Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Miller Lite (2009 original review)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chad9976 (736) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2010
When I drink a beer, no matter what style or brewery, what I want out of it is taste. Light beers generally do not deliver in the taste department, although Miller Lite comes fairly close. For a mass-market, low-grade, obviously watered-down lager, it’s almost satisfactory.


This beer pours exactly as you’d expect: rough and to a bright straw-colored body bursting with carbonation and a bright white foamy head which lasts only slightly longer than the other big-name “lights”. It has a completely generic “beer smell” which is bland and grainy with hints of adjunct ingredients present.


Upon my swigs of Bud Light and Coors Light the first flavor that hit me was water, but with Miller Lite, the first thing I noticed was something resembling actual taste. Despite what their marketing department would have us believe, the taste is not “great” and it’s better than the other two, but only by the slimmest margin.

I’m not sure what Miller uses as an adjunct, but I’m guessing it’s either potatoes or corn. It doesn’t have the sweet, cereal-like taste of the other lights. There definitely is something to the palate here, but whatever it is it’s a little more rugged and gives the beer just the slightest bite. I also found the taste to be slightly metallic, and of course it was noticeably watery in the rear of the mouth.


Do I even have to write this paragraph? This is a light beer so it’s no surprise it’s easy to drink, especially considering how generally flat and watery the palate is. It does have just the faintest bit of edge, but even the lightest of the lightweights would be able to handle it no problem.


Miller likes to brag that it has half the carbs of Bud Light, but is there really that much of a difference between Bud’s 6.6 and Miller’s 3.2? They weigh nearly the same at 96 calories (1 more than Bud) and are identical at 4.2% ABV. This beer seems to have just the tiniest bit more junk in the trunk, but again, this is a mass-market light beer so it lends itself to consumption in high volume.


After having carefully studied the “Big Three” light beers I can now distinguish between them and feel that Miller Lite probably is the least worst of them.

Grade: 5/10

NOTE: Read and watch my 2010 re-review here:

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