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 Tupperwolf
2.85/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Have I sunk so low? Yes I have. Tomorrow I'll have fresh IPA on tap in my new kegerator, but tonight all i've got is a can of Mickey's left over by a roommate who moved away.

Clear, pale orange with a few rising bubbles and a thin, soapy head.

Scent is a little fruity and mild.

Taste is actually quite fruity; It does taste artificial, but it's not unpleasant. As long as you understand that it is malt liquor and you're not meant to drink it warm and savor it, it's reasonably palatable.

Mouthfeel is smooth, very little carbonation coming out until you swallow, whereupon the mouth gets a slight foamy swish of bursting bubbles.

As far as drinkability goes, this is quite decent for a malt liquor. It's decent tasting and goes down well. Don't be surprised if you feel light-headed or get rowdy.

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Photo of RustythePelican
2.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mickey's . . . it is what it is. Poured with a small, thin head into a pint glass (I know, I know . . .). Smell is grain and alcohol, better than most malts, but not particularly nice. Taste is inoffensive, a little sweet, and extremely easy to drink. The wide mouth (on the grenade 12 ozers) encourages one to consume Mickey's quickly, which is recommended. I occasionally experience a metallic aftertaste after consuming Mickey's, but it was pleasantly absent from this review.

A good choice for a malt liquor, and at 5.6% ABV, it's easy to have more than one.

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Photo of trinitone
2.88/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was first introduced to Mickey's as a child. This was often stocked in my dad's basement fridge. He was definitely a quantity before quality guy when it came to beer. How easy it was for me to mistake those adorable wide mouth bottles for the little plastic juice bombs from the Winn-Dixie. I learned my lesson quick, though.

Now, a couple of decades later I can say that Mickey's isn't bad for what it is. A cheap malt liquor. Not my first beverage of choice, but worth picking up to share with the "uninitiated".

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Cap rebus - "Meat" _ y + "oar" _ "match" (matchstick)

Appearance - poured about 7 to 8 ounces into a tasting glass. A pretty good head formed up, snow white bubbles. They leave pretty fast but do leave some trace lacing about. The color is a typical macro yellow with a hefty bead. For the style it's a rather good start.

Aroma - a good start undone. A funky kind of grain/vegetal sniff. Stale corn? I never really sniffed these pre-BA so this is a new thing for a beer I had many times many moons ago. Tames down to a touch of crackery malt but the stale veggies remain.

Taste - sweet, predictably corny and grainy up front, just a bare bite of hops on the swallow. Once the palate adjusts some other things pop up. I get a whiff/taste of something metal and even a light diluted urine-like aroma hitting as I drink. All the reason you need to keep these babies in the green pineapple they are sold in. With your lips on the wide mouth and your nose against the glass, this goes down far easier. I held my breath for the last few swallows from the glass. You gotta cut out the aroma when you drink it, that's the only way this beer makes a 2. Plus it does maintain a background hop presence so I can't totally sell him out. Probably the most impressive thing I can say is that although the hops are faint, they don't skunk in the green glass, at least mine didn't.

Mouthfeel - crisp, nicely light-bodied. Not filling at all really.

Drinkability - all depends. I will probably not buy this again for myself, but I will drink all 6 without a problem, keeping expectations realistic. This is a really cheap malt liquor designed to be more of an alcohol delilvery system than an attempt at a worthy malt liquor. I wouldn't drink more than one of these a night; just so you can have something else if you decide to have another.

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Photo of tgbljb
3/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a pale yellow color wioth modest initial white puffy head that was rapidly gone. Smell is minimal with only a slight sweetness to be found. Taste is sweet and crisp, and is OK when very cold, but slowly degrades as the beer warms. Finish is really a quick vanishing of any taste. Got to dink it quick while still cold.

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Photo of TechMyst
1.3/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Container Volume: 355ml

Container type: bottle

Fresh: y

Purchased @: anywhere

Cost: cheap

Head: none

Lace: none

Color: pale yellow

Aroma: tinny

Mouthfeel: light

Palate: curls the tongue

Taste: Cute little widemouth bottle. Just another malt beverage. Goes particularly well with Papa John’s pizza. The garlic butter with crust and a Mickey’s to wash it down...MMMmmmm...

Mowing/Working on car- n
With Friends- n
Sipping- n
Get my buzz on- n

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Photo of Rudgers73
2.88/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Honestly, this beer isn't bad for what it is--malt liquor. Sure it's a little rough around the edges but the little 12 oz. grenade bottle is just so cool. And the cap? Each one has a riddle on it that is usually corny, hard to figure out, or just strange.

Mickey's is trying really hard here, and I think they should get a little credit. They have character and presentation.

The beer is thin, pale, watery, begins with a slam of alcohol taste and ends with a kick of skunk in the mouth. But if I'm going be drinking "fine malt liquor", Mickey's is the one for me.

Mickey's can also be mixed with your best orange juice and served as a substitute to Mamosas. It's called a brass monkey and will be sure to wake you up.

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Photo of BuffaloBilly
2.51/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a very yellow color with a thin retaining head. Immediatly smelled and tasted corn adjuncts. Tasted pretty sweet and malty. Not too bad for 1.50 a 40, definetly the better of the malt liqours. But if you were looking for a premium brew this isn't it, its just cheap beer.

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Photo of unklesyd
2.97/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ah Mickey's!

Truth be told, I don't put much stock in the first two rating perameters, because why would you ever pour this into a glass?

For a malt liquor, this one is top notch. Better than craft brewed MLs I've had from Terminal Gravity or Rogue, in fact. Drier, almost pils flavors marred only slightly by a fair abundance of creamed corniness.
Very clean nose, unoffensive, could pass for a very mildly hopped lager using Cluster (probably about where they're at, actually).
Odd balance of heaviness and drying effect on the palate.
Because this is somewhat clean, it is easy to drink until the bottom drops out of your gut after its too late, but by then... meh.

By no means is this a great beer. Not really a good beer. But every now and again, this one will hit the spot if you're really looking to swank it up with some of your old-time buddies.

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Photo of MusicmanSD
2.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Mickey's: the choice before going to concerts. A 40 of this will get you ripped and roaring, which is the point to malt liquor! The review I'm doing is off a hand grenade though. They really thought out their ingenuity by the way. A grenade as a bottle? The little riddles that get funny when you’re drunk, etc. You don't pour this into a glass, ever. From inside, the head sticks around quite well in a 40, not so much the grenades. The smell is WHOA of grain and alcohol, but not as offensive like some other malt liquors, probably because it has less alcohol. Anyways, the taste, again, all grain. Had a Corona halfway into a 40 one time and made the Corona taste worse than it usually would. SOOO...it is feasibly better than some beers out there. The mouthfeel is decent, not watery, and not heavy. A lil' too much carbonation, but not soda-like. The drinkability is actually quite good for a malt liquor. This stuff will always remind me of high school now!

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Photo of Dizzy
2.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had to review this one out of nostalgia:

Poured straw yellow with white head that dissapates quickly.

Aroma...smells like corn (adjucts) not much else

I guess what little taste it has is grainy and a lot like corn.

In spite of all this, it is drinkable and not bad for malt liquor.

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Photo of HoustonTX
2.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Straw yellow, with golden tones poking through, head is pretty vivacious and a slow pour is necessary. Small amount of lacing and decent retention.

S - Light adjuncts and sweet malt dominate the palate.

T - Taste was of sweet malt and adjuncts, not much else, as this is the upfront and lingering tone. Quite sweet, yet easy to drink at cold temperature. If the drink warms the sweetness recedes and the astringent adjuncts pop out and it's not very pleasant, so drink quick. Mouthfeel and drinkability is middle-of-the-road. If you like Malt Liquor, you would enjoy a Mickeys.

Not a bad Malt Liquor, give this one a try if looking for a budget beer.

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Photo of Drew966
2.7/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mickey's Malt Liquor pours a pale yellow with a white head from a green, twelve ounce, grenade shaped, big mouth bottle. Smells like corn and some alcohol. Tastes like corn and a little bit of hops. Much more drinkable than many other malt liquors. You could do worse.

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Photo of GuinnessHero
3.18/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pale yellow with a one-finger head that quickly dissipates a few minutes after pouring, no signs of carbonation.

Smell - Very rank. Sour with a touch of hops on the nose.

Taste - Smell does not carry forth thank god with the taste. Mild and a slight tinge on the pallet of carbonation.

Mouthfeel - Very very very smooth. Goes down and leaves a slight cleanse to the pallet. This is a malt liquor afterall.

Drinkability - Due to its ease of drinking, it's definitley drinkable. May get old after 3 or 4, but nonetheless a decent malt liquor.

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Photo of semihobo
3.16/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like to use the correct glassware for the style -- the correct glass for a 40 oz. is the glass it comes in, of course! Drank this guy cold out of the bottle.

Poured a little in a champagne flute to look at it, the green bottle makes it hard to judge appearance. Clear, not even that yellow, decent head though for a malt liquor. Can't believe I just did that... what did I think I would see.

Smells a little like sewage. Very dry for a malt liquor, no sweetness on the smell. Grains, vegetables like brussel sprouts, adjuncts, some alcohol which is surprising at the low ABV.

Sweeter taste than the smell indicated. Tastes like grains, a little bit of unpleasant mustiness but could be much worse. Faint macro-euro hop taste. Very smooth finish, no yucky face for me.

Smooth mouthfeel, this is pretty undercarbonated which makes it go down fast when it's cold but I worry that it'll fail to cover up any grossness that pokes through as it warms. Slightly creamy, really very nice though.

Goes down very smoothly, quite drinkable. Loses some drinkability points for the price (not much higher than Hurricane or Magnum, but when I'm buying 40s every penny counts) and for the low-ish ABV, the other reason I drink malt liquor. Still, if you ice this, it goes down FAST -- in a contest, I watched two guys drink three 40s of this in under 7 minutes and they kept it down fine. Recommended, and just as good or better than bad macro lagers (Milwaukee's Best, etc.).

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Photo of Pegasus
3/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear medium golden color, with a small, persistent white head, and profuse carbonation. The lacing is fine, and covers most of the glass walls.

Aroma: Sweet alcohol, corn, and vegetable aromas, with little hop presence.

Taste: Opens with a mildly tart corn malt presence, this carries throughout the taste. Midway through the taste a note of mildly sweet, warming alcohol appears, as well as a metallic hop bitterness, which carries to the end of the taste and beyond.

Mouth feel: Sharp, tingling carbonation with a moderate body. The carbonation is reminiscent of champagne.

Drinkability/notes: A rather understated malt liquor, pleasant and very drinkable, although not outstanding. Still, it is inexpensive and inoffensive, so there is little reason to complain.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-four ounce aluminum can, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.1/5  rDev +15.2%
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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Photo of goochpunch
3.23/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours out like a typical malt liquor but less viscous than some of the high gravity ones. Has more color than the typical macro lager. Has a bit of a rough, grainy smell, which doesn't surprise me, but the flavors are very clean for a malt liquor, I find. The lingering, corny/grainy flavors are there, but, like I said, it isn't as bad as with others. All around, this is one of the better malt liquors around.

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Photo of bignick
3.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased a 40oz at Reservoir Wine and Spirits in Cleveland Circle in Brighton for $2.20. Drank straight from the bottle (poker night).

This is a half-decent malt liquor. Mickey's is definitely a step above the average malt liquor, in that I am able to tolerate a few consecutive sips. There is a very slight adjuncty hop bitterness to go along with the disgusting adjunct flavor. On the whole, this beer isn't preferable, but it is pretty good for the style.

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Photo of mmmbeer
2.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. green grenade bottle with no freshness date - served chilled in a pilsner glass. It pours a yellow/gold color with a few big streams of carbonation and a half-inch white head that takes a minute or two to recede, and does so unevenly. As I drink it leaves a surprising amount of weblike lacing that definitely raises the appearance score. It smells rather clean with some grains and corn, and tastes about the same with a mild bitterness. It has a light and tingly body with a short finish, but it is quite drinkable. One of the best malt liquors and better than most macro lagers, especially for the price.

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Photo of DogFood11
1.87/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Fizzy white head, lacing is an afterthought, light yellow and completely filtered.

Kinda has the heineken taste to it. Thin and slightly skunked. on the heavy end of hop character for the style. Amazing high level of carbonation gives it a fizzy mouthfeel and sharp crispness. Clean.

Big mouth bottles are a selling point, the brew is not.

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Photo of soulgrowl
2.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Golden yellow, apple juice-colored body, white, soapy head with surprisingly good retention. Really not bad-looking, has more of a presence than I'd expect.

Smell: Nutty malts act as a base, plus a light citrusy aroma. It's also somewhat vinous, in a way.

Taste: Bready, yeasty, oddly doughy. Taste of rice, cornmeal, and canned peas, especially present in the unusually dry-yet-white-grape-ish finish. Kind of funky and too sweet, but not particularly offensive. Bland indeed, but for $1.50 you could go a lot blander.

Mouthfeel: Meh. Not much going on here. Very light but not especially refreshing.

Drinkability: I certainly don't regret buying 24 ounces of this stuff (it was a buck-fifty, after all), but that should be just about enough for me.

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Photo of Tallboy
2.76/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thru highschool and beyond this was the 40 of choice for us hooligans on the eastside of Cincinnati,but even as times change This is still the best tasteing malt liquor around. it has a nice golden pour, a bit skunky in the scent but for the price and outcome[cheap thrills] what can you expect.

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Photo of stevegamburg
1.11/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Discovered this beer in college. The liquor store had a never-ending special on six packs. Didn't mind it at first, although I didn't care for the sweet flavor and aftertaste. We drank so much of this stuff (because it was cheap, you see) that more than twelve years have gone by and I still get nauseous when I see it at the store. Nasty stuff!

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Photo of nicksta
3.23/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Probably the best cheap brew I've ever had so far. It comes in a neat barrel like green bottle. It pours an impressive slightly darker gold with a big frothy head that disappears quickly and leaves a lot of lacing on my special beer glass. The smell is average, macro lagerish. The taste is pretty good. It has a very strong taste of cereal malts and little bit of adjunct sweetness, but not gross sweet like Camo. Camo, God help us all. Anyway not very much hops but enough to keep that sweet taste from getting out of control. It is isn't watery, and considering the bite the taste carries it is fairly drinkable, extremely clean, and has no aftertaste. I may have a new cheap beer.

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Mickey's from Miller Brewing Co.
2.69 out of 5 based on 1,264 ratings.
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