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Magnum - Miller Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
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BA SCORE
51
awful

152 Ratings
THE BROS
42
awful

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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 1.97
pDev: 38.07%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Malt Liquor |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2002)
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Reviews by erz316:
Photo of erz316
1/5  rDev -49.2%

Ive had some bad beers in my life, but man, this one is coming close to takign the cake. weak nose, pissy colour, even weaker taste. lacing is lacking to say the least. the only thing that is really redeemable about this is the incredibly cheap price. one dollar? sure, ill take it, if i were a bum. and as one of the bros would point out: freshness date? hell no. this piss dont need no stinkin frehsness date.

erz316, Jan 31, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
1.63/5  rDev -17.3%

Presentation: 40 oz clear glass bottle, no freshness date.

Appearance: Clear pale straw colour with a pasty white lace. Bubbly carbonation shows its effervescence. Some of this sample was poured out to get a look at the head retention and true colour.

Smell: Light fusel alcohol, faint malt and a cooked corn aroma.

Taste: Vaguely crisp carbonation, moderate body with a thinnish malt palate. Well rounded carbonation fits this beer nicely. Alcohol in the breath with minor fusel alcohol flavours. Biting twang from the hops with a used up bitterness that struggles. Malt is cracker like yet thin and flimsy. Finish does not clean up, mildly astringent end.

Notes: On the bottle is says “Magnum Premium” … premium compared to what? A sub-standard Malt Liquor, lots of rough edges and tough to put down. Needless to say I had a hard time consuming all of it. One of the cheapest 40’s you can get, usually around $1.50 a pop.

Jason, Mar 23, 2002
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.26/5  rDev -36%

You have to have some really angry metal on to try and compliment this harshness.

Nasty yellow carbonation leaves no head. Smells of nothing but fusel alcohol and rubbing alcohol.

Tastes of rubbing alcohol and fusel alcohol as well. Carbonation or hops, can't tell, abrasive bitterness coming from the alcohol. Take a miller high life and age it in some vodka and you get this beer. Damn. I'd be tempted to give a bum some money if I saw him drinking one of these. . .

Beerandraiderfan, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of navband
2.25/5  rDev +14.2%

navband, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of sgttibbs
2/5  rDev +1.5%

sgttibbs, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of RDW
1/5  rDev -49.2%

RDW, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of pmcadamis
2.4/5  rDev +21.8%

A - Clear, yellow, and bright, with a flimsy one finger head that actually does leave a little lace on the glass.

S - Smells less boozy and less corny than most of its brethren. Not a whole lot going on here, but it is unoffensive and that's all ya can ask for in a malt liquor.

T - Pretty much even keeled and balanced for a malt liquor. It's less powerful than others, and tastes more like a normal macro lager. That is to say, it's quite bland.

M - This is where this one shines. Its much more "put together" and balanced than other malt liquors. Its light bodied and hides its alcohol well, and the finish is surprisingly dry.

D - Not bad for what it is. If I was headed out to a party and wanted to drink beer on the cheap, this wouldn't be a bad choice.

pmcadamis, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of gshoes3
1/5  rDev -49.2%

gshoes3, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of dertyd
1/5  rDev -49.2%

dertyd, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
2.48/5  rDev +25.9%

A crystal-clear, golden body is capped by a short-lived head of bright white
foam that drops readily to a thin collar without leaving any lace about the
glass. The nose is clean and fruity (berries) with just a hint of sweet
malt. The body is thin and it's gently zesty in the mouth. The flavor
delivers a lightly sweetish malt that hints at maltiness but never delivers;
a clean fruitiness; and some distinct alcohol that's unoffensive but far from being an asset. Its bitterness is quite limited, yet it still finishes dry due to its
alcohol. A poorly designed malt liquor that seems to be simply about
delivering alcohol within a malt-based (read as adjunct-laden!) liquor. Not
even worth trying.

NeroFiddled, Nov 07, 2003
Photo of Rootdog316
2/5  rDev +1.5%

I think the only reason that I am even rating this beer slightly high for a malt liquor is due primarily to the fact that it is extremely cheap, and actually isn't too bad. Believe it or not, I as a college student would prefer this over many of the cheaper Anheuiser Busch products.

Rootdog316, Feb 25, 2004
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
2.25/5  rDev +14.2%

When I think of "Magnum" I normally picture champgne. Not with this swill. Thank goodnees it has a decent ABV because I can not stomach more than a few ounces. It has that "pee" color to it and that great industrial taste. It is a good buzz for the money.

bewareOFpenguin, Oct 25, 2002
Photo of DOCRW
1/5  rDev -49.2%

DOCRW, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of bditty187
2.8/5  rDev +42.1%

Clear yellow hue. Minimal animation. Smallish brilliant white head, bubbly and underdeveloped. Fair retention. The nose is strongly sweet and alcoholic definitely polluted with adjuncts. Not inviting. The palate is surprisingly clean… slightly sweet, kind of creamy… similar to creamed corn. The alcohol is a lot less noticeable in the taste, a major plus. The finish is short and sweet (pun intended). The complexity is minimal but the simplicity works well with this malt liquor. The carbonation is moderate, medium-light mouthfeel – very easy to drink. A solid beverage… for they style, I still doubt I’d drink it again. It’s very cheap.

bditty187, Jul 14, 2003
Photo of beergorrilla
1.5/5  rDev -23.9%

beergorrilla, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of thagr81us
2.05/5  rDev +4.1%

Big thanks goes out to the BA who sent me this one as an extra just because he saw it on my Wants! Even attached a post-it note taped to it that said, “SAW THIS ON YOUR WANTS!! HAHA”. Keeping it classy. Served from 24 oz can into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass (have to try to class it up some). Poured a golden yellow with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, corn, grain, and sugar. The flavor was of sweet malt, corn, sugar, alcohol, and water. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty bad brew. I have to say that this was a pretty nice looking brew. But I knew not to judge a book by its cover here as this brew likely had a hidden side. Boy was I right on that one…. The aroma was not that great on this one as there was a fairly large sugary aspect going on with it. The flavor was more of the same with more dilution. As a previous review said this was very mild and it being in a can format would make it fun to shotgun at a college frat party (believe me, I was there once). Another tick from the Bottom of the Barrel list with plenty more to go.

thagr81us, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of uziangis
1/5  rDev -49.2%

uziangis, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of maynard713
2.5/5  rDev +26.9%

maynard713, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of eye2
2/5  rDev +1.5%

eye2, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of Bigfatbino
1.9/5  rDev -3.6%

A = translucent pale yellow, startlingly similar to urine with the lack of carbonation in the glass. Head was about 1" thick and very foamy, but it faded in about 30 seconds and left practically no lacing in the glass

S =adjuncts of corn, missing was the usually sweet-sickly smell of this type of beer. Not much else to write about really.

T = you know, for a malt liquor, this actually doesn't taste bad. It's not good either. Corn in the taste, and surprisingly little alcohol flavor. Nothing else really. The most notable thing was the absence of off flavors that I would have expected.

M = Thin, watery, moderate carbonation. Bubbly beer-flavored dish water

D = if you absolutely are broke, if you can't afford one good real beer, then drink this cold, chug it fast, and you should be ok until you can get quality you can enjoy.

Bigfatbino, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of tone77
2.98/5  rDev +51.3%

Poured from a clear 40 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts and corn. Taste is mostly of alcohol, some notes of malts and corn. Feels light in the mouth and overall this is about average as far as malt liquors go.

tone77, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of puboflyons
3.58/5  rDev +81.7%

From a 40! Stamped MAY0514-CO5110027. Sampled on January 12, 2014.

One needs to look at this based on the style rather than on the reputation of American malt liquors...which among craft brew fans is about the lowest it can be.

Malt liquors are supposed to look pale yellow with a big fizzy white head. This does.

malt liquors normally smell of rancid corn, rice, grain, and other adjuncts. This one does not. Yes, those characters are there but they are far more muted. Quite frankly this smells a lot like a standard American pale lager.

Malt liquor bodies are often thin and watery. This one is smooth and about medium.

Malt liquors can make you wince with the metallic taste and overly rambunctious corn and grain characters. There is a bit of that here but this is not cloying or rancid. It is really smooth. If more malt liquors were like this one I'd be drinking a lot of them. Sorry previous raters and BA members, I have to score it much higher than you did.

puboflyons, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of mkf629
1.25/5  rDev -36.5%

mkf629, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of AleHunter805
2/5  rDev +1.5%

AleHunter805, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of bobbyr5
1.75/5  rDev -11.2%

bobbyr5, May 21, 2013
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Magnum from Miller Brewing Co.
51 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.