Magnum | Miller Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
59
awful
195 Ratings
THE BROS
42
awful
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
millercoors.com

Style: American Malt Liquor

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
195
Reviews:
62
Avg:
2.22
pDev:
36.49%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
35
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 195 |  Reviews: 62
Photo of jaydoc
1.75/5  rDev -21.2%

Photo of spycow
2.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of t0rin0
2.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of kojevergas
3.11/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Insipid but not syrupy.

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A crystal-clear, golden body is capped by a short-lived head of bright white
foam that drops readily to a thin collar without leaving any lace about the
glass. The nose is clean and fruity (berries) with just a hint of sweet
malt. The body is thin and it's gently zesty in the mouth. The flavor
delivers a lightly sweetish malt that hints at maltiness but never delivers;
a clean fruitiness; and some distinct alcohol that's unoffensive but far from being an asset. Its bitterness is quite limited, yet it still finishes dry due to its
alcohol. A poorly designed malt liquor that seems to be simply about
delivering alcohol within a malt-based (read as adjunct-laden!) liquor. Not
even worth trying.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
2.68/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Honestly, I didn't mind this 40 oz. too much, it isn't a good beer, but it could have been a lot worse. Appearance is fairly dark for a malt liquor, not great looking, but usually they appear a little more watery. Smell is adjunct, same as about all other macros. Taste is smooth, with a nice, mildly sweet finish. Never did I taste the alcohol in this one. Overall, this is a fairly drinkable beer, and above average for a macro malt liquor. Not something I'd buy for a craft session, but occaisionally a malt liquor feels right.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.57/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear, pale, corn silk yellow with several healthy streams of bubbles exploding off the bottom of the glass. The head is dingy white in color, small to start with and maintains a thick disk for a while thanks to the CO2 factory feeding its underside.

The nose is weak, but what's there smells, believe it or not, like (alcoholic) apple cider. Or rather, like apple cider mixed with equal parts cheap macro lager. The fruitiness sets it apart from its style mates and keeps things interesting. No skunkiness or off aromas that I can detect.

Magnum has more flavor than the nose would suggest. It tastes like sweet grain with a modicum of bitter, floral hops and the slightest hint of apple fruitiness. That sounds better than it actually tastes, but I could drink this stuff if I had to. Like the nose, there are no overt off flavors or other nasty characteristics that one usually finds in beer of this sort.

The flavor finds the perfect point of intensity: low, thankfully. Any less and why bother? (except to get wasted quickly and cheaply). Any more and the cracks in the flavor armor would start to show in a big way. Amazingly, there's no trace of ethanol. The mouthfeel is light without being thin and delivers a semi-prickly carbonation that keeps things lively.

Magnum 40 is a prototypical malt liquor. Venomous reptile or firearm reference? Check. Bad ass bottle/can with a predominantly black color scheme? Check. Lightly sweet and high enough in alcohol to get you reelin' with the feelin' in no time at all? Check mate. I kinda like it though. If you're in the mood or if you're tight on cash, you could do much worse than this.

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Photo of Jason
1.63/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: 40 oz clear glass bottle, no freshness date.

Appearance: Clear pale straw colour with a pasty white lace. Bubbly carbonation shows its effervescence. Some of this sample was poured out to get a look at the head retention and true colour.

Smell: Light fusel alcohol, faint malt and a cooked corn aroma.

Taste: Vaguely crisp carbonation, moderate body with a thinnish malt palate. Well rounded carbonation fits this beer nicely. Alcohol in the breath with minor fusel alcohol flavours. Biting twang from the hops with a used up bitterness that struggles. Malt is cracker like yet thin and flimsy. Finish does not clean up, mildly astringent end.

Notes: On the bottle is says “Magnum Premium” … premium compared to what? A sub-standard Malt Liquor, lots of rough edges and tough to put down. Needless to say I had a hard time consuming all of it. One of the cheapest 40’s you can get, usually around $1.50 a pop.

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Photo of Slatetank
2/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of woodychandler
1.78/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I am still reeling from my last 40 today, but I will endure almost anything just to get my bottle numbers up to 400 so that I CAN refocus on The CANQuest (TM). Once the scourge ends, I will NOT be back.

Ooh, how pretty! A cap of a finger of rocky, bone-white head with reasonable retention above a deep golden-yellow beer. How could I possibly go wrong? Danger, Woody Robinson, danger! Warning, warning! One sniff and I was pulled out of my afternoon reverie. A bag of Fritos smells less like corn than this gem. Holy awful, Batman! Mouthfeel was medium with a heat on the tongue that full-on got my attention. Oh me, oh my, oh shit, oh dear. My brain felt like it was being cooked in the shell and my eyes were beginning to alternately bug out and roll back. No wonder the down-and-out crowd looks the way that they do, if this is a standard on the menu. Jesus, but I want to ram my head through a wall just to make the voices shut up for a f**king millisecond! I hear them all the time, but never as loudly or as clearly as I do with this winner. A previous reviewer mentioned giving money to the unfortunates who may be drinking this on the street. Hell, this makes me want to tithe. Woody at Lee Ermey the therapist's office: "Magnum 40 really makes me sad." L. E.: "That's very interesting. You know what makes me sad, you squiddly diddly piece of dung?!? This beer! Let's go get a craft beer and tell some sea stories." Yeah, man, after this, I was ready for a beer. The finish was dry, bone dry and I could feel smoke rolling out of my ear holes as my brain melted into the background. All I need is some crack or crystal meth and the afternoon will be complete.

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Photo of womencantsail
1.76/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: The pour is a pale golden head with a short lived fluffy white head.

S: Sweet grain and adjuncts. Lots of corn and a bit of alcohol.

T: Metallic corn and lots of sweetness overall. Not really all that much going on.

M: Light in body with a fizzy carbonation and a short finish.

D: Not very good, even by malt liquor standards.

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Photo of Zaphog
1.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of jgunther71
1.75/5  rDev -21.2%

Photo of BEER88
1.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of smartassboiler
1/5  rDev -55%

Photo of Wasatch
2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is grainy, sweet, with some rice notes. The taste is slightly sweet, grainy/ricy. Light Body. This is a typical macro brew, nothing to talk about.

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Photo of tone77
2.97/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a clear 40 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts and corn. Taste is mostly of alcohol, some notes of malts and corn. Feels light in the mouth and overall this is about average as far as malt liquors go.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
2.5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of puboflyons
3.59/5  rDev +61.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a 40! Stamped MAY0514-CO5110027. Sampled on January 12, 2014.

One needs to look at this based on the style rather than on the reputation of American malt liquors...which among craft brew fans is about the lowest it can be.

Malt liquors are supposed to look pale yellow with a big fizzy white head. This does.

malt liquors normally smell of rancid corn, rice, grain, and other adjuncts. This one does not. Yes, those characters are there but they are far more muted. Quite frankly this smells a lot like a standard American pale lager.

Malt liquor bodies are often thin and watery. This one is smooth and about medium.

Malt liquors can make you wince with the metallic taste and overly rambunctious corn and grain characters. There is a bit of that here but this is not cloying or rancid. It is really smooth. If more malt liquors were like this one I'd be drinking a lot of them. Sorry previous raters and BA members, I have to score it much higher than you did.

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Photo of wrightst
1.75/5  rDev -21.2%

Photo of Zorro
2.76/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark yellow or light gold colored brew.

Smell is slightly sweet and grain, specifically corn scent.

Taste is a little sweet and corny with a bready flavor to back it up. Mild bitterness and alcohol flavors show up. Actual flavor content makes it superior to Bud/Coors/Miller for having an actual taste.

Mouthfeel is present.

This is a drinkable brew; no skunk and presence of an actual flavor make it superior to an average American Macrobrewed beer.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
1.63/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Weird how something with so much carbonation couldn't hold a head on it, otherwise yellow. Tons of alcohol smells from it, how is this less than 6%?

Taste is more alcohol, hot, carbonation is high, hopping is only there to provide some bitterness and preservative effect. Even more corn than High Life, tastes even worse.

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Photo of beergorrilla
1.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of harpus
2/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.25/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

You have to have some really angry metal on to try and compliment this harshness.

Nasty yellow carbonation leaves no head. Smells of nothing but fusel alcohol and rubbing alcohol.

Tastes of rubbing alcohol and fusel alcohol as well. Carbonation or hops, can't tell, abrasive bitterness coming from the alcohol. Take a miller high life and age it in some vodka and you get this beer. Damn. I'd be tempted to give a bum some money if I saw him drinking one of these. . .

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Magnum from Miller Brewing Co.
2.22 out of 5 based on 195 ratings.
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