Miller Genuine Draft – Miller Brewing (Milwaukee, WI, USA)


  • My Rating: D-

Miller Genuine Draft – Miller Brewing, 4.7% ABV – 355ml, (Milwaukee, WI, USA)

from Wikipedia:

“Miller Genuine Draft (MGD) was introduced in 1985 as the original cold filtered packaged draft beer, which means that the beer is not pasteurized. MGD received the gold medal in the American-style Premium Lager category at the 1999 World Beer Cup. It also received the silver medal at the 2003 Great American Beer Festival. The concept for cold-filtered Miller Genuine Draft was developed by product consultant Calle & Company. Martin Calle evolved the concept from Miller’s New Ventures effort to launch a new dry beer at a time Miller Brewing was in danger of becoming a much-cloned light beer manufacturer. Originally introduced as “Miller High Life Genuine Draft”, the “High Life” part of the name was soon dropped. MGD is actually made from the same recipe as Miller High Life but with a different treatment. It was developed to give High Life drinkers the same taste in a can or bottle as they found in non-pasteurized kegs. It has 4.7% abv”

  • Style: Lager
  • Taste: sharp crispness -> barley malt/cereal -> thin malty sweet/rough off-dry metallic finish.
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $24 – 12x355ml, September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no!

Visual: Big beer company, now joined with Molson and Coors. Seems like a chugging/hot pot beer to me. Pours clear golden yellow with a small dissipating head, thin layer of retention, several slow spread out streams.

Nose: a bit of apple but mainly light barley grain. (3)-aromatic strength.

Attack: sharp crispness mixed with light barley (4)-sweetness.

Mid-palate: (MAIN) barley, cereal grain

Finish: thin malty sweet finish, palate off-dry rough metallic finish.

Summary: Absolutely zero depth and not much flavour other than the cereal barely malt. It goes okay with Chinese salty meal since it’s light flavour basically acts like water in cleaning the palate, quenching thirst, and partially accentuating lingering residual flavours. Terrible on its own though. (Note: all numbers above are on a 10-point scale, with 1 being weak and 10 being the strongest)