Brewery: Miller Brewing Co., Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Serving: 12 oz bottle
Glassware: Pilsner Glass
Information: 6.9% ABV
Style: American Adjunct Lager
Cellaring: Not recommended for extended aging.
With a color like raw honey, Miller Fortune pours a clear golden shade that’s briefly topped by a nicely formed eggshell cap of foam. Little wisps of lace stick to the glass as carbonation bubbles lazily float to the surface.
A touch of caramel sweetness wafts from the otherwise grainy, cereal-like pale malt and adjunct base, which also suggests corn but, the sweetness is quite subdued. No bourbon makes it’s way to the nostrils.
Far more interesting in flavor than the aroma would lead one to believe, Fortune begins with a dry pale malt simplicity that tugs a little adjunct taste along but builds in complexity, leading up to caramel sweetness with a subtle hint of vanilla lingering on the palate.
Moderately carbonated, Miller Fortune isn’t like their other beers, prickly on the tongue or throat, which elevates it’s drinkability slightly and gives it a nice smoothness. The grainy entry transitions into slight alcohol dryness and faintly lingering sweetness on the tongue as Fortune finishes out.
From the simple, dark design (even the bottle is a darker brown glass) to the pry-off bottle cap, it’s clear that Miller did a good job of making this brand classier than it’s usual offerings but, let’s also keep in mind Miller isn’t trying to impress a single member of the craft beer community with this beer; it’s brewed for the masses.
The golden color is sexy enough but the fleeting head doesn’t capture much of beer’s aroma. My only gripe with Fortune, though, is that I have a hard time finding any correlation to it’s target market, bourbon whiskey, aside from the clear use of corn as an ingredient. Notes of vanilla, common to the spirit, emerge slightly in flavor but it’s focus is primarily on the addition of caramel sweetness to the otherwise grainy pale malt base. The result is a slightly stronger lager that’s relatively clean with more flavor than most Miller drinkers might be used to but nothing that will wow the seasoned craft drinker but again, this isn’t brewed for them anyway. With that said, aside from the noticeable adjunct flavor (still acceptable for it’s style), Miller Fortune displays no bad traits. If it was handed to me, I wouldn’t be terribly upset.
Score: 66 / 100 – Average