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Lager - Malt Liquor
Ranked #66
Ranked #50,449
2.51 | pDev: 32.27%
Miller Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
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Reviews: 387 | Ratings: 1,375 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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tbone1384 from Wyoming

1.78/5  rDev -29.1%

Nov 11, 2012
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mudbug from Oregon

3.68/5  rDev +46.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From the shaped like a WW2 Grenade into, well no glass needed here, lets face it, this is what you want when you sit on a curb drinking alcohol wrapped in a paper bag . No excuses and no aplologies wanted.
The smell you should just avoid, anyone sticking their nose in this and inhaling is either stupid or drunk beyond reason.
The taste is sweet oblivion, yes, there is enough booze in this to get the job done quick and it's not unpleasant, kind of like a soft drink passed though beezelbubs bladder. grainy and warming and... familiar
I like it, I don't give a flying fig about the score here, it only supports my belief that most scorers are worse than me. and sitting on a curb will get you the truth sometimes. F you snob beerhipsters.

Mar 01, 2015
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BeerBobber from Nevada

2.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Light clear gold with an aggressive pour giving about three fingers of a soapy crackling head that drops quickly. Lots of visible carbonation as well.

Smells sweet, almost candy like sweet? Not much else coming through.

Not much on the taste. Seems to follow the nose with that strange sweetness.

Mouth feel is not to heavy (thankfully) and finishes fairly easy.

I can remember drinking this from the big mouth bottles during several days while me and my friend rebuilt the engine for his 1972 Javelin project. Did not seem so bad than while we were freezing our asses off in the middle of the Colorado winter attempting to build a muscle car. Nowadays as an adult fast forwarded to some 30 plus years past that date I would have to say this beer tastes like crap. I really cannot wait to finish this 24 oz. can so I can look for a real beer in the fridge. God bless Mickey's for the memories (my friend has since passed, a result of mental issues and suicide) but I think this is one worth burying.

Mar 05, 2017
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.06/5  rDev +61.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

No question, Mickey's looks damn fine. Brilliantly clear brass with a sticky white foam cap. Now I'm thirsty.

Crushed cereal and corn syrup. Just as it should smell.

Corn syrup and corn syrup. Just as it should taste. Maybe a pinch of crushed grain. Wow. Really pushing the boundaries here.

Light, clean, smooth,a little slick, definitely sweet. Almost zero bitterness. Boom.

Hey, at $0.59 per 12 oz., what do you want? Stop rating beers comparing to your favorites of different styles. This is a MALT LIQUOR folks. And as a malt liquor, it's pretty damn good. Otherwise it would already be off the shelves. Cheers.

Aug 29, 2018
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.05/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Like a lot of the previous reviews, I will mostly lean on memories with this one, although I do have a forty sitting in front of me at the moment. Freshman year if you had big mouths in your fridge, it was a blackout night. Mickey's was all about attitude to me, back in college when I thought that was cool. The pissed off green bee seems to have mellowed in recent years, but maybe that's just me.

Mellow and corny without being offensive or oversweet. I still find this quite drinkable when you want to have an uberswill evening. It doesn't look or smell good. That's not the deal. Quite good at its job.

Mar 31, 2017
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.9/5  rDev +55.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Type: 24-oz. can
Glass: Clear 15.25-oz. pilsner
From: 5 Star Market & Liquor in La Mesa, Calif..
Price: $2.10
Purchased: Sept. 26, 2017
Consumed: Sept. 26, 2017
Reviewed as: American Malt Liquor
Misc.: Best by Feb. 12, 2018

Recently was dared to review a King Cobra. Actually did not know that Malt Liquor was reviewable on Beer Advocate. Once I looked it up and saw I was, had to go with it. Once I saw that there were seven (seven!) other Malt Liquors at the next-door market, made it a point to review one each Tuesday until I run out. Typically am against all the big boy beers, but I am breaking that rule for this challenge. Next up was Mickey’s Fine Malt Liquor, which is only rated as the 68th-worst beer. Not too bad. King Cobra and Old English 800 were both in the bottom 30. Still was not expecting much.

Poured a pale-to-gold clear color with 3-to-4 fingers of off-white frothy head. Lots of fast-moving bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Outstanding sporadic foamy lacing. Decent retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smell reminded me of an American Adjunct Lager, specifically a PBR. Got corn, apple, pear, honey, grain, skunky malts, scrambled eggs, wet grass and green grape. Really smooth on the nose for a malt liquor. (Smell - 3.75)

Wow. Not too bad on the taste. Certainly not as bad as King Cobra or Old English. First taste was the best (like the others), but it did not drop off as much as the other two. Specifically got apple, pear, green grapes, corn, grain, honey, hints of scrambled eggs and grassy malts. (Taste - 4.00)

Light body. Thin texture. Average-to-soft carbonation. Abrupt finish. (Feel - 3.75)

Pleasantly surprised overall. For sure the best American Malt Liquor I’ve reviewed. Very good. (Overall - 4.00)

3.90 | 88 | B+

Oct 20, 2017
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EmeraldMist from Maryland

3.96/5  rDev +57.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look - Pours a crystal clear golden yellow color, a finger of rocky white head, surprisingly good retention.
Aroma - Simple syrup, maybe some corn. Not a whole lot going on.
Taste - Grainy, pale malt, not as sweet as most malt liquors, clean dry aftertaste. Starts out like a typical lager but finishes like an ice beer.
Feel - Medium bodied, dry, lots of carbonation. Not syrupy at all.

Overall - Excellent malt liquor. Reminds me of myself... cheap, full of alcohol, but smooth as hell. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go on an overnight drunk.

May 19, 2017
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Cthulhusquid from Washington

4.37/5  rDev +74.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: One finger white head, pale yellow body.

Smell: Mild breadiness, grains, mild sweet corn, a slight suggestion of grassy hops.

Taste: See above.

Feel: Medium-light body, medium carbonation, slightly sweet upfront with a dry finish.

Other: The best cheap beer of all the ones I've tasted. Like PBR or Rainier, but more flavor.

Apr 15, 2017
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3.01/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sometimes I just need a 40oz. to keep it gangster. And my 40 of choice is always Mickey's.

The key to Mickey's is to drink it really fast - it has to stay cold. If you can manage to down your entire 40oz. while it's still very cold, it almost has a Heineken skunky taste. I am not a fan of malt liquor, but a cold Mickey's really doesn't taste like a malt. If you let it get warm....prepare to pay the price. N A S T Y.

I'm finishing off a Mickey's 40 as we speak. It's just what I needed after a long day at work. The last few sips are still ice cold...and it doesn't disappoint.

Oct 24, 2012
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smells like grain and alcohol with barely a suggestion of hops,
tastes like grain and alcohol with barely a suggestion of hops...
...and it's supposed to taste like that!

It pours a brilliant, crystal clear golden body beneath a pillowy bright-white head that deflates immediately and then maintains only a thin collar that leaves very little lace.

The nose expresses the sweetish adjunct-malt and alcohol that we've come to expect along with a very minor note of yeasty sulphur. It's clean though...

Its medium bodied in the mouth with a fairly crisp carbonation that gently tingles the palate.

The flavor displays a mildly-sweet maltiness upfront, backed by some very light alcohol and a low-key bitterness. If they added just a little more hop flavor to this it could easily pass as a standard mass-produced American lager.

Overall it's not as big, sweet, fruity and rough as many others, however, it's only 5.6% by volume, which is only .6% higher than Bud. In fact, it's barely a malt liquor. But it's clean, well-balanced (given the style), and fairly nice to look at despite the lack of head.

May 13, 2006
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KentT from Tennessee

2.3/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

American Malt Liquor. Corn meets apple overtones, with some slightly malty biscuit note, meets some sugary notes. Very weak head, with thin lacing and very weak retention. Competent, cheap gets you drunk in a hurry. Don't drink it when warm, gets ugly in a hurry. Good when cold for malt liquor, I rank it below Olde English 800 or Colt 45, but better than Steel Reserve or King Cobra. Reserve for when you're low on money and just want to get plastered.

Dec 19, 2017
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OldSchoolMike from North Carolina

2.87/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

One of the better malt liquors, if that's saying anything. I remember when the wide-mouths had a cool pull tab, over twenty-five years ago. Still like the wide-mouths, as the cans are not available around here anymore.

Dec 11, 2017
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missilesilo from Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +83.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - I like the look of the bottle; it looks cool and makes me want to drink it.

Smell - Great! Doesn't smell bad at all.

Taste - Excellent. Don't mind drinking, or even chugging it.

Mouthfeel - Leaves a good taste in your mouth

Overall this beer is good because it tastes good and you only need 2 or 3 to feel a buzz.

Apr 12, 2011
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cardfan212 from Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev +65.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a glass 40 ounce bottle. Scores and review are based within the style.

Look - By far my favorite of the malt liquor bottles. The green glass, simple label, and hornet mascot all comes together in a quite appealing package. However, the green glass does stop the drinker from getting a good view of the liquid inside, which might be seen as a good thing to some.

Smell - No offensive notes, and even has a bit of life and character. Some hints of wet grass, fresh sweetcorn, a bit of smoked meat maybe? All the smells are fairly faint, but nonetheless, they are there.

Taste - Surprisingly good. Has the typical malt liquor sweetness, but it is cut and balanced with a healthy bit of bitterness. More in league with the adjunct lagers.

Feel - The carbonation was a bit much. It made me very burpy and left a nice tower of foam in my bottle every time I took a sip.

Overall - Much better than other malt liquors I've tried. Almost like a beer that wasn't good enough for AAL status but overshoots the malt liquor category.

Apr 18, 2018
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beerdrinker92532 from California

2.96/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

45 minutes in the freezer before drinking this 40oz down, i crack the lid on this frosty baby and it's ready to drink, no fizz rises to the top it's just saying cmon drink me .
i drink it a harsh taste turns into a cold pleasant taste like coors and bud light and hits you hard like a steel reserve. feeling the buzz and drank 3 pulls and im already feeling the buzz of 3 cans of coors light. Okay! for my money $3.57 plus tax not bad. hasnt even reached the label yet. what a value!! already feeling it and not even 1 minute in!! so i set the drink down do what a want and take measured sips and increase the throttle towards the end. feeling stupid drunk but functional not sloppy but sharp and happy . it's worth the money it's worth the price. party in a bottle. the aftertaste is clean and light. the buzz is nice and elevated like i drank a shot of whiskey. music is great to listen to . this drink gives me patience, which i need in this day and age. put on some foreigner. put on some van halen. you know. im drunk already as im writing this. anyways mickeys never lets you down. mickeys forever.

Dec 20, 2017
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LoveGame from Texas

2.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Sadly I can only find the 24oz cans here in Waco, so no cool puzzles or grenades for me.

Mickey's is the one malt liquor you don't immediately associate with the dude with the revoked license toting home a case on Friday night. Something about it retains an air of class. Maybe it's the minimalistic can with almost no information on it, not even the ABV. As it's weaker than its brethren, Mickey's makes a good chill drink rather than just something to get smashed off of super fast. The taste and feel is malty and syrupy, almost as if the liquid itself feels thicker than average. This is one I still pick up every now and then as it's very cheap and has a nice taste. Overall, Mickey's is humble and doesn't oversell itself, and is worth a try.

Apr 14, 2018
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fitweed from California

3.74/5  rDev +49%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice change of pace (from time-to-time) away from the IPA's and spiced-up stuff. I lived off Two Dolla' Foties of St. Ides, back in college, for f**** sake!!!! So Mickey's is like--Dom Perignone for me!!!

Jan 17, 2015
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MartyHeldt from Michigan

3.71/5  rDev +47.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The best thing I've tasted that called itself "malt liquor."

Had a slight cidery taste that reminded me of my own home brew. Was clean and lager-like, not syrupy or sickley like Steel (yuk)

I had a 40 oz bottle and I was sorry to see the bottom.

Aug 14, 2014
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

2.48/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

355 ml signature green plastic bottle. Consumed ice cold, predominantly from the bottle. This bottle was advertised at 5.5% ABV.

Appearance - what I did pour out showed a decent golden color with a tiny white head and foam.

Smell - aromatic in that the adjunct aromas are quite potent, some sweet malt, corn and rice grain. Some skunkiness.

Taste - for malt liquor it's not too bad, nothing too funky going on as it drinks pretty easily. The sweet malt and grain are a bit too much by the end of the bottle, but it's not inherently undrinkable.

Mouthfeel - smooth with moderate levels of carbonation and refreshing finish.

Overall - it's not really good beer, but as far as malt liquor go, it's pretty drinkable, especially in smaller serving sizes where an increase in temperature won't make it too unpleasant. Glad I tried one, but unlikely to repeat.

Aug 01, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.08/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear light yellow with a 2 inch stark white head that fades to a small cap. Random streaks of lace form here and there on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grains and corn flakes. There is a slight buttery smell to this beer as it warms. Taste is of grains and corn flakes. Very crisp and clean with a good level of carbonation. Overall, a pretty average beer but not bad for what it is.

Jul 30, 2011
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texecutive from Illinois

1.5/5  rDev -40.2%

I feel like Mickey's fools me twice when I drink it. I get fooled once by getting tricked into those dumbass riddles they put on the caps. I get fooled twice because I end up drinking the malt sludge in the grenade because I feel stupid for not figuring out the phrase "butter face." When Dave Grohl sang the line "Is someone getting the best of you?", I didn't know he was asking about my alcoholism.

Nov 18, 2014
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latackbeer from Illinois

4.26/5  rDev +69.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Mickey's is the malt liquor that makes the name worth it. Granted the whole idea that you play the brown paper bag hiding game, not right way to enjoy this delicious beverage. Get the six pack and enjoy the caps. The caps have nothing to do with taste but they definitely adds to the beer. If you can't solve a Mickey's cap in under 15 seconds put it down because the puzzle and Mickey's attraction...you don't understand it.

So the taste, it's a regular beer taste. It's enjoyable and doesn't over power with a liquor sting. It's the indulgence you have to hold on to. The six pack is affordable but willing grants access to inebriation. If you're going to "roll" with a malt liquor, this is the selection for that night.

Oct 08, 2011
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1.28/5  rDev -49%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

It's cheap and gets the job done if you want to get a buzz in the middle of the day

Feb 11, 2015
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MarkSmith86 from Wisconsin

3.74/5  rDev +49%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Now this is a good go to malt liquor even though its on the low end of the ABV comparing it to the new high gravity/malt liquors such as hurricane and the steel brewing company.. This is one of a kind and Its a winner all around for a decent price. 7 dollars for a 12 pack after tax, so what if your friends drink that fancy stuff like MGD or High Life, Budweiser, Coors! Dont let it bother you if you want to bring it to a party and dig in! Keep it real! with Mickeys Malt Liquor!

Jan 31, 2014
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bigbadbootydaddy from Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev +44.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I don't know why Mickeys has such a low rating. I like it.

Jan 26, 2015
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