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Mickey's - Miller Brewing Co.

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Mickey'sMickey's

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BA SCORE
60
poor

1,009 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 1,009
Reviews: 300
rAvg: 2.5
pDev: 30.8%
Wants: 8
Gots: 57 | FT: 1
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: pezoids on 07-03-2001)
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2.75/5  rDev +10%

t0rin0, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear light yellow with a 2 inch stark white head that fades to a small cap. Random streaks of lace form here and there on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grains and corn flakes. There is a slight buttery smell to this beer as it warms. Taste is of grains and corn flakes. Very crisp and clean with a good level of carbonation. Overall, a pretty average beer but not bad for what it is.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev +20%

djrn2, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of zestar
2.5/5  rDev 0%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev +20%

spycow, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev +20%

nmann08, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.13/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

"one night frank was on his way home
from work, stopped at the liquor store,
picked up a couple of mickey's big mouths,
drank 'em in the car on his way to the
shell station; he got a gallon of gas in a can.

drove home, doused everything in the
the house, torched it.
parked across the street laughing,
watching it burn, all halloween
orange and chimney red".

That's from the classic song 'Frank's Wild Years' which is on the classic (aren't they all?) Tom Waits album Swordfishtrombones. It was the first time I'd ever heard of Mickey's Big Mouth Malt Liquor. My only regret is that this review will come from a 24 oz. can, not a Big Mouth bottle.

Crystal clear straw yellow beneath a voluminous cap of dirty white froth that displays impressive persistance and lays down a surprising, though still underwhelming, amount of lace. The sweet, corny, grainy nose manages to avoid offending. It ain't much, but then anyone drinking this beer is unlikely to give a shit (I'm conducting research and 'horizon expansion' and wish to be excluded from that group).

It's difficult to distinguish this beer from other macro lagers. Yeah, I know that it's a malt liquor, but it doesn't strike me as that much different from the lower octane beer; maybe because of the low ABV. It's tastes of sweet grain, bitter grain and sour grain (the trifecta!) with a light, verging on watery, body. The beer is slightly skunky, but that seems to be part of its... ahem... charm. At least there's no deterioration with warming. That's an admirable quality, right? Of course, it wouldn't have far to go in a downward direction.

Maybe Mickey's is better from a big mouth bottle (or a chalis?). Maybe it was better before Miller began brewing it. Who knows? Who cares? Don't expect much and I promise you, that's exactly what you'll get.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 24, 2004
Photo of mikesgroove
2.9/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

huge thanks to the kind trader who realized i was working on this list and sent me this as a great extra. 40oz bottle poured into a tall pilsner glass, this one was consumed on 08/24/2010.

the pour was much better then i am used to coming out of a 40 for sure, dark amber color with a nice head of a finger and a half that lay on top of the glass throughout the session, aroma of wet cardboard, earthy malts, hay, corn, lots of grain, basically the standard here that i was pretty much expecting. nice medium feel was a welcome treat as it did not come across as overally thick, but not too light either. clean taste, although terribly malt heavy with a bit of a sting in the finish. still it was easy to polish off and i would not argue it against some of the others i have had lately.

overall not bad at all, i have had much, much worse an might do this one again on a whim.

mikesgroove, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of kjkinsey
2.5/5  rDev 0%

kjkinsey, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
2.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The pour is a crystal clear golden yellow color with a fizzy white head.

S: A fair amount of metal and vegetables. Lots of sweet corn and apple juice. There is a bit of grain and skunk in there as well.

T: This is actually quite similar (flavor-wise) to your average adjunct lager (probably why I used to drink it). Sweet grain and corn with a mild skunk.

M: Light in body with a fair amount of fizzy carbonation.

D: Eh, not as easy to drink as it used to be ("back in the day"). Still, there are definitely worse malt liquors out there.

womencantsail, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of ygtbsm94
1/5  rDev -60%

ygtbsm94, Jan 15, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -10%

jaydoc, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.13/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: From out of the glass hand grenade pours a clear, bright gold body with a thinnish, white head.

Smell: Sweetish, basic, bland malts and adjuncts with some faint hints of garden-variety flowers.

Taste: Same with the nose - sweetish, basic, bland malts and adjuncts. There are some faint floral qualities, but there's almost nil when it comes to hop bitterness. Watery, though clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: No thanks. It's a shame they redesigned the container, getting cut by those peel-back metal tabs was part of the fun.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My uncle introduced me to Mickey's a few years ago. One new years eve he got a case and we sat around drinking them trying to figure out the guessing game on the bottle caps. The beer might not be the greatest but at least they give you something to do while drinking it. Anyway it pours just like any other American adjunct lager I've had with a yellow body and A white head. The head fades and leaves us with sweet smelling brew. The beer tastes alright and doesn't have a bad aftertaste at all. It was a drinkable brew thankfully and it helped bring in the new year!

Knapp85, May 14, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev +10%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
2.48/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a snifter.

And, thus, following the good stuff, Swill Fest 1.5 kicks off, complete with a viewing of Human Centipede. This offering pours a clear straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, corn, and hay wet with the runoff from some dark, murky bog in the old English countryside, the kind of thing you'd see in some rustic Gothic throwback tale. The taste holds notes of corn, corn syrup, and a heaping helping of bad apple juice. Up until now, I was unaware that apple juice could go bad in this manner. now I think it could be a possibility. The body is a hefty light, with a moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, I think this gives yet another reason for why malt liquors don't get any real respect: They don't really deserve much.

TMoney2591, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of largadeer
2.25/5  rDev -10%

largadeer, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of emerge077
2.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can from a shady liquor store, the one time I don't check the date, the can is old. "NOV14 11" printed on the bottom. I was fooled since it wasn't dusty...

Pale straw gold, urine shade with rapid rising trails of carbonation. Compact white foam biscuit lid up top, slow to settle, leaving some lace in the glass, and an ever present veil of skim on the surface (surprisingly).

Smells like adjunct city, corn and possibly rice, rather sweet with apple notes from the yeast and some metallic, musty dishrag minerality. Wafting notes of misspent college nights and bad judgement.

Sweet taste, pretty astringent as it warms, cereal grain, wet paper, vague fleeting apple. Fizzy but relatively clean. In the malt liquor continuum, Mickey's falls a bit short of center.

emerge077, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of zeff80
1.95/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

It's been about 3 years since my first and only malt liquor. I thought I'd re-visit the style.

A - Clear, straw-yellow with tons of bubbles. Two-finger, white bubbly head of foam that does not last long nor leave any lace.

S - Not much other than corn and grains.

T - Grains and corn with a spicy alcohol presence - I can't really define it as hops but it was spiced.

M - Best attribute. Crisp, sharp and dry with a light bodied.

D - Still not loving malt liquors. I took my time on this one not to savor it or because of the high ABV - I just wasn't that interested it drinking more of it.

zeff80, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
2.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

355ml stubbie wide-mouthed grenade bottle, which actually kind of resembles a mini beer keg - I've seen these around for ever and a day, but never got around to trying one, until now, at a trendy new Jasper Ave gastropub, for X-mas dinner pre-drinks with my gal.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden straw colour, with a fistful of puffy, frothy, and bubbly eggshell white head, which settles at due pace, leaving some unexpected tight, sudsy and webbed lace around the glass - huh.

It smells of musty, and somewhat meaty adjunct grain - corn that may have turned in the field (ok, megafarm), overripe apple skins, wet, dank straw, and some backyard weeds for shits and giggles. The taste is a hefty cloying corn syrup muck and rice husk sweetness, a tame, I suppose, musty vegetal essence, stale dried apple and pear, and some damp cardboard pithiness.

The carbonation is average, and sort of airy in its bearing, the body a so-so medium weight for the style, slick, but generally all right in terms of its banal smoothness. It finishes fairly grainy, the corn trying to desperately climb that societal ladder, yet its inherent bland sweetness and mustiness cannot avoid becoming a singular unholy duality in torturing my palate's lingering patience.

Packaging kitsch aside, this is an otherwise obvious future pass for me - and I don't even get to laugh it off as a cheap throwaway purchase - up here, this beer sells as a "premium import". Jebus, I can't wait to get to our dinner destination, where I at least get to overpay for wine, and its fringe benefits.

biboergosum, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.1/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smells like grain and alcohol with barely a suggestion of hops,
tastes like grain and alcohol with barely a suggestion of hops...
...and it's supposed to taste like that!

It pours a brilliant, crystal clear golden body beneath a pillowy bright-white head that deflates immediately and then maintains only a thin collar that leaves very little lace.

The nose expresses the sweetish adjunct-malt and alcohol that we've come to expect along with a very minor note of yeasty sulphur. It's clean though...

Its medium bodied in the mouth with a fairly crisp carbonation that gently tingles the palate.

The flavor displays a mildly-sweet maltiness upfront, backed by some very light alcohol and a low-key bitterness. If they added just a little more hop flavor to this it could easily pass as a standard mass-produced American lager.

Overall it's not as big, sweet, fruity and rough as many others, however, it's only 5.6% by volume, which is only .6% higher than Bud. In fact, it's barely a malt liquor. But it's clean, well-balanced (given the style), and fairly nice to look at despite the lack of head.

NeroFiddled, May 13, 2006
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Mickey's hand grenades appears pale golden yellow tone with a large bright white quickly dwindling head leaves even fine lacing around my glass. Aromatics have cereal tones with corn and rice pulling up a chair, and mild herbal grass notes as well. Flavors collide upfront with cooked veggies, herbal notes, mild sweetness, and a somewhat metallic note though it finishes relatively clean after all of that. Mouthfeel is light bodied pretty thin with unnatural carbonation that tickles the throat. Drinkability is one of those ghetto college staples that will always sell with or without a marketing campaign.

WVbeergeek, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of Jason
3.03/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 40 oz green glass bottle, no freshness date. Tough looking flexing green hornet as their mascot. Under the cap is a psuedo-word of the day, “cam’-a-flu (n) Feigned illness to get out of work or a date.” I guess real winners of the world drink this stuff.

Appearance: Pale yellow, crystal clear with a thin white lace with a decent retention. Some of this sample was poured out to get a look at the head retention and true colour.

Smell: Light lager like twang, almost import lager-like. Minimal malt in the nose, quite clean.

Taste: Touch of smoothness within the crisp light bodied mouth feel. Very slim malt character, quick bite of hop bitterness that fades just as quickly as it comes in. Seltzer water feel to this brew with a pretty clean finish though a tag a long astringent flavour stays around for a bit.

Notes: Not much to the brew for flavour, quick and clean to drink. Big time college crowd 40oz brew, a step above Magnum ... the other Miller Brewing produced Malt Liquor. Not a bad web site they put out also … http://www.mickeys.com.

Jason, Mar 23, 2002
Photo of Slatetank
3.25/5  rDev +30%

Slatetank, May 24, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
3.08/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bad beer Thursdays -- two for one edition. This is simultaneously a well known "bad beer" but also a top 5 American Malt Liquor, neat. Poured from a green 40 ounce bottle into a Paulaner 1 L dimpled stein.

Beer is yellow and clear, heavily carbonated with a thick head of large white bubbles, actually bubbles of all sizes, no staying power though. It's gone before I know it's there.

It actually smells rather pleasant. Sweet, pilsner, it has a slight odd aroma to it but it definitely doesn't smell bad.

Beer is medium in body and has an odd bitterness at the finish...and here comes the boiled corn aftertaste. Bummer, you really let me down Mickeys. I was hoping for so much more. At least the aftertaste is short lived. I can say that much for it. It's drinkable, more so than the others, just not very good tasting.

drabmuh, Feb 25, 2011
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Mickey's from Miller Brewing Co.
60 out of 100 based on 1,009 ratings.