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Miller Lite - Miller Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
53
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3,747 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,747
Reviews: 1,060
rAvg: 2.16
pDev: 34.72%
Wants: 20
Gots: 376 | 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 RyanBelle
2.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a decent beer. I'm just travelling the USA right now on a road trip and I decided to have a few of these - drank out of the vortex bottles, of course. It's not that interesting and I find it has very little taste and doesn't seem nearly as crisp as comparable Canadian lagers. Also, the abv. can't be compared...it may say 4% but it tastes/feels like 2%, as if it were "table beer". Good enough to drink and chill out with on the patio in the summer though. It's not a good session beer due to the low alcohol - would take all night just to get a buzz off this stuff. A respectable American classic in the end, I suppose.

RyanBelle, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of Nerudamann
3/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a Stein.

Look - very light golden color, clear, with about a finger or two of close to white-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - it smells typical of that of a light lager. Very grainy and cereal like.

Taste and Mouthfeel - still very cereal-tasting, but has a bit more malt bite than expected, but only a very little bit. There's not much to the taste at all, and so hard to ID anything more. Texture is very watery, but not as bad as it could be.

Overall - not bad tasting, but very very plain and uninteresting.

Nerudamann, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of AmericanGothic
2/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass. Bottom of can says May 1611.

A: Pours a light golden color. No cloudiness. One finger pale yellow head fades quickly. Head was fizzy, but with its disappearance just about all the carbonation seems gone. No lace.

S: Faintest hay and grass aromas, tiny bit of sweetness. Inoffensive, but weak.

T: Nothing bad, but nearly nothing at all. No trace of the triple hops, just a faint, nondescript sweet something. Nothing develops over the course of the sip, or the can.

M: Light. Tiny bit of carbonation left.

O: If it's really hot out, and this is cold, it's okay. If there's nothing left in the fridge, hopefully you had something better before this. In any case, better than Busch Lite, but that's not saying a lot. Great taste? Less filling.

AmericanGothic, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of jmich24
1.8/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12 oz can poured into tumbler pint.

A: One finger bright white head dissapates fast. Crystal creal bright yellow color. Tons of carbination from etched bottom.
S: Honestly it smells like an Adjunct lager. Sweet graininess, also a very very slight touch of grassiness(probably because it is triple hopped)
T: Tastes as smell suggests. Sweet highly carbinated zero bitterness.
M: Ultra thin and watery.
O: This beer loses big time points because the "drinkability" rating has been taken away. Overall terrible.

jmich24, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of STKPICR0720
3.85/5  rDev +78.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Of course no the greatest beer in the world. Allthough this is IMO the greatest cheap ass beer in the world. Alot better than Natty and does not taste like sugar like Bud Light. A great palate cleanser inbetween great beers. I also love drinking this beer on hot days. A great college beer or pong beer. Always good to have a first love until the next one comes.

STKPICR0720, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of ElCommodoro
1.68/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured a straw colour. Head disappeared too fast for me to really notice anything about it. It had almost no smell. What was there was a hint of cheap malt. The carbonation is high and it seems to be a predominant part of the taste. It's extremely watery, but the little taste that is there is just plain bad. It's like a nasty cracker taste. I'm not sure how else to describe it. Really really bad bread or crackers is all I can come up with. Don't drink this beer. It doesn't taste like beer.

ElCommodoro, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of TheZakOne
2.38/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle. Looks about the same as any beer you'd usually play pong with. Thin and clear straw yellow color. Not much head.

Smelled slightly of grain, and alcohol. Not much hint of anything worth looking forward to. Not horrible though. Just bland.

Tasted about how it smelled. Very plain with a hint of alcohol. Not very impressed but it is great for drinking games I suppose.

Very watery feeling. Goes down just as easily as a glass of water. I would have no problem pounding one after another if I chose too.

Overall a typical cheap beer. Nothing special but nothing awful either. Good for what its worth. Not my first choice though.

TheZakOne, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of Montrose79
1.78/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A- Clear and golden. Not the most unattractive appearance

S- Smells like adjunct lager. Malty, clean, not getting much of the "Triple Hopped"

T- Not much hoppiness, malty

M- Thin, unappealing

Overall- I could drink one of these if it was 100 degrees in the summer and I had been working for 8 hours. Other than that, no thanks.

Montrose79, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of normyk
2.38/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My second-ever review and it's that most amazing of beers, Miller Lite. And what is with "lite" anyway?

Mega-mammoth can poured into a pilsner glass.

A - Clear and gold with a big white head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves some light hints of lace. Fairly attractive, actually.

S - The aroma isn't as bad as I feared. Some cut grass and some corn and a little malt. Faint, but inoffensive.

T - Very little flavor. It's fairly watery with just hints of barley hop and malt and a little of the corn from the nose. A little sweetness on the finish.

M - Mouthfeel is acceptable. It's pretty fizzy and when cold is at least refreshing.

D - Easy drinking and refreshing while cold. If you can get past the lack of flavor you can drink it all day.

A fairly standard light lager. Not my cup of tea, but not awful.

normyk, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of fear025
3.7/5  rDev +71.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma:Just a little malt aroma. Smells a little bit sweet and there may be some floral hop aroma in there.

Appearance:Very pale yellow in color. Good amount of white head that does not last very long. Very clear with visible bubbles.

Taste:Flavor is crisp and dry, but watery. Very little hop flavor and bitterness. There's not a whole lot to this, but at least there's not off flavors.

Mouthfeel:Very good carbonation, body is very light. Kind of like carbonated water with just a hint of bite.

Drinkability:For the style, this beer holds up very well. Very little complexity and low alcohol makes it a good alternative in countries where the water is not safe to drink.

fear025, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of EricCioe
2.03/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

This pours an unappetizing yellow with a little wispy head that doesn't stick long, with no lace. On the nose there is wet grass, corn, and maybe just a hint of some spice from the hops. In the mouth there is a graininess that comes through and mixes with the corn. What hop presence there is is abrasive, and not in an artful way. The body is light, the finish is pretty short, and overall this is not a beer I was wild about. It would have been a little better if it wasn't so carbonated. Great taste, less filling? I felt like my stomach was full after two. Such a gas-inducing beer. Review 100 was KBS, and 101 was my first BMC review, so it was quite a step down.

EricCioe, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of Cuzco
2.85/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I know BMC brews are not highly regarded on BA but....

16oz plastic bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A: very crisp golden color with a pure white head that lingers for a bit.

S: Not much going on here even with the "triple hop brewed" profile. Some malt in the back of the nose.

T: It is what it is. A very light (yet fullest of light beers IMO) lager taste.

M: Light bubbly body. This is by far the fullest bodied light BMC beer there is.

O: Not great yet not the worst thing I have ever tried. A decent BBQ brew if nothing else is around.

Cuzco, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of GoNowhere
2.58/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Take this beer for what it is. Not what you wish it was.

Appearance is similar to the pee you have when you are dehydrated. It makes the world yellow if you try and look through it.

Smells kind of sweet and dry. I think it smells like fresh sweat or three day old opened sake.

Taste is thin with some bitterness. Like watered down chardonnay. It is very refreshing in a way that only seasoned pros can appreciate.

Mouthfeel is watery and crisp.

It is what it is: An easy drinking light adjunct. I do love the commercials where they tell you to man up and drink more lite beer. haha

GoNowhere, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of seeswo
1.8/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

2011 vintage 12 oz bottle 'vortex' poured into my Bruery tulip. Served at fridge temperature. The aggressive 'vortex' pour filled the tulip with less head than expected. Looks perfectly clear of junk, which I can see well because it is somewhere between the color of water and the color of straw. The head is gone almost immediately, other than a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Impressed with the clarity of the brew and nothing else. Smells of corn, and maybe a bit a wheat. Not much coming off the nose, really. Poor aroma. Flavor is muted by the carbonation that fills the mouth. Otherwise, I get corn again, and almost nothing else. This is advertised as 'triple hops brewed', but there is no hop presence. The tiniest hint of sweetness lingers behind and then fades. The mouthfeel is very light and thin, but aggressively carbonated. Almost abrasive, like a diet soda. It's funny, beers of this class are supposed to be very drinkable, but I find this to be less drinkable than many beers. Overall, this is just a poor beer. There is no way to rate consistency, but I added a touch to the overall based on the impressive nature of producing massive volumes of product the same at all times. That said, this beer tastes like almost nothing, smells like nothing, is overcarbonated and generally disappoints.

seeswo, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of Tartarus
1.7/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A&S: Pours golden, very clear and with about two fingers worth of head with pretty good retention. Smells like corn.

T&M: Zero taste as it hits the tongue. Flavor comes on later, tastes like barely anything and not much else with a kind of gross aftertaste. Mouthfeel is like bubbly water.

D: I think the drinkability they advertise refers to the fact that you have to drink it quickly to avoid the bad taste. Also, as it warms the taste gets worse and worse until it tastes sort of like vomit. Only reason I'm drinking this one because I'm all out of my tasty IPAs and these are left over from when I had friends over ages ago.

Tartarus, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of DCon
2.42/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Had because of a $1 Happy Hour @ Cheeburger, Cheeburger in Chesterfield, MO. Poured from the Famous Vortex Bottle into a Mason Jar. Second time drinking from a Mason Jar, (first one at a Lagunitas Special Night w/ their Fusion 4).

Appearance- Clear, yellow with 3 fingers of head that a very bubbly and quite a long retention. A medium amount of lace was left behind as well.

Smell- Pilsner and grain smell but not anything special.

Taste- A grassy and grainy taste but nothing like the "three hops" marketing add they throw out to us...

Mouthfeel- Extremely Light Bodied, High amount of Carbonation, and Smooth for the most part.

Drinkability- Like always, only a beer I would go to if there are specials on it. NEVER would go out of my way for it or pay over $1 for it. Used to getting it in a pitcher at Maggie O'Briens Downtown St. Louis for 50 cents. Very nice!

DCon, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of mattgreger
2.63/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour on this brew isn't very thrilling. It got a typical yellowish/brown color. it has bit of a head that fades to just about nothing. There is absolutely no lacing or retention what so ever. Its slightly darker then some of the other Macro brews out there.

Has a bit of a barley and hops aroma, but nothing that again is thrilling. It actually smells pretty watered down. Just not much too it.

For a Macro brew, this is one of the better ones I have had. When really cold and poured with a bit agitation, it has a great crisp barley flavor. Not to bad.

Mouthful has huge carbonation in this brew. Not much else.

Though this is a macrobrew, its not the worst of the worst, it has good flavor and goes down without any issues. On a hot summer day or for a party needing some cheap beer, this is a great hands on brew.

mattgreger, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of iLovehops23
2.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Millier Lite looks good enough: clear light yellow color with a very small head. The carbonation is very active, the head disappears quickly leaving no lacing. I didn't notice any distinguishing aroma. The taste is mostly water, with all flavor surfacing after the beer has been on your tongue for a while. What you do taste isn't bad, but it isn't anything exciting either. Swallowing is easy and enjoyable enough. Better than most light beers.

iLovehops23, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of ant5431
1.33/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Just grabbed one from my nieghbor who lives on the stuff!
Vortex bottle poured into pint glass.
No head which is what I expected, poured a very light pee yellow actually read paper thru the glass!
Had no smell/aroma what so ever and had a VERY weak taste tasted like lightly flavored water!
I can name 20+ other cheap "light" beers I would rather drink! Narraganesett Light is cheaper & has more flavor same can be said for Bud light etc.!!!

ant5431, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
2/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer is much too overrated. It's better than most cheap beers out there but it's still nothing like the commercials make it out to be. What can said about Miller Lite in a positive manner? It pours nicely but it but the head dissipates into nothing which is rather boring. Not much else to say, It's yellow, a few bubbles from the bottom of the glass every few seconds. In all honesty the only use I have for this beer is to mix some Amaretto with it and have Dr. Pepper shots.

Knapp85, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of IchabodcraneIpa
1.85/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

No need to waste a cup on this one we've all had it in every shape and size.

The color of this one is a light clear yellow color with a small head on top that possibly contains the triple hops brewed effect?

The smell of this one is water and corn not really much else going on at all.

The taste of this one is light and crisp like club soda with corn in it.

The mouthfeel of this is light as hell and it is sort of refreshing.

Overall it is easy to drink but that doesn't mean you should drink it. After all lava is easy to drink if you have a heatproof cup but it probably will do the same thing to your insides as miller lite.

IchabodcraneIpa, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
2.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

327th review on BA
can to pint
12oz can

Was at a family party tonight and I didnt feel like taking a 750 or a couple twelves with me, so decided to bite the bullet and just not be the beer geek of the family for one night, bad idea, I did however go in the house and get a glass to pour the beer into.

App- Very clear yellow with an actual one finger head. Was suprised it poured so nice out of a can.

Smell- There was a time when I would make every beer so cold I could barely hold it in my hand and not even smell it, this was a beer like that like where even in the glass it was at almost freezing and you just get a faint pils sense of a smell.

Taste- Its again super cold so no real flavor comes out in the beer. Was crisp on the tounge but you can't taste anything worth noting. A small faint pils taste I guess?

Mouth- Light bodied and high carb. A bit of corn after taste.

Drink- I shouldn't have bitten the bullet. It was just flavorless. No real reason to have one of these other than to say you are drinking a beer. No fullness on the drink, no real flavor.

FosterJM, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of Outchillen
2.88/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Im using almost the same reviews for American style light lagers

not gonna bother with serving type,
Im not the type to bash beers, for a company so successful, they can be given at least a respectable unbiased review, true beer drinkers are quick to bash american light lagers, but some are good for certain times, i cant sit at a game and throw back IPAs, or bourbon aged beers, but a light lager with a hot dog and peanuts on a hot day isnt so bad. Im a big beer pong fan, wont play with a $20 bottle of brooklyn black ops, now a review

Very pale yellow, white foamy head that can fade quick, light body mostly cause of using sugar and rice to keep the ABV up, the only way i can descibe the aroma is "beer" hops are faint just to make it enough to call it beer, Miller is among the best for this style of beer, its my "go to" when i go somewhere and dont wanna ask or think of a beer to drink, my dart game beer

Outchillen, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of Sudsy89
2.42/5  rDev +12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle, chilled.

Pours a pale, urine-yellow. Thin white head that quickly dissipates, has a high level of carbonation. Very little aroma or taste, the level of hops is a bit more than competitors but still this is a bland beer. Very watery, light-bodied beer, but this is accurate to the "light lager" style. Highly "drinkable", but I wouldn't want a bunch of these, they are boring and soulless like all macro light beers. Great for fat rednecks who seem to be enamored with this style.

Sudsy89, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
2.35/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a piss yellow. Clear lots of bubbles and a tiny bit of head. Smells pretty non descript like malted corn. No triple hops on the nose... Tastes bland and unimpressive. Corn, sweetness, not much else going on. The slogan on the poster at the bar is "can you taste it?" To which I answer... No. Decent mouthfeel and as drinkable as any other shitty adjunct lager I guess

Urbancaver, Mar 13, 2011
Miller Lite from Miller Brewing Co.
53 out of 100 based on 3,747 ratings.