Miller Lite | Miller Brewing Co.

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Miller LiteMiller Lite

Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.17%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of yeastlovehoppiness_greg
1.82/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

The first thing I noticed, this beer smells like a doctors office. Kind of that weird super sterile alcohol smell that makes you think you'll get a super virus. it has a bitter taste with a slightly skunky aftertaste. At least is is pretty smooth so it does have that going for it.

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Photo of cjgator3
1.81/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is my typical choice when I am out and the only options are the "big 3". Pours a golden straw color with lively carbonation and a decent head with little retention. Taste is better than most in the American light lager category but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of jegross2
1.81/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

2011 Can. Drinking it because there was left overs from cooking brats.

Appearance: Golden, see-through. Very fizzy. Pours a foamy white head.

Aroma: Smells like old captain crunch and college. Lots of grain/corn in the nose. There is a faint hop bitterness (from their "patented triple-hops brewing process" no doubt!).

Taste: College. Lots of corn flavor that probably goes great with chips at a party. There's some metallic can flavor in there too, but if you chug the beer you don't care or notice.

Mouthfeel: Extraordinarily light bodied, with lots of crisp carbonation. It is quite watery; perhaps just as much so as water.

Overall: Unless you are cooking brats or playing beer pong, there is no reason to drink this stuff. Even then, you should try a Marzen and Keystone (respectively).

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Photo of seeswo
1.81/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

2011 vintage 12 oz bottle 'vortex' poured into my Bruery tulip. Served at fridge temperature. The aggressive 'vortex' pour filled the tulip with less head than expected. Looks perfectly clear of junk, which I can see well because it is somewhere between the color of water and the color of straw. The head is gone almost immediately, other than a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Impressed with the clarity of the brew and nothing else. Smells of corn, and maybe a bit a wheat. Not much coming off the nose, really. Poor aroma. Flavor is muted by the carbonation that fills the mouth. Otherwise, I get corn again, and almost nothing else. This is advertised as 'triple hops brewed', but there is no hop presence. The tiniest hint of sweetness lingers behind and then fades. The mouthfeel is very light and thin, but aggressively carbonated. Almost abrasive, like a diet soda. It's funny, beers of this class are supposed to be very drinkable, but I find this to be less drinkable than many beers. Overall, this is just a poor beer. There is no way to rate consistency, but I added a touch to the overall based on the impressive nature of producing massive volumes of product the same at all times. That said, this beer tastes like almost nothing, smells like nothing, is overcarbonated and generally disappoints.

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Photo of IchabodcraneIpa
1.81/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

No need to waste a cup on this one we've all had it in every shape and size.

The color of this one is a light clear yellow color with a small head on top that possibly contains the triple hops brewed effect?

The smell of this one is water and corn not really much else going on at all.

The taste of this one is light and crisp like club soda with corn in it.

The mouthfeel of this is light as hell and it is sort of refreshing.

Overall it is easy to drink but that doesn't mean you should drink it. After all lava is easy to drink if you have a heatproof cup but it probably will do the same thing to your insides as miller lite.

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Photo of Montrose79
1.81/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A- Clear and golden. Not the most unattractive appearance

S- Smells like adjunct lager. Malty, clean, not getting much of the "Triple Hopped"

T- Not much hoppiness, malty

M- Thin, unappealing

Overall- I could drink one of these if it was 100 degrees in the summer and I had been working for 8 hours. Other than that, no thanks.

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Photo of jmich24
1.8/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12 oz can poured into tumbler pint.

A: One finger bright white head dissapates fast. Crystal creal bright yellow color. Tons of carbination from etched bottom.
S: Honestly it smells like an Adjunct lager. Sweet graininess, also a very very slight touch of grassiness(probably because it is triple hopped)
T: Tastes as smell suggests. Sweet highly carbinated zero bitterness.
M: Ultra thin and watery.
O: This beer loses big time points because the "drinkability" rating has been taken away. Overall terrible.

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Photo of jushoppy2beer
1.8/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

If you're really hot and thirsty, and you don't care much about flavor. Or if you're worried about calories, and you don't need a satisfying fullness, this is an okay beer. It is actually a rather typical American light lager, presumably of a pilsener style, but not flavorful enough to be worthy of that title. The beer is light colored with a decent head. It is virtually without aroma or taste on the palate, and it certainly leaves no aftertaste. The carbonation is nice, and the very thin texture in the mouth is refreshing and crisp if you're thirsty. I'll continue to drink these at summer baseball games, because you have little choice in most American ball parks.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
1.8/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this gem of a beer at my fantasy football draft. After my many complaints about the draft being to early before the regular season starts, the point breakdowns, and the league expanding from 10 to 12 teams, I figured the least I could do is not bitch about a free beer.

A) Consumed directly from the vortex bottle. I've lived in Wisconsin long enough to know what a Miller Lite looks like.

S) Not much on the nose at all. It's a combination of grain and water, bit of corn, slight sweetness.

T) This beer should only be served ice cold. I mean really ice cold. This is the only way to mask the unpleasant flavor. Sadly, this bottle was not ice cold. This allowed me to experience the watery, grainy, slightly sweet headache in a bottle. The finish is a tad
bitter, which must be the triple hops. Yeah, that's the ticket.

M) This is thin and fizzy.

O) What can I say about Miller Lite??? They gave us one of greatest beer ad campaigns of all time. The idea to use retired athletes and other celebrities to argue over the beer's qualities was great marketing. I still recall being on one side of gym during a game and yelling back and forth with the other side, Tastes Great! Less Filling!!! Good times... The answer however, is quite clear. This beer is less filling, because it tastes terrible.

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Photo of ikantspel
1.8/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

no need to fully review this. my go to when i go to a kickback or am gonna play some beer pong. if im going to buy a cheap domestic light beer this is pretty much what im going for. better taste than bud light and not watery like coors light. if anyone can recommend something better let me know

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Photo of bradford
1.78/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Straw pale in color. Huge foam head that leaves almost immediately. Comepletey see-through
Smelled like BO. Honestly the worst smelling beer I have ever had the displeasure of sniffing.
Tasted like nothing. Not even beer flavored water. How this wins awards at the World Beer Championshits or whatever is beyond me.
Mouthfeel was like water. No discernable hops, malt, yeast or anything
Not a tasty beer at all. Not very hard to slam these back, but not something really worth putting into your system. I know these Light Lagers get a bad rap on BA, and I usually try to drink with an open mind, especially since this is a lot of what is drunk here at parties, but this is just not very tasty

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Photo of emerge077
1.78/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

One of those beers that is always around at family gatherings but rarely drank, and even then never contemplated. It pours an extremely pale sickly yellow color, with a decent level of lasting surface coverage at least. Feeble head of loosely textured foam that resembles a scouring pad in density. Some wispy lace around the edges of the glass, and rapidly rising trails of champagne carbonation visible.

Basic soggy grain aroma, minerally wet dishrag, nondescript to the point of nonexistence.

Taste is dull and flat, ghostly pilsner malt and corn with a faint hint of apple from the lager yeast in the aftertaste. Watery and overly gassy with co2. Finishes very clean, like nothing almost. An ubiquitous macro, just one of those things that blends into the landscape, like stale pretzels and dirty ashtrays. Unexciting and bland from all angles.

Pairs well with reruns of BBQ Pitmasters and United States of Bacon.

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Photo of mogul37
1.78/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Just drank one from the bottle. Sure, it's a light macro, but it's probably the best of them because at least there's some flavor.
a- looks like all the light macros, except it's slightly darker than bud light
s- none to speak of
t- Very limited, with a little better hop character than its peers
m- fizzy; quickly feels like water
d- Granted, you can chug this stuff (though I'm not sure you'd want another

Overall, ahead of its peers, but that doesn't say much

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Photo of nicksta
1.78/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I would like to note that this is that last of a light beer trifecta that only used for the reviews and to get drunk while playing Killzone online.

A: The beer pours a very clear bright gold. It has a short, quick dying head that does have nice lacing.

S: The only smell is some adjuctly sweet malts.

T: The only taste is some sourness throughout the entire sip and some corn malts at the end of the sip.

M: Starts out good, but ends just as watery as a light beer should.

D: It is okay, but a little sharp at the end of a long chug.

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Photo of BARFLYB
1.78/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle, wait a second they make plastic bottles now. I thought that was stadium only. Ok, plastic bottle into a pint glass.

A- Miller Light pours out of the plastic bottle a pale yellow to golden color with minimum to no head, kind of looks like urine. I'm sorry, but that's what it looks like. Some fizz and bubbles emerge on the top. No lace.

S- The smell is light including very minimal grassy hops and processed corn. I can say that there is some skunkiness going on. no more, no less.

T- Very one sided with the corn and mild hop presense fighting to come through but barely making a wimper. I get more malts than hops but overall this tastes like carbonated water. There is no depth to this at all.

M- Very thin on the mouth and goes down like water with no dominate flavors causing any traffic. Kind of like sparkling water only worse. Miller light leaves a nasty taste in my mouth.

D- Those commercials are lying cause i cant drink much of this. I see this as a gulping/ chugging beer because of it's light nature but i can't take more than a big gulp without cringing at the overall affect of this beer.

This beer is an easy out if your going to a party or social event as it's appreciated and won't go to waste, so i guess that ML has this going for it. Money well spent!!

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Photo of Foxman
1.78/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It pours a pale, corn-silk yellow. Little head appears, and in no time there's no trace of any at all.

It smells as light as it should, I suppose, as in very little aroma. What's there is slightly sweet and stale.

There's a very mild grain component in the flavor, with little hop presence of any value. There's the mass-produced shadow of adjuncts lurking all about every taste.

There's little more texture or character than seltzer water. The carbonation is a plus, but the slick and vanishing feel is a considerable negative.

OK, it's a light beer, and that's the bottom line here. You can drink dozens, but my point is, why? To get drunk? I can't think of any reason why I would have another short of my brother pleading me to have one with him, and even then he'd have to sound as pathetic as he did last night. This is a solid no-go for me, though I suppose the drinkability will lead some to senseless abuse.

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Photo of leantom
1.78/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Wow, just a terrible beer. I enjoyed Bud and Coors far more than this one. Here goes:

A: Piss-yellow. No head or lacing. Surprisingly, VERY LITTLE carbonation, which was the only good point of Bud. and Coors in terms of appearance.

S: Corn. Tons of corn. While I smelled some barley and hops in Bud. and Coors, this one just has corn. Terrible.

T: Tons of corn. That's it.

F: Very little carbonation for an AAL. Makes the whole experience rather bland.

O: Will not have again. Much rather have Bud, Coors or even Corona.

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Photo of Gmann
1.77/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear straw color with a soapy white head that actually left some nice chunk lacing, to my suprise. Unfortunately, the smell is of grain, corny metallic twang, sweet, unpleasant. The taste is light, watery and grainy, corn like taste. The feel is watery and not as carbonated as other macros. Nothing great, good cooler beer.

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Photo of AleWatcher
1.77/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Had this on vacation--- recorded notes into my iphone and I am typing them up now. Central MO isn't known for its craft beer selection-- had a shit beer showdown one night...

Pale straw colored fizzy yellow with a 2 finger head leaving decent lacing.... perhaps the triple hops brewing is paying off!!

This tastes more like corn than Busch does.... Very weak nose. Slight flowery/floral hop note. Can't get much more than that-- faint malt ans corn.

Tastes watered down-- less filling. Very bland. This really tastes and feels watery. Almost seems to need more carbonation. I was actually checking the freshness dating, and this can was only 3.5 weeks old.

Really disappointed in this one during our shit-beer showdown- I was expecting more. I'm trying my best to review these to style, but I'm shocked to see how far above the average I have been lately.

Despite all it's flaws, I could easily pound 10 of these... I just have no desire to.

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Photo of Andyyyyyy
1.76/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

The beer looks good as in there is nothing floating in the beer such as a dead squirrel or an employees toenail clippings so that's a win. The rest is pretty self explanatory. Cheap beer, cheap taste, on a high note, you do get the feeling of drinking water when it hits your palate. I am pretty sure this tricks your mind into thinking your rehydrating. There's the silver lining !

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Photo of nickd717
1.76/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle. Well, I'd call this one just about average for a light lager. This is actually the best of the Big 3 light beers, which is sort of like saying that Scottish terrier crap is the best tasting variety of dog crap. Wait, what is this? "Triple-hops brewed" with a "great pilsner taste?" If I'm rating to style, I've got this all wrong! This beer is obviously intended to be a world-class pilsner with a prominent hop character. With that in mind, let's do this, shall we?

Very pale yellow color, white head. Somewhat fizzy and soda-like.

Aroma? What aroma? Did my nose suddenly fail me? must be that faint corny smell. A little sweet grainy malt as well. Not being terribly offensive saves this from a 1.0. Where are the hops?

Lots of corn in what little flavor there is. Pilsner? Not even close. The massive hop additions they claim seem to have brought this beer to about a whopping 10 IBUs. Less taste, less filling.

Watery and light on the palate. Not nearly as clean and crisp as a great pilsner.

Drinkable? Sure, but so is water. My overall impression on this beer though is not a very good one. This was review number #666 for me, which is appropriate, because this beer is, in the words of Bobby Boucher's mom on "The Waterboy," "The devil!"

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Photo of MrHolland
1.76/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a bright light yellow color with minimal head retention. Very faint smell could not pick up any noticeable scents. Taste is not good, but is alright for an american macro, watery with some malts. Highly carbonated mouthfeel. Only drink this when it's free, so it's not as bad.

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Photo of Ellbert
1.76/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I didn't really enjoy this beer at all. It was watery like most other lite beers i have had. Definitely nothing much to this beer. If i am going to have a light beer from any of the macros i would pass this up and go to a bud light, however I would pass that up and go for a Sam Adams light.

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Photo of goblue3509
1.76/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a golden color with visible carbonation, and little head. The aroma is well missing. Nothing but a musty water smell. The taste is of a slight hop bitterness yet with a bite of skunky beer to it. The mouthfeel is okay not overly carbonated. The drinkability is low, you could have one or two and no more. It is a simplistic beer, instead of triple hop brewing their one hop they could add some citrus notes or some other more flavorful hops.

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Photo of nlmartin
1.76/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The beer looks like beer. The body is a darker yellow than a few lite beers I have had. The head is white and rocky; however, the head quickly falls apart. The aroma is of cooked grain and little else. The flavors are briefly sweet grain. This gives way to a metallic flash of flavor. The body of the beer is thin. The carbonation is active but fails to improve the beer. Drinkability uh no. Yet another beer for people who dont like beer.

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Miller Lite from Miller Brewing Co.
2.28 out of 5 based on 4,469 ratings.
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