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Miller Genuine Draft - Miller Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
55
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1,672 Ratings
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Ratings: 1672
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 2.25
pDev: 30.22%


Brewed by:
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.66% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

1.75/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2006 12:31:01 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

2.63/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2010 00:09:35 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

2.25/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: can

01-29-2010 05:06:43 | More by womencantsail
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

1.35/5  rDev -40%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2007 19:31:06 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

2.35/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: can

07-05-2005 14:41:28 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

1.43/5  rDev -36.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2009 16:29:05 | More by Thorpe429
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.23/5  rDev -0.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2009 22:57:40 | More by ChainGangGuy
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.8/5  rDev +24.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 21:31:28 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev +41.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2006 00:40:54 | More by NeroFiddled
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.58/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 17:21:44 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

1.02/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I've spent more time in the company of this beer than I'm comfortable with, but not by drinking it, no, through serving to the customers at my bar. Happily, it's the only macro-crap I've got on tap, but it's exceedingly popular among those masses that I haven't the time or power to change their minds. In the name of research, curiosity, or maybe sadomasochism I venture forth to review a small sampling of this wretched brew.
Color: very pale yellow,nearly invisible, the very match of urine. Head: tall, fluffy, pure snow white. Aroma: zilch, zero, zip. I flared my nosrtils deep to try to detect something or anything but came up bone-dry, with maybe a touch of soap and flowers.
Mouthfeel is a rough and harsh terrain, with a grainy sweetness to be traversed in every sip. A horrid brashness exists in every attempt to gulp and it leaves a non-existent finish, as if the offending liquid wished no memory to remain of it's brief stay in the mouth. It passes through quickly, leaving not a trace, but only bad memories. The perfect beer for those who don't give a damn what goes down their gullet. No hops are felt, no malt, no body, no texture.
That's when I got it. I'd gone about it all wrong! Every time I tried to taste this sad excuse for a beer, I winced and pulled away, embittered and beated aback, every time this swill passed through my lips. When I merely gulped back and stopped thinking, however, there was no problem, no sirree, bob!
I wonder how people drink this stuff, then I realize that they've been hoodwinked! Somehow, they've been convinced that this foul concoction is actual beer and the Miller Brewing Co. is happy to provide. Lord save us all...

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2003 02:28:17 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.1/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, adjuncts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste mostly contains the typical macro sweetness with a thin malt character and a faint flavor of hops. I find it difficult to describe but somehow this beer just seems to taste better than other macros, even if it can’t compare to a good craft brew.

M: Smooth with a little crispness, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down very easy, not filling at all, mild kick, this beer has pretty much become my default choice in situations where I’m forced to choose among macros and other beer that I don’t like. It also helps that it’s usually inexpensive.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2007 15:46:33 | More by TheManiacalOne
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zeff80

Missouri

2.48/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: can

10-23-2008 01:04:07 | More by zeff80
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.45/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 02:56:08 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

1.68/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours light pale straw yellow with a bubbly white head that soon nearly vanishes, and after half the drink is just about gone.

The smell is of adjuncts. Little if any malt or hop aromas come through.

Tastes almost like watered down corn oil. This is clearly nearly all corn adjuncts. It's so watered down, it's not easy to pick up on any taste, in fact.

The flavor is soon washed away by a substantial amount of water (which is not so bad in this case).

There is more than enough water and since it lacks any substantial flavors, I was able to finish it. But, the bottom line is that there really is no point to bother with this one...

Serving type: can

09-04-2006 19:58:20 | More by jwc215
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

1.7/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Thank God there were only four different Miller beers for me to find in Tobago. I bought all four at the same time, what a mistake to make! This one was marginally the best in a pretty crap bunch.

12oz can poured into a half pint tumbler it looked as pale and insipid as the 'Miller Lite' I'd just flushed down the toilet. The white head left before I had chance to look at it and if there was an aroma from the beer it didn't hang around long either.

There was a mild beer taste and more body than the other Miller products, but it is not an American brewery that I'll re-visit in a hurry.

Serving type: can

06-24-2008 19:12:19 | More by BlackHaddock
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

2.13/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2003 20:51:41 | More by WVbeergeek
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Halcyondays

California

1.6/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle, at a local Chinese place,

A: Pours a pale, but kind of a darker shade, maybe it's the light of yellow, with a small white head, which dissipates rapidly, no lacing to be found.

S: Foul, rancid smell of fermented corn, made me wary to drink it.

T: Very light taste, some corn and malt notes, but overall almost like drinking flavoured seltzer water, no hops.

M: Light, watery, thin, typical macro lager, wasn't getting a lot of carbonation that I usually get in this style though.

D: A pretty pathetic macro lager, if you wan't a Miller product, go for the High Life.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2008 20:12:13 | More by Halcyondays
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

2.31/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

was this beer always this bad? I feel like when I was a kid and I went fishing with my dad and he would give me a can of this stuff, it had some appeal. some sort of honest outdoorsy quality. well, its completely gone. maybe I grew up, maybe they changed the recipe, who knows, but this stuff isn't even fit to batter the fish we used to catch with. the color is closer to mountain dew than a lager, is there honestly yellow 5 in this?! it smells like a corny adjunct, but it tastes more chemical than that. almost with an antifreeze sort of potency to it, its daunting. at least coors light and its peers still taste like beer to some degree, this taste like preservatives and artificial sweeteners. I can imagine how bad the 64 is, because its parent beer is a shocker. feel isn't that bad, a little thicker than it should be, but the carbonation is fine. overall this is something to avoid. it would chose it over some of the basement dwellers and budlight on principle, but this is really disgusting. the clear bottles do it no favors either.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 16:13:49 | More by StonedTrippin
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kojevergas

Texas

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
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

First had: ?

Do not want ever.

Poured a clear pee-pee color, with lots of carbonation, and a finger of bubbly white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of pee-pee and stale grains, Indian corn that's been hanging on the door too long. Tastes of skunk and more pee-pee, sickeningly sweet, with a rotten aftertaste. Yummy.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2011 02:44:07 | More by Rifugium
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Billolick

New York

1.85/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Plastic bottle, how low can you go? Yellow insipid color, large bubbles. Minimal head, doesnt stick around long. Nose is of corn and a wiff of cabadge. This stuff is bad, real bad. Taste is of corn, rice and faintist note of malt. cant detect hops, sure a few were put in the kettle. lawn mower beer, good on a very hot day.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2004 01:58:06 | More by Billolick
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.1/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a pure white, two-finger head that goes quickly to a ring and leaving some lace. Medium carbonation and light bodied. Crystal clear pale straw color. Nose is ?? - no skunkiness. Flavor is sweet corn and grass. Squeaky clean finish. Good lawn mower beer. Better than MGD 64 light but that isn't saying much. $1.25 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 22:18:06 | More by jdhilt
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Jason

Massachusetts

2.17/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 oz twist-off clear glass long neck bottle, raised glass around the bottom of the neck donning the Miller eagle and “Cold Filtered”. No freshness date.

Appearance: Light straw hue, very clear. Good sticky retention, white lace sticks as much as it can.

Smell: Big husky and cooked cereal grain aroma, the husk is a bit powdery in its astringency.

Taste: Unbelievably extremely smooth and crisp. Moderate body. Thin maltiness bringing mild astringent husk, cracker-like grain and a touch of malt sweetness. All mixed in with the malt is a semi-coarse cereal / adjunct flavour that is somewhere between cooked corn and bran cereal. Hops are all used up and are complacent with just handling the bitterness even though they are quite dull in flavour. Corn grit after taste leaves an odd feeling in the mouth, almost like sucking on a piece of wood.

Notes: This beer would have been ok but the after taste is damaged with an unpleasant dryness. There are other macros that will do a better job of being totally bland to quench your thoughtless thirst.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2002 22:16:26 | More by Jason
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Zorro

California

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

Compared 4 U.S. Macro brews together to see if there is REALLY any winners here.

Executive Summary:

Scores: A S T M D

Coors Regular: 2 3 3 2 3 = 2.7
Budweiser Regular: 2 1.5 2 3 3 = 2.1
Miller MGD: 2 1.5 1.5 2.5 1.5 = 1.7
Ice House: 3 2.5 2 2.5 2 = 2.35


All brews were assumed to be a 2 in all categories before reviewing.

APPEARANCE: All look pretty much the same except Ice House, It’s a Bit darker.

SMELL: Budweiser has almost no smell, just a bit of grain. Coors smells distinctly of Banana and grain with a bit of yeast. MGD smells barely like bread. Ice House smells a bit citrus. Coors was best but Ice House was far better than Bud or MGD.

TASTE: Budweiser tastes of grain and is mildly sweet. Coors tastes of grain and is Tart compared to Budweiser. MGD tastes sweetest, but has an off taste to it. Ice House tastes like a tarter version of Budweiser. Coors was best, only MGD had a weird taste.

MOUTHFEEL: None of these really have it, Bud is thickest, and Coors is thinnest. Only Budweiser has any real Mouthfeel.

DRINKABILITY: Coors and Budweiser are about the same, MGD has that off taste and it cost it points, Ice House is OK, but not quite as good as Budweiser or Coors.

CONCLUSION: Drink better beers! But if you are trapped without a choice Coors, Bud, Ice House, and MGD.

Serving type: can

02-06-2004 03:12:02 | More by Zorro
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Miller Genuine Draft from Miller Brewing Co.
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