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Mickey's - Miller Brewing Co.

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321 Reviews

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Reviews: 321
Hads: 1,190
Avg: 2.68
pDev: 57.84%
Wants: 15
Gots: 191 | 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: pezoids on 07-03-2001

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Photo of MeMyselfNAles7
3.72/5  rDev +38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This is a good brew for the summer days. Everything from beach, to lakes, pool parties or BBQ's. The bottle is very deceiving, but the contents are ok. Very Good Cheap brew IMO

Pours a pale golden brew with a full white crown. No alchol taste or scent. Nice barley and sweet malts. Crisp refreshing and smooth taste. Nice aftertaste.

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Photo of Gaben
3.72/5  rDev +38.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mickey's I cant believe this stuff isnt rated among the tops 3's in malt liquor's , one of my fav beers with or without the differnt styles.

Appearance is plain , close to all the green bottle beers because I hardly ever pour malts out of the bottle.

The taste is pretty goot , It taste's like a dirty rolling rock / not as smooth but nice to drink or even slam at times.

Drinking this stuff is pretty easy , nothing you'll wanna puke on , simple because its a fine malt liquor and I recommend it too any beer drinker.

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Photo of MartyHeldt
3.71/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The best thing I've tasted that called itself "malt liquor."

Had a slight cidery taste that reminded me of my own home brew. Was clean and lager-like, not syrupy or sickley like Steel (yuk)

I had a 40 oz bottle and I was sorry to see the bottom.

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Photo of rednrag
3.7/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mickeys is one of the finest Malt Liquors in the world. The short stubby big mouth is a great container. This is a smooth, clean, Fine malt liquor.

I like it. Lots of people dis this fine Malt Liquor. I do not know . OK is it better than Colt 45 or Olde Englishe 800. I do not know.

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Photo of weylinfidler
3.7/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Looks like American lager (Bud) but even a bit lighter. no much head to speak of.

S: Nothing special, although you can smell the Alcohol.

T: Crisp, clean, not half bad. A bit of an initial bitterness to get over but not to offensive.

M: very clean, slight drying.highly carbonated but that is to be expected with this kind of beer.

D: could and have drank all night on this. The ABV will lend itself to a fun night but a whopper of a hangover. Have fun

Not only do you get a nice buzz from this but if you get the grenades/hornets, the short fat 12ozers, the caps have picture puzzles that you can pass around to see who can figure it out.

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Photo of mudbug
3.68/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From the shaped like a WW2 Grenade into, well no glass needed here, lets face it, this is what you want when you sit on a curb drinking alcohol wrapped in a paper bag . No excuses and no aplologies wanted.
The smell you should just avoid, anyone sticking their nose in this and inhaling is either stupid or drunk beyond reason.
The taste is sweet oblivion, yes, there is enough booze in this to get the job done quick and it's not unpleasant, kind of like a soft drink passed though beezelbubs bladder. grainy and warming and... familiar
I like it, I don't give a flying fig about the score here, it only supports my belief that most scorers are worse than me. and sitting on a curb will get you the truth sometimes. F you snob beerhipsters.

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Photo of WithinTheGlass
3.65/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thought I'd take a break from reviewing craft beers and dig into a good-old malt liqour.

A- The beer itself is nothing to look at. Light straw with lots of bubbles (think cream soda.) The bottles, however, are lots of fun. The little hand-grenade bottles feature fun riddles underneath the cap, and the 40's are.... well... 40s.

S- Not much in the way of complexity... Mickey's smells like cheap lager concentrate. Banana, rice and corn jump off of the aroma and really overpower any other scents.

T- I'll admit it... Mickey's is like beer candy. While there's no hop presence, very little depth and lots of carbonation, this beer tastes really good. It's sweet, but not too sweet. It's bready, but not at the expense of the fruitier flavors. It's malty, but still refreshing. Very easy to drink.

M- Pretty thin and lackluster. Definitely goes down easily though.

O- Sometimes you're out of money and need something to get you by. More often than not, Mickey's is my cheapest ticket to a tasty brew that really is pretty decent!

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Photo of MerkinMan
3.65/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I do not feel right drinking this out of a glass after the effort was made to create a big mouth bottle. I hope they still have jokes under the cap:

A: Fat little green bottle. Beer is clear in there. I bet it is golden-colored.

S: Mineraly and corny with what seems like a very faint hop aroma. Some alcohol aroma as well. This smells better than many other malt liquors

T: Not a ton of flavor of any kind - refreshing though. Faint cory grain flavors with a slightly hoppy finish. Finish is long and a little bitter. No alcohol sting like other cheaper strong beers. Finish is quite nice here.

MF: Light bodied and moderately carbonated. Prickly on the tongue. No heat, no creaminess.

O: Cleaner and more flavorful than many strong lagers I have tried. This is very refreshing and surprisingly nicely put together.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
3.65/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a perfect straw colour with a foamy bone-white head that recedes, but only down to a few millimeters that amazingly stick around. Smell is cheap, cheap, wet grains. Nothing else really. Smells a tad rotten (as beer should). This is very much an old-man beer. Something our dads or grandpas might have drank.
The taste is not at all bad. It has a good, clean, classic malt liquor taste. I don’t know why I used to think this was overly sweet. It’s really not. It’s plenty dry. It’s got a pleasant pungent quality I like too. Still, it’s no OE. OE brings malt liquor to a whole new lever of flavor and this one is really lacking in comparison. It’s far more interesting and enjoyable than a King Cobra, though. As simple as it is, it’s got enough of that pungent cheap grain malt liquor taste to pull it a bit ahead of some other malt liquors. It’s dry enough. Really wondering why I always thought it was sweet. It’s just sorta boring. Mouthfeel is very dry and crisp for a malt liquor. Pleasant if you like that, but I’m usually looking for something danker in my malt liquor.

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Photo of AbrahamRobert
3.63/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the kindof beer that you drink outta the bottle, which is kinda fun becaue

a.)its got a widemouth for faster consumption
b.)its shaped kindof like a grenade.
c.)its got a puzzle under each cap

on to the review...

It looks pale yellow although i've never seen it actually sitting in a clear glass.

It smells a bit funky, but thats to be expected from malt liquor.

Tastes kindof bland, with no real kick in the ass, and no aftertaste, which is suprising to me because its a heavier beer.

Feels a little thicker in the mouth than a standard budweiser, but nothing too slimey.

When it comes to drinkability, its a hit. One after another, this a great beer to take to a party and enjoy all night.

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Photo of Marc-sherwood
3.62/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is an old classic. Brings back memories of my poor college student past. This beer is clean and should be served ice cold. As for the beer snobs that have posted on this beer and complain of its high alcohol consider that most craft beers are well over 5.5%.

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Photo of thedrewski86
3.6/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Okay, why would anyone drink a Miller High Life when they could drink this?! It's cheap, smooth, has a good color and great malty taste. I don't consider this "slummin' it", this is just good simple beer. Let's face it, if you're going to have beer for a football game with a bunch of typical beer drinkers, even Sam Adams would be considered snob beer. Not that I'm suggesting you succumb to peer pressure, but at least there's an alternative to Bud Light. Plus, this gives a VERY nice buzz.

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Photo of Hovellord
3.6/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Straight out of a 40 (Mickey's ain't pretentious, so why should I be?).
The two strong points for Mickey's is the nice sweet corn taste and a smoothness that defies it's status as "malt liquor" (so what is barley wine?). You already know that it didn't really cost you anything, it's gonna do it's job, and you needn't feel remorse. Mighty satisfying when good n' cold on a nice hot day, or even in winter (alcoholic enough that you just won't confuse it with light beer). By the way, if you keep the bottle in the brown bag it came in while drinking it, it gives it nose (nice pulp smell).

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.6/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 40oz bottle:

Bright clear yellow gold with an inch or slightly more of foam. Surprisingly good lacing and head retention.

The smell is pretty much what you'd expect from the style. Some candy sweetness, some notes of corn, and a bit of hop bitterness.

The taste has that sweetness Malt Liquors tend to have but at least in this one, it's not over done. Some grain here with a decent amount of hop bitterness to offset the sweetness. IO can't call it grassy, or floral, or citric, just plain old bitterness and it does the job for me.

Ok, I drank a lot of this stuff back in the 70s, along with a lot of imports and the few American brews that were tasty back then ie Ballantine XXX, Rainier Ale, Sierra Nevada, Anchor, New Albion(long since gone), others that escape my memory right now and I *still* like this darn Malt Liquor and I don't think it's changed much since it was a Heileman Brewing product. I like it and I'm not ashamed to admit it!

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.59/5  rDev +34%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Green wide-mouth bottle...

...drank directly from the bottle. I poured another for the look: light yellow gold color with a fast fade sugary white head. A drop or few of lacing. Sadly beautiful.

Sweet smelling grainy malts, grassy. Obligatory skunk-e-ness. Delightful.

The taste follows the nose, minus the skunk. It's sweet, surely. Thankfully, it lacks mineral-it-is. Yummy.

It feels like a malt liquor should...feel, that is.

Better than the sum of its parts, as my numbers indicate.

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Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 12/14/2015. Pours fairly crystal clear bright golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of corn, cracker, light honey, light herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with clean and balanced notes of pale malt and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of corn, cracker, light honey, light herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of corn, cracker, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance and solid robustness of pale malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness after the finish as well. Very clean on lager flavors with minimal yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly grainy/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a good malt liquor style. All around good balance and solid robustness of pale malt and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and clean to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of LOCAL
3.58/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lets cut to the chase, this is a freaking Mickeys Malt liquor not a Westy 12. For a malt liquor this isn't all that bad. Lets face it, if you wanted something better you wouldn't have reached for the Mickeys in the first place, but what you get is solid. Malt liquor flavor without that nasty malt liquor after taste you get with most of them. This isn't gold people, but its pretty good when its free... in a 22oz bottle... who knew.

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Photo of ronniebruner
3.57/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

The best of all American malt liquors, being perhaps the only drinkable 40 oz bottle in the United States. The beer is skunky, high carbonation, has a great taste for being so skunky, and is very cheap. I think almost everyone on this site has had this beer at least once, probably as a teen or college kid.

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Photo of jwc215
3.55/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

40 oz. screw-cap bottle:

Pours straw yellow with a thick white head that slowly descends to a lasting wide patch. Some spots of lacing stick.

The smell is more of a macro lager than a malt liquor, but pretty decent within that realm - some grain, but overall quite clean and inoffensive.

The taste is of sweet grain, some cooked corn, a touch of husk and a but of alcohol. Honey sweetness in the finish.

The body is light and pretty slick.

No need to put this one in a paper bag. For this style, it's very inoffensive and very drinkable. A kinder, gentler malt liquor. It has a smoothness to it, and the taste is more than tolerable - a bit too sweet. Not as aggressive as the stinging bee on the label would have it, but very drinkable and inoffensive for the style.

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Photo of match1112
3.55/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bought these because of the hand gernade style bottle and the riddles under the caps. that's the only unique thing about this beer and probably the most enjoyable. poured these into a pint glass and got what was expected. clear golden in color with a tiny white head that recedes into a cap rather quickly. tastes and smells like sweet malts and grains. no hops presence is in either. the second best part of this beer is the mouthfeel with a medium to full body and a sweet creamy feel. overall not impresed but not totally turnrd off either.

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Photo of CaseyR22
3.53/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. green "Grenade" bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada hop tulip. Yea maybe it's not the right glassware but I just got the glass so I'm using it on all my beers. LOL

Look- Gold, clear as day. 1 Finger head that dissipates insanely fast. A tiny bit of splotchy lacing.

Smell- Sweet malts and corn, a hint of booze.

Taste- Honestly not bad, I was expecting worse.Not a lot of taste there, but I pick up sweet malts, a little bit of white bread flavor, and slight alcohol way in the back. Much better than most beers of this style.

Mouthfeel- Fills your mouth with carbonation. Typical of malt liquors.

O/A- Damn good "For the style"

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Photo of bbluemzbeer
3.52/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of my favorite malt beer. It needs to be drank cold and keep it cold. If it gets warm watch out.

Appearance - Pours a clear dark golden/copper color

Small - The malts smell really good.. Has a sweet aroma, with corn and malts being most dominant.

Taste - It taste sweet, very much taste the malt and corn . It has a bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - .Crisp, sharp and dry with a light bodied

Overall - This is one of the my favorite malt liquors. I drank for years still does the job,

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Photo of OveraPint
3.52/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I just recently purchased a 12- pack of mickeys just for the hell of it. I had never had it before so I figured I would give it a try since im a big fan of malt liquor. I was relatively please with it especially for the price. I paid about 10.99 + tax for a 12- pack so its a cheapy. The color was quite normal to any other malt liquor of its category as well as the smell. The taste how ever was very yeasty which I didn't really prefer. I don't recall any terrible after tastes. My only complaint is the over whelming flavor of yeast.

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Photo of joeseppy
3.5/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've never poured this out into a glass but always drank from the green stumpy bottle.

Smell for me, basically, is sweet malt and lager. Nothing offensive at all considering it comes out of a green bottle. And never was.

Taste is a not overly sweet malt and maybe some corn adjunct.

Malt beverage on the heavier side of medium. Otherwise crisp and clean.

Every now and then at a summer bbq, someone pulls out a Mickey's Big Mouth from the way back machine. Had a lot of these in the 80's and have always been impressed with their "ahead of their time" innovated bigger mouth format. Hard to session this but always fun to drink and hey, @ $4 a 6pk who could go wrong.

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Photo of MirkoCroCough
3.5/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six pack of grenades for five bucks. Best by 8/6/12.

Looks like Highlife.

Bready, sweet, with some booze lingering in the back ground.

Malts, adjuncts, mild hop bitterness and faint alcohol in the finish.

Light, crisp, just the right amount of carbonation.

Mickey's is decent and worth what you pay for. A tasty cheap lager. It is like Highlife's gnarlier brother. Not bad.

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Mickey's from Miller Brewing Co.
64 out of 100 based on 321 ratings.