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Mickey's - Miller Brewing Co.

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1,078 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,078
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 2.49
pDev: 31.73%
Wants: 8
Gots: 85 | 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 kinger
1.6/5  rDev -35.7%
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 +20.5%
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 -11.6%
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
4.18/5  rDev +67.9%
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 +32.5%
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
2.95/5  rDev +18.5%
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 +44.6%
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 +42.6%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
2.15/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.05/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of cbros
2.9/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of bort11
2/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of rye726
1.3/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of Offa
3.03/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of hwwty4
3.25/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of cdkrenz
2.9/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Short/Long & S wheat

A - Clear orange body with fizzy head that comes quick but is gone just as fast.

S - Malt and soap scent.

T - Thick malty flavor. It seems to carry with it a sublte honey flavor.

M - It has a heavy feel to it. The flavor is felt on the very center of my tongue.

~ Great to session in my opinion. For the price you really are getting a decent beer. I'll have another.

"Short & Sweet"

Photo of pokesbeerdude
2.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thursday night is always forties night. Time to review some of this stuff...yikes.

A: Pours a pale straw color, with a huge head that reduces to nothing, not that impressive, looks a little darker than the common lager.

S: This doesn't smell good, corn, malts, no hops, metal.

T:Tastes a lot like corn, and bad malts, something sorta spoiled. Eh, nasty metallic aftertaste, but not as bad as others in the style. Little bit of bitterness at the end, but they aren't from the hops.

M: Not particularly great, but fairly smooth, no bitterness, and the carbonation really dies outside of the bottle. Nothing special here.

D: The only redeeming quality of this stuff is that I can drink a lot of it, and a lot of it quickly. This is a great get drunk and be stupid beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.83/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Photo of Deadstar
2.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I spent a few minutes at my favorite bottle shop and picked this up. I wasn't looking to buy anything expensive, so this easily fit the bill. Anyways, on to the review.

Appearance: Nothing really notable, straw yellow in color with a 2 finger fizzy head when poured into my glass. The head subsides quickly and the drink itself is quite carbonated.

Smell: Not much in the nose here, something sweet perhaps?

Taste: Sweet, but you can also taste a touch of alcohol on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Quite a bit of carbonation but not really heavy. Not unpleasant.

Drinkability: This one goes down pretty easy and doesn't feel that filling. Quite drinkable.

To be honest, I kind of like the "Crappy" malt liquors. Many come in large sizes (40oz) and I can sit and enjoy a movie or other entertainment and unwind with them on the cheap. Overall, I've had other ML's that aren't as pleasant to drink as this one. Not too bad.

Photo of allergictomacros
2.75/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - I feel a little guilty doing so, but poured into a glass anyway. Quickly forms a nice big white head that drops just as fast. Decent lacing.

S - Sweet, metallic macroish smell.

T - Wierd chemically sort of taste with a faint boozy undertone. Some bitterness and sweetness.

M - Light and painfully fizzy.

D - It is what it is. An easy drunkin' brew without a lot of flavour but not really offensive either.

Photo of watchnerd
2.45/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a plastic Bacardi cup from a 40 oz bottle brought by a coworker to Friday beer bash.

The aroma is the worst part - nasty, smelling vaguely like a urinal or well-used athletic cup. It has a definite eau du wee.

That being said, either I got a special fresh batch, or Mickeys has actually gotten better over the years. I remember it being far more foul many many many years ago.

Photo of mfreire212
2.75/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

OK, is there any other way to really enjoy this offering then from a big mouth bottle? You have to like the barrel design and the puzzles on the bottom of the cap are interesting to ponder (although they get much harder the more of this you drink).

A: poured really cold (from the cooler) into a pint glass. Light yellow, almost clear color. Bright, white head which vanishes quickly. Leaves some residue on the glass as you drink your way to the bottom.

S: not much going on here, perhaps I muted things a bit with the serving temperature. After a few minutes, I detected the faint smell of sweet corn.

T: smooth, actually. I was a bit apprehensive before the first sip, since other malt liquors that I have tried are pretty harsh (talking to you King Cobra). A bit sweet at first, followed by a moderate bite on the back end.

M: pretty watery, which is enhanced by how quickly it leaves the palate.

D: you could definitely drink a few of these, especially for the price. However, I have a feeling that you would be making reservations for a pretty good headache the next day. Overall, there are worse malt liquors out there, so Mickey's gets my vote if you are in the mood for some malt.

Photo of jayfarley3
2.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

poured from a short 12oz grenade shaped bottle into a pint glass. pours a very clear golden straw color with a thin white head that dissapates quickly. smell is pretty faint, typical light lager smell.
taste is not great but not offending. this is a light bodied and very easy to drink beer.

Photo of sbe1
2.83/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Among the better cheap malt liquors. Serving type: the classic 12oz. green "Big Mouth".

Appearance: A weak fizzy head that vanishes before you realize it was ever there. Golden urine/ginger ale color. No worse than most malt liquors.

Smell: Corn, malt, sugar, slight floral notes.

Taste: Clean grain/corn and malt taste. Sweetness, carbonation and an oily, dull alcohol undertone. A crisp dryish finish.

Mouthfeel: Fine. No worse or better than any macrobrew. Basically thin and light, the carbonation is the only noteworthy aspect.

Drinkability: Better than Olde English or a lot of other malt liquors. The best thing I could say is that I'd drink it over bud any day, but then I'd drink most things over bud any day.

Photo of clayrock81
2.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Now, even I think I'm crazy for giving a malt liquor a score over 2. But, there's two things to consider here. This malt liquor, compared to its peers, has less ABV, meaning that there is more water and less of a pungent taste. I don't really have to describe anything here, but it breaks down like this. Light gold color that you can see thru, the smell is not like paint thinner like an Old E or a Hurricane (yech!) but of a watery hop-substance, and the taste is somewhat foul but smooth. The other advantage that Mickey's has over the other malt liquors (and I am not talking about the goofy sayings on the cap) is the grenade bottle. For those who don't know, rather than the normal bottle which, on a guess, is 6 inches from bottom to start of neck and holds about 2 oz. each, this bat boy is 3 inches tall and there's 4 oz per inch. Oh, and the other reason it is called the grenade is because it's green (The bottle, not the beer). You end up drinking one in about 2 minutes, and then after about four or five a strong buzz creeps over.

Mickey's from Miller Brewing Co.
60 out of 100 based on 1,078 ratings.