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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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206 Reviews
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Reviews: 206
Hads: 701
Avg: 2.38
pDev: 60.08%
Wants: 12
Gots: 104 | 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 spinrsx
2.53/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of beer272
2.86/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

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Photo of FrankyGee3
3.03/5  rDev +27.3%
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.

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Photo of jimmah120
2.45/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.7/5  rDev +55.5%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
2.46/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of obrike
2.47/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.41/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
2.41/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of TheBigBoy
2.36/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.22/5  rDev -6.7%
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?

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Photo of DrainBamage
3.28/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden color with thick head that thins to a lace. Can't see much carbonation here. Standard adjunct corn aromas.
As I was expecting lots of adjunct flavor and there was very little of lit, I'm kinda impressed by the taste. Goes down pretty smooth, probably because of the lack of carbonation and it's a light beer, although there is a little dryness to it.

Overall I'm pretty impressed. Taste is better than expected (for a light adjunct beer). This might be the best light beer I've had.

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Photo of Dmann
1.35/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
1.47/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz can into a pint glass

A: Light. Yellow. Slightly more deep in color than Coors Light, etc.

S: Light. Adjunct.

T: Light. Bad.

M: Light. Carbonated.

D: Not for me. I love my wife's relatives for giving me the chance to try and review these gems.

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Photo of Jerone
2.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear light straw with lots of bubbles and thin white head.

S - Grains, corn and malt.

T - Smooth with tastes of grain and a bit of malt, no skunk but lacking a lot of flavor.

M - Light and bubbly, goes down very smooth.

O - One of the better cheap light beers out there.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.12/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Miller High Life Light has an incredibly thick, white head and a clear, straw color, with lots of carbonation and a surprisingly high amount of lacing. The aroma is breadier than other light beers, but the taste is as dull and watery as the rest, yet without that unpleasant mineral water aspect. A decent hop bitterness shows up, mainly in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light and watery, and Miller High Life Light finishes crisp, refreshing, and dry. Overall, this is a little better than the average light beer. RJT

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.83/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of iSip
2.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was visiting my parents in Arizona, and all they had in the fridge was a Miller High Life Light.

It is definitely a "light" beer in all aspects of the word light. At first I though plain water would be better. Hey, a few days without beer will let me drink a few extra later on, when better options are at my disposal. But the next few nights I popped the top off of another Miller High Life Light rather than going for that tall, cool glass of water.

So I guess that proves that there is a place in the world for "light" beers. I did try to find out how much of the stuff Miller brews. No luck, but it is probably on par with all of the beer brewed in Belgium.

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Photo of MirkoCroCough
3.2/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass.

Light golden color, not a weird yellow.

Faint bready smell

Not bad for a light beer. Muted frosted flakes, but not syrupy or sickenly sweet.

Good crispness with a refreshing finish. No hangover what so ever.

LOL at all the pompous beer snobs on here crying and giving this an F. What did you think this beer was going to be? It is a cheap light beer for when you feel like getting mashed. Go back to jacking off over your overpriced and over rated belgians. Nerds.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.18/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale yellow color. Poured a 2 finger white head with fair retention. Decanted continually. Laced in thin rings.

S: Wet grain, bread and cooked corn, a bit of grain; overall sweet and subdued.

T: Consistent with nose. Hint of hop bitterness though not much to balance. Crisp, light and refreshing.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. The level of carbonation makes in crisp, clean and refreshing.

D: Good representation of a popular style. The carbonation hurts the drinkability a bit, but body and ABV make this a chugger.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.25/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

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.

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Photo of Knapp85
1.68/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

After trying one of these with some friends I made the joke that this should be called Miller Low Life because there is nothing about this brew. There is virtually no flavor at all it's almost clear in color with a slight tinge of yellow. Mouthfeel is far too light. This really shouldn't be a beer. It's sad that people enjoy these.

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Photo of DerekP
3.08/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Out of the can pours a tarnished yellow-golden hue. Soft white head sits atop for a minute or two, ultimately settling down to an oddly messy, thin, splattered head. Notably carbonated.

Smells as expected. Faint example of sweet malts; Pilsner-esque; near-muted, but rounded grassiness. Very mild.

Tastes of slight oxidation with a tangy metallic character. Thin, but rounded out with sweet malts (again, faint), and balanced with just a touch of hops. Predominately wet; hardly dry at all until the finish. Apparent adjuncts like rice and/or corn utilized in the wort/brewing process. Corn husk starts to build up in the aftertaste, but nothing too bad.

Not as thin as some light beers, and that I like. Suggestions of a syrupy body, but enough hops to counteract the entrance to that avenue.

A worthy change-up brew for the light-beer-inclined; the folks that refuse to step away from the American Adjunct Lager style.

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Photo of keeganfrank
2.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours with about one finger of head, which didn't stick around for long. It took longer than I expected to dissolve, though. The odor is your average ambiguously sweet, faint light beer aroma. The flavor is not very sweet at all, it's starchy and dry. High Life Light is thin and heavily carbonated; it won't impress anybody, but it's a good fit when you want one after another after another on a hot day.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.18/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a perfect yellow color with a big white head that has surprising retention.

S: Smells pretty bland. Definitely some cooked corn, a bit of grain, and sweetness. Sort of watered down. Maybe a touch of rice on the nose.

T: Things are pretty much the same on the flavor. Corn and grain provide the flavor and there's really no hops or anything else. A lot of carbonation, though.

M: Light in body with a very high carbonation. It's sort of pleasing at first, but it makes the beer hard to drink in larger quantities.

D: This is a pretty innocuous light lager. It tastes okay and there's nothing really wrong with it other than a lack of real substantial flavors.

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Miller High Life Light from Miller Brewing Co.
58 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.