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Mickey's | Miller Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American Malt Liquor

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by pezoids on 07-03-2001

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Photo of ordybill
3.97/5  rDev +47%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the infamous 12 OZ big mouth bottle right into my pie hole. The appearance is a clear golden yellow with a small white head. The aroma is basic American Malt Liquor. The taste is a notch up on most malt liquors, I rate this in the same class as Colt 45 and Private Stock, I consider them uhhmm, err top shelf in the malt liquor world.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.08/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is just an easy to drink malt liquor, that's all there is to it. It's smooth and creamy. There is the taste of hops with a dash of malts, but it's the hops that run this brew. Overall though, it is balanced out fairly well. As far as smell goes, it's a little skunky, I guess cause of the green bottles. The head is snow white and sits around for a couple minutes, then dies out to a laceing. All in all, not a bad beer. It's something I would get if I am in dire need of something to drink. Hey, it's better than Bud, Coors, Natty, and Lite.

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Photo of rangerred
3.13/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz hand grenade into a pint glass.

Pours a clear pale straw yellow with a 1.5 finger head. Really good head retention and lacing for being a cheap adjunct lager. Some of the best I have seen in the style.

Aroma has tons of cooked vegetable and some Corn. There is caramel in there along with a faint hint of wet grassy hops. Not bad.

The flavor has a not so nice cardboard/plastic note but it fades the warmer the beer gets. Some caramel and creamed corn and cooked vegetables. Hop flavor is very faint and grassy with bitterness being light. Mouthfeel is more full than a typical AAL finishing slightly sticky and a little sweet.

Overall, not a great beer by any means but one of the best malt liquors out there. More flavor than many macros and cheap to boot. Worth picking up if you are drinking on a budget.

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Photo of budgood1
1.97/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pretty tame for a malt liquor. most ice beers have higher abv's than mickey's. that all said...one can really tell miller must use extra corn for the heart of this brew. pretty much smells and tastes like mega-adjuncts which isn't pleasant. but an underlying smoothness and decent mouthfeel save this beer from being on my all time worst beer list. if you can get by the smell and get straight to the bee stinging your brain then you've made it to where you want to go. ethanol in a green bottle.

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Photo of Drew966
2.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mickey's Malt Liquor pours a pale yellow with a white head from a green, twelve ounce, grenade shaped, big mouth bottle. Smells like corn and some alcohol. Tastes like corn and a little bit of hops. Much more drinkable than many other malt liquors. You could do worse.

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Photo of pootz
2.1/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had a bad experience with this beer. It was cheap, I felt the need for a cure to losing a fight with the girlfriend so it was bottoms up nite with the buds and this stuff struck my eye at the beer outlet. All I can remember of this beer is that it has virtually no smell or taste and goes down like lightning with the wide mouth bottle and kicks like a detuned Harley. I woke up the next day with the worst beer hangover I ever had.....they put varnish in this stuff to give it bite?

This is definately animal house sudz. If I had access to this in college I would never have made the engineering society grad list.

6 years later friends of mine came to a Bar-B-Q with this stuff and when Kevin popped the screw cap I winced. I have no desire to either sample this again or relive my boozy campus years.

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Photo of granger10
1.73/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Long night of drinking last night so I need something to help ease me in coming down. This is the only thing available. Looks yellow and fizzy with a decent head. This really shouldn't be poured into the glass, its a drink from the bottle type beer. Smell is all corn and piss. Taste brings me more corn and piss and maybe some alcohol though its not as boozy as some other malt liquors I've had. This reminds me of Miller High Life but in a bad way. Very rough, don't even think about drinking this warm. There's better malt liquors out there.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.23/5  rDev +56.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(40 oz "shatter proof" plastic bottle - poured enough into my Innis & Gunn goblet to fill it)

L: clear, sunny-yellow-gold liquid... what's scary is there's probably a tiny speck of dust in the bottom of the glass and the little trail of bubbles rising up off it is maintaining a fine, fluffy white head - really the head retention is just bizarre and wonderful... it laces like a champ, too! wow!

S: pure heaven... has similar phenolic quality to a tripel - I'm thinking Golden Monkey... banana, sugar cookie... this smells incredible!

T: up front, the taste follows the malt loveliness teasing in the aromas, however, it tosses off a smidge of generic (and possibly stale?) adjunct lager in the finish - this proves to be not a big deal as it slowly fades off into the back... faint peppery-spicy note in the aftertaste... the malt flavor is pretty mild and lightly grainy (cereal), lacking the dirty, syrupy depth I've found in others of its kind... still, it's light, dry and mindless to knock back - no real prominent booze element either

F: little bit of a sudsy tickle up front... quite a pillow-soft, fluffy flow carrying its medium-light body along

O: Mickey's gets high marks here... it deserves to be mentioned in the pantheon of fine malt liquor - easily a top 3 for me.... will be having this again and again

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Stubby green bottle looks like a grenade. Pours a yellowish golden hue that is clear and surmounted by a thin and actively bubbly white head. Very little lace sticks to the glass, and the head is completely gone within a few minutes.

S - Grainy and cheap, but not as corny or adjunct laden as some macros, and it's not as cloyingly sweet in the nose as some other malt liquors. Pretty basic malt liquor aroma though.

T - Balanced malt liquor taste. I say balanced, because most American malt liquors are corny and extremely sweet...pure cooked corn. But this...this is much more well rounded. It's not outstanding by any means, but it's much better than the rest. I also taste some diacetyl buttery flavors...buttered popcorn.

M - Medium to full bodied and quite carbonated. Feels like a "double macro lager" if there is such a thing.

D - Pretty damn good. I could session a few of these little green bastards...no problem.

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Photo of allergictomacros
2.78/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
2.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

BRAIN GRENADES! That sums it up! These short fat green bottles pack a helluva punch. Strong flavor of alcohol and a bit lower than normal carbonation. Two or three of these will leave you with a killer headache, hence the nickname brain grenades. For a malt, it's not to bad, but i'd rather have a Colt 45 any day.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I really like the little bottle this comes in, known as the 'big mouthed baby'. It looks like a little green glass barrel.

It pours a clear gold color, less pale than a typical macro lager, with a thin ivory head that lasts forever and leaves a plethora of lace on the glass. The aroma is sweetish and uncomplicated. A little bit of grainy astringency lies in the background. The taste is malty with some cooked corn evident. Herbal hops are subdued but more noticeable than any other Miller product Ive tried. The mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated. The finish is rather bland.

This beer is just slightly better than the average macro lager, its still pretty insipid, just more malty. Not going to revisit, though Ill keep the bottle.

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Photo of beerwolf77
2.38/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Cracked one of these with some friends for nostalgias sake.

Pours crystal clear golden yellow. About a half finger of stark white head. No lace no retention.

The aroma is pure skunky sweet corn. Maybe a hint of malt. About where I remeber it to be.

The flavor does not make any strides past the nose. Not much to this. Watery malt and corn. Hints of bitterness. Grass clippings come to mind.

Watery thin body. Lots of carbonation.

Overall I used to down 40's of this stuff like it was water. Now I'm lucky to finish the 12 oz grenade.

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Photo of Spikester
3.81/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale gold from the 24 ounce can, good amount of white head. Modest retention but a good amount of fine lace.
Aroma is all malts. I am sure they must use some corn but I couldn't smell any. Light amount of grassy hops.
Taste is malty goodness with just a hint of hop bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel is light to medium. Just the right amount of carbonation.
Overall an excellent brew for the style almost too good to be a malt liquor. Just think of this as a malt forward AAL.
I first had this about 1970. It had an aluminum flat cap with a pull tab on the green grenade bottle. I had to bump the rating especially for the appearance. The lacing is very impressive.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
2.48/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

355 ml signature green plastic bottle. Consumed ice cold, predominantly from the bottle. This bottle was advertised at 5.5% ABV.

Appearance - what I did pour out showed a decent golden color with a tiny white head and foam.

Smell - aromatic in that the adjunct aromas are quite potent, some sweet malt, corn and rice grain. Some skunkiness.

Taste - for malt liquor it's not too bad, nothing too funky going on as it drinks pretty easily. The sweet malt and grain are a bit too much by the end of the bottle, but it's not inherently undrinkable.

Mouthfeel - smooth with moderate levels of carbonation and refreshing finish.

Overall - it's not really good beer, but as far as malt liquor go, it's pretty drinkable, especially in smaller serving sizes where an increase in temperature won't make it too unpleasant. Glad I tried one, but unlikely to repeat.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.28/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the "classic" barrel shaped bottles to make you think that you are drinking a quality beer. Boy, am I convinced. This was sampled from a Duvel glass for the sheer novelty of it as much as anything.

Appearance: The beer had a small off-gas when twisting the giganormous cap off and it poured with a small 1/8" head of small white bubbles. The head was mostly gone within about 30 seconds and ended up as a small white ring around the edge of the glass. The beer itself is a clear orangish golden with only a sparse few bubbles rising.

Aroma: I get lots of corn in the aroma. So much so that if it only had a bit of diacetyl and burton water, it would probably smell like an ear of kettle corn or some such. The corn is there. There is a slight metallic hint as wel as some skunkiness and a tad of floral from the hops.

Taste: The flavor is somewhat malty with a mild skunkiness from the hops that is less than what I anticipated from the aroma. The corn is here in the flavor as well, but again it is a little more pleasant than the aroma suggested it would be. There is a slight metallic, but overall the flavor isn't too bad...considering.

Opinion: This beer isn't too bad for the category it is in. The flavor is of course adjunct driven and is lacking in body. When compared to some other examples of malt liquor, this beer is pretty good. For that reason only, I will score this one a little higher because I would drink this malt liquor over just about any others I have tried. It is a rot-gut beer nonetheless, but it is a quality rot-gut not found in many other examples.

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Photo of larryarms847
2.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a dark but clear golden yellow with high carbonation.

Corn and cereal grain sweetness.

Sweet corn and fresh grains.

Light-bodied, high carbonation.

Overall, a 40 of Mickey's will do the body good.

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Photo of Wildman
1/5  rDev -63%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This has to be one of the worst beers I have tasted. I think they created the wide mouth so you could chug it down like a shot and get it over with as quickly as possible. The color of the beer was like a faded yellow color and had absolutely no head. The aroma just reeked of corn or whatever odor creates that effect. The flavor was just hard to get a hold of because the finish is just so harsh with a lot of bit to make it impossible to really discern any. My roommate's exchange for drinking my Sierra Nevada Pale. Hardly a fair trade.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
2.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Enjoyed in the iconic wide-mouthed green bottle with riddle: "2 + picture of a hen + a picture of two animals that look like either cats or pigs + a picture of a winged insect" ... A fly! Got it! Extremely pale (just barely yellow) and uber-carbonated malt liquor with a sweet dank malt aroma like an old grainery full of corn husks. Ample corn on the nose is followed by the same on the palate, very sweet like old corn or corn syrup. A little fruity as well, maybe some almost vanilla-like floral notes. Extremely thin bodied and recalls soda water in this regard. Finish also pretty sweet with no discernible hop presence and a few fusel aromatics ... Not as much of the latter as higher ABV malt liquors. In all honesty this is not horrible if you realize beforehand what this beer style is supposed to embody: A sweet alcoholic tasting fizz bomb for mass consumption. I am tempted to try a Colt .45 now.

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Photo of TheSarge
2.97/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
2.88/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled 9/29/13. Chilled down to 36 degrees in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner glass. It's been over 20+ years since I had one of these. Comes in a cool green 'barrel' bottle with a wide cap. Doesn't have the alcohol content listed. Probably around 5.5% I would think.

Pours a clear golden-yellow with a 2+-finger white foamy head. Left lots of lacing when sipped. Good carbonation. The aroma was of grains with a light 'skunky' smell. The taste was better than the smell and wasn't as harsh I thought it might be for a 'malt liquor.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.23/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours out like a typical malt liquor but less viscous than some of the high gravity ones. Has more color than the typical macro lager. Has a bit of a rough, grainy smell, which doesn't surprise me, but the flavors are very clean for a malt liquor, I find. The lingering, corny/grainy flavors are there, but, like I said, it isn't as bad as with others. All around, this is one of the better malt liquors around.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
2.8/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just the odd "Bigmouth" bottles put you into a humorous mood. The pale gold color with the little fizzy bubbles traveling though the body up to the thin head is misleading. This beer has more substance than you might expect. There's a round and smooth sweet malt foundation in which some metallic hop and alcohol reside alongside some cornmeal-like flavor. In large gulps, which the brewer intended with the wide mouth bottle, an astringent medicinal taste is noticed. The aroma reminds me of wet rye bread. All in all, in the cheap Malt Liquor for the huddled masses-type beer category, not bad...not good either.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.05/5  rDev +13%
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

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Photo of mmmbeer
2.93/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. green grenade bottle with no freshness date - served chilled in a pilsner glass. It pours a yellow/gold color with a few big streams of carbonation and a half-inch white head that takes a minute or two to recede, and does so unevenly. As I drink it leaves a surprising amount of weblike lacing that definitely raises the appearance score. It smells rather clean with some grains and corn, and tastes about the same with a mild bitterness. It has a light and tingly body with a short finish, but it is quite drinkable. One of the best malt liquors and better than most macro lagers, especially for the price.

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Mickey's from Miller Brewing Co.
64 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.