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Miller Lite - Miller Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
53
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3,625 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,625
Reviews: 1,049
rAvg: 2.15
pDev: 34.42%
Wants: 17
Gots: 323 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.17% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 10-03-1999)
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Photo of uwmgdman
2.1/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The beer pours a brilliantly clear straw yellow with a moderate bright white head that quickly diminished to a thin skim. The aroma is moderately grainy, a bit of wet cardboard, and slightly sweet. The flavor is moderate grainy malt, very low hop bitterness with high prickly carbonation. The beer finishes quite dry with some lingering cereal like flavor. The body is thin and carbonation high. The flavor and aftertaste become more pronounced as the beer warms, not in a pleasant manner. Overall an effervescent, refreshing lager if drank quite cold, best not left to warm. There are obviously better options out there, but there are also much worse.

uwmgdman, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of Wadsey
2.73/5  rDev +27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Miller Lite

Served in refrigerated can

A: The can depicts a pilsner glass filled with a clear, pale gold beer topped with an inch-high, white head. The glass is embossed with the words Miller Lite and has a jewel-toned blue background. It also assures me that it has a "great taste" and is "less filling." Hey, that sounds familiar. 

S: Has about as much personality as sparkling mineral water. Understated pale malts and citrus (lemon) zest. 

T: Faithful to nose. Mild bitterness. Uber clean and crisp finish. 

M: Lightweight body and medium carbonation. Fizzy, like pop. 

O: Okay, Miller Lite is "less filling," but I will not say it has a "great taste." Nonetheless, it is refreshing and drinkable, because water is refreshing and drinkable and that is what this stuff is. Light American adjunct lagers push the bounds of what makes a beer, and this example seems to fall outside that definition. Beer for people who hate tasty beers. 

Thanks to my sister-in-law for the opportunity. 

Wadsey, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
2.2/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Straight out of the can, of course

A: Straw yellow with a tiny bit of fizzy head. I've seen it so many times that this is my basis for comparison.

S: Smells a bit malty, minutely bitter, otherwise bland.

T/M: It’s a little metallic and fizzy, like seltzer, kind of flavorless overall. It is what it is and it "gets the job done."

The type of beer with the sole intention of getting you drunk. If that's what you're after, then you've hit the jackpot.

TheBeerAlmanac, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of mattjv
1.93/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Took the opportunity to give Miller Lite a proper review after being offered one by visiting family, here goes-

Pours with pale straw color, frothy head crackles like a soda and quickly recedes to a thin skim of bubbles.

Minimal aroma. Grain with a musty hint is the backbone, slight smell of grass clippings. So clean the 4.17% alcohol comes through in the background.

Taste starts with fleeting hint of a bready grain flavor, vaguely corny. Mildly sour, astringent character. finishes with a musty overcooked vegetable character reminiscent of canned broccoli and grass clippings steamed for hours. Leaves behind a faintly yeasty/vegetable aftertaste. Light bodied, goes down like water. Carbonation is high but easy on the tongue, avoiding the stinging seltzer water character of many similar brews.

Overall: A true testament to the power of mass-marketing. There is nothing really offensive about this beer's attributes but not much good either, except for the thirst-quenching properties in blazing summer heat. However, even for filling that niche there are better options.

mattjv, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of SWMeyer4141
1.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Had one left in my fridge, so decided to pour it into a pint glass and give it a proper review.

Appearance-Pale yellow with a 2 inch head that dissipates in 30 seconds to nothing. I actually got a little lacing. Lots of bubbles in the head.

Smell-Very grainy, light pine. Not Impressed.

Taste-Drinking this beer straight from the fridge, pretty cold. Can't really taste anything but some grain, lots of carbonation. After letting it warm it just tastes like skunky grains and metal.

Mouthfeel-Lots of carbonation. Tons. Kind of have to choke it down once it warms a bit.

Overall-It's a Miller Lite. It's watery, bland and gives me gas.

SWMeyer4141, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of Cummins9110
2/5  rDev -7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

basically this beer serves only one purpose, a beer we can drink to get drunk off of...not to drink for taste but only for the effects
Any light beer is not drank for the taste

I would not consider this an awful beer but like my rating shows im not impressed.

Had they put a "how much carbonation can we put into a beer" tab i would have put a 5 because what this beer lacks in ever other aspect it makes up for in carbonation. which is not a good thing

Cummins9110, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of SisuPride
1.93/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A lot can be said for the conditions when drinking a beer. I only remotely enjoy an ice cold Miller Lite after some yard work on a blistering hot day or when I am dehydrated. It is almost like water but with way too much carbonation. Little smell and taste. I recommend. To Avoid this beer if at all possible.

SisuPride, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
1.25/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

From 05/29/11 notes. Part II of my reviewing bad beers at a wedding. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip like glass.

a - Pours a clear, pale golden color with one finger of fluffy white head and high carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour bready, grain, rice, wheat, and metallic notes. The sourness and metal blends into a truely aweful smell.

t - Tastes of cigarettes, metallic notes, sour bready, wheat, and grain. The metal and sourness from the nose is now mixing with what I imagine cigarette butts taste like. I've always pitured the brewers brewing this beer while smoking, and just throwing the butts in as they finished their cigarettes.

m - Light body and high carbonation. Water-like feel and too carbonated.

o - Overall this is one of my least favorite beers, and probably the worst of the BMC products in my opinion.

At this point in the night I saw someone with a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, which was apparently being served at one bar but not the other, so I abandoned my bad beer reviewing and switched to SN and whiskey for the rest of the night.

mdfb79, May 30, 2011
Photo of txbrew81
2.13/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I won't bother with my typical ASTMO review. Pale yellow appearance with small quickly dissapating head. Faint grainy smell that smells almost sweaty. Very light malty taste with a metallic finish. Mouth feel is crisp with a weird carbonation tingle. I am embarrased to admit that in my early years this was my go to. Not the worst "lite" beer but won't ever seek it out.

txbrew81, May 29, 2011
Photo of Chickenhawk9932
2.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a straw yellow with bubbly white head that quickly dissipates.

Smells of metallic grain and a slightly, lemony yeast.

Taste when cold is largely nonexistent, but as it warms, it has a melded flavor of metallic grain and corn with a very faint hop bite lingering in the background. It is not horrible in of itself, but when considering what a pilsner can be this is almost blasphemy. Not horrible just blah.

Chickenhawk9932, May 29, 2011
Photo of legalpete19340
1.85/5  rDev -14%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Poured a golden pale yellow with two fingers of very airy head. Fair retention but no lacing.

S: Very mild grassy hop note. Corn flakes. Hint of stale yeast.

T: Very mild overall. Comes on with a bit of sweetness like corn flakes in milk, then immediately takes on a sort of chalky sour perspective much like alka seltzer, coating the mouth and washing the palate clean leaving nothing afterwards but hint of stale air.

M: Very thin and fizzy.

O: Better appearance than its rivals and extra points for detectable hops in the nose but overall a flavorless chalky brew.

legalpete19340, May 24, 2011
Photo of Alpar
1.75/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Unfortunately had to drink one of these at a cook out yesterday...
Review is from memory although I wish I couldn't remember it.

A: Diluted apple juice with an odd level of carbonation.

S: ... I don't believe there is any, maybe some barley and the tears of the brewer who was forced to make such an awful "beer"

T: Yup that is disgusting, moving on.

M: Thin and lacking.

O: This is terrible and I only consumed it in order to not offend my buddy. Please avoid and try not to get trapped into this one.

Alpar, May 23, 2011
Photo of Tripphop
2.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served in the bottle at a bar. Can't see the color, but I can taste the yellow. The vortex allows for maximum flowage. Really splashes nice creamed corn and cheap grain all over my tongue. The triple hops can almost be tasted on the watery finish. This was a good hydrator, now for real beer.

Tripphop, May 23, 2011
Photo of acelin
2.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in a can.

I've seen what this beer looks like before. It's a very pale straw yellow, typical of most American adjunct lagers.

Compared to other light beers, Miller Lite actually manages to produce some hoppy tones in the nose. However, they are very weak and only are present because the beer itself has no smell whatsoever.

The taste is typical of light adjunct lagers: barely malty, almost watery, with a pinch of alcohol. Compared to bud light and coors light however, miller lite does have traces of typical pilsner hops. Overall not terrible, I wouldn't refuse it at a party.

Mouthfeel is average.

Overall not impressed, but hey, it's better then the average light adjunct lager.

acelin, May 22, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
1/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

First had: ?

After years of abstaining from nasty fake beer, I imbibed heavily on this at a house-warming party last year. I still can't get the taste out of my mouth.

Pours a pale golden color with moderate carbonation and a finger or two of frothy white head that dissipates quickly. Weak aroma with notes of skunk, old grains, and bathwater. Tastes about the same: Pale malts, sickeningly sweet, gray water. Very light body, and goes down "oh so smooth." To be avoided.

Rifugium, May 22, 2011
Photo of brewerburgundy
2.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz can, Pilsener glass, stamped 'AUG0111' on the bottom.

Oh, just look at the brilliant clarity! This is the predictable light yellow gold beer, sterilely clear, with a short-lived white fizz on top. A small ring of white remains.

The smell is metallic with hints of corn. A bit of dirty dishwater, or steamed cabbage, or dms keeps things interesting, but not in a good way.

The flavor, if it can be called that, is not quite so bad as the smell. Crispness is what does it, dryness. Overall it's rather flavorless, with some gritty green hop and corn.

It's dry and fizzy as one would expect.

Miller Lite is the BMC I'd never had before coming to Arkansas. It's very popular here and much less so in California. It's as bad as any other light beer and I only drink it at parties.

brewerburgundy, May 17, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
2.93/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is just "another american macro beer". To bad the amount of money spent on advertising couldnt generate a better beer. Look this beer is golden in color, clear with decent carbonation. The smell and taste is dominated by grain/barley. The mouthfeel is fine. After any sporting activity or workingin thehot sun....this beer tastes great....but when compared to others....not so much.

WoodBrew, May 14, 2011
Photo of PapillonJohn
2.83/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've been consuming this on tap for awhile, since becoming 21.

Appearance: Well, you know? It's normal. Very clear, golden. Hay colored to say the least.

Smell: Not much going on. You really have to focus to get a whiff of anything. I mostly get corn from it and a slight malt flavor. I'm not really smelling any hops with this one.

Taste: Very light...woops sorry, I mean lite. I mean what do you expect? Predominately corny, very little malt and the slightest hit of used up hops graze the tongue at the end of the drink. It's a lite beer and that's what you have to expect.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated to high heaven. Almost burns my tongue. You know what though? I like it. It fits the beer very well. Beer goes down pretty easy and I end up doing about 7 or 8 of these before I call it a night...at the bar.

Overall. If I am at a bar that only has Budweiser, Coors, and this on tap, I will almost always go for this. Unless the Budweiser is actually Budweiser and not Bud Light. Actually wait...idk. Is there a difference? Miller Lite is ok but not worth the price to buy it by the pack. Better off with something cheaper like Strohs, Old Milwaukee, Schlitz, Milwaukee's Best, Blatz, or Pabst.

PapillonJohn, May 12, 2011
Photo of fullsweep
1.88/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

330 mL can poured into a plastic cup on the airplane.

Believe it or not, this was my first time trying this. I've never been one to drink just to get drunk, so I've always been concerned about taste. On the plane, the choices were Heineken (which I've had on several occasions--it's ok, but not crazy about it) and Miller Lite, which I'd never tried so I might as well for review purposes.

A: thin, pale yellow, very fizzy but no head

S: aluminum (from the can), thin beer smell

T: here was the surprise in some ways--I expected this to be awful--but it wasn't. It just didn't taste much of anything at all--and that's pretty awful in itself.

O: not as horrible as I expected to be honest, but this won't be a regular.

fullsweep, May 09, 2011
Photo of jifigz
1.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I just drank a 750 ml bottle of Caribou Slobber homebrew, which is delicious, so my taste buds might be numbed to already review this shitty beer.

A: Average color for an American macro lager. No head and mild lacing.

S: A very, very faint sweet and corny aroma.

T: Miller Lite has a very sweet flavor with no recognizable hop bitterness. It pretty much tastes like a liquid corn tortilla chip with no salsa.

M: Overly carbonated. This beer feels like a soda in your mouth. If I were to take a big chug the effervescence would burn like hell.

O: Meh, just a macro American beer. Most are similar, and all are not very good. I will never purcase this with my own money, but I certainly will never turn one down, especially on a scorching summer's day.

jifigz, May 07, 2011
Photo of mrseano
1.78/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Clear straw color, medium carbonation visible, no head that sticks around. See through beer that doesn't have an impressive appearance at all.

S: Hardly any. Do not pick up on any hop scent, maybe a little bit of malt, but that's it. Smells like off-smelling water.

T: Very light body, no alcohol, hop, or noticeable taste.

M: Refreshing, but again so is water. It doesn't stimulate the mouth at all, very light body could let one mass consume these without noticing it.

O: Bad beer. Only drink if you're mowing the lawn on a hot day and have nothing else around but water. No noticeable, distinguishing qualities; far from the triple-hops brewed slogan for taste.

mrseano, May 04, 2011
Photo of HockeytownBrew
3.53/5  rDev +64.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the new Vortex bottle into a pint glass.

A: Clear, pale straw color, basically what you'd expect from a light lager. A little bit of a head but that fades before too long.

S: Faint aromas of malt and hops make up this one. Not too much going on, but again, that's to be expected from a light lager. A little more scent than other light lagers from BMC, however.

T: Very crisp taste, with a bit of tart fruitiness present in the finish. Faint grains along with faint malts/hops. Very good for a mass produced light beer.

M: Light mouthfeel. Miller Lite has a pretty decent amount of carbonation with a smooth finish.

D: Very good drinkability. Easy to throw back a few of these.

A very respectable mass produced light lager. This one takes first place in the battle of light BMC beers in my opinion. Always a good pick me up.

HockeytownBrew, May 03, 2011
Photo of Looneybiz
2.63/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this on draft at a family owned mexican restaurant. One finger head and your typical light golden hue.

Aroma was light and grassy.

Taste was a wee bit of malt with virtually no hop flavor at all. It's a little better than some of the other brands of lite beers but not by much.

Mouthfeel was watery and typical for your mass produced american lite beer.

Nothing to write home about here, it is what it is. An easy to drink beer when it's cold but only a little flavor.

Looneybiz, May 02, 2011
Photo of haazer
1.05/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured from a can that thankfully "Locks in that great pilsner taste". Pilsner is one of if not my least favorite style, and this is Miller lite soooo....

A- Pours about a fingers worth of fizzy white head that dissapates quickly, very quickly. The brew is a very clear, straw like color. Lots of carbonation.

S- Ick, everything about this smells metallic. I suppose theres pale malts used in this but its hard to tell. Dried corn, stale wheat, and more metal.

T- Everything about this says stale. Stale wheat, stale barley, and stale corn. The metallic presence rears its ugly head in the flavor too. Aftertaste is somewhat of lima beans, gross. I like succatash(lima beans and corn), but not this.

M- "Lite". The carbonation is there but very faint. I think selzter water has a more carbonated feel.

O- Yes, yes, admit it. A majority of us used to drink this regularly at some point. Let us all take the time to thank the Alstrom bro's for creating this site to save us from beers like this.

haazer, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of MaltsOfGlory
1.78/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Triple hops brewed huh? We shall see. Pours a wimpy one finger head, completely white. The body is completely see through, tons of carbonation, bright yellow in color. Looks pretty terrible, no real good things at all. As for the smell, it might be the most unimpressive smell I have ever smelled in a beer, which is saying a lot. I mean....I get absolutely NO smell, I mean I am sniffing real hard here and all I am picking up is a tiny bit of malt on the nose, other than that is just smells like water. I mean in some ways I am looking forward to this because it smells super clean and refreshing, and it has almost no smell, so that means it probably has almost no flavor, and if you have almost no flavor, than you can't have to much bad flavor even if it is flavor, right? I guess I'm just looking at the bright side of things, since I've been enduring some pretty bad adjunct lagers recently. I want to give this some point on the smell for smelling what I would call less offensive, but really, less smell, and less taste in any beer is not a rewardable thing. I mean....I'm really confused here, because I enjoy drinking it, it's not a bad thing to drink, but that's because it has absolutely no flavor, it might as well be sparkling water, seriously. I dunno, I can't give it 1.5 in every category, and since BA got rid of the drinkability tab, I guess I have to give it a 2 on taste. I mean if I was just rating it as a beverage I would give it a 3, but as a beer it gets a 1.5, maybe 2 because it has absolutely no flavor. The mouthfeel is ok, considering the rest of the beer is the weakest thing I've ever tasted. Overall...I'm just so confused with this beer, easy drinking, not a horrible taste, but....no taste what so ever. I mean describing what I taste in this beer would actually be insulting to beers than actually do have flavor.

MaltsOfGlory, Apr 26, 2011
Miller Lite from Miller Brewing Co.
53 out of 100 based on 3,625 ratings.