Miller Lite - Miller Brewing Co.

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Miller LiteMiller Lite

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4,082 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,082
Reviews: 1,213
rAvg: 2.17
pDev: 34.56%
Wants: 35
Gots: 728 | 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 johnnnniee
2.56/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

I had some people over this past weekend and a couple of these remained in the fridge after everyone left. Pours a Light golden straw color with a decent head that slowly dissipates to a cap on top leaving lots of lace on the way down. Pilsner malt, and a light nondescript spiciness provides balance. There's not a whole lot going on in the aroma here. The taste is lightly bready with a crisp almost tart spiciness that does well to balance any malt that might show up. Thin body with a thin watery mouthfeel and an ample amount of carbonation. There's certainly nothing overly offensive here, but at the same time there's nothing exciting here either. This might make an ok lawnmower beer, but I can think of many with some flavor that I would pick over this.

Photo of jdhilt
1.69/5  rDev -22.1%
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!!

Photo of biegaman
1.27/5  rDev -41.5%
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.

Photo of plaid75
2.86/5  rDev +31.8%
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.

Photo of Wasatch
2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a light yellow color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slight hop note. Light body. Not drinkable, would not buy again.

Photo of ppoitras
2.3/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
2.9/5  rDev +33.6%
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.


Photo of WoodBrew
2.89/5  rDev +33.2%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
1.83/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Photo of beertunes
2.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of flagmantho
2.21/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of Gobzilla
2.9/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Poured a see thru piss yellow with a finger of head that dissapated quickly and left some decent lacing on the glass. I definitely get aromas of various grains and water off the bat but also get faint malt and wheat notes. This a very thin and watery beer with grains as the dominate factor on the taste which has a little malt but that's about it; very bland flavor. The beer was super thin in body with a good amount of carbonation that had a grainy watery and slight crisp finish. The beer drinks very good because its so damn watery which makes for a great session beer and also a brew you can have lots of in the hot summer day. Oh....and the only reason I'm reviewing this beer is to gain beer style points cause I need to review a light lager.

Photo of tone77
2.57/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.28/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Well, here's some stuff, that uh, well, its a decent mass produced light beer, that counts for something right? Looks like someone spilled a tiny bit of beer into some water. Fizzy. Fize. Whatever.

Smell, old, like beer in a couch. Taste, you know, whatever yeast they use, its somewhat complimentary to what this beer is. You can actually discern a faint amount of sweetness that is mildly enjoyable (I dunno, could be some adjunct sweetener though). Mouthfeel, don't keep it there it ain't good, but is marginally drinkable, because, its like drinking vitamin fizzy water, and, it was free like every month, thank you Miller Brewing Company and Marquette Law School . . . GO MILWAUKEE, GO WARRIORS!

Photo of Bitterbill
1.71/5  rDev -21.2%
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...

Photo of cjgator3
1.81/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

Photo of Brad007
2.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a Light/clear yellow color with a head that fizzles immediately upon pour. Aroma is light and somewhat sweet, smells of adjuncts as usual. Taste is light and crisp with almost no backbone or flavor. Much like drinking corn water. It does go down easily even after the syrupy consistency of it fades into the background. Certainly nothing special though. It's not Lite beer. It's just Lite.

Photo of bark
2.13/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of Haybeerman
2.18/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of puboflyons
2.48/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Photo of Gusler
2.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Last sample 9/7/2000
The after its release from the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass an unbemused gold color with a smallish frothy bright white head and after its erosion, the lace forms a thin but concealing sheet upon the glass. Nose is malt, sweet and fresh with the start lightly sweet, fair malt presence and the top cadaverous in feel. Finish is brisk in carbonation, the hops meek and the aftertaste dry.

Photo of spinrsx
2.67/5  rDev +23%
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.

Photo of jrallen34
1.08/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Of the macro's this is my least favorite one by far. I'd take a coors of bud light any day over this. Maybe its just that I don't like pilsners, lol. The aroma to me is skunk all the way and taste is putrid skunk with a harsh after taste. For me it just doesn't get any worse than this.

Photo of THECPJ
2.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: light golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: some hops, malts,

taste: very mellow crisp, clean,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thin body,

overall: a very light beer that doesnt' offer much flavor. you can call this a lawnmower beer.


Photo of xnicknj
1.41/5  rDev -35%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

Pours a urine yellow with tons of carbonation. A semi-frothed white head fades out into a layer of film with a ring of lacing,

Scents of metallic lemon rind, orange, grass clippings and crackers.

Some slight hop presence up front with assorted lemongrass tendencies. Lemon peel and citrus with some metallic orange. Crackers and pepper with absurd amounts of dryness. Finishes dry and bitter with biscuit malt.

Light body, high carbonation, dry and unpleasant from top to bottom. I suppose this drinks quickly; but the flavor, nose, and feel all suck, so it's probably best to get this one over with as soon as possible. Thumbs down.

Miller Lite from Miller Brewing Co.
53 out of 100 based on 4,082 ratings.