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Mickey's - Miller Brewing Co.

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Mickey'sMickey's

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BA SCORE
60
poor

995 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 995
Reviews: 300
rAvg: 2.5
pDev: 30.8%
Wants: 8
Gots: 53 | 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 flagmantho
2.25/5  rDev -10%

Poured from 24oz can into a pint glass. Can't wait to review Mickey's ... it's got that sting!

Appearance: light yellow color, fizzy, with two fingers of white head on it. Reviewing to style, this is pretty average. Actually, it's better than some other macros.

Smell: it smells like ... college. The aroma of grain, alcohol and carbon dioxide is all too familiar. Horrible? Far from it. Good? Not really.

Taste: grain, sweetness and ... poverty. Call me unfair, but I have decided against letting this one warm up so that I can appreciate its nuances. You know, the flavor isn't horrible, but it really induces a sickness in me.

Mouthfeel: medium-bodied with a good level of carbonation. Average.

Drinkability: hoo boy. I may or may not be able to finish this colossal can. I think I am more comfortable consuming malt liquor on a dare than with an eye toward genuine evaluation. Still, drinkability has to track flavor on this one.

flagmantho, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.1/5  rDev -16%

12 oz grenade bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. DEC2710 printed on the neck. No info.

A - Lots of white foam froths up from the grenade pour. Decent retention is surprising and sticky white lace coating the glass is even more so! The clear pale yellow straw color is definitely not.

S - Skunky pale malts rise to the occasion and swarm around peskily. The poor aroma soon fades into a lack of anything at all.

T - Overly sweet pale malts flood the tongue with nonsense. No hops, no body, just artificial-tasting sweetness and husky graininess.

M - Sweet but cloyingly so. No body. Thin yet somehow, medium-bodied, with lots of bloating carbonation.

D - I raise this grenade in honor of my late friend Ben who, in college, used to drink these all weekend. With no disrespect intended towards Ben, I'll gladly pour this one out for him. I won't be drinking it.

BeerFMAndy, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of Bitterbill
3.6/5  rDev +44%

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!

Bitterbill, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of chippo33
1/5  rDev -60%

chippo33, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of WoodBrew
2.75/5  rDev +10%

WoodBrew, May 23, 2013
Photo of KAF
2.5/5  rDev 0%

KAF, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of atrocity
1.25/5  rDev -50%

atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
2.5/5  rDev 0%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of tone77
3.2/5  rDev +28%

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.

tone77, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
2.6/5  rDev +4%

24oz can...have not seen these in a long while. Freshness stamp on the bottom of the can is 22MAR10. Pours a crystal clear medium yellow color with a thick layer of white foam on top that is continuously fed by bubbles. Retention is actually pretty decent and leaves dots of lace on the glass. Nice looking malt licka here.

Smell is very corny and sweet. Has a mild sour note to it along with a bit of cardboard and grain alcohol. Not overly appealing, but not too offensive for the style.

Pretty smooth as the alcohol level is fairly low. A bit reminiscent of a bad cream ale. Body is light, as are the sweet grainy malt flavors. Hops are on vacation here. Not very good beer, drink it cold if you must.

twiggamortis420, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of WOLFGANG
2/5  rDev -20%

WOLFGANG, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of spinrsx
2.58/5  rDev +3.2%

355ml Stubby Bottle

Appearance – Clear yellow colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, bread, corn, malts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste bread/dough mixed with lots of malts, metallic notes, and some corn. There is also a touch of citrus. It ends with a malty/corn aftertaste.

Overall – There is a lot of taste going on here, unfortunately that's not a good thing in this case. It's very malt heavy and comes across as harsh. I actually got the bottle from a few girls at at a Christmas party who were all drinking this. They said they liked the bottle and the riddles under the cap.

spinrsx, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of RoyalT
2/5  rDev -20%

Appearance – Light orange in color and very clear with a lot of carbonation and a decent head.

Smell – The familiar alcohol-laced grainy mishmash of the malt liquor family is alive and kicking in this Miller offering.

Taste – This taste like The Champagne of Beers with a shot of gin. The flavor is subtle (read, “tastes like watered-down piss") and the booze is overbearing.

Mouthfeel – It looked heavily carbonated, but this ale was flat and thin.

Sinkability – This bomber bombed.

RoyalT, Mar 16, 2004
Photo of RBorsato
2.83/5  rDev +13.2%

The classic "Mickey's Big Mouth" ...

Clear light straw color with a large bubbled white head at first and active carbonation thruout leaves a thin white head. All adjunct aroma and flavor with nothing else to speak of but not bad compared to other Malt Liquors... Light-medium bodied for the style with a dry "husky" "malty" finish.

Per Miller website:
157 calories
11.2 g carb
1.2 g protein

($3.99 / 6-pack of short wide grenade-like green bottles with a wide opening and a large gold twist cap)

RBorsato, Sep 19, 2005
Photo of Lare453
1/5  rDev -60%

Lare453, May 12, 2013
Photo of puboflyons
2.83/5  rDev +13.2%

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.

puboflyons, May 05, 2009
Photo of francisweizen
3/5  rDev +20%

Presentation = a small grenade shaped 12oz green glass bottle with a wide mouth screw top cap. The liquid is plae yellow with a big fluffy, fizzy head that instantly dies. Aromas are of corn, rice, alcohol, and more adjuncts. The mouthfeel is very gluggable and for a cheap beer that is quite drinkable, this is one of your better options.

F

francisweizen, Nov 24, 2003
Photo of mrfrancis
2/5  rDev -20%

mrfrancis, Jun 29, 2013
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2/5  rDev -20%

ROGUE16, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ZEB89
2.5/5  rDev 0%

ZEB89, May 05, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -40%

DmanGTR, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of cokes
1.15/5  rDev -54%

12 oz. grenade.
Corn syrup sweetness on the nose, mixed with an increasing buttery sensation.
The same corn syrup shows up right away in the taste. Sticky and artificial tasting. Seltzer water-like carbonation scrapes the mouth clean of the cloying sweetness, but is annoying in its own right. Turns grainy toward the middle. Buttery and vegetal tones rise gradually throughout. Turns sweeter again at the finish with a (cheap) vodka & tonic alcohol flavor.
Artificially high carbonation, but once it begins to settle, this becomes totally undrinkable.
Unredeemable, even for malt liquor.

cokes, May 24, 2003
Photo of clayrock81
2.08/5  rDev -16.8%

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.

clayrock81, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of BGsWo22
2/5  rDev -20%

BGsWo22, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of mynie
2.88/5  rDev +15.2%

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.

mynie, Aug 06, 2009
Mickey's from Miller Brewing Co.
60 out of 100 based on 995 ratings.