Miller Lite | Miller Brewing Co.

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Miller LiteMiller Lite
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.17%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 10-03-1999

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Photo of BlackHaddock
1.53/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

One of four beers from this brewery I tried and reviewed while on holiday in Tobago. I disliked all of them. How does this brewery survive, their products are awful.

12oz can, poured cold into a cold half pint tumbler.

Very pale gold, full white head at first, soon fell away to a thin covering.

This is a nothing beer, no aroma, no taste or body to it. A waste of money.

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Photo of Zorro
2.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a standard Macrobrew yellow.

Smell is sweet with some malt smell. Mild grain and a whiff of flowers maybe?

Taste is actually present! Tastes mildly sweet with some grain and earthy flavors.

Mouthfeel is present, not great but it beats the last 4 Light beers I tasted.

Drinkable, It is not GREAT but it beats everything I have tasted except Sam Adams Light.

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Photo of biegaman
1.27/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Given how little malt goes into a "lite" recipe it's amazing the beer has any colour at all. Lo and behold, Miller Lite is golden enough to pass for a standard mass-market brand lager. And it's got the same bubbles and hollow white head too. It looks, by all accounts, just like it does in the commercials.

With regards to flavour the progression of Miller Lite goes as follows: undetectable, unoffensive, undesirable, undrinkable. Low temperature did a fine job at hiding this beer's faults but could only do so for so long - once it warms, look out! (and try to hold your breath).

The aroma becomes nothing short of repulsive - and no, this is not an exaggeration. It is so foul as to beg the question: what exactly is in this? My guess is a little barley and probably a lot of other things. Something we can say with certainty is that the grain used was of the lowest, most inferior quality possible. Their buyers must scour the planet to find the cheapest possible ingredients.

We know this because, instead of wholesome and bready cereal grain flavours, Miller Lite tastes like corn syrup and potato starch. It's almost like the crumbs of a Pringles can in liquid form (and without the saltiness to hide the distasteful by-products of the industrial manufacturing process).

It's incredible to think that despite all their billions of dollars, high-tech lab equipment, PhD chemists, intensive market research, and state-of-the-art quality control that they still can't manage to make a clean and flavorful lager! With those resources at their disposal it's mind-boggling and simply unacceptable. If anyone took the time to sincerely taste Miller Lite they'd find that it's truly awful stuff.

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Photo of plaid75
2.86/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very light straw hue with a three finger pillowy bleach white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light cooked corn element with a smattering of hop.

The taste consisted of a seltzery nearly flavorless malt with a touch of drying utilitarian hop. Slight doughy finish.

The mouthfeel was extremely light and very clean.

Overall a very light light beer. Very drinkable for what it is however.

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Photo of HopHead84
2.35/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dehydrated urine color with a 1/8 finger head and no retention. Lacing? I think not! It looks like apple juice.

S: Mildly crisp, hint of alcohol, reminiscent of an overripe apple.

T: My tongue is greeted with an explosion of metallic rice/corn flavor. It's a little dry and it's toying with the idea of being mildly bitter but it really hasn't committed to anything yet.

M: Small amount of carbonation, but I could be drinking apple juice mixed with water.

D: Bring it on. It's a refreshing beverage that is so flavorless that it's enjoyable. You don't have to think about this beer, you can just drink it down like a fish...perhaps after losing one's job, a death in the family, on a hot day in July, at the end of a long journey, or after a hard day's work at the mill (stone or flour). Seriously though, I would never turn this beer down.

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Photo of flagmantho
2.21/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Poured from 24oz tall can into a pint glass.

Appearance: pale golden hue with no haze and a pretty strong effervescence. Head pours two fingers of frothy, fizzy white foam and dissipated quickly. Not inspiring.

Smell: inoffensively bland. There's some plastic aroma from the adjuncts, but there also seems to be some genuine hop aroma here (if only a teeny tiny bit).

Taste: even blander than the aroma. Not much going on here to either offend or recommend. Bland, boring, watery, and mostly inoffensive.

Mouthfeel: very light body with a fizzy carbonation. Refreshing enough, I guess, but there's nothing here to really appreciate.

Overall: drinkable enough on a hot day or when tailgating. Otherwise, not much more to recommend this beer.

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Photo of weeare138
2.06/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

...At a graduation party. The host said he didn't have any of "my kind of beer" and I should drink some "real beer"...Okaaayyy. I'll have some fun with this. Zero head but a small bit of lacing, which is surprising. Lots of chunky carbonation pumping through this light straw colored brew. Smells of light sweet corn and malts in a water batch. Tastes of watered down crisp lager that may have been mediocre at best before becoming .01 grams/mole BEER. Slight hop feel isn't that great but it has an appeal that might be okay to someone who doesn't know what a hop smells, or tastes like. Mouthfeel is watery and seltzery. I couldn't drink more than one of these. This "True pilsner beer" wasn't exactly all my host cracked it up to be.

Not so good, Al.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
1.44/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Tried from a can on board a United Airlines flight from Seattle to San Francisco.

Pours a lurid pale yellow, straddling the line between fluorescent and colorless. Head is a filmy, insubstantial ring of grey-white. Such a light body. So poor.

Nose lightly sweet, with corn syrup aromas dominant, but surprisingly, not much cooked corn veggie characters. Slight stale pee character to it, along with some almost hints of sweet pepper. No, it's not good, but it's neither actively offensive nor characterless.

Flavour is worse, however. Grainy corn husks, light pastry characters, bran mush and a lingering sweetness which cloys at the end. Feel gives the effect of seltzer water. Less filling? Gimme a break! Its gassy and bloating.

Yep, actively bad brew. Of the 3 options on the plane, this was the one I'd yet to review, and given it was free I thought it was worth doing. But even now I'm done I'm having second thoughts.

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Photo of tone77
2.57/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts. Taste is missing for the most part, beer flavored water with a hint of bitterness. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. If only the product could match the advertising, this one is not good.

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Photo of jdhilt
1.69/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a three finger, white head that quickly fades leaving some lacing. Insipid pale yellow color. Very light carbonation and very light bodied. Faint skunky nose. Has a tinny watery flavor, faint hops in the background, good lawnmower beer if you can stand the tinny flavor. $4.99 for a 6-pack from Market Basket Concord, NH. Needed to buy this stuff for a party, amazing how quick it goes!!

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Photo of beerthulhu
1.83/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: Poured a clear, bright gold with a quickly diminishing white fizzy head that left no traces behind. Visible carbonation was light.

S: The nose was quite strange, lemon pledge is the best way to describe it with some sour wet grains.

T: light wet grains with a sour muskiness and sour broccoli taste. Leaves a sour lemony broccoli fade. yeah it was pretty much as bad as it sounds. Overall just plain bad, musty, sour with some metallic nature adding insult to injury.

M: watery while leaving a sour vegetable lacing.

D: Drinkability, if you decide to accept is unimpressive and horrible. How people can stomach the taste of this is beyond me. A dumper.

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Photo of beertunes
2.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into 10oz pilsener glass. Poured a bright pale yellow color that was very clean and clear. The beer had less than 1/4 inch of white head that dissipated instantly and left no lace.

There was no noticeable aroma. On the tongue, there was just a very slight taste of grain, otherwise, nothing. Given the lack of scent or taste, the beer had a surprising bit of body. Drinkability was OK for the style. Overall, kind a bland, meh beer. But that kind of describes the style. If you're going to drink a light beer, you can do better, and worse.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From the 24 fl. oz. can no. B51-8171C. It pours pale yellow with a good supply of puffy white head and a decent continuation of carbonation. The aroma is of grass and corn and typical of the style. The body is very watery and the taste has some vague hops but they don't jump out at you. This is about the same as all American pale lite beers no matter what the advertisements say.

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Photo of ppoitras
2.3/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed on tap at Piccadilly Pub, Worcester, MA.

Shaker glass presentation. No head over the light straw brew, and no lacing either. Gets any points at all here because light beers are supposed to be light colored. Aroma is well, not offensive, because there isn't really one. Taste is lightly of sweet pale malts, and then all flavor is washed away by water, which there seems to be plenty of, leaving a bland bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is pretty neutral, gets dinged for lack of activity, and drinkability is high for volume, but low for desire to do so. It is what it is.

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Photo of cjgator3
1.81/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is my typical choice when I am out and the only options are the "big 3". Pours a golden straw color with lively carbonation and a decent head with little retention. Taste is better than most in the American light lager category but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of stevoj
1.24/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Can from hotel happy hour. I don’t really see the point of these light lagers, they’re bland and tasteless. Pale golden color, no head, no aroma, bland cereal taste. Yuk!

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Photo of Bitterbill
1.71/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours from 24oz can a very pale yellow with a decent head of foam.

The smell is typical of the style and in no way begging for my indulgance.

The taste has a slight lemony taste that is surrounded by oodles and oodles of water. Yeah, it's a light beer and it tastes like one. No surprises here and I'm just glad that I didn't have to buy a 6er just to review it. On to better things...

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Photo of Haybeerman
2.18/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright, clear straw yellow. Half inch white head that immediately dissipated. No lacing.

S: Faint fruity yeast flavor.

T: Grain, corn. Slight green apple aftertaste. Ever so slight bitterness - maybe my imagination. As advertised, more taste than a lot of other mainstream domestic light beers.

M: Carbonation was dominant. Nothing in between made for clean finish.

D: Definately could swill large quantities with no ill effects.

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Photo of clayrock81
2.42/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I could've done a review on the can (which is far worse than anything else), the bottle, the draft. I just picked the draft because it was on dollar special for lunch today. Has a carbonated body that is a seethru pale gold w/ a decent head that disappears almost simultaneously when you put the mug to your mouth. There is some crispness in the taste with a tad bit of hops and barley showing through. Mostly watery though, hence it goes down real smooth. Too smooth. I don't mind having these once in a while, especially since I am not really supposed to drink (interferes w/ my weight lifting regiment). I wouldn't recommend this or pick up a 12-pack for a game though...they have MGD64 for that.

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Photo of pat61
2.75/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Aroma: slight corn with light malt sweetness, no hops, no esters, clean, rainy, green apple. Appearance: Brilliantly clear light straw, off-white multi-sized bubbled head, head retention low, very light lacing. Flavor: slight astringency – probably from the carbonation, light sweetness finishes dry, the taste is partially coming from the carbonation, grainy, slight green apple, crisp, no hop, corn sweetness. Mouthfeel: light body, highly carbonated, slightly astringent, slight bight on the tongue from the carbonation. Overall Impression: Refreshing, thirst quenching, nothing to offend, bland

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Photo of spinrsx
2.67/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml can poured into a pint glass

A - pale yellow colour, small fizzy head that dissipates quickly

S - light fragrance, smells of alcohol and grains..

T&M - grassy hops and grain, a bit of a dry aftertaste. Average carbonation, slightly watery (as most light beers are)

D - It's a decent light beer.. better than most in its class. Gets the job done if you're looking to drink a bunch of these while camping etc.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
2.7/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Light yellow with bubbles.

S-Little malt little hop. Very little of both.

T-Not much taste but atleast there is some taste.

M-Crisp and clean. Light and watery.

D-Easy to drink if your trying to get blasted but not awesome if you're going for taste.

Much better in my opinion than Coors Light and Bud Light. Best of the three but still not good.

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Photo of sweemzander
1.83/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint.

(A)- Pours a crystal clear pale straw yellow color. No head to speak of except some white bubbles.

(S)- Very dry with an earthy straw and corn husk profile.

(T)- Same as the smell. Rather dry with a corn husk aspect and a present sugary sweetness.

(M)- Crisp, with a relatively higher carbonation level. Too watery and sugary sweet.

(D)- Sure, I could easily drink a 6er of this, but why would I want to?

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Photo of barczar
2.64/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a brilliant golden straw with a solid one inch eggy head that slowly dissipates, leaving sheets of holy lacing.

Lightly skunky, grainy sweet malt and a touch of floral hops form the initial aroma. A background of lager yeast esters are present, along with corn.

Flavor is less sweet, with a biscuity malt backbone and an underpinning of floral hops. There's a funky tang, not nearly as noticeable as in bud light, but it's there. Slightly metallic, as well. The finish is a touch dry

Body is light, with moderate carbonation.

Sweeter than I remember, fairly clean minus that tangy note.

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Photo of bark
2.13/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Colour is pale yellow; the finger thick white foam sinks down to a lid leaving a fizzy sound but no lacing.

The smell is sweet with some musty-yeasty notes and a hint of alcohol.

The taste is very weak. Some bread-like notes of malt, artificial sweet notes and hints of wet paper in the aftertaste. No bitterness.

The carbonation is extremely strong, large bubbles. The liquid is less watery than expected.

Tasteless yellow fizzy beer.

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Miller Lite from Miller Brewing Co.
55 out of 100 based on 1,137 ratings.