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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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627 Ratings
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Ratings: 627
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 2.21
pDev: 33.94%
Wants: 6
Gots: 40 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-16-2001)
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Photo of abents
1.6/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Well a free beer can't be a bad beer can it? Looks like a golden yellow color egg white head with constant carbonation rising up the glass. Smells like a macro corny and nasty. Tastes like corn slightly bitter, but crisp. The lightness bugs the hell out of me, but it's high life, what do I expect. Not that great thank god I didn't pay money for it, but disgusting nonetheless.

abents, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of PhillyStyle
1.9/5  rDev -14%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer appears a very light or pale clear yellow with a very light white head that dissipated rapidly. No aroma of note. The beer had a metallic taste to it, which was strange for a bottle. Very light grain taste and water. The beer was over carbonated and had a very light body to it. Considering that I buy the High Life from time to time, I figured that I might like this as well, but I was wrong. It appeared completely different from the High Life. I will be avoiding this one from now on.

PhillyStyle, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of vader64
4.1/5  rDev +85.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Gold in color, white head. Obviously a light beer due to its transparency.

Taste: Not a bitter beer, some sweetness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Feels like water, no real volume to the beer

Drinkability: Superb, drinking this fast or slow is easy as anything

Overall I enjoy this beer, while it is not the best tasting, when comparing it to other similarly priced beers, it excels. Bang for buck, this is my light beer of choice. Especially if you are in college and tired of Natty, or Milwaukee's Best, or Keystone, this is your saving grace.

vader64, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of WakeandBake
2.8/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very pale yellow with a thick white head and a fair amount of lace. Almost non-existant aroma - Bitter and Slightly hoppy. Basically water however a little maltiness is detectable on the tongue. Very light and smooth. Not horrible for light macro , nothing too offensive

WakeandBake, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of BierFan
2.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 24 ounce can into a cervoise.

Pale yellow with a white cap of foam. It actually looks elegant in a gold-rimmed flute. The smell is only of grains and sugar. While I thought that this had a better taste and mouthfeel than Miller High Life it was still pretty poor. Unspectacular swill with no redeeming values.

BierFan, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of dfolmste
3.4/5  rDev +53.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Appearance: Extremely clear. Very carbonated with bubbles rising from the bottom. Head starts out at about 2 inches, slowly reducing to about a quarter inch. As the slogan notes, the carbonation can only be described as champagne-like, but soon is limited to the remainder of the bubbles releasing their grip and crawling to the surface. The color is a pale yellow. Leaves very large rows of lacing.

Smell: Somewhat sweet with a clear odor of alcohol. There is a slightly metallic smell, very similar to other beers in the price range.

Taste: A very dull sweet taste, less than noted in the smell. Leaves a strong aftertaste of yeast subsiding within moments. The metallic smell noted before, lingers for slightly longer than the yeast. The flavor is above average for beers of a similar category.

Mouthfeel: Light body with a watery feel on the tongue. The flavor kicks in the longer it is held and a bit unpleasant at first. Definately not a beer to be enjoyed.

Drinkability: The best thing this beer has going for it. The light body and watery taste makes going through High Life far too easy. At $15 for a 30 pack, it is not bad on the wallet either.

dfolmste, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of HardcoreKeith
3.35/5  rDev +51.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The champagne of beer's little brother, from the can. Very pale, fizzy high level of carbonation. Light corn smell. The taste is simple: fizzy seltzer, a touch of corn. Clean and dry finish, lacking in off-flavors. Super chuggable and refreshing. A reasonable approximation of High Life Heavy and definitely one of the best light beers.

HardcoreKeith, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of kinger
2.25/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Sampled a couple out of the keg at an ox roast tonight, I like a cold High Life once in a while and the lite version is not too far off and better than most other commercial light beers. Not too much to get excited about but the couple that I had hit the spot. Faint aroma, light appearance with a good sizable head, somewhat full mouthfeel, solid flavor.

kinger, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of bboven
3.1/5  rDev +40.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium yellow clear body with a half-inch of surprisingly long lasting head. Lots o bubbles.

Smell is sweet and metallic, definitely the worst characteristic of this beer.

Taste is faint grain and a bit of sourness towards the end. Not much else.

Highly, highly carbonated, very drying and crisp.

This beer, other than a somewhat unpleasant aroma, is exactly what it's supposed to be, whether you like the style or not. I actually think it's better than some other light lagers, but not the best.

bboven, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of cdkrenz
2.98/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Nice white head standing almost two inches tall. It fades relatively quickly to a thin foamy layer above a gold colored body.

S - It has a grainy lager scent. It is an appealing aroma but quite sublte.

T - The flavor is held back until the second half of each pull. It has the classic light beer flavor of weak malt.

M - It starts out watery and moves to a coarse middle. It finishes a bit rough for a light beer as it crosses the back of my mouth.

~ For a light brew this is a solid choice. It may be living the lighter side of the High Life but at least its the High Life.

cdkrenz, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of jwc215
2.28/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours straw yellow, as seen through the glass. A white head that is pretty thickish at first descends to a lasting cover. A fair amount of lacing sticks. Not a bad head for the style, though color is very light, even for style.

The smell is mild - some cooked corn with a touch of husk.

The taste is of sweet cooked corn. Not really much taste at all. Nothing "bad" because nothing there, but a hint of sweetness.

Light and fizzy, as expected - go figure... A bit slickish, but pretty clean. As long as it's cold, it's easy enough to drink on a hot day, if you want tasteless beer (with just a hint of sweetness). Fizzy, but not overly. I think that High Life is one of the better macros (if not the best), but this is just a waste of time - meant for those who look at carbs and don't want flavor, just "easy drinking".

jwc215, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of Higravity
2.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Well I bought a 30 pack at the asking of some guys helping to build my deck. I must say drinking this beer is like drinking straight soda water with a mild taste that I could almost swear was beer. The alcohol was welcome the ligthness was good for pouring concrete and carefully deconstructing the siding. Definately lawn mower beer, not something to drink to enjoy beer, but next time I'll stick to my lemonade and bourbon.

Higravity, May 15, 2008
Photo of rye726
1.5/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Ah yes, I'm really living the high life now. A light lager in one hand and a garden hose in the other. This is an extra clear yellow with not much of a white head. Not much of a nose either. Possibly some corn water? The flavor profile is flat with again corn and some grains. A watery and fizzy body make me want to feed this to the flowers. I won't though in fear they might die. Chug, chug, chug.

rye726, May 14, 2008
Photo of bluemoonswoon
2.75/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz can poured into a Sam Adams pint glass. Best before 05/05/08. Very specific.

A: Pours pretty dark for a light beer, certainly though Sam Light takes the cake as darkest light beer, but the golden straw and thick ropes of carbonation being helped along by the etching on the bottom of the glass really make this beer look lively. The head is the only thing off on this beer, but really I wasn't expecting all that much. Its pure white and has a soda like look to it and like a soda's head goes away rather quickly.

S: Quite pungent actually, cereal graininess dominates here instead of that typical corn aroma that normally defines light lagers and other macros. Hop aroma is pretty much non existent. Overall not a terrible smelling beer.

T/MF: Crisp and bubbly mouthfeel that really drills a hole in the center of the tongue instead of distributing what little flavor this beer has across the palate. Taste is again grainy which is admittedly better than that cloying corn sweetness but the more this beer warms the more the corn comes out. Overall though this beer is defined by its intense crispness and watery taste with grain and slight corn highlights. A beer that does not demand your attention.

D: There is no aftertaste on this beer so it helps you forget about the slight sweetness that so many BAs find off putting. So it is drinkable, certainly does not drink good but drinks easily so I've giving it an average rating in this department.

bluemoonswoon, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of WJVII
1.85/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pale yellow color, 1/2 in white head that left good legs on the pint glass. Very foamy even with a slow pour. This beer has a faint bitter smell, leaning heavily on hops. There also was a slight metallic smell. The beer was bland at best, not much flavor, mild hops, earthy taste at best. Not much to it, was left from a grill out so thought I would review.

WJVII, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
1.55/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Almost invisible gold, if such a color existed. Ran out of good beer and needed one more to watch the postgame of the Super Bowl. If you are ever in a pinch and need that one last beer to get you through the night and don't care then this still shouldn't be it. Aside from no smell, there is a sharp adjunct tast and it is not smooth like most crappy macros at least. In fact, this dried out my tongue on the backbite (felt like a burn the first time). This could end up being the worst beer I've ever had, although that distinction is held for a certain light beer w/ incessant advertising and a malt liquor that made me sick.

clayrock81, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of Matty1918
1.33/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I wasn't paying attention to what I was doing and grabbed a case of these instead of regular High Life's...Boy was I sorry. Not a great tasting beer at all. I hate to describe a beer as skunky or as Piss but these fit the bill. I just couldn't get over the first initial taste and things just got worse from there. I'd avoid these like a screaming case of Herpes.

Matty1918, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of srrn
1.18/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Each macro does have a beer I can drink and if it's the only thing available I can enjoy. I was at a bar that only had macros and thought I was getting a Miller High Life. This beer had an off color, tasted like creamed corn soda or something and had a watery fizzy unpleasant mouthfeel. This is one I flat out could not drink. High Life itself is pretty light, no need to go lighter.

srrn, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of rodenbach99
1.75/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

canette de 341ml.

que dire de cette bière blonde industrielle qui dans sa version entière est plus qu'ordinaire, dans sa version light c'est tout simplement aqueux, sans arrière goût, sans goût et sans intérêt. ça se boit tout même tout seul, avec le mal de tête en prime le lendemain.

rodenbach99, Dec 26, 2007
Photo of dsa7783
2.65/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Not as horrible as I was anticipating... Being a big fan of regular Miller Lite, wasn't sure what to expect... similar to Miller lite, but to an ardent drinker of the brew, there were some noticeable differences that were apparent enough for me to not be too crazy about this one... Appearance and smell were very typical for a light lager, and the taste was about average, but I prefer many other lite samples compared to this one... another brew which forced me to take a tums after downing a couple... goes down pretty easily and smooth, but wouldn't cop another sixer of these... not even with the $3.69 price tag...

dsa7783, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of dnichols
2.1/5  rDev -5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I consumed a couple from the can at a friends house. My choices were limited and this was the only one I had not reviewed so...Miller Light was the brew of choice.

A: It appeared a clear yellow with a ting of copper. The head was bone white, short lived and disappeared fast leaving no lacing.

S: It gave off the aroma of corn and rice accented with a bit of lightly roasted malts and grassy hops.

T: It was very grainy imparted by the corn and rice. It finished fairly bitter and dry. Highly carbonated.

M: Very thin body with active carbonation and a dry sour finish and aftertaste.

D: Easy to drink. Not offensive. Refreshing when very cold. Not my beer of choice nor one I would foist on friends.

dnichols, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of morimech
2.88/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It pours straw colored with a white head that quickly goes away. Little lacing is left behind.

The smell is heavy adjuncts. You would be better off keeping it in the bottle or can so you can't smell this beer.

This is Corona at half the price. Not much else to say about the beer as you know what to expect. Nothing really stands out. It is definately a light beer with heavy carbonation. If you were to swill a beer this would be a good candidate at its price point. In fact this is my swill beer of choice, just don't pour it into a glass.

morimech, Nov 20, 2007
Photo of armock
1.1/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A - Poured a straw color with a bubbly white head that goes away very fast

S - Hops and nastyness be careful

T - Oh wow! I can say that I never had a beer that tasted like this ever.

M - Theres a lot of carbonation in this one

D - I don't know how people drink this I have this bottle leftover from having a bunch of people over last night I hope one never gets left in my fridge again.

armock, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
2.23/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Miller High Life Light represents the second entry here in this, the College Light Invitational. The short description of the invite can be seen in my Natty Light review, the one that started it all. Again, I will attempt the "7 ounce shot". MHL Light doesn't need much to outscore Natty Light, but it must remain on top after the four entries are completed. On to the beer:

Twist off the top, pour into a flute, and we get a pale yellow, clear body, topped by a fuzzy head. Head retention is surprisingly strong, and leaves many white rings inside my glass. Moderate cooked corn aroma in the smell is dominant, not terribly pleasing. We move on to the taste, and get a dry grainy flavor and cooked corn. Bitterness is club soda-like. Mouthfeel is light, but not watery, and well carbonated. It's palatable, but has a couple sharp edges. You know, it's time to for a shot...

I didn't spit my sample tonight, but I did gag a few times. The flavor from the adjuncts were not pleasant, forcing me to stop at a few points.
Chuggability gets a "2" rating.

Is it possible Corona's recipe is really High Life Light with Mexican hype surrounding it? The two are pretty similar in many aspects. Next time when you go to the beach, save yourself some cash and get this instead.

High Life Light provides the light beer drinker with a little bit of flavor instead of colored seltzer water. With that said, of the quart I bought, I only consumed half of it tonight, and I don't know whether to consume the other half or use it to cook with in the future. Good thing for soda-like twist-on cap. Will the score of this brew be enough to hold off Tecate Light and Keystone Light? Tecate Light is next in line, happening tomorrow night.

DoubleJ, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of MMAJYK
2.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Pale in color with head that evaporates quickly.

S- Smells of wheat and hops, but not very good or strong.

T- Taste of light grass and wheat. Mostly water though.

M- Mouthfeel is artifical carbonation and that is about it. Very watered down beer. That is about all you can say.

D- Drinkable if you are extremely hot or broke.

MMAJYK, Oct 29, 2007
Miller High Life Light from Miller Brewing Co.
54 out of 100 based on 627 ratings.