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Reviews: 338
Hads: 752
rAvg: 2.11
pDev: 33.65%
Wants: 8
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Frozensoul327 on 03-07-2007

A Chelada-style light lager beeer with a hint of lime and salt added.
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Photo of Thorpe429
2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Green. Mildly impressed that they got it to look so much like Ecto Cooler. All they need is to have Slimer on the bottle.

S: Sweet, fake lime.

T: Like the appearance, straight Ecto Cooler. The taste isn't that bad, but certainly not very beer-like.

M: Very thin with quite a bit of carbonation.

D: Fairly drinkable given what it is, but I wouldn't ever choose to have this again. (388 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
2.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

So much talk about this beer, I had to see for myself what to make of it. I don't usually dislike American macro-beers the way many BA's do, but this one proves to be a challenge to the taste. Aromas start off with a very standard Miller-ish aroma, but quickly release moderate citrus notes and cereal-grain aroma swirled around light maltiness. looks very pale golden, with brilliant clarity, fizzy head retention, and brilliant clarify. Tastes do the same thing as aromas--start off very Miller-ish, leaving a little longer lag into a sweet Sprite / 7up taste with even sweeter adjuncts and cereal grains. The sweetness seems to be more overpowering than even the lime flavor additions or salt additions. In fact, the salt character would go largely unnoticed if not for the lable. The texture really suffers with a water, sugar-water feel, prickly carbonation and flat texture. Finishes with an emphasis on the sweet grains and fading lime flavor. I would like to say that this experiment was welcomed and an introductory to a little-known style, however I don't feel that this beer represents the style or beer community best. I don't see this one staying on the shelves long. (1,180 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
2.09/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I like the idea of creating something the will refresh a person in the Summer time. However adding lime to a pale lager isn't always the answer. I guess that Miller did a lot of spying on Corona Extra and found out that the Lime might help them compete with the Corona drinker. I'm not partial to either one really so for me to say it was a good choice would be a bias. This beer tastes much like Sprite or 7-up. (412 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.41/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a super light yellow color lager with a small pure white bubbly head with minimal retention. Aroma of light lime notes with corn and other adjunct. Taste is also dominated by lime juice with light corn malt body. Not as bad as I had expected just quite bland with limited lime taste. (298 characters)

Photo of largadeer
1/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Got a free sample of this at my local beer bistro.

Appearance: Fizzy pale yellow with practically no color, perfectly clear, with no head whatsoever. Pours like soda.

Smell: A muddled citrus aroma dominated by a soda-pop sweetness. No malt or hop character whatsoever.

Taste: My first impression is that this barely resembles beer. Sickly sweet with an ambiguous lime flavor that's mostly reminiscent of an old can of Sprite.

Mouthfeel: Thin, fizzy, overcarbonated and bloating. Resembles your average light macro beer.

Drinkability: Hopefully I'll never drink this again.

Notes: Beers like this piss me off because not only does it try to completely disguise any actual beer-like flavors, but the fruit flavor used to cover any would-be beer flavor is nasty and artificial. (780 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.55/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Muted maize beneath a dingy white, styrofoam-like lid that snaps, crackles and pops its way from three fingers to near oblivion inside of two minutes. If a head can look artificially created, this one does. Maybe it's the salt.

The nose, while nowhere near beer-like, is sort of pleasant... in a lime juicy, watered-down margarita kind of way. As far as the score is concerned, this is Beer Advocate and Chill is beer and, therefore, will have to be judged as beer. Edit: a change of philosophy midway through the bottle results in a minor bump in the score.

What an odd concoction. On the good side, it isn't as 'spit it out' awful as it might have been. On the bad side, it's much closer to a low alcohol, less sweet, lime-infused alcopop than it is to beer; but then I was pretty sure that would be the case going in. Is it better than a bottle of Corona with a chunk of lime jammed into the neck? Yep.

Each mouthful starts out with a rush of sweetened lime peel that favors artificial over natural. Never mind the 'Natural Flavor' along the bottom of the label. The salt (just a touch) hits at the midway point, and then both lime and salt fade away on the finish as the typical flavors of a subpar macro lager (waterlogged cereal grains) find their way to the taste buds. This stuff is actually drinkable and would be even more so on a scorching July day. Just don't kid yourself that you're drinking real beer.

The mouthfeel is supposed to be light, but it doesn't need to be this harshly fizzy. I don't mind the number of bubbles, I mind their harsh, soda pop buzziness on the tongue.

I've decided not to judge Miller Chill by the usual 'beer rules'. If I did so, the scores would fall significantly right across the board. Keeping in mind the target the brewery was aiming at, they didn't do a bad job. It goes without saying, but Chill needs to stay chilled or things fall apart in a hurry. (1,904 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
1.9/5  rDev -10%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

355ml bottle. I saw these being sold as singles at a local liquor store, and figured it better to try it this way, as opposed to paying bar prices to tick it at some future ill-conceived outing.

This beer pours a clear, very pale golden yellow colour (got a nice view of the front yard through it, at least), with two fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and sudsy off-white head, which exhibits textbook zero retention, yet renders a bit of splotchy lace around the glass in its rash wake.

It smells like lime-flavoured Fruit Loops, mineral water, and some mostly obscured skanky veggies. The taste is caustic lime, a thin grainy corn sweetness, more hard water stoniness, and, well, that's pretty much it.

The bubbles are pretty tacky and overwrought in their frothy edginess, the body a veritable lightweight, very thin, watery, and yet somehow clingy and clammy. It finishes a bit sweet, the factory lime and skunky corn cereal essence fading out.

Interesting to see a BMC product on Canadian shelves these days that's actually made in its Yankee homeland, and not contract brewed on this side of the border. In this case, however, Miller Chill's plainly pandering and generally offensive nature has me tempted to decry American hegemony. (1,245 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
2.65/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not sure why I ordered this tonight, probably because I had been bombarded like everyone else with the adds for it and had to at least give it a try. I figured it to be in the same vane as the Tequiza of the world, and I ended up being not that far off, however it does get points for the bottle which did look pretty cool, anyway...

A - Pale golden yellow, with a big fizzy white head that dropped down to nothing. Lots of carbonation, and no lace.

S - Overwhelmed by the smell of lime in this one. It almost smelled like a weak margarita which is where I think they were trying to go with this. No real detectable smell of the beer..

T - Wow, it is totally a margarita rip off. Lots of lime and salt like flavors. Some small hint of a grainy macro lager that had an entire lime squeezed into it, with maybe a touch of some kind of hybrid non alcoholic taquilla. Not impressed.'

M - Very crisp, no really linger ing feel. Clean with alot of carbonation.

Overall this was a decent novelty beer and went well with the chips at the bar but I would not bring home a six pack of this, nor buy another bottle anytime soon. give it a try if its around just for giggles. (1,178 characters)

Photo of zeff80
1.45/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bought only one in a mixer.

A - Poured out a straw yellow color with a small, short-lived, white head. Highly carbonated and left no lace.

S - It smelled of lime and grain adjuncts.

T - It tasted of lime and salt, kind of like a margarita but slightly beer-like.

M - It was a little thin and watery. A very light bodied beer.

D - It really tasted like a Corona with a couple limes in it. Too much lime though. (414 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
1.67/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A: The beer pours a perfectly translucent pale yellow color with a thin layer of white head and a lot of carbonation bubbles.

S: Smells awesome. Rotten corn, burning plastic, fake lime juice. A little bit of a diaper aroma in there too. Has a bit of a stale corn/tortilla chip thing going on.

T: This is like a mixture of crappy limeade and light lager (which it pretty much is). Sweet fake lime flavor and a lot of sugar. The corn is quite present, but does not add anything positive to this beer.

M: The body is extremely light with a very high level of carbonation.

D: This is just awful. Normally I can stand a bad light lager, but the addition of lime flavoring to this just made it even worse. (703 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.46/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Oh-so fizzy! Pours a crystal clear, pale yellow body with a fizzy, white head.

Smell: Oh, how it stinks! Artificially flavored lime soda with strong notes of sorrow and unhappiness.

Taste: Semi-sweet, artificial lime flavor with a tiny pinch of salt and sumptuous notes of abused gym bags.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Ugh. A horrendous mix between a Zima and a Corona, it doesn't sit well and is a bit of a stomach churner. (469 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.93/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Advertised as "light beer with natural flavor", Miller Chill is kind of like Miller Lite with lime and salt added. I can only assume that it's intended to compete with margaritas, Tequiza, Mike's Hard Lemonade/Margarita, and the other malternatives that fill the same niche. However, it pretty much tastes exactly like light beer with salt and lime, and that's not particularly pleasant. It's not bad, it's just that there's not enough malt base to balance the salt and mild tang of the lime. I found it interesting, but watery, and wished I had a regular beer instead. It might be worth trying just to see if you like, or hell, even just to try it - I'm guessing the marketing boys are betting on that! But I'd also imagine it might seem really good straight out of the ice with some Jimmy Buffet playing during a long fishing trip under the hot sun. (851 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.17/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale and almost clear yellow color, with a short white head that fades very quickly and leaves a very spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of adjuncts, lime juice and very light malts.

T: The taste isn't too bad considering what it is intended to be. It's essentially your common light beer with twist of lime. The citric lime flavor tempers the usual macro sweetness. There's almost no hops flavor and the malt character is extremely thin. The after-taste is slightly tart.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, very light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little flavorful, goes down easily and is not too filling since there isn't much of anything to this beer other than the lime flavor, very mild kick, for those that drink the macros regularly this is a good beer to try for something light and different, but overall it's a beer that tries not to taste like beer. (967 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.15/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Usually I'm a pretty big fan of Miller's beers.. this one not so much. I just hate the fact that they try to get into a certain 'market' in this case the Corona/beach market. This one was tough to finish. Much worse than the Bud Lime, nothing very good about it. Nice on a scorcher on the beach maybe? (301 characters)

Photo of Jason
1.62/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A quick decanting shows the obvious clarity of a light beer and the head of one as well. Not much head retention at all but it was not expected. Odd lime aroma, very similar to the natural agents added to soda. There is even a salty note in the nose. First sip shows an extremely thin body with a forced refreshing carbonation. The flavor is the same as the aroma, soda-like lime flavor. Very little malt character at all, hops are a no show and there is a mild salty tone middle to end. Bone dry with a watery lime flavor in the finish.

Chalk this up at a border-line malternative, a beer for people that don't like beer. It actually tastes like a really bad diet soda. Even if this does stick around for more than several years and not deemed a fad anymore it will simply live on as a sub-par product for the ignorant uneducated consumer. Hell, with the amount of soda that is sold in the US this one will probably be here for a long long time but this will be the last visit here as this is a big fat thumbs down. (1,019 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.94/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appears a light pale golden forms a large white head that quickly dwindles down to scattered lacing that evenly coats the pint glass. Aromatics present with lime peels and corn, rice, and other cooked veggies smell relatively clean overall. Flavor barrage of lime juice sweetness and salted edges drying the sides of the palate, touch of light beer in the background with the mild malt sweetness no real offness just more of an iced margarita type of thing going on. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated light bodied extremely light almost watery feel to it but yet non offensive to me. Drinkability is great for a couple especially after mowing the grass not something I would drink in number a really cloying beer after a couple. (725 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
1.56/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

"Inspired by a Mexican recipe with lime & salt." Chelada style.

Is it a green bottle and clear beer, or the other way around? Let's take the plunge...away we go...

Luckily, it's that same old clear yellow color, with a 1/2 " fizzy white head. Meh.

Aroma, tart and sour, the lime is there, and little else. Hey, there's the salt, too. Whoo-hoo, it's margarita-beer! Not such a good thing. Who does this appeal to, I wonder? Not me, but in the interest of science, I soldier on...

Taste:...eeuugghayaa!!! Oooo, ...uhhhh,...errr...godamn, it is awful! And dreadful. And depressing. A wholly disheartening beer. A pale, sad light lager with absolutely horrid additives. I guess they're latching on to some segment of the hispanic market, so hooray Miller, but who could, how could...why? why? why?

I'm almost sick from this crap already. I can taste the salt, and there's that lime, and whoopee, there's the booze, too. But there's nothing redeeming in this no happiness is found in flavor or refreshment. You're getting dumped.

And I'm going to rinse and slip an Imperial Stout down my gullet and forget this episode ever happened. (1,135 characters)

Photo of jwc215
1.69/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours very pale straw yellow with a fluffy white head that slowly descends to a thin, lasting cover. Not a bad head for a macro, but body is transparent, even for style.

Smells like a non-alcohol margarita - lime and salt. No "beer" aroma here.

Tastes like...well they combined a margarita with a light macro-lager. Lime and salt dominate over a touch of malt and adjuncts. Don't look for hops here. Finishes...well, un-beer like. "Why did I bother" keeps going through my head. "Chelada style" is on the label...is that a style of beer? I think they are trying to compete with Corona by already adding the lime and they threw in the salt for good measure - and plenty of it.

It might have some body to it, but it's such a wreck it becomes difficult to tell.

Ok - this is a margarita gone bad. Some vague malt (and adjuncts) might be there...but, is this really beer? (879 characters)

Photo of WesWes
2.77/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a very pale yellow color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a faint pilsner malt scent along with the essence of lime and salt; kind of refreshing. The taste is average at best. It has a lime flavor that almost resembles Zima or some other malternative. It's refreshing, but it holds little resemblence to beer. The mouthfeel isn't that good as well. It's a low bodied beer with loads of carbonation. This beer doesn't deserve the hype. It's watery beer with lime essence; big deal. (550 characters)

Photo of tdm168
2.83/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - pale golden yellow with a lime green tint; soft, bubbly, fizzy head that fades quickly

S - grains, artificial lime

T - artificial lime like limeade, faint grains, a bit sweet, very very faint bitter finish

M - very crisp, a bit over carbonated, light bodied

If fruit in your beer is your thing, then this isn't so bad. It tastes artificial like a less sweet version of powdered Kool-aid. It didn't give me indigestion like Bud Light Lime did. I will admit that this is a pretty refreshing, extremely light beer. Good for a really hot day, but not much else. (565 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
2.81/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. green, somewhat novelty looking bottle,

A: Very clear yellow, with a good head, looks like a standard macro lager.

S: Not really much of anything, air smell, with a hint of lime.

T: Basically just the lime flavoring, not really beer-like, but I found it to be somewhat tasty.

M: Thin, watery, not really much to talk about, but not horrible either.

D: Seems like an alcoholic version of a limeade, interesting and easy to drink, it was quite refreshing, but weird. It was certainly better than Miller's regular products. (542 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
2.35/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this for free at the Miller Chill party for Denver release.
In plastic cup, looked pale with soapy head, didn't stay long.
Smell of corn and lime, not really bad, just kinda weak.
Tastes of hints of lime and corn, some salt in the finish. A refreshing beer, good for a hot summer picnic. meant to be a premium light, that's what they told me anyway. (354 characters)

Photo of Zorro
2.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Green Bottle, I hope the beer isn't green as well.

In the glass this is a clear yellow beer with a whopping huge white head. After a while it does go down, looks like a miller light in the glass with more head.

The smell is mostly lime and lime zest with a little corn smell to it.

The taste begins mildly sweet with a fairly strong lime flavor. Pretty much tastes like lime oil and cheap beer, the kissing cousin of the beer known as Tequiza. I hate Tequiza!

The mouthfeel is OK.

Well I could drink this again if I was desperate and the only other choice was a Tequiza. Not quite as drinkable as beer with real lime juice in it. (644 characters)

Photo of John_M
1.77/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Came upon a copy of my review of this beer from several months ago. The Miller Chill girls were visiting Max's, promoting their "product." This included free sample bottles of this stuff. Even free I wasn't interested, but shared a glass with my neighbor at the bar.

Cute girls, crappy beer. The one does not cancel out the other I'm afraid.

The beer looks exactly like you would expect it would. Adding lemon/lime to a glass of miller isn't going to improve it's appearance, obviously, so of course it pours a light yellow color with no head retention (unless you call 10 seconds of quickly dissipating fizz head retention) and no lacing. In other words, after about 30 seconds the beer looked like a urine sample.

On the nose one gets a hint of lemon lime, which I guess is a good thing. I don't recall what miller smells like and I don't want to be reminded. The smell is probably the best part of this beer.

On the palate I get some lime flavor, but that's about it. I'm not really even sure why this is called a beer, as I get no hop or malt flavor. This "beer" epitomizes the expression watery. Light, insipid, watery and altogether boring. Yep, everything I'm lookin for in a glass of beer.

The beer is very light, and thankfully very watery and generally inoffensive. I'm not sure why I would drink this if I were in the mood for a beer, but maybe this would be a nice alternative to seltzer water.... bad seltzer water.

OK, this beer was probably not as horrible as I was expecting, but that's only because I was expecting complete and utter swill. However, I did not get sick from drinking this beer, and the worst I can really say about it is that's boring, and therefore tiring, to drink.

Obviously, even free I would not be interested in drinking this beer ever again. (1,789 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
2.13/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Straight up pour gives a five finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Crystal clear pale amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light bodied. Lime nose. Flavor is a slightly tart lime drink, the lime hides any malt or hops, clean finish. Good lawnmower beer but don't drink this expecting anything like a beer. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH. (407 characters)

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Miller Chill from Miller Brewing Co.
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