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Miller Genuine Draft - Miller Brewing Co.

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Miller Genuine DraftMiller Genuine Draft

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1,957 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,957
Reviews: 588
rAvg: 2.25
pDev: 30.67%
Wants: 10
Gots: 108 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of DaddyDonahue
3.08/5  rDev +36.9%

I picked up a twelve pack of this on a way to a party, i ended up drinking them after i had a couple other beers, but this beer is not as bad as everyone has been saying. I mean its not the greatest beer in the world, but for the price you are gettin a decent beer, Its very light and really easy to drink. the smell is a little odd but no different then bud light or coors. Overall its a decent beer and ill prolly pick up some more!

DaddyDonahue, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of PatronWizard
1.85/5  rDev -17.8%

This finishes my BMC reviews. What a historic joyous ocassion!

Experimentally dumped it in the middle of my glass. White head fluffed up over a super light gold fluid full of bubbles. Even has some lacing wouldja belive?

Smell is faint metallic moldy bread. Bad.

Taste is the same but with a wicked nasty aftertaste thrown in the mix. Swill, pure swill.

I can't wait for my economic slump to reverse and allow case upon case of assorted Stone brews to once again repopulate my house.

Overall: Better than Coors, worse than Bud, shitty still

PatronWizard, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of dalion037
2.2/5  rDev -2.2%

I'm not one to review too many beers especially if eveyone knows it sucks but I was at a party today and this is what they had to offer (I had my private stash so I was ok).

This beer is actually not a horrible beer just very light in flavor. If you are not a beer drinker (then you are probably not reading this since you don't go on BA), this is a good mild beer you might enjoy until your taste buds actually want to taste something.

Okay cheap beer to put into a beer bong. (At least it was 20 years ago when I last bonged a beer.)

dalion037, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of youngleo
2.1/5  rDev -6.7%

Poured to a half inch head that didnt last long. Left a little lacing. Beer was a very light yellow and very clear. Not much going on in the bubble area. Very faint smell. More of corny smell. Again not much smell. Tasted light also. Not much of a flavor. Did have a slightly sweet aftertaste. Almost tasted like it was watered down. Felt like water in the mouth. Very thin. I buy this every now and then. Makes a good lawnmower beer. Serve ice cold.

youngleo, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of Nixon
1.4/5  rDev -37.8%

Well I gave it a shot cuz I was at a friend's house who had some of this but I really didn't care for this beer. Clarity's good, color's nice but there's no lasting head to speak of and I couldn't really taste malt or hops. It's sort of like an odd flavored soda pop.

Miller is one of the many traditional American 'who cares they all taste the same' beers. I think that Budweiser has the edge in this style category because with Bud I can at least taste a way in the background hint of malty sweetness and a faint trace of hop bitterness. And they take pride in their adjunct, rice. Miller, on the other hand, offers no mention of any adjunct on their website. It's like they're trying to hide it. I sent them an email and asked what it is and they replied that it is cornstarch. I suspect that it's a pretty healthy dose of cornstarch.

I don't see much of a place for this product in my refrigerator.

Nixon, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of toby2010
2.35/5  rDev +4.4%

Served in a 12oz. bottle. The beer is pale, translucent, yellow in color. Shake the bottle a little, and the beer fizzes and gathers bubbles, more like ginger ale than a beer.

The smell is faint and characteristically pungent of American lager. Not a lot to report, but not unappetizing either.

There is almost no taste save for an earthy, bitterish after-taste. It has a great deal more flavor than a typical grocery store light beer, but I feel like I am drinking a good beer watered down.

The mouthfeel is fizzy like soda water. Although Coors is the "banquet beer," this feels rather like that - it has the consistency of cheap champagne.

The strength of the beer is that it is so easy to drink. The watery flavor and soda-like feel make it a pretty mediocre beer, but it also makes it extraordinarily easy to drink. When I want a cheap, easy-drinking beer, MGD is what I go for. The taste is not overwhelmingly bad as with other beers like Bud Light etc., and in big gulps the beer flows down very smoothly. The colder the better.

toby2010, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of EatsTacos
2.3/5  rDev +2.2%

A pale straw yellow beer with very little head and no lacing. Faint aroma of malt and bread. The taste is crisp and very smooth due to a low carbonation and thin body. Very watery. The aftertaste is slightly bitter.
Very close to water, but a very light and refreshing beer if that's what you're looking for.

EatsTacos, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of steeler
2.4/5  rDev +6.7%

MGD pours out a golden yellow color, with no head at all, nor lacing. Smell is just down right bad, smells metalliic, and like cardboard, and corny adjuncts! Baaaad. This just tastes bad. Has very little anything, and finishes kinda boozy. Not very good. There isnt much to say here, because there isnt much of anything in the taste. Mouthfeel is watery, and thin, and overly carbonated. Drinkability, is average if this is ICE cold, but anything less than ice cold, isnt enjoyable at all. I have no idea how this is so popular, i dont like this one bit. Avoid.

P.s 50 reviews!

steeler, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of largadeer
1.68/5  rDev -25.3%

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 maddogruss
1.88/5  rDev -16.4%

Poured a bottle of this into a glass mug.

A: Pours a clear, straw-yellow body with a small, white head with no significant retention or lacing to note.

S: A bready, slightly sour smell that was not too good.

T: The taste was equal to the smell - bready and pretty sour. There were also some sweet corn notes in the taste as well.

M: A pretty light and crisp mouthfeel that was fairly refreshing and, by far, the best aspect of the beer.

D: A pretty good mouthfeel, but the taste was not very good at all. Too much sour bready notes nad some corn taste that made me pretty sick of the beer fairly quickly.

maddogruss, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
1.63/5  rDev -27.6%

Blech. Pours darker yellow with a giant white head. Disgusting sugar and corn mixture with a cake-batter twist. The taste? Just as awful. Who added sugar water to this corny nightmare? Love the commercials claiming this is grown-up beer. Maybe for those who grew up drinking Meister Brau. Wait a minute...

magictrokini, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of thierrynantes
2.48/5  rDev +10.2%

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 2007.

Appearance : yellow color, with white foamy head (not persistent).
Smell : cereal grain aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : watery and cereal grain flavours, very slight hoppyness.
Drinkability : a not impressed beer in the style American Adjunct lager.

thierrynantes, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of Rayek
2.05/5  rDev -8.9%

A: Corn yellow with great clarity. Fizzy head actually sticks around for a bit.

S: Not much. Fresh corn and bit of apple.

T: The corn theme continues. Is there any malt in here??? Sweet corn flavor up front is sweet enough to pass for high fructose corn syrup. Malt is nowhere to be found. Flavorless hops strain to provide balance. At least is finishes clean.

M: Light body has oh so much fizz.

D: Not really palatable to me. I'd rather drink water.

Rayek, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of Soneast
2.33/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours a clear, straw yellow with a small watery, white head. Lots of carbonation.

A sort of grainy smell to this. Malted corn or some such thing.

A pretty straight forward AML. A slight caramelized corn flavor, definitely a metallic after taste.

Light bodied, watery, bubbly.

The beer, while not great, is pretty drinkable. I don't mind slamming a few around the grill etc. I would never buy it, but I wouldn't turn it down either.

Soneast, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of zeff80
2.48/5  rDev +10.2%

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 KoG
2.88/5  rDev +28%

Easy to drink but nothing special. Its cheap, quenches your thirst, and is easily sessionable.

Golden body with a short lived fizzy head. Smells of sweet corn cooked down but not overbearing. Goes down incredibly smooth, does the job for the summer but as fall has arrived it won't stand up. I'll buy it if its on a ridiculous sale but there are better alternatives in the macro world that are better and usually cheaper.

KoG, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of Rhynes2
2.48/5  rDev +10.2%

What an incredibly average brew. I never expected much as far as a great beer from MGD, but it really doesn't have many good characteristics. It's a fizzy yellow beer that lacks taste. No head or aromatics to speak of. A beer for those not yet ready to step up to the world of true brewing. If you are going to buy Miller you might as well go and buy Coors.

Rhynes2, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of bushbeer75
2.38/5  rDev +5.8%

12 oz can

Miller Genuine Draft poured a clear light yellow [straw like] color with decent head retention and lacing. Aroma and taste is of grain and corn with no hops to speak of. Carbonation is good for the style. Light bodied with a smooth crisp finish.

Genuine Draft is yet another American Macro Lager that I haven't had in years. When drinking this style I must continue to remind myself to rate it accordingly. As usual with this style a must drink at ice-cold temps.

bushbeer75, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
2.15/5  rDev -4.4%

A: Poured a very clear brass color with a bright white 1 finger frothy head which was moderately lasting leaving a fair sudsy ring lacing behind. Visible carbonation was light.

S: fresh corn with some light stale cereal grains.

T: The flavor yielded some cold metallic hints, corn, with some stale lemony grains. There was some buttery sweetness. Overall borderline offensive experience.

M: light, with a slight fizziness, watery but smooth in texture.

D: Drinkability was less then average overall with some sour citrus notes. Nothing I would care to drink again.

beerthulhu, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of kshankar
3.63/5  rDev +61.3%

Well I haven't had this in a while...saw it at a bar earlier for cheap. What the hell, might as well have one of these...just for a Beer Advocate review..

Appearance: Straw color, pale. Looks like the macro lager style that it is. No foam at all. Not that I expected any.

Smell: Grains, very weak malts and corn. Other than that, nothing much. Its not too strong in any department. Just a basic smell.

Taste: Not much really, its kind of bland. I can get weak grains and corn, somewhat. Its mostly carbonation. There is a slight hop bitterness, but not much else.

Mouthfeel: Well the carbonation lends itself to a crisp flavor, and it goes down fairly smooth. Its pretty thin bodied and watery, but maybe that's because I drink more complex beers generally. Does a good job in this department

Drinkability: Well, due to all that was said in the taste and mouthfeel category, I have to give it props here. Its easy to drink and that's what its meant for. The guys at Miller weren't going for some overly complex beer here...they just wanted to produce a beer that is easy to drink, somewhat refreshing and not very offensive in taste.

It does the job, and I don't want to slam a beer just because I'm into hefeweizens. Its a beer to drink at a game, or to get drunk from. This is what I drank during undergrad. I thought it was classier than Miller Lite, or Hurricane Malt Liquor which were generally the other options. Seriously, its not that offensive, and it serves its purpose. A beer doesn't have to be costly or complex to be good.

That being said, I won't be having this voluntarily any time soon.

kshankar, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of Getinthevan
2.2/5  rDev -2.2%

12oz can poured into an Indiana Jones pint glass.

From the get go, this stuff looks like dark yellow piss. While much darker than a light lager, nonetheless this stuff has a pretty dark color to it. There's absolutely no head whatsoever and sits flat in the glass. Definitely nothing pleasing about its appearance.

The smell is high in corn, and fairly weak malts. Nothing more and nothing less. It smells like a typical non-light lager that's totally ready for immediate consumption.

Taste is somewhat bitter with wisps of corn and wet malts. There's really nothing to this beer whatsoever except quick, watered down tastes for nothing. Not really tasty at all.

Mouthfeel is pretty weak, thin and non-existent. No froth or foam at all and the flavors die pretty quickly. Pretty weak.

Drinkability is kinda whatever. If you're in a pinch, this isn't a bad choice for cheap stuff, but aside from that, I'd steer clear of this stuff and save up for something better.

Getinthevan, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of changeup45
1.73/5  rDev -23.1%

Bottle. Swill golden colored, not much head or lacing to speak of. Some earthy, dusty flavor with corn and some semi-sweet malts. Tastes like so many others in the same swill category, which means I don't really like it. Drink it if you must but I wouldn't recommend.

changeup45, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of drxandy
2.3/5  rDev +2.2%

24oz can to standard pint glass, pours a crystal golden shade with foamy white head, heavy carbonation, head fades to lacing

smells of corn, light malts, metallic

tastes of high carbonation, adjuncts/cooked vegetables, crisp, slightly dry, hops are very very light, slight sweetness, easy to drink and light

mouthfeel is highly carbonated and crisply dry, nothing special here at all..


drxandy, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of NOOGIE
3.6/5  rDev +60%

Look: Poured 22 oz cup from US Cellular Field. Bright golden color, great pour by vendor, no foam at all! Good carbonation.

Smell: Lots of grains, wheat and corn, malts and hops.

Taste: Good clean malty feel. Really smooth, very fresh, and lots of grains and hops.

Mouthfeel: Very thin, almost nothing left in your mouth after you finished.

Drink: Very good and easy. Overall good job MGD, much better than the way it tasted.

NOOGIE, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of Sticket
2.17/5  rDev -3.6%

P- a 12oz clear bottle.

A- pours crystal clear (+), feint light straw color, the foamy white head lasted longer than I expected (+) and soapy lacing.

S- reminded me of rainy Summerfest pavement :), yeasty bread-like aroma, minimal malt, grainy (--), non-existent hop profile (--).

T- breadlike up front, more of a sour finish than bitter (--), a bit watery (--), balanced but really weak flavor of blah (--).

M- light-medium bodied, fizzy like soda (-), refreshing like water which makes me wonder (-)...

D- well its refreshing on a hot day, but there are far better flavored refreshing beers to enjoy over this one, flavor isn't enough to make anyone come back for more than just a memory of what life was like before Beeradvocate.

Tailored for mass consumption and value... flavor is less than enjoyable, save this one for the starving college kids who use it purely for buzzing (Go Badgers!).

Sticket, Aug 13, 2008
Miller Genuine Draft from Miller Brewing Co.
55 out of 100 based on 1,957 ratings.