Milwaukee's Best

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Milwaukee's Best is a 4.8% alcohol by volume, American-style pale lager brewed by Miller Brewing Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in the United States. Its sibling beers are Milwaukee's Best Ice and Milwaukee's Best Light. It is sometimes referred to as "the beast".[1]


Established in 1895 as Gettelman's Milwaukee's Best Beer, Miller Brewing Company shortened the brand name to Milwaukee's Best when they took over the A. Gettelman Brewing Company of Milwaukee in 1961.

Since then, the Best family has grown to include the popular Milwaukee’s Best Ice, introduced in 1994, and its best-selling offering, Milwaukee's Best Light which was introduced in 1986. MBL contains 3.5g of carbohydrates, and 0 g of fat.

Milwaukee's Best Light is the Official Beer Sponsor of the 2009 World Series of Poker, which continues a relationship between the two entities that began in 2006.

According to a report by Beer Marketer's Insights and published by USA Today on December 9, 2013, sales of Milwaukee’s Best in America have declined in recent years. Despite MillerCoors shipping nearly 2 million barrels in 2007, sales of the beer dropped over the next five years, with just 1.1 million barrels sold.[2]


Milwaukee's Best Lager[edit]

In the fall of 2016, the alcohol content was increased from 4.3% to 4.8%, and the name changed from "Milwaukee's Best Premium" to "Milwaukee's Best Lager." The name was eventually changed back to "Milwaukee's Best Premium."[3]

Milwaukee's Best Ice[edit]

In the fall of 2016, the alcohol content was increased from 5.9% to 6.9%.[3][4] In August 2017, it was reduced back to 5.9%.[citation needed]


Milwaukee's Best[edit]

  • Bronze medal, 2005 Great American Beer Festival, American-Style Lager[5]
  • Silver medal, 2004 Great American Beer Festival, American-Style Lager[5]
  • Silver medal, 2003 Great American Beer Festival, American Lager/Ale or Cream Ale[5]

Milwaukee's Best Light[edit]

  • Silver medal, 2006 Great American Beer Festival, American-Style Light Lager[5]
  • Bronze medal, 2009 United States Beer Championships, American Light

Milwaukee's Best Ice[edit]

  • Platinum medal, 2018 back-to-back Best Ice in America
  • Platinum medal, 2017 Best Ice in America
  • Bronze medal, 2003 Great American Beer Festival, American-Style Specialty Lager[5]
  • Bronze medal, 2006 World Beer Cup, American-Style Specialty Lager.


In 2006, MillerCoors ran a series of ads depicting men who were perceived as being unmanly, and are subsequently crushed by a giant can of Milwaukee's Best Light falling from the sky, followed by the slogan "Men should act like men, and light beer should taste like beer."[1]

In 2016, advertisements for Milwaukee's Best Ice drew criticism for their focus on the increased alcohol content of the beer.[4]


  1. ^ a b Mullman, Jeremy (2006-10-11). "'Beer Cannon' generates web hits but not sales". Advertising Age. Retrieved 2017-11-15.
  2. ^ Frohlich, Thomas, C. (9 December 2013). "Nine beers many Americans no longer drink". USA Today. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  3. ^ a b "5 things you may not know about Milwaukee's Best beer". 21 November 2016. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  4. ^ a b Romell, Rick (2016-12-19). "On billboards, MillerCoors touts alcohol content of Milwaukee's Best Ice". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2017-11-15.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Great American Beer Festival Winners". Brewers Association. Retrieved 9 May 2013.

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