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Miller Genuine Draft | Miller Brewing Co.

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Miller Genuine DraftMiller Genuine Draft

Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.66%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of JoEBoBpr
2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I am not impressed but then again im not suprised. The appearance of the beer isn't all that great. It has a earthy smeel and its very bland in your mouth with a little bit of maltiness but not so noticable. Save your money. What you would expect from one of the biggest in the US.

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Photo of beertaster13
1.75/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

MGD has the worst bottling of any beer, the clear bottle just turns you off from the beer. Pours the usuall yellow straw yellow with minimul foamy head that will fizzle away quickly. MGD did have lacing on the glass when I drank it though, I like that some don't care. The smell is of corn, alot of the miller brands have this odd smell of strong corn with minimul hops. The taste is not horrible but not average either. A bitter beer with the corn taste. Feels pretty lively in the mouth though, little more substance than other macros. If I had to choose an american macro this wouldn't be it.

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Photo of WetCoaster
1.82/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yet another Superbowl leftover. Been drinking these things like water, so I figured I better review it before they’re gone.

Appearance: Slightly darker-than-average, crystal clear straw gold. Little head, and that vanishes immediately. A bit of lacing.

Smell: Nothing? Seriously, I’ve had me nose in the glass for about five minutes now, I’ve swirled, I’ve inhaled until I’m on the verge of passing out, and still, absolutely nothing.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Er… well, the mouthfeel isn’t awful; it has slightly more weight than your average macro. The flavor is watery and mildly sweet, although I wouldn’t say malty. The finish is virtually nonexistent, the sharp carbonation fizzes it away almost completely—you’d never even know you’d drank a beer.

Drinkability: You could drink them all day; you could also drink Perrier all day. Not offensive or truly awful a-la Pacifica, but a really bland, boring beer. Honestly, the High Life is, IMHO, a much better (and cheaper) brew. I’d pass.

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Photo of Zorro
1.63/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Compared 4 U.S. Macro brews together to see if there is REALLY any winners here.

Executive Summary:

Scores: A S T M D

Coors Regular: 2 3 3 2 3 = 2.7
Budweiser Regular: 2 1.5 2 3 3 = 2.1
Miller MGD: 2 1.5 1.5 2.5 1.5 = 1.7
Ice House: 3 2.5 2 2.5 2 = 2.35

All brews were assumed to be a 2 in all categories before reviewing.

APPEARANCE: All look pretty much the same except Ice House, It’s a Bit darker.

SMELL: Budweiser has almost no smell, just a bit of grain. Coors smells distinctly of Banana and grain with a bit of yeast. MGD smells barely like bread. Ice House smells a bit citrus. Coors was best but Ice House was far better than Bud or MGD.

TASTE: Budweiser tastes of grain and is mildly sweet. Coors tastes of grain and is Tart compared to Budweiser. MGD tastes sweetest, but has an off taste to it. Ice House tastes like a tarter version of Budweiser. Coors was best, only MGD had a weird taste.

MOUTHFEEL: None of these really have it, Bud is thickest, and Coors is thinnest. Only Budweiser has any real Mouthfeel.

DRINKABILITY: Coors and Budweiser are about the same, MGD has that off taste and it cost it points, Ice House is OK, but not quite as good as Budweiser or Coors.

CONCLUSION: Drink better beers! But if you are trapped without a choice Coors, Bud, Ice House, and MGD.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
1.86/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I'll keep the "be constructive" rule in mind.

Appearance: Poured a nice golden color, decent head, no lacing.

Smell: Grassy, weak, nothing really got my attention.

Taste: Very, very bland.

Mouthfeel: Crisp on the tongue, the level of CO2 was nice.

Drinkability: Save your money. It breaks my heart to say it because until I had my awakening, this was my favorite beer. To say something constructive about this beer: it won't give you Ebola.

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Photo of francisweizen
2.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Decent golden appearance with a sweetish smell of hops and other grains. The taste is quite light and a bit sweet. The mouthfeel is thin and astringent and the drinkability is ok. I wish this was better, in actuality it is just pricier, repackaged, high life.

not bad for macro swill.

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Photo of mwrseeley
2.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Although the head was unimpressive, the beer did offer a fair amount of lace. There is a strange soapy yeastiness to the aroma that while not entirely totally off-putting, is not something I desire in beer.

Miller Genuine Draft is weak stuff. It is a weird beer. It stars off with a slight strange sweet flavour and ends with an equally slight dryness. The taste is balanced but only in homeopathic doses. I can't put my finger on what is happening. Too much corn, perhaps? Or did they add something else to it?

If you beers with a minimum of taste, be my guest.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.35/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had it from the can and from a mug. Medium yellow, with a very small head. Smells of grain, corn, and a little malt. It is a very smooth beer, somewhat watered-down tasting. The grain flavor is very strong, almost defining this beer. Not the worst thing I have ever had, but it's lacking many elements to be a good beer.

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Photo of jwilli7122
2.8/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this in the new plastic 16 oz bottle, and it's better than coors anyhow.
straw yellow color, little lasting head.
smells like typical cheap beer
Tastes like liquid cheerios - and I enjoy cheerios. Lots of my friends drink this, and I can drink it all day without complaining. If you keep it cold, its a good beer for mindless summer activity like softball or fishing. when warm, it tends to acquire an unpleasant sour fruit flavor, and alchohol notes- it becomes "not good at all". Just keep it cold and its OK.

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Photo of diablo14
1.35/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

just do not like this beer. my best mate loves this stuff and sometimes tries to subject me to it. even tho its my namesake, i politely decline.

the only reason i can see why locals rate this higher than bud or coors is coz theres some aspect of hops there. apart from that, the colors so insipid ot could pass as a dodgy urine sample, and the taste is horrid. i wouldnt drink millers if it was the last beer on earth. thats sayin something coz i wouldnt even say that about bud.

pretty much a disgrace, if i was faced with this and a CUB brew, id probably just take the carlton. this would be pretty close to the worst overall import ive ever had. why cant the U.S govt let them import some decent beer? surely thats not too much to ask.

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Photo of iceberg3k
3/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I used to drink this on the Amtrak from Winona, MN to Minneapolis when I'd take it twice a year (before I got a car). A very average beer in all conditions, but ice-cold, fresh from Milwaukee (where the train leaves approximately four hours before reaching Winona) and with the atmosphere of the last passenger train line in America on its side, it's not half-bad. Clean taste with virtually no discernable aftertaste.

This wouldn't ever be my regular beer, but I'll gladly drink it in an environment where better beer isn't available.

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Photo of CBFanWish
2.62/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

i bought this in the form of a forty ounce. I couldn't see drinking a Miller any other way. First thing is first. This is a really pretty beer. Gilden yellow color that leads to a frothy head. sounds pretty good so far. i smelled it. It smelled sour. Not too strong, but the scent was there. I tipped back my glass and got a very weak malt taste. I'm not sure, but it had seemed a little watery too me. If I wanted water I would have got a glass from the sink. Pretty average for the style. I'm sorry Miller. I know we were friends back in high school, but I grew up. I have new friends now.

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Photo of jcalabre
1.25/5  rDev -47%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

The good news is that it was free at the golf tournament I played in today. The bad news is, well, it's MGD and it was in a can.
The flavor is more sour than bitter and it should be served ice cold so as not to inflame your taste buds. I guess if your goal is to find a cheap way to drink something that is labeled as 'beer', this one would qualify

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Photo of beerguy101
1.03/5  rDev -56.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Fizzy yellow color, small head. Chemical macro-beer aroma. EECH, this stuff reeks. Cornish flavor. Some malts, some hops and some flavor. Mass-market swill. Drank it cause it was free. Think I will drink a soda next time. Mouthfeel is thin and metallic. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is neutral.

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Photo of slitherySOB
2.75/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Came in a clear, pull cap bottle. Poured an extremely pale yellow colour, with next to no head. Sparce lace through the glass. Weak corn and malt smell. Not alot of hops in neither scent nor taste. Reminded me of stale cheerios. No aftertaste at all. Thin mouthfeel. Drinkable on a hot, summer day after the lawn is mowed and you expired enough sweat to fill a kiddie pool. Too be honest, it isn't that bad.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.13/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance – Clear, yellow body with strong carbonation and the typical Puxatawny Phil up and down head.

Smell – A light grain aroma, but not a lot. The Bud was a veritable bouquet compared to this nose.

Taste – Typical grain with a good amount of sweetness. Definitely sweeter than The King. It’s not fruit, though. More like Ju-Ju Bees or Gummi-Bears (not the good Gummi-Bears from Germany; those awful ones that they sell at the movie theaters).

What the heck is going on with the finish here? I can’t describe it, but it ruined what little flavor was in the body. I don’t know what that is.

Mouthfeel – Good carbonation and fairly smooth.

Drinkability – Thirty-minutes of prep time in the freezer and canned to keep out the skunk does the trick with this one. That aftertaste though probably took it down a whole point.

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Photo of TheDM
1.76/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This brew poured a large creamy head of fine white bubbles. It has a weak transparent urine yellow body. Its mild malt hop bread flavor is not bad, but is more like drinking flavored water with no bite. It does leave a slight aftertaste and is a little fizzy.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.75/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hey, what's this can doin' way in the back o' the fridge?! Well, no time like the present, I need a brew to swig down while I'm grilling tonight anyway.

Pours a light fizzy yellow. When Stone Brewing is hammering on fizzy yellow beers, this is what they mean. There ain't a gargoyle within miles of Miller Brewing... Clean, white, short-lived head.

Aroma has the pure unadulterated scent of corn adjunct.

Taste - lots of corn, bubbles, and an ever so slight alcohol presence combined with sweetness from the adjunct. Only the vaguest hint of hops well into the aftertaste, more of an after*thought*, I think. That's what happens when you filter the stuff 4 times.

Very thin, slightly sweet but otherwise crisp and clean mouthfeel.

Drinkability - on a hot day, all day. Keep 'em cold and they go down easy. You see, you don't have to worry about drinking them so fast that you might miss something. You have the full picture in about 6 seconds.

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Photo of aaronh
2.33/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Meduim yellow, perhaps light golden color body topped by a loose white head that recedes fairly quickly to nothing. Large bubbles of carbonation are visible on every surface. The aroma is slightly sweet, typical "beer" smell. The taste has a touch of pleasing sweetness, then mellows out to nothingness. Slight metallic aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light and harsh, like strongly carbonated water. Drinkability is decent on the first can after a hot day, but subsequent glasses go much more slowly. One is really enough of this. I drank it as an alternative to Coors Light, and in the name of beer Advocacy. Next time, I'll probably have water.

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Photo of tar
1.88/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

16 oz. can poured into a plastic cup at last nights White Sox game (White Sox 4, Red Sox 2; Pedro vs. Buehrle, Joe Crede 3 run HR in the 6th the key). Pale yellow with a very thick, sticky, foamy white head (bad pour by the beer man who was more focused on making change [he undercharged me though] than on the proper tilt of the "glass"). Very little aroma or taste present, and in both cases what is present is not very good. Thin feel in the mouth, similar to water, so at least its fairly easy drinking. Would have tasted much better had this been a very hot day, rather than a nice evening in the mid 60's. Preferable to beers like Bud, but I can't think of anytime other than at a Sox game that I would choose to drink it.

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Photo of kmo1030
2.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

eh... one of the better offerings from any of the macros. decent head with a sick ass golden yellow color, i may be biased here as i might feel differently about the color if it was a respectable beer. smelled kinda skunky, with that typical smell of most macrobrewery beer. just smelled like cheap beer, you know what i mean. taste isn't awful, it isn't good either, the aftertaste is a little chemical like. doesn't have the seltzer water body of some other macro beers, so thats a plus. overall... eh... i'll drink it.

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Photo of Rootdog316
2.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

One of my favorite domestic beers available today. Tastes best in a bottle, also provides a great aftertaste!!! I am usually more of a light beer drinker myself, but when it comes to regular domestic beers, Miller Genuine Draft is definitely up high on the ladder according to me.

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Photo of daledeee
2.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

American macros. If I have to drink one, I pick this.
In a clear bottle. That is usually a problem. But I have not had a skunky one. Pours yellow(straw). Some head for a while.

Slight malt little hops. Easy to drink. Keep it cold or it really changes for the worse. At least it is usually fresh.

I drink this if I go out to eat and can't get anything else.

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Photo of proc
1.68/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

MGD. Pours out to a pale, golden color in the glass with a big, fizzy white head. Aroma is that of slight corn and some chemical smell I can't quite put my finger on. The taste is not good. Its harsh and leaves a strange aftertaste. Burnt corn? I never understood why Miller pushed this to the forefront and discarded Miller "Red" (label) which was a much better beer.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
2.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pale gold in color with a fizzy white head and some trailing lace. The aroma is reminiscent of old rice water, corncob and hops. The light sweet malt is bland and near flavorless. The light/medium lightly citrus and metallic and hops is the “star” of this brew. It can’t truly be a draft in the can, because it’s pasteurized! Odd slightly astringent flavor is detected in the back of the throat. In support of this beer, it’s not totally disgusting.

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Miller Genuine Draft from Miller Brewing Co.
57 out of 100 based on 640 ratings.
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