Frederick Miller's Classic Chocolate Lager | Miller Brewing Co.

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Frederick Miller's Classic Chocolate LagerFrederick Miller's Classic Chocolate Lager
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Frederick Miller's Classic Chocolate LagerFrederick Miller's Classic Chocolate Lager

Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Gold Medal winner entered as "Temptation Bock" at the 2005 GABF in the Herb and Spice Beer category.

Added by TastyTaste on 09-18-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 46
Photo of deliriumtremens
1.23/5  rDev -62.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I have no idea how anyone tastes any chocolate in this beer. I'm a huge fan of Young's Double Choclate Stout, and Rogue's Chocolate Stout - both very good beers. This, however, is not chocolate.

I was willing to give this stuff a try, despite it being from Miller. After all, I don't entirely hate Leinenkugel and Michelob and Blue Moon - so just being owned by/produced by BMC doesn't necessarily make a beer crap. Horrible flavor and smell, on the other hand...

Here's the best way for me to describe the taste of this beer... Brew a pot of coffee. Preferrably cheap Folgers or something similar. Then put the open pot into the refrigerator. Go to the store and buy some cabbage, tomatoes, carrots, green peppers, etc. Put these in the refrigerator as well. Don't put them in plastic bags, or the crisper drawer - just out on the shelf. Then wait about 3 months. At that time, throw away the blackened husks of decomposed vegetables, and drink the rotten grocery-infused stale coffee. Miller's "Chocolate" Lager tastes almost exactly like that.

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Photo of aforbes10
1.33/5  rDev -59.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Miller was serving this at the Great Lakes Brew Fest this year and i made the mistake of making eye contact with the dude serving it. He made me come try it because i think i looked like a miller drinker. poured hazlenut syrup brown with a similarly colored small head. smelled like cold hot chocolate and tasted the same. No beer presence detectable, just old, cold watery hot chocolate. who are they thrying to appeal to with this crap? little sugar craving children? suicidal dogs? needless to say i do not recommend this one.

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Photo of MaxOfMetal
1.5/5  rDev -54.4%

Photo of aleyeast
1.52/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

As expected from a giant, the color, carbonation, and slight head are all good.

The smell is chocolate, the taste is chocolate, the mouthfeel is thin. This was undrinkable in my opinion. I used to drink Yoo-Hoo as a kid and it's pretty close to that, sort of a dark chocolate version of yoo-hoo, but Yoo Hoo is more balanced.

"brewed with chocolate nibs and natural chocolate flavor", no kidding.

Wash your glass good after this one, the chocolate aroma lingers.

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Photo of mtullius
2.17/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Once this became available as a single at my beer store, I was willing to try it. It is a nice amber color, much darker than most Miller products.

The nose is so bizarre that it's probably worth buying one just to sample its weirdness. My first impression was Cocoa Puffs. My wife likened it to a scratch-n-sniff chocolate. Whatever the case, it's a highly artificial "chocolate" aroma. It is very very strong.

The flavor is pretty much the same: it's only chocolate in the sense that Qwik is chocolate. Very artificial, overly sweet, and it overwhelms any "beer" characteristics there might have been (this is probably no real loss-- it IS Miller, after all).

Hard to finish the bottle, but I soldiered through. Recommended only in a freak show kind of way.

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Photo of bucko
2.26/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

The beer pours a translucent shade of brown with a small tan head. The aroma is that of cocoa powder and non-descript, slightly artificial sweetness. The flavor is much the same... cloying sweetness with an overblown "this one goes to 11" addition of chocolate. Step back Frederick! Ease off on the chocolate (or "chocolate" ?) man! Yikes. Mouthfeel and carbonation are pleasant and appropriate. Drinkability? No thanks. I had to pass the other three on to other willing subjects. Poor bastards.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.43/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a deep amber brown with a clear body and a creamy light chocolate tan head that last a good while.

S- This beer has a strong smell of hot cocoa with the background of lightly roasted chocolate nibs with a slight sweetness of milk chocolate. I think it is my imagination but I detect a hint of marshallow in the finish aswell. No matter how much I sniff I don't smell any malt.

T- This beer has a strong taste of cold hot cocoa with a slight tang of sweetness in the finish. As this beer warms the taste is more like a chocolate nougat.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel

D- This beer is very chocolaty but there are no qualites that taste like beer. I would put this in the malternative category but it is a nice malternative.

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Photo of NEDmiller
2.5/5  rDev -24%

Photo of Bighuge
2.55/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Clear mahogany. Thin off beige head. The head doesn't last long and recedes to a thin collar that leaves little lace. Smells like a chocolate hard candy. That's it. Pretty intense aroma of chocolate. But that's it. I like hints of chocolate in my porters, coffee stouts, etc... But this is too much for me. It's a liquid version of those chocolate hard candies. Artificial aspect to this. And overly sweet. Not much of a semblence to beer here. I don't care for it.

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Photo of MillRat
2.67/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Deceptively packaged with the Miller logo small and to the bottom of the label and 4-pack. Looks for all the world like a micro.

The beer pours a nice brown with glints of garnet and and beige head that disappears quickly. The aroma promises plenty of chocolate and caramel, but the flavor fails to quite live up to that promise. There's plenty of chocolate flavor, but it's more of the liquorish variety, like a cross between Tia Maria and Kahlua than the kilned malt and bitter dark cocoa flavor I've come to expect from a beers billed as chocolate. This could have something to do with it being a lager as opposed to the chocolate ales I'm more used to. Hops are nowhere to be found. The beer is bock-like in its mouthfeel. This is not a particularly heavy, hoppy, or sweet beer, but the chemical-like chocolate flavor lingers and keeps the next one in the fridge and out of my hand.

Certainly the most interesting Miller product I've had in a while, but that's faint praise.

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Photo of bzach
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

2.77/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. time 2006 release. A gracious offering from a neighbor. I can only assume it's been in his refrigerator since it was purchased.

A vigorous pour into a 16 oz. Pilsner trumpet.
Dark, caramel colored with a solid, dense three finger vanilla ice cream colored head that rose above the top of the glass. Stiff enough to hold & not spill over. By the time it was evidence of head or lace.

Smells of creamy dark chocolate, cocoa powder, toasted marshmallows, with a hint of vanilla & a trace of mint(?). A surprising, faint whiff of alcohol.

Taste is like flat Ovaltine & stale malted milk balls. Like fermented YooHoo. Thin & a little watery with a semi sweet finish. After taste reminds me of chewing on a spent fudgsicle stick.

The mouth is flat with absolutely no hop presence to speak of. IF...there ever was any, it's long gone. Not surprising. Finish is flat & sweet. Any initial carbonation was apparently released on the pour.

Palatable...this is a novelty beer (beer is a stretch here). It's not surprising that they only brewed it one time...I only needed to try it once.

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2.78/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours to a very carbonated deep black hue. Head is a dark tan that fades by the end of this sentence. Nose is a crazy sweet fudgy chocolate mash up. Super sweet as it enters the mouth with notes of coco, vanilla, and coffe that come off kind of like a toostie roll. Finish is realatively thin. Mouthfeel is a syrupy sweet hue. Really lacks complexity. Not a bad try though.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.91/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly hazed dark maroon body, nice looking white head. I can't believe this thing is made with only chocolate malts, the smell is exactly that of hershey's syrup, very sugary. The taste is very sweet at first, with chocolate start to finish. Slightly bitter finish, but the chocolate taste is absurd and overdone. Still, I have had worse, and it is a good try. Turn the chocolate down a bit, Miller.

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Photo of tapman
2.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Miller makes a decent beer,
wonder of wonders, miracle of miracles.

Dark, rosewood color with a coffee head that dissipates within about a minute and a half but leaves a decent lacing that stays constant. Highly carbonated.

Aromas of chocolate and either lactase or vanilla, or both to add a creaminess to the brew. No hops that I can smell.

Very chocolaty. Reminds me of Hershey's chocolate syrup, which isn't necessarily a good thing, much too sweet for repeat drinking. Vanilla is present upon tasting, also. Not much else to this beer. Maybe they used a little bit of oatmeal to darken it up, but its hard to say.

Feels syrupy.

An interesting beer, this dark chocolate lager, but I'm always skeptical of the Macros. I'm thinking chocolate flavored syrup and corn syrup for added sweetness. I don't drink soda-pop because of the processed sugar in it, and this beer rubs me in a similar wrong way. Still, its a good Miller product and that's saying something. Worth a try.

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Photo of neonbrown82
2.96/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer was brought to my tasting last night. Not surprisingly, it was one of the top contenders for drain fodder from our taste line-up.

The beer pours to a dark chocolatey caramel color with a thin off-white head. Looks alright, but I could stand to argue that I should deduct some points from the appearance because the smell is so horrid. If I can smell the fake-ass chocolate when I am looking at the glass from across the room, you know it's going to be bad. (Note: I didn't actually deduct from the appearance score... heheh)

The smell, as I've noted is of vanilla and chocolate extract, and LOTS of it. Smells like vanilla and cocoa powder. All I need is eggs, some flour, butter, and milk, then I could use this beer to make brownies from scratch. It was definitely overkill. The flavor isn't much better. The best thing it has going for it is that it doesn't have a stinky vegetal lager flavor. I still wouldn't be able to finish a whole bottle. I'd much rather eat a brownie.

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Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of TechMyst
3.03/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black color with orange transmittance. Malt and cocoa scent. Tried one that was a little warmer than I wanted and I think it made the head rise more than normal. about 2 inches. No bubbles were rising visibly. Chocolate and malt taste. Medium mouthfee with slightly slick palate. Thought the 1st was terrible, but the 2nd it was quite good, my palate adjusted. good enough to get a nice little buzz going...

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Photo of MrVisegrips
3.03/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour is a deep dark brown with a medium head. The aroma is heavy on cocoa powder with light vanilla and caramel. Flavors follow that of the aroma. Not a particularly interesting beer but not bad either. Overall, this brew is worth a try. Some will like it more than many.

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Photo of botham
3.06/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

pours a chocolate brown (no pun intended), with one finger of light brown head that retains for a minute or so. the beer is somewhat transparent for the color, with a dark ruby brown hue showing through in light.

smells strongly of chocolate. little else. hints of coffee, toffee, and a touch of graininess are present, but the chocolate overpowers them. just like smelling a liquidated hershey's bar.

taste is still chocolate, but with much more to work with. the roasted malts are right alongside the cocoa bean, with a hint of grain to add to the mix. the taste is sweet, but not as sweet as it smells.

aftertaste is mostly hops, with some chocolate residue. a good one for dessert.

mouthfeel is thick and smooth, like melted chocolate. the thickness adds to the richness of the brew, lowering the drinkability.

drinkability is not very good. this one is very sweet and rich, which can be great in certain circumstances, but multiple bottles would take a toll on the stomach.

overall, this is a wonderful beer for chocolate lovers. very smooth, thick and rich, it moves away from the term "beer" a bit, but is crafted well for its purposes.

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Photo of mcallister
3.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beer poured a light shade of brown with minimal head that left very little lacing behind.

This beer did give off a very pleasing aroma full of milk chocolate and hints of malt in the background.

A solid effort here by Miller Brewing Company. Full of sweet milk chocolate, almost like drinking liquid chocolate, hints of malt, no hops I can detect but very satisfying. Mouthfeel is medium I would have preferred a beer this style to be much more full. Sweetness is somewhat cloying and would be difficult too drink more than one.

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Photo of ADR
3.2/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Transparent dark brown color with orange highlights. Middling tan head of little lasting-power. Weak laces, some short horizontal stripes. Flowery chocolate aroma, seems to have a candy bar sense. Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation is not excessive and actually subdued and well-done. Powerfully chocolate flavor, not a lot else to contradict the effect. A little too saccharine overall, elements of vanilla, sweetened milk, even some maple sugar give the brew an almost Tootsie Roll taste. Finishes slightly diminished in body. Not a bad idea, better than Michelob Celebrate (at least the original vanilla version), but its a little too much with too much of a sugary sweetness.

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Photo of Jredner
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big cocoa aroma leans more toward chocolate milk and hot chocolate than chocolat malt. The body is a dark a ruddy auburn brown and the head is firm, diminishing and bubbly. Thin lightly tart fore followed by dry cocoa notes in abundance with some mild juicy dark fruit notes int he finish. The finish is better than the fore as it isn’t so dry and forced. Not bad, but not worthy of praise as an attempt by miller to make a better beer, in my opinion. Though a good start I guess.

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Photo of matjack85
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of thebigredone
3.3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wow. I never even knew this beer was produced until tonight. My neighbor bought several cases of this back in 2006 and has been cellaring/slowly drinking them since.

This beer surprises me for two reasons. First, Miller actually branched out and tried to produce something different (different for them, at least). Second, this beer weighs in at 5.5% ABV, my neighbor has cellared it for six years, and it still tastes pretty good.

Think of this as Choklat with a thinner mouthfeel and a more Hershey's/artifical chocolate taste. Overall, surprisingly a decent offering from Miller. Does it compare to some of the craft brew offerings, not really. However, this is a step up from the normal BMC products in my opinion, especially being six years old.

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Frederick Miller's Classic Chocolate Lager from Miller Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.29 out of 5 with 55 ratings
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