American Macro Week 2: Miller Chill

American Macro WeekA revisitation of the American Macro genre wouldn’t be complete without checking out the so-called "chelada" beers being offered. Miller Chill was one of the first in this category, and is brewed with lime and salt.

Or it’s at least blended with lime and salt; I’m not entirely sure how the brewing process with those ingredients is purported to work.

At any rate, this beer is 4.1% alcohol by volume, and a more premium-priced beer than the usual Macro offerings.

Miller ChillAppearance: Very fizzy, super-clear and pale yellow. Head is pure white and reminds me of whipped egg whites.

Smell: Lime-citrus and sweet; reminds me a bit of hard lemonade. Rather pleasant, actually.

Taste: Light and limey—like a Zima—overlaying a mild corny/grain note. Sweet almost like a Kool-Aid or Jolly Rancher.

Mouthfeel: Very light and bubbly. Finishes snappy and super clean.

Overall: It’s different but actually not bad—it’s something you have to be in the mood for, but it’s refreshingly different when compared to other macros. And it’s not over done and excessively fruity.

On BeerAdvocate, it scores an overall grade of D. On RateBeer, it scores 1.42 out of 5 and is in their 1st percentile.