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Miller Lite - Miller Brewing Co.

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3,281 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,281
Reviews: 1,025
rAvg: 2.15
pDev: 33.95%
Wants: 11
Gots: 191 | 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:
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Photo of Offa


2.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is ok for a "light" beer and it's certianly better than some things (for example, the 3 Horses Dutch Lager I just tried), but it is, predictably, not very good.

Pale gold (not straw or the sickly pale colour of Coors), it has a thin, airy white head that promptly avanishes to a thin ring and wisps.

The aroma is perfumy, basic lager, strong corn with some hay and grain, thin but ok.

The taste is minerally, thin grain - corn with light old sweetness, soda water quality, light grass-hay bitterness which is exceedingly faint. It has a sweet corn aftertatse but the character persists and does not degrade.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 18:48:46 | More by Offa
Photo of SDbeerguy


2.93/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

As far as most people are concerned, there are three 'big name' domestic lights: Bud Light, Coors Light, and Miller Lite. I think Miller comes out on top of the others but that doesn't make it a great beer. We picked up a 20 pack of bottles for a tailgate yesterday and it did the job just fine. As one poster recently mentioned, it is a pretty clean beer. It has much more flavor than Coors Light and is smoother than Bud Light (in my taste anyway). The drinkability is pretty good. I'm able to put away quite a few if I want to because of how smooth it is for a cheap domestic. To put it simply, it's an average beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 18:06:38 | More by SDbeerguy
Photo of generallee

New York

3.05/5  rDev +41.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has a very light straw yellow color with an extremely clear body. There is lively Champaign like carbonation that quickly makes its way up to the head. The head is bright white in color and fades out quickly.

Smell: The aroma is faint. Only a very slight grainy malt.

Taste/Mouth feel: Its flavor is very light and clean. This is probably the cleanest beer that I have tasted. There is only a light, slightly sweet grainy malt with very mild grassy hops. The palate is light bodied, easy drinking with active carbonation and a very clean finish.

Notes: Very basic.

Serving type: can

09-27-2008 20:11:09 | More by generallee
Photo of

2.95/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks a pale golden color. Little bit of head if poured straight down center of glass.

Smells like corn.

Taste is on the light side (it is a light beer) and is a bit watered down but does have some malty flavor and corn aroma.

Mouthfeel is light and carbonated. It is not particulary strong in taste but is consumable.

The drinkability is easy when it comes to doing projects around the house and you need a cold one. Not necessarily one you would impress friends with but easy to drink on summer days.

Serving type: can

09-26-2008 22:05:55 | More by
Photo of JohnGalt1


2.95/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz left in the fridge after a Thursday night party... oh well .. here it goes... poured it into my shape SA glass.

Aggressive pour.. shot lasting.. 1/2" head... no lacing. no cap.. no collar.. brew is very very pale yellow.

aroma is light grain and a little bit of cooked corn.. very lite at that.

flavor is very light pale malt.. and again some corn off flavor.. if there are hops used in this brew.. I can't pick them out.

body is very light with quite a bit of carbonation.. drinkability is fairly high... if you're into this.

I am only going to review this on style guidelines.. so don't think I actually like this.


Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 07:46:35 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of kshankar

District of Columbia

3.2/5  rDev +48.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: I can't believe I poured this just to see. I mean, this is obviously meant to be chugged from the can, or used in beer pong. Golden color, no head, no lacing. Expected

Aroma: Nothing really. Malts maybe. But yea, there is nothing here.

Taste: Minimal malts, but overall its pretty tasteless. Has very little bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thin, watery and bland. Crisp though, refreshing.

Drinkability: I think this is what this beer is meant for..drinking a lot of or playing beer pong. Its fairly refreshing and light, and serves its purpose as a drinkable beer.

Its not aiming to be craft, so I can't judge it next to a craft beer.

Serving type: can

09-22-2008 03:24:13 | More by kshankar
Photo of boogles


2.17/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Friends brought and left some Miller Lite at our book club. I'm not even going pour beer down a drain (unless it's N/A and bad, at that)

This simply isn't a good beer, no matter how you slice it. Unless beer is a drug for getting blasted, and that' not my conception.

Poured aggressively yielded almost no head. I could barely smell anything--a very little bit of malt is about all. There is no stench like some of the domestic and macro Euro lagers, which is good, and there is nothing offensive--but that' just it--it's just about nothing.

Taste like nothing, and I wonder how when I was a kid the flavor of this would have astonished me for its strength. Not offensive, however. With a giant gulp to get some flavor, I found a beer, somewhere, but it's far, far away.

The carbonation is too week--it's not flat, just not there, like a hard cider almost (certainly not in taste!). So mouthfeel is decent.

Drinkability is where is shines, not because I could swill it, but because it won't mess up the palette if good food is on course. It has a faint taste and there'e nothing terrible about it. Still, no one should drink this regularly or at home. I can't see the point. (Beer pong, I guess?)

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 04:02:54 | More by boogles
Photo of oriolesfan4


2.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

In my opinion, this is much better than Coors or AB in terms of a nice, tasty, drinkable light beer. On the bottle it says its a true pilsener.. which I don't really taste or believe, but that's besides the point. Basically its extremely drinkable and has a decent amount of flavor which puts it ahead of the other big guys... it's Miller Time.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 19:23:22 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of theboozecruise


2.42/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Not sure there's too much I can write that hasn't been covered a hundred times... it's a large domestic (sic) macro-brewed light lager.

Nothing extraordinarily bad or good when compared to its peers.

I will say that Miller Lite makes for a decent drinking game beer, or for floating the river where bottles aren't allowed.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2008 20:05:42 | More by theboozecruise
Photo of elniko


2.2/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pilsner glass. Left in fridge by friend and it had been a while since I had a macro light.

A: Piss yellow coloring, little bit of head. Minimal carbonation.

S: Malty tones coming from nose. Not very pleasant.

T & M: Just not a lot of flavor, what was their is mostly sweet and malty. Fairly crisp finish as well.

D: Drinkable, as far as light lagers go there are worse examples out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 17:47:09 | More by elniko
Photo of flexabull


2.8/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It's been a long time since I reviewed a macro. A friend left a few of these behind the other night...

Pours a crystal clear light yellow color with a faint head. Looks like yellow mineral water.

Aromas are faint, some slightly sweet malts, and a bit of corn. Not bad smelling...

Taste is very crisp and clean. Not much here, nothing offensive, but nothing really interesting either. Maybe a hint of sweet malts, adjuncts, and not much else.

Mouthfeel is thin and kind of weak. But not awful.

Drinkability is ok. This is super boring, and very bland. But not terrible, and it's thirst quenching on a warm day. That however, is about it's only real redeeming quality. When it comes to macros, this is one that I can actually stand a few of...

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 00:43:19 | More by flexabull
Photo of Magpie14


2.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: a bland yellow that is almost colorless. No head to mention. Active bubbles racing to the top of the glass.

Smell: thin smell of grains, maybe some corn.

Taste: like most other beers (of this style). A touch of sweetness and a thin crispness to it. Not horrible for a light lager. Overall watery finish and taste...but that comes with the territory of these highly publicized beers.

Mouthfeel: I have got to admit that is goes down rather smooth with a highly carbonated, bubbly finish. Drinkable? yup that it is!

Serving type: can

09-13-2008 17:14:51 | More by Magpie14
Photo of Pencible


2.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Yes, I'm reviewing Miller Lite. Because I've had it a million times, so it deserves an official write-up. It pours clear and very pale yellow with a bit of white head. It smells like faint lemon hops and cultured yeast, with a bit of earthy barley malt. It tastes very weakly of caramel malt with a hint of yeast and lemon hops. It's watery with some carbonation, and has basically no aftertaste. Overall this is one of the most generic beers ever, that's all too easy to drink, but isn't really rewarding at all. The main thing going for it, is that it's not offensive at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 23:12:10 | More by Pencible
Photo of hurleymanvw


1.58/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Miller light is the heaviest of the light beers.

Light (very light) copper color with no head to talk about.

Taste of grain and alcohol. Not much of either.

Heavier body than most light beers but that isn't saying too much.

Would drink it if i am doing hard manual labor or just want to chug 13 beer in an afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 14:28:58 | More by hurleymanvw
Photo of fitzy84


1.85/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Might as well review a classic. Appearance had some promise: very large frothy head, but no real lacing, just huge bubbles across the head. Eventually, the head dissipates. The beer itself was a clear yellow appearance with an obvious watery aspect. Aromas are extremely minimal. Metallic yeasts and slight bread, but really artificial and strong mineral flavoring. The taste was really just awful. Watery, metal-like, lacking any hop or malt textures. Mouthfeel had some saving grace. This is definitely a typical beer you can just sit around and drink, especially on a warm day. Overall, without being offensive, the beer can please most palates. Yet its generalness lacks any spectacular qualities of a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 02:20:48 | More by fitzy84
Photo of ILikeGoodCider


2.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 24oz large can (No. 13) slapped with lots of witty marketing jive, and a wide mouth opening. No freshness date.

Enjoyed most recently after I moved my girlfriendd into her new "safety" apartment. A 12-"fridge-pack" of cans brought me back... (for this review, I'll reminisce over the first one)

A: A pale. yellow in color w/ a fine wispy head of carbonation.

S: Clean, semi-floral around the nose w/ a hint of grain.

T: Small grain, w/hints of grain husk and a sweetness there.

M: Tight carbonation mingles w/ a tiny metallic flavor; it produces some sharpness & mouth appeal.
Lemon hops w/ the slightest of tea. I think some corn is there too (after it warms). Clean finish.

D: An MCB thru & thru, but out of the M - C - B, the M is and has always been my favorite macro...to each his own, I guess.

Serving type: can

08-31-2008 08:11:01 | More by ILikeGoodCider
Photo of jbull


2.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Well I guess I've officially become a beer snob. To save money for my upcoming vacation I bought a 12 pack of Miller Lite in cans. A few years ago I drank Miller Lite on a regular basis. After a few drinks from the can I couldn't stand it anymore. I thought maybe it would get better if I poured it in a pint glass.

After pouring the can into a pint glass I spent about a full minute laughing out loud. Am I really going to drink this? Very clear with a light straw color. White head of fizz that goes down to just a half inch circle of suds in the middle of the glass. Tastes like seltzer with a shot of cheap beer poured in. I finished the glass but what to do with the other eleven cans? Maybe some house guests will drink it. I didn't think my tastes had changed this much but I really can't drink this.

Serving type: can

08-31-2008 06:48:05 | More by jbull
Photo of illidurit


1.55/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Yellow appearance, fizzy, clear, slimy head. Faintest possible aroma, smells like rice, corn, and poverty. Flavor is like corn syrup flavored seltzer water. Tons of carbonation, thin body, clean finish. As drinkable as water. I feel dirty drinking this.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 18:57:37 | More by illidurit
Photo of thekevlarkid


2.13/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured out of the bottle a bleached straw gold color with a thin white head. Very little retention but it did lace, albeit brokenly. Aromas of yeast and sour corn mash like a barroom floor. Tastes are equally stale, grainy husk, grain mash and hints of something metallic. Not outright offensive but not really drinkable. High carbonation gives it some body but otherwise a very watery beer (as one would expect from a light). Long, strange finish. It is barely drinkable but for a light macro brew I'm impressed by even that. It is what it is.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 16:35:59 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of akronzipfan


1.68/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bought a case for a party, and against my better judgement I decided to try one (after not having had one in YEARS) for a change.

a - extremely tepid body and color

s - not particularly offensive, but there's just not much there but a very faint odor of hops

t - little flavor whatsoever but it does have a fairly crisp and clean finish

m - barely noticeable

d - will be another few years, if ever, before I drink another

It's amazing that people put up with this, that's about all I can say.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 14:58:41 | More by akronzipfan
Photo of changeup45


1.5/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Miller Lite has always been considered low end light swill to me. Golden color, not much head or lacing. Grainy, hay taste with some corn and malt. Thin and watery and a bit foul tasting. Not completely undrinkable but there are better light beer swill options.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 17:05:16 | More by changeup45
Photo of Zadok


2.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a golden straw yellow with a half finger white head and no lacing.

Hard to smell much of anything. Hints of metal and corn mash.

Not much flavor to speak of, maybe a touch of corn.

Very watery with low carbonation.

Great for a keg party or while mowing the lawn. As below average as some of these beers(macros) are they do serve a purpose. The purpose just isn't as enjoyable as some alternatives.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2008 02:00:34 | More by Zadok
Photo of jayfarley3


2.1/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. appearance is very pale yellow with a very thin white head that dissapated very quickly. has a very light malt smell and that is about it. not much flavor but i still think it definitley tastes better than bud light. drinkability is ok, i could drink these if they were free.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 08:29:55 | More by jayfarley3
Photo of engisch

New Jersey

1.63/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

"Oh no... no beer in the fridge. Oh wait there's a Miller Lite in the bottom." This was my thoughts at a friends house when I was really wanting a beer. With nothing else to drink I figured I'd give it a try.

It initially appears much like the other American Lights, light with little head. Surprisingly, from my memory of the other light beers this one does not taste as bad, but it definately was far from good. I would steer away from this brew unless you are dying of thirst.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 23:02:32 | More by engisch
Photo of twiggamortis420


1.63/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Leftovers...gotta love em.
Drank straight from the bottle cause...well, we all know what it looks like.

Nose is muted because it is very cold, but mildly offensive corn and light malt notes. Smells worse the warmer it gets.

I think it has slightly more beer flavor than a bud light, but is that really a good thing? Carbonation and corn are about the only things I can taste in here. It only makes me grimace when it gets above 40 degrees.

There are plenty worse bargain macros out there, I waffle between this or bud light as the #2 and #3 macro lights, both are pretty bad. I recommend coors light if you have to drink one of the three.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 17:47:10 | More by twiggamortis420
Miller Lite from Miller Brewing Co.
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