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Miller Genuine Draft - Miller Brewing Co.

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Miller Genuine DraftMiller Genuine Draft

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2,062 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,062
Reviews: 594
rAvg: 2.24
pDev: 30.36%
Wants: 11
Gots: 153 | 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 randyw41
3.78/5  rDev +68.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm surprised at so many negative reviews on a classic American beer. This is a great dinner beer. Mild, not over-powering, so you don't lose the taste of the foods you're eating. Doesn't sit heavy in the stomach either. No preservatives, which is something I like, as nitrite preservatives give me a headache. I can drink this all night long, without worrying about a hangover. For the price, it ain't too bad. I prefer the bottle over the can. Can seems to have a tinny after-taste.

randyw41, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of srrn
2.23/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Pours a straw color with fluffy head and lacing, for style it actually looks kind of good. Smell is creamed corn, taste is the same, a bit too sweet and no bitternes at all just a slight wierd of taste. Not as bad as natty lite and not as good as PBR or Coors. edited, this was written before the decision on whether or not to finish the can. It gets really unpleasant as it warms.

srrn, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of mtnbikerpa
2.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Clear 40 ounce bottle with no freshness date. After enjoying a couple rye beers and some IPA's, this was a nite cap. I am intrigued by a beer that comes in a 40 ounce bottle for a couple bucks. its sole purpose is to satisfy thirst and induce drunkeness. This beer should only be drank at the end of the night and ice cold, just don't sniff it.

mtnbikerpa, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of imaguitargod
1.13/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Out of money so I had to drink what I was laying around. Unfortunately, it was MGD. Pours to a fast dissipating head with a very urine colored appearance (well, I eat a lot of vitamins so my urine is much healthier in color than this beer....which might say something about this beer).

Definite skunky taste that lingers in the background. I guess that's what you get for using CLEAR BOTTLES!!! Tastes of stale grain with dry mouth feel and no hop profile. Very thin and water like. Why anyone would drink this (unless they were waiting for their next paycheck and were absolutely desperate) is beyond me.

~Jonathan Passow

imaguitargod, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of mjw06
2.85/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

small one finger size whitehead that dissipates quickly and doesnt do much. pale straw color, not much color to it at all.

that real husky corn smell. not much more than that.

its true that this beer is very smooth and crisp. and i think that that it is all that it is going for. because after that there is not much taste. a light taste of cereals and a little sharp, sticky, malt sweetness. then thats it. you can keep drinking and looking, but wont find much. but i think you have to take in consideration what this beer is going for, which is "smooth and crisp".

the beer is very drinkable and refreshing. and it does the job. dont expect much more from it.

mjw06, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into Guinness Imperial Pint. Best by date printed on neck: Aug 24, '09

A - Clear, effervescent light gold - yellow color with surprisingly good head retention. One finger white and lumpy with some good lacing for a cheap beer.

S - Sweet corn maltiness. Very crisp and light. Embodies an American adjunct lager.

T - Light and somewhat sweet malts with corn and a husky, grainy, straw flavor. A very slight dry, bitter finish shows some hop character but so little it's almost entirely absent.

M - Sharp carbonation bite going down and a crisp refreshing finish. Typical of this style though.

D - Despite lacking in almost every category, this is my go-to 3.2 beer (well, besides High Life) because it excels in the drinkability category.

BeerFMAndy, Jun 05, 2009
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
Photo of manchester81
2.42/5  rDev +8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I ordered a Pizza tonight, and the complex beers in my fridge would not pair well, so I decided to pick up a Macro. I haven't had a Miller product in years, so I decided on MGD.

From a 12 oz can, poured into a glass mug.

The beer pours a really light yellow, with a big frothy head that diminishes within seconds. Smell is pretty bland, nothing off putting, but pretty typical of your classic NA macro lager. The beer is sweeter than bud or blue, and perhaps a bit less balanced than Canadian. Very little hop presense, but not unenjoyable. Mouthfeel is thin, a bit fizzy. Drinkability is fine, easy enough to put these back, but not interesting enough to really want a long session.

The beer did it's job with the pizza though. I don't dislike macros, and I think this one is fine. I am not sure where I would rank it, but would advice Canadians who enjoy Molson Canadian that this beer seems like a decent, albeit sweeter alternative.

manchester81, May 23, 2009
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 br3wmeister
3.13/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Large withe had with okay retention and moderate lacing. The beer is a bright gold color that is almost transparent.

S- Very grainy aroma with a hint of hops. some caramel and two row malt and slight corn aroma. Smells some what like cereal.

T- Only very subtle flavor are present. Grain and light caramel, again cereal is a good descriptor. Some slight tartness and nice subtle hop.

M- Light and crisp mouth feel. Not a lot going on but is pretty drinkable and for lack of better words refreshing.

I don't know what all the fuss is about. This is by no means my favorite beer but it is not terrible. For the price this is not a bad beer.

br3wmeister, May 22, 2009
Photo of civilizedpsycho
2.15/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a can into a mug.

Appearance: Clear golden color with little head that vanished quickly.

Smell: A bit of a barley aroma, but nothing impressive.

Taste: Pretty bland. I think it's smell is more powerful than the taste as it tastes like watered down corn.

Mouthfeel: Feels like water. No real character of any kind.

Drinkability: It's okay, not something I'd want to sit down and drink for flavor, but it goes well with a burger or hot dog.

civilizedpsycho, May 20, 2009
Photo of barnzy78
2.5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz transparent bottle. I've had this a million times it seems - why not review it:

Pours a transparent pale yellow color with a white head that dissipates quickly. Aromas are faint - some biscuity barley malt, dried grass perhaps. Mouth-feel is thin and watery - average for the style. Tastes are limited - mild malt, some soggy cereal, trace hops, with a dried grassy character. Finishes crisp and is actually refreshing. Of all the American 'macro' lagers out there, I think I prefer this one - they are all very similar, but when looking for something to quench thirst, this does a pretty good job. It's nothing special, but there's nothing terribly bad about it either - besides that it obviously lacks some flavor.

barnzy78, May 20, 2009
Photo of DoctorStrangiato
2.35/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 355-ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - bright yellow with fast disappearing head. Some surface head remains as well as a good ring of lace on the edges.

Smell - missing any real character, limited to a semi-skunk, semi-grass smell.

Taste - starts out fairly well balanced, as adjuncts go, but then melts into this sweetness more typical of the style which remains through the dry finish. No real taste profile other than carbonation and a bit of corn.

Mouthfeel - this has the right amount of activeness and balance. Just the effect of all the sweetness is difficult to take.

Drinkability - while this would be known for its drinkability, it's really a below-average beer that goes down easy but lacks the more enjoyable elements of beer.

DoctorStrangiato, May 17, 2009
Photo of ruckus232
2.28/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 Ounce gold can

Appearance: Really clear light yellow coloring with white head and lacing that sticks better then expected

Smell: There is an odd smell that is hard to explain, it isn't a skunky smell but more of a sweet corn smell.

Taste: Little taste good or bad but fuller then I would have thought which is good. The lack of taste makes it worse though. What is there is a slight sweetness but very little and absolutely no bitterness.

ruckus232, May 16, 2009
Photo of mothman
2.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into standard pint glass.

Aggressive pour yields a 1 and a half finger head that has kind of a rough texture to it. Not very good retention and no lace. Color is a very clear straw yellow.

Aroma: is very metallic and grainy. Not very much here.

Taste: Very grainy, corn, and very slight hops. A very bland beer.

Mouthfeel is very crisp. Light bodied. Highly carbonated. The beer leaves an unpleasant aftertaste.

Overall, not something I enjoyed very much. I just got it from a friend so I figured I'd throw up a review. Not something I will ever be purchasing or drinking again.

mothman, May 12, 2009
Photo of Genry
2.15/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It's miller time!

Opened from a 12 oz glass bottle, poured into a glass mug. A half inch of head stays for about a second, but what does one expect from macro brew? At least the lacing is sticky. Color is a consistent and delicate yellow, translucent.

Smells like uncooked corn and musk.

Taste is bearable, but only if you don't think about it too much. Bland and boring. More corn, cereal, some bitterness, and not much else.

Mouthfeel is very slick and crisp, bubbly from carbonation. Unfortunately, the bitter aftertaste isn't as slick, though it does beckon remembrance to when my mouth was washed out with soap as a kid.

Drinkability doesn't completely fail, but only because it is so widely consumed by now most people are probably accustomed to its unworthy characteristics.

Genry, May 11, 2009
Photo of WakeandBake
2.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A light golden color with loads of carbonation and a shoet fizzy head. Aroma of grain,canned corn,and hay. Flavor is light and mild as expected,malty for a macro Pale Lager but very little going on as far as aroma or flavor,slightly metallic aftertaste...meh ! Drinkable but noting special.

WakeandBake, May 10, 2009
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

24oz can served in a pint glass.

L - clear yellow color with a small white head that thinned to a light layer and left a few spots on the glass.

S - not a whole lot going on here, grainy and very slight hop aroma.

T - grainy and kind of sweet tasting with some light bittering on the finish.

F - thin, light and mildly carbonated.

D - good for beer pong.

JoeyBeerBelly, May 05, 2009
Photo of Bigfatbino
1.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A = dark gold and very translucent in the glass, left some ok lacing in the glass from each sip.

S = kind of skunky/sweet and grainy, but no discernible "hoppy" aromatics. Definate smell of raw alcohol

T = watery, sickly-sweet on the palate. no bitterness really, except a faint hint as the carbonation bubbles fade.

M = big bubbles from carbonation, has the texture of a soda-pop really. Watery on the tongue and on the throat

D = at 3 bucks and some change for a 40 oz bottle, you can drink it to get drunk. If served extremely cold, it could substitute a soda at a softball game. But this would never make it to my dinner table.

Bigfatbino, May 04, 2009
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 yemenmocha
2.25/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours golden, transparent, and bright contrasting white head. Nose is light, with faint citrus, perhaps lemon/lime. Light bodied on the palate with a gentle, cereal malty grain flavor. Finish is thin, short, and uninspiring.

This is among the least offensive tasting non-craft lagers out there.

yemenmocha, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of MS2k
1.9/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: A clear straw yellow. Thin bubbles disappear quickly, leaving only light lacing.
S: Sweet and sour. Some cereal-like grains.
T: Bitter and alcoholic, with some funk almost like dirty water.
M: Watery and light.
D: Another sub-par college party beer. Not good, but not quite "light". Disappointing.

MS2k, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of joshuadlight
2.35/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Well, guys and gals, its really not very good.
I admit that I didn't even pour it out, but everyone has a chance to catch its translucence through the clear glass bottle. Don't let it sit out in the light. Oh wait, it probably wouldn't make that much of a difference. It smells of metallic corn. Or maybe corny metal. And it tastes like four day old canned corn with a side of a tin barn. Its watery and fizzy, but you knew that. And if you got a wild hair, I reckon you could drink it all night. I, however, balk at the thought.
Hey, like I said, its really not very good.

joshuadlight, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of AdmiralDiaz
2.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden body with strong carbonation visible under a two-finger white head with decent retention but no lacing. Taste and smell is rather weak. I find this to be the standard example of American adjuncts. Weak malt with corn and a small amount of hopiness. Not the best flavor but highly drinkable.

AdmiralDiaz, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of Mardukk
1.9/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light yellow with a fizzy head no lacing.

Smells of cereal grains and corn.

Tastes like any adjunct lager with the added bonus of a nagging aftertaste/effect on your mouth. It makes you thirsty as if you've been drinking an adjunct beer with salt poured in. Very unique to Miller, I notice it with High Life as well.

The worst of the big three due to this salty parched mouth aftertaste.

Mardukk, Mar 24, 2009
Miller Genuine Draft from Miller Brewing Co.
55 out of 100 based on 2,062 ratings.