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Miller Genuine Draft - Miller Brewing Co.

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Miller Genuine DraftMiller Genuine Draft

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2,020 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,020
Reviews: 592
rAvg: 2.24
pDev: 30.8%
Wants: 10
Gots: 129 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2002)
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Photo of Rayek
2.05/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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 +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

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 +10.7%
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 KoG
2.88/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 +10.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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 07, 2008
Photo of bushbeer75
2.38/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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 +62.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 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 -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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 +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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 +60.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

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 -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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
Photo of ChrisCage
3.25/5  rDev +45.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A- Poured this out of the clear bottle from the pack that I picked up in the States (much cheaper than here in Canada!). Gave a hard pour into a pint glass...didn't give much other than a quick fizzy head that dissapeared fast into a thin ring around the glass. Color is quite straw like and very clear. Nothing special here, however, the bright spot in this area is the lacing which surprisingly sticks around.

S- This area is the worst for me because quite frankly, this smells of raw grains and is somewhat skunky, not my favorite smell in a beer...at least it has a smell I guess! This reminds me of the smell I've experienced around harvest time in the area I live, which is dusty and of dry grass.

T- For a macro, I actually would put this 2nd, next to my beloved Keith's! It's got a decent malty taste, but the hops are virtually non-existant...just the very slightest of bitterness. I can taste a mild yeast flavor, as I would when having a little bit of raw dough. There is definately a clean flavor, with aftertastes of corn coming through. There is definitely more to the flavor of this beer, due to the cold filtering it endures.

M- I probably like this so much because as clean and crisp as this is, it is also very smooth. It has a body that leans more towards medium and this is evident when I swirl it around as well.

D- Full marks here, as I have had this on tap at my favorite pub and I do like it better on draft, however either way I could drink this all evening or any time really. It's a good summer beer and schooners are usually on special at the pub, which is always a good thing. I recommend this brew for anyone entering the world of beer!

ChrisCage, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of kinger
1.9/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Free swill at a golf outing today so I thought I can finally rate this. Had it in all forms many times throughout my life. For swill, Miller is decent and MGD is alright in my book. Light aroma nothing to note, medium golden color, mouthfeel is adequate for what you get, and the flavor is a little more bold than Bud. Overall drinkable but nothing to get excited about.

kinger, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
2.25/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Another round of my Bad Brew Review series.

A. Can out of my friends fridge.

S. Some grains, faint whiff of hops?

T. Wow. Not terrible like I thought. Not good mind you, but a much better macro lager than the other miller offerings. A spare hop or two must of fallen in, I got some grassy bitters on the palate, to go along with the nearly non-existant malt and cereal grains.

M. Thin and watery.

D. In desperate measures, I can drink this brew. Sad but true. Better than the other BMC offerings.

Stinkypuss, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of sofingraw
3.53/5  rDev +57.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I dig it. Far better than Budweiser in my opinion, and a much tastier beer to have at a party than some crappy light beer like Miller, Bud, or Coors Light, but just as drinkable as one of those. It's not a great beer, but it isn't bad, especially considering it's status as a macro. I'll drink a bunch of em'.

sofingraw, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of klintok21
2.42/5  rDev +8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, pretty bland American Macro. It only ranks up there as I like to smooth drinkability. I prefer this to a regular Bud personally. Hey give it a try, who knows, you might like it? Price is pretty mild so this is easy on the budget, I'll get this at a restaurant if there isn't much else of a selection.

klintok21, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of orcasteve
2.68/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

kind of blaut and and grainey, no hop character at all. not real good but at 88 degres pluss all day, and watching the yankees play at yankee stadioum 3 of theese went down smooth. drank out of 16 oz plastic bottels, it was real fresh but 8.50 for a beer is a bit insane!!!

orcasteve, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of Cyberkedi
2.15/5  rDev -4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Color is a typical clear straw yellow with a white head, nothing special. Aroma is crisp but weak, rather typical of an American macro lager. Flavor is malty and crisp but has no complexity or depth. Finish is no different from any other major brew I have tried.

Cyberkedi, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of Haybeerman
2.25/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear straw (pale) yellow. Half inch of head that quickly diminished to a skim. Very light lacing though.

Smell: Little (actually none) hop presence. Hint of sweet green apple. Slightly metalic smell.

Taste: Not much on taste, but, then again, nothing nasty either - other than that faint sweet taste of green apple.

Mouthfeel: Weak and thin. Lots of carbonation

Drinkability: These beers may typically get higher drinkability scores, but with that taste and high carbonation, couldn't do it.

Haybeerman, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of bluemoonswoon
2.3/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours the same color of the Heineken I just poured earlier, which is to say a clear and golden straw, but the head just outlasts it in lasting ability but not really impressive looking at all, all loose and soapy.

S: Smells far worse than the Heineken though cooked vegetables and corn, really just not nice, at least the Heine had some semblance of malt character. Better leave this one in the can.

T/MF: Light and fizzy mouthfeel mildly chewy but mostly loose and watery with a slight spritzy carbonated feel. Taste is weak at best, slight huskyness but mostly dominated by corn, rice and cooked vegetables.

D: Pretty easy to drink but out of the can it really tastes a lot less crisp and the flaws really begin to show, but just another boring macro easy drunk drinker.

bluemoonswoon, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of assmasterson
2.35/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Piss yellow. Actually, a tad paler than that.

S: Hello? Hello? Anyone home? Doesn't seem like it. The faintest of the faint aromas.

T: Again, I'm still searching. What is there isn't bad, but there is hardly any of it to speak of.

M: Quite smooth, very slick and the carbonation does not become out of control. Not bad, but not worthy of a parade.

D: Full to empty in no time. This is one of the easiest beers to drink I have come across.

assmasterson, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of Mdog
2.88/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Yellow, good carbonation, fading head.

Smell: Sweet grain.

Taste: Light sweet bread flavor. No hops to my taste buds.

Mouthfeel: Light and bubbly.

Drinkability: Easy to throw back a few.

This was the first beer I regularly drank in college many years ago. I snuck this one home from softball to review. It's not terrible for a macro but I wouldn't have too many of them in a row.

Mdog, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of Domingo
2.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had a couple of these at Miller Park in Milwaukee.
Pretty nice looking golden color with a ton of carbonation. Looks better than the other macros for sure.
Smells really sweet and grainy. Reminds me a little of a sweetened corn breakfast cereal.
The taste is bland and reminds me of corn and unripened bananas.
Goes down easy enough, but the heavy carbonation really limits the drinkability on the whole. I felt bloated after only one.
Not terrible, but not good either. Better than Bud, but it's not as good as similar offerings like PBR, Stroh's, Schlitz, or even Miller's own High Life.

Domingo, Jun 30, 2008
Miller Genuine Draft from Miller Brewing Co.
55 out of 100 based on 2,020 ratings.