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Magnum - Miller Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
51
awful

146 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 1.97
pDev: 38.58%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | 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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dubmax

Kansas

5/5  rDev +153.8%

06-28-2012 21:40:10 | More by dubmax
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mwar

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +115.7%

11-27-2012 00:03:55 | More by mwar
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chrisfairbanks

Nebraska

4.1/5  rDev +108.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is a 40 of MALT LIQUOR! it's not that bad. when it's cold you can down half the bottle pretty quick. no weird bitter taste. it's kind of like cheap miller lite. not a lot of carbonation, so you can drink it quicker. just drink half the bottle, put it in the freezer for 20 minutes, then drink the rest.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 12:45:58 | More by chrisfairbanks
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev +81.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 21:42:47 | More by puboflyons
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.58/5  rDev +81.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 16:22:29 | More by RonaldTheriot
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matty

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev +71.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow colored beer with a rapidly fading head that actuslly laces the glass.Aroma is pretty much standard for a malt liquor.Taste is watery and sweet but in an unoffensive way.I would actually go to say this might be the best malt liquor I've had.I usually don't drink malt liquors but I saw it at the store and thought I haven't reviewed this one yet,and It actually turned out to be a pleasant surprise.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 04:10:11 | More by matty
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tesguino

Mexico

3.35/5  rDev +70.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2007 21:19:55 | More by tesguino
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zachary80

Indiana

3.35/5  rDev +70.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clearly labeled freshness date of March 14th, 2011
Reviewing this one to style

Decent head for the style. Color is good but maybe a little light.
Smell is average. Nothing good or bad there.
Taste is pretty good for a malt liquor. Better than many others I've had, but maybe a little weaker on the flavor. Nothing off-putting, which is an improvement
Nothing notable about the mouthfeel.
Drinkability is very good. Overall pretty good for a malt liquor

edit: Drinkability -> Overall

Overall it is above average for a Malt Liquor but not great

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 23:18:11 | More by zachary80
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ZenAgnostic

Texas

3.23/5  rDev +64%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

40oz poured into a Three Philosophers wine-style glass in order to be fashionably ironic. Considered drinking out of the bottle, but thought that would be too meta-ironic. Also, I wanted to rate the head. As if it matters. Stamped AUG2211 on neck. Anyway, lets crack this pig open.

Appearance - A hard pour gave a finger and a half head which looks like it's going to dissolve in the next minute or so. Why am I even rating this? Ultra pale straw body.

Smell - Strong corny sweetness. I'd have trouble telling this apart from a Warsteiner in a blind smell test. Not bad. Well, for the style at least.

Taste - Damn. Even tastes like a Warsteiner. Not bad. Again -- for the style. As a beer, the taste is still pretty base. Corn with slight musk.

Mouthfeel - Slight crispness. Sweet body with a strange finish. It's both dry and sweet at the same time. Sweetness on the lips, and a dry astringency on the tongue.

Overall Drinkability - Meh. There's only one product named Magnum that one should be proud of buying, and this isn't it.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 00:58:42 | More by ZenAgnostic
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ElCommodoro

Texas

3.15/5  rDev +59.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a pale amber colour, not too crystal clear, which is good for a malt liquor. Head is also good for a malt liquor. It poured white and healthy and didn't entirely disappear. I think I even see some lace.
Smell is wet grains. Very old-school malt liquory, if that means anything to anybody.
Mouthfeel is light and VERY high carbonation.
Taste is disappointing after the decent appearance and delicious malt liquor smell. That old-school malt liquor taste is there, but it's really quite light. It just tastes like high carbonation and stale grains, mostly. Oh well. I'd say it's an average malt liquor: boring, but not offensive like some of the newer, higher alcohol malt liquors. I won't buy it again when Olde English and Schlitz O.M.L. are easily attainable and far superior.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 04:45:55 | More by ElCommodoro
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BeerBob

Nebraska

3.13/5  rDev +58.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light tan with a fair amount of carbonation. Head stays around for most of the glass, then leaves some of the foamy stuff on the side of the glass. Taste is almost bright (clean) hardly any over sweetness or over hoped. Magnum 40 is a good ripping beer, if you want to get ripped and not get ripped off in price, (mine came at $1.23 for the 40oz in a clear glass bottle, and no skunk), this would be the beer.

All in all, I would recommend Miller Magnum 40 to anyone who asked.

Now this is odd, I still have a lump of foam floating in the bottom of my glass (after a few repours) and all the beer is gone! How can this be... I swear to you... this beer has the foamies.

I can’t get the foam to go away... AHaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!

Plop!

Break Break, Crystal Palace, this is Drop Kick, we have a mass of beer foam headed towards Omaha, NE...

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2002 17:21:54 | More by BeerBob
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jose

South Carolina

3.05/5  rDev +54.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Magnum really isn't that bad, because it really doesn't have that much flavor. Smell and taste are fleeting, and the color is about what you would expect out of a beer called Magnum 40. The mouth feel is pretty good and when ice cold very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2006 03:13:03 | More by jose
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Beermazter310

Nevada

3/5  rDev +52.3%

07-10-2013 17:02:45 | More by Beermazter310
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AggieOso

Texas

3/5  rDev +52.3%

12-11-2011 03:56:23 | More by AggieOso
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Golfrocket

Illinois

3/5  rDev +52.3%

07-30-2013 03:59:20 | More by Golfrocket
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Arsenal0328

Missouri

3/5  rDev +52.3%

04-11-2013 02:05:54 | More by Arsenal0328
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tone77

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev +51.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 23:32:59 | More by tone77
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Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

2.93/5  rDev +48.7%
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...

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2003 16:29:51 | More by Shiloh
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MRHviolin16

Ohio

2.88/5  rDev +46.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

The true budget malt liquor for the budget minded consumer who wants the most bang for his buck but wont settle on Steel Reserve. It is just as a malt liquor should be; cheap, adjunct to hell and with just enough hops to provide a level of bitterness and contrast to the beer that its noticeable but definitely not enough to break the brewers bank. The overall result is a very sweet and enjoyable malt liquor that really finishes clean and has an enjoyable taste but really is nothing special for the price but will definitely quench your thirst and give you the budget buzz you were looking for. Wish I could rate it higher but Country Club XXX and King Cobra had more going on then this malt liquor. Would recommend if you cant afford Old E 800 or if your store doesn't have Genesee at the very least, but not bad for the price and much better then Hurricane or Steel Reserve!

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 04:48:13 | More by MRHviolin16
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

2.85/5  rDev +44.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a pale yellow color with a puffy white head that was quickly vanished. Smell is very minimal with only a generic sweetish beer aroma. Taste is also sweet, but very restrained. Finishes refreshing when ice cold, but starts to lose its acceptance as it slowly warms. The 40 ounce bottle is best to share with friends so that it stays cold before being finished. Drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2006 02:53:59 | More by tgbljb
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bditty187

Nebraska

2.8/5  rDev +42.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2003 13:43:21 | More by bditty187
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Zorro

California

2.8/5  rDev +42.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2004 04:52:28 | More by Zorro
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buschbeer

Ohio

2.79/5  rDev +41.6%
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.

Serving type: can

12-30-2012 00:08:30 | More by buschbeer
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stumac

Texas

2.78/5  rDev +41.1%
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....

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 22:56:44 | More by stumac
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Tpitty23

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev +39.6%

08-05-2012 00:20:40 | More by Tpitty23
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Magnum from Miller Brewing Co.
51 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.