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Milwaukee's Best Light - Miller Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
46
awful

561 Ratings
THE BROS
68
poor

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Ratings: 561
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 1.78
pDev: 38.76%
Wants: 5
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2002)
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Photo of t0rin0
2/5  rDev +12.4%

t0rin0, Nov 22, 2012
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2/5  rDev +12.4%

djrn2, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of spycow
1.25/5  rDev -29.8%

spycow, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of acurtis
1.25/5  rDev -29.8%

acurtis, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of nmann08
1/5  rDev -43.8%

nmann08, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.95/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This review is part of a head-to-head, can-to-can slugfest with Bud Select. Milwaukee's Best Light is rated higher (2.59 vs. 2.26) which surprised me a little. Let's take the gloves off and see which American light lager is standing at the final bell. A KO is extremely doubtful.

Clear, pale amber; just like the Bud. This beer is a quarter shade darker, more golden amber. There's slightly more visible carbonation here as well. The head is where BS (now there's an ironic set of initials) pulls ahead. The head on the Bud is whiter, lasts longer and looks higher in quality. The MBL head is initially off-white, but looks dirty gray as it quickly falls to a barely covering film. No lace.

The noses are similar; weak, grainy and far from pleasant. Neither one seriously offends though. I have to give a slight nod to the MBL. It's more corny and slightly more sweet than the artificial smell of the Bud.

Milwaukee's Best Light wins the all-important flavor comparison. It's a little sweeter, which, strangely enough, makes lousy beer somehow more drinkable to me. It's also horribly undermalted (hey look, low carbs!) with a near complete absence of hops/bitterness.

Like the Bud, there's a short, truncated finish (which is a blessing when you think about it). The body/mouthfeel is pathetically light; similar to Bud's mouthfeel with the exception of the level of carbonation. The MBL is a little flatter which makes its mouthfeel less pleasing.

At the final bell, both beers are still standing, but are bloodied and bowed. In a hard fought contest, I have to give the edge to Milwaukee's Best Light simply because flavor trumps all else for me. MBL suffers in the appearance and mouthfeel categories, but makes up for it in the smell and taste arena. Let's face it, neither one is very drinkable and I'm glad that this thing has come to an end. Now please excuse me while I go eat something to try to make it up to my taste buds.

BuckeyeNation, Apr 10, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
1.83/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

If they called this "Alcoholic tonic water" I'd buy it. Since they call it "Beer", I won't. This has to be the king of Crush-the-can-on-your-forehead beers. It's basically a watery version of every American Macro ever made. Has a bit of residual sweetness, but of the cereal grain variety. It's faint flavors allow off flavors to shine: oxidized, metalic, papery, powdery... Other than the mild buzz, there is no pleasure in drinking this.

BEERchitect, Sep 15, 2005
Photo of kjkinsey
1.5/5  rDev -15.7%

kjkinsey, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
2.25/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

So he goes for another mixed sixer of the best of the worst from the grocery store this weekend. I grabbed six more "gems" and did my best to get them all down. served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/22/2010.

it really does amaze me how many of these are just sitting in the singles section of my local groceries. since i started this a couple weeks ago, I have managed to tacked more then 3/4 of the list without trying, amazing.

another rather average pour with a light golden amber with tons of white foam that came up and over the tops of the glass and faded out rather quickly but kept a ton of carbonation with it throughout.

light, mild grains and a touch of corn are really the only things that i am picking up in here at all. clean, clear, and watery taste leaves nothing on the palate and not even the slightest bit of hops in here at all..

overall another that i would never go near again.

mikesgroove, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.88/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I was known in the past, on occasion, to purchase Cheap Beer for a couple (very few) reasons. My choice on these occasions is MBL (The Beast Light). Here were my reasons:

o Less calories
o Indistinguishable by me from any other Cheap Beer
o Pretty can
o Cheapest

My roommate has an extra can he's willingly donating for this review. Thanks Paul! So generous!

Appearance: Faint straw-like hues crowned with a cap of starch white foam. Plenty of bubbles! Enough sightseeing, let's try have a sniff.

Aroma: And what a sniff it was. Corny, to say the least. There's also some grains to be found in the nose, but it mostly reminds me of the cereal aisle at the grocery store. Not much in the way of hops here at all.

Taste: Weak. However, its not very offensive, and easily forgettable. Clean and easy drinking, if that's what you go for.

Mouthfeel: n/a

Drinkability: Extremely light on the palate, so I could see someone going through several of these with ease. I find most of these macro lagers to be pretty indistinguishable. I'm glad I found a world of far better beers to enjoy. So long, Beast!

ChainGangGuy, Oct 31, 2005
Photo of TMoney2591
2.1/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Spelunky. Spelunky. Spelunky. Spelunky. God, am I garbage here... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear pale sallow topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises light flowers, mild grass, and a decent amount of soap. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some decidedly funky wheat. The end result is an odd melange of metallic, sour, and bitter. Suffice it to say, it doesn't taste good at all. The body is pretty light, with a moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, a depressing offering, one I don't hope to tangle with again any time soon.

TMoney2591, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of zeff80
1.73/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A - Poured out a pale yellow color with a bubbly, white, one-finger head that did not last long nor leave any lace.

S - It smelled of corn and grain adjuncts. Also, slightly metallic.

T - It tasted very bitter, but not a good bitter. It mostly tasted of corn and some very weak hops.

M - It was fairly crisp and dry. A very light-bodied beer.

D - This is not a good beer, even for a session or lawnmower beer. Drinking a couple one night did not make me feel good.

zeff80, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
2.28/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale straw gold body beneath a full head of bright white foam that holds surprisingly well for the style and leaves some very nice, thin lace about the glass. Plumes of tiny bubbles race towards the surface indicating that it's fairly well carbonated. A generic beer aroma greets you in the nose with some mild, sweetish adjunct-laden malt, a spritz of hops, and a delicate waft of yeasty sulphur. The body is light and its fine-bubbled carbonation lends a gentle zest to the tongue. The flavor is limited, even for a light beer, but it's very well-balanced. It finishes almost without notice, leaving behind a trace amount of generic beer flavor that fades quickly. It's refreshing, but not very satisfying, and there are much better light beers available.

NeroFiddled, Jul 10, 2004
Photo of Jason
2.93/5  rDev +64.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz sliver, white and blue can with no freshness date.

Appearance: Perfect ultra-filtered clarity in an extremely pale yellow brew, the white lace clings to the glass for a bit.

Smell: Odd twang from the cereal grains and minute use of hops. Smells of cooked corn grits.

Taste: Very light bodied with an upfront and quick crispness that is aimed to quench. Little malt flavour, its hard to find. Cereal grains are more abundant with a cooked veggie flavour. Mild yet growing astringency, hops are faint and difficult to pinpoint. Odd feeling in the mouth as it dry and leaves a grain husk that is bone dry.

Notes: At $7.99 a 30 pack what do you expect, cured my thrist on a hot day but then I had to switch to an other beer.

Jason, Jul 14, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
1.88/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Fizzy yellow with a big overcarbonated white head dwindles quickly leaves behind specks of lacing. Aroma: Mild sweetness predominantly corn in there with a touch of grassiness possibly hops. Taste: A bit harsh offness grainy and not appetising in anyway, mild sweetness astringent corn adjuncts and weird grassy bitterness. Mouthfeel: Light bodied meant for chugging contests. Drinkability: Yes you can drink a case if you really wanted one of the worst hangovers of your life, and besides it looks the same on the way in as does going out.

WVbeergeek, May 01, 2004
Photo of drabmuh
2.2/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

"You aren't going to drink that" my wife said to me when I returned from the kitchen with my father-in-law with a can labeled "Milwaukee's Best Light Beer". "I don't want to be a snob and I've never had it, maybe it will be awesome, it is labeled 'best', how bad could it be?" Here I go.

Beer is yellow, light and clear. Thin head, low retention, no lacing, highly carbonated. Looks like a beer that a three year old might draw if asked to draw a beer.

Aroma is slightly grainy and mildly sweet. Eh, very weak aroma. Mildly vegetal.

The appearance and aroma are kind of like a beer's handshake, this beer presents itself to be a weak beer from the get go, limp wristed weak grip, probably could beat the shit out of this kid on the playground. Here goes the actual beer, taste and mouthfeel. Maybe it will make up ground here.

How disappointing...I held out hope that you would pull through in the end but didn't. Beer is super thin, watery, has a late bitterness, mild pilsen sweetness up front, midpalate vegetalness, at least there isn't an aftertaste. I don't think I'll ever bother having this again but I imagine this is exactly what they want, flavored water. I don't really like it overall but at least I drank one. Now I know and knowing is half the battle.

drabmuh, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
1/5  rDev -43.8%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
1.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

32oz aluminum can with generic label purchased at a gas station in Texas and served into a pilsner glass at low altitude in Austin, Texas. Reviewed live.

Expectations are low given the brewery. Served cold. Side-poured fairly gently as overcarbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Four fingers in width. White in colour. Okay thickness. Not much creaminess. Decent frothiness. Retention is above average - about 3 minutes. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Clear watery yellow. Dull and bleak. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible within. Appears overcarbonated.

It's not a good looking beer by any means, but it's not awful looking either. Certainly average for the style.

AROMA: Pilsner malts, light buttery notes, and generic bland floral hop character. There's some graininess too. Doesn't have the metallic character I was expecting, but there does seem to be far too much sweetness.

It's an unpleasant but inoffensive aroma of average strength.

No yeast character, alcohol, spices, or egregious fof-notes are detectable.

TASTE: Graininess, pilsner malts, insipid floral hop character, a hint of metallic off-character, diacetyl-redolent buttery off-notes, off-putting sweetness, corn, cereals, and assorted off-notes I don't care to bother trying to identify.

No yeast character, pleasant hop notes, spices, or overt alcohol comes through.

Painfully simple. Imbalanced, poorly built, incohesive, and unpleasant. I don't like it much, but it's not the worst light lager I've had.

TEXTURE: Artificial. Metallic. Lightly coarse. Wet. Stale. Light-bodied. Off-puttingly buttery. Unrefreshing.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

It's a trainwreck of a mouthfeel for a light lager, but it's not unendurable.

OVERALL: I've had worse. I definitely wouldn't pick this up again, and I'd caution others from trying it, but it's not poorly priced per se. I guess.

Low D-

kojevergas, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of oriolesfan4
2/5  rDev +12.4%

oriolesfan4, May 09, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
2.3/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

CAN you believe how many different beers come in CANs? I CAN!

A finger of fluffy, bone-white head with low retention. Nose was lightly sweet with some cereal in the background. Color was a golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium with a light sweetness on the tongue. Finish was kind of thin without much taste to recount. It was yet another ho-hum offering in a CAN. Come on! There have to be some good beers in a CAN out there. I just seem to have exhausted the string.

woodychandler, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of orangesol
1.25/5  rDev -29.8%

orangesol, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of wrightst
2/5  rDev +12.4%

wrightst, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of mothman
1.75/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I got this from a buddy, because I don't think I could ever buy it. Poured into a pint glass.

Color is a clear yellow, very straw like. Thin white head that leaves no lacing.

Smell is very grainy and light. Not to much going on here. Taste is nothing pleasing. Very grainy and no hops seem to be present. I really couldn't drink to much of this beer.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, but over carbonated. The taste is really bad, that you can't keep the beer in your mouth for very long.

Overall, I wouldn't ever buy this or recommend it to anyone. I can see this as being a college beer pong beer, but that is about it.

mothman, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
2.1/5  rDev +18%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a light clear yellow, fizzy head dies down to nothing. Very light pale grain/malt flavor, just a flash of ghost hop bitterness. When ice cold, it goes down fairly fast though the flavor is almost nonexistant. Mouthfeel is light bodied, crisp, soda water like. Overall, good beer if you don't like beer.

Stinkypuss, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of Mebuzzard
1.25/5  rDev -29.8%

Mebuzzard, Jun 08, 2014
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Milwaukee's Best Light from Miller Brewing Co.
46 out of 100 based on 561 ratings.