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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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205 Reviews
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Reviews: 205
Hads: 689
rAvg: 2.51
pDev: 28.69%
Wants: 11
Gots: 91 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-16-2001

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Photo of rttheteacher
4/5  rDev +59.4%

Lots of haters on this one bringing the score down. However, I'm a firm believer in rating things based on what they are. I appreciate a great craft beer, and have often been called a beer snob. But this is not a craft beer. Therefore, it should not be rated like a craft beer.

So, of all the cheap beers out there (including MGD, Bud, Coors, High Life, Pabst, etc., etc., etc.), High Life and High Life Light are my go-tos. They have more flavor than most, go down smooth, and taste reasonably good (and refreshing) when really cold.

At room temperature, I'll pass. But throw one in the freezer for awhile, and you will take out a decent tasting beer for those weeks when money's tight. Founders it ain't. But it is one of the better BudMilloors products. (770 characters)

Photo of joe12pk
3.25/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can poured into a lager glass.

A - Gold straw. One inch head with spotty lacing.

S - None

T - Cereal, corn, and light hops. Finishes nice and dry.

M - Light

O - Considering that I don't like light beers, this one has enough character to alert me to the fact that it IS a beer. Very smooth and drinkable. Refreshing, even. Miller wins again. (351 characters)

Photo of Tank880
3.13/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

This beer is my go to summer beer when I am not drinking craft.

It blows bud, miller, and pabst out of the water. I know that's not a ringing endorsement but, it needs to be noted.

This is a solid tasting and enjoyable beer. I prefer mine on the beach or in front of the grill.

Grab a 30 pack cans, put your snooty nose away and enjoy a few beers your dad had and wonder why this has not been in your rotation before. (420 characters)

Photo of KSGearhead
3.3/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: (From can poured into a pint glass): Golden with moderate carbonation bubbles, white head.

Smell: Grainy, Malty

Taste: People may disagree with me, but I have to say that out of all of the cheap priced beers, Miller High Life Light is my favorite. I will go even further than that and say that I prefer this over Coors Light, and I like it as much as Bud Light. There's just a smooth taste here that doesn't leave me with a bitter aftertaste in my mouth like so many other cheap light beers. A fairly tasty beer with perfect grain and malt mixtures; crispy finish. I guess what I appreciate the most is that this beer is definitely no skunk like so many other cheap beers.

NOTE: for those who slagged Miller High Life Light in the review section, here's a trick: Try a can or bottle of this after it has been in a cooler full of ice cubes for a while until the cans/bottles are ice cold. Even better, pour into a frosty mug that's been in the freezer.

Mouthfeel: Mild and bubbly; the "Champagne of Beers" designation on the side may be overdoing things just a tad (that is on the non-lights as well, although truthfully there are a lot of better beers than this one, albeit much higher priced), but really the analogy is accurate in terms of mouthfeel because it is a pleasant swig.

Overall: Hey, everyone has their opinions; but for my budget being what it is; and my propensity to gain weight if I'm not careful (among regular beers, without worries to price or calorie content, Miller High Life/Miller High Life Light would rank very far down my list), Miller High Life Light cannot be beat. Easily a 3.25 overall, maybe even higher. (1,654 characters)

Photo of brewbattles
3.06/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

We did a blind taste test with this beer against five other light american lagers to objectively determine which one is best. The beers were Coors Light, Bud Light, Miller Light, Natural Light, and Pabst Blue Ribbon. You can check it out here:

http://youtu.be/zpsOvIx_jEg (272 characters)

Photo of GrizzleFist
1.72/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Same as with Bud LIght and Coors light, light color with decent carbonation

Smell: Nothing besides the metal its put into

Taste: Slightly better than bud light in the fact that it has some kind of after taste slightly less disgusting.

Mouthfeel: Just like bud light, feels like carbonated metal water.

Overall: Cheap beer with no taste, only redeeming quality is if you drink enough of it, you forgot how bad it is. (433 characters)

Photo of sharlie
2.96/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is great for the beginner drinker. It is a very light and not too harsh of flavors for a beer. I recommend pouring this beer into a class to release some of the carbonation, it gives it better flavor and allows you to drink more. This beer has been around for a while, allowing it to be one of the classic beers, and a perfect transition to the new beer drinker. (372 characters)

Photo of armiakhe
2.47/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The first time i saw this beer it was on tap at a bar and it was a light yellow/gold coloring to it. I was not a big fan of the smell because it smelled a little malty and almost like it had gone bad. The taste was decent though, but maybe a little watered down because it was light. (283 characters)

Photo of MIchelle318
1.02/5  rDev -59.4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

well welcome to another college beer with no taste, smell and overall flat mouthfeel. Great beer for college kids looking for $7 deal for a 12 pack. utterly disgusted to call this a beer. Being a DIPA lover, this is not my style. This beer is good for someone who needs a cheap beer...fast...and make sure to get tums for the morning. This guy does not sit well (361 characters)

Photo of UncleGrizz
2.53/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Coming out of a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass

A - Well, it's a typical adjunct, with that regular ol' straw color

S - Not much going on, a faint malty sweetness with a touch o' corn

T - Hell, for an American adjunct light, this aint too bad. Not much taste, again, a corny -malty sweetness is the overriding flavor. You cant expect a whole lot from any of these light beers.

M - Once again, pretty weak ( especially after sampling a Chimay White beforehand )

O - Is there REALLY any point in reviewing a beer like this ? Well, I guess there is. We all know just about what to expect with this beer. It really comes down to " How does it compare to other American adjunct lights ?."...Well, for me personally, I'd take it over Miller Lite, Bud Light, and certainly Coors Light...

Give it a shot...If you gotta' go light... (830 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
2.37/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance –Pours a straw color with a huge white head. The head is big and billowy, fading mover a moderate amount of time to leave a decent level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The nose is heavy of a corn malt sweetness. Mixed with this aroma is a lighter aroma of light citrus.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and corn sweet flavor. This flavor is the base of the brew and remains relatively constant throughout the taste. More toward the end a light citrus hop flavor comes to the tongue. Mixed with the corn, bready and light hop comes a somewhat metallic taste as well, tarnishing the smoother flavor more toward the end.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is rather light in its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average. A little higher carbonation may have been slightly better, but overall the mouthfeel was rather appropriate for a American light adjunct brew.

Overall – Well what can you say. Nothing special or all that flavorful, if it wasn’t for the off flavors at the end of the taste it would have been much easier drinking and sessionable. (1,158 characters)

Photo of SometimesIfart
2.4/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Drank from the bottle. Clear gold with slight froth.

S - Creamed corn, corn flakes.

T - Corn flakes, creamed corn, small amounts of rice and unmalted barley.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. At least it isn't stinging so that's a plus for the category.

O - Overall, it's a light beer that actually has some flavor. Better than any light beer I've ever had. (374 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
1.36/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

From the 32 oz. can. Into a tulip glass. Three fingers of head, low retention rate. Almost clear (lightest straw color) body.
Smells like my breath after a night of drinking light beers. Kinda grainy but in the worst way.
Taste sickly sweet with a mild grain. Watery and lacking flavor.
Light body with moderate carbonation.
The Champagne of Beers should not be done in a "Light" version. (390 characters)

Photo of Bierwolf
2.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottles poured into a pilsener. "Best by" date of 01/14/2013.

Appearance: Clear pale yellow with a white, fizzy head that quickly diminished to a thin film. Tiny suspended particles. Nice carbonation bubbles, Thin lacing left behind.

Smell: Wet cereal. No hop or malt aroma to speak of. Slightly pungent.

Taste: Crisp and dry. Finish lingered a little bit. However, like the smell there was not much to taste as far as malt or hops.

Mouth Feel: Thin but a nice sting on the tongue and inside of the mouth.

Over all: Not terrible for a light beer. I think it fits the style but it could have a little more flavor. I would drink this again. (653 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
2.53/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pint at Tully's NY for 2.50$

Appearance - Clear light yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an above average amount of carbonation showing and there is actually a bit of lacing. The head lasted for 2-3 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, fruity notes, corn

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste corn mixed with some grains/breads. There is also a bit of a fruity/corn syrup sweetness. It ends with a lightly sweet crisp aftertaste.

Overall - Not too bad at all.. reminded me a bit of a better bud light taste wise. Light beers with a decent flavour have their time and place. This beer would work well for camping trips etc. (699 characters)

Photo of beer272
2.86/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - poured out a can into a plastic cup. Nice carbonation on pouring. A pale yellow appearance.

S - nothing noteworthy.

T - ok for a light beer. Not a fan of light beers. The big brewers excel act eradicating the malt and hops to make beer almost like water. Probably substantial rice use.

O - ok for quaffing. Just a super plain lager with no standout flavors. (364 characters)

Photo of FrankyGee3
3.03/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look, it's a cheap beer and nothing is going to change that. As cheap beers go, though, it's one of my favorites. I have two types of beer that I keep in stock: Everyday beer and weekend beer. The everyday beer is one that I drink Monday through Thursday nights when doing work in the evening, yard work, or simply relaxing, and Miller High Life Light is that beer. (Miller Light - ugh. I call it Vanilla Miller - no taste at all.)

I've tried so many varieties of cheap beer, from Steel Reserve (which I think should be banned if only because it's the worst beer I've ever tasted) to PBR to Bud Light to Rolling Rock to Natty Light and so on. I'd prefer "whole" beer (vs. light), but when beer is one of your favorite things in the world, and you don't always exercise or eat like you should, you have to make a few compromises to keep things in check ... like your weight. When it comes down to cheap beer, though, what it really comes down to is drinking what agrees with your taste buds. It doesn't have to be the best, simply pleasing.

This is not a review to defend it or say it's one everyone should try, only to say it suits me. Sure, there are at least three dozen beers I like much, much better, but my budget and my waistline tell me, "Oh, hell no." So, is it a great beer? Not to me. Is it a good beer? I say yes, it is, and it's fine for everyday consumption. Am I going to examine its color, head, nose, etc.? No and, besides, you already have an opinion.

If you haven't tried it and are looking for an everyday beer, pick up a six and try it. Having a good-sized party? It and Miller High Life (for your light-beer-adverse guests) are great choices and few people - if any - are going to turn them down. (1,720 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
2.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

As my friend remarked, "how can it be any lighter?"....

Very pale clear yellow with small sticky head. Smell is what you'd expect, light corn and grain. Taste is very inoffensive, light corn and hay. Sweet pils very much in the background. Feel is.... well carbonated? It's very easy to drink, I guess.

I can't sum this up better than my friend did. They took a light, inoffensive beer and somehow made it even lighter. At the same price as regular, there's no reason to buy this. (482 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
3.7/5  rDev +47.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A = 1 finger head. Nice pale yellow and clear with moderate carbonation.

S - some malt and crisp noble hops perhaps?

T = Very light in flavor but refreshing with a crisp finish.

Mouthfeel - cold and watery with some carbonation on the toungue

Overall - A nice light and refreshing beer to go with anything. Not what you want to warm up to on a cold winter night but good with picnic food and crabs. (404 characters)

Photo of tdm168
2.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is what my sister brought for Christmas Eve. I drank it out of the bottle because with that much family in the house a glass is hard to come by.

Through the clear glass of the bottle this looked like your typical light lager; gold with a lot of carbonation bubbles. The smell was sweet and grainy. The taste was really very faint, but it was also sweet, grainy, and had just a hint of grassy hops. This is pretty heavily carbonated and ultra-light.

The carbonation takes away from the overall drinkability. Honestly, this wasn't offensive in any way, but it lacked substance in every way. (595 characters)

Photo of obrike
2.47/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Bought an 18 pack for 8.99...yes, an 18 pack for 8.99 at Specs in Round Rock...had to restash my cheep beer.

Surprised by the look...poured into a pint glass...a very pale yellow, but a pretty decent head, actually left behind a bit of lace.

Not much to write home about with the scent...i swear i'm getting more can smell than beer smell...maybe a trace of malt.

Bland, very bland...but not horrible...which is a good thing. Regular Miller High life has a bit more body...this stuff is basically carbonated water, but, again, no foul aftertaste, which makes it drinkable.

18 beers for under 9 bucks...it's hard to pass up. I'll hand these out to visitors who may not appreciate craft beer...i'll even have a few myself to curb my spending on better beer. (759 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
2.41/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

High life light is not as good as straight high life. It is a typical light lager american style beer. The color is yellow/gold clear with big carbonation and head to start and then fades to nothing. The smell and taste are common to theis style....grain/barley/wheat and some hops. The mouthfeel is what it is....beer that has a lighter abv and taste. Overall its great for hot days. (384 characters)

Photo of Pintofbrown
2.41/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance- Extremely fizzy with loads of carbonation to spare. The white head builds quickly to two fingers and actually has great retention. I was surprised. Not even that, there is a lot of puffy lace as it does die down. That is the only surprise sitting on top of the adjunct straw body.

Smell- There is some sweet malt in here to go along with the hops. Also that wonderful adjunct flavor. It makes it a little off putting but not overwhelmingly bad.

Taste- There is just a little bit bread malt, maybe just the brewing yeast though. Slightly bitter adjunct hops, and brewing water. That is it, really thankful the adjunct flavor was not noticeable.

Mouth feel- For being so light and watery, the bubbles almost make it too much. Not smooth or creamy at all.

Overall- For an adjunct, it really was not that terrible, but who are we kidding, it is still an adjunct. I would never have it again. (904 characters)

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.36/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

What can I say. This is a twist on an old school beer and it tastes...well...old school. I often drink lite beers when not enjoying craft brews but I would certinaly choose plain-old miller lite above this blend. A Little too much skunky taste to be the champagne of beers for me. Perhaps I got a bad six-pack. (310 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.22/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz silver can poured into an pilsner glass.
Jan3111 on the bottom.

A - Water thinks they beer is pale. Clear straw yellow with an effervescent white head. Lower retention but there sure is a lot of lace!

S - Adjunct-filled aroma consisting of corn and straw notes with a faintly tinny finish. Bland and uninviting aroma.

T - Faint pale malt hides behind dry straw and husky corn. An adjunct to the max, this one is very light in flavor.

M - Crisp and clean with a biting carbonation finish and slightly refreshing quality, like that of water.

O - I can personally attest to the drinkability of this one. Friends and I used to put it down by the case for $1 while playing darts downtown a few years back. Shameful, but it's got it's place I suppose. The question is though, with 110 calories in this light beer, why even drink it? (837 characters)

Miller High Life Light from Miller Brewing Co.
61 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.