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Mickey's - Miller Brewing Co.

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320 Reviews

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Reviews: 320
Hads: 1,179
Avg: 2.68
pDev: 57.84%
Wants: 15
Gots: 179 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev +11.9%
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!

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Photo of biboergosum
2.44/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
2.24/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.13/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
1.98/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.58/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.15/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.51/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.1/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.03/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

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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 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 drabmuh
3.14/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of mothman
1.36/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

About time I get my malt liquor reviews in. These may be repetitive because I am not an expert in the style.

Fizzy white head. Color is a clear pale golden yellow.

Aroma: Much like the OE, malts and alcohol. Corn. Metallic flavors. Very bland. It does have some other adjunts and skunky flavor though.

Taste: Pretty much the same. Bready malts and cardboard staleness. Corn. Off flavors all around, this time being skunky.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied, medium carbonation. Grainy and chewy. Ends bland.

Overall, not something I ever want to drink again.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.13/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

M-I-C-K-E-Y, Why? Because I want to bump up my bottle numbers. 'S, it's true, I'm ticking. M-A-L-T L-I-Q-U-O-R R U coming over? I have a 40! D-R-U-N-K. Woody's a fool, Woody's a fool, forever may his banner fly! No, I'm not high. M-I-C-K-E-Y-'-S!

Man, screw that "Back to the Future" action, this is more like "Peggy Sue Got Married"! This is the kind of drinking action that I did in my earliest prime as a teenager thirty years ago, asking random strangers to go into bars and take-aways to score a 40 or two (or more) of beer so that we could get wildly wasted and totally disrespect beer. I was at IHLNC today for the Winter Warmer bash and after a 5.5 hour shift, I did not need any more of that, nor did I want to give up. Queen Garden 6-Pack to the rescue! No better time than the present to get my bottle count up, up, up.

A foamy finger of bone-white head with decent retention, initially. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-plus quality clarity, allowing me to look through the walls into the neighbor's doings. Nose was comparably sweet with some of the high ABV offerings of today, but with a none-too-subtle cereal quality mixed in. Mouthfeel was effervescent and scrubbing to the point that I felt like I had a new palate. I kid you not, this was a very pleasant diversion after today's skull-ripping. It was plenty sweet with a lot of adjunct characteristics, but it was also a beer that I felt comfortable sitting with in front of the TV. There was nothing off about it, despite its being in a GREEN (oh, no!) bottle, but either pasteurization or good handling or both kept it that way. YMMV. Finish left me simply craving a Hammond's-brand hard pretzel to cut some of the cloying sweetness. Would I drink this again? Heck, yes! Would it be my first choice? Heck, no! Was it cost-effective/worthy? Yep. What would my back alley homies say? Hey, I've hung out and imbibed with them enough to the point that they call me "Pittsburgh" and don't throw their empties in my yard, instead leaving them hanging in a bag on the fence for me to collect and recycle. They'd applaud me. I applaud you.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.93/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Welcome to start of the Brown Paper Bag Invitational! In this short series, I will be tasting malt liquor for the next few days, and this is sure to be fun. The only other malt liquor I've ever had was Olde English, and I was greatly offended. We'll start tonight with a "light" malt liquor, the one with the stinger that looks to be on steroids...Mickey's! On to the beer:

Do you like your body pale? Very pale straw color, the carbonation bubbles providiing some attraction to the eyes, the soapy head providing a solid canopy thus far. The aroma is milled corn, maybe with a trace of the can...run-of-the-mill cheap lager smell.

Heyy....this isn't bad at all! The body is light, but the carbonation is conrolled well, it doesn't bombard your palate. This is quite sweet. Sweet corn upfront, then some mild corn syrup-llike texture and sweetness. The alcohol is there, but hidden in the background with a dull bitterness and kick to it. Semi-dry finish.

For what you get, this is a solid malt liquor without too many flaws. It's also one of the lightest on the market, so it may not be the best pick if you're looking for a quick buzz and nothing more.

I survived the first stage without any major wounds. We'll resume the Brown Paper Bag Invite tomorrow night.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.12/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. stubby green bottle,

A: Pours a very pale yellow with a large cap of foam after gushing out of the big mouth bottle into a pint glass. Surprisingly good head retention, light spotty lacing.

S: Very light, some grain malt is all I pick up from this one.

T: Very fusely with a husky grain character and a bit of wheat. Overall, the flavour is very light. Hop character is barely noticable but adds a grungy wet hay aspect to the aftertaste.

M: Low carbonation, very light-bodided, airy.

D: An average malt liquor, but too pricey for the style. I got bored with this beer far to easily. At least it doesn't become undrinkable due to an alcohol character like some others of this style are.

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Photo of tempest
3.1/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank straight from the wide-mouth, green stubby bottle - as it was meant to be. This beer is surprisingly not bad. I think there's some truth to the bottle's "Fine Malt Liquor" label. Because as far as malt liquor goes, this isn't that far behind Rogue fancy-pants Dad's Little Helper. In terms of flavor, this beer reminds me of a dull PBR. It just has gentle bready malts behind a vague sweetness. Completely drinkable and inoffensive. Worth a try, just because it's Mickey's.

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Photo of Zorro
2.55/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pour a clear yellow beer, pretty much what I expected.

Smell is mildly malty and grainy, no off flavors.

Taste is slightly sweet and is mostly of grain. Not as bad as it could be.

Mouthfeel is thicker than expected.

It is as drinkable as any other macrobrew.

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Photo of Wasatch
2/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a light yellow color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slight hop note. Light body. Not drinkable, would not buy again.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.06/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

(Served in a nonic)
A- This beer has a straw yellow crystal clear body with a big carbonation of large bubbles and a bubble white head of molten candy.
S- The soft green apple acetaldehyde grows as the beer warms with a light flinty note that is nice but soon overpowered. There is a faint field corn note in the finish.
T- The clean flavor has a slight tartness with a faint corn flavor that comes through on the exhale. The green apple flavor has a jolly rancher candy quality to it that gets stronger with each sip. M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a watery texture and a fizzy finish.
D- This beer is light but not clean. The tartness and corn and apple flavors are very pronounced and become a bit more obnoxious with each sip.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.8/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3


A: Pours a clear, bright, yellow with a creamy white head that left a spotchy lacing behind. Visible carbonation was soft.

S: The nose was light, with some corn and fresh grains.

T: For flavor there was corn mash, a light malt sweetness and a light herbal hopping. The beer finishes with a sweet corn malting and herbal hop fade. Overall the flavor was fairly clean albeit limited in complexity but did have a noticeable hop presence.

M; light, a tad watery with a decent herbal hopping.

D: Decent for an old-school macro.

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Mickey's from Miller Brewing Co.
64 out of 100 based on 320 ratings.