"What's Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made a Loser Out of Me)" is a song written by Glenn Sutton. The song's title is a reference to beer, specifically Schlitz beer, which for many years was advertised with the slogan, "The beer that made Milwaukee famous".

In 1968, Jerry Lee Lewis released his version as a single. It became a top 10 hit on Billboard's Country chart and also made a minor impact on the Billboard Hot 100.

Chart performance

Chart (1968)Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles2
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Singles94
Canadian RPM Country Tracks1

Cover versions

In 1971, writer Sutton's wife Lynn Anderson recorded a version for her album How Can I Unlove You.

In the United Kingdom, a version by Rod Stewart charted at #4 in 1972 as a double A-side with "Angel."

The Del McCoury Band recorded the song on their album, A Deeper Shade of Blue. Country artist Hank Thompson recorded another version, as did Johnny Bush.

More recently, a live version appeared on Irish-American punk band Flogging Molly's 1997 release Alive Behind the Green Door.

The Texas band What Made Milwaukee Famous takes its name from this song.

Preceded by
"Folsom Prison Blues"
by Johnny Cash
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

August 19, 1968
Succeeded by
"Already It's Heaven"
by David Houston