiff foam. Surprisingly, there's a good bit of lace, at least at this early stage. I never expected this much cap persistence or this much glass coverage.

The nose on this beer is more powerful, which initially lead me to think that it was superior. After a few more sniffs I've determined that though they're vastly different--more different than in any previous MacSmack--they're equal in terms of likeability, or lack thereof. The more I smell, the more I've decided that isn't the case. Round two goes to Brew City Ice.

No surprise that the flavor follows the nose (with both beers). Even though it's been a long, long time since I've had a Miller product, I'm pretty sure I could identity the brewer blindfolded. Corny sweet vies with what tastes like hop extract to produce nothing much of value. This is not good beer. That fact that it has more flavor than the standard macro lager is not a good thing at all.

As always, it's hard to divorce mouthfeel from flavor. Try as I might, I can't filter out what the beer is doing to my taste buds in order to appreciate what it's doing tactilely. Several more sips tell me that there's very little difference between these two. Round four ends in a draw.

As is my custom, I'm wrapping up the reviews before actually assigning the scores, but it's pretty obvious that Miller Genuine Draft is the clear loser of Macro Smackdown XI. In comparison to the winner, it's a crude effort that is becoming much more nasty as it warms. As far as I'm concerned, Miller High Life is still the only drinkable beer from this brewery.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
2.35/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It makes a great free beer! It looks brightly golden with yellow tones and a sparkling white head. Don't blink--you'll miss it. Smells grainy sweet with vegitable (corn) flavors. Acidic and scrubs the palate a bit. Finishes grainy and vegie like, though clean. All in all, it's an average beer for a mass produced lager.

BEERchitect, Jul 05, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
1.35/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a golden yellow color lager with a small bubbly white head with limited retention. Aroma of sweet adjunct is dominating. Taste is also dominated by sweet corn with a watery aftertaste. No hops could be detected and body is quite thin. Nothing bad but just really plain and boring.

Phyl21ca, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
2.63/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

You spend a week at the beach you get to enjoy lots of the yellow fizzy stuff, lol. Draft lines were a plenty, but choices not so much. This one was served cold and poured into a pint glass, consumed on 08/08/2010.

The classic bright yellow, hay colored pour that one would expect from the style. Big head of white caps my glass (which of course had to be frozen). Settling down quickly it leaves behind next to nothing and lots of carbonation could be seen streaming up toward the top of the glass. Aroma is light, hay, wet hay, with touches of corn, light malted grains and a hint of light hops, but they soon faded as well. Crisp, clean, and quite refreshing when drank cold, but please don't let this one warm up as all its flaws do indeed come out quickly. Very light body and clean finish left no taste on the tongue at all.

Overall not a horrible beer by any means, but the lack of flavor put up against some of the others I had this week just makes it pale. Still on a 100 degree day, they can go down like water.

mikesgroove, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of kjkinsey
1.5/5  rDev -33%

kjkinsey, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
2.25/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

T'was my friend's birthday last night and several rounds of drinking games were played with the fabled MGD.

A: The pour is crystal clear and light golden/yellow in color with plenty tiny CO2 bubbles. The head is short lived but fluffy and white.

S: A strong smell of over-ripened corn and a touch of other miscellaneous grains. Perhaps a faint metallic tinge, but nothing overwhelming.

T: A sweet and heavy corn flavor without much else to balance the beer out. It's not as water-like as many of the other BMC beers, but I haven't decided whether that's for better or worse.

M: The body is surprising, actually. Somewhat toward the medium side with abundant carbonation.

D: I did not find this an altogether enjoyable experience, but I didn't mind drinking it for "old times" sake. There have certainly been a few nights of MGD in the past, but now I remember why I don't drink it anymore.

womencantsail, Jan 29, 2010
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1/5  rDev -55.4%

ygtbsm94, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
2.13/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Single finger white frothy head with nice lacing on a state to bright golden clear body. Aroma is pretty bad with mostly pale malts/barley and musty wet sock hops. A lot of malt in the flavor with mild bitterness from the hops and little in the way of sweetness. Light to medium body but still fairly oily coating the palate and moderate carbonation. I think miller is the worst of the big three for flavors and drinkability. This one reinforces that belief.

kylehay2004, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
2/5  rDev -10.7%

jaydoc, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.23/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed at the Old Towne Tavern in Clarksville, Tennesee. Best Before: December 21, 2009.

Appearance: Pours out a crystal clear, light gold body with an inch high stand of simple white foam.

Smell: Tremendously light pale maltiness with the merest hint of hop essence. Some notable corn-inspired hints floating around in there as well.

Taste: More of that all-too light pale maltiness and corn-esque tastes with a moderate amount of sweetness. Just a bit of Tetrahop, with only an incredibly minute amount of bitterness (almost none) and no real hop flavor. Finishes with a final sweet taste that lingers a few moments beyond the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Ahh, cold-filter me away to beer heaven, Miller!

ChainGangGuy, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of Knapp85
2.45/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a pale clear yellow color with a white head that comes and goes very quickly. I remember not minding this beer at one time but now I can't even stand it. The smell is of grains and corn, the flavor is also with a bit of rice there too. The mouthfeel is very thin like club soda almost. Overall it just doesn't appeal to me.

Knapp85, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
2.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

From a plastic twist-top bottle comes beer #11 of Swill Tour 2010, and another oddly short and to-the-point collection of thoughts. It pours a clear jaundice topped by nearly a finger of white foam. The nose is of metallic Styrofoam. That's all I can say about this smell. The taste is closer to burnt puffed rice and Corn Flakes. The body is exceedingly light, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp-ish finish. Overall, a sad brew, not offensive but nowhere near good.

TMoney2591, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of largadeer
1.68/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

24 oz can into an imperial pint glass. This beer seemed necessary after a week of drinking nothing but heavy barrel-aged beers.

Appearance: Pale yellow with perfect clarity. The head starts off at a decent two finger height, but doesn't last more than 30 seconds or so.

Smell: Slightly metallic with a bit of cooked corn and sulfur for good measure.

Taste & mouthfeel: Surprisingly sweet to begin with, which quickly turns into buttery slickness. Hmm, maybe this wasn't such a good idea after all. Sweetness persists through 'til the finish, which doesn't dry up at all. With a bit of balancing bitterness and a drier finish this would be pretty tolerable, but as it stands the buttery mouthfeel and monotone cooked corn sweetness become pretty tiring after a few ounces.

largadeer, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of zeff80
2.48/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a very fizzy, straw yellow color with a small, white, foamy head. No lace.

S - It smelled of corn and faintly of caramel malt.

T - It tasted of grains, corn, and some mild caramel flavors. Somewhat bitter.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ber.

D - This is easy drinking. Not the tastiest beer, but fairly typical of the style.

zeff80, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of biboergosum
2.58/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have never in my beer-swilling life ever had an MGD before. Wow. I've seen it plenty of times - acquaintances of acquaintances bringing it to parties, etc., but I can't recall ever cracking open one of those clear bottles. First time for everything, I suppose, now at the oft-changing bar across the street from my abode.

This 355ml bottle pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with one finger of fizzy, weakly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a little soap scum lace around the glass as it quickly falls away.

It smells mildly of doughy, corny pale malt, a bit of soft yeast, and lightly skunky leafy, earthy hops. The taste is big on that mealy corn sweetness, uncooked, yeasty bread, and kind of grassy (the crab variety), um, hops, I suppose. Not a lot of the expected skunk comes through, small miracles indeed.

The carbonation is fairly sedate, and unobtrusive, the body definitely on the light side, weight-wise, and smooth, sure, in a tongue-scraping, clammy manner. It finishes mostly sweet, the corn cereal malt duly persisting, with only a mildly skunky taint in offset.

For some reason, possibly due to my surroundings and distractions, this went down fairly well, lack of overt off-flavours and all. So, I guess the lesson here is: don't pay too much attention, and you can drink this, even enjoyably! Sums up the typical BMC marketing ethos, I'd say.

biboergosum, May 22, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.18/5  rDev +42%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Basic. Golden in appearance with decent head retention and lacing. The nose is grainy without hops; and as much alcohol as could normally be detected. Basically a "generic" beer aroma. It's crisp in the mouth with a median carbonation and moderate body. The grainy maltiness of the nose is present in the flavor along with a corn-like flavor. It's not sweet, but it's just barely balanced, leaving it lacking. Still, it's clean and dry. Basic.

NeroFiddled, Apr 29, 2006
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.13/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

MGD, she's definitely looking exactly like a nice full glass of piss. This is definitely a fizzy white beer, and I am not going to be like Stone and say it's for wussies. It's just for people who don't know what good beer is. Some mild sweetness of corn and rice grain origin. Flavor is well, ok a little on the sweet side, but definitely drinkable and for the price I guess you could justify buying it, but why try when there are so many more beers out there deserving the purchase.

WVbeergeek, Feb 13, 2003
Photo of nickfl
2.58/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - One and a half fingers of frothy, white foam on a clear, pale yellow body. Weak retention, decent lace.

S - Grainy malt aroma with very light hops and a hint of sulphur.

T - Grainy malt with some corn character and a bit of sweetness. Dry and bready in the finish with some light hop bitterness.

M - Light body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - It would, of course, be easy to drink a whole lot of this, but there is not much going on here to motivate consumption. This beer is nothing more than an alcohol delivery system, and it is not particularly good, even for what it is.

nickfl, May 25, 2009
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Miller Genuine Draft from Miller Brewing Co.
55 out of 100 based on 1,976 ratings.