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Miller Genuine Draft - Miller Brewing Co.

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Miller Genuine DraftMiller Genuine Draft

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1,861 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,861
Reviews: 584
rAvg: 2.25
pDev: 30.22%
Wants: 9
Gots: 75 | 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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Photo of giblet


2.48/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

i like this beer. it is fairly decent for a light beer for bbq and lawnmowing. clear bottles are a bad idea. gold color. decent head and carbonation. grainy smell and taste.

very refreshing on a hot day.

cheap and easy to find. not bad for a macro.

suckem up and movem out.


Serving type: bottle

07-27-2007 17:22:52 | More by giblet
Photo of Slatetank


1.35/5  rDev -40%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Poured into an Alaskan Summer Ale glass.

A - A transparent straw color w/ a 3 finger sudsy white head

S - Adjuncts mostly corn in the nose. Gives of a cooked vegetable smell that is overly sweet.

M - Extremely carbonated and light. So much like alka-seltzer it leaves the mouth feeling dry. There is a smidge of light malt in there when I focus very hard.

T - The lager has very little actual beer taste. I think the canned version is smoother, but it still has very little malt flavor. I consider it a palate cleanser with it's carbonation overruling the adjunct heavy - light on taste beer.

D - It is better than some light beers I'm sure, but barely. It can be refreshing if you quaff it after chopping trees or digging holes, maybe. I will not return to this unless there is no other option.

Serving type: can

07-17-2007 02:19:11 | More by Slatetank
Photo of Spikester


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

From a clear 12 ounce long-neck bottle. Pours pale yellow with a 1" head, some lacing. Aroma is mild, corny, some slight metallic note.
Taste is mild malts with just the slightest hop taste in the finish. Mouthfeel is on the watery end of the spectrum. The biggest plus is drinkability. Good values abound in this arena.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2007 21:40:48 | More by Spikester
Photo of Gmann

New York

1.88/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear straw color with a small soapy head that dissipated quickly, leaving no cap. Left some nice lacing on the side of the glass. The smell is of corn, grain. The taste has an artificial sweetness flavor and corn, some metallic aftertaste. The feel is watery, not overly carbonated and a bit astringent. Its a fine cooler beer but nothing that I would look for.

Serving type: can

07-04-2007 18:51:53 | More by Gmann
Photo of millerguy81


3.8/5  rDev +68.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft beer in a bottle is as good as it gets with MGD. Goes down smooth and tastes great. Nothing fancy, this is a great bbq beer. Throw some burgers on the grill, crack open an MGD and have a great day out in the sun.

Not the best beer made by Miller, but a great cold filtered brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2007 03:01:19 | More by millerguy81
Photo of cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is my favourite American beer. I tried it a few times here in Canada (brewed by Molson under license) and was pleasantly surprised. After moving to Memphis Tennessee, I tried it there, and was even more pleasantly surprised, an American brewed beverage that was better than it's Canadian brewed counterpart (unlike Budwesier, Coors, Coors Light, and Miller High Life). This is the one American beer I come back to from time to time.

The aroma is pleasant with some slight malty tones. The colour is a light golden colour similar to straw. The taste is slightly malty with some grassy undertones. It is very crisp on the tongue with some mild carbonation. A nice refreshing beer for an American macrobrew.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2007 03:11:14 | More by cyrenaica
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

2.05/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

When I was visiting my girlfriend's family in Winnipeg I got stuck twice with only MGD on offer. I realized that this beer is drinkable only when ice cold cause it warms up the nasty corn flavours creep out and the finish goes sweet. The clear bottle and piss colour only add to the bad appearance. Makes me realize how much I like Carib or PBR as versions of this style

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2007 04:27:14 | More by canucklehead
Photo of AlexLMS


1.38/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

First of all I don’t like the transparent bottle. Second: this is not my type of beer, but anyway here I go…

Appearance: clear with a medium gold color. The head is white, low and fades quickly without a trace of lacing.
Aroma: very light aroma (kind of malty if I try really hard).
Taste: adjuncty. No hops.
Mouthfeel: dry, gassy, low alcoholic strength.
Finish: kind of a metallic aftertaste. Very short (fortunately!).

Overall: Nothing there. I certainly will not have another one.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2007 18:28:16 | More by AlexLMS
Photo of neenerzig


2.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tried a can of this for free recently on my recent Florida vacation. I certainly would never pay for this beer. Poured into a pint glass. This beer is a clear, light gold color. The head is a good 1/2 inch when poured before settling to 1/4 inch. Surprisingly good head retention after it settles. Never would have though MGD would have this good head retention. Very little lacing though. The smell is tinny, or aluminum like with a trace of grain, malt, hops and maybe some corn or other vegetable abstract. Has an uninteresting, slightly sweet malty taste with maybe just the slightest hint of hops. Fairly bland taste overall. Has a crisp mouthfeel with a light body and fairly heavy carbonation. Easy to drink, but not in the way a good beer should be. Nothing special here.


Serving type: can

06-15-2007 19:07:33 | More by neenerzig
Photo of kmacphail

United Kingdom (Scotland)

1.9/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

OK so this is not my type of drink at all, but I was given a bottle whilst visiting somebody's house and I had to be polite.

The lager poured a light yellow colour with a light frothy head that materialised into nothing after a few seconds. The fragrences were non existant, just a smell of weak hops and nothing else.

This theme then continued through to the taste, bland with a very wattery mouthfeel. This was an advantage as it could be finished quite quickly. So that made it slightly drinkable, but why would I want to put myself through that again.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2007 15:22:46 | More by kmacphail
Photo of Mebuzzard


2.35/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

So I usually have craft beers, but I was at a party and had to choose between Dos XX and MGD. I went with the American, er, S.African, brew.
Bottle, clear glass doesn't hide the pale yellow/gold beer. Head wasn't much, a bit frothy but did not last long. Smell of grains, malt and something off-sweet. Not sure.
Tastes the same as any other macro, but just a bit richer in...rice, grain? Something. A bit thicker than Bud or PBR.
Drank quite well after convincing myself this was the better option. Goes down fast and was good for the party, I didn't have to think about it.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2007 15:33:22 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

1.2/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This beer is curtousy of another BA who will remain nameless.
Sampled straight from the clear glass bottle.
I simply can't give anything that looks like piss a higher rating than 1 for appearance. The head, lace, ect... is irrelavant. This beer looks like urine!
This beer smells like the corn I use to catch trout on a hot summer day.
Taste is malty and sweet. More flavor than your typical macro lager, but that's not a good thing here. Very harsh sour apple aftertaste that lingers. I wish it would go away.
I must admit that Miller hit the carbonation head on with this beer. Nicely carbonated which gives it a crisp mouthfeel.
I strongly feel that if you want something this light in body and flavor...something refreshing...on a hot summer day...do the Christian thing, drink water.
Oh well, it's off to the drain with this one.
As a side note. This beer does pair well with microwavable Ore Ida Bagel Bites.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2007 03:21:45 | More by wcudwight
Photo of logansboat15


3.8/5  rDev +68.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My first introduction to something beyond the standard American pilsners, MGD offers a liitle more in flavor. Pours standard pale pilsner yellow with a light head that lingers for a short while. Smells of hops with a bit of something more complex. Tastes well-blanced with an even tug-of-war between the malt and hops. The finish wins the match with a sweet, malty overtone that makes this an above average macro-lager. Light-to-medium mouthfeel that is highly drinkable. A perfect light summer beer. Goes good with almost any food.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2007 20:10:34 | More by logansboat15
Photo of jomo


2.05/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Light yellow in color. Head is a brief memory after the pour.

Smell is light, but unappetizing. Yeasty/malty.

Taste is very slightly malty. That's about it.

Mouthfeel is very thin in viscosity and very aggressive carbonation. Soda pop.

Drinkability? I can't lie, I must say this is drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2007 04:05:12 | More by jomo
Photo of diego


2.8/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I’ve had more MGD than any other beer. Pale color with plenty of carbonation, thin white head, clean smell and taste no real after taste. Nothing stands out as good or bad. The price is right and I’m sure it will me in my fridge most days. It’s most welcome on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2007 01:38:53 | More by diego
Photo of jettjon


2.4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Into a pint glass a pale golden clear color with few bubbles. One-finger white foam head fades quickly to a bit of scattered cap and a thin ring, with trace lacing. Nose of faint malt and not much else. Taste of very light malt flavor with a touch of sweetness. Mouth is middle-thin, moderately carbonated, and rather plain. Drinkability is OK, nothing particularly interesting. Certainly non-offensive.

Overall: What’s the point? Avoid.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2007 23:38:12 | More by jettjon
Photo of uncggop06

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev +46.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted along with Miller High Life for comparison (from forum post earlier about similarities between the two). The beer was poured from a 24oz big can into an Okocim glass (0.5L, very nice glass). Head started out strong, then fizzled out leaving some chunky lace on the glass and a wannabe ring after a few sips. Beer is pale gold similar to High Life, but none of the bubbles are there. I would choose High Life over this just for the amazing bubbles. Smell is almost the same as the High Life, but taste is fuller and carries on with the smell, not so great. This is less sweet, with a little more of a grainy aftertaste that the High Life did not have. Although these beers are practically the same (minus the pasteurization difference), I think High Life takes the cake on appearance and drinkability. Plus it was $0.20 cheaper!

Serving type: can

04-24-2007 03:47:04 | More by uncggop06
Photo of MrMcGibblets


2.4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

ah, my favorite beer in the teen years. fizzy, rapidly dimishing large bubbles pass for a head. for some reason i used to enjoy the sweet corn adjunct flavor in this beer. at least it was something a little better than bud. no discernable hop aroma, light bodied, decent balance to this beer for what it is. blond and overly carbonated as you all know. i don't think i'll ever have one again unless i have a midlife crisis or something.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2007 03:34:55 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of PittBeerGirl


2.28/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

This does have a malted taste to it. Maybe with some nutty overtones. Unfortunately its light body and heavy carbonation makes it hard to really taste what it may have to offer. Near average drinkability because you can have another and its not something that I will never drink again.

Serving type: can

04-14-2007 16:48:06 | More by PittBeerGirl
Photo of tapman


2.08/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Someone bought it for me at a bar, what am I gonna do...say no to a free beer?

Pours like water with a flimsy imitation of a head. Color of straw and dead grass. gets an extra .5 because the bubbles look cool. I'm being nice, here.

Smells like a pilsner, which is perhaps the high point of this beer. A very light pilsner, but better than the rest. I can actually tell by smell that it is a beer so a +1 for you MGD.

Tastes like a crappy pilsner, but at least it tastes like some kind of beer. Beats the crap out of "Beechwood aged" beer (WTF?).

Sprite has a thicker texture than this offering.

I'm proving that I am above beer slander and I'll give this beer a 3 for drinkability since I do believe it tastes better than the rest (Buds, Coors, malted liquors, etc.) It does resemble a pilsner and I've had supposedly "good" pilsners that reminded me of this beer, so come game day, you know what I'm buying for my friends.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2007 16:27:29 | More by tapman
Photo of BeerDreadz


1.98/5  rDev -12%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I not a big fan of Macro lagers and not a big fan of MGD i just buy one so i can review ...it does'nt smell good at all...not a good taste...and not even a good appearence .... for me this is a bad beer not good at all if you want to buy a Macro lager this one is not the one

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2007 08:29:17 | More by BeerDreadz
Photo of happygnome


3.03/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from a plastic bottle into a plastic cup at a Minnesota Wild game

a: golden color inch of white head that remains longer than most macro, little lacing
s: typical macro adjunct
t: well the adjuncts in the malt are evident but it is hard to taste any significant hop presence i will say for a macro this is pretty good
m: fuller bodied than i expected but not a full bodied beer by any stretch

overall, for a macro this is pretty good, far better than bud, however i think i'll pass next time, and besides $6.50 for 16 oz of this...

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2007 21:44:05 | More by happygnome
Photo of Beerman420


2.73/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I am a firm believer that MGD is the best of it's kind (i.e. massed produced)
In all not a very good beer, but the taste is much better than that of Budweiser, in my opinion.
A - Strong head, golden color.
S - Not much smell. Your average mass beer.
T - Better than some, worse than most. Fuller taste than Bud, watery compaired to Newcastle.
M - Thick mouthfeel. Better than Bud.
D - Very drinkable on a cold day, bot so much during the hot summer days.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2007 10:25:49 | More by Beerman420
Photo of HochFliegen


2.2/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pale yellow fizz with an inch head that went away after a little while. Smell was slightly skunk and corn like. Flavor was of corn and slightly sweet. There was a horrid skunk aftertaste that lingered longer than I care to remember. i did detect a slight amount of bitterness, from hops? I couldnt tell if it was skunk or hops.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2007 03:10:39 | More by HochFliegen
Photo of Padron4KM


1.45/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle.
Pale golden, soapy white head. No retention, and very little lace.

Corn and skunk aroma.

Bitter metallic flavor, I had to look again to make sure it was from a bottle.

Finish is a little graininess and a little sweet corn, but mostly metal.

Not very good.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2007 04:42:43 | More by Padron4KM
Miller Genuine Draft from Miller Brewing Co.
55 out of 100 based on 1,861 ratings.