Miller Genuine Draft | Miller Brewing Co.

Miller Genuine DraftMiller Genuine Draft
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Miller Genuine DraftMiller Genuine Draft

Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.66%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2002

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Photo of putnam
1.45/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Roasty toasty something there. Like a pallette fire in the woods with someone passing around a resinated pipe. Cattails are there too. Some flavor. This is like a flattened, photographed, translated version of a good beer. An imitation of an imitation. Don't drink this.

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Photo of BeerBob
2.08/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Miller Genuine Draft pours a pale amber from a 24oz can. Head forms well and then decreases in size, leaving scummy bits of foam on the inside of the glass and also a clumpy mass of foam on top of the Beer.

Nose of something wet like water that cereal grains have been soaking in. Palate is slight hops bitter then corn sweetness, followed by the bite of carbonation . I could not separate the taste of “..The finest malted barley...” from, the corn in this Beer.

I find that Miller Genuine Draft is uninspiring with few of the qualities that I've grown accustom to in a beer, one of those qualities being, good taste. There are saving graces... one being the alcohol and two there was no plastic can liner taste.

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Photo of bditty187
1.59/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I was feeling nostalgic so I bought a 22 oz. bottle of MGD. It turns out MGD is pure swill. I just don’t like it. It starts off pale-gold with a frothy white head (so far so good). But MGD’s taste is nothing but corn & sweet, that’s it. It is not enjoyable at all. I can’t believe I used to drink this a long time ago. The smell is a muted, twisted skunk & sweet corn. This sh*t was a chore to finish. This is a beer I will never have again and I lament buying it today…

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a straw color. The white head fizzes out quickly. On the nose there is not much of anything. On the palate, it's slightly malty and the mouth feel is smooth. It's very easy to drink, and glides down with ease. Notch below High Life.

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Photo of Dogbrick
1.85/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Decent macro brew. Goes well with pizza or in a keg at a wedding reception but stay away if you are looking for something with character. Barely a 1/2 step above the rest of the Amercian macro garbage.

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Photo of Pegasus
2.23/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pour a crystal-clear pale yellow gold with a decent-sized snow-white head, which resembles soap lather. The lacing is fair; there are a few fat, slow rising bubbles.

Aroma: Sweet aroma somewhat reminiscent of saccharin, a soap-like note and cooked vegetables. Not particularly appealing in all.

Taste: Opens with a decent amount of malt flavor. There is an underlying note of sweetness and a cracker malt flavor that is pleasant. Late in the taste, some weak hop bitterness appears. Finishes quite dry with a lingering metallic note.

Mouth feel: The body is actually decent; although there is a slight slick note to the mouth feel. The carbonation is a bit sharp and stinging.

Drinkability/notes: This beer is surprisingly poor compared to Miller High Life, which I find interesting as it is marketed as an upscale beer, and one that typically commands a higher price than Miller High Life.

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

Miller is the sibling to Budweiser, with the same lack of color, no body and a strange aftertaste it leaves. For some reason though, I find the taste of this one more odd the Budweiser.

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Photo of psugrad98
2.95/5  rDev +30%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a little better than your typical macrobrew. Pale yellow in color, with a decent head with big quickly dissapating bubbles. Good blend of ingredients, but noticble adjuncts when the beer becomes warmer. They try to market to people who like draft beer by selling this "draft quality" beer in a bottle. If you want to drink draft, drink draft!!

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Photo of cokes
2.23/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Used to drink alot of this back when. Maybe it is nostalgia speaking, but for a macro, this is not horrible.
Pours a poor pale yellow, salvaged somewhat by a decent, foamy white head.
Smell is way off...almost yeasty sweet. phantoms of malt. Really weird.
Taste begins with a little nondescript malt sweetness, a faint hop snap. Not bad so far....then the corn adjunct decends and really bungles things up.
The mouthfeel saves this from being a total waste. Nicely creamy and smooth (with actual body) for a macro. Makes it more drinkable too.
I'd go with this one over most it's peers. Still, it is pretty bad

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Photo of jackndan
2.23/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

MGD: in the infamous black can. Weak pale head, which dissipated to nothing in nothing flat. Pale macro-lager color. Adjunct aroma, with a sour adjunct/corn taste. Lingering, bad aftertaste. I recall liking this in bottles, don’t like this in that black can.

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Photo of bmills1608
2.53/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Similar to the High Life, but a bit more, a bit fuller in flavor, and a bit less sweet. This is my standard summer time "right out of the can" beer. I switch between this and Yuengling Lager when I crave something simple, refreshing, and CHEAP. Has a light, but noticeable malty foundation.

Both High Life and MGD have that real nice corn-sweetness kick right off the bat.

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Photo of budgood1
3/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

for an american macro, i don't fnd too much fault with it. poured a nice head which stuck, of course there is the adjunt aroma of corn. mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth. taste is average...but not bad. some maltiness with a slight hop finish that doesn't bite. very thirst quenching and satisfying. always a bit more expensive than High Life, and i'm not sure what you're getting for the extra $$$. maybe they use more corn, i don't know. overall, pretty good.

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Photo of packetknife
2.46/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Besides the head being awfully soapy looking it's got good color. No smell to speak of. Somebody below said it tasting of corn. That is a good description and I never thought of it that way. I guess when it comes to American Macros this is up there.

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Photo of ADR
2.52/5  rDev +11%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I THOUGHT I had fond memories of a macro that was more drinkable.


Big bubbled, "laundry detergent" head, about 60 seconds of duration. Mid yellow color and just the vaguest of smell. Bubbly taste, a typical macro clean-ness with little more than a corn sweetness attenuated by a slightly bitter finish that comes on like a door slamming. A weird feeling of seltzer water in the esophogus and stomach. Didn't demonstrate much last night, not even worth having to clean the pilsner glass.

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Photo of Jason
2.19/5  rDev -3.5%
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 rastaman
1/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Maybe a bit better than bud, but still has no taste, doesn't really do anything for the imagination, i don't like it.

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