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Miller 64 - Miller Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 225
Hads: 739
Avg: 2.02
pDev: 60.89%
Wants: 6
Gots: 112 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  2.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ZAP on 06-04-2008

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Photo of Knapp85
1.68/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is a little better than Bud Select 55. Either way though this brew is weak. Far too light for anyone to enjoy on a quality level. This beer doesn't serve much of a purpose other than for economic reasons. Topping off at 2.8% ABV they should almost consider making this beer an NA brew.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.73/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I have generally preferred the Miller products over Anheuser-Busch and Coors products, so this review will be relative to comparable products released by similar companies. This beer pours with an abundance of carbonation above a thinly-straw color; lighter than Lite, but not as pale as Michelob Ultra. The lack of protiens and meaninful dextrins leaves the beer a touch fizzy and lacking in head retention past the initial medium formation. Aromas are as part-grain, part-malt as any other light lagers, impressive with the low calorie sacrifices. Flavors are much the same with good cleanliness, no apparent off-flavors, but no meaninful complexity either. Texutres also recognize the fair malt base, but the grain astringency keeps the beer from gaining points on mouthfeel. Finishes with the same part-grain, part-malt flavor that is evident throughout. Fleeting aftertaste and waters quickly. Not a beer that I would go to often, but when I need to quench a thirst, not think about the beer, or don't appreciate paying $5.50 for an average Pale Ale at the local sports bar during the game.

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Photo of largadeer
2/5  rDev -1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pale pale yellow, a shade lighter and it could be mistaken for water. The head crackles and pops like the head on a glass of soda, and lasts about as long. No lacing, not even a ring remains 30 seconds after the pour.

Smell: Faintly grainy with some very subtle malty sweetness and a hint of cooked corn.

Taste & mouthfeel: Carbonated mineral water. I can't actually taste malt or hops (or anything really), though there's a faint (VERY faint) sweetness, like someone mixed a little white sugar into a club soda. Carbonation is hilariously excessive and bloating, making this a chore to drink despite the 64 calories.

Is this really what American macro beer has come to? Beer that doesn't even taste like beer? What the hell's the point?

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Photo of biboergosum
2.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, my final stop on the beer menu of a self-proclaimed craft beer friendly, chicken wings crazy, restaurant in Idaho Falls.

This beer pours a crystal clear, pale straw colour, with tons of thin puffy, foamy white head, which leaves a fair bit of stringy cotton ball lace around the glass in its hasty wake. It smells of very faint, indistinguishable sweet grain, and hard water. The taste is thin doughy malt, adrift in mineral water. The carbonation is very soft (low-carb, get it?), the body very light, and of course smooth. It finishes a bit surprisingly, the ghost of a sourdough loaf wafting about.

These types of further dumbed-down beers remind me of one thing - when you pour too much water into a cask-strength whiskey. At least then, you could fix it by just topping up with more whiskey. No such luck here, I'm afraid.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.81/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Sun-faded straw yellow beneath three fingers of cotton white foam. I'm impressed that Miller is now able to create decent looking heads, even when barley content is at a bare minimum (Not sure I want to know how they do it, however). The lace looks artificially sticky, like spray-on styrofoam. Still, for a light lager, not bad at all.

This light lager smells like most light lagers: a whiff of musty grain and a hint of something slightly sourish. The only thing keeping it from being offensive is a lack of power. It's hard to be too disappointed with something that's this hard to smell.

MGDL 64 actually has a little flavor. It isn't good flavor, but it's flavor. I don't remember how much Michelob Ultra had in comparison, since my review of that beer was so long ago. For those who care, '64' has an ABV of 2.8%, 64 calories and 2.6 carbs. Ultra is 4.1%, 95 calories and 2.6 carbs. Neither one is worth a damn... but you knew that already.

A slight blip of watery corn make itself known and then quickly slips into oblivion. Damn good thing too. This isn't the kind of flavor profile that you'd want to linger. Hops? No. Just like the nose, there isn't enough here to truly offend.

The mouthfeel is like lightly, slightly harshly carbonated water. Pinch your nose, take a drink and then tell me I'm wrong. With so few carbohydrates, the craptastic mouthfeel was pretty much a foregone conclusion.

Miller Genuine Draft Light 64 is as inoffensive to drink as it is offensive to the craft beer drinker's sensibilities. So, BMC, how low can you go? It seems to me that they've now sunk more than low enough with the release of this glorified seltzer water.

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Photo of zeff80
1.72/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A - Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a small, white head. No lace.

S - It smelled of corn, grain adjuncts and some light maltiness.

T - It tasted of corn and grain adjuncts. It was too watery tasting for a light beer.

M - It was fairly thin but smooth. A very light-bodied beer.

D - This is fairly typical of the style...not very satisfying or very tasty.

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Photo of mikesgroove
1.65/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Two more "options" to end the night if you want to call them that. What an interesting beer day, with some of the best I have had starting the day/night, and finishing it late in the evening with two more off the bottom list.

Poured out a barely noticeable hay color with tons of carbonation and a large, fizzy white head of foam that last for mere seconds before falling back in on itself and leaving the top of the glass bare.

Aroma is non existent with barely a touch of corn and grain coming across and wet hay that lingers in the air. Clean, crisp body that is way overly carbonated and comes across more as over carbonated water then anything else. Light touches of corn finish and the taste is gone in three seconds. Very drinkable on a hot day, but no flavor really to speak of.

Why people drink these are beyond me, after a triple, this went down in three seconds.

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Photo of womencantsail
1.9/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Now this is a big time tick. What a wale we have here.

A: The pour is almost clear, and I'm not exaggerating. The head is white and doesn't even stop to say hello before it disappears.

S: This pretty much smells like seltzer water. A little bit of rice and corn but otherwise, it's carbonic acid from the intense carbonation.

T: More of the same on the palate. The intense carbonation leaves hardly any room for taste (not that I was really expecting much anyway). Seriously, though, that's pretty much it.

M: The body is beyond light. Again, I'll invoke the seltzer water analogy.

D: I don't get the point of this beer. Sure, the 64 calories thing is cool, but you could just carbonate some tap water and have the same flavor with zero calories.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.71/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a clear, lightly hued yellow body with a small, white head that fizzles into a slender ring around the interior of the glass.

Smell: Vacant, altogether empty aroma smelling simply of a nearby, just-opened can of Del Monte Corn Kernels. Geez Louise.

Taste: Presents little more than a relatively light, faintly sweet taste of prepared corn niblets. MGD 64 Light has some compassion within, as this soon disappears into a flavorless finish.

Mouthfeel: Very thin-bodied. Medium carbonation. Watery mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Simply dreadful. Why, it's nothing more than a lightly spritzy corn tonic.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.31/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Well, swimsuit season's coming up, so we've gotta watch those calories, eh, guys? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of white froth. The nose comprises sweet corn, light funky wheat, and a touch of hard water. The taste brings in more of the same, with more hardness to the water and a slightly sharper funkiness from the now-grassier wheat. The body is rather light, with a light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, a pretty limp, sad beer, one that certainly isn't much of a poster child for the "fewer calories but all the flavor" camp. Give me the calories...

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Miller's Genuine Draft 64 looks like a standard American light lager with a crystal-clear straw-gold body and a bright-white head. The thin,creamy head drops shortly but maintains a solid surface covering. Surprisingly for a light beer, it has some very good lacing.

The aroma is limited, barely offering a generic beer aroma.

The flavor follows the aroma, and although there's a minor bit of malt smudged with hop flavor, it's really the mild hint of bitterness that lets you know it's beer you're drinking. Still, the minor hops that are there tend to stick around a bit in the finish, and there's even a minor resemblance of something once malty there as well.

As might be expected, the body is paper-thin and crisp with carbonation.

I'd originally avoided this beer because I couldn't put 2 and 2 together to make 4. Alcohol contains 7 calories per gram, which is approximately 150 calories per ounce. MGD Light 64 has less than half of that. The rest of the calories in beer (or any other alcoholic drink, with vodka being the leanest) is made up of carbs (residual sugars... flavor!). MGD Light 64 has only 2.4 carbs, which is .2 carbs less than Michelob Ultra, which barely tastes like beer. So, what it all adds up to is...

30% less calories.
30% less alcohol (2.8% abv).
30% less flavor.
10% less drinkability.

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Photo of Jason
2.26/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 oz can, no freshness date. "Brewed by our genuine cold-filtered trademarked method", what does it say in a beer when you worry about trademarking "cold-filtered"? Hmmm ... draft beer in a can, go figure?

Appearance: Very pale golden yellow with exceptional clarity, a thin webish white lace is what is leftover from a quickly disappearing white head.

Smell: Clean aroma mostly ... a little musty, clean higher alcohols and cooked corn are noticeable.

Taste: Obvious light body, quick aggressive crispness from a moderate level of carbonation that is leftover. Right away are issues of cooked cereal grains and astringent grains, not harsh ones but rather small hurdles. Hops double with the malt issues and make things more intricate. Bitterness is sharp with a thin twang. Cereal grains seem more dominant that the malt leaving a cooked corn grit flavour in the finish.

Notes: A little better in the bottle than the can, either way it is about them same. A beer that must beer served cold. Not a beer to brag about drinking the night before.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
1.03/5  rDev -49%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

64 (sixty-four) is the natural number following 63 and preceding 65.

Clear faint yellow appearance, slim white, soapy head, ...average look, not much to say.

Sixty-four is the square of 8, the cube of 4, and the sixth power of 2. It is the smallest number with exactly seven divisors. It is the lowest positive power of two that is adjacent to neither a Mersenne prime nor a Fermat prime. 64 is the sum of Euler's totient function for the first fourteen integers. It is also a dodecagonal number and a centered triangular number.

Aroma: wet air. Faint cereal scent. Mostly moistness. Hollow.

64 is a superperfect number - a number such that σ(σ(n))=2n.
In 8-bit home computers, a common shorthand for the Commodore 64

Bleeech!!! Awful! A wreck! Messy carbonation, and no flavor whatsoever. Nothing. Charged water, and water. Like Zap said, no beer flavor. Just water and harsh, horrible ...the less said the better.

Number of hexagrams in the I Ching.
Number of sexual positions in the Kama Sutra.
Number of demons in the Dictionnaire Infernal.

Texture: none.
Body: none.
Drinkability: pass. Having no flavor, you are not incited to "enjoy." Terrible.

What else can we say about 64?
The code for international direct dial calls to New Zealand
The designation of US Interstate 64, a freeway from Missouri to Virginia
The designation of U.S. Route 64, a highway from Arizona to North Carolina
The subject of the Beatles song "When I'm Sixty-Four".
The amount of crayons in the popular Crayola 64 pack.

and one crappy-ass offering from Miller Brewing Company.

(thanks to Wikipedia!)

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Photo of jwc215
2.65/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought for a neighbor who likes light beer - I took one, so she got a five-pack...

Pours very clear straw yellow with a thin white had that has some retention. A bit of lacing sticks - not much. Although the head eventually disappears, head not bad for style. Color is light, even for style, evening things out.

The smell is of - generic beer? Some graininess. Faint something "beerish". Nothing particularly "off".

Taste is of seltzer with enough "beer" something. Slight grain - touch of slight bitterness so I guess there might be a non-descript hop presence somewhere.

It is light and fizzy.

I was able to finish it. But, I was thirsty, and could finish seltzer water, I guess. There is something "beer-ish". Better than some other light beers. Not as good as Sam Adams light, as it lacks character and is just vaguely "beer". Pretty "inoffensive", but boring. Actually - I found it less offensive and easier to drink than the regular MGD.

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Photo of tdm168
2.48/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - golden yellow with a soft, fizzy, bubbly white that fades quickly

S - grainy and a bit sweet

T - grains, corn, a bit sweet, mild bitter finish

M - very crisp, over carbonated, very light bodied

I will say this. It's not as bad as I thought it would be. It didn't have those awful apple-like or metallic notes that often accompany macro lagers. It is a bit sweet and it is way over carbonated, but otherwise it's just a very thinned out version of MGD. I picked this up on a day that I had to drive and was attending a cook out. It was good to swig in the hot sun and I was able to drive home.

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Photo of woodychandler
1.68/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I made a trip out to Subs & Six Packs recently and came home with this gem in a bottle. Whee!

From the Bottle: "64 Calorie Light Beer [-] Perfectly Balanced".

A screw-top cap is always indicative of quality. I utilized a heavy-handed pour to create two fingers of fluffy, rocky, bone-white head with surprisingly good retention. Color was Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 - 2) with button brightness. Nose smelled like watery silage and I was reminded of the early days of The CANQuest (tm). Ugh. Mouthfeel was thin but carbonated, kind of like pop. The taste reminded me of hydrogen peroxide, begging the question, who drinks this swill?!? It was a whole buncha nothin' and about as unsatisfying as it gets. Finish was semi-dry, but it just made me want to drink something, anything else.

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Photo of Halcyondays
1.84/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

12 oz. clear bottle, purchased a single on a whim to see how light it really is,

A: Pours a very pale yellow with a solid white head, soapy, fair lace.

S: Very light, minour cereal notes.

T: Really, it tastes like carbonated seltzer water. The major flavour is carbonic acid, not a hint of malt or hops.

M: Incredibly thin, feels like water in the mouth.

D: Light beyond light, thin beyond thin. You might as well drink water since you'll get the same flavour profile. Miller's answer to the pallid nature of Michelob Ultra I guess.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.57/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Light straw yellow with a tight fizzy head that goes away fast.
Smell is not terrible. Very light grains.
Taste is of light grains, lighter malt, and a very slight bitterness, flash of lemon even.
Mouthfeel is light carbonated water.
Drinkability is pretty decent. I will say if you are watching your calorie intake, this may be the way to go. Actually one of Miller's better offerings.

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Photo of Wasatch
2/5  rDev -1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clean/clear pale yellow color, some carbonation, little fizzy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, very slight hop note, with some rice/corn thrown in. Light Body. Not Drinkable, not much of a beer. Would not buy again.

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Photo of plaid75
2.61/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and no lacing.

The smell featured nothing. Really there was no aroma from this cold draft.

The taste consisted of a very faint grain.

The mouthfeel was thin and very carbonated.

Overall not much to report here. Barely beer, but refreshing.

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Photo of jdhilt
1.28/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving traces of lace. Crystal clear pale straw color, like looking through colored water. Light-medium carbonation and very light bodied. Faint corn nose. Flavor is lacking, mostly hints of corn, no hops, no malt. Who drinks this stuff?? $1.25 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear pale yellow body that is very thin with a strong carbonation of big bubbles. There is a snow white head that fades pretty quickly.

S- The soft sulfur note has a faint sweetness to it followed by a soft white bread note.

T- The flavor of dry club soda has a bite to it with a soft bitterness in the finish that doesn't have any hop taste. There is a note of dry field corn that hangs on after each sip.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a fizz finish.

D- There is no malt flavor and no real hop flavor. It is not to interesting and I would rather drink water.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Miller 64 is a lawnmower beer for sure. Obviously for those who are conscious about their carb intake but still have a hankerin for beer. I say....quality over quantity. Anyway...the beer pours yellow clear with good carbonation that forms a head...which dissipates over time. The smell and taste are typical...grain slight hop. Mouthfeel is nothing to describe really...more like water than beer. Overall its water with beer flavoring.

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Photo of Tone
2.38/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Pours a clear, pale straw color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Poor retention and slight lacing. Smells of pale malt, hint of hop, and metallic/grain. Fits the style of a Light Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, strong grain, slight metallic, and a hint of hops. Overall, about what one would expect, sharp, metallic, and weak body/blend.

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Photo of tobelerone
2.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Shared with a dieting friend; pours pale yellow, fairly sizeable head with decent retention, some lacing sticking to the glass; doesn’t look half bad.

Very, very mild aroma. All I get is a little grain and maybe some honey sweetness, but that’s about it. Straining and there’s nothing there. This experience continues into the taste; hints of grain and perhaps corn; a trace of sweet honey, but overall fairly dry. Very low bitterness.

Effervescent carbonation, moderately light in body; extremely watery overall. I won’t say this is the worst light beer I’ve had, because it wasn’t. It wasn’t unpleasant, it just wasn’t there at all, really, and I had a hard time seeing the point of drinking something like this. The ABV is so low it won’t have an intoxicating effect, if that’s what’s desired, and by the time it does you’d have drunk enough of these that you could have had a better beer. Certainly not my thing; I’d rather not drink anything and save the calories altogether.

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Miller 64 from Miller Brewing Co.
51 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.