Mickey's | Miller Brewing Co.

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
64
poor
339 Reviews
THE BROS
70
okay
Read the review
Mickey'sMickey's
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American Malt Liquor

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by pezoids on 07-03-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
339
Ratings:
1,243
Avg:
2.69
pDev:
58.36%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
233
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 339 | Ratings: 1,243
Photo of brobbable
5/5  rDev +85.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best cheap beer. I like to rate beer not as one beer vs the thousands, but rather with the one beer vs the other beers of the same style. Haffenreffer Private Stock used to be the top dog, but they were discontinued :( The pictographs are fun too.

 259 characters

Photo of MorbidPenguin
5/5  rDev +85.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is awesome. The first taste you get is just a typical light beer taste. However the after taste is really sweet. It's so good! Do not think this is bad beer because of the cheap price.

 194 characters

Photo of Hans14
4.8/5  rDev +78.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I love Mickey's it's hands down my favorite malt liquor. I've had it from the plastic 40 oz. The grenades and poured into a pilsner, a jar, and wine glasses it is a great brew.

The look is the most unappealing part its darkish sraw.

Smell is skunky malt and a bit of hops with slight corn.

Taste is about the same. Very skunky after taste.

The feel is a a decent carbonation with the slightest water.

Overall I absolutely love this beer I would choose this over any macro or any malt any day.

 497 characters

Photo of dbrown456
4.77/5  rDev +77.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really liked this beer. Very flavorable I can appreciate. Not like other high rated beers that have a very tart taste. Bought the 40oz bottle just to try. Thought I'd taste then throw it out. The price was so low. Wrong!!! Just the right amount @ 40 oz. and a flavor I enjoy.

 275 characters

Photo of missilesilo
4.6/5  rDev +71%
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.

 330 characters

Photo of Its_Dipset_Eyy
4.3/5  rDev +59.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh my beautiful, you were my first. Tho I know they say you're not perfect, to me you are. We may have grown apart but I just can't help myself coming back to you at times. Thank you for all the memories.

 206 characters

Photo of latackbeer
4.26/5  rDev +58.4%
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.

 723 characters

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.23/5  rDev +57.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(40 oz "shatter proof" plastic bottle - poured enough into my Innis & Gunn goblet to fill it)

L: clear, sunny-yellow-gold liquid... what's scary is there's probably a tiny speck of dust in the bottom of the glass and the little trail of bubbles rising up off it is maintaining a fine, fluffy white head - really the head retention is just bizarre and wonderful... it laces like a champ, too! wow!

S: pure heaven... has similar phenolic quality to a tripel - I'm thinking Golden Monkey... banana, sugar cookie... this smells incredible!

T: up front, the taste follows the malt loveliness teasing in the aromas, however, it tosses off a smidge of generic (and possibly stale?) adjunct lager in the finish - this proves to be not a big deal as it slowly fades off into the back... faint peppery-spicy note in the aftertaste... the malt flavor is pretty mild and lightly grainy (cereal), lacking the dirty, syrupy depth I've found in others of its kind... still, it's light, dry and mindless to knock back - no real prominent booze element either

F: little bit of a sudsy tickle up front... quite a pillow-soft, fluffy flow carrying its medium-light body along

O: Mickey's gets high marks here... it deserves to be mentioned in the pantheon of fine malt liquor - easily a top 3 for me.... will be having this again and again

 1,325 characters

Photo of 7beerphil
4.17/5  rDev +55%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz can poured into a pilsener glass:

A: Pours a dark yellow/light copper color, 2 finger head, mild carbonation. Head dies in about a minute, not much lacing

S: Sweet smell, some grains, not like the usual malt liquor

T: Rather sweet and malty, nothing unpleasant, can'y really detect any hops

M: Smooth and mellow, not at all harsh

D: Very drinkable, priced right for the quick buzz. I'd much rather drink a few mickeys than any ice beer for a quick buzz. Mickeys truley is Fine Malt Liquor.

 500 characters

Photo of michiganminer
4.15/5  rDev +54.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My Favorite Malt. Not a lot of alc. content but enough. the Grenades arent available locally (Bought in another state) but I have had the 40's and 24 OZ cans here. Tastes like Heineken. Smooth and cheap. lots of carbonation. I like Mickeys.

Note: I review for the style. I refuse to let my prejudices slant any review. Nothing worse than the typical beer snob reviewing a Malt Liquor, same for your Malt Liquor drinker reviewing a craft brew.

 443 characters

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.12/5  rDev +53.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Look, no beer snob is gonna score a malt liquor over a C something. It's just not gonna happen. Reviewed within the STYLE by a true beer advocate, this one will fare quite well.

Consumed some grenades over the last few weeks right out of the bottles.

A:Nice looking, unique bottle. Very cool. I like the bee with the stinger out, it's for you, beer snob who is too good for this legendary beverage!

S: Nice aroma for a malt liquor. Not metallic at all. Very yeasty and pleasant with a sweet note. Light corn, cheap hops, and plenty of malt to go around.

T: Excellent malt liquor here. Mouthfeel is perfect for the style with a nice carbonation and a wonderfully refreshing finish. I get hints of sourdough, corn pops, apple juice and corn flakes.

D: I could have these until the sun comes up. Good luck taking down more than a sixer of grenades though, you'll be toasted. (Or more than 3 forties.)

Value: INCREDIBLE.

One of the best malt liquors out there. In short, House of Pain was right. But only for real men. Beer snobs need not apply here.

 1,055 characters

Photo of CowsCanBark
4.08/5  rDev +51.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24 oz. can into a standard pint glass. Note that I am reviewing this beer based on its style, not based on every beer overall.

Appearance: Poured a nice pure golden hue with a two-finger head, albeit a bit soapy looking. The head quickly faded and surprisingly left a decent amount of lacing on the glass as I drank.

Smell: Surprising. It's really not bad; there are malts a plenty, with an almost citrusy smell. There is also just a touch of metallic smell.

Taste: Probably the best malt liquor I've had. A nice malty taste followed by corn and an almost citrus character and an immediate bitterness, with just a tad of metallic taste. The alcohol taste is non-existent.

Mouthfeel: Good mouthfeel. High carbonation and medium body with a nice, crisp finish.

Overall: Probably the best malt liquor available. If you're looking to get messed up cheap, buy this. It also isn't half bad just to drink!

 917 characters

Photo of ordybill
3.97/5  rDev +47.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the infamous 12 OZ big mouth bottle right into my pie hole. The appearance is a clear golden yellow with a small white head. The aroma is basic American Malt Liquor. The taste is a notch up on most malt liquors, I rate this in the same class as Colt 45 and Private Stock, I consider them uhhmm, err top shelf in the malt liquor world.

 349 characters

Photo of wolfinthemirror
3.97/5  rDev +47.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

beautiful presentation in this big green 40 oz bottle with the classic label. I'm not pouring this one into a glass, I didn't buy it to look at it.

Smells of sweet, sweet malt liquor goodness. corn, funk, and alcohol.

Tastes great while it's ice cold...sweet malts up front, corn in the middle, slight hops in end mixed with rice crispies. One of the best malt liquors for sure. Hard to describe the taste

Very smooth, carbonation is modeate. kind of a weird after taste and it leaves my spit feeling slimey, but other than that, YUM.

Considering I drink this in 40oz bottles, I'd say it's pretty damn drinkable.

A classic right here. Drink Malt Liquor.

 659 characters

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.94/5  rDev +46.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz green short bottle from Hannaford. Pours a light yellow crystal clear body with a half inch of short-lived white head. Smells like cereal grains, a touch of butter and hints of floral hops. Slightly sweet cereal grain, hints of caramel. Finishes very clean, as expected. Very light in body with ample effervescent carbonation. Super drinkable and really nothing objectionable about it - not even skunked despite the green bottle. One of the better malt liquors I have tried

 478 characters

Photo of KACK1533
3.9/5  rDev +45%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in a can, so it wasn't skunked. Not your typical malt liquor. Most drink it from bottles, which are a class of their own. Smell was cereal grains. Head quickly dissipated into patches. Steady stream of bubbles coming up the sides of the glass. For a ML this is the cream of the crop and that crop isn't all that great. Decent flavor. The typical "Miller taste" shines through subtly at the end.

 403 characters

Photo of jsisko01
3.89/5  rDev +44.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear dark golden/copper color with a thin, white frothy head. The lacing is pretty good.

Small - The malts smell really good.. Has a sweet aroma, with corn and malts being most dominant.

Taste - Mostly the same as the smell. Quite sweet, very malty and corny, and also has a buttery biscuit flavor to it. It has a weird bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium/light body with high carbonation.

Overall - This is one of the few malt liquors I've ever liked. It tends to give me heartburn though.. Not like other beers.

 548 characters

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.88/5  rDev +44.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear staw hue with a frothy soap bubble head two fingers high. Good retention and a few specs of lacing. Mild Pils malt and corn aroma, with a hint of DMS scent. Sweet Pils and pale malt taste with some corny adjunct in the background. Mild apple ester in the aftertaste along with some mellow graininess, but the beer is fairy dry and the mouthfeel is mostly clean once these flavors fade. Medium-light in body, with high carbonation, and somewhat lighter than most malt liquors and much smoother. This was surprisingly good, but probably only because it fits somewhere between Malt liquor and american macro.

 627 characters

Photo of Brad007
3.85/5  rDev +43.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden color with a one finger head that quickly fades to nearly nothing.

Aroma is strong with corn/bready malt in the nose. Nothing special here and to be expected.

Taste is strong and sweet with corn, baked bread and a touch of alcohol in the middle.

Mouthfeel is full of the same flavors as above (corn, baked bread) except that they linger. Not harsh or anything. Seems average.

Not bad. I was expecting worse but this really isn't a bad example. It's drinkable for what it is.

 498 characters

Photo of cooch69
3.85/5  rDev +43.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a 40 oz. of this cause I have'nt tried Malt Liquor in about 6 or 7 years and had no recolection of what they actually tasted like.

Pours a clear as day light yellow with a tall foamy two-three finger head after an agressive pour.

Nose is primarily rubbing alcohol and sweet, bready pale malts.

Taste comes off as just an American Lager bumped up in alcohol. It does have that rubbing alcohol taste to it as well. With such a light beer I don't see it as much of an issue that the alcohol shines through so well.

Overall I think this tastes better than a lot of premium American Lagers I'd probably choose this for a hot muggy night on the deck.

 654 characters

Photo of cptnjck101
3.83/5  rDev +42.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mickey's is a classic, I love this stuff. Get's you feeling right & doesn't break the bank doing so. Smooth as silk & cheap as dirt. It's no Westy 12, but for a buck twenty, it can't be beat. The boys at Miller may not always come up with winners, but they sure as shit did here.

 279 characters

Photo of weizenbob
3.83/5  rDev +42.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't let the pissed off looking wasp frighten you; at 5.6% ABV, Mickey's is the soft and cuddly malt liquor. I picked this up in a display case full of 24 ounce $.99 cans. I opened the can and poured into a pilsner glass in hopes that glassware alone would transform this beastly brew into a beauty of an imperial pilsner.

The pour yields two fingers of foamy white head. Head retention is good. Really nice thick lacing sticks to the side of the glass. The beer is golden colored and crystal clear. A moderate amount of carbonation can be seen through the glass. It's kind of pretty looking.

The aroma reminds me of the maibocks that I've been drinking lately. It actually smells like a premium strong lager with a nice grain bill. Wet hay is forward in the nose and is accompanied by a honey-like sweetness. There is an impression of freshly cracked peppercorns. Alcohol is not so much smelled as it is felt, as the nose hairs are tickled by its presence in the aroma. This is really not smelling bad at all.

Y'know, the taste isn't all that bad either. It is not as interesting as the aroma would have me believe, but there is none of the cringe inducing harshness that I normally associate with the style (no doubt due to the below average alcohol content). There is a soft graininess that is nice. As expected, there is also a fair amount of corn adjunct flavor. The honey sweetness reaches the tongue as it did the nose. It is watered down for sure, but it finishes cleanly. I'm less impressed by the flavor than I am the by lack thereof. Regardless, I am still impressed.

This is a light bodied brew, but certainly on the heavier end of light. It is highly carbonated and as such a little tingly. Overall however Mickey's is really mellow and easy drinking.

Mickey's is a pleasant surprise. It's dirt cheap; it looks, smells and feels great, and the taste is totally inoffensive. That may not be high praise, but for a style that is often unpalatable, it's about as good as it gets. Incidentally, I could wholeheartedly recommend this over any of the proper adjunct lagers in the Miller lineup.

---

The Two-Schlitz Scale: (see my profile for an explanation)
As impressive a malt liquor as this is, I still don't give a Schlitz for Mickey's.

 2,256 characters

Photo of Spikester
3.81/5  rDev +41.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale gold from the 24 ounce can, good amount of white head. Modest retention but a good amount of fine lace.
Aroma is all malts. I am sure they must use some corn but I couldn't smell any. Light amount of grassy hops.
Taste is malty goodness with just a hint of hop bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel is light to medium. Just the right amount of carbonation.
Overall an excellent brew for the style almost too good to be a malt liquor. Just think of this as a malt forward AAL.
I first had this about 1970. It had an aluminum flat cap with a pull tab on the green grenade bottle. I had to bump the rating especially for the appearance. The lacing is very impressive.

 675 characters

Photo of dhannes
3.8/5  rDev +41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 40 oz. resealable bottle 1-2 days after opening, which no doubt affected the carbonation. Poured into a SA Perfect Pint.

A=dark straw yellow, with slight head that lasted less than a minute.

S=Good...corn with hops.

T=A bit sweeter than I remember...could not really taste the alcohol..reminded me of a robust cream ale.

M=Good...especially the reduced carbonation.

O=I enjoyed this glass, but don't really see this as a session beer...just too sweet in my estimation.

 487 characters

Photo of Lacesoutcody
3.8/5  rDev +41.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

drank from a mickey's grenade wide mouth bottle, bought in a six pack.

A: not poured, I don't believe in pouring malt liquor into a glass. I'm guessing thin yellow, with minimal head.

S: a sweet blast of sugars, and malt, a slight hint of alcohol on the back end.

T: same as the smell, simple sugars, a little alcohol, and thin supply of malts to finish it off.

M: fairly thin, but thicker than some malt liquors on the market.

D: As always, poundable, completely enjoyable, and will get you buzzed for the right price, as for something to savor, find something else. Pansy.

 579 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Mickey's from Miller Brewing Co.
2.69 out of 5 based on 1,243 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer FestĀ® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • Free Trial Subscription

    Reside in the US? Interested in a free 1-month trial subscription to the print edition of BeerAdvocate magazine?

    Yes! Sign Me Up!