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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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653 Ratings
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Ratings: 653
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 2.22
pDev: 34.23%
Wants: 9
Gots: 66 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-16-2001

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Photo of RoyalT
2.8/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of gearkraft
2.52/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Purchased from my local Kroger... I'm broke, and its soccer season, don't need extra calories right now.

A: For a light beer, this looks really watery. Very light yellow, resembles ginger-ale. The head was the only redeemable quality, light and fluffy for a few minutes, with wisps of mild lacing.

S: Smells like a loaf of bread, or pouch of grains. Not bad, but not really compelling either. Better then a lot of other light beers I'd say.

T: Very simple watery grain flavor. The liquid white-bread taste quickly subsides with little more than a rice like dull finish.

M: Decently smooth, and light... bubbly on the front end.

D: I drink this once a blue moon, when I'm strapped for cash, and calorie counts. See this beer gets low ratings, but its other light counterparts are equally as poor on the taste scale, why pay more? I'd pick this over coors light, or miller light any day.

Photo of baos
2.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this one on daniel sans pizzorch

A: Foamy golden body. Some lacing actually left over.

S: Grains and almost an antiseptic smell. grain alcohol?

T: I am a fan of the High Life but this has too much taken out of an already par macro.

M: Foamy and watery.

D: I drank a few and this isn't a truly awful brew. Certainly better than bud light and miller lite.

Photo of jhall00
2.84/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - For the macro beer that it is, it pours crisp and light and pilsner like.

S - sweet corn smell

T- No outstanding tastes - sweet corn but no noticeable hops.

M - Light body. But residual aftertaste is not too pleasant.

D - for a macro light lager, not bad.

Photo of woosterbill
2.13/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Clear bright gold body with a 2" head of coarse white foam. Surprisingly good retention and lacing. This is defintley one of the best-looking light lagers I've ever seen.

S: Pure, sour corn. Truly one-dimensional, and truly nasty.

T: Starts out with corn, then moves into smooth, sweet malt and finishes with some harsh bitterness (it would be an insult to hops to call this beer "hoppy" in any way). Not as bad as the smell, but still bad.

M: Light body and only slightly over-carbonated.

D: The smell and taste are too bad to get over. This is a light beer that could actually use less flavor.

Notes: I'm a big fan of regular MHL for a cheap party beer, so I figured I'd give the light version a shot when there was a 12-pack in my parents' fridge over the holidays. All I can say is that this doesn't compare even to such admittedly mediocre comparison as real High Life, and should therefore be avoided.


Photo of drizzam
2.38/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from the can into a clear pint glass. Cryptic notes of the bottom and side of the can...05259 D11983 and B91 9003B respectively. No idea what it means.

A - Clear pale straw color with a slight white cap of head. Highly carbonated, slight spotty lacing.

S - Mostly corn in the nose, maybe a slight sweet malt note.

T & M - Very thin and watery mouthfeel. The heavy carbonation gives it a certain coarseness. Tastes mostly of corn. Finishes clean, but that isn't saying much as there is nothing to stick around after the swallow anyways.

D - I guess as far as light macro beer goes, this isn't the worst. Probably wouldn't be terrible at a cookout if nothing else was available.

Photo of puboflyons
2.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked MAR0810-BO1200329. Sampled on December 17, 2009. Frankly, I cannot distinguish and difference between this one, Miller Lite, or Miller Genuine Draft Light 64. The pour is your typical pale yellow with buibbly carbonation and thin white head that sticks around longer than expected. The aroma is mildly malty but mainly corny and grassy. Thin mouthfeel. The taste is fresh enough for its style with a vague hint of hops at the end. But generally it is a typical mass produced pale. But it is a good way to save money while keeping the calories down.

Photo of Dankuel
2.83/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured the beer in a stange glass. Has a weak gold color that is typical, a bit lighter than a pilsner style beer. Has a decent white frothy head.

The smell of the beer is extremely hoppy. The beer tastes almost exactly how it smells, a strong batch of bitter hops, tastes a bit more full than your American pale lager.

Has an average mouthfeel. With a bubbly finish. Tastes better than some other domestic brands on the market, especially for a light beer.

Photo of Nickyb567
3.85/5  rDev +73.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

It is what it is and that's a light beer, probably the best for the money. Miller got it right for this one. It's got a sweet taste with the perfect amount carbonation. Very refreshing even when at room temperature but much better cold (obviously).

Photo of vacax
2.7/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

To my sheer delight I found this available to me in a thirty-two ounce clear glass bottle with a screw-off cap. It pours into my glass a nice straw color with a little over a finger of head. Unlike the standard High Life, the head is not ultra creepily thick. It dies down to a thin layer on top and leaves some evidence of lacing.

The smell is rather mild with a bit of sweet malt and a touch of corn cereal or perhaps a very light amount of plastic. The smell is almost unnoticeable though and nothing is really there without shoving my nose into the glass. The taste is quite similar to High Life but dialed back a significant amount. Nice balance on the tip of the tongue. Finish, however, does reveal plastic and light solvent characteristics. Largely inoffensive, though flawed. On the up side, this doesn't taste like water. Feels light and too fizzy.

Decent light lager, though the style itself lacks character. For the light lager drinker who actually wants a flavor besides water.... if there are any of those.

Photo of cokes
2.16/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

THe prototypical pale straw color, glinting, perhaps, a bit more golden than most light beers. A fizzy white head dies to a skim with haste, but leaves some scattered lace.
The nose is nearly vacant, and what appears is corn-based cereals mushiness.
Corn is front and center taste wise. No surprise, as regular High Life is pretty corny. Some traces of husky grain. It's then washed out with a seltzer water sense of briskness and hollow bitterness. The vaporous, dry grass/husk hop note on the close is somewhere between invisible and illusory.
Rampantly fizzy, scraping carbonation. Again, this is like (light-)beer-flavored sparkling water. The body is thin and reedy, and structureless, even in regard to the style, and lacks the crispy dryness to make it brainlessly thirst-slaking. Is so gaseous and unrewarding that quickly becomes a chore to consume.
I'm a closet fan of its big brother, mostly due to nostalgia, and choose it when pickings are slim or massive consumption is crucial. The light version lacks any hint of charm. If forced to drink a light beer, this wouldn't be it.

Photo of Dodt
3.76/5  rDev +69.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

decide to try a case of highlife light since a rarely drink light beers.
pours a light golden color , the head stays for a good bit. crisp taste and very drinkable ( good beer for a hot summer day after mowing the lawn.
i am usually a bit hesitant towards light/ lite beer ,but so far in my adventure in the world of beer i find this to be a good example of light beer.

Photo of ironchefchris
3.66/5  rDev +64.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

yes, i gave it high marks...but that's because this beer is what it's supposed to be, and then some. it destroys bud lite, coors light, and miller lite. you cannot beat this as far as a cheap, pound em down, refreshing beer. drink one after cutting the grass and you'll see what i mean. taste is a watery beer, great cold. smell is the usual from these kinds, drinkability is through the roof great. awesome beer...for what it is...a super cheap, super drinkable, average joe beer. and i hate this style, so that should tell you something.

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.38/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours from a 16oz can a light yellow color with a large bubbled white foam that recedes quickly to a thin coating, it did leave some lacing behind on the glass.

Smell is very light and neutral, reminds me of a dried up corn stalk. Some hints of sweetness are there, along with some faint maltiness. Pretty unoffensive smelling adjunct lager.

Taste is clean and definitely corn oriented. Highly carbonated and a touch sweet. It is not completely devoid of flavor, and I would even venture so far as to say it has more than the average light lager. I would rather have a MHL regular, but this is a finishable 16oz sample.

Photo of Mdog
2.79/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear yellow, nice carbonation bubbles, good head. Definitely the "champagne of beers" with the bubbles.

Smell: Weak hay.

Taste: Light corn and a hint of grape flavor, which I don't like in my light beers.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, might be a good substitute for Miller Lite.

Smuggled home from softball, this was a decent light beer, a little flavor but mostly an alternative to drinking water after playing sports.

Photo of cnally
1.78/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The cheapest, worst beer in the world, right? Not quite. The appearance is surprisingly good. The yellow clearness is meh, but there is a massive cascade of carbonation bubbles. A shock of white lacing.

However, the aroma is disgusting. Old socks, sour yeast, old oats...ugh.

Dirty, fungusy flavor, but the latent sweetness washes out some of the initial taste.

Light, crisp, even, almost fizzy but just short of over-fizzy.

Don't buy it. Compared to any other light besides Corona, it tastes terrible. Just roll with the High Life regular, which is tasty for the price.

Photo of goblue3509
1.75/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a light yellow straw color. The aroma is virtually missing, it smells slightly of alcohol and maybe some corn. The overall taste is bland, nothing on any note to it. It is watery and there is a hint of grains, but it is so small it isn't worth mentioning. The mouthfeel is fizzy and carbonated. Overall you could drink a lot of them but you wouldn't. Very simplistic.

Photo of tobymugg
3.06/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Average pale ale. Golden straw.

S - Barely any. Smells a bit like beer, nothing prominent.

T - Far better than Miller Lite. It's certainly a bland beer, very bland. But that little flavor it has is on point. Smooth, even a touch grainy.

M - Average.

D - Great drinkability. If I want a large cheap light beer, it's Miller High Life Light every time.

As beers go, this beer in very bland and boring. However as really cheap light beers go, this is great. One of the best of the really cheap beers. I definitely recommend drinking all Miller products from a can or tap - the clear glass bottles look great, but being hidden from the light makes this beer a fraction better.

Photo of maleman
3.49/5  rDev +57.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - medium to light amber color. little to no carbonation. no head to speak of. no lacing.

S - better than i expected. hops and malts prominent.

T - not bad. smooth. not overbearing, but not impressive, either.

M - doesn't fill the mouth very well. felt it on the outer tips of my tongue.

D - good, cheap session beer. not a bad beer to drink while grilling on a summer night...or just after having mowed the lawn.

Photo of hockeyhead
3.3/5  rDev +48.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: golden piss colored with a quick dissipating large bubbly head
s: just like corn adjunct maybe a little malt at least it doesnt have a chemical smell
t: sweet corn grainy and dry finish fizzy
m: water thin very fizzy
d: i can drink alot of these with no problem

Photo of Smithj86
2.8/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I have a true soft spot for Miller, being my step-dad's brew of choice. And it's UAW made, which means somethign coming from a union family. MHLL is not a bad light beer--weak flavor, although certainly stronger than MGD 64, with a slight, pissy bitterness as an aftertaste. Simple, drinkable and refreshing. Nothing to challenge the palate, but nothing to overwhelm it either. The beer equivalent of a reading John Grisham--not an unpleasant way to spend time, but not exactly reading Ulysses either.

Photo of Brad007
3.25/5  rDev +46.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I didn't even realize this existed until today.

Pours a golden color with a one-finger head into my glass. Looks like the usual.

Aroma is full of sweet, bready adjuncts in the nose, except that they're toned down a bit (this is a light lager after all).

Taste is crisp, sweet and full of breadiness. Not bad. Kind of tolerable for what it is. Easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering breadiness/sweetness. Inoffensive. Nothing harsh.

Not bad for the style. It's not going to knock your fucking socks off but if you're at a party and you don't give a shit what you drink, grab a bottle of this if it's available.

Photo of PirateUlf73
1.28/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very clear light yellow color. Fizzy white head struggled to hang around, but ultimately failed.

S: Dry, crisp scent of pale malt and corn. Also present is something quite unpleasant that I couldn't quite put my finger on. Perhaps the smell brought out a lot of repressed memories from my college days, but it wasn't good.

T: Very shallow taste. I picked up some harsh graininess and perhaps a smattering of hop flavor, but I really struggled to taste anything.

M: Very thin with a lot of carbonation. The beer was there for a second or two, and then it was washed away. It's almost like it doesn't want me to know it was there.

D: I suppose it goes down easy enough, and one could drink this all night, provided you can stand the taste...

...Unfortunately, this is not one that I enjoyed. The tiny smidgen of smell and taste present are not very pleasant. This beer borders on foul, but the word that consistently comes to mind is "shallow." Not quite at the bottom of my list, but pretty damn close.

Photo of Blakaeris
3.03/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very clear pale yellow with a modest white head that quickly becomes a thin soapy sheen.

Aroma is sweet pale malt, and grainy corn adjunct.

Taste pale malt, lemon grass with a touch of honey. Finish is crisp and light.

Mouthfeel is light bodied.

A good example of a light lager. Flavor is crisp and unified.

Photo of bashiba
2.35/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured a pale straw yellow with a thin white head and lots of carbonation.

Has a lightly sweet corny smell.

The flavor is a typical Macro with a light corn sweetness and a bit of dry grain.

The mouthfeel is light and zippy.

Very typical Light lager. I can drink' but would only do so when my options are limited.

Miller High Life Light from Miller Brewing Co.
54 out of 100 based on 653 ratings.