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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: 645
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 2.21
pDev: 33.94%
Wants: 6
Gots: 49 | 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 Nickyb567
3.9/5  rDev +76.5%
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
2.65/5  rDev +19.9%
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
2.13/5  rDev -3.6%
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
3.78/5  rDev +71%
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
3.75/5  rDev +69.7%
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
2.35/5  rDev +6.3%
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
2.8/5  rDev +26.7%
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 -19.5%
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
1.78/5  rDev -19.5%
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
3.1/5  rDev +40.3%
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
3.5/5  rDev +58.4%
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
3.33/5  rDev +50.7%
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
2.85/5  rDev +29%
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
3.23/5  rDev +46.2%
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
1.25/5  rDev -43.4%
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 +37.1%
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
2.38/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of JesseP09
3.05/5  rDev +38%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Now, I love the High Life. That being said, High Life Light is a true step down from the Champagne of Beers. It has not the flavor nor the rich color of High Life, and has a different, odd aroma. For some reason, this beer doesn't even feel that great in your mouth. Oh well, the High Life is the same price.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Miller High Life Light from Miller Brewing Co.
55 out of 100 based on 645 ratings.