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Miller High Life - Miller Brewing Co.

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Miller High LifeMiller High Life

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BA SCORE
63
poor

2,690 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 2,690
Reviews: 1,013
rAvg: 2.67
pDev: 28.09%
Wants: 11
Gots: 115 | 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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SenorPeligro


3/5  rDev +12.4%

04-16-2012 03:18:06 | More by SenorPeligro
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beerdepartment

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

NOTE: THIS WAS A "HEAD TO HEAD" CAGE FIGHT BETWEEN ROLLING ROCK, SCHLITZ, HIGH LIFE, AND BUDWEISER. THIS IS INTENDED TO BE THE FIRST ROUND OF CLASSIC "ECONOMY" CLASS AMERICAN BEERS. THESE NOTES WILL BE IDENTICAL FOR ALL 4 BEERS, SO RATING ACCORDING TO PERCENTAGE OF POINTS IS IMPOSSIBLE; I GAVE THEM ALL "Average" BECAUSE THE WEBSITE MANDATES A NUMERICAL RATING.

appearance:

Rolling Rock is the palest (by a fraction) of all of the beers, which is not necessarily appetizing; the darkest is actually High Life, which is a shock, but the range is so small that I would call these nearly identical in color. Bubbles look most appetizing in Shlitz, which is actually the most champagne looking in bubble structure. Take that High Life! Budweiser is perhaps the most elegant with the velvety head that is retained better than those of all of the others. After a few minutes, RR and Schlitz heads have faded to amorphous, perhaps pangea-like shapes -- HL and Bud have wall-to-wall carpets of (thin) foam. Overall, with bubbles and head accounted for, High Life is winner in appearance.

aroma: RR has a cidery note on the first big whiff; pleasant; Schlitz is marked by a yeastier, older smell; not bad, but RR was fresher and nicer smelling; High Life is subtle enough to almost be imperceptibe yeast if anything; Budweiser impresses with a melon-like freshness; whats the deal? It smells good. On second whiff RR is more pickle-like than cider like -- not as good; Schlitz still yeasty on second snort, with some malt; HL has some less pleasant yeast smells coming through; Budweiser yet again shocks with a very nice fresh smell, with a bit of funk from something in there. Overall, Bud wins the aroma challenge.

taste: (all tastings were separated by Bravo pizza, which is the most appropriate palate cleanse for this that I can imagine.

RR tastes like water with a splash of melon juice, carbonation, some malt, and yeast; Schlitz has a bit more going on; slightly bigger flavor, slightly more pronounced malt; no melon; less watery; better than RR; HL exemplifies the amazing power of american bulk lager makers to make beer that tastes like more than carbonated water but still not like much of anything -- better than RR, but that could be a mouthfeel issue; like all so far, finishes clean, maybe with some corn note and a thin gossamer of bitterness; Budweiser has a bit of malt and corn noticeable, but nothing wild by comparison; this competition seems less a competition of flavor than a competition of body and mouthfeel; second gulps (big ones) verify the melon lightness of RR; Schlitz is a bit more corny on the second time around, and maybe a tiny hop flower present; High Life still evades capture by my power of description; Budweiser ringing a bit buttery/watery oak this time. Overall, although this defies my theory, Rolling Rock seems to be the winner on taste. There is actually something intriguing about the freshness an fruitiness of it; it is enough to make me wonder what was in the glass last, or if my soap tastes like fruit, but I really think this glass was good to go. Budweiser second. Schlitz third. High Life 4th. Bear in mind that none of these beers is putting others to shame in any category so far; this is a near tie. Maybe only Jackson or Parker's tongue could rank these, because mine is struggling. For the record, they all do have some hops in them as the bitterness is ringing now. And I'm basically 10 minutes into a power hour, so I'll get to mouthfeel ASAP.

Mouthfeel: Schlitz struck me through all of these tastes as having the most pleasant mouthfeel, but I'll test one more time: At this point, after sitting out for just a few minutes, Schlitz is struggling to retain carbonation at all, which is why it felt pleasantly dense at the beginning. This is a noticeable problem for Schlitz -- there is no lacing on the glass whatsoever; it is the most dead looking of all the beers BY FAR. Rolling Rock and High Life look tastiest in terms of foam now, and that matters for mouthfeel. Rolling Rock and Bud are doing the best at retaining carbonation. Schlitz is truly almost flat. High Life is struggling to taste and feel as though it should be drunk and not left as a wounded soldier.

JUDGEMENT: I am suprised to say that with everything taken into account, if I were to go to the store to buy an 18 pack, I would buy Rolling Rock. Let that speak for itself. But let it be known that not everything comes in 18 packs, and that might change things. So let me say that if I were to buy a loose beer again out of these 4, it would be a Rolling Rock.

Congratulations Rolling Rock; you have survived this round of economy class beer competition.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 05:59:50 | More by beerdepartment
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Beefytits4

Illinois

3/5  rDev +12.4%

11-24-2011 01:29:28 | More by Beefytits4
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joefigg

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +12.4%

11-18-2011 02:13:22 | More by joefigg
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skydogpenn

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +12.4%

02-23-2014 16:10:49 | More by skydogpenn
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soupieman

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +12.4%

08-30-2012 00:49:08 | More by soupieman
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LagerThanLife


3/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

I put bottle under serving only because beer advocate as YET to install a 40 option.

the girl on the moon and I go way back, she has helped me through some times. she is the beer i give to my friends who don't deserve decent beer and the only beer i use when making chili or carnitas.

I don't always drink sub premium, but when I do, I drink the champagne of sub premium beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 21:27:47 | More by LagerThanLife
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I_BYE_MI_BEER

Michigan

3/5  rDev +12.4%

06-11-2013 17:50:09 | More by I_BYE_MI_BEER
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Rhen19

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +12.4%

12-01-2011 20:40:32 | More by Rhen19
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JRHope

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +12.4%

01-18-2012 23:20:41 | More by JRHope
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jhall00

Georgia

3/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Most summers, this is a go-to beer due to its drinkability.

I mean, it doesn't matter that you keep it in ice cold water, you aren't going to hurt the flavor. And, even the regular high life, is light enough to drink more than a few.

Looking for a micro brew or craft brew...don't bother with this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 00:00:04 | More by jhall00
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pascilla

Nebraska

3/5  rDev +12.4%

06-25-2013 05:09:57 | More by pascilla
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rbrownie45

Ohio

3/5  rDev +12.4%

06-21-2014 20:06:48 | More by rbrownie45
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Working4Beer

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This review is a bit on a curve, taking in account the taste vs. price aspect. As for all of the mass produced "big" beers out there, this is by far my favorite. Much better then Coors, Bud, or the other Miller products. Has an easy drinking feel which makes it quite easy to enjoy multiples in one sitting. A great beer for the "struggling artists" of the world. While wishing one was drinking a better beer, you can be satisfied know the money you spent to enjoy "a" beer was well worth it. Not the greatest look or smell, but again pound for pound an excellent beer that you can usually find in most places.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 22:39:09 | More by Working4Beer
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derbledraught

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev +12.4%

07-10-2013 01:03:10 | More by derbledraught
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Burt

Rhode Island

3/5  rDev +12.4%

11-29-2011 16:50:16 | More by Burt
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johnnyf27

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +12.4%

02-03-2014 22:20:49 | More by johnnyf27
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JackieAnton

Illinois

3/5  rDev +12.4%

09-22-2012 01:59:29 | More by JackieAnton
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DannyWils

New York

3/5  rDev +12.4%

03-30-2014 20:12:46 | More by DannyWils
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Marty91

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +12.4%

02-27-2012 23:23:01 | More by Marty91
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KerryCummins1977

Kentucky

3/5  rDev +12.4%

05-16-2013 01:24:40 | More by KerryCummins1977
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jniagar1

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +12.4%

04-24-2012 17:09:55 | More by jniagar1
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hilgart1

Illinois

3/5  rDev +12.4%

08-11-2013 04:44:57 | More by hilgart1
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3/5  rDev +12.4%

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kickapoodude

Alaska

3/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

No one here is going to like this beer, but it is the best brats beer out there...Maybe Hamms is a slightly better beer to boil your brats, but it is open for discussion. Watery and balnd, this is the working man's beer. It tastes amazing when compared to it's light counterpart.

Serving type: can

12-03-2008 22:35:44 | More by kickapoodude
Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
63 out of 100 based on 2,690 ratings.