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 veech
2.98/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Considering the beer style and the other macro lights, Miller lite wins hands down(except when compared to SA light).A: Light yellow with little carbonation, head or lacing. S: Corn, grain and other adjuncts with maybe the slightest trace of mild hops T: This has more taste than Coors, and esp Bud but that's about it. A little body with the mildest of grain and corn taste, but not too bad considering. I drank half of a Bud light just prior to this and had I reviewed it then I probably would have given 4's across the board by comparison. M: thin and watery D: Pretty darn good esp. in hot weather and as a palate cleanser from Bud light. Miller Lite was the good stuff in high school and college. Thank God I'm not in high school and college anymore.

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Photo of Phatz
2.14/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

What odd experience today. I was at Lancaster's new minor league baseball stadium and the vendor is carrying bottles of beer up and down the isles and I swear it looked like water bottle tops. Wouldn't you know Miller and Miller light in plastic bottles at the Lancaster Barnstormers baseball game. Who'd a thunk it?

Appearance: This beer is straw yellow gold.

Smell: It smells like corn and other adjunct create a typical macro aroma. very small. Straub has a corn aroma as well but it is more pleasant than Miller Light IMO.

Taste: Dry light and watery with a sweet malt and sour corn flavor that doesn't taste at all like the beautiful hops I love in an IPA. In all fairness this is supposed to be a light larger so I shouldn't complain about light flavors but there are certainly better (and worse).

Mouthfeel: It is very dry and fizzy. Watery!

Drinkability: If you are looking for a guzzler beer for beer bong this will do like any swill. It works when sitting in the sun at a baseball game but otherwise, pass.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of witster18
2.5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

this beer is not good but far from horrible for the style..
It does have some descent characteristics.
It has a flavor unlike any other light macro. One of the few distictive beers of its style. It is very light on carbs and calories and does have much more flavor than most. Unfortunately that flavor comes off as bitter and corn filled. Very Cold I might accept one if its' A. free B. extremely cold and C. I'm on a 'serious' diet.
Not much good to say other than its better than every other huge player-but unfortunately not worth the 4.99 a six-pack. Not with PBR and definately not if you have Schlitz as an inexpensive option. Utterly distinctive yet utterly forgettable. There is a pleasant sweetness early that hints of hellas style which is kinda nice...

if you have someone who is truly in-the-know on macro's they will attest that this is one of the most 'natural', if not least adjunct ridden brews in the catagory. The brewing process of this one is really held at a little higher standard than some of the others in the catagory, and the result is a notch above for that reason. Not good... but better than BudLt, Michlt, Bud, or any other masspro AB product for sho.

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Photo of jpkoch1962
1.25/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Had a pitcher of this with my Father at the local Sports bar. Straw yellow with tons of carbonation. No aroma. Served ice cold. After the carbonation assault, a taste of cooked corn came through. Hints of old socks, and shoes made themselves known before the cooked corn returned for the finish. This beer is so full of adjuncts that it should be given a different name. It's been years since I've drank one of these that I truly forgot how awful they are. Couldn't finish my glass.

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Photo of lancecjohnson
3.1/5  rDev +36%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was my first light beer, and I tried to make the scores reflect the usually lowered expectations for this particular style. I was hanging out with some friends, and this was all they had. I was thirsty, so I figured I'd give it a try. It should also be noted that I drank it right out of the bottle.

It didn't have too strong of a taste either way, so it was pretty easy to get down. Like I mentioned before, I was thirsty, and it did the job as a thirst quencher. It gets a bit less appealing the further down the bottle you go, but it's still drinkable, and I liked it enough to have another.

If all you want is to quench your thirst and have something beer-ish without having the alcohol overpower you, this does the job just fine. I can see myself drinking this again if it's available at a party, but it's a safe bet that I'd never buy this for myself.

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Photo of dustylong
3.08/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Once again..I must consider the style when reviewing a beer. Pours a very light yellow color with a small head, and little retention or lacing (poured from a bottle into a mug). Has little smell to it...standard cheap beer smell to it. Has a lighter beer taste to it...tastes kind of like a pilsner. Light feel in the mouth with a good amount of caronation. For a domestic light beer not too bad...better than Bud Light IMHO...

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Photo of milljs
4.1/5  rDev +79.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You have to rate beer by what it is. Miller Lite is the original light beer and is the only premium american light beer worth drinking. Good color, aroma, and taste. Does not have that skunk smell that bud light has. Truly the best american light beer. Great Taste....Less Filling

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.03/5  rDev -11%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Drank this straight from the can on a camping trip.

Ahh Miller Light. We have a love-hate relationship don't we? This is pretty much all I drank in high school and college, and believe it or not we actually considered this "good" beer (compared to Keystones or "The Beast"). I actually don't know what this beer looks like in a glass since I've always had it straight from the can ....or bottle if I had a little extra cash and really felt like living it up. The only time I've ever actually seen what this beer looks like is when it's foamed into a plastic cup at a kegger, or when I've yacked it back up (gimme a break...we were all young and stupid once).

From a can, the scent smells like a bowling alley and tastes like sucking on a penny. This is much better from a bottle. Tastes like adjuncts..mainly corn and aluminum.

The major redeeming quality of this beer is that it's almost complete lack of scent or taste makes it go down easier than almost anything I've ever had. After a hot day outside, I could pretty much down one of these in one go. CHUG CHUG CHUG....ahhh.

There is really nothing to be enjoyed about this beer other than the thirst quenching sting in the throat from all of the carbonation. Drink this ice cold and as quickly as really is very refreshing.

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Photo of BuffaloBilly
2.88/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big name american light beer. That's what it is. Not worth the price for me. watered down high life pretty much, hell I don't think its a bad beer at all, I just don't see the attraction. Pretty average light beer. Thin, light body, dry after taste.

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Photo of BryanCarey
1.87/5  rDev -18%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Miller's best selling product, Miller Lite is a popular beer that gained center stage thanks to the celebrity beer commercials of the past and present. It's "less filling, tastes great" slogan became a widely recognized statement, even among people who don't drink beer at all.

So does Miller Lite live up to its claims? Well, it certainly is less filling, thanks to the fact that it is very close to a glass of water. There is very little body with Miller Lite and while its coloring is a little deeper than some other macro- brews, its appearance is lacking overall. The foam falls apart quickly as the rapid carbonation continues to fizz and the aroma is light and corn- like.

Does Miller taste great? Hardly! The flavor is one of very light cereal grains and there is almost no hop character at all. A distinct adjunct taste makes you wonder exactly what is used in the recipe to lighten the taste and lower the cost. Regardless of what they use, Miller Lite is a forgettable brew that only sells because of its emphasis on lower calories and carbs and because of the abundance of advertising. Otherwise, it's about as close to a glass of colored water as any macro- brewed beer on the market.

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Photo of Dizzy
2.11/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours light yellow with white head. Seems to retain the head pretty well. Smells like corn and grains. Taste is grainy, no hops I can detect. It is crisp and thirst quenching. Mouthfeel is thin and watery, with a great deal of carbonation. It is relatively drinkable, especially after working in the yard, but there isn't a lot of quality to appreciate here.

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Photo of robocrouch
2.38/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a deep yellow with some to no head.

Smell: Like every other macro lager.

Taste: Maybe one of the better BMC taste. I got some skunk? as a finish

Drinkability: Pretty good. This is a good beer to drink when you just want something average.

Overall I might pick this up in the future to enjoy after working in the sun. Nothing special about this beer though.

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Photo of gunnerman
1.63/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pourded into a wheat glass, color is a light yellow gold with alot of carbination and little head that recedes in a few seconds, no lacing. Taste is of watered corn with a slight hind of oats, not very impressive taste more like water than anything. I'm not impressed by this lite lager no taste I guess it would be good for a cheap alternative, but I would pass.

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Photo of lpayette
2.37/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pilsner glass in an attempt to give this beer respect just like any other.

Appearance- Pours a very light clear straw color. Huge, nearly uncontrollable head. Lots of carbonation. Better looking than many other light lagers out there though.

Smell- Strong smell of corn and light grains. Very unimpressive.

Taste- Besides water, corn is most evident. I don't know if they actually use corn in the recipe, but it does have that flavor (which can be a good thing for a few beers). I also get rice flavors (again, I'm not sure if they use them)... A very slight hop bitterness comes in around mid sip.

Mouthfeel- Pretty light as expected from the style. Ends a bit dry. High carbonation. Certainly could be better.

Drinkability- A better choice than some beers for college drinking games, but that's about all this is good for... Mouthfeel is terrible and detracts from the few good aspects of the beer.

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Photo of fido
1.83/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours a clear light yellow color with a foamy head and almost no lace, Lots of carbonation; Not much aroma, maybe some corn and hops; Taste is thirst quenching and refreshing; Mouthfeel is thin and watery; Drinkability... not impressed.


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Photo of skineg
2.1/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer is just bland. Watered down, mediocre beer. It's drinkable, but so is water. I'll give Miller this, it doesn't taste bad. Unfortunately it doesn't taste good, nor does it taste much like beer. One good thing: it doesn't give me a headache like Bud products do.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.95/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the can, it tastes much like the bottle. Typical of American Pilsners, the brew is flavored with adjunct grains, but that's what makes it taste better than weaker lagers. Still quite malty sweet for the style with a rice or corn flavor and texture. Lightly vegetal. Hopped for earthiness and a bitter balance. The can seemed to give up a light metalic flavor that I found distracting. Though not very good, this is my usual 'ball-game' beer.

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Photo of jwc215
2.03/5  rDev -11%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured light straw yellow with a bubbly head that fizzles out.
The smell was of adjuncts with hints of a chemical aroma.
The taste was of watered-down adjuncts. A vague watered-down hint of hops was very barely noticeable.
It goes down pretty easily - leaves a vague aftertaste.
There are plenty worse macro-lights. It might be okay if it's the only choice at a summer party or similar occassion, but not a true pilsener as it claims, and very watery and boring.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
2.43/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of those beers I have had way to much of and just happened too have an extra bottle from the weekend. Appearance is pale yellow with light carbonation, with abosolutely no head retention (if any head at all). No strong overtones in the smell, just smells like any average american light beer. Taste is smooth with a somewhat stronger malty aftertaste.

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Photo of xtremejammn
2.5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An ok light beer, way overrated in my opinion.

A: A light yellow with a quickly fading heading, very unimpressive.

S: Average hop smell, nothing special, smells of cheap malts.

T: Very watery, average hop pressence, and a slight grainy taste.

M: Decent mouthfeel, not too bubbly, hey I mean it's Miller Light.

D: Decent drinkability, goes down smooth but a little acidy.

Pretty good for a light beer, nothing special, nothing too terrible. Ta Ta.

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Photo of seedee17
2.16/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had a can of this left over from a rafting trip since everyone drank the good stuff first, so I figured I'd review it!
Looks pretty decent in the glass. Actually has some color to it, and a big foamy head. Smells, kind of grainy, a little musty, kind of like a keg party. Not too much flavor to describe really, a little bit of malt, and a little bit metallic, but nothing totally offensive. A whisper of aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fizzy and...fizzy. Overally drinkability is not horrible, probably due to the fact that the beer is engineered to be minimally offensive to any of your senses. As far as light beer goes, this one isn't horrible.

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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 acrawf6
2.43/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a straw color with a small white head.

Smell. nothing special at all. typical american macro aroma. just slight malt to it, with some adjunct aromas.

Taste. quite neutral. not all too horrible for what it is. not good though. small malts with a somewhat sweet flavor.i also taste some rice flavors.

Mouthfeel. body is average for what it is. good carbonation.

Overall. I dont like it, and i do not consider it a good beer. but if offered, i wouldnt decline, and i wouldnt say this is worse than bud light or coors light. It is what it is, and it is what it is trying to be

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Photo of MusicmanSD
2.12/5  rDev -7%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had one warm just to see what the flavors were really like, and blllaaahhhh corn up the ying yang! Had another two, now Ice Cold, didn't pour the first very aggressive and left literally no head. Second one poured very aggressive and produced a soapy, foam additive kind of head. Had to cut the top off like you would to a Stella to keep the head around, which still only lasted about two minutes, until it was a ring. Honestly, if you’re going for the light beer on a budget, I'd go with Bud Light JUST BECAUSE it has no flavor, this is like a bad, adjunct-y lager that's been in storage for a year. I'm just wonder if Miller has some weird process that makes their beer taste stale, because I notice the exact same thing in MGD, yet not High Life, maybe its just the filterization. Anyways, about twice as yellow, piss looking as a Heineken, yet actually produces a decent mouthful. And the smell seems to get better when there is less of it, so the finish is actually pretty satisfying. From what I've realized, its better in bottles for some reason, and from the bottle, not into a glass, seems to cut the corn adjunct out of it. Overall, decent for why people drink it, but for a light beer, I'd go with Amstel, even for its price.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
2.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Out of the big three macro light lagers (Coors, Bud, and Miller), this is the most tolerable. As usual, it must be ice cold to be drinkable. The pour is very boring as well as the body of the beer. The mouthfeel is very light and watery. As for the taste, it's just a light beer with just a slight hint of hop and lemon/corn flavor. Overall, it tastes like very light beer with not much to talk about. If I have to drink a macro light beer, this is tolerable.

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