Miller Genuine Draft | Miller Brewing Co.

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2.27/5
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Miller Genuine DraftMiller Genuine Draft
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
millercoors.com

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.66%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#46,518
Reviews:
669
Ratings:
2,518
pDev:
30.84%
Bros Score:
2.19
 
 
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2.28/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

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2.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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2.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of superspak
3.81/5  rDev +67.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

24 ounce can into lager glass, best before 6/11/2018. Pours crystal clear medium golden yellow color with a 1 finger fairly dense and rocky white head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of cracker, corn, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Touch of fruity aromas, but not overwhelming. Nice and pleasant aromas with pale malt/corn and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of cracker, corn, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, corn, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pale malt/corn and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and fairly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is a very good pale adjunct lager style. All around nice robustness and balance of pale malt/corn and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. Very flavorful and never watery for the ABV. Perfectly clean pale malt/grain flavors, and nice earthy hop presence for the style. Not overdone on adjuncts at all, plenty of barley presence. A very enjoyable offering, and well made style example. Best macro adjunct lager I have tried so far.

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2.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from can to tulip. Straw colored, near clear, with a finger or so of fizzy foam that's here and gone. Aromas of corn, cracker, grain, and some grass. Flavor is sweet with a bit of a sour touch that's a bit off-putting. You get the typical sweet AAL corn-and-grain smoothness but then this sour bready note pops up. Finish is clean.

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1.23/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

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2.84/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.01/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear, light golden coloration with a medium, fizzy heat that almost instantly dissolves. Smell is quite watery, with a hint of light caramel malt and a touch of grains. Taste follows the nose, being quite watery with a light, slightly sweet touch of caramel malt and just the faintest hint of grain. A slight note reminiscent of corn syrup coming throught as well. Lacks any kind of finish, maybe turning a little sweet in the aftertaste, with almost no discernible bitterness. Watery body with very high cabonation. This basically tastes like corn syrup flavoured water, it has very little in common with beer in my opinion. Wow, I mean, I kinda knew what to expect, but this level of bland tastelessness is quite something else. I actually had to raise my rating just a little bit after tasting Coors Light though.

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3/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of beersampler6
2.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Average mass-produced lager, slightly inferior to Bud Light. Pale yellow color with lots of carbonation but goes flat quickly, no head, faint notes of grain and malt. Just bubbles for the mouthfeel except for when the beer warms up, then turns more bitter and flat. Not my first choice even when just going for a cheap beer to quickly drink.

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2.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

The biggest appeal for this beer is the nice bottle it comes in. Though a clear bottle isn't the most practical, it does make the golden beer look tasty. Drinking it on the other hand reveals a beer no different from any other macro lager. Taste is watery, little hops flavor, maybe a hint of malt sweetness. I don't notice much of a "draft" taste difference over regular high Life. Really is not worth it's price premium.

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2.04/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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2.75/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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1.61/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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2.6/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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3.33/5  rDev +46.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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1.28/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

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2.67/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

The fourth beer I ever tried, after Foster's, Yuengling, and Budweiser. This was the beer that really got me into using alcohol in a medicinal way, to help me get to sleep. I will always have fond memories of it because of that, but in trying it again recently I was pleasantly surprised to find it really does taste better than any of those other beers, with the possible exception of an on-tap Yuengling.

L: pale yellow, some bubbles that fade quickly and leave no lacing. nothing impressive here.

S: Corn, sweet malt, bread, adjunct grains. Nothing bad, everything works together well enough.

T: A highlight for the style. I guess it's because this beer is unpasteurized and 4x filtered. This is the taste by which I measure all other AAL's. Corn, wheat, a little kiss of hop bitterness up front, more corn and a little grain on the tongue.

F: Very over-carbonated, which brings down my score a lot. There is virtually no head and minimal lacing, so why does it feel like there are a thousand bubbles in every sip?

Overall, one of my favorite beers in the style. Will never turn down a can of this. I would avoid the bottles, as they are clear and therefore susceptible to light damage.

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2.18/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

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2.28/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.25

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2.24/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

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2.58/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

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1.5/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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2.88/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of KMillard
3.08/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I can taste the relation to High Life, but where it differs from High Life it suffers. While supposedly mimicking High Life on draft, or as it was known then "Miller", to me it's sweeter and blander. Drink one next to an actual High Life draft and the difference is discernable. I think that in the 80s, they came out w this to challenge the popularity of Bud. So, to me it's a version of High Life, that accentuates the lighter body and sweetness characteristic of Bud. But, they can't advertise it that way. Hey, you like Miller? & you also like Bud? Well, we got their bastard child for you and it's just as delicious as it sounds! Instead they say it's so and so brewed to taste like draft High Life ( which is a pleasant memory, especially in those days). Hey, it ain't bad, but High Life is cheaper and better, so what's the point.? Also, the clear glass bottle seems to be more detrimental to freshness than it is to High Life, so you often get a sweet nasty batch. In my area, this is only available in bottles. When it was in cans I bought it more often as it's a good fishing beer, beach beer, oh it's Saturday so one more beer. Ah, dispense with the window dressing, all cans or brown bottles. I understand the history of clear bottles with High Life, but w mgd it's unnecessary. It has it's fans and it matches Harley colors, and more fams and those folks shouldn't have to suffer sweet nastys.

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Beer rating: 2.27 out of 5 with 2,518 ratings