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Miller High Life - Miller Brewing Co.

Miller High LifeMiller High Life

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BA SCORE
63
poor

2,474 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 2474
Reviews: 995
rAvg: 2.68
pDev: 27.99%


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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-20-2000)
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plaid75

New York

3.35/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a faint grain with a light sweetness.

The taste was likewise faintly grainy with some corn and a balancing hop flower

The mouthfeel was crisp and light on the palate.

Overall a nice macro treat on draft.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2010 22:02:26 | More by plaid75
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ckimchi

California

2.83/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My first BA review in honor of college backyard parties.

Appearance:
Straw colored although darker than most American Adjunct Lagers from well known macros. Head dissipates quickly like a soda and settles into a sticky, stringy, unremarkable "head".

Smell:
Mild grain smell, sweet corn and a little straw like with a nickel tinge. Nothing outside the ordinary for this style of beer.

Taste:
Mild grain taste with corn and rice. More flavor than most macros albeit doesn't mean much for this category. I would prefer this to most other macros.

Mouthfeel:
Thin and watery.

Drinkability:
Goes down like water. Remarkable drinkability, I can pound this all night (which I do with beer pong) although I wouldn't if given a better choice.

Overall:
Typical Adjunct Lager that leaves me feeling "meh". Hot day or at a party like I had, this beer is perfect. Otherwise, skip it and go for something better.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2010 08:59:25 | More by ckimchi
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gloriousglo2

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a red 16oz Solo Plastic cup at the local Catholic church shindig. It was super-cold, so there was no vapor, so I cant comment on the smell. It had a head, it was a very basic yellow color. It didnt quite live up to its rep as the Champagne of bottled beers. But it brought back reassuring memories of early adulthood, so I'm not gonna give it a bad review. My only regret was that it was not in a quart bottle with a screw-on cap...

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2010 22:08:49 | More by gloriousglo2
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teovaldi

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with about a 2 finger white head with decent retention and slight lacing.

Smells like corn and something metallic.

Taste is of corn and bread with a slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery but the carbonation makes up for it somewhat.

As long as they are cold these go down easy, something light and cheap with a bit of taste.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2010 09:11:12 | More by teovaldi
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erz316

Indiana

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

the tap version of this was by and far the best of all of the mediums of drinking. there was a slight hint of what might be called hops, and the head seemed to be a bit better off. other than that the whole thing was still generic and a poor choice for a beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2010 18:23:24 | More by erz316
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njmoons

New Jersey

2.55/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Miller is like the other big breweries flagship beers. Bland, plain, not much in the beer. Great advertising, but you can't drink advertising.

Pours a clear light gold, about 1 finger of foam which has some staying power.

Smell, bland some corn some hops but only if I really try to find them.

Taste - bland boring, nothing much here, something of an unpleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - very thin

Drinkability - if your going out to have a few, you can drink these without getting in too much trouble.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2009 13:06:09 | More by njmoons
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rfgetz

New Jersey

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

Used to have a few here or there as a kid when it was on special for $1... this beer usually meant the night was not gonna go to well for my stomach. Kicked it old school at a beer pong tournament and this was the beer of choice (not mine, someone elses)...

Bright golden yellow in color, almost artificial looking hues. Huge plume of frothy head, leaves quickly with no trace. Smell is of light grass, stale water and bland corn. Taste is a relatively ineffensive light grass and corn flavor with just a hint of the before mentioned stale water. Somewhat bitter bite at the end. The body is light, ampley carbonated and very dry finnish. Drinkability is low because it always seems to do something to my stomach that i wont review here.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2009 14:33:53 | More by rfgetz
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Mistofminn

Minnesota

2.85/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bar hopping in downtown Stillwater on a Wednesday night. Brine's has $1 High Life's. I've had this way too many times before and finally got around to reviewing it.

Served in a standard unmarked pint glass, has the typical watery clear golden macro color. Lively carbonation and served with a small white head, that shrank to a small ring and eventually disappeared altogether.

The nose is distinctly grains and corn, possibly some other adjuncts. It's strange how as your palate develops you can pick up on things in even the cheapest of beers.

The taste, albeit very watery, isn't all that bad. For a Miller Brewing Co. macro, it's not the worst beer they have made. Crisp and clean, with very little taste.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp from the lively carbonation. Drinkability isn't very high, surprisingly, considering the lack of taste.

For $1, you could do a lot worse. I'm not complaining. As far as macros go, this is near the top.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2009 03:33:54 | More by Mistofminn
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y2jrock60

Pennsylvania

2.7/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Very pale and clear, highly carbonated, high light head that dissipates quickly

S- Smells like most macros, no hop aroma, just the smell of rice

T- Very light and watery, no bitterness whatsoever

M- Light-bodied, highly carbonated

D- Highly drinkable, perfect for a few rounds of beer pong

The only thing this beer has going for it is its price, $12 for a 24 case.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2009 03:07:23 | More by y2jrock60
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cnally

Indiana

3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Nick's in Bloomington.

Bright yellow color in the beer with a slight amount of white head (not bad from a pitcher).

The adjuncts are the first aroma you get, with a hint of sweetness.

The flavor is a grainy but sweet one. Corn and wheat dominate the pallate. A slight, very slight bitterness can be detected in the back end of the flavor, but not overwhelming.

Crisp, filling feel with a good amount of carbonation.

You could do better. You could do worse. All in all, it is a beer that goes down easy and is not over filling but delivers enough flavor to make it substantially better than your average macro lager.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2009 13:56:47 | More by cnally
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PDXHops

South Carolina

2.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap in a shaker pint.

Surprisingly nice looking beer. Impressive structure, retention and lacing from the bright white head. Pale yellow (some would say 'piss yellow') body has perfect clarity.

Smells like, well, not a lot, which I guess is the point. Some corn, some very light grain and nothing else.

Tastes very sweet, like creamed corn. Slight bit of lemon bitterness, no hops really. Best consumed quickly while it's still ice cold.

Creamy mouthfeel would be pleasant if there were some more carbonation. Instead, it's just too much corny sweetness.

Not the first beer I'd reach for in the macro section of the beer aisle.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2009 21:51:21 | More by PDXHops
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cford1

Michigan

2.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: From a keg in my house, into large glass mug.

Appearance: Very pale looking, darker than something like Natural Light though. There is moderate head with a little staying power.

Smell: Smells a lot like corn to me. Especially when it is served at a warmer temperature.

Taste: Rather thin body, although more than cheaper beers. Taste a lot like it smells with a moderate corn/barley flavor.

Overall: Its certainly better than Nati Light. But certainly not something I would drink given a larger budget. Great for college, not for much else...

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2009 22:02:58 | More by cford1
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joshwlt

Florida

2.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This stuff is bubbly, straw yellow, with a white head that doesn't last (Who'da thought for an american macro?). I guess the only reason why I decided to review this was because I had a couple because they were cheap tonight and I was grossed out by how metallic it tasted. Had it on tap for a dollar per 10 oz. Very metallic certainly more hops than your average american macro (noble hops I think)... but overly metallic. Not suggested, unless you're on a mission to not be sober and have few means to reach such a goal. On one good note however I did see this in my grandfather's fridge when I was a kid and I have a lot of respect for him so the lady on the moon is at least a reminder of him.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2008 07:09:30 | More by joshwlt
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soupyman10

District of Columbia

2.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can't believe we actually found High Life on tap. What's wrong with this city? Looks like piss with a nice head, although it dissolves down to nothing with the quickness. Nose is weak, but the flavor's an unobjectionable sweet malty grain and maybe corn. Feel isn't terrible, and I could drink about 50 of these (and do, every time). Really quite bad, but whatever, not as terrible as most of them, and kind of accepting of its terribleness.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2008 02:44:08 | More by soupyman10
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.13/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The champagne of beers! Really!

A bright, translucent, yellow colored body with a nice white head. Fantastic head retention, this stuff sticks around in white clumps and mountains forever, and then leaves a ton of thick sticky lacing on the glass. Actually one of the better looking beers I've ever encountered. Certainly the best American Macro I've found.

Not sure if this has much of an aroma. Metallic and corn come to mind.

Taste is definitely corn(rice)-like. The metallic flavor hangs around in the background. Some actual malts come through. I can taste a little earthy hops in there too. Better than a bud light or coors I must say.

Very light mouthfeel, highly carbonated. Rather crisp.

High drinkability on this one because you can throw them back without being completely disgusted. Also cheap as hell. For the most part, it sucks less than other macros.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2008 16:17:30 | More by Hojaminbag
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pharmer

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served on-tap on in a classic pint glass. Had a decent head and surprisingly maintained its head(at least to some extent) throughout the course of consumption. Lacing is evident. The beer is a bright yellow and completely clear.

S- Smells of corn and not much else

T- Some mild hop bitterness-corn adjunct as well

M- Light bodied and highly carbonated beer. Quite pleasing in the mouth however.

D- I have always enjoyed drinking this beer, and would consider it to be a good choice if looking for an economical beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2008 20:04:02 | More by pharmer
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: draft on tour on site at Miller in Milwaukee

A: straw gold, clear, watery, persistent head of tight white bubbles

S: husky, grainy, and a bit metallic. Little to no hop aroma.

T: grainy, husky, unpleasant astringency or tartness, light apple note, no hop.

M: watery, even for the style

D: builds to a harsh finish--don't even want to finish it. I have a hard time believing that this was marketed as a high end beer back in the 60s.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2007 17:07:15 | More by FightingEntropy
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morayeel

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a favorit summer beer. When its hot out side and your gutting the grass there is nothing like a nice cold high life to quench your thirst.

Nice yellow color

No After taste

Drinkability Great

This is a beer that is best for Sunday football games

GO REDSKINS!!!

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2007 00:41:52 | More by morayeel
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Best beer on-tap at the bowling alley.

I guess it's good for the style. The flavor is a crisp mix of pale malts and corn adjunct. No hops really, just a clean beer without any nasty off-flavors. One of the better macros, if that counts for anything. Just stick to PBR if you're going cheap.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2007 05:51:58 | More by tempest
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murrayswine

Arizona

3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Champagne of beers my spit...
Pored like you think, pale and lightly fizzy.
smelled like, well, it didnt smell like mush at all, actually. Like wet hops left over a real hopping.
Taste is limp, but slightly hoppy.
I will give it good mouthfeel and damn high drink ability.
It is the king of Miller, which doesnt say much.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2006 06:30:14 | More by murrayswine
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edskirk3

Pennsylvania

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

This is what I drink most of the time at my local bar on the weeks that I don't get paid, or if they're out of Yuengling. Most recently two nights ago:

It's pale gold. Thin patchy head.

Everyone knows what it smells like. Kind of bland. There's a little bit of sweetness though. Probably from corn.

The taste is similar. It's not too carbonated, not bitter, not malty. Not offensive in any way. It's light enough without being a "Lite" beer.

I've lived the High Life many times. It's not terrible but it's not that great. It must be ice cold. It's a little more flavorful than Miller Lite, which is why I choose it often.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2006 22:06:32 | More by edskirk3
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TPSReports

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh from the tap in Milwaukee. Quite a different experience than I am used to from the bottle at home. This beer was ordered by the pitcher and poured into cheap bar glasses -- accompanied with wings.

Clear, golden color. Slight head. Great mouth-feel. None of the metallic aftertaste that hinders the bottle experience.

Will order again, in quantity, when in Wisconsin.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2005 03:38:24 | More by TPSReports
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sweetwaterman

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Miller High Life. The Champagne of Beers. Sure, whatever you say. What MHL is, in my opinion, one of the best macrobrewed beers that you can get. Rocky Mountain Pizza has this stuff at $5 dollar pitchers.

Clear straw color with a persistant thin lacing, this beer doesn't have a strong odor or flavor, but it is incredibely refreshing. I've had this with burgers and watching basketball games and it goes great with both. You could eat this with spicy foods such as chips and salsa without a tremendous clash of flavors. High Life is also very drinkable with absolutly no aftertaste. A great beer to have when watching the game.

And did I mention that its cheap?

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2005 06:02:45 | More by sweetwaterman
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beerguy04

Illinois

1.98/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

a-pale yellow with a white head
s-smells of corn, malt, and hops
t-weak hop and corn taste. tasted more watery than anything
m and d-mouthfeel felt very watered down but the drinkability was averege because of that

I'm not to impressed with it very little flavor at all. One i'd say avoid.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2004 04:07:50 | More by beerguy04
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cptnjck101

Virginia

3.03/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I don't know what it is about Virginia, but High Life is the unofficial brew of our titty bars. Unless you want to drop $3.50 for a longneck of Bud/Bud Light, it's pitchers of High Life for you and the guys. It tastes like a pretty standard Macro out of a tap, although it does have a little more personality than the Buds and Coors of the world. It's cheap and it gets the job done, no more no less. And when your shoving dollars down Bambi's g-string, I can't think of a beer I'de rather have by my side than the High Life.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2004 07:47:38 | More by cptnjck101
Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
63 out of 100 based on 2,474 ratings.