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 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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Photo of HoustonTX
1.95/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Poured from can into pint glass.

A - Yellow, large amount of carbonation, lack of any head what-so-ever.

S - Smell is of grain/malt.

T - Taste is slighty metallic with slight malts thrown in.

M - Way too filling for a light beer.

D - Drinkability is average due to low ABV.

Out of the 3 big macro brewery light beers. Coors Light, Bud Light, Miller Lite, I think this one takes the crown. Not by much, but this is just slightly more drinkable then the rest.

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Photo of lackenhauser
2.46/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Sent in with a massive trade by beerrun13 so I felt I had to review it. Ok color-not as pale as I expected. Fluffy white head. Low aroma-rather just "there" then anything resembling a beer as we know it. Ok flavor-it tastes somewhat like beer at first but it is gone all too qucikly. Reminds me of the dry beers of a few years ago. Somewhat of a grainy/corn flavor. No real body whatsoever. At least BUD has some "umph" to it but theres nothing here. Ok overall for what it is trying to be. I think you have to try these beers with an open mind as to what theyre are meant to be. (Check my review of BUD-as a macro I think its great). This really has little if any flavor or body. If I wanted to slam a beer after mowing the lawn or have somewhat of a beer flavor with a plate of spicy food ok it might work. For everyday drinking/enjoyment-I think not.

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Photo of omar
1.18/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

It's true, Miller Lite DOES have more flavor the Bud Light, etc. Unfortunately it's an AWFUL flavor.

If you drink something often enough and long enough you end up getting used to it. There's a whole generation out there which has grown up thinking this is what light beer should taste like. If you must have light beer, Shiner Light or Amstel Light is the way to go. Don't drink this nasty stuff.

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Photo of neenerzig
1.68/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The worst American macro light lager I have ever had. Got a can of this for free. A friend was over my house a few days ago and left a can in the fridge so I figured I'd review it. I had Coors light recently and it was better than this crap of a can of Miller Lite. That's not saying too much though. Pours a clear yellow color with a decent sized head that all but totally dissappears very quickly, leaving very little lacing. Smell... what smell? I certainly didn't smell anything at all, except a sort of skunky aroma with perhaps a very, very faint trace of something that might resemble some very mild hops, corn, or malt. Extremely mild and bland tastes of hops, corn and malt in a very thin and watery sort of manner. Mouthfeel is also extremely thin and water like with mild to moderate carbonation. I suppose the one decent thing that this beer has going for it is that it is indeed very easy to drink, but not in a good way per se when it comes to beer. With this beer you might as well be drinking water and it wouldn't taste any different, but water may be a little better and more refreshing, than this beer. I'm not even sure if I think this is worth drinking for free, even when no other beer is available. Avoid! Avoid! Avoid!


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