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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 euskera
1.84/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Had this out of a keg at a party last weekend...

Look is what you'd expect from a light beer. Smell is grain, corn, and rice..

Taste is the epitome of bland; there's just nothing there..

Mouthfeel is undiscernable, you have to drink this stuff ICE COLD or it'll hurt your stomach. Out of a keg, it's drinkable, but only because you're drinking for volume.

I avoid this stuff like the plague. But, every now and then, it's like going on a junk food binge. Then you wake up with that crap beer headache the next morning...


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Photo of beerthulhu
1.83/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: Poured a clear, bright gold with a quickly diminishing white fizzy head that left no traces behind. Visible carbonation was light.

S: The nose was quite strange, lemon pledge is the best way to describe it with some sour wet grains.

T: light wet grains with a sour muskiness and sour broccoli taste. Leaves a sour lemony broccoli fade. yeah it was pretty much as bad as it sounds. Overall just plain bad, musty, sour with some metallic nature adding insult to injury.

M: watery while leaving a sour vegetable lacing.

D: Drinkability, if you decide to accept is unimpressive and horrible. How people can stomach the taste of this is beyond me. A dumper.

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Photo of scottyshades
1.83/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours the lightest of the light, transparent straw color that produces a tiny head with no lacing along the glass...(I can't believe I have to wash a pint glass after drinking this).

S: The nose is very metallic, grainy, and watery, no hops, definitely no malts.

T: Copy of the nose, very watered down, light grains, no hop or malt aroma or flavor. Just cereal and fillers.

MF/D: Lightest body possible, fizzy carbonation, but pretty drinkable if your trying to get hammered for little $

Notes: I know this is not the highest rated beer, but as Jim Koch said (verbatim) that it is hard to brew a beer of this style, because the slightest miscalculation in the recipe will result in a botched batch.

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Photo of BostonHops
1.83/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

sampled from a home draft mini keg contraption, leftover from a SB party. why review it? because it's there.

pours a pale straw yellow with an enormous spritzy white head - engulfing half the glass -that quickly recedes. no lacing to speak of.

nose is just... absent. vague, muted notes of grain/breadiness. unsurprisngly, the taste follows the nose. it's not offensive - assuming lack of flavor doesn't offend you - just nothing going on. again, subdued notes of grain/corn.

very light bodied mouthfeel with above average carbonation. goes down easily. aside from one being stuck in your hand at someone's BBQ, i can't see why a self-respecting craft drinker would ever go this route. except for reviewing purposes. :) slightly bumping the score - taking style into consideration - but that's still not saying much.

originally reviewed: 02-08-2011

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Photo of sweemzander
1.83/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint.

(A)- Pours a crystal clear pale straw yellow color. No head to speak of except some white bubbles.

(S)- Very dry with an earthy straw and corn husk profile.

(T)- Same as the smell. Rather dry with a corn husk aspect and a present sugary sweetness.

(M)- Crisp, with a relatively higher carbonation level. Too watery and sugary sweet.

(D)- Sure, I could easily drink a 6er of this, but why would I want to?

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

Poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass. I decided it's time to go and try some big names beers to expand my beer knowledge, and better appreciate the great beers.

Pours a light yellow color with a white head that doesn't stay around long.

My first impression on the smell was pretty negative, but after trying it again, I can detect malt and maybe some corn.

Sweet at first, more of a syrupy type sweetness. After that, basically tastes like water. Kind of like water with a bit of beer flavoring in it.

Feel is basically equal to water.

Can you say bland? Nothing really offensive here, just a lot of blandness. How people can spend good money to drink any quantity of this is beyond me when there are so many better beers out there.

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Photo of stirgy
1.83/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Pissy yellow and no head whatsoever. Served close to freezing temperature. Very light – probably the lightest beer I’ve had in a long while. Slight aroma of rice or corn or whatever, hard to tell. No malt or hop presence. I think what I have here in front of me is yellow sea water. The only thing that I’m really detecting is a saltiness. Goes down easy because it’s so light (and cold). Weak in character, weak in substance, overall weak. I can just imagine Ben Franklin or one of our country’s forefathers walking into a pub, asking for an ale and getting served one of these. Heresy!

I can’t wait to try Michelob ultra!

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Photo of legalpete19340
1.83/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Poured a golden pale yellow with two fingers of very airy head. Fair retention but no lacing.

S: Very mild grassy hop note. Corn flakes. Hint of stale yeast.

T: Very mild overall. Comes on with a bit of sweetness like corn flakes in milk, then immediately takes on a sort of chalky sour perspective much like alka seltzer, coating the mouth and washing the palate clean leaving nothing afterwards but hint of stale air.

M: Very thin and fizzy.

O: Better appearance than its rivals and extra points for detectable hops in the nose but overall a flavorless chalky brew.

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Photo of Bierwolf
1.83/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Serving Type: Bottle poured into a pilsener.

Appearance: Poured clear pale yellow. About 1 finger of white frothy foam that was gone after about 1 minute leaving no lacing. There was some carbonation bubbles that gave it a better appearance.

Smell: Wet grains and a slightly floral hop aroma.

Taste: Not a whole lot to taste. Slight hop bitterness with the balance being more to the hops than to the malt.

Mouth Feel: Thin and light with a slight bite on the tongue.

Overall: The old advertisements said "Tastes great, less filling". It pretty much tastes like any other light beer. as for the less filling...I don't want more than a couple of these at any one time anyway. It is a light beer and that's it.

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

There is no nose. I'm sure if I let this sit overnight, like I did a decade ago after college parties, it would stink. But fresh off the tap, it has no odor. Weird.

Of all the mega-brewery light (lite) beers, this might have the best color, which is not saying much at all. It's very pale, with a head that dissipates almost immediately. It leaves no lacing at all. If not for the flavor, I'd say it was carbonated water.

And speaking of flavor, there's a distinct bitterness, and a flavor I can't place except to say it tastes artificial, for whatever that's worth (which isn't much, I know. Sorry).

Mouthfeel is like carbonated water. Not quite as carbonated as club soda, but fizzy water. Too fizzy for beer. Yeah, fizzy is a good word for it.

Drinkability has to b what raises this from an F to a D in most people's ratings, since they remember using this for funnels (beerbongs), shotguns, etc. But really, this is not a drinkable beer. It's just gross, and you probably need to suffer through a half dozen before you stop noticing.

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Photo of KFaulkner
1.83/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

It's Miller Lite; what do you think?

Had one at a friend's house; my first Miller Lite in over a year. I drank this beer quite a bit in college and chose it at the bar when my only other choices were Bud and Coors. Now, I don't go unless there's other choices.

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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 dhannes
1.82/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Poured chilled from a 7 oz. shorty (that I bought for my sister-in-law who only drank one of the 8 bottles) into a Perfect Pint. Paired with chicken pot stickers.

A=Well, it is a shade of yellow...greenish tint makes it rather unappealing. Head reached about two fingers for about a half a minute.

S=Faint whiff of hops and sweet corn.

T=After the first sip, I decide to pour another 7 oz. bottle into the glass to get the full benefit of a full glass and then let it warm up to about 45º. First 1/4 of the food coloring and a bit of sugar in water. As the beer warmed up, a faint flavor emerged...more maltiness than hops, surprisingly. Still, very faint flavor overall and overpowered by the pot stickers.

M=Very light body and above average carbonation.

O=I used to drink Lite a lot when I was younger, mostly with friends and larger quantities, so I was hoping that the reason I drank this so frequently was that it tasted good. I was wrong. Again, this is nowhere near as flavorful as Busch Light, and I will not buy this again...not even for my sister-in-law. I will pair will pizza next time and report any changes.

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Photo of auxiliary
1.82/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

appearance - Clear yellow , this had no head, no bubbles. Looked flat and it was from a tap.

smell - Just grains here, not much.

taste - Lots of grain taste, and a sweet taste at the end.

mouthfeel - Light body

drinkability - I bought this since it was 1.99 bar special. My next glass was a craft beer.
Nothing was going on for this beer. The look was awful.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
1.82/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Some people will drink nothing but this beer. Obviously I don't get it.

A - It looks good. I imagine that is one of the main concerns in brewing it. It certainly isn't the taste.

S - Metal, hay, horse urine

T - Metal, hay, horse urine

M - It is excessively carbonated. Perhaps that is a result of the "triple-hop brewing process (c)"

D - To be consumed only in case of an emergency

A good use for this beer is for a drink recipe known as 'The Icebox' AKA 'Summer Beer' AKA the 'Ride My Face':

Get a pint glass, and a shot glass that fits inside the pint (like an Irish Car-Bomb set-up)

Fill the shot glass with amaretto and place it inside the pint glass

Slowly fill the pint with orange juice until its about half-full and the Amaretto begins to float

Fill the rest with Lite (or other similar US adjunct) and slam the whole thing immediately

Super Delicious

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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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Miller Lite from Miller Brewing Co.
2.28 out of 5 based on 4,470 ratings.
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