Miller Genuine Draft | Miller Brewing Co.

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Miller Genuine DraftMiller Genuine Draft

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Miller Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.66%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 647 | Ratings: 2,426
Photo of kylehay2004
2.12/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Single finger white frothy head with nice lacing on a state to bright golden clear body. Aroma is pretty bad with mostly pale malts/barley and musty wet sock hops. A lot of malt in the flavor with mild bitterness from the hops and little in the way of sweetness. Light to medium body but still fairly oily coating the palate and moderate carbonation. I think miller is the worst of the big three for flavors and drinkability. This one reinforces that belief.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.32/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

was this beer always this bad? I feel like when I was a kid and I went fishing with my dad and he would give me a can of this stuff, it had some appeal. some sort of honest outdoorsy quality. well, its completely gone. maybe I grew up, maybe they changed the recipe, who knows, but this stuff isn't even fit to batter the fish we used to catch with. the color is closer to mountain dew than a lager, is there honestly yellow 5 in this?! it smells like a corny adjunct, but it tastes more chemical than that. almost with an antifreeze sort of potency to it, its daunting. at least coors light and its peers still taste like beer to some degree, this taste like preservatives and artificial sweeteners. I can imagine how bad the 64 is, because its parent beer is a shocker. feel isn't that bad, a little thicker than it should be, but the carbonation is fine. overall this is something to avoid. it would chose it over some of the basement dwellers and budlight on principle, but this is really disgusting. the clear bottles do it no favors either.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.45/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a pale clear yellow color with a white head that comes and goes very quickly. I remember not minding this beer at one time but now I can't even stand it. The smell is of grains and corn, the flavor is also with a bit of rice there too. The mouthfeel is very thin like club soda almost. Overall it just doesn't appeal to me.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.38/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It makes a great free beer! It looks brightly golden with yellow tones and a sparkling white head. Don't blink--you'll miss it. Smells grainy sweet with vegitable (corn) flavors. Acidic and scrubs the palate a bit. Finishes grainy and vegie like, though clean. All in all, it's an average beer for a mass produced lager.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.56/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have never in my beer-swilling life ever had an MGD before. Wow. I've seen it plenty of times - acquaintances of acquaintances bringing it to parties, etc., but I can't recall ever cracking open one of those clear bottles. First time for everything, I suppose, now at the oft-changing bar across the street from my abode.

This 355ml bottle pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with one finger of fizzy, weakly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a little soap scum lace around the glass as it quickly falls away.

It smells mildly of doughy, corny pale malt, a bit of soft yeast, and lightly skunky leafy, earthy hops. The taste is big on that mealy corn sweetness, uncooked, yeasty bread, and kind of grassy (the crab variety), um, hops, I suppose. Not a lot of the expected skunk comes through, small miracles indeed.

The carbonation is fairly sedate, and unobtrusive, the body definitely on the light side, weight-wise, and smooth, sure, in a tongue-scraping, clammy manner. It finishes mostly sweet, the corn cereal malt duly persisting, with only a mildly skunky taint in offset.

For some reason, possibly due to my surroundings and distractions, this went down fairly well, lack of overt off-flavours and all. So, I guess the lesson here is: don't pay too much attention, and you can drink this, even enjoyably! Sums up the typical BMC marketing ethos, I'd say.

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Photo of largadeer
1.69/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

24 oz can into an imperial pint glass. This beer seemed necessary after a week of drinking nothing but heavy barrel-aged beers.

Appearance: Pale yellow with perfect clarity. The head starts off at a decent two finger height, but doesn't last more than 30 seconds or so.

Smell: Slightly metallic with a bit of cooked corn and sulfur for good measure.

Taste & mouthfeel: Surprisingly sweet to begin with, which quickly turns into buttery slickness. Hmm, maybe this wasn't such a good idea after all. Sweetness persists through 'til the finish, which doesn't dry up at all. With a bit of balancing bitterness and a drier finish this would be pretty tolerable, but as it stands the buttery mouthfeel and monotone cooked corn sweetness become pretty tiring after a few ounces.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.18/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml can served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude LA, California. Reviewed live, with low expectations.

A: Pours a three finger head of slight cream, decent thickness, and okay retention. Clear light yellow colour. Generally unappealing.

Sm: Light shite barley and water. Very bland and boring.

T: Light barley water. That's this beer in a nutshell. Even the malt climax of miller lite is missing. No alcohol, as expected. Shite build and poor balance.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and watery, but not necessarily too thick. Doesn't suit the flavour, except to make it last very little time.

Dr: Easily poundable, as evidenced by frat boys. Decent price, but low quality. A true student beer, though budget wise High Gravity Steel Reserve is better.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.33/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a golden yellow color lager with a small bubbly white head with limited retention. Aroma of sweet adjunct is dominating. Taste is also dominated by sweet corn with a watery aftertaste. No hops could be detected and body is quite thin. Nothing bad but just really plain and boring.

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Photo of zeff80
2.45/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a very fizzy, straw yellow color with a small, white, foamy head. No lace.

S - It smelled of corn and faintly of caramel malt.

T - It tasted of grains, corn, and some mild caramel flavors. Somewhat bitter.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ber.

D - This is easy drinking. Not the tastiest beer, but fairly typical of the style.

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Photo of Thorpe429
1.48/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A: Straw colored with a white head. Okay lacing.

S: Lots of cereals and adjuncts. Some nuttiness.

T: Slightly sweet and nutty, but not in a good way. The faint nuttiness is like really old peanut butter with barely any of the sugar.

M: Light-to-medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Strange aftertaste.

D: One of the worse macros. Would be one of my last choices even if being used back in college for a drinking game.

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Photo of mothman
2.05/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into standard pint glass.

Aggressive pour yields a 1 and a half finger head that has kind of a rough texture to it. Not very good retention and no lace. Color is a very clear straw yellow.

Aroma: is very metallic and grainy. Not very much here.

Taste: Very grainy, corn, and very slight hops. A very bland beer.

Mouthfeel is very crisp. Light bodied. Highly carbonated. The beer leaves an unpleasant aftertaste.

Overall, not something I enjoyed very much. I just got it from a friend so I figured I'd throw up a review. Not something I will ever be purchasing or drinking again.

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Photo of nickfl
2.6/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - One and a half fingers of frothy, white foam on a clear, pale yellow body. Weak retention, decent lace.

S - Grainy malt aroma with very light hops and a hint of sulphur.

T - Grainy malt with some corn character and a bit of sweetness. Dry and bready in the finish with some light hop bitterness.

M - Light body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - It would, of course, be easy to drink a whole lot of this, but there is not much going on here to motivate consumption. This beer is nothing more than an alcohol delivery system, and it is not particularly good, even for what it is.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.18/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Basic. Golden in appearance with decent head retention and lacing. The nose is grainy without hops; and as much alcohol as could normally be detected. Basically a "generic" beer aroma. It's crisp in the mouth with a median carbonation and moderate body. The grainy maltiness of the nose is present in the flavor along with a corn-like flavor. It's not sweet, but it's just barely balanced, leaving it lacking. Still, it's clean and dry. Basic.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.1/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

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

T: The taste mostly contains the typical macro sweetness with a thin malt character and a faint flavor of hops. I find it difficult to describe but somehow this beer just seems to taste better than other macros, even if it can’t compare to a good craft brew.

M: Smooth with a little crispness, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down very easy, not filling at all, mild kick, this beer has pretty much become my default choice in situations where I’m forced to choose among macros and other beer that I don’t like. It also helps that it’s usually inexpensive.

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Photo of Rifugium
1/5  rDev -57.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

First had: ?

Do not want ever.

Poured a clear pee-pee color, with lots of carbonation, and a finger of bubbly white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of pee-pee and stale grains, Indian corn that's been hanging on the door too long. Tastes of skunk and more pee-pee, sickeningly sweet, with a rotten aftertaste. Yummy.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.24/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed at the Old Towne Tavern in Clarksville, Tennesee. Best Before: December 21, 2009.

Appearance: Pours out a crystal clear, light gold body with an inch high stand of simple white foam.

Smell: Tremendously light pale maltiness with the merest hint of hop essence. Some notable corn-inspired hints floating around in there as well.

Taste: More of that all-too light pale maltiness and corn-esque tastes with a moderate amount of sweetness. Just a bit of Tetrahop, with only an incredibly minute amount of bitterness (almost none) and no real hop flavor. Finishes with a final sweet taste that lingers a few moments beyond the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Ahh, cold-filter me away to beer heaven, Miller!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.78/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Macro Smackdown XI will be a slightly different animal. This plastic bottle (what! another serving type?) of Miller Genuine Draft is a macro lager brewed by a macrobrewery. Its competitor today is a can of Brew City Ice, a macro lager brewed by a microbrewery. Who's to say if it's a fair or an unfair fight? The Queensbury rules will be jettisoned in favor of gouging, biting, sucker punching and low blows. Have at it boys!

Lucent yellow-gold with a fairly large amount of fine carbonation leading up to a bright white head of semi-stiff foam. Surprisingly, there's a good bit of lace, at least at this early stage. I never expected this much cap persistence or this much glass coverage.

The nose on this beer is more powerful, which initially lead me to think that it was superior. After a few more sniffs I've determined that though they're vastly different--more different than in any previous MacSmack--they're equal in terms of likeability, or lack thereof. The more I smell, the more I've decided that isn't the case. Round two goes to Brew City Ice.

No surprise that the flavor follows the nose (with both beers). Even though it's been a long, long time since I've had a Miller product, I'm pretty sure I could identity the brewer blindfolded. Corny sweet vies with what tastes like hop extract to produce nothing much of value. This is not good beer. That fact that it has more flavor than the standard macro lager is not a good thing at all.

As always, it's hard to divorce mouthfeel from flavor. Try as I might, I can't filter out what the beer is doing to my taste buds in order to appreciate what it's doing tactilely. Several more sips tell me that there's very little difference between these two. Round four ends in a draw.

As is my custom, I'm wrapping up the reviews before actually assigning the scores, but it's pretty obvious that Miller Genuine Draft is the clear loser of Macro Smackdown XI. In comparison to the winner, it's a crude effort that is becoming much more nasty as it warms. As far as I'm concerned, Miller High Life is still the only drinkable beer from this brewery.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.61/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

You spend a week at the beach you get to enjoy lots of the yellow fizzy stuff, lol. Draft lines were a plenty, but choices not so much. This one was served cold and poured into a pint glass, consumed on 08/08/2010.

The classic bright yellow, hay colored pour that one would expect from the style. Big head of white caps my glass (which of course had to be frozen). Settling down quickly it leaves behind next to nothing and lots of carbonation could be seen streaming up toward the top of the glass. Aroma is light, hay, wet hay, with touches of corn, light malted grains and a hint of light hops, but they soon faded as well. Crisp, clean, and quite refreshing when drank cold, but please don't let this one warm up as all its flaws do indeed come out quickly. Very light body and clean finish left no taste on the tongue at all.

Overall not a horrible beer by any means, but the lack of flavor put up against some of the others I had this week just makes it pale. Still on a 100 degree day, they can go down like water.

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Photo of Slatetank
1.33/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Poured into an Alaskan Summer Ale glass.

A - A transparent straw color w/ a 3 finger sudsy white head

S - Adjuncts mostly corn in the nose. Gives of a cooked vegetable smell that is overly sweet.

M - Extremely carbonated and light. So much like alka-seltzer it leaves the mouth feeling dry. There is a smidge of light malt in there when I focus very hard.

T - The lager has very little actual beer taste. I think the canned version is smoother, but it still has very little malt flavor. I consider it a palate cleanser with it's carbonation overruling the adjunct heavy - light on taste beer.

D - It is better than some light beers I'm sure, but barely. It can be refreshing if you quaff it after chopping trees or digging holes, maybe. I will not return to this unless there is no other option.

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Photo of Jason
2.19/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 oz twist-off clear glass long neck bottle, raised glass around the bottom of the neck donning the Miller eagle and “Cold Filtered”. No freshness date.

Appearance: Light straw hue, very clear. Good sticky retention, white lace sticks as much as it can.

Smell: Big husky and cooked cereal grain aroma, the husk is a bit powdery in its astringency.

Taste: Unbelievably extremely smooth and crisp. Moderate body. Thin maltiness bringing mild astringent husk, cracker-like grain and a touch of malt sweetness. All mixed in with the malt is a semi-coarse cereal / adjunct flavour that is somewhere between cooked corn and bran cereal. Hops are all used up and are complacent with just handling the bitterness even though they are quite dull in flavour. Corn grit after taste leaves an odd feeling in the mouth, almost like sucking on a piece of wood.

Notes: This beer would have been ok but the after taste is damaged with an unpleasant dryness. There are other macros that will do a better job of being totally bland to quench your thoughtless thirst.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.26/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

T'was my friend's birthday last night and several rounds of drinking games were played with the fabled MGD.

A: The pour is crystal clear and light golden/yellow in color with plenty tiny CO2 bubbles. The head is short lived but fluffy and white.

S: A strong smell of over-ripened corn and a touch of other miscellaneous grains. Perhaps a faint metallic tinge, but nothing overwhelming.

T: A sweet and heavy corn flavor without much else to balance the beer out. It's not as water-like as many of the other BMC beers, but I haven't decided whether that's for better or worse.

M: The body is surprising, actually. Somewhat toward the medium side with abundant carbonation.

D: I did not find this an altogether enjoyable experience, but I didn't mind drinking it for "old times" sake. There have certainly been a few nights of MGD in the past, but now I remember why I don't drink it anymore.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.76/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

From a plastic twist-top bottle comes beer #11 of Swill Tour 2010, and another oddly short and to-the-point collection of thoughts. It pours a clear jaundice topped by nearly a finger of white foam. The nose is of metallic Styrofoam. That's all I can say about this smell. The taste is closer to burnt puffed rice and Corn Flakes. The body is exceedingly light, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp-ish finish. Overall, a sad brew, not offensive but nowhere near good.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
2.6/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Basically a standard macro in my opinion. Color is urine yellow and smell is typical macro rice or corn. Taste isn't very flavorful, but is smooth enough not to bother me. Drinkability is fairly decent since GD is smooth and doesn't have any strong negative flavors. Overall, this seems like a typical macro, good as a thirst quencher, but not enough flavor for an enjoyable beer experience.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.15/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Another one that I CANnot believe that I have not reviewed previously. Anything in support of the CANQuest, I suppose.

First, let me say that when this first hit the market back in the late-1980's, I was a HUGE fan. It was much better then its High Life counterpart and when I toured the Miller plant in MKE for the first time, in 1992, I was hooked. Today? Let's see ...

My pour got me an easy two fingers of bone-white head that immediately began to settle in for the afternoon. Only the stock market, this past Thursday, fell faster. Unlike the market, this left behind something pretty in its wake. Stone may pooh-pooh fizzy yellow beers all they want, but this was nice. A beautiful sunshine-yellow beer with exemplary NE-quality clarity. The nose, however, was rank with adjuncts. Corn simply jumped out at me, speaking of Nebraska. Wow! Mouthfeel was on the thin side and there was a slight lager sweetness to it, but mostly, it was simply bland. Finish was moderately sweet with a slight tang, but nothing worth noting. I fet like Emilio Estevez's character in "Repo Man" watching the Circle Jerks as a lounge act and remarking, "Man, I used to like these guys!?!" Was it enough to make me want to rip the badges/patches off of my first jacket? No, but don't look for Miller products to get that kind of placement on recent jackets, either.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

MGD, she's definitely looking exactly like a nice full glass of piss. This is definitely a fizzy white beer, and I am not going to be like Stone and say it's for wussies. It's just for people who don't know what good beer is. Some mild sweetness of corn and rice grain origin. Flavor is well, ok a little on the sweet side, but definitely drinkable and for the price I guess you could justify buying it, but why try when there are so many more beers out there deserving the purchase.

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