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Miller High Life Light - Miller Brewing Co.

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Miller High Life LightMiller High Life Light

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606 Ratings
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Ratings: 606
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 2.21
pDev: 33.94%
Wants: 6
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-16-2001)
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Reviews by ZenAgnostic:
Photo of ZenAgnostic


2.8/5  rDev +26.7%

32 oz can poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Fluffy white head with medium-low retention and seafoam lacing. Clear pale straw body with light carbonation.

Smell - Light, crisp corn. Very subdued.

Taste - Dry wood and corn. Very very slight astringency.

Mouthfeel - Light and almost refreshing. Crisp body. Slight metallic finish.

Overall - For the price, you can't beat it. As a beer, it's horrible. As a light lager, it's about average -- which isn't really a good thing.

06-01-2011 18:26:47 | More by ZenAgnostic
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT


2.78/5  rDev +25.8%

Appearance - This is a pretty light straw in color with a bright white head that showed surprising retention. This looks better than the non-light version.

Smell - There's a pleasant light grain aroma that again seems more intense than the regular MHL.

Taste - The grain came through pretty well at the tongue but with a slight stale aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - This light-bodied low-cal cervesa has some nice carbonation.

Drinkability - This was refreshing and one of the better light beers that I've had.

02-08-2010 01:47:06 | More by RoyalT
Photo of tbryan5


2.25/5  rDev +1.8%

01-11-2013 01:33:17 | More by tbryan5
Photo of Dmann


1.38/5  rDev -37.6%

High Life Original is my go to macro beer...why this travesty exists is beyond me. Pours a watery yellow with minimal head and not much character. Smells of pure grain and astringency. Flavor is really non existent with an off putting malt flavor and skunkiness making up the majority of the profile. Mouthfeel is very thin and the carbonation makes it seem even thinner. My least favorite of all light beers.

08-27-2011 01:37:30 | More by Dmann
Photo of newcastleme


2.3/5  rDev +4.1%

I really don't enjoy this beer but it can be a necessary evil while in a social atmosphere. It's a nice beer if you're at a friends party or out at a local bar with the guys. However, it is by no means a sipping beer. I like it better than bud light. Needless to say, it's one of the better macro beers out there.

07-20-2010 04:31:03 | More by newcastleme
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1/5  rDev -54.8%

06-13-2012 00:44:20 | More by Carissa
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3.75/5  rDev +69.7%

08-25-2012 03:22:10 | More by BK2084
Photo of twi1609372


3.15/5  rDev +42.5%

Just an average light beer here. Not atrocious, yet nothing grand. I would have to class it well above bud light. At 4.5 it's slightly higher alcohol than most light beers, but isnt noticably harsh. Very light pale taste, bland almost lifeless smell.

08-17-2005 09:28:31 | More by twi1609372
Photo of NilocRellim


1/5  rDev -54.8%

09-17-2012 21:42:16 | More by NilocRellim
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4/5  rDev +81%

09-12-2012 20:35:21 | More by wattoclone
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2.5/5  rDev +13.1%

11-08-2012 05:08:47 | More by JDVance742
Photo of Karyyk

South Carolina

2.68/5  rDev +21.3%

At this point, I've come to a good, general conclusion about light beer: It doesn't matter who makes it, it doesn't matter how much it costs, if you buy a light beer, you're in for a less than flavorful experience.

That being said, Miller High Life Light (the High Life brand being the constant target for beer snobs everywhere, including myself) isn't all that terrible. It isn't all that terrible for a light beer anyways. I've been on a quest of late to find a light beer I actually like, and so far, HLL is as good as any.

The color is pale, but there's more there than some of the others I've tried of late (Beck's, Green Light, etc.). Head is initially plentiful, but quickly disappears into a very thin foam. Crisp, clean and easy to drink, what beer taste that is there is minimal, but it's better than a Michelob Ultra or Rolling Rock Green Light, a decent bit of malt with slightly corn-y taste for good measure. Mouthfeel isn't bad, and I find the carbonation level quite satisfactory (taking another swallow now). Nope, not bad at all... It also goes quite well with food, and goes down easily (very slight bitterness).

I picked this up for $5.69 for a 12 at my local Publix. If I want a good beer for a good price, I'll got pick up a 12 of Red Stripe, Dos Equis or New Castle at my local Total Wine ($8.19, $8.79 & $10 respectively), but if I only want to go a couple of miles up the road and have $5 and some change on me, the High Life Light will more than do. Frankly, I can detect little difference between this and the non-Light High Life. Looking at both, side-by-side, the color is nearly the same (a pale amber), and the taste of the regular high-life is only a bit more malty (head stays a little longer too).

Why waste money on light beer? This is as cheap as anything else out there, and it's a whole helluva lot better than, oh, Southpaw. Tastes more like beer than a Beck's Light too (just finished a 12 of that off yesterday).

01-15-2005 20:45:43 | More by Karyyk
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2/5  rDev -9.5%

08-12-2013 12:07:52 | More by Cynic-ale
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2.5/5  rDev +13.1%

06-09-2012 06:04:09 | More by SinutabRamirez
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2/5  rDev -9.5%

12-31-2012 04:49:14 | More by dmk91
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1.27/5  rDev -42.5%

Comes off super light, like someone spilled cheap yellow beer into water. No head. No lace. Aroma was metallic earthy. Off putting.

Taste, not much there, carbonation, water and aluminum, have to wonder what this tastes like out of the can. Hops = nonexistant. Any flavor notes are all a turn off. Even regular high life seems miles superior to this. The only saving grace is that the actual flavor is so minimal, the negative aspects are at least diluted with lots of water.

03-30-2011 21:21:13 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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West Virginia

1.75/5  rDev -20.8%

Appears...after pouring from a 24oz can into my 1/2 liter mug the pale golden body flourishes to arise with large bubbled thick bright white head textured cloudily with fluff, dwindling rather quickly and leaving behind scant lacing. Aroma has a light cooked vegetable sweetness with grainy offness and sadly no real hop note to be found like other mass produced American Light Lagers. Flavors, more cooked veggies corn and rice with a pretty rough grainy offness mild sweetness and minimal bittering from hop flavor. Mouthfeel thin watery texture with high un-natural carbonation please steer away from this brew, regular High Life is much better in terms of style. Drinkability, yes you can drink alot of it but don't do it to yourself.

02-08-2007 22:06:09 | More by WVbeergeek
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3/5  rDev +35.7%

12-11-2011 12:17:10 | More by valkyre65
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1.75/5  rDev -20.8%

09-22-2013 18:06:21 | More by IchLiebeBierZu
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2/5  rDev -9.5%

01-23-2014 03:23:34 | More by cmwilliq
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2/5  rDev -9.5%

03-02-2012 08:41:56 | More by TimMack
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New Mexico

1.75/5  rDev -20.8%

04-30-2014 20:12:27 | More by LXIXME
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New Jersey

1.5/5  rDev -32.1%

01-22-2012 01:00:50 | More by acurtis
Photo of Brenden


2.38/5  rDev +7.7%

I try to avoid BMC in general, especially lights, but sometimes you just want to be sociable...

Coming at this without bias, it's the only macro light I've ever seen keep a head as far as I can recall. Sure, the color's not exactly pleasant (though it's not super pale...just reminiscent of urine),but I was shocked to see quite a bit of lacing in my friend's glass. None of the others were quite the same, but they all started with a two-finger white head and left lacing behind. Is it purely bias that causes most BAs to give this a poor grade for appearance? I don't know, but every bottle poured into a glass that I saw was pretty much the same.
Now we come to the macro light commonalities. The nose is clean but generic and light, though there's a light tartness in this one not found in some others. Very pale malts and little hops presence to speak of don't really do much for the light grains aroma.
The taste is the same, with a slightly tart sourness over grains with a very pale malt and only the slightest touch of hops in the finish.
The body,of course, is light, but there's a crisp bite. It's not very smooth and generally pretty bland.
While it's not especially good, i would pick this over almost any light adjunct. It is a light lager, after all. Really, though, it's better than any BMC light I can think of.

07-15-2010 16:56:08 | More by Brenden
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2.5/5  rDev +13.1%

02-25-2012 21:44:28 | More by ltdantheman
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Miller High Life Light from Miller Brewing Co.
54 out of 100 based on 606 ratings.