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 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 Treyliff
2.09/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

40oz plastic bottle poured into a pint glass

A- pours a nearly clear pale straw color with a small fizzy white head that reduces almost completely, leaving nothing behind

S- cooked corn, metal, grains chemicals

T- sweet and malty up front with flavors of creamed corn, metal and a whip of grassy hop. Finishes slightly sweet and then drops off all together

M- light body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a sweet crisp finish

O- tastes like every other malt liquor, drinkable but not good

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Photo of cokes
1.18/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12 oz. grenade.
Corn syrup sweetness on the nose, mixed with an increasing buttery sensation.
The same corn syrup shows up right away in the taste. Sticky and artificial tasting. Seltzer water-like carbonation scrapes the mouth clean of the cloying sweetness, but is annoying in its own right. Turns grainy toward the middle. Buttery and vegetal tones rise gradually throughout. Turns sweeter again at the finish with a (cheap) vodka & tonic alcohol flavor.
Artificially high carbonation, but once it begins to settle, this becomes totally undrinkable.
Unredeemable, even for malt liquor.

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Photo of notchucknorris
2.73/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Very pale golden color with a very short lasting white head.

S: Lots of corn and grain with a little hint of lime.

T: If I had to describe the taste of this in two words, those two words would probably be "lime" and "metal." It's actually better than most malt liquors out there, but as it warms, it just starts to taste like piss that's been aged in a rusty metal tank.

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Photo of Reidrover
2.26/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ok dokey my foray into the "cheap side" continues with Mickeys Malt Liquor in an ugly green can featuring what looks a rather upset accountant dressed as a wasp.
pretty average lager appearance..though there was some ok lacing
smell is definatlly cheap malt liquor..pretty bad it has to be said..
Taste however isnt that bad..its very sweet with some chemical like undertones..but not the worst..wouldnt want this to warm up.
Averags malt liquor mouthfeel..as if the drinkers of this cared.
Its drinkable very cold only

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Photo of EgadBananas
2.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

24oz can

Dark straw in color, with a finger and a half of stark white, pillowy, bubbly head. Spongy lacing, and Bubbles!!!

Grainy, maybe corny. Theres some sweetness on the back end; malts.

Not much on the taste really. Hint of maltiness, and some tinny grains.

It's light, bubbly, highly carbonated, and crisp.

It's chuggable...and I may just do that with the rest of the can.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.15/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was happy to find this beer in a 24oz can (99¢) at one of my local food stores. The last time I had one of these was 30 years ago when I was out in California from a "Grenade" wide mouth bottle.

L - clear yellow color with a thin white head that settled as a ring leaving a tiny bit of spoty lacing.

S - sweet malt, corn and a hint of alcohol.

T - not that bad, sweet malt, some grainy corn and light alcohol.

F - medium bodied with a crisply carbonated feel.

O - pretty good for the style.

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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 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 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.

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Photo of yemenmocha
2.59/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours rather pale golden with thin white head of bubbles. Nose is light, clean, with a hint of citrus. More noticeable when drinking from widemouth bottle, oddly enough. Light cereal grain on nose too. On the palate there's a spritzer/sparkling water character to it with light malt flavors and slightly herbal to metallic hops. Some bitterness. Thin bodied. Goes down easier than water.

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Photo of thecheapies
2.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

24oz can to pint.

Pours a light straw color with a fluffy, but coarse, white head that lays tinsel lacing around the top of the glass as it deflates. Not a bad look. Definitely the first time I've ever poured out a Mickey's. 3.5

Musty aroma with some damp smells of wet grain and cooked corn. Light lemon/citrus note, possibly from some hops. 2.5

Some fusel alcohol, cooked vegetables, musty grains, and a minty tea-like hop. Somewhat medicinal. Band-Aid flavor is here and there. Finishes like toothpaste, with some light bitterness to follow. Watery tasting, but expected to have been cut-back. 2.0

Feels sudsy, but it has some body to it. Not terribly difficult to drink. 2.5

Rating 3.5 as a Malt Liquor. Mickey's is the way to go for cheap.

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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 BeerLover99
2.23/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: very pale yellow, big head that disappears quickly.

S: grain, metal, slight odd bitter smell.

T: stronger adjuct beer, less water, more bitterness.

M: too much carbonation, light/medium body.

D: Tried it in college, didn't like beer back then, and now that I love beer, this is awful. Can't believe I went back and retried this beer from the past.

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Photo of Floydster
2.79/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

40 ounce bottle from a local liquor store for $2.39

Did not look bad when I was pouring it, but then realized the poor smell

Taste is okay for considering what it is, probably in the top five of well known malt liquors

Friends love this one, so I had to see what all their fuss was about

Taste lasts long and is very drinkable as well

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Photo of matjack85
3.08/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I don't think I've had a Mickey's since college when we drank them in the wide mouth bottles. I found this one in a big 40oz green glass bottle with a screw cap, but I guess that shouldn't change the taste. It wasn't bad from what I remember, but then again I used to think Coors was good stuff back in the 70's.

Whoa, pour this one slow or at an angle or you'll end up with an entire glass full of fizzy foam. Even poured slowly this left 4 fingers worth of fizzy white head, but don't worry, it doesn't last long, lol. The beer itself was a crystal clear gold color and it left a surprisingly large amount of lacing behind.

The best word to describe the smell would be "bubblegum". No green bottle skunk, but no nice malty aroma either. If the taste is anything like the smell, this is going to be a really sweet beer.

The taste was sweet but it wasn't a sickening syrupy sweet flavor. It was mostly corn syrup with a touch of malt and that's about it. There is nothing complex here but it doesn't taste bad.

The mouthfeel is actually smooth and creamy with just enough carbonation to keep it refreshing. Medium body.

This stuff goes down easy, but after a few I got tired of the sweetness and wanted something more interesting, but if you're looking for something you can serve ice cold on a hot day, Mickey's isn't a bad choice.

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Photo of Overlord
2.5/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a gold/yellow color. No lacing, strangely gigantic head that vanishes quickly.

Taste is bland malt. That's it. Just about nothing else. No real smell, no complexity. It is drinkable, and not an unpleasant beer, just not memorable.

Saw this way too many times during my college years.

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Photo of ADR
2.18/5  rDev -19%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A wide 40 oz, but not a wide mouth...oh, well. Clear pale gold, fugitive head of adjunct character and little duration. Aroma is fairly foul, very vegetal, almost cauliflower, with a pumice soap quality. Flavor is sweetish, but some apple skin qualities slightly redeem it. A little too carbonated for me, but it helps make up for missing hops and helps dry the finish. It felt a little stupid pouring this into a shake for evaluation, so it was good to pound the rest out of the bottle -- it reduces off aromas and brings back the memories, one high school party in particular.

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Photo of bditty187
2.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Malt liquor beer has a reputation for being unsophisticated and trashy. And honestly, sometimes, that persona is warranted. But for Mickey’s, I don’t think the stereotype fits and maybe for no other reason than it is non-offensive. The nose is rather clean and somewhat sweet & stinky (like sulfur). The flavors on the palate are limited to seltzer water and light malt. The finish is clean (I was pleasantly surprised it didn’t finish sweet). The flavors are limited and simple. Oh… the body is yellow, the head is white, and it did lace rather well.

This beer was poured from a Mickey’s grenade… a classic in its own right.

I need to thank my girlfriend's Dad for saving me one to review!

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Photo of HardTarget
3.08/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz. Tall boy can with no date. Billed as a “Fine Malt Liquor” and noting it was Union Made.
Aroma: Mild, with slight whiff of apples and a minor adjunct smell, maybe rice.
Appearance: Bright, clear pale yellow, with an impressive multi-sized head that slowly collapsed into a rocky moonscape. While it didn’t go the distance, it did leave some solid lace.
Flavor: Fairly clean, a solid lager taste with the apple taste coming into the front. Decent finish as well with the fruity note lingering a touch long.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, about a medium in my book, which given the clarity I found impressive. Good carbonation level.
Overall Impression: This is the first Malt Liquor review, and I feel quite the pimp just drinking it. Considering all that, and the fact this is a Miller product (DAMN YOU MILLER for Celis) I’m pleasantly surprised. No real off flavors, no harsh edges, no alcohol burn, I actually prefer this to most American Lagers. Now, let’s not go crazy, this isn’t going to win over any head to head with just about any craft brew you can name; but for what it is, it’s rather good. Given I paired it with a very good Texas chili helped, and on it’s own it just doesn’t shine, but I can see myself going pimping more often.
Respect beer beeatch.

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Photo of Offa
3.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a decent, smooth, and drnkable malt liquor with nothing unpleasant, but also rather bland.

This has a big white head that slowly eventually diminishes to a small white ring and leaves no lacing.

The smell is sweet grain, corn, cider, and dough.

The taste is sweet, lightly corn-dominated grain with hints of apple cider sweet white wine. There is a definite, pleasant grain taste, especially in the long aftertaste. It has no bitterness at all and a very faint alcoholic spiciness.

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Photo of rangerred
3.13/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz hand grenade into a pint glass.

Pours a clear pale straw yellow with a 1.5 finger head. Really good head retention and lacing for being a cheap adjunct lager. Some of the best I have seen in the style.

Aroma has tons of cooked vegetable and some Corn. There is caramel in there along with a faint hint of wet grassy hops. Not bad.

The flavor has a not so nice cardboard/plastic note but it fades the warmer the beer gets. Some caramel and creamed corn and cooked vegetables. Hop flavor is very faint and grassy with bitterness being light. Mouthfeel is more full than a typical AAL finishing slightly sticky and a little sweet.

Overall, not a great beer by any means but one of the best malt liquors out there. More flavor than many macros and cheap to boot. Worth picking up if you are drinking on a budget.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.19/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Out of a squat 12 fl. Oz. bottle this 'fine malt liquor' was a perfectly clear, light straw gold color. The head was off white, short lived and left spotty lacing. The aroma was actually decent, slightly sweet pale malt, stale malt and some corny grain. The flavors were also clearly sweetened to mask the alcohol. Still, for a malt liquor it was indeed fairly 'fine' pale malt, hints of hops and a general 'wet' grainy quality. The usual musty and stale characteristics were there, but underplayed. The mouthfeel was slightly above average but slick, the carbonation good and the body medium/light. Would I recommend it? In a pinch, yes. Better than most of its brethren and generally palatable.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.01/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is actually a favorite malt liquor of mine. Maybe it is a combination of the cool packaging (probably the coolest label and cap combo on the planet), and the psuedo-palatable beer within the green glass 40 bottles. Bright clear gold color, head retention is pretty good. Taste is somewhat unpleasent, but is drinkable compared with other malt liquors. Decent hop finish for a malt liquor. One of my favorites, cheap and easy to drink, if that is your thing.

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Photo of rye726
1.33/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Wow, I can't beleive this was my drink of choice at times back in high school. Mostly due to a lack of knowledge i suppose. It is a golden color and smells like malt and alcohol. Not quality malt. The taste is not too bad, but not too good either. The body is fizzy to cover up off flavors. A bottle of this always made for a fun night and not much else. Except a bad morning.

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