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Miller Genuine Draft - Miller Brewing Co.

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2,128 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,128
Reviews: 609
rAvg: 2.24
pDev: 30.36%
Wants: 12
Gots: 203 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.66% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2002

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Photo of flagmantho
1.56/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from 24oz tall can into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: light, pale golden color with lots of effervescence and three fingers of creamy white head. This looks a heck of a lot like most macro lagers. Could be better and, honestly, could be worse.

Smell: dank, grainy aroma that doesn't even have the enticing sourness of a Bud. Uff da.

Taste: about on the same level as the aroma, both in quality and in specific characteristics. It's not hurl-inducing, but it's not good at all. It's not even as good as Bud. That is saying something.

Mouthfeel: watery and insipid without any interesting contribution from the evident carbonation. Not impressed.

Drinkability: on a hot hot day at a baseball game with extremely limited choices, I will frequently choose MGD over having no beer at all. Otherwise, not particularly drinkable.

Photo of jdhilt
2.11/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of decimator
2/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

473ml clear plastic bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a clear yellow with minimal head. No lacing either.

S - A bit of grass. Surprisingly no skunk despite the clear bottle... or maybe there aren't enough hops to skunk?

T - Mild sweetness and a very light bitter finish.

M - Watery, bland but the finish has some crispness.

D - Not as bad as Bud Light (My least favourite so far) but still a very unimpressive Lager. Gave my glass away after a few sips. Can't believe I use to drink this stuff.

Photo of skenyon1811
2/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I don't know how this works but I am drinking Miller Genuine DRAFT from a 12 oz bottle poured into a pint.

A: A very soapy looking head that fizzles out quickly. Clear yellow, looks like apple juice. Little bit of lacing. Many, many bubbles.

S: It's tough to describe it without using the words "cheap, plain, unoriginal. Its an just an Americanized lagerl.

T: A crisp slightly bitter bite and... that's it, nothing else, gone. Well basically, there is a slight alcohol aftertaste but not much else. It's watered down.

M: Super light and smooth. Very tingly on your tongue from all the carbonation.

D: I could physically drink quite a few of these, do I want to? Not really. The carbonation makes you quite gassy. I could see this giving me a wicked hanging over.

Photo of AleWatcher
1.61/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Grabbed one of these 32 oz cans from my local shop... When I brought it up to the register the owner thought I was joking. I had explain that it is impossible to know what you like until you really discover what you don't like. He didn't see the need to get philosophical over a $1.49 double pint. Perhaps he was right.

Anyway... poured into a pint glass and reviewed from notes.

Pours a brilliantly yellow, fizzy looking beer. 3 finger white head. Very little head or retention.

Smells like nothing. Honestly-- the weakest nose of any of the American macros I've reviewed. The taste has a little sweetness, no bitterness, and perhaps the slightest touch of floral hops. Very watered down, even by Macro standards.

The body is normal for the style-- light body with lots of carbonation. Not really any problem drinking this-- but again, like so many other beers, I'd really rather just have a water. If it came down to drinking this or not drinking, I would honestly think about it. In a social setting, like a BBQ, I perhaps would drink a few while hanging out, but this is certainly not something I would have sitting at my house.

Photo of Erish
2.66/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I got this beer on tap at U.S. Cellular Field. Go White Sox!

*As an additional note, after reading many of the truly negative reviews for this beer, I have to wonder if there is a "skunk" factor popping up because of the clear glass bottles? This beer is not horrible on tap. Really. No, really.

A: pale yellow, creamy white head is actually pretty decent and lasts for more than a few minutes.

S: cooked corn, a medicinal note, and not much else.

T: if I am rating to style, I have to say this beer is pretty average. American Adjunct Lagers are supposed to taste this way, remember? There is cooked corn and rice flavor, and the foam from the head has a corn-like and metallic/medicinal taste, and there is almost zero aftertaste and zero hop bitterness.

M: light in body with ample carbonation; true to style.

D: this is a summertime party guzzler or lawnmower beer, and nothing else. The exclusion of taste has worked pretty well for the macro brews, you have to admit!

Photo of Brno
2.86/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I am NOT a beer snob, so I looked at this with no regard to price, brewer, nor reputation. Henceforth, here is my review with no prejudices:
Bright yellow in color with a thin head and lots of carbonation. Smells sort of like wet hay or grassy. Body is fairly light with a thicker coating on the mouth feel than I was expecting. Otherwise leaves little aftertaste, and not as watery as many similar brews. Definitely one that I could drink during those hot summer days camping with the guys. I actually find this to be somewhat pleasant, although basic. Would go well with peanuts and dogs at the ball game also...

Photo of mikesgroove
2.61/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Photo of rgrholmes168
1.8/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer poured with a half finger head. What small foam that was initially present quickly disappeared. No lace on the sides of the glass.
Small amount of carbonation shows, and a hint of corn aroma. The beer is watery with little taste. A slightly bad aftertaste, that makes me wish I went to the store, instead of a friend.
Oh well, I will choke down the six pack and do my own beer runs.

Photo of Clydesdale
2.44/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a very clear, light golden color with some active carbonation. The somewhat dense, fluffy head is reasonably tall at first, and sticks around respectably before completely fading. Lacing is pretty solid.

S: Bland, corny, cereal grainy aromas. A bit of unrefined sweetness, with very vague herbal hop presence.

T: Primarily sweet up front. Equal doses corn and nondescript graininess, although not offensively adjuncty as the nose was making me fear. A light smear of bittering hoppiness adds modest balance and light herbal flavor.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is pretty active, bordering on club soda territory before fading into a nondescript lager finish.

D: I know this is supposed to be pretty similar to High Life, and there are some obvious parallels, but this is more expensive and a lot less tasty - why is there a market for this beer? Not out and out bad, but there's little to suggest it even amongst American macros.

Photo of philphilphil
1.7/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

expected to be at least Bud level, but left me thinking bud was actually not bad.

A - light yellow w soapy head
S - stale skunked filtered beer
T - terrible, only just better than VB. soapy filtered beer.
M - the best part. also the easiest
D - wouldn't buy again, wouldn't drink if free.

Photo of HockeytownBrew
2.6/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, golden yellow appearance. Medium sized head that dissipates rather fast.

S: Grainy, musky aroma. Not too much going on here.

T: Again, grainy. Hardly any hops present.

M: Pretty good amount of carbonation.

D: Fair drinkability. Easy to have a few.

Not great by any stretch of the imagination, but not a pour-down-the-drain either. On occasion, not a big deal to have.

Photo of ronniebruner
1.1/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Absolutely the worse beer on the planet. If you like low alcohol, no taste beer, you are either an alcoholic, or a bum, and you probably love this stuff. If you are a REAl beer drinker, you know better than this. STAY AWAY! Definitely in the top 2-3 worst beers in the world, and I'm ashamed of being an American when I see people drink this.

Photo of bourbonbock
1.88/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Looks like a glass of seltzer because of all the large carbonation bubbles.

Smells like a pot of water that potatoes were cooked in.

Tastes like a glass of water with an aftertaste of milwaukee's best.

My mouth feels like i just woke up from a nap.

Drinkability is less than pond water.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.15/5  rDev +40.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Nose is grainy, husky, toasty dry, and softly citric/zesty/sour. Aroma fits with style well.

Pours clear pale straw with moderate head. Appearance fits the style well.

Soft toasty/grainy malt, dry huskiness, soft notion of alcohol. Almost no bitterness. Good carbonation with a fairly thin body. Fairly clean and balanced overall. Flavor and mouthfeel fit the style well.

Overall impression: MGD is boring as all get out, but it seems to be a spot-on manifestation of a Premium American / American Adjunct Lager. It is watery, bland, and hardly memorable. A positive comment would be that it has no significant downsides whereas a more pertinent comment would be that there is really no reason to drink MGD when one could have a more flavorful PDB or Coors. Sorry.

Photo of jsprain1
2.23/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Pale golden, with i suppose better head retention than other adjuncts.
S- Cooked grain, with a bit of corn cob smell in there.
T- very much like cereal. a bit of corn and a bit of grain. not much for hops. just not much here at all.
M- Smooth, and rather dry. Quite thin, even by macro adjunct standards.
D- Meh. There are better macros out there.

Photo of aahynick
2.1/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

about 40 degree F into a pilsner glass
A- clear pale yellow. 1 finger of head deriving from a seemingly endless stream of gas.

S- fruity

T- weak body, almost flavorless. No malt, no hops, no finish, just a hint of lemon-like flavor.

M- very watery

D- might as well drink a water with lemon in it. Why even pay for this?

Photo of sweemzander
2.86/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into a pint glass.

(A)- Pours a clear yellow color that produced a good white head that dissipated quickly.

(S)- Some dry corn meal/husk aromas.

(T)- A dry corn meal/husk flavor with a touch of bitterness. Has some honey-ish sweetness in the background.

(M)- A crisp carbonation level with a decent balance. Thin and light with a touch of dry bitter corn.

(D)- I could put these away one after another if I felt like it. Very light and refreshing with almost nothing to it.

Photo of HopHead84
2.46/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3


The beer appears the color of gold can with the words Miller genuine Draft. The aroma is of corn, aspirations, rice, and grain. The flavor is corn and grain with a dash of alcohol and a touch of metal. There's a lower moderate sweetness to it. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery. There's not much else to say, the beer is bland and inoffensive.

Photo of mjurney
1.76/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

[Appearance]: Light golden color, clear, few bubbles, soapy head, leaves a dash of lacing on the glass.
[Smell]: Very mild aroma. Some grain, corn, slight skunky.
[Taste]: Bland and watery. I could taste some sweet grain, corn, slight dirty water at the end.
[Mouthfeel]: Watery, carbonation is pretty high, slight dry finish.
[Drinkability]: Low. I wouldn't buy nor drink this beer again.

Photo of plaid75
2.43/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a light straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured sweet corn and an otherwise grainy malt.

The taste was laden with sweet corn, tempered slightly by a flowery hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall not at par with High Life. Way too much corn.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.45/5  rDev +54%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Miller Genuine Draft has a medium, white head, and a golden, very clear color. Carbonation is medium to high. Aroma is very slight; maybe some hops are detected. Taste is mild, with a tiny bit of bitterness and just a small amount of sweetness. Mouth-feel is light and watery. MGD finishes light and crisp. Avoid the clear bottle, as it may allow the beer to spoil. Try this one out of the can. Luckily, the bottle I tried was not skunked. I like this beer and would recommend it, especially for a barbecue.


Photo of Thehuntmaster
1.61/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

330ml bottle 4.7% abv

Appearance: Ah, horrid. Very very light yellow/gold in colour. That said it does have a reasonable albeit short lived head.

Smell: Maize, something like half cooked rice, a hint of malt. If I concentrate really hard there is a hint of a hop-like aroma.
My nose doesn't like this beer, 3 sniffs and I had a nose bleed (I do get allot of these, but I think in this case my nose was telling me something)

Taste: Nose all better and now, so onto the taste. Not as bad as the smell, but still not very palatable. Again the maize is there and a hint of that rice-like-flavor (not sure whether there is in fact rice in this beer). There is a malty flavour but it seems like stale malt if you know what I mean. This beer has a tad more flavour than our local macros, but I don't like the taste so it doesn't help.

Mouthfeel: Light and surprisingly, reasonable carbonation.

Drinkability: If it weren't for the smell and the flavor, sure very drinkable. But as it stands, I cannot finish a bottle.

I feel like a real beer-snob trashing almost every "common" lager I come across, but once you have tasted a good beer, these just can't compare.

Photo of woodychandler
2.15/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Another one that I CANnot believe that I have not reviewed previously. Anything in support of the CANQuest, I suppose.

First, let me say that when this first hit the market back in the late-1980's, I was a HUGE fan. It was much better then its High Life counterpart and when I toured the Miller plant in MKE for the first time, in 1992, I was hooked. Today? Let's see ...

My pour got me an easy two fingers of bone-white head that immediately began to settle in for the afternoon. Only the stock market, this past Thursday, fell faster. Unlike the market, this left behind something pretty in its wake. Stone may pooh-pooh fizzy yellow beers all they want, but this was nice. A beautiful sunshine-yellow beer with exemplary NE-quality clarity. The nose, however, was rank with adjuncts. Corn simply jumped out at me, speaking of Nebraska. Wow! Mouthfeel was on the thin side and there was a slight lager sweetness to it, but mostly, it was simply bland. Finish was moderately sweet with a slight tang, but nothing worth noting. I fet like Emilio Estevez's character in "Repo Man" watching the Circle Jerks as a lounge act and remarking, "Man, I used to like these guys!?!" Was it enough to make me want to rip the badges/patches off of my first jacket? No, but don't look for Miller products to get that kind of placement on recent jackets, either.

Photo of rednrag
3.25/5  rDev +45.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If you're looking for an American Macro Lager, you could do better, or you could do worse than this. It is what it is. A clean, refreshing, non-offensive beer.Light, a little thin, when this stuff is cold, it's great for slaking a hard day's night's thirst. Personally prefer High Life (at a lower cost) but this has enough of that " Miller" flavor to be a good change-up. Is it a great West Coast IPA or a great German dopplebock? no. Does it try to be? no. What it is is a pretty decent brew in the American Macro style, and I've drank a helluva lot worse.

Miller Genuine Draft from Miller Brewing Co.
55 out of 100 based on 2,128 ratings.