Miller Chill the Light Beer with Lime & Salt that Wouldn’t die…Until it Did



And now for something from the scrap heap. Today we offer up an oddity dug up from a time capsule of beer drinking past. After we recently put together our review of Westbrook Brewing Company’s Gose the margarita like flavors Alicia picked up reminded us of an article Kevin had written in the olden times before Beer Loves Company. This article covered (what was then) a new beer on the market which took the effort of squeezing a lime and salting the rim out of your hands and put it into a bright green bottle with a standard American Lager. We speak of none other than Miller Chill. Yes folks, Miller Chill a beer which we had thought went the way of Zima and other malt beverage curiosities before doing a little research for this entry.

It turns out that the Chill is in fact still being produced by SABMiller along with 230 other brands of beer/beer type products. That’s crazy right? You would not believe how many brands SABMiller owns. Here are a few that stuck out to us while reading over the SABm site, Pilsner Urquell, Peroni, Grolsch, Bulmers, Mickey’s, Olde English, Leinenkugel’s and of course Blue Moon. Those brands cover a wide swath of drinkers but the beer on the site (to take this tangent even further) had to be Chibuku from Zambia with it’s brightly colored label featuring the phrase, “Shake, Shake” something you would not normally do with beer. Anyway the point being SABm produces lot’s of brands and one of them is still, for the time being, Miller Chill.

This review comes from around the time the Chill first crept onto the market like and icy morning dew with hints lime and salt. Miller Chill has since been revamped from the “chelada” style brew described here to a 100 calorie light beer with lime flavor. So this analysis really won’t tell you what Miller Chill is like today but should give you an idea of what it was like when it was released. We are not presenting this written relic for you because we feel Westbrook Brewing Company’s Gose tastes like Miller Chill so much as it reminded us of this article. While the slogan for the Chill these days may be, “How a Light Beer with a Taste of Lime Should Taste”, we’d like to think that (if they wanted) WBC could challenge that statement by adding a little lime to their Gose-a-nut. Well enough meandering here is the article as it was written, unedited so watch out for the wildness of youth and cuss words. Hopefully you will enjoy this post from the past. Think of it as a kind of watered down version of BLC best enjoyed with a grain of salt.

2007 Review of Miller Chill

Today I am posting a review of Miller Chill. If you do not drink beer you probably won’t care so I am sorry. Now you could be thinking to yourself something like, “What is he thinking posting a beer review?” to which I would respond “Trying to save your taste buds”. That’s right I am trying to keep you from making a HUGE mistake.

I guess I should start out by saying that I like Miller products. If we are going to or having a party I would choose Miller over Bud every time. That being said I am more a fan of smaller breweries and larger varieties of beer than what is offered from the big guys. One of my favorites is Blue Point Brewery’s Toasted Lager. That bit of background should give you an idea of where I am coming from I hope.

Over the past week or so every time we would go to a bar in our area there would inevitably be an ad for Miller Chill. I guess the advertising worked because I became curious enough to try Miller’s new product. After talking with a bartender at Lark Tavern I found out that this beer was made in the Chelada style with lime and salt. Immediately I thought that Miller was trying to cock block Corona this summer.

Miller Chill Cock blockin Corona all summer long…


Corona is one of the bigger beach/pool party beers. I have enjoyed a Corona or two in the past with a slice of lime. Actually I should tell the truth I more enjoyed the lime than the Corona but whatever. So hearing that Miller Chill had lime in it sold me on the idea of trying one. The four dollars the bottle would cost me at the bar however made my decision to hold off on trying it easy especially since you can get so many good beers for the same price at the tavern.

We happened to be going to Oliver’s Beverage Center the next day and what do you know they also were sporting the ads for and carrying Miller Chill. I bought a six pack along with a six pack of Sly Fox Pils and a six of Hoptical Illusion from Blue Point. After arriving home I put the beers in the fridge and waited a bit for them to reach a good temperature.

Upon retrieving the beer from the fridge I had to use a bottle opener, again Corona came to mind, to open it. I poured the beer into a glass it looked like your average lite beer. The smell was the first clue that I was about to make the biggest little mistake of my day. Miller Chill smells something like you would expect it to if you were not expecting that much. The aroma is lime-ish I guess with a faint lite beer smell. The taste though is where you really find out you fucked up wasting money on this beer. Miller Chill tastes like a mix of watery margarita, Michelob Ultra, and horrible “salt” and “lime” flavoring. That description does not even do justice to the face of horror that you will make if you have the bad fortune to taste this beer. Someone I know who also was dumb enough to try the Chill said it tasted like a bad mix of beer and Zima. So if you are into that you may just be into Miller Chill.

So I guess there you have it. If you want beer and lime this summer stick with using a knife to cut one up before you place it in a Miller High Life or some other cheap lite beer. That would be a better choice. Also I think cock blocking Corona is fun so try not to drink one of those all summer long if possible.

p.s. I do not know if Miller made up Chelada style so the link above will take you to a wiki entry about Michelada style. Oh and here are a link if you really want more info.

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Written by A+K

November 22nd, 2013 at 2:00 pm

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