Magnum | Miller Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Malt Liquor

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 62 | Ratings: 193
Photo of AllFineThings
2.67/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very light, but actually has decent head retention-surprise.

Taste is what one would expect from a cheap malt liquor. Yet not all that different from regular lager swill.

Smells kinda pissy-LOL!!, but is a whole lot better than Steele Reserve!

you get what you pay for-could be a whole lot worse..

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Photo of erz316
1/5  rDev -55%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Ive had some bad beers in my life, but man, this one is coming close to takign the cake. weak nose, pissy colour, even weaker taste. lacing is lacking to say the least. the only thing that is really redeemable about this is the incredibly cheap price. one dollar? sure, ill take it, if i were a bum. and as one of the bros would point out: freshness date? hell no. this piss dont need no stinkin frehsness date.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.51/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

16 oz. tallboy pours a crystal clear golden color with a white foam that snap, crackles and pops down to near nothingness in a matter of seconds.

Nose is of sweet creamed corn and a bit of cardboard. Maybe a few whiffs of grainy malt. Not overly offensive, but not all that appealing either.

Taste is light sweet malts and a mild shot of alcohol. Body is extremely light for a malt liquor. It is pretty clean, without alot of off-putting fruitiness. I actually prefer my malt liquor to pack a bit more whollop than a mere 6%, the alcohol presence is featherweight in this beer. Easy to drink, but not my ML of choice.

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Photo of projectflam86
1.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 40oz.

A- Light yellow color with a thin white foam head that quickly vanished. No lacing left.

S- Faint rice and grain scent. A bit of soap and alcohol.

T- Sort of sweet with a bit of grain and corn. No hops present. A slight sting of alcohol in the finish.

M- Light bodied with low carbonation.

D- As far as malt liquors go...this is average. As far as beer goes....this is pretty terrible.

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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 utah44
2.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 40 ounce bottle into a 0.5 litre Pilsener glass I bought in Munich. Smell was sweet and grainy. Head was so small or unimportant or of so little consequence as to warrant little or no attention. Smell was obtuse with characteristics of grain. Color was sallow. Taste was disagreeabl. Mouthfeel was without merit. Drinkability, you got to be kidding. If you like hiigh ABV and a cheap price ($1.29 plus tax in Louisiana) and you are real thristy, this brew is a bargain.

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Photo of Bigfatbino
1.9/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A = translucent pale yellow, startlingly similar to urine with the lack of carbonation in the glass. Head was about 1" thick and very foamy, but it faded in about 30 seconds and left practically no lacing in the glass

S =adjuncts of corn, missing was the usually sweet-sickly smell of this type of beer. Not much else to write about really.

T = you know, for a malt liquor, this actually doesn't taste bad. It's not good either. Corn in the taste, and surprisingly little alcohol flavor. Nothing else really. The most notable thing was the absence of off flavors that I would have expected.

M = Thin, watery, moderate carbonation. Bubbly beer-flavored dish water

D = if you absolutely are broke, if you can't afford one good real beer, then drink this cold, chug it fast, and you should be ok until you can get quality you can enjoy.

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Photo of drunkboxer1
1.47/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I have had this before. I hated it, and everyone I know hates it. But here I am, drinking it and posting on the internet.

Poured him into a beveled glass mug. Looks normal for a American lager. Nice and clear and pale. Head leaves some lacing.

Smells slick and corny. Alcohol is strongly present.

Tastes corny. Not very clean. Aftertastes of more corn, but mostly alcohol. Tastes hot, the kind of thing that would deliver a nice, hurty, hangover. As with many 40s, it gets worse as it goes. It's best to drink this guy fast. As it warms each sip gets thicker (tasting), hotter, and cornier.

The mouthfeel is the main problem. Slick and spit like. Thanks a bundle Miller. Thanks for making spit beer. I loved you, and this is what you give me?

Its not good. But the last two times I've had it it was worse. I don't know why, maybe I'm in a better mood? Moral of this story is if you want to drink a 40, get Mickeys, or Cobra or anything. Don't get this since they all cost the same anyway.

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Photo of PintOHops
2.39/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured some into a mug, drank the rest from a 40oz bottle.

Appearance/Smell - Appears a crystal clear straw yellow with a quarter inch of frothy head that surprisingly, holds well. Has medium-high carbonation and finishes with some sticky, spotty lacing, which was very surprising to me. Id say it has a typical American Adjunct appearance. Smells of sweet grains, lite corn husk, rice and sharp earthy grassy notes. Very lite aromas overall with a dominate grassy smell, might have gotten a bad one. Almost skunky!

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of, lots of rice & grain right off the bat, some earthy, nutty and grassy flavors dominate. Finishes with a citrus twang, lingering grainy sweetness and a touch of bitterness. Very clean overall with dominate grassy, earthy like flavors, which is a little offensive. Again, might have gotten a bad one. Mouthfeel is semi smooth with lots of bite on the tongue, a little thin and lite bodied.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - All in all a decent Malt with some hardly enjoyable flavors, although I'm sure I got a bad one because Ive had this once before and there wasn't any nutty, grassy flavors or aromas. I would personally go after another Malt, but overlooking the almost skunked aromas/flavors, it's not half bad. Ill be sure to try again, but for now my review stands were it's at. If your looking for a Malt that's around the same ABV, than I recommend King Cobra.

I don't recommend this one!

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Photo of biggred1
1.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Very light yellow with a slight white head. Smells of corn flakes and wimpy hops. Tastes like an even sweeter version of most macro lagers with noticeable alcoholic warmth in the finish even though the ABV is mild for the style. Watery mouthfeel,highly carbonated. This brew gets pretty nasty as it warms up. Not worth the time.

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Photo of matty
3.35/5  rDev +50.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow colored beer with a rapidly fading head that actuslly laces the glass.Aroma is pretty much standard for a malt liquor.Taste is watery and sweet but in an unoffensive way.I would actually go to say this might be the best malt liquor I've had.I usually don't drink malt liquors but I saw it at the store and thought I haven't reviewed this one yet,and It actually turned out to be a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
2.11/5  rDev -5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yes, I am reviewing a forty of malt liquor. What about it? First, pour a little out for my lost hommies... then into my glass this beer was a lemon-yellow color like floor cleaner. The head was white, very short lived and left only minimal lacing off the ring. The aroma was musty, skunky malt and general unpleasantry like the underside of your grandfathers couch cushion. The flavor was not quite so bad, in fact it seemed to be designed to be inoffensive. Watery pale malt with hints of hops to balance and some alcohol ester sweetness. Very little there. Ok mouthfeel and a light, chug-able body. Good beer? No. But that is not what it was made for.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear, yellow, and bright, with a flimsy one finger head that actually does leave a little lace on the glass.

S - Smells less boozy and less corny than most of its brethren. Not a whole lot going on here, but it is unoffensive and that's all ya can ask for in a malt liquor.

T - Pretty much even keeled and balanced for a malt liquor. It's less powerful than others, and tastes more like a normal macro lager. That is to say, it's quite bland.

M - This is where this one shines. Its much more "put together" and balanced than other malt liquors. Its light bodied and hides its alcohol well, and the finish is surprisingly dry.

D - Not bad for what it is. If I was headed out to a party and wanted to drink beer on the cheap, this wouldn't be a bad choice.

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Photo of stumac
2.68/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Keep in mind, when I rate Malt Liquor and Macro Lagers, I rate them in relation to other Malt Liquors and other Macro Lagers. We all know these beers suck so....

pours up a yellow straw color with a white bubbly head. surprisingly nice lacing! the nose is slight metallic corn malt, very subtle crisp hop character. the taste is MacNasty with cheese! subtle crisp hops, sweet malts, medium to light bodied, meduim carbon dioxide carbo, sweet to dry finish. Wooh! I haven't had a 40 in a while! Brings me back to the roots...Gotta love it....

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Photo of Getinthevan
2.12/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

One reason and one reason only this exists: for a $1.20, you can really hammered on one of these.

Appearance was bland, piss yellow with no head. Nothing important at all.

Smell was wicked high in corn. Again it smelled like a typical malt liquor.

Taste was practically like drinking air. There's a bitter corn bite at the end, but it goes quickly.

Mouthfeel is watery and full of corn. Nothing too impressive here.

Drinkability is for that cheap buzz and cheap bang for your buck. It's not bad, but not worth buying unless you're hard on the dough.

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Photo of rye726
1.53/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Another original from Miller brewing company. This is porbably one of their worst creations ever. It was a fizzy yellow liquid with a weak head. Smells like dried corn and alcohol. Taste is similar. Mmm, bitter feed corn. The body was syrupy and resulted in very poor drinkablility.

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Photo of getch
1.5/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

an awefull beer, if this is something that one goes out to find to have a good decent drink, this is the wrong area to look. If forties are your sort of drink there is so much more than this beer, just stay away from the beer. If this comes into the scene drink one then you are done, otherwise stay away!

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Photo of Floydster
1.75/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

40 ounce bottle from 7-11 in Redlands

Poured a golden brown color with a thick head that smelled pretty bad

Nasty bitterness and sweet aftertaste make this hard to drink

Will never have this one again

Only thing good for is getting drunk for cheap in my opinion

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Photo of giblet
2.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Forty Baby!!! i bought a couple of these pounders when doing some construction work. 100 degrees inside with no air movement. sheesh! this is not bad if you "pound" a pair of them and quench the thirst. i then went back to running the power tools with a!

worth a try. nothing to write home about. typical macro malt liquor. serves the typical 2 purposes:

1. makes you buy it cuz its cheap.
2. gets you drunk.

beyond that...ehh.

suckem up and movem out!


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Photo of tesguino
3.28/5  rDev +47.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A great bottle for a little beer is not so good , under king cobra and mickeys, but i drink at last;

It has that piss color to it and that great sugar taste. like the common of the american malt liquors; not like the german malt liquors, are little more fine than those;

i try with a pipe tobacco smoking, both things last the same time

69% recommended.

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Photo of jose
3/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Magnum really isn't that bad, because it really doesn't have that much flavor. Smell and taste are fleeting, and the color is about what you would expect out of a beer called Magnum 40. The mouth feel is pretty good and when ice cold very easy to drink.

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Photo of tgbljb
2.85/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a pale yellow color with a puffy white head that was quickly vanished. Smell is very minimal with only a generic sweetish beer aroma. Taste is also sweet, but very restrained. Finishes refreshing when ice cold, but starts to lose its acceptance as it slowly warms. The 40 ounce bottle is best to share with friends so that it stays cold before being finished. Drinkable.

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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 plaztikjezuz
1.9/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

poured a light golden color with a 1/4 inch head that left quickly to a slight lace, none left on the side of the glass.

the aroma is mostly corn, with alochol, and some malt in the background. there is something wrong with that imo. there is no hop aroma.

the flavor is very cooked corn, some ruff alochol flavor, little bitterness, but no hop flavor. my guess is miller uses the tetra alpha bittering on this product like they do on all there clear bottled products. the after flavor is a little cidery, very slight sulphur.

the mouthfeel is watery, very dry.

the drinkability is hard for me, dont even think i will finish whats in mky glass.

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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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