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Miller Lite - Miller Brewing Co.

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1,119 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,119
Hads: 4,211
Avg: 2.27
pDev: 64.76%
Wants: 37
Gots: 850 | 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:
Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 10-03-1999

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Photo of EveL
1.26/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Serving was a 12oz can.

Appearance - Yellow like that stuff that come out... well you know where. Wins a bonus point considering the effervescence is the most excitement you will get out of this package.

Smell - Metallic and cabbage once you get close enough.

Taste - Boiled cabbage and other vegetables. A corny aftertaste is the only redeemer here but it's still not pretty.

Mouthfeel - It's like a crappy soda water with some funky off flavors.

Overall - Drink and swallow. Letting things linger in the mouth just tend to make this unpleasant experience even worse.

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Photo of atigerlife
1.73/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured a light golden with a small head that dissipated quickly. Small amounts of carbonation can be seen rising.

Not much aroma. Some sweet corn, adjuncts and light citrus at the end.

Taste was not good. Sweet malts and again some very light citrus. Some light bitterness. The biggest taste impression was that it was fake or "off."

Mouthfeel was light, not cleansing.

Overall, this is not drinkable. The bad taste just wouldn't get me to try more. There are better light lagers out there.

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Photo of yelterdow
1.65/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

11276 lasered on the bottle. Served cold in a pilsener glass, the label proclaims this is a "true pilsner beer". Let's drink.

Appearance- Flaccid and wimpy, the beer pours a pale straw with a lighter-than-water look and consistency. The fizzy, white head is quick to diminish and leaves no lacing behind.

Smell- Corny, vegetal, cereal aromas that really have no place in real beer... I'm not getting hops or malt, this just smells like cheap adjuncts.

Taste- Why bother pouring this into a glass? It tastes like water and fake grains... better suited for shooting straight down the gullet from the bottle. Refreshing, but certainly not anything to speak of tastewise.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Razor sharp carbonation harshly envelops the mouth and tongue, becoming less prickly but still grating overall. There is a dry finish which I find positive, but that's all. This type of beer is the reason that people say "I hate the taste of beer"... there's nothing but cheap filler to taste, and it's all that most people know exists.

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Photo of TechMyst
1/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Container Volume: 355ml

Container type: bottle

Fresh: y

Purchased @: anywhere

Cost: cheap

Head: none

Lace: none

Color: pale yellow

Aroma: tinny

Mouthfeel: light

Palate: curls the tongue

Taste: Tastes like any other pale American lager...all fake carbonation

Mowing/Working on car- n
With Friends- n
Sipping- n
Get my buzz on- n

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Photo of afinepilsner
2.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz can

Miller Lite was a very clear light golden color with a short white head the managed to skick around for about a minute. The smell was very light. There in not much in the wayof taste either, but there is a little something there. The mouthfeel is very light with plenty of carbonation. It's not too bad once you get through two or three cans.

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Photo of veech
2.98/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Considering the beer style and the other macro lights, Miller lite wins hands down(except when compared to SA light).A: Light yellow with little carbonation, head or lacing. S: Corn, grain and other adjuncts with maybe the slightest trace of mild hops T: This has more taste than Coors, and esp Bud but that's about it. A little body with the mildest of grain and corn taste, but not too bad considering. I drank half of a Bud light just prior to this and had I reviewed it then I probably would have given 4's across the board by comparison. M: thin and watery D: Pretty darn good esp. in hot weather and as a palate cleanser from Bud light. Miller Lite was the good stuff in high school and college. Thank God I'm not in high school and college anymore.

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Photo of Phatz
2.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

What odd experience today. I was at Lancaster's new minor league baseball stadium and the vendor is carrying bottles of beer up and down the isles and I swear it looked like water bottle tops. Wouldn't you know Miller and Miller light in plastic bottles at the Lancaster Barnstormers baseball game. Who'd a thunk it?

Appearance: This beer is straw yellow gold.

Smell: It smells like corn and other adjunct create a typical macro aroma. very small. Straub has a corn aroma as well but it is more pleasant than Miller Light IMO.

Taste: Dry light and watery with a sweet malt and sour corn flavor that doesn't taste at all like the beautiful hops I love in an IPA. In all fairness this is supposed to be a light larger so I shouldn't complain about light flavors but there are certainly better (and worse).

Mouthfeel: It is very dry and fizzy. Watery!

Drinkability: If you are looking for a guzzler beer for beer bong this will do like any swill. It works when sitting in the sun at a baseball game but otherwise, pass.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of witster18
2.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

this beer is not good but far from horrible for the style..
It does have some descent characteristics.
It has a flavor unlike any other light macro. One of the few distictive beers of its style. It is very light on carbs and calories and does have much more flavor than most. Unfortunately that flavor comes off as bitter and corn filled. Very Cold I might accept one if its' A. free B. extremely cold and C. I'm on a 'serious' diet.
Not much good to say other than its better than every other huge player-but unfortunately not worth the 4.99 a six-pack. Not with PBR and definately not if you have Schlitz as an inexpensive option. Utterly distinctive yet utterly forgettable. There is a pleasant sweetness early that hints of hellas style which is kinda nice...

if you have someone who is truly in-the-know on macro's they will attest that this is one of the most 'natural', if not least adjunct ridden brews in the catagory. The brewing process of this one is really held at a little higher standard than some of the others in the catagory, and the result is a notch above for that reason. Not good... but better than BudLt, Michlt, Bud, or any other masspro AB product for sho.

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Photo of jpkoch1962
1.25/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Had a pitcher of this with my Father at the local Sports bar. Straw yellow with tons of carbonation. No aroma. Served ice cold. After the carbonation assault, a taste of cooked corn came through. Hints of old socks, and shoes made themselves known before the cooked corn returned for the finish. This beer is so full of adjuncts that it should be given a different name. It's been years since I've drank one of these that I truly forgot how awful they are. Couldn't finish my glass.

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Photo of lancecjohnson
3.1/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was my first light beer, and I tried to make the scores reflect the usually lowered expectations for this particular style. I was hanging out with some friends, and this was all they had. I was thirsty, so I figured I'd give it a try. It should also be noted that I drank it right out of the bottle.

It didn't have too strong of a taste either way, so it was pretty easy to get down. Like I mentioned before, I was thirsty, and it did the job as a thirst quencher. It gets a bit less appealing the further down the bottle you go, but it's still drinkable, and I liked it enough to have another.

If all you want is to quench your thirst and have something beer-ish without having the alcohol overpower you, this does the job just fine. I can see myself drinking this again if it's available at a party, but it's a safe bet that I'd never buy this for myself.

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Photo of dustylong
3.08/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Once again..I must consider the style when reviewing a beer. Pours a very light yellow color with a small head, and little retention or lacing (poured from a bottle into a mug). Has little smell to it...standard cheap beer smell to it. Has a lighter beer taste to it...tastes kind of like a pilsner. Light feel in the mouth with a good amount of caronation. For a domestic light beer not too bad...better than Bud Light IMHO...

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Photo of milljs
4.1/5  rDev +80.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You have to rate beer by what it is. Miller Lite is the original light beer and is the only premium american light beer worth drinking. Good color, aroma, and taste. Does not have that skunk smell that bud light has. Truly the best american light beer. Great Taste....Less Filling

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Drank this straight from the can on a camping trip.

Ahh Miller Light. We have a love-hate relationship don't we? This is pretty much all I drank in high school and college, and believe it or not we actually considered this "good" beer (compared to Keystones or "The Beast"). I actually don't know what this beer looks like in a glass since I've always had it straight from the can ....or bottle if I had a little extra cash and really felt like living it up. The only time I've ever actually seen what this beer looks like is when it's foamed into a plastic cup at a kegger, or when I've yacked it back up (gimme a break...we were all young and stupid once).

From a can, the scent smells like a bowling alley and tastes like sucking on a penny. This is much better from a bottle. Tastes like adjuncts..mainly corn and aluminum.

The major redeeming quality of this beer is that it's almost complete lack of scent or taste makes it go down easier than almost anything I've ever had. After a hot day outside, I could pretty much down one of these in one go. CHUG CHUG CHUG....ahhh.

There is really nothing to be enjoyed about this beer other than the thirst quenching sting in the throat from all of the carbonation. Drink this ice cold and as quickly as possible....it really is very refreshing.

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Photo of BuffaloBilly
2.88/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big name american light beer. That's what it is. Not worth the price for me. watered down high life pretty much, hell I don't think its a bad beer at all, I just don't see the attraction. Pretty average light beer. Thin, light body, dry after taste.

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Photo of BryanCarey
1.87/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Miller's best selling product, Miller Lite is a popular beer that gained center stage thanks to the celebrity beer commercials of the past and present. It's "less filling, tastes great" slogan became a widely recognized statement, even among people who don't drink beer at all.

So does Miller Lite live up to its claims? Well, it certainly is less filling, thanks to the fact that it is very close to a glass of water. There is very little body with Miller Lite and while its coloring is a little deeper than some other macro- brews, its appearance is lacking overall. The foam falls apart quickly as the rapid carbonation continues to fizz and the aroma is light and corn- like.

Does Miller taste great? Hardly! The flavor is one of very light cereal grains and there is almost no hop character at all. A distinct adjunct taste makes you wonder exactly what is used in the recipe to lighten the taste and lower the cost. Regardless of what they use, Miller Lite is a forgettable brew that only sells because of its emphasis on lower calories and carbs and because of the abundance of advertising. Otherwise, it's about as close to a glass of colored water as any macro- brewed beer on the market.

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Photo of Dizzy
2.11/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours light yellow with white head. Seems to retain the head pretty well. Smells like corn and grains. Taste is grainy, no hops I can detect. It is crisp and thirst quenching. Mouthfeel is thin and watery, with a great deal of carbonation. It is relatively drinkable, especially after working in the yard, but there isn't a lot of quality to appreciate here.

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Photo of robocrouch
2.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a deep yellow with some to no head.

Smell: Like every other macro lager.

Taste: Maybe one of the better BMC taste. I got some skunk? as a finish

Drinkability: Pretty good. This is a good beer to drink when you just want something average.

Overall I might pick this up in the future to enjoy after working in the sun. Nothing special about this beer though.

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Photo of gunnerman
1.63/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pourded into a wheat glass, color is a light yellow gold with alot of carbination and little head that recedes in a few seconds, no lacing. Taste is of watered corn with a slight hind of oats, not very impressive taste more like water than anything. I'm not impressed by this lite lager no taste I guess it would be good for a cheap alternative, but I would pass.

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Photo of lpayette
2.37/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pilsner glass in an attempt to give this beer respect just like any other.

Appearance- Pours a very light clear straw color. Huge, nearly uncontrollable head. Lots of carbonation. Better looking than many other light lagers out there though.

Smell- Strong smell of corn and light grains. Very unimpressive.

Taste- Besides water, corn is most evident. I don't know if they actually use corn in the recipe, but it does have that flavor (which can be a good thing for a few beers). I also get rice flavors (again, I'm not sure if they use them)... A very slight hop bitterness comes in around mid sip.

Mouthfeel- Pretty light as expected from the style. Ends a bit dry. High carbonation. Certainly could be better.

Drinkability- A better choice than some beers for college drinking games, but that's about all this is good for... Mouthfeel is terrible and detracts from the few good aspects of the beer.

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

This beer pours a clear light yellow color with a foamy head and almost no lace, Lots of carbonation; Not much aroma, maybe some corn and hops; Taste is thirst quenching and refreshing; Mouthfeel is thin and watery; Drinkability... not impressed.


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Photo of skineg
2.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer is just bland. Watered down, mediocre beer. It's drinkable, but so is water. I'll give Miller this, it doesn't taste bad. Unfortunately it doesn't taste good, nor does it taste much like beer. One good thing: it doesn't give me a headache like Bud products do.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.95/5  rDev +30%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the can, it tastes much like the bottle. Typical of American Pilsners, the brew is flavored with adjunct grains, but that's what makes it taste better than weaker lagers. Still quite malty sweet for the style with a rice or corn flavor and texture. Lightly vegetal. Hopped for earthiness and a bitter balance. The can seemed to give up a light metalic flavor that I found distracting. Though not very good, this is my usual 'ball-game' beer.

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Photo of jwc215
2.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured light straw yellow with a bubbly head that fizzles out.
The smell was of adjuncts with hints of a chemical aroma.
The taste was of watered-down adjuncts. A vague watered-down hint of hops was very barely noticeable.
It goes down pretty easily - leaves a vague aftertaste.
There are plenty worse macro-lights. It might be okay if it's the only choice at a summer party or similar occassion, but not a true pilsener as it claims, and very watery and boring.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
2.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of those beers I have had way to much of and just happened too have an extra bottle from the weekend. Appearance is pale yellow with light carbonation, with abosolutely no head retention (if any head at all). No strong overtones in the smell, just smells like any average american light beer. Taste is smooth with a somewhat stronger malty aftertaste.

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Photo of xtremejammn
2.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An ok light beer, way overrated in my opinion.

A: A light yellow with a quickly fading heading, very unimpressive.

S: Average hop smell, nothing special, smells of cheap malts.

T: Very watery, average hop pressence, and a slight grainy taste.

M: Decent mouthfeel, not too bubbly, hey I mean it's Miller Light.

D: Decent drinkability, goes down smooth but a little acidy.

Pretty good for a light beer, nothing special, nothing too terrible. Ta Ta.

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Miller Lite from Miller Brewing Co.
55 out of 100 based on 1,119 ratings.