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Milwaukee's Best Light | Miller Brewing Co.

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Milwaukee's Best LightMilwaukee's Best Light

Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of tm2443
2.65/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Let me start by saying that it's difficult to rate a beer like this because obviously it isn't the best tasting, smelling, etc. But that's really not the point at all. This is a party beer meant to be drank from solo cups and cans. This is no Sierra Nevada Pale Ale but in my opinion when compared to keystone, coors, miller, and budlight, At $15 a 30 pack where I'm from you can't beat it for the price.

When poured into a pint glass there is an unexpectedly large head which dissipates quickly, leaving lacing more pronounced than other cheap beers.

The color is an unimpressive light yellow, there is no smell, and the taste is watery yet drinkable.

This is definately not a beer to pour into a glass, I only did it for the review. Just drink it from the can, but if I'm low on cash I prefer this to bud or coors anyday.

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Photo of hardy008
1.13/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Straw yellow color with a white head with poor retention and no lacing. Smells of corn, and not much of anything else. The taste grain, cooked corn, and very little malt sweetness.

Thin bodied, a lot of carbonation, has a dry finish, and does not have one impressive quality. This is swill at its worst. Avoid this beer.

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Photo of BarrelO
1.26/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

12oz can poured into a pint glass. Do they even have this on tap anywhere?

A: Light straw-colored body that is virtually indistinguishable from ginger ale. Credit where credit is due, the head is quite robust and leaves a surprising amount of lacing.

S: Typical cheap beer smell. It actually gave me chills, and not in a good way.

T: Mostly grainy. Some metallic notes. Not quite as sweet as I expected. Hops are undetectable. I was leaning toward giving it a gentleman's 2 in this category, but then I literally started retching toward the end. Given that, I couldn't give it anything but the lowest possible score.

M: Thin and watery, like a stream running through the mountains that are so often featured on the label art of beers in this category.

D: Good if you plan on throwing a party with beer pong or if you're too thirsty to care about how it tastes. Otherwise, don't bother.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
1.62/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a nasty looking straw yellow, white head, and no lacing. Smells of grain and booze. Tastes of some sort of grain and nasty bitterness. Mouthfeel is thin and rocky and has high carbonation. Drinkability is not very good. Not a very good beer at all. Stay away from it if you can.

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Photo of Duff27
1.9/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I have a cold so take this for what it's worth. I'm trying to review every beer in the world that has the word "BEST" in the name. If you have an exotic one, send 'em my way people haha.

A- Sixteen ounce can pour into a pint glass. Big frothy white head because I poured it that way. Golden color. Head retention for about a minute before dying off. Tiny streams of CO2 bubbles coming off the bottom.

S- I couldn't smell much.

T- Grassy cereal grains.

M- Is "nastycrisp" a word?

D/O- This guy mysteriously ended up in the fridge one day and has been sitting there for a good 6 to 9 months. Haven't a clue where it came from. Glad it's gone now...taking up too much space.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

So he goes for another mixed sixer of the best of the worst from the grocery store this weekend. I grabbed six more "gems" and did my best to get them all down. served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/22/2010.

it really does amaze me how many of these are just sitting in the singles section of my local groceries. since i started this a couple weeks ago, I have managed to tacked more then 3/4 of the list without trying, amazing.

another rather average pour with a light golden amber with tons of white foam that came up and over the tops of the glass and faded out rather quickly but kept a ton of carbonation with it throughout.

light, mild grains and a touch of corn are really the only things that i am picking up in here at all. clean, clear, and watery taste leaves nothing on the palate and not even the slightest bit of hops in here at all..

overall another that i would never go near again.

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Photo of jsprain1
2.7/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- super clear pale golden with a bit of a head to it.
S- a bit of corn, a faint hop smell.
T- cooked grain, cooked veggie.
M- Very light, finishes bone dry.
D- It's a light lager. It's better than most, but this still isn't much of anything i enjoyed.

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Photo of cheesepuffs
2.3/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Milwaukee's Best Light reminds me very much of Michelob Ultra in body and texture. With a flavor palette not unlike club soda this beer isn't enjoyable to drink in a wine tasting-like setting but clearly that isn't the point here. It's pretty heavily carbonated and there isn't much flavor to speak of. The only place to drink this is at a raging party and of course it does excel at that.

So go ahead, shottie these all through the night with your friends, but don't expect an actual good beer just to drink for the sake of enjoying beer while sessioning or otherwise. This is a social beer, plain and simple and there's nothing wrong with that.

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Photo of Spica66
2.36/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearence: Pale and light. Perfectly clear with medium carbonation. Very thin head. No lacing.

Smell: Hardly even smells like anything, let alone beer!

Taste: Very light taste.

Feel: Carbonated water.

Drinkability: Nothing to stop you from drinking all you want.

For the style, this is what it should be.

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Photo of BierFan
2.83/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poued from a 12 ounce can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Very thin white head on a clear pale yellow body. Very average for the style.

Smell: Extremely light use of hops. Cereal grains. The smell is barely there, which is kinda the point of light beers.

Taste: What I said of the smell is also true of the taste. Sweet cereal grains, almost nonexistent hops.

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Photo of tone77
2.67/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a small head. Smell is of corn, some malts. Taste is basically missing in action. Beer flavored water. Feels light in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall not the worst light beer I have had, but nothing special.

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Photo of AmberMan22
2.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Ah...Beast Light....

Pours a fairly generic straw yellow, but with a nice looking head. unfortunately it disappears pretty quickly, though a couple scratches of lacing are left behind.

Smell is watery grains, some weak malt, weak hops.

Taste isn't far off from the smell...not a whole lot to this guy. On the bright side, there's no offputting skunky flavor or any other big-time red flags to MBL.
Beast Ice is another story completely...we frequently use it as punishment beer if someone spills in our house.

Mouthfeel...not as terribly fizzy as I remember. that's the highlights there.

Overall, just because the smell isn't miserable, and the taste doesn't commit any crimes either, I'll bump this up a little bit on the drinkability scale.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
2.57/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very watery and flat looking. Looks pale yellow, almost like murky water.

Smell: No real smell here...a bit of sourness I suppose.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Tastes and feel exactly like water. I kind of like this sweetness, but I'm not sure why. Also tastes a bit like sour corn, but again, it's mostly water.

Drinkability: Considering that water is the world's average drinkable beverage, this fits right into that category.

Overall: Honestly, this is not offensive. It's just very...tame. Will continue to give you gas the morning after...

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Photo of sunrisesolara
1.88/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz emptied into a pilsener.

A: Pours a pale gold with a fluffy 2-finger head which disappears to nothing. Small amount of lacing in the upper third of the glass.

S: Sour malt and corn. Or, a frat house on a Saturday night.

M: Light, watery. Decent carbonation.

T: Follows the smell. Hops are nowhere to be found, so it qualifies as a light alright. Corn and cereal grain adjuncts seem to be the only ingredients here.

D: Goes down like water simply because there isn't enough taste to savor and it's best to do it quickly before the stench overwhelms. I finally reviewed my father's sentimental favorite, and it came off just as expected.

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Photo of FreshHawk
1.91/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Clear gold color with a decent sized cloudy white head. Decent retention with very minimal lacing.

S - Light aroma of grain and corn sweetness.

T - Light grain and corn sweetness. Faintest hop flavor.

M - Light and crisp with good carbonation.

D - Light and easy to drink, but the flavor isn't all that good.

Notes: Beer flavored water anyone? The same as most light lagers/adjuncts.

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Photo of darklordlager
1.41/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A: Pours with an abundant head after a vigourous pour... Bright white, with a straw gold body.

S: Not much at all. Water, very very pale malt and a slightly grainy corn/2 row base. Slightly fruity/twangy lager yeast.

T: Water with an odd corn-like sourness. Creamed corn, ghostly pale malt. No hop bitterness to be detected--the sourness from the corn takes its place. Closest description is if you took a a tsp full of a can of creamed corn and diluted it in water, and added carbonation. Not too offensive, but terrible as even a light lager.

M: Extremely watery and lively carbonation.

D: No taste (Or at least a very slight and undesirable taste) and goes down like water. Horrendous.

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Photo of Olivander
1.11/5  rDev -45%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearance: Very pale yellow beer with a fast-disappearing white head. It looked like it was extremely watered down.

Smell: When I smelled this beer, I actually gagged a little. It smelled like it was a skunk saturated in old hops.

Taste: Easily the worst feature about this beer. It had a combination of bitterness with an ever-so-slight sourness that I would say is similar to urine without the salt. When I drank it, it was not cold, so in my mind, I thought that this is what urine must taste like.

Mouthfeel: When I had this beer, I think it was flat, so it felt a lot like water in my mouth.

Drinkability: The unpleasantness of the taste makes this a beer you either have to chug or not drink at all.

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Photo of whtguitarguy
1.88/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A golden yellow, rather fizzy beer with no real head to speak of. No aroma, except for maybe stale malts that are hardly noticeable. A very slight taste of hops and malt. More like carbonated water with a little bit of alcohol. It does the job to say the least...

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Photo of OktoberfestDavid
1.38/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance- Faint straw color with some blinding white foam. Lots and lots of bubbles.

Smell- I would compare MBL to at best, the smell of a bowl of cornflakes

Taste- Weak. Its not that this beer taste bad, its that it has no flavor to speak of and is easily forgettable.

Mouthfeel- It has the mouthfeel of water, much like any cheap light beer

Drinkability- Extremely light on the stomach, so I could see someone going through several of these with ease. With that said this is not a beer i will ever pick up for myself but my dad seems to enjoy them, well by enjoy i mean its cheap and it gets you drunk. I'm glad I found a world of far better beers to enjoy.

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Photo of SDbeerguy
3.05/5  rDev +51%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Maybe it's "The Beast" marketing slogan. Maybe it's the insanely cheap price tag. Whatever it is, this beer tends to be met with a reaction of surprise if you buy it, or say you enjoy it. Let's be real though, this is the king of the bottom of the line beers.

It does taste very carbonated in the can, but not to a point where it's unbearable. Poured into a pint glass, the flavor disappears which is disappointing. The color is a poor urinary yellow and the head doesn't linger more than anyone would expect.

The drinkability is what gets me and many others...out of the can anyway. It's not bitter as many of the bad cheapos are. It's even borderline refreshing. The Milwaukee's Best brand seems to be a cult following and its drinkers are almost proud to be so. Count me in as a follower.

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Photo of advill88
1.2/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Pours an almost completely translucent yellow color with big four finger head.

Smell is faint with a vague slight skunk and grains of some kind.

I'm not even sure why they call this beer, the taste is utterly watery and I can't even distinguish any real predominant flavors.

Mouthfeel is extremely light and moderately carbonated.

I can't believe my friends convinced me to drink this.

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Photo of nicksta
2.52/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours and extremely light gold. A thin, bubbly head quickly fades into nothing with barely any lacing. The smell is the average sickly-sweet scent of corn malts that are too weak to even cover up what little alcohol is here. The taste is not terrible. It's got that harsh, shitty malts & hops Beast taste, but toned down, so it is pretty tolerable. The mouthfeel is thin, but it goes well with the rest of the beer. And, as with all light beers, the drinkability is the best part.

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Photo of jbennett1919
3.2/5  rDev +58.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light yellow with very little lingering head.

Smells of grains and corn.

The taste is light, watery, grainy with some malts and very little hops.

The mouthfeel is like drinking water, but crisp and refreshing.

This beer is too damn drinkable. This beer is my closet indulgence that I love to drink on a hot day, while mowing the lawn, or with friends on summer days when planning to imbibe many. I love my micros, but this is the cheap macro that I always fall back on for an enjoyable drinking experience. I always have it on hand and probably always will.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.63/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours from a tallboy 16 oz can a very clear, pale yellow color with a surprisingly decent cap of white foam. Retention is not too bad either and leaves a bit of lace here and there. Pretty decent looking light lager.

Green apples and light grains are about all I get on the nose here. It is not devoid of scent, but unfortunately what is there does not smell very appealing.

Carbonated water is the main flavor here with a bit of sweet corny grains making up the remainder. Surprisingly, it does have a noticeable hop bitterness and clean finish to it. It falls a bit short of average for a light lager, mainly due to the lack of discernable flavor.

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Photo of matty
3.38/5  rDev +67.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light yellow colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma and taste are light adjuncts.Smooth and when ice cold is really a hell of a beer.The perfect summer outing beer.Highly recommended for outdoor activities of all kinds.This is something that I always have and always will purchase.

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Milwaukee's Best Light from Miller Brewing Co.
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