Miller Genuine Draft | Miller Brewing Co.

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Miller Genuine DraftMiller Genuine Draft
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
Miller Genuine Draft delivers a fresh from the tap taste through its proprietary "cold-filtered four times" brewing process. Introduced nationally in 1986, Miller Genuine Draft was born as the original cold-filtered packaged draft beer. Today, Miller Genuine Draft is reinforcing its status as the best draft beer in a bottle.

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Reviews: 682 | Ratings: 2,574
Photo of nasty15108
3.35/5  rDev +46.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank ice cold straight from the bottle. This beer is getting a little tough to find in my neck of the woods, I guess it's just not very popular in the NY Metro Area. If you don't expect much from this beer you won't be disappointed. It basically is what it is, a good thirst quencher for a hot summer day. Better then just about it the big Macro Brewery. I'll take an MGD or High Life over anything by Bud or Coors any day of the week.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.73/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

HEY!! I just realized I've never given this beer a proper review!

MGD pours a bronze-gold color (or horse pee, whichever is more eloquent to you); distorted slightly by the violent migration of tiny bubbles to the top like a champagne. The head is stable, very stable, and sticks around at a creamy pinky finger's height. I'm actually very impressed at the head retention on this mass produced lager. It leaves lace, too.

Aroma is perfumey, but only slightly, with hints of orange pith, banana, dried corn, pool shock, and hay.

Flavor is purely chemical to start, then the fruity esters arrive with banana and blueberry; sweet corn, bready pilsner malts, and finally a grassy, bready finish.

Feel is the best part. It's so quenching, so carbonated, and leaves a slightly resinous feel on the teeth. I like it.

Overall, it's a pretty solid AAL, and if you can't find Pabst, Old Style, or Rolling Rock, this will do the trick nicely and when you're all done, the glass smells like bread.

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Photo of Gregaroo
3.54/5  rDev +55.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a fresh six-pack to drink like the locals while in Milwaukee for the 2017 U.S. Open. Tastes just as I remembered from my college days. The colder the better. The fresher the better. Drank right from the bottle. A good beer that I'll choose over Bud every single time. #MGD.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
2.5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not as terrible as I expected. Same one-dimensional taste for macro-lager, with only a little skunk.
Would be tolerable to drink cold on a hot day.

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Photo of Dbrown144
2.82/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

These kind of beers (bud lite, coors lite, corona etc.) can't be rated on the same scale as badass IPAs and the like. It's apples to oranges and these should be rated based on what they're supposed to be. One isn't meant to sit down and savor the taste of a can of MGD. It's a casual drink for a hot day to go down quickly, smoothly and lightly (which it does).

Having a summer pool party with the friends? I'll take this over a stout any day.
Winter night after work and want to watch a movie or read a book? I'll take a Ballast Point stout.

Nice and fizzy, not much of any initial taste but goes down nicely with a bready and sweet corn aftertaste. It's quite light and is great for any hot day barbecue.

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Photo of MichaelGennings
4.19/5  rDev +83.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Miller Genuine Draft. 473 ml can. 4.7% alc.

The beer has a light golden colour and a fluffy white head. There are lots of ascending bubbles.

Miller Genuine Draft has a very light grain smell, and there are also white bread notes. There is the faintest hint of hops, too.

In terms of taste, there is sweet grain, white bread, and an extremely small touch of hop bitterness toward the end.

Miller is light bodied, which is consistent with the style.

The finish is clean, crisp, and refreshing. This beer is very well done.

Still, I have to say that for an American-style Lager I prefer Pabst Blue Ribbon. I think it's superior.

But if you are buying strictly based on price, and this is cheaper, go with MGD.

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Photo of poisoneddwarf
1.34/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz can. Initial taste is of corn and a bit fruity. Weird...wasn’t expecting that. There’s a flavor in here that I can’t quite place. Different than the majority of macros. That doesn’t mean it’s good, though. It’s still very much a bland mass-produced lager. Started with a thick head which quickly dissipated into a thin head which lasted to the end.

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Photo of rocketcat
2.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Miller Genuine Draft is abit bubbling and easy drinkable. The beer is quick tasting, almost no aftertaste. Maybe okay for casual drinking, but quite basic I say.
FINNISH Miller Genuine Draft on melko kupliva ja helposti juotava. Olut on nopea makuinen, melkein kaikki maku tulee heti ja jälkimaku on lähes olematon. Saattaa sopi parhaiten silloin tällöin juojille.

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Photo of monkist
3.11/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I remember the time when we used to love Miller, used to appreciate and enjoyed the novelty the American Adjunct brought into the market of crappy Euro Pale Lagers.
Even it's diluted and watered down, even it's rather tasteless, at least it is not bitter and has a slight Adjunct roundness and not excessively carbonated - still much better than the ones made here in Hungary. If there was nothing else, it could be something to drink.

PS: after its huge success in Hungary, Borsodi started brewing this under the original license and unlike it is most of the time, even the Hungarian-brewed version is quite okay as well. Mller is a go-to American Adjunct Lager imho.

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Photo of Hackattack
2.25/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

This was a big deal years ago when it first came out. The taste was a nice change until the novelty wore off. This was way before the U.S. microbrew revolution. It IS poor compared to what is out there now, but for 7 bucks a 12 pack...why not?

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Photo of Safa1
3.16/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

It tastes better than you remember. Much better than High Life and as easy to drink as Lite.

Has that "copper" taste that is common in this type of beer, but much a much better taste than that other "cardboard" type flavor.

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Photo of Thy_Philosopher_King
2.25/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

This is an easy beer, while I love the golden look of how it pours and looks in the glass, it is not very refreshing to drink or smell. It has a feel in your mouth that is reminiscent of summer days where you went on a picnic and the sandwiches were hot causing the bread to feel weird. The taste is the same as that, but overly empowering.

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Photo of FrozenJoe
4.21/5  rDev +84.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the cold filtered, unpasteurized version of High Life.

It is a beautiful lager. Color, clarity, and head are all spot on. Head fades a little too quickly from the adjunct.

Mild, neutral, grainy aroma.

Top quality taste for a high adjunct, pale, American-style lager. The fact that this is not pasteurized is huge. The heat from pasteurization really diminishes the flavor of beer. Drink this side by side with a High Life and taste the difference. It is the same beer! MGD is malty and grainy, but with minimal astringency. The body is smooth but also somewhat rich and satisfying. Bitter, lemony, mild hops linger. Yes there is some corn / grain. But the beer tastes good and fresh and mild.

Mouthfeel is perfect for the style.

Overall pretty damn good and way underrated.

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Photo of Ctb6582
2.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pale golden color, smell was nearly completely absent (I honestly don't know how to describe what I did smell), taste was nearly completely absent (rice? Corn?). What can you say about a beer when the high light is the carbonation tickle?

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
5/5  rDev +119.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I give this high rating because when it comes to MGD you have to compare it with other similar beers such as Budweiser, Heineken, Stella, Labatt Blue and so on. You shouldn't compare it to IPA's or stouts or ales but rather similar commercial beers and for me MGD gets a 5 because it's the most delicious. It is fraught canned and when you poke the tab as it suggests and pour it into a pint glass it just tastes very smooth with a creamy head and very crisp. If i tailgate this is my beer of choice. Although haven't had this beer since Budweiser took over so next time I have it my opinion might change.

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Photo of DeerBeerFearDear
2.85/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Very crystal-clear taste, Corn and hop taste are there although not deep. Not bad for a commercial beer, on par with budweiser. I would be o.k. drinking this for a simple daily drink.

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Photo of Lewnanny
3.54/5  rDev +55.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a nice commercial beer, a bit too much hop-like.

Have this beer for the first time this summer. Not part of my favorite beer, but O.K. to have once in a while

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Photo of Dean1139
3.08/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I think this beer is one of the best mass produced easily available in North America around. Cold clean and crisp a real thirst quencher on a hot summer day. It gets a bad rap from beer snobs but it's definitely one of my go to beers.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
2.82/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours pale, clear with a very mild white foam head. Aroma and taste are slightly better than other Millers, but not too much. Very refreshing and easy to drink, not so bad macro beer.

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Photo of Jsteez
2.67/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Beer #9 in my quest for the great American lager. Poured from a 473 ml. can

It surprisingly poured a soapy, sudsy, sticky white 2 finger head of foam that lingered throughout my session; the usual urine/straw/golden-yellow. It was very crystal clear. Some bubbles, but not too many. Had a grain, corn, and clean water smell. No hops.

Went in quite smooth and malty sweet (most likely from the corn); the backbone was grainy/sweet/malty/bready, with a touch of dryness in the aftertaste. It was sweeter than I remember...maybe it's the corn syrup. It was watery and somewhat crisp, but I'd like it to be crisper. Overall, it was pretty smooth and clean. I liked that aspect.
Overall, not a terrible AAL; would I buy it again? When in the mood. I still prefer Miller High Life over MGD. I think High Life is drier, IMO. But, not a bad beer. I'll revisit again. My quest continues...

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Photo of Kubishark
3.34/5  rDev +46.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is virtually indistinguishable from High Life other than it lacks the charming and timeless High Life bottles and is more expensive for some reason. Otherwise it is very similar. Same golden, yellow and very very carbonated and frothy look, same sweet malty smell, similar corn-flavored soda taste, and same bubbly feel. Overall I'd take High Life over this out of nostalgia and pricing, and frankly side to side High Life might even taste slightly more enjoyable, but this is still very solid for a cheap AAL. I don't care if this isn't a cool beer, I'd still take it over a PBR or something like that.

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Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
1.88/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Use to get this whilst serving in Germany we had it in the NAAFI dirt cheap. Really Watery, nasty off smell to it, cheap larger with a malty taste, nice and fresh feel but that is as good as it got, after 3 little Bottles of these I'd feel ill. Would not recommend to anybody.

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Photo of plumberman63
3/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

just a average beer, but still better than a lot of the micro brews.
has a golden color and a slight sweet smelling malt. taste follows aroma not bitter but not a lot of flavor either.
still a good burger beer.

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Photo of Squire
3.6/5  rDev +57.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A step up as well as a step ahead of the usual Miller.

Not a big leap, ice cold I can barely tell this apart from High Life, but there differences. Genuine Draft is just a bit richer, bolder, a little more overall and worth seeking out for that reason.

Recommend even if you have to stop at a second store.

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Photo of mgwagman
3.75/5  rDev +64.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Yes this is a cereal and grain watery type beer, but it does go down easy. I actually think it is a pretty good beer. Moderately bubbly, okay lacing, tastes of cereal and water. For some reason I actually really like this beer if I want to drink a good amount of beer.

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