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: American Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2002

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.95/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This review is part of a head-to-head, can-to-can slugfest with Bud Select. Milwaukee's Best Light is rated higher (2.59 vs. 2.26) which surprised me a little. Let's take the gloves off and see which American light lager is standing at the final bell. A KO is extremely doubtful.

Clear, pale amber; just like the Bud. This beer is a quarter shade darker, more golden amber. There's slightly more visible carbonation here as well. The head is where BS (now there's an ironic set of initials) pulls ahead. The head on the Bud is whiter, lasts longer and looks higher in quality. The MBL head is initially off-white, but looks dirty gray as it quickly falls to a barely covering film. No lace.

The noses are similar; weak, grainy and far from pleasant. Neither one seriously offends though. I have to give a slight nod to the MBL. It's more corny and slightly more sweet than the artificial smell of the Bud.

Milwaukee's Best Light wins the all-important flavor comparison. It's a little sweeter, which, strangely enough, makes lousy beer somehow more drinkable to me. It's also horribly undermalted (hey look, low carbs!) with a near complete absence of hops/bitterness.

Like the Bud, there's a short, truncated finish (which is a blessing when you think about it). The body/mouthfeel is pathetically light; similar to Bud's mouthfeel with the exception of the level of carbonation. The MBL is a little flatter which makes its mouthfeel less pleasing.

At the final bell, both beers are still standing, but are bloodied and bowed. In a hard fought contest, I have to give the edge to Milwaukee's Best Light simply because flavor trumps all else for me. MBL suffers in the appearance and mouthfeel categories, but makes up for it in the smell and taste arena. Let's face it, neither one is very drinkable and I'm glad that this thing has come to an end. Now please excuse me while I go eat something to try to make it up to my taste buds.

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Photo of pentathlete
2.04/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Popped the can and poured into a 22 oz burgundy glass. Not the right thing for a lager, but I wanted to see if it would doll this beer up some. And it did. Clear dark straw color. White foamy head, but it didn't last long. Though there was some wet lacing, not too sticky, left on the glass. Smell is a little musty, slightly corny, maybe I have some brett residue in my nose.

Taste was slightly malty. Couldn't locate the hops. Tastes like lightly-corn-flavored soda water. Bitterness comes from the carbonation. Mouthfeel suffers greatly from this aspect.

Not much to distinguish it. Watery enough to quench a thirst. Not enough character to enhance a meal. Best left in the can and used (judiciously) when doing yard work or when that brother-in-law you hate stops by for a cold one.

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Photo of ZAP
2.7/5  rDev +49.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Re-rate(forgot I had rated this before).

Not as bad as I had it pegged...actually looks decent...nose is basic cooked corn and cereal grains....body is light but doesn't seem to be in teh coors light category for lightness....actually a pleasant little sweetness to the flavor....clean..easy drinking...not bad for a light beer and the would be interesting to do a blind taste test with this...Lite....and MGD Lite and High Life Lite and see which comes out in front....not much difference between the four if you ask me...
----Review 5-4-02---

Went to a party tonight...this was what was served...popped about 10...if you rate this against the bottom of the barrel price beers it's above average..the best thing about it is it doesn't taste horrible (A ringing endorsement huh) has very little smell, body, or taste but it doesn't offend you...Like I told the wife just now..I had about 10 but don't feel affected much and would much rather have 3 good bock's instead. If I was looking for a beer that I could drink a ton of without it actually tasting bad this would be ok....A really watered down low taste beer that like I said doesn't offend, but lacks everything that is good about beer.

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Photo of santoslhalper
1.22/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Had this beer at my nieghbors place, and I must say it's crap. Has the smallest amount of flavor possible in a beer, and that flavor is mainly old corn. This truly is a sad excuse for a beer. No color, head, smell, or taste. The college kids can keep this one.

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Photo of JackStraw22
1.8/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

This beer holds a special place in my heart for getting me through four years of college. Unless you're throwing a huge frat party, though, there really isn't any reason to buy this.

The only thing that's actually a plus (besides the price) is the drinkability of the beer. Extreemly light and crisp.

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Photo of TheDeuce
2.52/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5


Appearance-golden brown color, one inch head that is long gone very soon.

Smell-DNS, light grain, no hops, not much going on.

Taste-crisp, a twang as it leaves the mouth, while it was in there I detected a little bit of husky grain, not much else going on here, but wasn't entirely unpleasent.

Mouthfeel-Very odd grainy aftertaste, goes down ok but not smooth by any means.

Drinkability-at 9.99 a thirty pack you can have as many as you want, universally tolerated and respected by college kids everywhere.

Overall-Beast light manages to be leaps and bounds better than Beast, I have no explanation for that. It is not a good beer by any means but when you are low on funds this beer is suprisingly acceptable and even somewhat refreshing on a hot day. It doesn't have much flavor even compared to Bud Light, Miller Lite, or Coors Light but at least it had some as opposed to Natural Light, which was like water. You know what your in for when ya get it, enjoy.

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Photo of jvajda
1.1/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Barely apparent yellowness.
Smell: Like a stagnant creek.
Taste: Hardly a trace of flavor. Nasty corn tones, not much else. It's repulsive.
Mouthfeel: Weak and nonexistent in the mouth.
Drinkability: Better than others in it's class because of it's complete lack of taste. A really miserable beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.29/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale straw gold body beneath a full head of bright white foam that holds surprisingly well for the style and leaves some very nice, thin lace about the glass. Plumes of tiny bubbles race towards the surface indicating that it's fairly well carbonated. A generic beer aroma greets you in the nose with some mild, sweetish adjunct-laden malt, a spritz of hops, and a delicate waft of yeasty sulphur. The body is light and its fine-bubbled carbonation lends a gentle zest to the tongue. The flavor is limited, even for a light beer, but it's very well-balanced. It finishes almost without notice, leaving behind a trace amount of generic beer flavor that fades quickly. It's refreshing, but not very satisfying, and there are much better light beers available.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
1.9/5  rDev +5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Fizzy yellow with a big overcarbonated white head dwindles quickly leaves behind specks of lacing. Aroma: Mild sweetness predominantly corn in there with a touch of grassiness possibly hops. Taste: A bit harsh offness grainy and not appetising in anyway, mild sweetness astringent corn adjuncts and weird grassy bitterness. Mouthfeel: Light bodied meant for chugging contests. Drinkability: Yes you can drink a case if you really wanted one of the worst hangovers of your life, and besides it looks the same on the way in as does going out.

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Photo of cptnjck101
1.78/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Beast is a beer for frat boys and people looking to get drunk for cheap. I won't go into specifics, tastes bad, smells bad, is bad. If your looking to get drunk on a budget or need to get massive groups of people drunk though, this is definatley the go-to beer. Otherwise, steer clear of this piss.

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Photo of beertaster13
2.22/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

My uncle invited my wife and I over for a barbeque and he had 3 choices of beer, (bud, Mil Best Ice, and Mil Best Light) Since I wanted to expand my pallete of beers tasted I went for the Milwaukee's Best Light. The apperance was light straw yellow and had a little fizzle for a head but not much. The smell was of light grain and corn. The taste while very watered down, wasn't putrid or sickening, but about what I expected. Felt flat but very refreshing in the mouth, drikable on a hot day like this one, it also went good washing down a few brats.

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Photo of francisweizen
1.33/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

beast light from the bottle...I had this the other night at a friends house...and it was very bad! Especially compared to the Brooklyn, BCS I was drinking the rest of the night. This poured out an ugly, fizzy, clearish yellow colour with a little spritzy head. I have to give it another point on appearance, just because I actually poured it into a glass. The aromas were of stale bread, and nasty old vintage seltzer water. The taste was a bit better than the canned version of this, but it was still really nasty. This stuff has such a thin mouthfeel, it;s like drinking nothing at all...and the drinkability: non-existant.
Very bad, even for a mass produced light lager...stay way! and jeez, if you really have to drink this, at least pour it into a glass!

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Photo of TastyTaste
1.98/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I have probably had 100's of cans of this stuff in my lifetime, but don't cry for me. It is yellow and plain looking, with a white head. Taste is very weak, with no flavors except for corn, skunk, and cereal. It is cheap and plentiful, and it served it's purpose.

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Photo of grynder33
1.55/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Very clear light gold color, looked flat,few bubbles no head,a little whiff of malt and hop at the beginning, turned to a sour corn smell quickly.Thin adjunct malt taste,just a hint of sweetness all which evaporate quickly. Gave it a couple points because it had no aftertaste rather than a bad aftertaste. it sure says a lot about this nation that this beer is so popular

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Photo of 99bottles
1.77/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

I'm going to break convention, and review this beer even though I have been to this site more than once. (shuddup man, BEAST rulez! I give it a 5.0 ! ) Take note, I am currently a college senior and I have been waltzing in craft brew wonderland for nearly a year. I now routinely buy $30 cases of interesting micros and actually find it painful to consume this and other $8/ case $35/ keg beers with my drunken cohorts on the weekends. Anyways, Beast is nothing special. Pours a very thin white head off the kegerator in my living room. Roomates insit upon it, even though I have swindled an occasional keg of Boston Ale or other closeout special in there. Light yellow color, stale grain nose, abdundant carbonation. Not as watery as other super cheap macro lights and certainly drinkable when served cold. Allow it to warm on a table while playing drinking games, and it becomes 'open your gullet and suck' drinkable. What can one say? There's a market for this beer, and it is enjoyed by many. I wish I could enlighten some of these folks and show them the pleasures of a weizenbock or an imperial stout, but alas, beer appreciation is something that one arrives at on his own accord. Cheers to all, and enjoy your drink, whethter it be a plastic cup of Beast light or a goblet of Westvleteren 12.

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Photo of SchmichaelJ
1.53/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Once in a while a random can of cheap beer appears in my fridge, whose origns remain unknown. This can of Beast Light is an example of such. It poured a bright, clean pale yellow. The small head fizzled away in no time. Very bubbly. A harsh, rather astringent smell of stale hops was present. The taste was of weak weak hops, and a hint of watered-down malt base. The beer finished rather dry, with no aftertaste, which was a bit of a relief. I can only imagine what the aftertaste might have been. Mouthfeel was a bit like club soda...the artificial carbonation was on prominent display. This beer's great for college parties and keggers, and I suppose it's one of the least terrible macro light beers. But I wouldn't recommend it if you like to enjoy what you drink.

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Photo of Jason
2.91/5  rDev +60.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz sliver, white and blue can with no freshness date.

Appearance: Perfect ultra-filtered clarity in an extremely pale yellow brew, the white lace clings to the glass for a bit.

Smell: Odd twang from the cereal grains and minute use of hops. Smells of cooked corn grits.

Taste: Very light bodied with an upfront and quick crispness that is aimed to quench. Little malt flavour, its hard to find. Cereal grains are more abundant with a cooked veggie flavour. Mild yet growing astringency, hops are faint and difficult to pinpoint. Odd feeling in the mouth as it dry and leaves a grain husk that is bone dry.

Notes: At $7.99 a 30 pack what do you expect, cured my thrist on a hot day but then I had to switch to an other beer.

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Photo of elmocoso
2.58/5  rDev +42.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a true, light gold color, and maintaines a thin lacy coating of head (better than most beers i have sampled in its class).

Smell is nothing spectacular, but pretty clean.

Mouthfeel is decent for a light beer of its class. I am drinking it rather warm though.

Taste is nothing special but decent for the price. If you are into this kind of stuff, i suggest it. It is affordible and drinkible - a recipie for disaster!

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Photo of ElGuapo
2.3/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

you can drink it, and people do cuz they can afford it. it is better than coors and anh-busch shit, but it is still cheap american light beer. you can put them down for a night, but i'd highly recommend to have a few good beers first

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Photo of Beastdog75
2.05/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

This stuff is a lot better than regular Beast. It's a lot less harsh i.e. it doesn't have that poisonous metal taste to it that regular Beast has. Its a cheap beer and it does taste that way.

Beast Light pours a straw color that is lighter than regular Milwaukee's Best. It actually formed a decent head, but it not surprisingly disappeared rather quick. For a light beer, the smell is actually stronger than its standard counterpart. Light adjunct grain smell with some alcohol, and a tiny bit of a soapy smell. Mouthfeel? Watery. For the taste, it started off a little bitter on the tip of the tongue, and some light grain tastes followed that. Elsewhere, it was as watery as you would expect a light beer to be. Very little aftertaste save for some light grain/adjuncts. No alcoholic warmth, either.

The stuff is drinkable and can be refreshing I suppose, but there are better light beers out there (if you have to drink a light). I'm a college guy, and even I won't make a regular habit out of this stuff.

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Photo of bditty187
1.34/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer is one of those that need to be avoided at all costs, all the time (as does regular Best). Why drink it? It’s cheap? So what! Pour a little bit of rubbing alcohol into a class of cold water and abracadabra: Milwaukee's Best Light!

Two Thumbs down!!

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Photo of BrewAskew
2.4/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Economical, readily available, very fizzy, beerish-tasting soda pop. Keep the expectations low and the serving temps even lower. I'm happy just to slake my thirst with ice cold Beast Light on a hot day when a real beer is too "busy". For what it is, it ain't bad and It has a more satisfying flavor than hyped-up Bud, in my opinion. It has no "beechwood aging" or the "finest rice" to nasty it up. It helps that it has no stupid marketing campaign to insult me, either.
Update: This beer has been bumped by Icehouse as my cheap beer-of-choice. For 15 to 20 cents more I can buy a more flavorful 6 or 12 pk of Icehouse in bottles at the grocery store.

Update 11/2005: Uh, there is now an ad campaign for Beast Light. It's kind of entertaining, but it does push a misguided macho agenda, IMO. So, if you live in the universe of this commercial, you'd better have quick reflexes as you pour yourself a Duvel or Chimay at your buddy's Super Bowl party lest you be crushed by a giant can of the Beast for being less than a "real man".

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Photo of proc
1.47/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This reminded me of rancid water. I am not kidding. It had a very unsetlling metallic taste that on the finish reminded me of dirty water. This one isn't good. For girl's dorms, soriority house and for old ladies named Mabel.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.05/5  rDev +68.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ah, Beast light. "Classic Taste at its best"....Not really, but around here it is the cheapest 30 case around, so I have spent more money on this than any other beer. It gets us all as wasted as we want to be for a minimum price. It's extremely carbonated, and has often been known to make people run around naked and pee on things. Not a great beer, but hey, you get what you pay for. Regardless, I am having one right now.

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Photo of budgood1
2.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

back in my youthful days this was the swill of choice because it was cheap and went down like silk and got us where we wanted to go. of course now, i don't drink it. but i picked up a single to review and can honestly say this one of the few lagers where the light version is much better than the "heavy" version. smells pretty disgusting (adjuncts) but the taste is pretty tame and really doesn't offend too much. pretty watered down but i'd say it's a better light beer than most others.

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Milwaukee's Best Light from Miller Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 1.81 out of 5 with 701 ratings