Mickey's | 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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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.

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Photo of icefisherman
3.78/5  rDev +40.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

this stuff brings me back like all the way to thanksgiving last year. I think this is some of the best malt liquir on the market. it tastes a little sweet and unlike some others it dosenot taste like flavored beer. and its way cheaper than "Smirnof Ice" its under $9 for a 12 pack of those really cool midget green bottles with the recloseable top.

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Photo of dakeynr
3.77/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

OK. I have read the reviews of Mickey's "Fine" Malt Liquor here and some folks seem to be embarrassed to even be reviewing it, or in some cases, to be giving it too high a grade.
C'mon. It's beer, and we're all beer lovers here, and - speaking for myself - I love to try all sorts of styles and flavors and countries of origin...gimmicks and chicanery included. I believe all's fair in love and the love of beer. Malt Liquor is another product that gives us the incredibly huge variety of beverages in the 'beer' category. That's enough to love it for!(IMHO)

This is an above average Malt Liquor. It's not over the top in the abv department, as it's right there with many excellent IPA's. I find this to be preferable to many domestic lagers - the taste is better.
Color is pale amber. Quickly dissipating head. Carbonation remains, and bubbles rise, reminiscent of Sprite or 7-up.
Tastes somewhat sweet, with a rather nice, if somewhat strong-flavored finish. No noticeable alcohol on the tongue, that I could detect.
Serve Mickey's ice cold. It holds up well to strong flavored meats, and appetizers - think burgers, brats, dogs, hot wings - or it's great solo.
Mickey's is, in my opinion, one of the few choices that will harmonize with almost everything. And, actually, if you pour Mickey's in a wine glass, and serve it without revealing the brand - I believe most people would find it to be a great, refreshing pale lager.
If you can get past the stigma attached to malt liquors in general, and give this an honest go...you may find you like it...or love it!

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Photo of MarkSmith86
3.74/5  rDev +39%
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!

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Photo of fitweed
3.74/5  rDev +39%
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!!!

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.73/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First, let me say that Mickey's Fine Malt Liquor is a damn good beer! I have a lot of respect for this particular one. I tried this sample out of a 24 oz. can into a tall beer glass. Mickey's has a thick, white head, a yellow, exceptionally clear color, and high carbonation. Aroma was undetectable. The taste was slightly sweet, somewhat bold, and with a shade of citrus. Lacing was even throughout. This one may the the lightest malt liquor on the market. Mouth-feel was medium. This beer seems to be dry-brewed. It starts smooth and finishes such. While the alcohol level is relatively low (5.6%), I drank about 16 oz. on a pretty empty stomach and could feel the alcohol buzzing about in my head like a hornet. But, I was not stung by it. Really, this is a classic malt liquor and goes highly recommended.


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Photo of MeMyselfNAles7
3.72/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This is a good brew for the summer days. Everything from beach, to lakes, pool parties or BBQ's. The bottle is very deceiving, but the contents are ok. Very Good Cheap brew IMO

Pours a pale golden brew with a full white crown. No alchol taste or scent. Nice barley and sweet malts. Crisp refreshing and smooth taste. Nice aftertaste.

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Photo of Gaben
3.72/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mickey's I cant believe this stuff isnt rated among the tops 3's in malt liquor's , one of my fav beers with or without the differnt styles.

Appearance is plain , close to all the green bottle beers because I hardly ever pour malts out of the bottle.

The taste is pretty goot , It taste's like a dirty rolling rock / not as smooth but nice to drink or even slam at times.

Drinking this stuff is pretty easy , nothing you'll wanna puke on , simple because its a fine malt liquor and I recommend it too any beer drinker.

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Photo of MartyHeldt
3.71/5  rDev +37.9%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.7/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the giant 32 ounce plastic jug into a nonic pint glass. Good till July 11th 2016. Pulled from the back of the shelf booyah!

Deep clear brass body, quite shiny with minimal and slow rising carbonation. Bleach bright white solid three finger head, that settles to a big bowled puck and some nice thick coating lacing. Quite a decent looking beer.

Nice quite basic cereal grain and mild corn aroma. Some faint toast, no hop angle, but a mix of pasty sugar a bit as well. Really solid for what it is actually not boozy either. No skunking either from the plastic thin green bottle.

Palate manges no too many surprises, with the exception of tolerance. Clean first thick sip but without the big sugars or fussel alcohol burn. Corny like sweetness a bit, with some interesting sugar like aftertaste that lingers. Interesting aftertaste that seems to mix some adjunct sweetness and some decent grain quality in the mix, it just barely hints at toast.

Interesting animal in malt liquor vein, sort of in the right place between a step up from your regular adjunct lager, but not jumping into drying overly sweet or alcohol stink malt liquor excess.

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Photo of rednrag
3.7/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mickeys is one of the finest Malt Liquors in the world. The short stubby big mouth is a great container. This is a smooth, clean, Fine malt liquor.

I like it. Lots of people dis this fine Malt Liquor. I do not know . OK is it better than Colt 45 or Olde Englishe 800. I do not know.

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Photo of weylinfidler
3.7/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Looks like American lager (Bud) but even a bit lighter. no much head to speak of.

S: Nothing special, although you can smell the Alcohol.

T: Crisp, clean, not half bad. A bit of an initial bitterness to get over but not to offensive.

M: very clean, slight drying.highly carbonated but that is to be expected with this kind of beer.

D: could and have drank all night on this. The ABV will lend itself to a fun night but a whopper of a hangover. Have fun

Not only do you get a nice buzz from this but if you get the grenades/hornets, the short fat 12ozers, the caps have picture puzzles that you can pass around to see who can figure it out.

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Photo of mudbug
3.68/5  rDev +36.8%
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.

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Photo of WithinTheGlass
3.65/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thought I'd take a break from reviewing craft beers and dig into a good-old malt liqour.

A- The beer itself is nothing to look at. Light straw with lots of bubbles (think cream soda.) The bottles, however, are lots of fun. The little hand-grenade bottles feature fun riddles underneath the cap, and the 40's are.... well... 40s.

S- Not much in the way of complexity... Mickey's smells like cheap lager concentrate. Banana, rice and corn jump off of the aroma and really overpower any other scents.

T- I'll admit it... Mickey's is like beer candy. While there's no hop presence, very little depth and lots of carbonation, this beer tastes really good. It's sweet, but not too sweet. It's bready, but not at the expense of the fruitier flavors. It's malty, but still refreshing. Very easy to drink.

M- Pretty thin and lackluster. Definitely goes down easily though.

O- Sometimes you're out of money and need something to get you by. More often than not, Mickey's is my cheapest ticket to a tasty brew that really is pretty decent!

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Photo of MerkinMan
3.65/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I do not feel right drinking this out of a glass after the effort was made to create a big mouth bottle. I hope they still have jokes under the cap:

A: Fat little green bottle. Beer is clear in there. I bet it is golden-colored.

S: Mineraly and corny with what seems like a very faint hop aroma. Some alcohol aroma as well. This smells better than many other malt liquors

T: Not a ton of flavor of any kind - refreshing though. Faint cory grain flavors with a slightly hoppy finish. Finish is long and a little bitter. No alcohol sting like other cheaper strong beers. Finish is quite nice here.

MF: Light bodied and moderately carbonated. Prickly on the tongue. No heat, no creaminess.

O: Cleaner and more flavorful than many strong lagers I have tried. This is very refreshing and surprisingly nicely put together.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
3.65/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a perfect straw colour with a foamy bone-white head that recedes, but only down to a few millimeters that amazingly stick around. Smell is cheap, cheap, wet grains. Nothing else really. Smells a tad rotten (as beer should). This is very much an old-man beer. Something our dads or grandpas might have drank.
The taste is not at all bad. It has a good, clean, classic malt liquor taste. I don’t know why I used to think this was overly sweet. It’s really not. It’s plenty dry. It’s got a pleasant pungent quality I like too. Still, it’s no OE. OE brings malt liquor to a whole new lever of flavor and this one is really lacking in comparison. It’s far more interesting and enjoyable than a King Cobra, though. As simple as it is, it’s got enough of that pungent cheap grain malt liquor taste to pull it a bit ahead of some other malt liquors. It’s dry enough. Really wondering why I always thought it was sweet. It’s just sorta boring. Mouthfeel is very dry and crisp for a malt liquor. Pleasant if you like that, but I’m usually looking for something danker in my malt liquor.

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Photo of AbrahamRobert
3.63/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the kindof beer that you drink outta the bottle, which is kinda fun becaue

a.)its got a widemouth for faster consumption
b.)its shaped kindof like a grenade.
c.)its got a puzzle under each cap

on to the review...

It looks pale yellow although i've never seen it actually sitting in a clear glass.

It smells a bit funky, but thats to be expected from malt liquor.

Tastes kindof bland, with no real kick in the ass, and no aftertaste, which is suprising to me because its a heavier beer.

Feels a little thicker in the mouth than a standard budweiser, but nothing too slimey.

When it comes to drinkability, its a hit. One after another, this a great beer to take to a party and enjoy all night.

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Photo of Marc-sherwood
3.62/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is an old classic. Brings back memories of my poor college student past. This beer is clean and should be served ice cold. As for the beer snobs that have posted on this beer and complain of its high alcohol consider that most craft beers are well over 5.5%.

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Photo of thedrewski86
3.6/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Okay, why would anyone drink a Miller High Life when they could drink this?! It's cheap, smooth, has a good color and great malty taste. I don't consider this "slummin' it", this is just good simple beer. Let's face it, if you're going to have beer for a football game with a bunch of typical beer drinkers, even Sam Adams would be considered snob beer. Not that I'm suggesting you succumb to peer pressure, but at least there's an alternative to Bud Light. Plus, this gives a VERY nice buzz.

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Photo of spamtrapmail
3.6/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When I drink cheap beer it's usually Miller High Life because they use champagne yeast in the brewing process and the fizziness enhances the flavor. I also prefer the corn flavor of Miller products to the rice flavor of Anheuser Busch.

Mickey's tastes almost the same as Miller High Life. It's a decent cheap beer. The green color of the bottles is unappetizing but that's the only negative thing I can say. There's no pucker up weird aftertaste or any other negative effects.

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Photo of Hovellord
3.6/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Straight out of a 40 (Mickey's ain't pretentious, so why should I be?).
The two strong points for Mickey's is the nice sweet corn taste and a smoothness that defies it's status as "malt liquor" (so what is barley wine?). You already know that it didn't really cost you anything, it's gonna do it's job, and you needn't feel remorse. Mighty satisfying when good n' cold on a nice hot day, or even in winter (alcoholic enough that you just won't confuse it with light beer). By the way, if you keep the bottle in the brown bag it came in while drinking it, it gives it nose (nice pulp smell).

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.6/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 40oz bottle:

Bright clear yellow gold with an inch or slightly more of foam. Surprisingly good lacing and head retention.

The smell is pretty much what you'd expect from the style. Some candy sweetness, some notes of corn, and a bit of hop bitterness.

The taste has that sweetness Malt Liquors tend to have but at least in this one, it's not over done. Some grain here with a decent amount of hop bitterness to offset the sweetness. IO can't call it grassy, or floral, or citric, just plain old bitterness and it does the job for me.

Ok, I drank a lot of this stuff back in the 70s, along with a lot of imports and the few American brews that were tasty back then ie Ballantine XXX, Rainier Ale, Sierra Nevada, Anchor, New Albion(long since gone), others that escape my memory right now and I *still* like this darn Malt Liquor and I don't think it's changed much since it was a Heileman Brewing product. I like it and I'm not ashamed to admit it!

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.59/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Green wide-mouth bottle...

...drank directly from the bottle. I poured another for the look: light yellow gold color with a fast fade sugary white head. A drop or few of lacing. Sadly beautiful.

Sweet smelling grainy malts, grassy. Obligatory skunk-e-ness. Delightful.

The taste follows the nose, minus the skunk. It's sweet, surely. Thankfully, it lacks mineral-it-is. Yummy.

It feels like a malt liquor should...feel, that is.

Better than the sum of its parts, as my numbers indicate.

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Photo of LOCAL
3.58/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lets cut to the chase, this is a freaking Mickeys Malt liquor not a Westy 12. For a malt liquor this isn't all that bad. Lets face it, if you wanted something better you wouldn't have reached for the Mickeys in the first place, but what you get is solid. Malt liquor flavor without that nasty malt liquor after taste you get with most of them. This isn't gold people, but its pretty good when its free... in a 22oz bottle... who knew.

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Photo of ronniebruner
3.57/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

The best of all American malt liquors, being perhaps the only drinkable 40 oz bottle in the United States. The beer is skunky, high carbonation, has a great taste for being so skunky, and is very cheap. I think almost everyone on this site has had this beer at least once, probably as a teen or college kid.

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Mickey's from Miller Brewing Co.
2.69 out of 5 based on 1,268 ratings.
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