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Miller Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
Lager - Malt Liquor
Ranked #23
Ranked #31,035
2.55 | pDev: 32.16%
May 02, 2022
Jul 03, 2001
Notes: Mickey's is a fine malt liquor with a full body, moderate bitterness and a fruity aroma.

Ingredients List: Water, Barley Malt, Corn Syrup (Dextrose, Maltose), Yeast, Hop Extract
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Photo of Pmicdee
3.53/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Pmicdee from Canada (ON)

Pours a brilliant gold colour with a nice head that evaporated almost instantly. Smells cheap and syrupy. The taste is ok, I get sweet notes and corny notes, it seems thick and viscous. Dry mouthfeel
May 1 2022

May 02, 2022
2.65 by GClarkage from California on Apr 15, 2022
5 by Danzifer from Ohio on Apr 08, 2022
2.61 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut on Feb 20, 2022
Photo of tekstr1der
3.32/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by tekstr1der from New Hampshire

The king of this category for me. The old pull-tab big-mouths flew down the throat throughout high school and college. Stung by the bee way too many times and don't regret a thing.

Feb 17, 2022
Photo of BarleyWarrior
1.84/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2
by BarleyWarrior from Illinois

Just got back from my local beer emporium with a 6-pack of this classic college-boy swill. Still in the green glass "hand grenade" bottles I remember from the 70's. I poured a bottle into a pint-size German lager glass I've got which is one of my favorites to use in looking at, smelling, and tasting beers as it has a wide mouth. The beer starts off fairly well: nice amber color with a decent amount of foam and a floral smell. About half-way through the glass though I notice a creeping metallic taste, faint at first then becoming more pronounced toward the bottom. Also present is a kind of disagreeable syrupy sweet mouth, (the corn syrup adjunct perhaps?) with a faint overtone of skunkiness.

Overall, not a beer I would particularly recommend to anyone I like. Back in the Old Days was often consumed with copious amounts of the "Devil's Lettuce" so that might have affected my taste and memory of the brew. I'll try it again in a day or two and see if my opinion changes. As malt liquor beers go, probably as good or better than most.

Jan 22, 2022
2.85 by BeerBeast from Florida on Jan 08, 2022
Photo of MNAle
3.68/5  rDev +44.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by MNAle from Minnesota

Crystal clear yellow-gold, ample carbonation, but my pour started out too gentle and even though I poured the last 2/3 quite vigorously, it still only garnered a short white head that disappeared in a minute or so. Some lacing as I tip the glass. I thought about just chugging it from the wide-mouth bottle for more authenticity, but instead I used the closest glassware I have to what I remember from the dive bars in the 60s - a sham pilsner glass.

Aroma is not bad at all. Kind of nice, actually, if not too strong. Bready and grainy with hints of fruit.

The initial swig starts with an impression of a taste that is, well, interesting. The grain from the aroma is more prominent in the initial sip. The middle picks up some sweet corn flavors, perhaps honey, with the finish and aftertaste being bread doughy with a mellow, doughy, aftertaste. If there is any bitterness there, I almost have to imagine it. IOW, it is quite mild. While my initial impression of the taste was "interesting" (Minnesota-speak for a "nice" way of avoiding stating an opinion), the flavor did grow on me, even by the finish of that initial sip, and it continues to does grow on me the more I drink. I actually am enjoying this, and could see pounding a few in a summer afternoon on the deck.

Mouth feel is medium to thin bodied, more substantial than most AALs.

Overall, as I stated, I quite enjoyed it. The only format I could find was the six pack of 12 ounce bottles, and I won't have any problem wanting to finish the rest.

Nov 29, 2021
2.18 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Nov 23, 2021
Photo of JZH1000
2.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by JZH1000 from Colorado

Purchased a 6 pack of hand grenades at a neighborhood liquor store for too much money ($8.99)
On the pour it's beautiful fine 1 finger head, effervescent bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass for at least 10 minutes now, standard lager color nothing wierd. Even forms pretty good lacing as I drink.

Smell on the other hand is malt liquor, not appealing almost tart, but not as bad as old english kinda just smells like old beer and yeast maybe a little metallic.

Taste brings some redemption from the smell, not necessarily smooth but theres almost a hint of banana flavor but there is a little bit of that tart off note from the smell but not nearly as intense. Then it fades into a grainy almost grape nut cereal taste that leaves you feeling warmer than most mass produced "lagers" out there. Still very sweet and corny though.

Feel is a bit heavy to be a drinking and working beer but good for relaxing if you're not feeling like spending much money but want a little more flavor.

Overall cheap and flavorful, not all the flavors and smells are good cause it's cheap but it's better than a lot of these malt liquors out there.

Nov 11, 2021
Photo of beergoot
3.9/5  rDev +52.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by beergoot from Colorado

Crystal clear, light gold body; excellent, fine carbonation; thick and creamy head, white and sticky. Decent aroma; cereal grains; lightly sweet. Light grain taste; light corn; light hop bitterness; clean. Medium body; nice residual sugar mouthfeel, soft; delicate warmth permeates the beer.

I'm not sure why there is a lot of dislike for this beer. It's at the low-end, ABV_wise, of being a malt liquor, yet it comes across balanced and relatively complex for an adjunct lager.

Poured at 45 F; MAR1422

Oct 23, 2021
Photo of meanmutt
2.14/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25
by meanmutt from Ohio

The Legendary Mickey's Malt Liquor. My first go round with this beverage. Didn't want to use a glass because I love the big mouth bottle, but I decided to pour it for the sake of a review.

Semi-aggressive pour has the malt liquor foam up out of the glass a bit.

Settles to a 2 finger pure white head on top of a nice looking gold body.

Can't quite put my finger on what the smell is, but it's not good.

Taste is sweet, corn, finishing with a bit of a metallic twang.

Feel...not much.

Overall...I kinda hate it...but I also love it for what it is.


Oct 22, 2021
2.68 by Hazey92 from New York on Oct 14, 2021
3.15 by MatthewJW from Wisconsin on Oct 09, 2021
3.43 by HabaJohnTheReal1 from Illinois on Aug 14, 2021
Photo of md3kcn
2.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
by md3kcn from North Carolina

Purchased as a 40 for $2.18 at a local drive-thru. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

L - Clear deep straw with a two-finger soapy white head that dissipates quickly.
S - Corn flakes, corn sugar, and a little bit of skunk.
T - Sweet. Not really any balance, but a lot of corn and light hay. Ethanol burn towards the end of the 40.
F - Lighter body, medium carbonation. Very smooth. Filling.
O - Arguably the second-best 40. I've had this before, but this is really the only time I've ever sat down to review it. A quick and relaxing way to get a nice buzz without the typical "gasoline" vibe of other 40s. Would buy again if the brand wasn't getting the axe.

Aug 04, 2021
3.52 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on Jul 31, 2021
2.25 by Jcal2023 from Pennsylvania on Jul 30, 2021
1.29 by TP2MSU from Michigan on Jul 25, 2021
Photo of Chocolatefreak
2.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by Chocolatefreak from Tennessee

Smells like adjuncts and sweet corn syrup. The taste follows the nose and it goes down easily and clean. Overall, is probably the best malt liquor you can buy.

Jul 23, 2021
Photo of Caldwan123
3.81/5  rDev +49.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
by Caldwan123 from Iowa

in the context of being a malt liquor. This is a great beverage. Compared to the more cheaper harsher brands of this category. Color is good the beer is smooth does not have any offensive after taste.

Jul 19, 2021
Photo of BCole281
3.02/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by BCole281 from Texas

24oz can, date code OCT2521. Poured into an Arcoroc nonic pint glass.

A - Poured a clear yellow with large foamy white head on initial pour that recedes to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S - smells primarily of malts with a slight funk; adjuncts somewhat noticeable.

T - Malt and sweet grains comprise the majority of the flavor profile. Finish is clean and mildly sweet.

M - Medium-bodied, medium carbonation. Drinkability is decent.

O - Not bad for the style. Might come back to it if I don't want a HGML. Tick complete.

Jun 30, 2021
Photo of poopyshoes
2.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
by poopyshoes

best 40

Jun 05, 2021
3.71 by Wilkolaczek94 from Connecticut on May 07, 2021
3 by GRhoads from Ohio on Apr 21, 2021
4.14 by Cold_1 from California on Apr 21, 2021
2.5 by TallGuyCM from California on Apr 19, 2021
Photo of 1Jose
2.59/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by 1Jose from California


Apr 12, 2021
Photo of BBThunderbolt
3/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

Green glass 40ozer (dated with a best by of Aug 02 2021) poured into 14oz teku. Poured a clean, clear, bright honey gold color with 2/3 inch of white head that dissipated quickly, and left no lacing.

There were no hops in the aroma, some lightly funky malts, and a touch of apple. The apple disappeared on the tongue, but there wasn't a bunch of other flavors either. Fairly neutral.

The body was, as expected, light and crisp, with a sweet finish. Drinkability will depend on your appreciation of the style; if you like the style, you'll do OK with this one. Overall, not bad for what it is. Tick completed.

Mar 22, 2021
1.57 by AndrewFord666 from Illinois on Feb 07, 2021
3.7 by hybridnoisebloom from Wisconsin on Jan 01, 2021
Photo of TedHead
4.38/5  rDev +71.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by TedHead from Illinois

Reviewed to style. Pours a translucent gold with a fluffy white head. Smells like adjuncts and sweet corn syrup. The taste follows the nose and mostly tastes like any macro light lager. It goes down easily and overall is probably the best malt liquor you can buy.

Dec 09, 2020
Photo of Peach63
2.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by Peach63 from New York

Pours golden yellow with a 1 inch white head. Moderate lacing, which lasts.

Aroma is slightly skunky, hay, grass, bread, slight floral.

Taste is malty, corn, sweetish. Light bitterness.

Light bodied, a bit watery. Moderate carbonation. Semi-sweet finish.

For what it is, it's fairly decent.

Oct 15, 2020
Photo of Easki
3.59/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Easki from Texas

40 oz glass bottle that was in the freezer for 20-25 minutes. Tasted great. Refreshing! Classic malt liquor. Miss the old wide mouth 40's. Gotta drink' em cold for the best experience!!!

Sep 30, 2020
Photo of chitoryu12
2.78/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by chitoryu12 from Florida

Look: Clear gold with a lot of rising carbonation bubbles. Huge two-finger white head with average retention.

Smell: Yeasty, slightly skunky corn adjunct malt.

Taste: Generically sweet corn malt and nothing else.

Mouthfeel: Completely average with good carbonation.

Overall: One of the most boring drinks on the market.

Jul 23, 2020
2 by BrinkingDeer from California on Jun 13, 2020
2.53 by smi69 from New York on May 25, 2020
3.25 by Scott17Taylor from Iowa on May 21, 2020
Mickey's from Miller Brewing Co.
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