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Mickey's - Miller Brewing Co.

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963 Ratings

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Ratings: 963
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 2.51
pDev: 30.68%
Wants: 8
Gots: 44 | 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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Photo of Brad007


3.88/5  rDev +54.6%

Pours a pale golden color with a one finger head that quickly fades to nearly nothing.

Aroma is strong with corn/bready malt in the nose. Nothing special here and to be expected.

Taste is strong and sweet with corn, baked bread and a touch of alcohol in the middle.

Mouthfeel is full of the same flavors as above (corn, baked bread) except that they linger. Not harsh or anything. Seems average.

Not bad. I was expecting worse but this really isn't a bad example. It's drinkable for what it is.

03-20-2009 23:59:57 | More by Brad007
Photo of ChainGangGuy


2.13/5  rDev -15.1%

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.

03-20-2009 17:50:03 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of MrHurmateeowish


3.95/5  rDev +57.4%

12oz green short bottle from Hannaford. Pours a light yellow crystal clear body with a half inch of short-lived white head. Smells like cereal grains, a touch of butter and hints of floral hops. Slightly sweet cereal grain, hints of caramel. Finishes very clean, as expected. Very light in body with ample effervescent carbonation. Super drinkable and really nothing objectionable about it - not even skunked despite the green bottle. One of the better malt liquors I have tried

01-13-2009 02:01:58 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of yuenglings


3.18/5  rDev +26.7%

Apperarance: it never left the grenade bottle that is whad gives it such a good drinkabilty with the wide mouth and all.

Smell: smells like malt liquor sweet and grainy

Taste : not as good as i remember it being when i was in high school but nothing unplesant about it. sweet malt liquor taste

Overall one of the better malt liquors i think it ranks right up their with old E

01-12-2009 03:04:42 | More by yuenglings
Photo of thekevlarkid


3.23/5  rDev +28.7%

Out of a squat 12 fl. Oz. bottle this 'fine malt liquor' was a perfectly clear, light straw gold color. The head was off white, short lived and left spotty lacing. The aroma was actually decent, slightly sweet pale malt, stale malt and some corny grain. The flavors were also clearly sweetened to mask the alcohol. Still, for a malt liquor it was indeed fairly 'fine' pale malt, hints of hops and a general 'wet' grainy quality. The usual musty and stale characteristics were there, but underplayed. The mouthfeel was slightly above average but slick, the carbonation good and the body medium/light. Would I recommend it? In a pinch, yes. Better than most of its brethren and generally palatable.

12-31-2008 03:12:05 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of tempest


3.1/5  rDev +23.5%

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.

12-23-2008 17:01:37 | More by tempest
Photo of KeefD


2.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Oh Mickey's, how you remind me of High School! Grenade time. Pours a crystal clear yellow color with a large white head that left decent lacing, surprisingly. Aroma is all corn and adjunct with the lightest possible amount of hops, but still somewhat noticeable. Grainy and dry on the tongue, only hints of sweetness on the back end before turning dry again. Graininess and corn is about all there is to say about this one. It's not as good out of a glass as it is directly from the grenade. Probably the only malt liquor I can handle drinking.

12-13-2008 03:40:44 | More by KeefD
Photo of AbrahamRobert


3.7/5  rDev +47.4%

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.

11-26-2008 01:02:27 | More by AbrahamRobert
Photo of TheodorHerzl


1.33/5  rDev -47%

My buddy left one of these at a recent card game, and beer shouldn't be left without an owner around me or it will disappear quickly regardless of who brewed it.

A: expected light yellow color. I poured very aggressively and didn't get even the slightest bit of head
S: Sweet corn, sugar, and grain
T: Syrupy sweet with hints of corn and grain alcohol
M: high carbonation that left a very dry finish
D: I wouldn't even drink this if I just got done mowing the grass on 120 degree day.

11-18-2008 18:22:22 | More by TheodorHerzl
Photo of tbeck


2.17/5  rDev -13.5%

Pours a golden yellow with a two finger white head. Aroma is of barley and malt with some hops mixed in. Taste is malty and bitter, aftertaste is like stale cereal grains. Carbonated mouthfeel, but otherwise average texture. Not recommended as a session beer.

11-17-2008 04:56:09 | More by tbeck
Photo of kinger


1.6/5  rDev -36.3%

Brain Grenades, the term we used to describe these funky green globes of potent power. Leave it to old friends to re-visit these dangerous beauties. Back in the day we used to slam these taking bets on who could finish the grenade in the least amount of "sips" regardless here I am and not much changes....Funky malt likka scent sweet and very grainy, appearance heh just keep it in the bottle which is sweeeet, tacky and sticky on the palate it bites ya, tastes like tomorrow's stale ale. Overall not a quality brew but a fun past time in certain circumstances.

11-11-2008 02:47:24 | More by kinger
Photo of tayner


3/5  rDev +19.5%

light yellow color, not much head and what is there doesnt stick around

smell was sweet corn and not much else.

taste was a sweet corn smell with only slight whiffs of hops if you hunt them down. Not off putting or bad, and not at all strong smelling

taste was on the better end of most malt liquors i have tried. it had a sweet corn flavor, and very little in the way of hops. carbonation was about right which kept it all in check. Not as offensive as others i have tried.. decent for the style.

if you want to hammer a few malt liquors you can do this.. not my thing but cheap for college kids I guess.

11-06-2008 20:32:12 | More by tayner
Photo of Likeburning


2.2/5  rDev -12.4%

Tasted in the "hand grenade" bottle with the little puzzles on the cap while watching a UFC fight for the sole reason because Mickey's is one of their sponsors, and the hornet looks pissed. As far as Malt Liquors go, it could be worse and this one is surprisingly sweet. Reminds me of college.

10-18-2008 18:33:33 | More by Likeburning
Photo of 7beerphil


4.18/5  rDev +66.5%

12 oz can poured into a pilsener glass:

A: Pours a dark yellow/light copper color, 2 finger head, mild carbonation. Head dies in about a minute, not much lacing

S: Sweet smell, some grains, not like the usual malt liquor

T: Rather sweet and malty, nothing unpleasant, can'y really detect any hops

M: Smooth and mellow, not at all harsh

D: Very drinkable, priced right for the quick buzz. I'd much rather drink a few mickeys than any ice beer for a quick buzz. Mickeys truley is Fine Malt Liquor.

10-10-2008 19:18:00 | More by 7beerphil
Photo of johnd513


3.3/5  rDev +31.5%

12 oz "grenade" which I chose not to pour into a glass. Smells of corn and a little malt. The taste is of adjuct corn and rice. The mouthfeel is smooth for the style and this beer is very easy to drink. Overall this beer is quite refreshing and unoffensive.

09-23-2008 01:44:25 | More by johnd513
Photo of DoubleJ


2.95/5  rDev +17.5%

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.

09-19-2008 03:35:48 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Bitterbill


3.6/5  rDev +43.4%

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!

09-07-2008 17:06:57 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of jwc215


3.55/5  rDev +41.4%

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.

07-28-2008 04:36:01 | More by jwc215
Photo of Halcyondays


2.15/5  rDev -14.3%

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.

06-21-2008 18:50:03 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


3.05/5  rDev +21.5%

Drank from a 40oz bottle. This is a great malt liquor but somewhat expensive for the low ABV.

A- Looks clear yellow with lots of carbonation and a foaming head

S- Smells like corn and wheat and a hint of alcohol

T- Tastes like it smells but with more of a wheat bread on the tongue and alcohol in the aftertaste.

M- Feels grainy and too alcoholic. OK carbonation covers some nasty feel

D- Drinks good enough to get me trashed very quickly

06-07-2008 05:02:11 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of cbros

North Carolina

2.9/5  rDev +15.5%

I swore by this stuff in college. I knew that a six pack of the 12 ounce grenade bottles would last me the night. It packed a mighty whollop of a malt liquor. A step above your OE's or Hurricanes, but not a big one.

Nothing special about taste, smell or appearance. You know what you are getting when you purchase this beverage.

Overall a blast from the past that has some special place in my heart, but not special enough to relive those days. I have moved on to bigger and better beers but I won't soon forget those old times.

05-30-2008 21:42:41 | More by cbros
Photo of bort11


2/5  rDev -20.3%

My crazy Irish fried swears by Mickey's for when ever we are slumming it. Strangely enough, I've never had one until now.

12 oz stubby green bottle with a wide mouth. Poured into an oversized mug, there is an initial fizzy white head that quickly recedes to nothing. No lacing. Color is a clear straw yellow with medium amounts of carbonation.

Smell is sweet and grainy. Corn is obvious. Taste is also pretty sweet, but not overbearing. A hint of alcohol spices things up.

Mouthfeel is light in body, but harsh in texture. It's a brainless and guilty pleasure.

05-28-2008 05:06:39 | More by bort11
Photo of rye726


1.3/5  rDev -48.2%

Wow, I can't beleive this was my drink of choice at times back in high school. Mostly due to a lack of knowledge i suppose. It is a golden color and smells like malt and alcohol. Not quality malt. The taste is not too bad, but not too good either. The body is fizzy to cover up off flavors. A bottle of this always made for a fun night and not much else. Except a bad morning.

05-05-2008 18:31:31 | More by rye726
Photo of Offa


3.03/5  rDev +20.7%

This is a decent, smooth, and drnkable malt liquor with nothing unpleasant, but also rather bland.

This has a big white head that slowly eventually diminishes to a small white ring and leaves no lacing.

The smell is sweet grain, corn, cider, and dough.

The taste is sweet, lightly corn-dominated grain with hints of apple cider sweet white wine. There is a definite, pleasant grain taste, especially in the long aftertaste. It has no bitterness at all and a very faint alcoholic spiciness.

05-01-2008 18:08:53 | More by Offa
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3.25/5  rDev +29.5%

One of the biggest problems with reviewing Mickeys on a fine Beer Forward website like Beer Advocate is that to really review a beer, you have to pour it into a glass. This makes Mickeys loose a bit of its ambience. Nothings better than drinking a ice cold Mickeys tall boy or large mouth 40oz on a hot day or when you just want to get that Trailer Park feeling. So, with protest, I poured this tall boy into my Smokestack goblet and it came gushing out as a straw yellow with a big, fizzy white head. The aroma is sweet corn. The taste is a generic mild sweetness that sits easy on your tongue. I have always wished that Mickeys would come out with 12oz cans or at least 4 packs but alas, I don't think its going to happen. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, to the point where it tickles your tongue. I think this is a very drinkable malt liquor. Unlike some of the other major Malt liquor brands, Mickeys is palatable and easy to drink. They don't try to push the envelope in terms of alcohol just to get you drunk. I'm sitting outside on a nice day, throwing some washers while sitting in a chair, watching my dogs, and smoking a Black and Mild. This friend, is Beer Nirvana.

04-28-2008 21:01:50 | More by hwwty4
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