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Miller High Life - Miller Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
63
poor

2,769 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 2,769
Reviews: 1,018
rAvg: 2.67
pDev: 28.46%
Wants: 13
Gots: 146 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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axxe

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +59.2%

05-01-2014 21:17:05 | More by axxe
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bubseymour

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +59.2%

01-16-2014 23:08:18 | More by bubseymour
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Burleigh

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +59.2%

06-15-2014 01:58:14 | More by Burleigh
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Jb1976


4.25/5  rDev +59.2%

07-11-2014 22:35:45 | More by Jb1976
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Alacranlmc

California

4.25/5  rDev +59.2%

06-22-2014 07:39:31 | More by Alacranlmc
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BravoTwo

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +59.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Have to review this beer to style, and it is my favorite American Macro. A consistent performer that is classically American in style.

A - Nice golden yellow , very bright and clear
S - Malted corn smell with a light aroma
T - Great taste (again to style) with clean flavor, a sweeter corn
taste and very fresh and crisp
M - Just average here, although the carbonation adds to the
crispness of this beer
D - Very drinkable for this style. With other american macros I get
bloated (carbonation, maybe) but this is easily a sessionable
lager. Especially at the local bar after work with the gang, this
beer is a good choice (my opinion)

Once again , as reviewed to style I really enjoy this beer. "Champagne of beers" may not be the most appropriate name, but maybe the "Champagne of Macro Lagers". For anyone looking for a good American Macro to try, this is a good bet.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2007 17:14:30 | More by BravoTwo
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jyungbul

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +59.2%

05-25-2013 22:15:28 | More by jyungbul
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sportzfreak1393

New York

4.25/5  rDev +59.2%

05-21-2014 01:33:39 | More by sportzfreak1393
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JDavidF

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +59.2%

05-29-2012 01:41:10 | More by JDavidF
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4.25/5  rDev +59.2%

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tesguino

Mexico

4.2/5  rDev +57.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Miller had an example of good beer, miller high life in a 40oz bottle, a lager made without rice, malt, hops, corn starch, and flavorful water, its blonde color is because to its clear and dry malt; good with mexican cheese and american food, try with mexican antojitos too, serve in a glass mug previously cooled, with lime too; 92% recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2005 15:54:25 | More by tesguino
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CorporateTool

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +56.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The best way to review a beer and get an accurate impression is to take a tour of the brewery, then sample their wares straight from the bowels of the brewery. I have done this many times at the Miller brewery on State St. in Milwaukee, mostly between college final exams (many years ago). The one thing that always impressed me about MHL was the way it tasted at the brewery - heaven in a 7 oz. glass. Very smooth, nice malt smell, nice head with lacing, the most satisfying macro brew I've EVER drank (blew PBR away after a tour of the Pabst brewery - just a few blocks from school...).

In short - beer that's fresh tastes better. Macro brews get trucked all over the place, and even with multiple breweries, most of the big guys don't want to admit having a hard time keeping their product fresh. Born-on dates don't reflect weeks in a 110 degree warehouse or stockroom.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2011 05:52:39 | More by CorporateTool
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beerkittycat

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +55.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Up north at the cabin I pulled out of the refrigerator a gleaming-gold icy cold can and poured into a classic pilsner glass found at a garage sale for 5 cents. Having felt a rush for nostalgia here's my review.

Appearance is a brilliant clear yellow-gold with a frothy white head that lingers for a few minutes then settles to a thin layer for the duration. Aroma is dominated by flowery noble hops with an underlying hint of corn flakes. There's malt in there, too, reminding me of Grape nuts. Taste is much the same as the aroma with big flavors of noble hops but restrained bitterness making this an incredibly smooth beer. There's acutally quite a bit of malt flavor here, and some corn flakes, but the hop flavor and malt dominate. Finishes smooth with a touch of sweetness that complements the noble hops.

This beer tastes way better now than it ever has and I was pleasantly surprised by the full flavor and hop presence.

Serving type: can

06-23-2008 17:25:37 | More by beerkittycat
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putnam

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +55.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Apparently it makes a difference if you buy this in a bottle or can. The bottled version is miles better.
This is classic, cereal-flavored, fruity American lager. I have been blindsided by this slum bar staple several times now. There is a rich, cornbread-like, caky texture that is delivered atop abundant froth. Dry, mealy... reminds me of proper tamales from Michoacan - slightly charred, floral, succulent and starchy. Drinking this beer is like falling onto the bosom of the (industrial) land.
Great foreign beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2004 00:36:19 | More by putnam
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +54.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straw color with a full white head and very active carbonation. Balanced grain, fruity, corn aroma and flavor. Light-medium bodied, refreshing and smooth without a lot of cooked-corn character.

I prefer the bottled version over the cans ... seemed to have much better carbonation and liveliness. Very nice American macro -- one of the best actually and one of my favorites.

Per MIller website: 4.7% ABV, 143 cal., & 13.1g Carb

'08155' lasered on bottle
Tasted: 05/25/05

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2005 21:23:34 | More by RBorsato
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Rddymk

Indiana

4.13/5  rDev +54.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am convinced that my Dad and Uncles were right about this beer. Unlike Pop's favorite, Hamm's, High Life ranks right up there with good, clean drinkable beer. It is a fine example of taste, price, look, mouthfeel and it has no lingering effects of YUCK afterwords. For the price, drink the crap out of this.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 20:57:50 | More by Rddymk
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JesseP09

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +53.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a delicious beer. Personally I would rank it as the third best BMC product. Rich golden color and sweet smell and a bubbly pour. The beer feels great in your mouth, but more importantly tastes amazing. Just a great all-around beer with a price tag that is begging you to buy it.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 15:45:32 | More by JesseP09
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drunkboxer1

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +52.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into my mouth. My grandfather used to drink this beer while mowing the lawn in the summer. He did it based solely on how refreshing it looked. He's right and thats why I'm scoring it so high on appearance. It smells like corn, but not too strong in my opinion. You shouldn't be smelling this beer anyway. Beer is for drinking, you ass. It tastes crisp, and fairly clean. Not of a lot of corny sliminess that happens in these cheap American lagers. Mouthfeel is on target of the style (light) and the drinkability is awesome. This beer is designed to be drank in a session.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 23:48:16 | More by drunkboxer1
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beerphan

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +52.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle -> american pint
no date, but there is laser printed code

Pours a clear straw yellow with a generous head that leaves behind thin patches of pale white lace. The head surprisingly has some staying power and laces better than any macro i've come across. Carbonation is robust, truely champagne like.

Nose: Pale malt, a little sour yeast.

Taste: Slight toasted grain corn like flavor, that finishes relatively clean with a tad of caramel.

Mouthfeel is medium to slightly watery but with a quick crisp finish.

The most drinkable american macro imo. Used to down these like water at the bowling alley in my personal prohibition time. Cheap and available everywhere. A 4.5 for taste compared to beers of this style not compared to your favorite big beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2007 19:28:17 | More by beerphan
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wiseguywood

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev +51.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Miller High Life is probably my favorite american adjunct lager. It is one of the beers I always have on hand in my refrigerator.

Pours a pale yellow and with a decent head for an adjunct. I don't know why, but the aroma gets me every time, maybe a hint of corn in the smell. I really didn't drink this until my 30's.

The taste is good for a solid american lager. Not overpowering but it does have some taste. The carbonation is a bit on the high side and it does fit the 'High Life' name. Nice mouthfeel.

If I have one adjunct lager in my fridge, it's this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 19:38:03 | More by wiseguywood
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Mumsbrew

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +51.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Haven't had one of these in a long, long time. I'm a stout man myself. Decided to pick up a 6 pack of bottles today and try one out. I've been thinking of brewing a batch of either an American ale or American lager. This is what i'd be going for.
Appearance - Beautiful. Just what you'd want in a golden clear lager. Really nice head and lacing.
Smell - Corn and grains. Not enough hops. Needs more aroma hops.
Taste - Could do with a little hops here too, same corn and grain.
Mouthfeel - Light and crisp. Just how it should be.
Drinkability - I'm on my 2nd in this tasteing and I'll be drinking the other 4 this evening. I grew up in the corn country of Ill. and had many of these growing up. Even been to the brewery when I was in boot camp at Great Lakes. So I'm a little partial to this beer. Loved it then and love it now. Will always be my stand by.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 20:32:52 | More by Mumsbrew
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palma

New York

4.05/5  rDev +51.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In my opinion this is one of the best macro American lagers out there. I love this beer. If I'm not drinking craft, I'm drinking this.

Piss yellow clear body. Fizzy, semi-frothy, white, short lasting head, but a very lasting and stickly lace. Much better head compared to other macros.

Aroma is sweet corn, hay, very light malt. Minor vegital. Almost no hop aroma. But clean. No skunk, no off aroma - very smellable for a macro.

Taste is typical macro with a little more malty breadiness and a noticeable semi-dryness. Very nice if you are in the mood for a non-craft beer that is easy drinking but still has at least a smidge of complexity in the malt profile.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 17:38:14 | More by palma
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CharlyNovember

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +50.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

THE best overall American Swill.
Semi-vigorous pour renders an enduring rocky head, provoking me to sip some before I can finish emptying the can. This is a fantastic head. It's the perfectly prepped hairstyle atop the beautiful body that is the beer, Miller High Life. Sweet corn and rice pudding aromas waft from it's surface, very warming, very pleasant. Sides down my throat with easy, chilling my tongue, leaving it's buttery flavor lingering. This beer is yearning to be drunk in big, slow swigs. Overall, it's the best macro lager from over the borderline. And c'mon.. ya gotta love the name.

Disclaimer: Written under the influence of a serious macro lager kick.

Serving type: can

04-12-2013 07:08:46 | More by CharlyNovember
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uncggop06

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +50.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is for a taste test between Miller High Life and MGD (as per forum posts this same day). Beer poured from 24oz big can into large Okocim glass (0.5L, this glass is awesome by the way). Head formation was brilliant for a macro lager and sticks to the glass in large chunks. Puffy cloudy head remains after a few sips, this thing won't go away, reminds me of a slightly lesser head from a tripel. Beer a very pale gold with TONS of bubbles, it's so nice. The smell is not great, but the taste makes up for it. Very smooth and crisp, almost like biting into an apple. It is fairly sweet, but very refreshing. This definitely goes with everybody's idea of a great summer beer.

Serving type: can

04-24-2007 03:07:40 | More by uncggop06
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EROCK83


4/5  rDev +49.8%

04-21-2012 21:03:24 | More by EROCK83
Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
63 out of 100 based on 2,769 ratings.