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Milwaukee's BestMilwaukee's Best

Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Milwaukee's Best Premium

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-18-2001

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Photo of BEERchitect
1.75/5  rDev -15%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Aah it's a beaut. A true camper's beer. Would compete for the smash-the-can-on-your-head award. Unlike most beers, you have to drink at least four of them to decern any flavors at all. A powdery corn-like flavors. Some other vegetable and grain characteristics, but in too low of detection to identify. Quite metalic in taste and feel. Overcarbonate equals sandpaper on the toung. Light hop detection aids in drying and leaves the mouth void of flavor or body. I like this beer--It makes me appreciate other beers.

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Photo of kojevergas
1.65/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

32 fl oz aluminum can with well-designed label art acquired at the local 7-11 here in Richfield, Utah (I was desperate and there's nothing in this town). Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely low given the brewery. Best before September 16th, 2013. I don't see an ABV listed on the can.

Served cold. Side-poured gently as biting overcarbonation is anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger wide white colour head. No real creaminess. Thin, weak, pathetic. No lacing. Body colour is a bland water colour with a touch of diluted straw yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Straw, heavy corn adjunct, pilsner malts, and dirty stale barley. Some grains and cereals. By no means a clean or pleasant aroma. No hop character, yeast character, or alcohol is detectable. A crappy aroma of (fortunately) light strength.

T: Stale barley, straw, corn adjunct, and pilsner malts. Adjunct dominates. Heavy husks. Some middling cereals and grains. No hop character, yeast character, or alcohol comes through. Bland and boring as hell. No depth of flavour. Low intensity of flavour. Flavour duration is below average to average. Horribly imbalanced. No complexity or subtlety at all. Poor execution.

Mf: Crisp, smooth, and wet. Not oily, harsh, gushed, or boozy. Biting overcarbonation is the beer's biggest issue. Doesn't suit the flavour profile well at all. A bit thin. Lightly watery.

Dr: The dirty taste and dire overcarbonation really ruin this one. I'll kill all 32 oz with effort, but no way would I buy this again. Another garbage beer from Miller. If this is the Premium, how bad are the other Milwaukee's Best variants? I definitely wouldn't have bought this if I wasn't trapped in a crappy town in Utah. Avoid. Worse than the Busch I reviewed before it.

High F

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Photo of zeff80
2.23/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a very clear, straw yellow color with a good deal of fizziness. There was a very short-lived head of white foam. No lace.

S - It smelled of grains and little else. Typical of the style but still not good.

T - It had a caramel flavor with grains and a touch of bitterness.

M - It was very sharp and very light.

D - Actually, this is an okay brew depending on the situation. I works fine as a lawnmower beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.83/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Milwaukee's Best pours a surprisingly golden body beneath a short head of creamy bright white foam that holds fairly well before dropping to a standard collar. Some minor lacing is left behind. The aroma is a fairly generic combination of malt and non-descript hops. It's medium-light in body and quite crisp in the mouth. The flavor is as the aroma suggests. It's basic but clean. There's some bitterness to it, but not much is really needed as there's not really that much malt. It finishes with a dull residue of malt left behind in the mouth.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.62/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very pale yellow color even for the style, with a short white head that fades very quickly and leaves almost no lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, adjuncts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is starts out with the typical adjunct sweetness of most beers in the style and flavors of rice and corn which transition into a light but bready malt character. The hops presence is almost non-existent but that's to be expected in this type of beer. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Not very flavorful, goes down very easily and it's not too filling since there isn't much to it, mild kick, decent representation of an underwhelming style, for the type of beer it's made to be it isn't bad, but overall it's just another fizzy-yellow-beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.61/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

So he goes for another mixed sixer of the best of the worst from the grocery store this weekend. I grabbed six more "gems" and did my best to get them all down. served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/22/2010.

a really nice pour out of the can i have to admit. really decent color here with a nice head of white that was about two inches high and really hung for a good few minutes.

aroma is starting to go own hill but maintains a small profile i have to admit. corn, bready grains, hints of wet hay. about what i expected, though it did have a little bit more then the rest of the selections i went through. same bland lager taste, with a touch of a light bitterness in the finish and a crisp, clean and even flavor.

overall it was not terrible, but i doubt i would go there again. i did not really mind it per se.

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Photo of Jason
1.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: 40 oz brown bottle, no freshness date or anything else about the beer on the label.

Appearance: Pale golden straw colour, very clear and bright. Lean white lace skims on the top of the brews.

Smell: Astringent grain and cooked cereal adjuncts are all that are in the aroma. Not very appealing.

Taste: Light bodied with grain and cooked corn flavours. Thin malt flavour with a touch of sweetness, quite weak to say the least. Hops are used up and just there for a processed bitterness. Slight impression of alcohol, graininess gets husky and bitty on the palate. Somewhat dry and still grainy in the finish.

Notes: A very sub-premium lager, you know it is cheap crappy beer when they are selling it for $1.75 for a 40 oz bottle. A bit hard to put down and not very clean … a rough around the edges cheap lager.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.93/5  rDev +42.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tick #2000. What better beer to celebrate such an occasion than this?

A: A rather impressive pour. Clear golden/yellow with a finger of white head and a touch of lacing. Rather aggressive carbonation.

S: Smells sweet and full of corn. Some white grape juice and apple juice too. A little bit of grain and a touch of metal. No really off or offensive aromas, though.

T: Sweet corn and grain make up the bulk of the flavor. No real hop flavors here. There is a touch of grainy sweetness to it and perhaps some more of the grape juice sweetness as well.

M: Light in body with a moderate to high carbonation.

D: I was surprised. This is nowhere near as bad as I had remembered from many drunken nights at the fraternity house.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.32/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

From 03/24/14 notes. Can leftover from a month or two ago someone bringing it over. April 7, 2015 best by date on the bottle of the can. 12 oz. can into a pint glass.

a - Pours a somewhat clear golden-yellow color with inch of off white head and high carbonation evident. Looks like a typical AAL, not great.

s - Smells of corn, very skunked, bread, grains, dough, and earthy malts. Not good at all with lots of sweet corn and some skunkiness. Pretty terrible.

t - Taste is not skunked and much better than the nose, though not good. Sweet corn, bread, grains, yeast, dough, biscuit, and earthy notes. Not good, but not the worst.

m - Light body, a bit watery, and high carbonation. Too carbonated.

o - Overall not a good beer at all, though honestly not the worst of the AAL's. Nos eis terrible but the taste isn't oto bad, and same look and body as the rest. In the bottom half of the normal shelf AAL's but not the worst.

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Photo of woodychandler
1.97/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

CAN you believe it? My local place will sell me a single of just about anything at this point.

I bought a tall boy can which I then poured into a glass, producing two finger's worth of bone-white, foamy head which slowly reduced to about a half-a-finger's worth and then experienced decent retention. The color was a light yellow with NE-quality clarity. The nose was slightly sweet, somewhat lager-like, but underlain with a musty, metallic quality. Mouthfeel was thin and watery with only a faint sweetness on the tongue. Finish had a graininess accompanied by a metallic aftertaste. Oof. I would not recommend allow this to achieve anything close to room temperature. Heck, I would not recommend this, period.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
2.25/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Paid $2.89 for a sixer of 16 oz. cans. I don't know if I've ever paid less for that much beer. Milwaukee's best is pale yellow in color with a small soapy head. Retention is non-existant. The aroma is typical of the average adjunct lager, however probably less sweet smelling than most. There isn't much here to talk about, this beer has all the bad tastes of adjunct lagers without some of the possible good flavors of grains or mild sweetness. This is pretty tasteless, which probably makes it easy to drink, but you can do a lot better for a lawnmower beer. Spend the extra 50 cents or dollar and get a Pabst product.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
1.28/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Alright welcom to college, this beer packs a pale yellow golden tone with a white vibrant tone thin fizzy and fastly disipating. Aromatics is thin mild not too astringent but packed chalk full of cooked veggies adjuncts. Slightly sweet carbonated water no real flavor this beer is such a mass produced swill beer, I haven't drank it since high school keg parties wow I haven't missed a thing. Flavor has no hops to be detected cheap and drinkable in quantity thin as water in texture and taste never buy it if you really want beer.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
1.55/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours out a faded, shadow of a pale, dull yellow color, head is an ordinary bit of fluff, but short lived.
Aroma, barely qualifies, devoid of any character, but a dry, corny nothingness.
As for taste, again, the word has to have a new meaning to even apply in this instance. There is no flavor, no body, no finish, naught but a rough unpleasantness, that made me do nothing but wince, grimace, and growl. The alcohol isn't strong, but there's so little else around it, that it sticks out and pounds itself into the brain. I feel a headache coming on already.
There's absolutley no pleasure to be felt in the company of this can, but there's no doubt that Miller intends it that way. Meant to tossed back swiftly, by the casefull, if possible. There's a sickly sweet & sour taste that furthers the feeling of unpleasantness that is the hallmark of this monstrosity.
I'm going to have to pour the remainder out, for it seems like forever since I've started on this can, and like to taste a happy moment again!
Time for a real beer, but before I leave the Beast behind, let us contemplate the phrase on the label, below the lie "premium beer." "Classic taste at it's Best" It brings to mind this riddle: how many un-truths can you stuff into five words?

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Photo of Billolick
2.35/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 ounce can sampled, yeah now we are livin' large. Only cost me .60 cents in that beer rip off zone known as Grand Central station in NYC (Duane Reade also has Heineken for $1.30 a bottle...)Pours the expected light pissy yellow, medium bubble head, snow white. Nose of corn, very light bodied and quite watery. Next to no malt or hops noted. Crisp and cleansing of the palate,slight metalic note. Only decent on a very hot day

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Photo of Tone
1.92/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, pale, yellow. Little head with no retention and slight lacing. Smells of adjunct in lager. Fits the style. A crisp feel with low carbonation. Tastes of a weak lager with lots of adjunct. Overall, not worth recommending. The body is too weak for anything but drinking a lot of beer and not getting full (getting smashed).

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Photo of drabmuh
2.59/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Best, implying better than others.

Beer poured from a can into a pint glass. Beer is yellow and completely clear. Carbonation is steady and made up of large bubbles. A thick white head forms and falls away to a thin, small head that is pretty steady. Head is made up of medium bubbles. Very uniform.

Aroma is almost apply. There is some funk in the aroma, only slightly. Not much to speak of, almost smells sweet.

Thin and watery. Almost no flavor until the aftertaste. Its not as bad as I was expecting, just nothing much at all. It has the mouthfeel of water, lots of carbonation in the mouth, no bitterness, overall I'm just really bored. I couldn't drink too many of these but one was enough.

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Photo of WesWes
2.63/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a very pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is less than average. It has a pale malt scent with the addition of adjuncts. It is dry and slightly bitter from hops and lager yeast. The taste is horrible. It is tasteless and bland. It has no character and doesn't even refresh. It has decent mouthfeel. It is a low bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a less than average lager. It has little flavor and less aroma. It's one and done for me.

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Photo of Wasatch
1.53/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a light yellow color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slight hop note. Light body. Not drinkable, would not buy again.

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Photo of tone77
2.74/5  rDev +33%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a very pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit, certainly some corn here. Taste is crisp and basically flavorless, some mild bitterness. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall there is nothing special about this beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.25/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a glass.
2$ for a pounder at a local bar.

Appears a sickly palest of yellow bordering on green...

Smells of corn.

Taste is light cooked veggies with some corn meal. Some slight bitterness coupled with a metallic twang.

Mouthfeel is slick and gone in a flash.

I don't even know why I drank this in the first place. I disappoint myself.

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Photo of flagmantho
2.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured from 24oz can into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: yellow hue which is neither a rich gold nor a pale straw; kind of artificial. Other than that, the beer's got good clarity, a good effervescence and a two-finger cap of off-white foam. Not too bad, for the style.

Smell: kind of a grainy aroma with an off-putting plasticy thing going on. Pretty mild, so it's not horribly offensive or anything.

Taste: light and mostly inoffensive. Somewhat grainy and watery; it's less offensive than the aroma. Still, not great overall, as there is pretty much nothing here.

Mouthfeel: almost nonexistent. Watery and quite unfulfilling. The carbonation is appropriate, though. Fizzy and somewhat refreshing.

Overall: this is not a very good beer, but I readily admit I have had much worse. Beast indeed, but not a complete abomination.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.51/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the newly designed can no. SEP0610-B05072154. Sampled on June 4, 2010. Well, the new can design highlights it as a "Premium" beer. It pours straw yellow with a ton of carbonation rising to a quick burst of fizzy head that dissipates. The aroma is really nothing at all. Maybe a little bit of grains, rice, and a faint hint of hops. The mouthfeel is thin. The taste has a micro-spoon more in malts than the aroma but it is otherwise very typical of adjunct lagers. Easy to drink many but nothing to remember it by.

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Photo of clayrock81
1.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I had to laugh when I read reviews of this because I couldn't agree more - this is a college beer everyone should experience in their younger days. I laughed because I remember this and Beast Ice before turning 21 were staples in my college partying days. the regular Beast wasn't my preferred option because I wanted to get drunk, but it is a better beer. The smell is slightly more grainy and less metallic, and it has a smoother slide compared to the bitter Ice. That doesn't mean it is good or anything, in fact it is quite pungent also, but not too horrible. Probably one of the cheapest domestics you can get and for good reason.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.41/5  rDev +17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a...forgive me..urine yellow with a compact fizzy white head that quickly gave way to a fizzy surface covering. Visible carbonation was very strong.

S: slight corn and soft lemon hopping.

T: The initial flavor starts out sweet with some sugary notes and cereal grains. Theres a soft sour lemon bread hopping before it finishes with some malt sweetness to balance it out. Overall the flavor was not bad and moderately average.

M: light, with a buttery slick consistency with almost no carbonation detected. A light sour lemon hopping upon the swallow.

D: Do-able in a tight situation but wouldn't push it and certainly wouldn't brag about it.

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Photo of Bitterbill
1.46/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

12oz can, best by May 3, 2010.

Pours a yellow gold with a decent 1/2 finger of foam.

Very light nose, which may be a good thing, of some grain and slight bitterness.

Tastes like water with slight bitterness and grain....a very weak tasting brew and again, that's probably a good thing. This isn't even worth picking up once a decade.

Very watery mouthfeel even for the style.

Drinkability? Not in your worst nightmare. Yuck.

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