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Mickey's - Miller Brewing Co.

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1,095 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,095
Reviews: 308
rAvg: 2.48
pDev: 31.45%
Wants: 11
Gots: 110 | 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:
Beer added by: pezoids on 07-03-2001

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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.

Photo of AbrahamRobert
3.63/5  rDev +46.4%
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.

Photo of TheodorHerzl
1.31/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

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.

Photo of tbeck
2.23/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of kinger
1.61/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of tayner
3/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Likeburning
2.2/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of 7beerphil
4.17/5  rDev +68.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of johnd513
3.3/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DoubleJ
2.93/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.6/5  rDev +45.2%
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!

Photo of jwc215
3.55/5  rDev +43.1%
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.

Mickey's from Miller Brewing Co.
59 out of 100 based on 1,095 ratings.