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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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Ratings: 661
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 2.21
pDev: 33.94%
Wants: 9
Gots: 71 | 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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Ratings: 661 | Reviews: 205
Photo of Rddymk
1.4/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Can't explain this atrocity. Just God awful and had to pour it out. It had the taste of heartburn going down and littered my throat with the feeling you get after drinking a lemony drink, like you have to spit or, at worst, throw up. Got some from a relative and tried to force three down. Couldn't do it and poured the last one down the drain. Funny thing is, I have one more in the second fridge and no one who comes over will drink it!

Photo of Scrapss
2.76/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Ah, Miller High Life Light. MHLL delivers drinkability at a cost...read on, fellow BA'ers.

A: light, straw pale yellow. Not impressive, but par for the style.

S: there's a little bit of aroma, some mild, pukey smelling hops and nearly undetectable amount of malt....nothing stands out.

T: barely anything. small amount of hop bitters.

M: sprightly due to carbonation and very prickly. Finish is medium-dry. Not as satisfying as a Kolsch but similar in sprightliness.

D: Poundable levels of drinkablility. This is the one beer that a John Deere riding lawnmower and 15 acres cannot be without. A 12-18 session is definitely do-able if sufficiently motivated.

What this lacks in depth, flavor and character it makes up for in poundability. This is the one single beer that lacks anything except the pound-ability to keep up with the joneses: that is, if Jones is a total alky and nothing but sits in his garage, door open, and drinks beer all day.

Photo of tjsdomer2
2.15/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Looks like pale yellow soda water. Highly carbonated like regular High Life.

Smell: Fairly weak and watery. Give of a corn-like odor.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is kind of bitter and watery. Stronger than Keystone or Natty, which isn't necessarily good...

Drinkability: Since it's basically soda water...harsh soda water, it can be kind of hard to drink this and take it seriously as beer.

Overall: Ultimately, this stuff is an upgrade over Keystone and Natty and fits into the category of Busch Light.

Photo of Durchfall
2.45/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, I told my friend to pick up a 30 of Miller High Life for a birthday party, not Light. She picked up Light instead I don't know why. I actually enjoy regular high life while this leaves me pissed off. Here we go.

Appearance - Pours a kind of really yellow hot piss looking color. Leaves a good amount of foam on the top which is not a plus at all.

Smell - Smells like a frat party the day after with stale wiffs of the worst beer you could find.

Taste - Frankly this is not a bad beer if you are playing beer pong or some other childish drinking game, however, all fun aside it tastes like piss mixed with Keystone light.

Mouthfeel - Here is where it's not bad. Feels alright in your mouth. Carbonation is pretty high but what else should expect from the "Champagne of Beers"

Drinkability - If you are looking for a beer to chug this is a nice way to go. But if you are like me and like to enjoy your brews then dump it out.

Photo of sonofabeach
4.2/5  rDev +90%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

In the cheap beer for summer time chugging category, this is a sure thing. It goes down so smooth, it's scary.

There are no "off" flavors. It's one of the few cheap beers that doesn't give you a gag reflex.

Regular Miller High Life is good too, but the Miller High Life Light is even better for thirst quenching.

I hear that Miller puts something in the beer to keep it from "skunking" up. Still, I have had some in the clear bottles that have slight skunk. So I always go for the cans and pour in a glass.

This is the only cheap light beer worth drinking.

Photo of rednrag
4/5  rDev +81%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think High Life original is possibly my favorite American Lager. Thought this would just be a watered-down version of that.
It is not. Man I don't want to admit it, but I like this as much as my beloved High Life.
Or do I?
I cannot make up my mind. I do not want to like this as well, but...
Light beer has never been my favorite style, but this may be my favorite of them all.
@$.50 a can this is a bargain. And I like finding good bargains.

Photo of abriggs1
3.41/5  rDev +54.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A very nicely done cheap light beer. Picked up a 12 pack for $5.99 that was slightly past expiration. Great price, refreshing light beer that goes down easy. It even has more delicious alcohol than most light beers. It's mostly tasteless, but not offensive like Bud Light. Tastes mostly of corn with a bit of hops and maIts. It's only cheap light beer, but I like it.

Photo of woodychandler
2.06/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I wish that I had a CAN of Miller High Life so that I CAN do a side-by-side. What I have found through the CANQuest is that so many of these "light" versions are watery knock-offs of their "leaded" counterparts. Here goes!

My pour produced a rocky, fluffy two fingers' worth of bone-white head with low retention. Color was a pale lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled heavily of cereal adjuncts. Oof. Mouthfeel was thin, sort of watery with a light lager sweetness accompanied by the all-too-familiar taste of cereal on the tongue. Finish was mild, almost flavorless. I CANnot get behind this one.

Photo of RoyalT
2.8/5  rDev +26.7%
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 +14%
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 -0.5%
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 +28.5%
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 -3.6%
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 +7.7%
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 +6.8%
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 +28.1%
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 +74.2%
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 +22.2%
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 -2.3%
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 +70.1%
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 +65.6%
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 +7.7%
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 +26.2%
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 -19.5%
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 -20.8%
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.

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Miller High Life Light from Miller Brewing Co.
54 out of 100 based on 661 ratings.