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Miller Genuine Draft - Miller Brewing Co.

Miller Genuine DraftMiller Genuine Draft

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1,671 Ratings

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Ratings: 1671
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 2.25
pDev: 30.22%

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 Florida9


2.75/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the AH Americsn Legion # 208. Served in a plastic cup. Light yellow color. Clear. Forms a bubbly white head that quickly reduces to a patchy surface coating. Smells of grain and corn. Taste is more of the same: sweet, corny, and grainy with just hint of toasty bitterness. Light bodied with a "mealy" mouthfeel Heavy carbonation. Overall a standard shitty American brew.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2012 21:35:44 | More by Florida9
Photo of Dave1999

North Carolina

2.83/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a transparent dull yellow with a little white head which disapeared un seconds.

The smell is sweet and corny. Its pretty bad but at least it's pretty subdued.

The taste is sweet and also corn like. To be fair I can taste some malts in there as well. The taste isn't great but better than the smell.

The mouth feel is light and medium carbonated.

Overall smells terrible but tastes a little better, not that bad if you're looking for a cheap party beer othetwise I'd skip this.

Serving type: can

06-28-2012 00:39:02 | More by Dave1999
Photo of SometimesIfart


2.93/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank straight from the bottle. A dehydrate urine type of yellow, Standard of most Adjunct Lagers so nothing special going on there. There isn't very much to say about the smell either, Smells of some corn and perhaps some barley here and there. The taste is where this AAL surprised me. Easily the best offering from the Miller company that I have had to date, Perhaps slightly beating High Life. It doesn't just taste of carbonated water like most other standard AAL's and it is very easy to drink. Mouthfeel has some bubbles and a cooked corn aftertaste, Though sweet corn. Over all a great AAL

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 23:26:55 | More by SometimesIfart
Photo of DrDemento456


2.85/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Offered a can of this and considered it worth the tick.

A - Well it's darker than I expected but still very "piss" like in color. Head surprised me a bit sticking around for a few minutes before reducing to nothing. Bubbly carbonation.

S - Smell is as expected for an adjunct lager. Corn being the only notable smell next to some sweet malts. As expected no hops in the smell, just corn...

T - Well it wasn't as bad as I thought (how many people have posted that?) Amway you do get acres of corn, lager yeasts and well... water. I swear halfway through the beer just tasted like water which I am sure if you slam them like water it's good for you but it didn't impress me a whole lot. This beer needs triple hopped :P

M - Well I don't post this much but this beer is thin and watery, so not that great.

Overall I guess I have found a very lackluster beer even for an adjunct lager. Giving this more than an average score is like calling yourself an alcoholic.

Serving type: can

06-22-2012 16:25:36 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of jsisko01


3.48/5  rDev +54.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear golden color with almost no head.. Barely any lacing present either.

Smell - Strong scent of corn. Has a nice sweetness to it and seems very malty.

Taste - Identical to the smell. The malt tastes very good.. Corn is the strongest flavor. It's quite sweet and the hops are mild. It does have a slight metallic flavor.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with high carbonation. It's very crisp.

Overall - This is better than I thought it was going to be. It's very drinkable, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 03:59:18 | More by jsisko01
Photo of JohnFatAss

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am starting to appreciate this beer.

It is a simple, basic beer. Easy to drink and goes great with any type of food.

On a 95 degree day, served ice cold it really hits the spot.

For a back yard BBQ beer, it is perfect.

So why all the haters?

Nothing wrong with enjoying a beer for what it is.

High Life is cheaper, and a better value, but MGD is still very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 03:36:40 | More by JohnFatAss
Photo of OWSLEY069


1.35/5  rDev -40%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clean pale yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, a small sweetness and a small skunkiness. In the taste, a small sweetness in the malt and then nothing. A small bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry to sweetness in the aftertaste. Watery and a sweetness and really not much going on.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 18:28:06 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of TheCondor


2.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. No explanation needed.

Appearance – Clear golden color with a flimsy white head that quickly dissipates leaving no lacing. No suprises.

Smell – Corn, a little barley, tin?

Taste – For an adjunct lager, a frat beer, a regular old American beer, MGD really isn’t that bad. Corn, a hint of hop, a little malt for body.

Mouthfeel – Highly carbonated, light body, no finish taste

Overall – Not a bad brew for what its’ worth. I try not to be a beer snob. Is this beer bad compared to what else is out there? Yes. But relatively speaking, its’ drinakable. I Would buy it again and drink it again. Its’ a good change of pace from Bud Diesel and Coors, and a hell of a lot better than its’ lite counterpart.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 17:57:59 | More by TheCondor
Photo of CowsCanBark


2.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into Samuel Adam's pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden with a half-finger white head that fizzes down quickly. Mild lacing, but more than I was expecting.

Smell: Metal and corn, mild barley

Taste: It's your average AAL, except it's more metallic. Corny adjuncts, mild, mild hops. It'd be average if it weren't for the extra metal taste. I expect that taste in most AALs; this one just has a bit more.

Mouthfeel: Light body, high carbonation, chugger.

Overall: Slightly below average overall, but it's pretty much your standard BMC product, nothing special at all.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 18:12:34 | More by CowsCanBark
Photo of zalobar

2.58/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I drink cheep beers mostly. I like to drink volumns, like a 6 pack to start.

I was an Old Style officiando. hehe. MGD is an OK light flavor beer with no lingering aftertaste. I can down a 6er easily with no regrets.

Im not a Bud guy. Gives me headaches.

For the slightly lower price High Life and High Life Light are right up there with MGD. Lager is great!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 22:44:48 | More by zalobar
Photo of Alodge

British Columbia (Canada)

2.18/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bit of an impulse tasting that went bad. In appearance it resembles any light beer (clear and empty) with a similar taste. The smell was week but consistant. Mouthfeel is not initially unpleasant but rapidly deteriorates into a disappointing aftertaste. Overall its not that bad, If I were to enjoy lighter beers I might not mind this one but all things considered this is not my go to beer my a long shot.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 14:35:53 | More by Alodge
Photo of J23hc

New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours just about clear, smell has alot of grain and hop, very plain. Good balance in the taste, definitely some hops in there. Acidic character, alcohol, a bit of metallic taste. Crispy feel but burns a bit, and a little sharp, and watery at the same time, still pretty drinkable, leaves a dry feeling

Serving type: can

05-02-2012 21:49:05 | More by J23hc
Photo of BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear bottle, poured into free Bud Light glass. Free beer, can't complain. Just hoping for no skunkiness from the clear bottle.
The appearance is a typical adjunct lager, pale yellow, fizzy bubbles. Foam shrank to a flat covering, but actually lasted nicely, left thin sheets of lace - a nice suprise.
Sweet, grassy, grainy smell.
The beer tastes sweet, slightly grainy, no real hop flavor.
Thin body, but designed to be that way, so can't give it too low marks. Mouthfeel was pretty smooth. A basic mainstream beer, but I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 19:20:46 | More by BigBry
Photo of MirkoCroCough

Croatia (Hrvatska)

3.38/5  rDev +50.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear 40oz drank from the bottle.

Gold color.

Not much of a smell. Faint apple juice and some yeast.

It's alright. Mild malts and faint hops.

Super clean and crisp. Finish is sharp and dry.

MGD would sell alot more if it was cheap. Decent beer but there are similar beers for less money.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 23:12:19 | More by MirkoCroCough
Photo of blindpiglet

2.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear pale yellow with a soapy head that does not last very long. A lot of carbonation. No lacing on the glass to speak of. Aroma is corn and cereal with a faint hop smell. Taste is pretty much a match of the aroma. Very watery and thin bodied. Overall it is not offensive, but not something I would drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 21:24:51 | More by blindpiglet
Photo of jifigz


2.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A can poured into a pint glass.

A: The beer has the typical adjunct lager color: pale, fizzy (extremely fizzy, actually) stale straw/semi dehydrated urine color. The amazing part about this beer is that the head actually lingers for a while and, dare I say, do I actually see some lacing from the head sticking to the side of the glass? That is amazing.

S: Sweet, husky, blah, blah, blah.

T: This beer tastes...sweet. That is about the only flavor I am picking up from this-a grainy sweetness.

MF: Too much carbonation. However, the beer does feel smooth and creamy in my mouth.

O: Mainstream adjunct lager. They are all about the same, but all a tad different, too. It is what it is.

Serving type: can

03-18-2012 19:32:30 | More by jifigz
Photo of bluHatter


2.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Light clear yellow, a finger of bumpy clean white head that leaves fine lacing. Strangely no rising bubbles.

S: Corn malts, a little grassy. Clean.

T: Corn, mostly. Sweet corn. Not bad, for what it is.

M: Very light bodied, but nice carbonation despite its appearance. Still tastes a little watery because it's so thin.

O: A very drinkable adjunct. I like this for casual laid back drinking.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 00:42:09 | More by bluHatter
Photo of Vito


1.6/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Miller Genuine Draft -- MGD.

Looks OK, like most beer.

It has Miller High Life's unique "cooked vegetable smell" (for want of a better phrase) without the sweet corn-like aroma.

Taste seems much more bitter and sour than High Life.

Mouthfeel is fizzy, but without High Life's tingly bubbles.

Overall, I don't like this beer very much, and I can't understand why the Miller company once tried to make this their flagship beer.

My guess is, the good people at Miller will eventually phase out MGD and focus on High Life (a far superior product, in my opinion) and Milwaukee's Best (which tastes exactly like MGD, for a fraction of the price).

Serving type: can

03-12-2012 01:00:39 | More by Vito
Photo of donmonkey1


2.08/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: pale yellow with no head and almost no carbonation.

Smell: toast with sugar on it.

Taste: mild skunk, malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: thin, watery, lacking carbonation.

It would be a good thirst quencher if it weren't so icky. It's not bad icky, but icky enough.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 05:55:22 | More by donmonkey1
Photo of bondjedi


1.85/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

When this first hit the market in the early 1990's I understood calling it genuine draft when it came from a bottle, but did not understand the point when getting it from a tap. Should it be called Miller Genuine Draft draft, and what were we to make of regular Miller on tap? Was that not genuine draft?

No matter, it's bitter and crummy whatever the name on the label says.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 22:57:26 | More by bondjedi
Photo of djbow


1.35/5  rDev -40%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A - Yellow amber reminiscent of first morning urine. Minimal head, lots of tiny bubbles.

S - Corn, grain, light hops, alcohol skunky.

T - Typical blah corny macro lager. A bit skunked. Guess the the clear glass bottle was not such a good idea. Haunting after taste.

M - Watery, bodiless belly-wash. Way over carbonated.

O - I had forgotten just how mush I hate Macro-beer. This was a harsh reminder. I would choose water or a car in summer warmed coke over this swill any day.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 01:10:36 | More by djbow
Photo of Star80


3/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out an extremely clear morning urine yellow color. The head retention is actually quite impressive as is the amount of carbonation. However I don't think all those bubbles will add anything positive to the mouthfeel. The smell is actually less solvent and offensive as I've found their other beers but far from good. What I can smell is a barely perceptible bready smell, and other weird cereal grain smells. No hop presence at all. Wow, tastes like, your average mindless American beer. It's even more marginal than i thought it would be. It's not even bad enough to suck! How disappointing! Some stale bread flavors, old soggy grains, and hmm, can't pickup the corn. The corn adjuncts must have been genetic bred out of the beer and covered up by those other faint flavors I am describing. Mouthfeel is kind of prickly but again nothing too offensive. I think Miller has developed some space age beer flavor now that they are just adding to their beers rather than really brewing anything. How do you think they pulled of MGD 64? Carbonated water and beer flavor concentrate, right out of the can....

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 04:20:57 | More by Star80
Photo of tronester


2.55/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale yellow, crystal clear with a white soapy head. Smells lightly of some cereal grains. The flavor is light grainy character. Very litte if any hop profile. Mouthfeel is watery. Overall not something I would spend money on, but light and non-offensive and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 05:07:44 | More by tronester
Photo of dansmcd


1.6/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A - Light yellowy amber, flat looking with no head whatsoever after two seconds of fizzy activity on the surface.

S - Corn, the faintest grassy hops.

T - Plain as can be, typical corn dominated flavour of the big macro lagers. Slightly skunked. Drinkable, just.

M - Thin body, high carbonation.

O - Avoid if you like interesting and flavourful beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 13:55:22 | More by dansmcd
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

2.85/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From a 12 fl. oz. bottle marked FEB0612-B05040047. Sampled on January 25, 2012. I would prefer this in a can but I also prefer not to buy a lot of it so I could only find a 6 pack in bottles. Pretty average looking American lager yellow pour with a burst of white fizzy head then nothing. Aroma is grain, cereal, and bread. The body is thin. The taste also rather bready with a clean enough hop finish for the American Adjunct style. Burger beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 01:22:47 | More by puboflyons
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