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Mickey's - Miller Brewing Co.

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1,106 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,106
Reviews: 311
rAvg: 2.48
pDev: 31.45%
Wants: 10
Gots: 124 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Malt Liquor |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: pezoids on 07-03-2001

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.4/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Well, I doubt I'm saying anything we don't already know. This stuff is shhhiiity. Nasty yellow appearance leaving nothing in terms of head, lacing or retention. Horrible dumpster 4 day old beer smell.

Taste isn't the worst thing I've drank, but it's close. I guess it gets better the more you drink of it, and it is cheap . . . but all you can taste is the alcohol, which isn't even all that high. Brutal.

Photo of Hovellord
3.6/5  rDev +45.2%
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).

Photo of ShogoKawada
2.5/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

More malt liquor... let's do it! 22oz bottle, $1.60, poured into standard pint.

A- Pale, pale, pale. Nice 3-finger head, big gassy bubbles, settles quickly, but doesn't fizz out. Well, it does... 5 minutes after pour and there's a thin film.

S- Smells like your standard adj. lager. Corn/grain, mild sweetness, not much else. Very light for a malt liquor.

T- Very beer-y. Kind of stale malt/grain combo... like old cheerios. Sweetness is perhaps a bit too much. The warmer it is, the grosser it gets, FYI.

M- Too sweet, thankfully light, but not entirely rewarding.

D- Eh... I can drink a cold one, but would rather reach for something else. at 5.6%, this one isn't as heavy or as demanding as some other malt liquors. I can't say I'd buy it again, even at the incredible price point.

Photo of thedrewski86
3.6/5  rDev +45.2%
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.

Photo of burnerfinger
3.21/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the storied Mickey's BigMouth 12oz bottle. I drank this in high school long before I knew how to appreciate beer. I guess the novelty of the bottle was the reason.

A poured from the 12 oz bigmouth bottle into my goblet. pale amber straw colored brew with a bleched white head of 1 finger that settles to almost nothing quickly. heavyily carbvonated. this is a pretty beer in the sense of most american macros.

S crisp clean slightly matly aroma. I'm starting to like this a lot more than I expected.

T: OK here goes: (long pause) not much here at all. this is more watery that anything else. I do catch just a note of bready taste. NO sign of hops at all.


D: this is extemely drinkable. flows down to the gullet quick as you like. not a quality beer at all, almost devoid of flavor, but again oh so easy to drink. I guess it caters to a certain audience. WIll buy this again for times I want to slum it.

Photo of Bookseeb
2.14/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance is a light golden yellow with a thick crisp head and fair lace for a malt liquor. Smell is slightly sweet with corn, yeasty with hops. Taste has the adjunct flavor to it, a little metallic and stale hops. Mouthfeel is is light with a good amount of carbonation. Not one I would willingly buy again, it kinda left a light bitter metallic aftertaste I didn't quite care for.

Photo of TheSarge
2.97/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I thought I'd slum it today, and try this 40oz for a swill. I think this is my first malt liquor review!

Pours with good clarity, lousy soapy white head that disappears too quickly. Body color is gold.

Smell is corn and tobacco.

Taste is husky corn and grain, with dextrin sweetness and a tobacco like finish.

Due to no overpowering complexities, this beer is good for the swill, mowing the lawn, or BBQing.

Photo of mynie
2.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

We had a bunch of friends over to help us move. Took them to the liquor store afterward, since I'm a generous kind of host, and I told them to go nuts, this fine Indiana bounty is a marvel to us native Iowans. Two guys come back with FFF and this one guy has an armful of Mickey's cans. I tell him it's shit and he says yes, but it's the finest of shit, that canned Mickey's is the best malt liquor they make.

He--he might have been on to something.

This is really is a noticeable improvement over the 40 oz bottle. It's remarkably smooth considering its relatively elevated ABV. There are none of the off nodes you usually find in mainstream malt liquors--no batteriness nor skunk nor feet.

Instead, you get a rich profile of pleasant adjuncts with big nodes of corn and grain. This is balanced off with mundane hop essence. Nothing great but, honestly, I guess I just like the taste of beer.

Photo of tone77
3.24/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a green bottle into a weizen glass. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Has a sweet, malty smell. Taste is rather bland, not bad, but not very flavorfull. Feels watery in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall an average malt liquor.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
2.97/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16oz green hornet can

Appearance: Light-medium golden beer with a very thin white cap

Smell: Sweet grain, a little vegetal, nothing much going on here quite honestly

Taste: Mild and sweet cereal grain with light metallic notes

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied

Drinkability: Fairly high

Conclusion: I have a soft spot in my heart for this because of SLC Punk! Um...that's about all I can say about it, it's a drinkable malt liquor...that is all

Photo of LOCAL
3.58/5  rDev +44.4%
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.

Photo of GeezLynn
1.92/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

No need to waste much time reviewing in depth. What you need to know is that this is a pretty light (read: non-descript) malt liquor, sort of like the Natural of malt liquors. I remember the little grenades having a bit more character and a slightly salty taste, but this 22oz bottle is flat out boring.
It seems like you're really taking the slow option to getting crunked with this stuff, but I'd imagine it is less likely to produce severe hangovers.

Photo of lonestar1836
2.7/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear yellow no head to speak of (it's better left in the green 40 oz bottle)

S: a bit corny a bit skunky and a little metalic in aroma

T: malty and corny bit other than that not much flavor but that of cheap beer

M: not as watery as others but more carbonation than i like

D: i think i could handle about one 40 a year, i like OE better

Photo of drunkboxer1
3.32/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow with nearly no head. Smells pretty clean, a little grainy, not too fuselly like a lot of malt liquors. Theres a bit of a corny finish to him, but its not overbearing. Highly carbonated. It tastes more like an American adjunct lager. My go to guy for 40s, goes good with McDoubles.

Photo of puboflyons
2.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle marked 05189-C80820. Sampled on May 5, 2009.

Cinco de Mayo and I should have had something Mexican but instead I drank a Mickeys Fine Malt Liquor. The pour is pale yellow with a lot of bubbly carbonation and fizzy white head. The aroma has somethig slightly floral to it rather than malty. Watery mouthfeel and nothing special there. The taste has some vague hops to it but little in the way of malts as should be the case for a malt liquor. This is a get drunk beer and little more.

Photo of surfer4life
2.51/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I don't know why, but I just decided what the hell, might as well see if I can remain objective. Poured into a pint glass from a 24oz can.

A - Pours an absoulutely transparent bright yellow with a small head. Decent lacing.

S - Smell is like sourdough bread, throw a little sugar in there for balance and you have the smell that most bowling alleys smell like. Not impressive.

T - Sweet right of the bat, a bit like corn syrupy (probably is), small hops for balance and a bit of a medicinal taste. I guess for this style it's right on point.

M - Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation, syrupy but not in a good way, no aftertaste really.

D - Not so much, I regret having bought this although I would drink this compared to say a bud light. But I had to give it a shot.

Photo of weylinfidler
3.7/5  rDev +49.2%
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.

Photo of PintOHops
2.9/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 24oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears crystal clear pale yellow with high carbonation and a quarter inch soapy, bubble like head. Head dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing. Also has lots of large bubbles escaping rapidly and quickly. Nothing really inviting though. Smells of tart grapes, fruity strawberry's and bitey, twangy apples. Some mixed vegetables and lite malts but pretty clean and not much to detect overall. Smells almost like a typical American Adjunct, with absolutely nothing offensive.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of mixed vegetables, stale malts, and some citrus apple flavors. Finishes a tad dry with lingering malts and a little hop bitterness. Pretty watered down flavors overall, with a dominate stale malty flavor. As it warms, a stale, moldy malt flavor develops, nothing offensive though. Mouth feel is smooth, a little thick, semi syrupy and medium bodied. Surprisingly!

Drinkability/Final thoughts - Easy to drink all night long, no problems with that, the only problem is that around the same ABV I can get a typical American Adjunct Lager that tastes better. I mean, it's hardly a Malt Liquor, I really appreciate it's smooth unoffensive taste but I guess I enjoy a Malt with higher ABV. In flavor, and smell, it's kind of like a 5% Lager. So I give some props for that, Id say give it a try. Nothing special, nothing offensive, just a smooth easy drinking Malt.


Photo of Brad007
3.85/5  rDev +55.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.15/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.94/5  rDev +58.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of yuenglings
3.2/5  rDev +29%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.19/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of tempest
3.1/5  rDev +25%
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.

Photo of KeefD
2.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Mickey's from Miller Brewing Co.
59 out of 100 based on 1,106 ratings.