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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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Ratings: 1,335 |  Reviews: 367
Photo of jaydoc
2.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My uncle introduced me to Mickey's a few years ago. One new years eve he got a case and we sat around drinking them trying to figure out the guessing game on the bottle caps. The beer might not be the greatest but at least they give you something to do while drinking it. Anyway it pours just like any other American adjunct lager I've had with a yellow body and A white head. The head fades and leaves us with sweet smelling brew. The beer tastes alright and doesn't have a bad aftertaste at all. It was a drinkable brew thankfully and it helped bring in the new year!

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3/5  rDev +19%

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3/5  rDev +19%

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2.75/5  rDev +9.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3/5  rDev +19%

Photo of biboergosum
2.44/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

355ml stubbie wide-mouthed grenade bottle, which actually kind of resembles a mini beer keg - I've seen these around for ever and a day, but never got around to trying one, until now, at a trendy new Jasper Ave gastropub, for X-mas dinner pre-drinks with my gal.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden straw colour, with a fistful of puffy, frothy, and bubbly eggshell white head, which settles at due pace, leaving some unexpected tight, sudsy and webbed lace around the glass - huh.

It smells of musty, and somewhat meaty adjunct grain - corn that may have turned in the field (ok, megafarm), overripe apple skins, wet, dank straw, and some backyard weeds for shits and giggles. The taste is a hefty cloying corn syrup muck and rice husk sweetness, a tame, I suppose, musty vegetal essence, stale dried apple and pear, and some damp cardboard pithiness.

The carbonation is average, and sort of airy in its bearing, the body a so-so medium weight for the style, slick, but generally all right in terms of its banal smoothness. It finishes fairly grainy, the corn trying to desperately climb that societal ladder, yet its inherent bland sweetness and mustiness cannot avoid becoming a singular unholy duality in torturing my palate's lingering patience.

Packaging kitsch aside, this is an otherwise obvious future pass for me - and I don't even get to laugh it off as a cheap throwaway purchase - up here, this beer sells as a "premium import". Jebus, I can't wait to get to our dinner destination, where I at least get to overpay for wine, and its fringe benefits.

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3.53/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 12/14/2015. Pours fairly crystal clear bright golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of corn, cracker, light honey, light herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with clean and balanced notes of pale malt and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of corn, cracker, light honey, light herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of corn, cracker, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance and solid robustness of pale malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness after the finish as well. Very clean on lager flavors with minimal yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly grainy/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a good malt liquor style. All around good balance and solid robustness of pale malt and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and clean to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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2.82/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Impression from a screw-top:


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2.75/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of emerge077
2.24/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can from a shady liquor store, the one time I don't check the date, the can is old. "NOV14 11" printed on the bottom. I was fooled since it wasn't dusty...

Pale straw gold, urine shade with rapid rising trails of carbonation. Compact white foam biscuit lid up top, slow to settle, leaving some lace in the glass, and an ever present veil of skim on the surface (surprisingly).

Smells like adjunct city, corn and possibly rice, rather sweet with apple notes from the yeast and some metallic, musty dishrag minerality. Wafting notes of misspent college nights and bad judgement.

Sweet taste, pretty astringent as it warms, cereal grain, wet paper, vague fleeting apple. Fizzy but relatively clean. In the malt liquor continuum, Mickey's falls a bit short of center.

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Photo of zeff80
1.98/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

It's been about 3 years since my first and only malt liquor. I thought I'd re-visit the style.

A - Clear, straw-yellow with tons of bubbles. Two-finger, white bubbly head of foam that does not last long nor leave any lace.

S - Not much other than corn and grains.

T - Grains and corn with a spicy alcohol presence - I can't really define it as hops but it was spiced.

M - Best attribute. Crisp, sharp and dry with a light bodied.

D - Still not loving malt liquors. I took my time on this one not to savor it or because of the high ABV - I just wasn't that interested it drinking more of it.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
2.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pale, watered down looking with weak head

Smell- Typical macro beer smell with some extra stink thrown in

Taste- Not bad for a malt liquor, sweet, but not overpoweringly so

Drinkability- For a malt liquor Mickey's is easy enough to drink quite a few of

Mickey's is a little better than the few other malt liquors I've had, but that isn't saying too much. I guess if your goal is to "get hammered" Mickey's wouldn't be a bad choice, craft beer lovers will want to pass this up.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of dbrauneis
2.81/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint bright yellow + copper highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy bright white head that slowly reduces to a large patch if medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Slightly heavier than moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of cereal grain malts and corn adjuncts with a light amount of corn sweetness. Extremely light aromas of rice adjuncts and grassy hops.

T: Upfront there is a slightly heavier than moderate flavor of cereal grain malts with moderate flavors of corn + rice adjuncts. There is a light to moderate amount of corn/corn syrup type sweetness and just a hint of grassy hops which contribute a light amount of bitterness to the finish which fades away pretty quickly. Taste reminds me more of a Miller Lite product than a malt liquor.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Seemed only appropriate to have a "grenade" bottle of this malt liquor to finish out 2016... Reminds me of my younger days in the 1990s drinking BMC and malt liquors because there was not a lot of craft to be had/found and for some reason I always liked the packaging of Mickey's. Doesn't taste/smell any better or worse than I remember from my younger days and I probably won't be grabbing another, but thanks for the trip down nostalgia lane. Alcohol is actually well hidden making this easier to drink than some of the other malt liquors available and the smaller size is appreciated by older me.

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1.36/5  rDev -46%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

About time I get my malt liquor reviews in. These may be repetitive because I am not an expert in the style.

Fizzy white head. Color is a clear pale golden yellow.

Aroma: Much like the OE, malts and alcohol. Corn. Metallic flavors. Very bland. It does have some other adjunts and skunky flavor though.

Taste: Pretty much the same. Bready malts and cardboard staleness. Corn. Off flavors all around, this time being skunky.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied, medium carbonation. Grainy and chewy. Ends bland.

Overall, not something I ever want to drink again.

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2.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of REVZEB
2.39/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ah college. Always the special at the local store, and the price was right for this swill. Smells like rarified anus. Tastes like poor decisions and fun weekends. Oh and boozy malt and that awful macro aftertaste of smelly feet.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.1/5  rDev +23%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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Mickey's from Miller Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 2.52 out of 5 with 1,335 ratings