Magnum - Miller Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
51
awful

174 Ratings
THE BROS
42
awful

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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 1.96
pDev: 39.29%
Wants: 2
Gots: 24 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2002

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Ratings: 174 | Reviews: 60
Reviews by tesguino:
Photo of tesguino
3.28/5  rDev +67.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A great bottle for a little beer is not so good , under king cobra and mickeys, but i drink at last;

It has that piss color to it and that great sugar taste. like the common of the american malt liquors; not like the german malt liquors, are little more fine than those;

i try with a pipe tobacco smoking, both things last the same time

69% recommended.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.55/5  rDev +81.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Magnum has a fairly thick, white head and a very clear yellow-golden appearance. Aroma is skunky (at times from the clear bottle) and grainy. Carbonation is moderate to high. The taste is pretty good, for an inexpensive, mass-produced extra-strong beer. Some slight hop spice does shine through, which cuts the overly malty main taste profile. Mouth-feel is moderate and slimy on occasion (from the bottle). Magnum finishes fairly refreshing and crisp. I like to have this from time to time, and I think people unfairly give it a hard time. Hey, it's a pretty decent common beer!

RJT

Photo of Jason
1.63/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.25/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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. . .

Photo of pmcadamis
2.4/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.48/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Rootdog316
2/5  rDev +2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
2.25/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of bditty187
2.76/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of thagr81us
2.06/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of Bigfatbino
1.9/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of tone77
2.97/5  rDev +51.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of puboflyons
3.59/5  rDev +83.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Spikester
3.32/5  rDev +69.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Awesome appearance. Three fingers of bone white dense head that lasted 20 minutes leaving dense lacing all the way down. Head is still there and depositing lace.
Smell is a bit funky and I think it is an herbal hop variety that is giving that funky earthy aroma.
Taste is similar to the nose. Dominated by the herbal grassy hop flavor and the malts are there but don't quite balance the hops.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation.
Finish is slightly dry and the hop bitterness is long lasting.
Weird date on the bottom of the bottle. It is a Julian date which is a Bud thing I thought. It says 255 14 which would be close to 100 days before the year end of 365.
I hope that is a born on date or I am tasting an aged version of this beer!

Photo of buschbeer
2.8/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

24 ounce can
Served in a pilsner glass

A - It is straw colored with ample carbonation bubbles rising from the etchings on the bottom of the glass. It is topped with two inches of white head.

S - I notice some floral hops that give it a soapy smell. I also get sweet grains.

T - It tastes a lot like an adjunct lager. I get some sweet grain flavors and a slight bitterness from a small dose of hops.

M - Thin with biting carbonation

O - I'm not going to lie. I drink my fair share of malt liquor after a shitty day at work. I am used to the 8+ percent varieties. This just tastes like an adjunct lager.

Photo of mfnmbvp
1.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

40 oz. bottle, with the best by date reading July 15, 2013. The second malt liquor beer by Miller that I am reviewing here on BeerAdvocate. The first was Olde English 800, and I'm not really expecting this one to be any better. Acquired at the local beer store for $1.79 after trudging through snowy slush to get there.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours the typical clear yellow piss malt liquor color with a quarter inch of thin white head that fizzles away almost immediately. Looks exactly the same as how a Miller Lite or Olde English 800 or any other Miller product looks in a glass.

S - Sweet chemically treated malts and corn husks. To give it the benefit of the doubt, this beer definitely smells better than a Miller Lite at least.

T - Artificially sweet sugars and corn / grain. Moderate level of carbonation, lightly bodied. There really isn't any discernable "taste" to be had here other than a prominent taste of corn.

M - Smooth and clean, thin and light bodied. My mouth tastes like corn kernels.

Overall, this is just a plain simple alcohol delivery vehicle for people looking to get their cheap buzz on, which is exactly what I plan on doing with it considering the murk I had to hike through to get this. (In my defense, I bought some *good* beer also). Anyway, like the others have said before me, this beer isn't horrible or offensive, it's just a bland alcohol delivery vehicle. The guy two reviews below me said it best - another tick off the bottom of the barrel list with plenty more to go.

Miller Magnum ---2/5.

Photo of 5EKF
1.27/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

I only drank this as part of a dare and when I had no money.

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.51/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

16 oz. tallboy pours a crystal clear golden color with a white foam that snap, crackles and pops down to near nothingness in a matter of seconds.

Nose is of sweet creamed corn and a bit of cardboard. Maybe a few whiffs of grainy malt. Not overly offensive, but not all that appealing either.

Taste is light sweet malts and a mild shot of alcohol. Body is extremely light for a malt liquor. It is pretty clean, without alot of off-putting fruitiness. I actually prefer my malt liquor to pack a bit more whollop than a mere 6%, the alcohol presence is featherweight in this beer. Easy to drink, but not my ML of choice.

Photo of biggred1
1.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Very light yellow with a slight white head. Smells of corn flakes and wimpy hops. Tastes like an even sweeter version of most macro lagers with noticeable alcoholic warmth in the finish even though the ABV is mild for the style. Watery mouthfeel,highly carbonated. This brew gets pretty nasty as it warms up. Not worth the time.

Photo of Pegasus
2.11/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Brassy dark golden color with just a touch of haze and a large and sticky snow-white head, which retains superbly. The lacing thoroughly coats the glass walls. There are continuous streams of fine carbonation, which quickly rise to the surface, renewing the head. The appearance is quite promising.

Aroma: Sweet aromas reminiscent of creamed corn and biting notes of sweet alcohol dominate the aroma. There is no hop presence that I could detect.

Taste: Begins with quite sweet notes of alcohol, corn flavors and some weak hops follow. Midway through the taste the corn malt struggles to the surface. The somewhat dry finish is dominated by sweet alcohol flavors and some understated hop bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, full, and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: It’s hard to be disappointed with this beer, because it is so inexpensive. I paid $1.59 plus tax for a 40-ounce bottle. Even as a poor quality beer, it is a good value for the money and a better value than many of the American macros. If you invest $2.00 in this beer and have reasonable expectations, it is at least decent, although there are far better malt liquors to be had.

Photo of Zorro
2.76/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark yellow or light gold colored brew.

Smell is slightly sweet and grain, specifically corn scent.

Taste is a little sweet and corny with a bready flavor to back it up. Mild bitterness and alcohol flavors show up. Actual flavor content makes it superior to Bud/Coors/Miller for having an actual taste.

Mouthfeel is present.

This is a drinkable brew; no skunk and presence of an actual flavor make it superior to an average American Macrobrewed beer.

Photo of stumac
2.68/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Keep in mind, when I rate Malt Liquor and Macro Lagers, I rate them in relation to other Malt Liquors and other Macro Lagers. We all know these beers suck so....

pours up a yellow straw color with a white bubbly head. surprisingly nice lacing! the nose is slight metallic corn malt, very subtle crisp hop character. the taste is MacNasty with cheese! subtle crisp hops, sweet malts, medium to light bodied, meduim carbon dioxide carbo, sweet to dry finish. Wooh! I haven't had a 40 in a while! Brings me back to the roots...Gotta love it....

Photo of Shiloh
2.91/5  rDev +48.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For the frugally minded, this is definitely the brew for you and I enjoyed it myself...Is the brew to consume when balancing that check book...
OK, enuff of that, colour is a pale golden honey , body is medium and the crown is never ending..aroma is crisp.
Taste is OK, actually, taste is better than OK for that price...evenly balanced leaving a dry feeling.
I would certainly recomend this brew to any college students who have FINISHED writing those finals...

Photo of SometimesIfart
1.88/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Drank straight from the forty. The usual malt liquor gold with a small white film to cap it off.

S - Corn. Corn. Corn. Corn. Corn. Corn. Corn.

T - Lots of corn as expected from the nose, And some slight sugar in the finish.

M - Medium carbonation with a medium body.

O - Overall, not a terrible malt liquor. It does it's job at the price you'd expect to pay.

Photo of beerprovedwright
1.5/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Not a lot to see when poured in my mug, very light yellow rating a 4 on the SRM chart. Fluffy pure white head that fizzled down to a light lacing around the edge of my mug. Light sweet smell of malt and corn, nothing special here. Not much flavor at all, can't put my tongue on any real taste except wet corn. Very little in the mouth feel category also, one step above water, quite bland. Because of the lack of taste, I guess it could go with anything, but would not add to the dining experience or enhance any other flavors. It is wet, and will quench your thirst when coming in from heavy yard work, and yes it will give you a buzz, but if you are looking for flavor, look somewhere else. Much better cold, taste a little more like straw as it warms. I guess I could offer it if I had nothing else to keep a party going, but not something I would buy for a flavor experience.

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Magnum from Miller Brewing Co.
51 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.