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Miller Genuine Draft - Miller Brewing Co.

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629 Reviews

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Reviews: 629
Hads: 2,319
Avg: 2.36
pDev: 56.36%
Wants: 17
Gots: 376 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States | website

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 mikemands
2.49/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.75

Outliar detected!!!

awful look, no smell, zero taste but...refreshing

I wouldn't pour it out. When your options are mgd or water and you don't want water...

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Photo of cryptichead
2.75/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This one is another emotional rating. It is not as bad as the average rating indicates. It is very decent for what it is - a run of the mill AAL. Does the job when asked.

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Photo of takusan1000
2.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can that had been sitting in the bottom of a fridge for half a year, into a glass 300 ml mug. I don't know what a "bad" beer is supposed to look like but this looks like a pretty standard American macro lager, which it is.

I am, however, surprised by its drinkability, having not had an American macro lager in quite some time now. To me, there is nothing unpleasant about this brew. I never thought I'd say this about a beer like this, but I honestly have tasted much worse German lagers, having lived in Germany for six months and tasted some brews that never make it to the U.S.

It is mostly grassy sweet, with some just a hint of hops bitterness that doesn't last or bite at all. In fact, none of the flavor lasts or really asserts itself in any way. No aftertaste. Smell is a bit skunky but this doesn't come through in the taste. Light mouthfeel, easy drinking, no challenge at all, the mac and cheese of beer. I wouldn't turn my nose up at this on a hot summer day at a BBQ, but I'm not going to be the one to bring it to said BBQ or buy this unless it's really the only beer in the one local store out in the middle of the wild.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.13/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A great beer, when canned, for all day ocean fishing trips. Very smooth and crisp. Several off quality batches have occurred over the years having a metallic off flavor.

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Photo of priwen
3.46/5  rDev +46.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, straw color with a creamy, white head that sticks around for a while. Good lacing on the glass. Aroma of corn husk. Straight forward taste of grain with a bit of sourness in the background. Vapid expression from the hops. Watery and mouth-filling with some sweetness on the finish. Overall, a standard American-style lager. Nothing offensive. Enjoyable.

12 oz can
Best by: May 04 15
Served in a Mug

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Photo of DaveBar
3/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased at the LCBO for $2.40 or so for a 473ml can. Served at 2deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a medium white head that is gone in seconds.

S- Not much at all here.

T- Not too bad. Has a decent malt base. Not much hops though but mass produced North American style beers like Bud do not anyway. It's a Bud with a bit more bite, but not much

M- A Bud clone

O- It's a Bud with a touch more flavor any my rating shows this.

Food Pairing

Yup! Yet once again with the mass produced North American bland beers it goes well with..... Anything you would pair a Bud with.


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Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I purchased a can of Miller Genuine Draft for $1.99 USD in Glendale, CA/USA.

Look: Miller Genuine Draft had a vague light yellow liquid appearance. Slight amounts of bubbles.

Smell: Miller Genuine Draft had a vague aroma of nothing with light airs of fermented grains.

Taste: Miller Genuine Draft had a light flavour of water mixed with grain and hints of vague bitterness.

Feel: Miller Genuine Draft had ordinary carbonation. After the can of Miller Genuine Draft was finished, there was a sensation that time had disappeared by drinking a bland beer.

Overall: People who desire an unbearable feeling of bland sensation will seek Miller Genuine Draft as a confusing compensation.

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Photo of Andrewziggy
2.56/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

dominated entirely by a strange, mouth-filling adjunct fug. Not entirely offensive, but not even so much as a touch of grain or hops. Pretty ordinary stuff.

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Photo of SmashPants
2.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Format: a 330mL clear bottle with an okay macro label. I had one of these a few years ago and thought it was pretty ordinary. I'm trying it again so I can do a proper review of it this time, and because I made a promise to myself that I would try and review every beer I can get my hands on - whether I am looking forward to it or not. And why do Americans spell draught as draft? Very strange.

Appearance: a very light yellow in colour with pretty weak-looking carbonation. An inch of tight white head pops up and slowly drops down to a thick cap with pretty good lacing. Looks better than I expected.

Aroma: ahh, that's more like the Millers I remember. Sweet grains with an unusual and sharp off wet carpet smell. Delicious.

Taste: dominated entirely by a strange, mouth-filling adjunct fug. Not entirely offensive, but not even so much as a touch of grain or hops. Pretty ordinary stuff.

Aftertaste: not really very much on the finish either, which isn't too terrible since it's a lager. It'd be nice to have some grain or hops at all though.

Mouth feel: I don't know how this beer manages to feel both medium in body and yet completely watery, but I assume they had to work at it for a while. Moderate carbonation that fortunately doesn't bring those flavours through properly.

Overall: thank you Millers for living up to my expectations. This is a pretty nasty and boring macro lager with awkward, pungent flavours and an unsatisfying and watery feel. Worth AU$44 a case? Not nearly.

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Photo of crob3888
1.75/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

It's not the worst American Adjunct Lager, but it's certainly not great either. You know what you're getting into if you are on this website and buy this beer.

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Photo of Alestorm4069
5/5  rDev +111.9%

MGD hits the spot. Good at parties. Miller is just good in general. Yeah they are big, but i enjoy miller quite a lot. Rating this against the style, this is good stuff.

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Photo of TheSSG
3/5  rDev +27.1%

Pours a soft, frothy head. Grainy aroma. Crystal, clear golden color. Starts with a very mild flavor. Builds into a nice biscuit flavor. Finish is more biscuit, and as it lingers, a touch of grassy hops comes in.

Not a lot going on here, but there's a lot of maltiness, and it's surprisingly not as bad as I was fearing. Tolerable. For the style, that's like a home run!

( should not that I don't think this one has skunked yet, as I did get it in Milwaukee...and that helps make it better than I remembered).

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.76/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden color with a one finger head of pure white foam. The head has a light level of retention, fading rather fast to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a slight bready and corny smell as well as a little bit of a cardboard aroma. Along with these smells are some light aromas of a metallic nature.

Taste – The taste begins with a corn syrup and bready taste with the overall flavor being a little on the sweeter side. As the flavor advances the bready and corn fade a bit and a little bit of caramel takes it place. With this flavor transitions comes some light papery tastes as well, leaving one with a still somewhat sweet and papery like flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. For the style the feel is quite appropriate and makes for an easy drinking brew.

Overall – Not the most offensive, but nothing too special. A good tailgating brew, but otherwise, not a go too.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
1.9/5  rDev -19.5%

Appearance – Light straw like colour and very clear. Raises decent head that has good retention, leaving white lace that sticks in clumps to the side of the glass.

Smell – Musty malt smells that are not very appealing.

Taste –The taste is dominated by the malt but it is neither sweet nor grainy just sort of musty like sucking on a bit of old sack from a grain store.

Mouthfeel – Very smooth and crisp. Moderate body and very dry back end that is almost like sucking on sloe berries.

Overall – Not good that is all I can say. The taste is bland and the finish is super dry.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.21/5  rDev +36%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Out of 24 oz can. Smelled of adjuncts but was a good smell to it. Not too light. These beers such as PBR, rolling rock, colors, miller etc... Almost always seem to leave an odd dry film in mouth. But I did like this

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Photo of kkleu357
3.96/5  rDev +67.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

MGD will always be my highest rated big brewery beer. When I was young, Miller Lite was my go to beer. I eventually graduated to MGD due to the amount of taste and how smooth and drinkable it was. I do tend to not drink it anymore because if I’m out partying I tend to go to Miller Lite because it is easier for me to watch my alcohol intake.

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Photo of Oakenshield53
2/5  rDev -15.3%

O my Lord. How do you really rate the beer of yer indigent youth without bias.

This was my default, O my brothers. My go-to, my backup. Others have Pabst, others have Rolling Rock, others have Yuengling, but mine was MGD.

I have had too many good times on the back end of an MGD to rate it any lower than a 2, but too much presence of mind to rate it any higher.

This is swill. There's no two ways about it. But, O my brothers, in the early to mid 1990s, it had the moniker "genuine", which was enough to sell it to a dork like me.

One night, one glorious night in the relative innocence of the 1990s I got picked up in a bar in Wisconsin after having ten of these by a VERY pretty girl, despite being myself utterly average in every regard, with no effort whatsoever expended on my part, and for that reason, MGD always has a home in my home when push comes to shove.

But it's really awful beer, truth to be told. I wouldn't buy this on purpose in a scenario short of the zombie apocalypse.

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Photo of Sathanas
1.25/5  rDev -47%

Imagine the average lager... now imagine if someone had ashed their cigarette into that lager. That's what you get with MGD. No visible head (unless you purposely shake the bottle), the colour of diseased urine, and the taste is of (and I can't stress it enough) cigarette ashes making Miller Genuine Draft one of the worst and most offensive tasting beers I've ever had.

Once in a while a friend of mine will offer me one. Only out of courtesy will I drink it, but usually give it away. Another beer whose fame came only by shoving propaganda down the throat of the blue-collared and telling them that this is what 'real men' drink. When my friends request that I pick this up from my local liquor store I flat refuse to buy this horrid mess of a beer.

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Photo of 57md
2.34/5  rDev -0.8%

Had this for the first time in years at the local Labor Day picnic. For what it’s worth, it is a notch above Miller and Miller Lite. It's smoother and less corny for some reason. And, union made by my UAW brothers and sisters - so there’s that.

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Photo of McAfee85
1.31/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Chilled horse piss in a bottle may be a better option. Not the worst I have ever had but very close. Everything one would expect from a cheap mass produced brew.

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Photo of ElijahCraig69
3.8/5  rDev +61%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I actually buy these and coors beers. I rather like this. Good flavor smooth and doesn't leave you disappointed. I drink these frequently. It tastes like beer smells like beer and is high quality for a macro. Good show miller, I rather like this beer

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Photo of Caveworm
3/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Miller Genuine Draft from Miller Brewing Co. Ya. That's right. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's got a typically waning head, clear golden body, and no lacing. It could be worse. We all know this.

I smell corn. Period.

I taste corn and grains. Not terrible. I think this brew is pretty decent-tasting. Sue me.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp.

Overall a 3 is given to Miller Genuine Draft from Miller Brewing Co. I am not biased to drink and review AAL's. I thank nicholas2121 for supplying this brew to me during a meeting concerning this website and its workings.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.11/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Miller Genuine Draft brewed by Miller Brewing Co. with an an abv of of 4.7% This brew pours out a nice amber color with a small white head. The smell you pick up on grains and corn. The look and smell is that of an American Adjunct Lager. There is nothing special about this brew so far. The taste is ok you pick up on the corn in this brew, but it is not bad. The mouthfeel is nice and clean. There is nothing bad about this brew.Miller Genuine Draft goes down smooth with a clean finish. Overall I'm giving this brew a 3.25 out of 5. This is not the worst I've had but not the best. I would get this brew again.

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Photo of KYGunner
2.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Perhaps a little darker than most adjunct lagers this poured with a fizzy weak head of thin fleeting bubbles.

The nose is bit off putting with a corn and stale malt.

The flavor is more corn adjuncts and less barley but I did not detect the strong metallic flavor that seems ubiquitous in adjuncts.

The feel is highly carbonated and a bit slick with a detracting thinness.

I didn't expect much and got what I expected, a macro brewed adjunct.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
1.64/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a fluted pilsner glass.

Look: Crystal clear golden body. The white head is foamy and rocky, good retention. Light lacing.

Aroma: Lots of corn in the nose, slightly metallic, corn husk.

Taste: Like the aroma, a very corn-driven profile. Some cereal grains as well.

Mouthfeel: Oddly creamy.

Overall: The massive corn adjunct tastes disgusting. Never again.

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Miller Genuine Draft from Miller Brewing Co.
57 out of 100 based on 629 ratings.