Miller Genuine Draft - Miller Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 614
Hads: 2,228
rAvg: 2.4
pDev: 27.08%
Wants: 15
Gots: 305 | FT: 0
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Miller Brewing Co. visit their website
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 Andreji
2.76/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A soft, typical american beer. it pours a simple, common lager colour, golden and yellowish. Its smell is not strong or very appealing, hinting what the taste will be like. its taste is not that bad, a soft, sweet feeling with a slight hint of bitterness at the end. Not the best of beers, but can be bought again. (314 characters)

Photo of hotstuff
1.95/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Yuck! Another American beer that tasted flat. It did pour a large head though as I will give this beer at least that much credit. It had a fruity aroma to it. It had a somewhat smooth taste. I did not notice any bitterness with this beer and no aftertaste. This beer simply has no character to it. (297 characters)

Photo of AtLagerHeads
2.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a gold color with a decent white head. There is very little retention and only mild lacing. The taste is much like high life but not as full, perhaps more delicate. Taste of adjuncts and a bit of sweet overtaste. Definitely of the standard macro mode. (257 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
1.03/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I've spent more time in the company of this beer than I'm comfortable with, but not by drinking it, no, through serving to the customers at my bar. Happily, it's the only macro-crap I've got on tap, but it's exceedingly popular among those masses that I haven't the time or power to change their minds. In the name of research, curiosity, or maybe sadomasochism I venture forth to review a small sampling of this wretched brew.
Color: very pale yellow,nearly invisible, the very match of urine. Head: tall, fluffy, pure snow white. Aroma: zilch, zero, zip. I flared my nosrtils deep to try to detect something or anything but came up bone-dry, with maybe a touch of soap and flowers.
Mouthfeel is a rough and harsh terrain, with a grainy sweetness to be traversed in every sip. A horrid brashness exists in every attempt to gulp and it leaves a non-existent finish, as if the offending liquid wished no memory to remain of it's brief stay in the mouth. It passes through quickly, leaving not a trace, but only bad memories. The perfect beer for those who don't give a damn what goes down their gullet. No hops are felt, no malt, no body, no texture.
That's when I got it. I'd gone about it all wrong! Every time I tried to taste this sad excuse for a beer, I winced and pulled away, embittered and beated aback, every time this swill passed through my lips. When I merely gulped back and stopped thinking, however, there was no problem, no sirree, bob!
I wonder how people drink this stuff, then I realize that they've been hoodwinked! Somehow, they've been convinced that this foul concoction is actual beer and the Miller Brewing Co. is happy to provide. Lord save us all... (1,681 characters)

Photo of brakspear
2.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I got stuck at a banquet with MGD being the only beer available. So I might as well review it. This is a beer that was clearly designed to be inoffensive and smooth-drinking to the palates of unsophisticated beer drinkers. But even by those standards it misses the mark.

The golden body and slight white head looks like a standard American lager, with not much else going on, and the head rapidly disappears.

The aroma is all downhill, slight grainy-malty sweetness with no hop aroma whatsoever.

The taste in smooth and inoffensive, exactly as it was designed to be. A lingering slight malty sweetness, with grainy flavors, and a very minimal and faded hop bite in the finish. Better than a "lite" beer, but that is the best you can say about MGD. (756 characters)

Photo of Redrover
2.63/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this one on tap at the Chicago Stadium.

Beer is a golden yellow. The head is large but quickly vanishes. Barely any lacing.

Smell is strangely sweet with some sulphur under tones.

Taste was about what I expected. Grain and some malt gave this some sweetness. Could have used more hops to punch up the flavor. Bland macro stuff here folks.

I guess some people could drink a lot of this. If I'm going to have macros in the Midwest, I could do better with an Old Style, Point or Lienies. (504 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.1/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

MGD, she's definitely looking exactly like a nice full glass of piss. This is definitely a fizzy white beer, and I am not going to be like Stone and say it's for wussies. It's just for people who don't know what good beer is. Some mild sweetness of corn and rice grain origin. Flavor is well, ok a little on the sweet side, but definitely drinkable and for the price I guess you could justify buying it, but why try when there are so many more beers out there deserving the purchase. (483 characters)

Photo of allboutbierge
2.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a case of pony bottles when a couple friends who were ladies were coming over. They thought the ponies were 'cute', needless to say I was left with left overs and I will not waste beer, except in extreme cases (Schaeffer's Im looking at you).

Color is a see through yellow golden hued glass. Head was white and is now gone, 30 seconds after a pour. No lace at all left...hmm do I have to clean this glass now? j/k Scent is grany and musty malts. Flavor is smooth and does have any real characteristics. It just has a smooth bland flavor, but ironically has a relatively (keep in mind relative) heavy body considering its competition. Ive seen people and I have drank many myself in my early drinking years...hey I turned out alright, Im sure anyone else you throws down a 12 pack of these will as well.

Best of the Big 3 (with exception to blue moon and killians of course) (889 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
1.31/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I found this in the back of the wife's best friend left it yesterday after she visited with us. 12 oz bottle.
Appearance is very bland indeed..bright yellow urine appearance small head.
This beer smells really bad..its hard to describe..its "terrible..maybe its skunked?
Taste is very dry..nothing special
feels prertty bad in the mouth and its not very drinkable..and to think Miller put this AHEAD of their much better product, High Life..strange world we live in! (481 characters)

Photo of LarryKemp
4.03/5  rDev +67.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must start this review by saying I usually don't drink American Lagers but did so since I had one left over from a Superbowl party. In reviewing the BJCP guidelines I was surprised to find out this beer is brewed quite well to style.

The beer is quite clear, pale straw, and on initial pouring had a fair head with did not persist.

I detected no hop or malt aroma but a little DMS probably from the corn or rice. Nor did I detect any green apple smell.

I was struck by the DMS taste as well as the dry sting on the tongue. I could not really taste either the hops or the malt so I don't know if they were well balanced or non existant.

It was very light on body and was quite carbonated. As I said before I got the distinct tongue sting.

For an American Lager, it was very good. It fit the style well. If I was at a restaurant and they only had ice tea and MGD, I probably would take the tea. (909 characters)

Photo of canoehornpoint
2.79/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review: Clear bottle just asks for skunkiness. Color is light, straw, gold with good head at first but soon disappears. Has little to no aroma, perhaps a bit of maltiness. Taste has moderate muted maltiness. More body than most macro beers. No flavoring hop taste.

Personal Notes: My father drank this. It sems that he picked the better macros. This was better than I thought and although it has adjuncts, I don't believe it's packed full of them like others. The malt and body were a pleasant surprise but...still needs work. (530 characters)

Photo of cretemixer
1.94/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear light golden color with a decent head. The head fades pretty fast but does leave a decent lace. Slightly metallic on the nose, musty as well. Watered down taste with no real malt or hop character. A very slight bitterness, but it's not hoppy at all. Thin mouthfeel, not very carbonated either. It is drinkable, but so is water. (341 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
2.41/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light overall aroma, somewhat sweet and sour. Mostly malt, with virtually no hops. Color was light gold and clear. Medium head. Mostly a sour and bitter taste, malt based with hops for dryness. Full mouthfeel from carbaonation, otherwise thin. Basic macro brew. I liked it even less than I thought I would. (306 characters)

Photo of tang214
3.2/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the better ones from this huge macro-brewer. But still not that great. It pours a nice straw color that has little head that fades but remains present throughout. It has grainy smell to it and a taste that is not much more, maybe a little bit of corn. The mouthfeel is moderately smooth but does have a fair amount of carbonation. The drinkability is barely decent, but if prepared properly this brew could be a good one to drink throughout the night. I personally will probably never recommend it to anyone unless they are desperate for something cheap but fairly decent. (579 characters)

Photo of Jarod
2.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into the glass this beer was a golen color. One of its highlights. The head was full and white. Disappeared quite fast. No lace. There was a small hint of hops but hardly. The taste was crisp when cold, and had small small small hints of hops. Has to be ice cold to be ok. And if it is free, it is better. (312 characters)

Photo of Kwak
3.65/5  rDev +52.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Miller Genuine Draft
Head:White lacey ,empty foam.
Body:Crystel clear almost watery lightly carbonated.
Taste:Melo malt and a little bitter ,pretty smooth verry drinkabull.

King of the crap not to badd! (209 characters)

Photo of Winter
2.16/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours out clear and golden with a white bubbly, foamy head. Aroma is of malted barley and somewhat bread-like. Real thin watery body has a mild crispness with a sharp carbonated bite upfront. Another watered down Miller product. Nothing special here, but probably my favorite from Miller's top trio of MGD, Lite and High Life. (330 characters)

Photo of ElGuapo
2.67/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a bit better out of the bottle than the can. it is still nothing special, but when you are young, you feel good with bottles. now, it is something i don't even think about, but for some little teenie boppers this could be their dom perignon of beers (249 characters)

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
2.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Like the bottle, although it is prone to the "skunk" factor. Nice bright color, a hint of hops, but it tastes mass produced. I think of high school or drinking on the corner with this one. If you left it out all night in the winter, it would freeze, you would thaw it in the sun, and it would taste even better! And who could forget whizzing into an empty bottle and trying to pass it off to a friend? An American classic! (423 characters)

Photo of Shiloh
2.56/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

At best an average lager...maybe a little flat which is odd considering the amount of carbonation that is present. Mild after taste. Not Millers best offering but does seem to improve after the 2nd....and with the addition of ice crystals. (239 characters)

Photo of BeerManDan
2.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Out of all the major breweries, this is my favorite. It has to be in glass and not can's. But, it still is not the greatest of beers. I still can't figure out why they put it in clear glass. This and Henry's are the only two that if I have company, I'll buy for them. Most people that visit me, don't know sh-- for shineola about beers anyway! Give them anything free and they think it's the greatest! (401 characters)

Photo of Beastdog75
2.56/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

In the 80s, this beer took over Miller High Life's lofty position as Miller's flagship brew. Something about this appeals more to younger crowds, I guess. This stuff is better than Bud but one of my German friends got it right when he said "Miller Genuine Draft? There's nothing genuine draft about it!"

MGD pours a bright straw color that is so very, very clear (hey, it's cold filtered!) It leaves a decent head that lasts for a few minutes. I did not care for the smell at all. A mixture of husky grain, soap, and possibly skunk (clear bottles, after all). Alcohol is also present in the smell. The mouthfeel is watery but smooth with a sudsy character to it. The taste, as watery as it is, has some sweet grain mixed with that husky taste. Hops add a tiny bit of dryness at the end. The aftertaste tastes very corny to me. A lot of corn must go into this beer. It all ends with a miniscule amount of alcoholic warmth.

This is typical American fare, but very refreshing and recommended over Bud products. It goes great with a pizza, and Will Ferrell does the commercials for Miller, so it gets a few coolness points from me. (1,133 characters)

Photo of BeerAngel
2.15/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very clear pale yellow with a 2 finger head that dissipates quickly as all american lagers seem to do. Smells of sweet corn and not much else. Tastes...not much there but is incredibly smooth. Overall a thumbs down, but way better than Bud or Coors! Cheers! (270 characters)

Photo of yen157
1.18/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

There was head, but it looked like the foam that collects near the banks of a polluted river. The hops are barely there, along with a nasty retro-nasal aroma of crackers mashed up with old lettuce. There's also a little bit of malt and grain flavor at the end. Very clean, no aftertaste at all. In my opinion this is about as bad as a beer can get without having something wrong with it. (387 characters)

Photo of putnam
1.45/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Roasty toasty something there. Like a pallette fire in the woods with someone passing around a resinated pipe. Cattails are there too. Some flavor. This is like a flattened, photographed, translated version of a good beer. An imitation of an imitation. Don't drink this. (270 characters)

Miller Genuine Draft from Miller Brewing Co.
58 out of 100 based on 614 ratings.