Miller High Life - Miller Brewing Co.

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Miller High LifeMiller High Life

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BA SCORE
63
poor

3,366 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 3,366
Reviews: 1,141
rAvg: 2.68
pDev: 28.36%
Wants: 27
Gots: 533 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-20-2000

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Ratings: 3,366 | Reviews: 1,141
Reviews by RyanLaCount03:
Photo of RyanLaCount03
3.81/5  rDev +42.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I thought this beer was fairly decent, but nothing that I would drink all of the time. It had a good taste and ok smell to it. On a hot summers day while cooking on the grill, i thought it really hit the spot, but most anything probably would. The mouthfeel of the beer was also average for a lager. This is the type of beer that my dad and grandpa would drink, but not really my favorite.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RushLimbmalt
5/5  rDev +86.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ok, so it looks like piss. Well, that makes it correct for the style. It smells like rotting hay and chemicals. Again, correct for the style. I'm not sure I can detect much taste. It's good on a hot day. It is a watery swill that glides down my binge drinking throat. I love this beer. It is like your first girlfriend that you fingered under the bleachers at a school PEP fest. Yeah, she looks pretty bad by today's standards, but I prefer to fondly remember faint memories while I erase the current...

Photo of JobiWanKenob
3.8/5  rDev +41.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Has craft brewing ruined the party? Check out the legendary "Bros" rating. 80. Yup 80. Why? How could they? Is it because Miller High Life is, was, and always will be the best party beer on the market? You can bet your only can of "Heady Topper" it is. Try drinking 12 cans of Heady Topper. I guarantee you will puke. Not so with High Life. Light, crisp, slight hop taste with a wet finish. Easily put away 12 of these babies with no sickness or bloated feeling. No headache. High Life deserves more credit. It taught us all how to drink beers.

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.29/5  rDev +22.8%

Miller High Life, the Champagne of Beers! Yee Haw. I feel like a dirty hippie tonight.

Serving Style : 24 oz liquor mart can complete with the homeless brown bag, poured into a fiesta ware glass for appearance (how's THAT for a contrast?)

Appearance (3.5) : Soapy, sudsy white head that's easily penetrable and recedes like the revolting blob. Bubbles grace the bottom surface of the head, much like Champagne would! Pale golden color with medium transparency.

Smell (2.5) : Dirty corn, grass and straw, hay, wheat, adjunct. Touch of orange at the tip. Dirty underwear. A pretty dirty smell.

Taste (3.5) : Straight out of the can it's heavenly. The best $1.49 beer you can get. If you're down on your luck and you just want to pass out, look no further. If you want to enjoy it, it's good for that too. Out of the glass it's refreshing and light bodied with a full bore creamed corn flavor profile. If you liquidized creamed corn and added some alcohol you'd be close. Other flavors I'm getting are some citrusy wheaty zestiness, hint of pepper. Not bad. Not bad at all...

The corn beer. Nebraska, eat your heart out!

Mouthfeel (3) : Heavily carbonated, refreshing, light bodied. Like a heavy Sprite with some mild creaminess. The foam even comes up in belches a little bit. This won't win any awards but it sure isn't awful. For its style it's just what it needs to be.

Overall (3.29) : Don't look a gift horse in the mouth. This beer isn't out to compete against crafts, it's meant to be a working man's beer after a long day in the sun. For that purpose it does just fine. High Life is a tasty treat, abundant with corn. If you hate corn or corn-based beers, stay away! Very adjunct-y, mildly sweet, absolute zero bitter. No hops. This is one of my favorite beers because it's so cheap and it's still tasty. Where else can you get an 18 pack of bottles for $10 or a 30 pack of cans for $15? Or a 24 oz. for $1.49 for that matter??? Long live High Life!

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.23/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I admit that I've got a thing for "Grandpa's Beers." Special X, High Life, Papst, and Old Style all do it for me.

This is one that I always keep around in the fridge. At $9 for a case of bottles, High Life makes the perfect “just in case” beer. It’s like a safety net. I like having it near by, knowing that if my obnoxious cousin comes over I won’t have to offer him a Bell’s or something because trusty Miller is there for the non-beer drinker’s beer drinker. Oh, and this beer is called Miller, just plain Miller, not High Life.

Let’s start with the look. The beer itself is nothing special. It looks like liquid sweet corn. The head is thin, white, and not lasting. Overall, the appearance is what you would expect from just about any macro.

The bottle, however, is a different story all together. It features the famous Miller Girl Over the Moon label, which was created long ago by famed industrial designer Brooks Stevens. Stevens is kind of like the Frank Lloyd Wright of industrial design and is probably most known for the invention of the Oscar Meyer Wiener Mobile.

Anyways, the fact that the bottle has a small but kick ass print that was designed by an awesome Wisconsinite gives it a little appearance bonus in my book.

As to the taste, it’s corn syrup. Nothing more, nothing less.

The mouth feel’s not bad, thin, mildly carbonated, refreshing.

What I really like is this beer’s drinkability. It goes down so easy but doesn’t go through me like lite does. I can throw back a bunch of these and I don’t feel full but I do feel like I’m drinking beer, not water.

This is a solid beer and better than bud by leaps and bounds.

Photo of Mtcarini
4.75/5  rDev +77.2%

It says it right on the label- the champagne of beer. You get all the effervescence and character of a fine champagne with the drinkability and flavor of a light Pilsner. High enough abv to drink all day, but classy enough to impress a date. High-life truly has it all.

Photo of Ariesluv1
5/5  rDev +86.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i love miller high life no matter how many other beers i drink high life has remained my go to no bullshit after work beer some people think price makes a beer better well from what i see the lighter the calories in the beer ,the lower the alcohol content the more fuckin money they want for it and the more i have to drink to get a buzz high life you drink two or three and the party is started

Photo of John9059
5/5  rDev +86.6%

Keep in mind i'm rating this a 5 because i'm new to beer and this is the best out of what i have had. I don't really know what to describe the taste like, just kind of like... corn? sweet. I drink this because i didnt have a job and was not able to buy more expensive things. I have read however this has won the gold medal for best american style lager several times. I think i know why they call this the high life though. It makes you feel like you are living the high life due to the taste and quality for the price. Their advertising campaigns hit the nail on the head. This is a testament to working men and women. I got paid my first paycheck recently and i bought some of this, and i felt like i was drinking in style. This is better quality in my opinion than budweiser and its cheaper. There is a reason it rated highly in american adjunct lagers, as you categorize them on the site. Apparently the Alstrom brothers on this site agree with me. They gave it an 81. I think miller is the best out of the as you guys on the site call them the macro brews. Whether its fishing or a barbeque or fourth of july party this goes good with anything. I love this with a nice Hamburger and steak fries.

Photo of Bill4515
4.77/5  rDev +78%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Good in bottles bad in cans. You cant go wrong with this beer, its cheap and good.

Photo of Andysalina5
3.2/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nothing wrong with cracking one of these open after a hard day of work.

Photo of Stanley23
3.3/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Like the look. Used to drink a lot of this beer back in the day. Had a chance to drink again this past weekend and remembered. That this in not a bad option. Not saying this is the best beer in the world but it's not awful either

Photo of Jason
3.56/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz clear twist-off bottle with no freshness date found.

A- Great head retention, I was quite surprised and impressed at the same time. Good clinging action and the pale yellow golden hue donned a perfect clarity.

S- Sharp cooked corn aroma, mild grain husk as well. Clean other than that.

T&M- Solid crispness in a light body. Grainy with a hay like character, mild hop bitterness and a faintness of corn in the back. Clean on the palate with a grand smoothness that make you want to take another sip.

D- Easy to drink with mild flavors and a good wash of crispness. A tasty American Lager. Went excellent with the lamb and steak tips I grilled.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The champagne of beers, well okay mabye that's pushing it just a bit, but I will say this it's one of the best shittiest beers around. I know that's a contradiction but for the price and being a college student I will live the High Life. Cmon this is a classic beer, hell I even contemplated making it my 100th. It pours a true golden color, already better than budweiser. I will say this is a fizzy golden beer with a highly carbonated get ready to belch foaming head she even leaves somewhat of a decent lace. The aroma is slightly vegetable with a lot of grainy adjunct ridden flow going on here. Not repulsive not complex, it's just beer at it's most simple macro light American lager form. A great crisp sweetness that is balanced by some hop bitterness to form one simple yet classic taste. Miller High Life is a beer worth a try, and when there is other beers attempting to be good around that aren't, I always go back to the High Life because it knows it's not a good beer. Refreshing with a creamy smooth mouthfeel that forms a foamy mustache on me, I love this brew along with the girl on the moon. You can drink this stuff all night it is meant to be swill, and there is no off flavors here or bad hangovers. So, for the style I give it my thumbs up!!!

Photo of AfricanPete14
4.31/5  rDev +60.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A good beer to drink just to relax, get drunk or just to party with.

Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
2.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A good throwback beer. Drinkable & flavorful.

Photo of Mnmich7662
3.26/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Delicious beer but it gets heavy to drink towards the end, and old

Photo of Pegasus
3.47/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Medium gold in color with a prominent soap lather white head that fades fairly quickly, decent broken lace.

Aroma: Slightly spicy, herbal aroma with a mild metallic quality.

Taste: Flavor opens with a hint of light malt sweetness, this soon turns slightly tart. Metallic hop bitterness dominates the latter part of the taste and lingers on well past the dry finish.

Mouth feel: Abundant carbonation adds a slight sting, otherwise a decently full body.

Drinkability/notes: Perhaps the best of the cheap nationals and far better than Natural Light. This was the first beer I ever tried and was my Dad's favorite.

Photo of dikebrewery
3.99/5  rDev +48.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hey its my fav cheap American beer. Definitely living the high life. Suck it craft beer!

Photo of crob3888
3.75/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: pale straw yellow, not necessarily appetizing but it's appropriate for the style.
Smell: Faint hay and grassy smell.
Taste: Corn, hay, grass, husk.
Feel: Fizzy, smooth. Makes you want to take another sip.
Overall: It would not be hard to drink a 6 pack of these. One of my preferred AALs and one of the best quality beers for the price.

Photo of AC-Mivsek
4.05/5  rDev +51.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

High Life is for the everday drinker who enjoys a clean, crisp, quantity - emphasized taste. A man drinks High Life to escape. A man drinks High Life because he's content. A man drink's High Life because he's a dreamer. A man drinks High Life because he's not quite sure of who he is. A man drinks High Life because he knows exactly who he is. Men drink High Life for many reasons, but the take away is that men drink High Life. So keep on moving, keep on drinking, and keep on living the high life.

Photo of ruckus232
3.5/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have always liked Miller High Life. It is pretty refreshing and crisp but not completely tasteless. It is nothing special but pretty good for an adjunct lager.

Photo of Metalsnota
3.38/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A great value American Adjunct!

Photo of BEERchitect
2.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Probably the better lager of any of the 'Big Three'. In comparison to most of them, High Life is a little bolder golden and has better head retention. Better viscocity to the palate. Creamier and more flavorful. Flavors though, are of high corn sugar and decent malt. Still no hop play at all. Finishes as crisp, but with that corn-like aftertaste. Although its better than most of it's counter parts, its a far cry from the good Chezc Pils. Also makes a great free beer.

Photo of Beastdog75
2.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Miller High Life is one of the classic American beers. It used to be Miller's flagship brew until the 80s and Genuine Draft came along. Kind of a shame, since this is better than MGD as it has more taste. I don't even see commericals for this anymore...

Anyway, MHL pours an average straw color that is clear and effervescent. The decent foamy head that forms lasts a few minutes and actually left a halfway decent lace on my glass. The smell is similar to MGD: musty grain, but not as bad MGD. Alcohol present in the nose too. The mouthfeel is sudsy. The taste is quite grainy, with some sweetness, and the mellow hop bitterness is present from the beginning. It finishes slightly dry and grainy. The corn taste is there, but not as noticeable as MGD. It finishes with some alcoholic warmth. All in all a quite refreshing beer.

This beer has some nostalgic value for me, so maybe that inflated my ratings, but this is one of the better American macros out there, and the price is always right.

Photo of TopherBreski
3.74/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

An American Classic. So great.

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Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
63 out of 100 based on 3,366 ratings.