Miller High Life Light - Miller Brewing Co.

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Miller High Life LightMiller High Life Light

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Ratings: 678
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 2.22
pDev: 34.23%
Wants: 9
Gots: 85 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 678 | Reviews: 212
Photo of Haybeerman
3.18/5  rDev +43.2%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.25/5  rDev -43.7%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
1.68/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

Photo of DerekP
3.08/5  rDev +38.7%
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.

Photo of keeganfrank
2.59/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.18/5  rDev +43.2%
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.

Photo of JohnFatAss
3.21/5  rDev +44.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

What we have here is an inexpensive American light beer.

I thought I would give High Life Light a try because I really enjoyed the regular High Life.

This is just a typical light beer. Weak, watery and not much taste. Nothing bad about it, but nothing to get excited about either.

When poured into a pint glass, it formed a thin head that stayed around a while. It has a faint, sweet smell.

Not much taste, very watery. Slight taste of malt and hops.

This beer goes down smooth and easy. I could drink a lot of these.

Actually, this would be a great beer to have when watching a game on TV and you need something to wash down the junk food.

This would be a great summer time beer too.
Very crisp and refreshing.
Even non beer drinkers will like this.

Not a bad choice, if you want an inexpensive, very drinkable light beer.

Photo of Wasatch
2.33/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean/clear pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is slightly malty, with some corn notes. The taste is slightly sweet, malty/corny/ricy, a slight hint of hops. Light body. Not Drinkable, a nice little thirst quencher though.

Photo of SouthernBeerGuy
2.6/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got a couple free cases of this, otherwise wouldn't have tried it.

A: It's light beer in a can. Looks like it belongs on the floor of a pickup.

S: Barley a scent until you find a half drunk one the next day and it smells like urine.

T: For a light beer, its average taste is better than bud/lite. If you like original High Life and want water added to your beer, this is it.

M: Like cold water.

D: If youre on a diet its drinkable.

Photo of JayS2629
1.73/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- Pale golden yellow with a frothy head that fades fast and leaves little soapy lace.

S- Not much going on here. Faint malt, corn and muted lemon with a hint of skunk.

T- Musty, bland and skunky. Faint malt and hint of lemon.

M- Crisp, clean, watery, bland

D- Like carbonated water with skunk.

Photo of southsider
2.43/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

A-Bright straw yellow and crystal clear.
pure white foamy head with slight lacing.

S-Hint of malt and slightly skunky.

T-Touch of malt,touch of corn. Finishes dry with a hint of hops and lemon. Alcohol has nowhere to hide.

M-Highly carbonated,watery and alcoholic.

D-I've had tonic water that had more going on than this insipid brew. I'ts filtered and pasteurized beyond recognition as beer.

Photo of wmtxbb
1.72/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Can poured into pint glass

Appearance: Clear-straw colored liquid with no lacing. Very sad looking.

Smell: Light malt scent... almost non-existant.

Taste: Sort of "zings" on the mouth. Not sure where that zing effect comes from, but it doesn't enhance the flavor. There is a light presence of malt and something resembling hops. Way too much carbonation.

Drinkability: I only drink good beer and that does not include this brew.

Photo of AllFineThings
3.15/5  rDev +41.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Basically an everyday summer beer for me like PBR is.

It pours a decent inch head that quickly settles down to a wisp or nothing, depending on the pour.

Smell and taste of adjuncts, but for some reason I don't mind it every now and then.

A good working in the yard on the car, cutting grass or hanging by the pool beer.

Photo of nniicckkww
2.96/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Screw off cap and drank straight from the bottle. Clear yellow appearance. Lighter in color than the High Life original. Not much aroma to speak of. Very fizzy mouthfeel and light body. Very drinkable when you want a thirst quenching lawnmower beer. Me, I enjoy this at my desk after a hard day at work. No "off" flavors noticeable. At $5.99 a twelve pack in glass bottles, it's a steal.

Photo of hardy008
1.11/5  rDev -50%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Reviewed from notes.

Straw yellow with a white head which vanishes quickly. I wish I could describe the aroma, but there is not much. Just a whiff of corn.

This taste has some corn, a bit of skunk, and also a bit of a metallic taste. Light bodied, thin and watery, and too much carbonation. This is just nasty. Thankfully I did not have to pay for this, it was offered to me at a get together.

Photo of adam42381
2.51/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Best before Jan 17 11 printed on bottom of can.

Appearance: Pours a clear pale straw yellow with a 3 finger foamy snow white head. Surprisingly good lacing.

Smell: Mildly sweet corn and adjuncts. Not a lot going on here.

Taste: Very light flavor typical of adjunct lagers. Mostly light grains with a faint hint of hops in the background. Almost no aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Very watery consistency. Goes down very smooth, which is to be expected.

Drinkability: Very good drinkability. You could drink a bunch of these without much difficulty.

Overall: Nothing to write home about here. I like the Champagne of Beers but it's lighter counterpart is lacking. It's still better than Bud or Miller light though.

Photo of JMad
2.74/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a can to a glass mug...
Smells like sour bread, it's a little sweet and metallic.
Tastes watery and sweet, hints of bread and corn.
It's pretty light, not much carbonation.
Drinks good as long as it's cold, it's pretty watery. Really it's not bad, I was pretty surprised.

Photo of tone77
2.74/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a clear 12 oz. bottle. Has a very pale yellow color with a small head. Smell is mild, some notes of corn. Taste is also very mild, some hints of malts and corn, not much going on here. Feels light in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall there is nothing special about this beer.

Photo of Metuo
3.18/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours straw yellow with a nice fluffy white head that actually laces quite well.

S: Adjuncts with a hint of sweetness.

T: Watery of course, with a little sweetness that was present in the smell creeping through at the end. Not bad.

M: Very carbonated and watery.

D: My go to cheap/party beer. Could drink these all night long.

My favorite cheap beer. Light but with a slight complexity of flavor.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.12/5  rDev +40.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look - Very light straw color, almost clear. Good inch or so of foam that dissipates somewhat quickly. Good carbonation.

Smell - To be honest, the smell is more complex than many of the light lagers like these that I've tried. Although it still has a watered down type of smell, you can still tell that some hops are there.

Taste - Less hoppy than the smell. Taste is more like most light lagers that I've tried. Mostly watery, no much taste or complexity. Doesn't taste bad at least. Not very strong on the palate.

Mouthfeel - watery in texture.

Drinkability - It would be very easy to drink several of these due to their lightness in texture/filling. Although, not a complex beer at all.

Photo of mikesgroove
1.57/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

They actually made a light version of one of the lightest beers I had ever had, now this I just had to try. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, I finished the night off with this one on 8/16/2010.

The pour was your classic light golden hay color with lots of carbonation and a decent head of white that had it stayed around longer then five seconds might have actually worked a little bit. Aroma is non existent, all I smell was air, maybe light corn in there and a touch of grain, but seriously this had to be the lightest example of anything I had come across. Skunked flavor that really just had nothing going for it other then the fact I could notice it. Clean, with ample carbonation it was gone from the palate as soon as it entered. Not something I could really recommend to anyone, anytime soon.

Overall I will have to give it a pass, not worth the time on this one, things can get too light people.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.18/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale gold color, short dense white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of adjuncts, light malts and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with an adjunct and light malt sweetness with flavors of grain and corn. The hops presence is very mild as you would expect from this type of beer but creates a decent balance for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty even though it's not very flavorful, goes down quite easily since there isn't much to it and likewise it's not filling at all, very mild kick, long ago this was my inexpensive "go-to beer" and I still think it's one of the better fizzy yellow beers out there.

Photo of LuthersMug
2.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Had this one over at the in-laws.

A - Pale golden hue with a 1/2 inch head. Thin lacing throughout.

S - Corn dominates, slightly sweet.

T - I was not expecting much taste being a light beer, but surprisingly there is a slightly sweet and smooth taste upfront. Miller High Life's tagline is the Champagne of Beers and I would say this is a decent description.

M - Decent carbonation

D - Towards the end of the beer, all the flavor seemed to disappear leaving a watery beer. Not a good way to finish

Photo of newcastleme
2.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Brenden
2.39/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Miller High Life Light from Miller Brewing Co.
54 out of 100 based on 678 ratings.