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Miller High Life - Miller Brewing Co.

Miller High LifeMiller High Life

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2,475 Ratings

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Ratings: 2475
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-20-2000)
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Photo of MarkSmith86


3.69/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Typical American adjunct lager smell if that is what your type of beer, very soapy head on it. The mouthfeel is prickly with carbonation but very smooth. Its actually not the corn/veggie aftertaste that miller usually puts out. Im actually surprised. For what it is, A.A.L i could get youst to buying this and drinking it on a daily basis. Plus the price is about 17.99 USD for a 30 pack.

Serving type: can

02-03-2014 05:27:35 | More by MarkSmith86
Photo of iman99


2.49/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

This stuff tastes better in the bottle as do most beer or poured into a glass for best taste.

fact is that you mostly get the 32 oz in the can at most places and for some reason i get this crap every now and then and lets just say it is not total crap because its not so bad but the truth is

it has this weird taste to it and you don't really get much of a kick from it would rather spend the same money on some steel reserve if it is around in the local area.

its just that you got to get one you can depending on where you are at

if you are gonna buy this stuff may as well get some steel reserve, or hurricane or whatever, but whatever you do please do not buy that earthquake crap that is disgusting even for heavy drinkers for real no joke

Serving type: can

01-16-2014 22:38:25 | More by iman99
Photo of krykel


3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

My first review! (that's why I picked an easy one)

Drank straight out of the can.

A- It's got that golden color.

S - It has that "Mass Produced" smell that you get with adjuncts. It's not overly horrible, but not something I would go out of my way for.

T- Hits you at first with a little bite, but goes away quickly the more I drink it.

M- Very thin, almost like water. Carbonation hits pretty hard as well.

O- This is my go to 'cheap' beer. Overall it's not THAT bad of a product. It does exactly what I want it to at the right price. It gets easier to drink after one or two, but there's a good reason for that. If I'm having several different beers or going out, I have to remember to use a palate cleanser after this one, as it diminishes the taste of everything after it.

Serving type: can

12-29-2013 19:50:53 | More by krykel
Photo of BradMacMullin


3.54/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

I can't believe I never rated this. Alright, this is the low brow class of beers, but I tend to make this my 'go-to' water beer. However I do enjoy the maltiness and carbonation of this beer. There is a consistency for this beer that makes me think it is very good value for the money. Now am I a sucker for the marketing and schtick of the 'champagne' ads? Oh hell yeah. I like it a lot, but also think this is a good beer, that shouldn't be the ugly sister of their Bud Lite and Coors Lite competition.

Serving type: can

09-23-2013 01:33:40 | More by BradMacMullin
Photo of Derranged

New York

2.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a six pack of the "Harley Davidson" edition of tallboys for $4.99 at Super Stop n Shop. Bottom of the can reads "Oct1413" which indicates the best buy date. Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass. Consumed on 8/11/13. I never actually had this until last month at a party right out of the bottle and I liked it a bit, so I decided to buy some.

A- Pours a nice pale golden color with a thick white head, lots of lacing on the glass.

S- Interesting floral, hoppy smell mixed in with corn.

T- Bready, sweet corn, grains, faint malt, mild hops and some bitterness. Slight metallic twang sneaks in a bit. Relatively bland overall though.

M- Very carbonated, smooth and thin .

O- Not a bad beer for what it is. I'll be drinking this time and time again as a "filler" beer I guess.

Serving type: can

08-12-2013 02:21:46 | More by Derranged
Photo of JohnSnowNW


4.33/5  rDev +61.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It's a good example of an AAL. Not perfect, but a good example of the style. I use, and typically use, AALs when boiling brats or insertion into the business end of a whole chicken (for grilling).

A: Golden.
S: Corn
T: Corn.
M: Light and effervescent, with slight astringency in finish.

Serving type: can

07-31-2013 18:14:43 | More by JohnSnowNW
Photo of DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

355 ml can served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pale golden straw color. Close to two fingers of foamy white head was poured and had unexpectedly good retention time leaving at least a half finger of head around for a few minutes. A few bubbles rise to the top and the beer is crystal clear.

Smell - Slightly metallic, some cereal grains and general "beer" aroma. Nothing great here, but nothing off putting either.

Taste - Some adjunct sweetness, corn-like. Otherwise not a whole lot else, with a touch of underlying hops finish. Not great overall, but for the style, definitely one of the better ones.

Mouthfeel - That underlying hops finish mentioned in the taste, coalesces into a slightly dry finish. Otherwise body is medium, carbonation is medium-high (despite appearance).

Overall - On it's own, not a great beer, but as for mass produced adjuncts, this one is actually quite enjoyable and would quaff without hesitation if nothing better was offered.

Serving type: can

07-13-2013 14:22:28 | More by DenisKolkin
Photo of BeerZack

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hint of corn and almost some malt on the slightly sweet, yet subtle nose. The flavor is pretty much the same – slightly sweet hint of malt, maybe a bit of corn and little generic sugary flavor. The carbonation comes to wash away the flavor almost as soon as I can start to taste it. There is a bit of a metallic (not quite hoppy) aftertaste, but it's not harsh.

I think overall this is definitely a serviceable brew for the category. I don't think it's as “clean” (or perhaps 'flavorless') as Bud though, it has more character. The lingering corn and metallic flavor almost simulate real beer flavors, almost.

Serving type: can

07-12-2013 08:35:22 | More by BeerZack
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

2.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with heavy amounts of active visible carbonation and some golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy bright white head that slowly reduces to a pillowy thick film covering the suface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of slightly sweet grainy adjunct malts with some very light hints of musty corn.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of grainy adjunct malts with a lighter note of corn. Slightly sweeter than the other AAL that I have reviewed (not sure about all since I drank some I barely remember during college). Minimal hints of bitterness in the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. The carbonation is rather effervescent and it is very crisp.

O: I love the fact that I found this one in a 32 oz. can... Actually this is not as offensive as some of the other BMC offerings as it actually has some flavor and is drinkable. Best served ice cold and it is a great outdoor grilling beer (when you are the guy manning the grill) on a hot summer afternoon.

Serving type: can

07-07-2013 01:19:53 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of Auraan


2.56/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a clear yellow with a thin, foamy head. It looks like a bad AAL. Scents of lager yeast and maize, mostly maize. Maybe a bit of malt in there, but I couldn't really make it out. This carried over into the taste. Some yeast, a lot of maize, a hint of bready malt, but not much, a hint of hops and a hit of alcohol on the finish. Why is that in a lager? Even in an AAL? It's standard, but that alcohol hit is an unwelcome change from the overall mediocrity of the rest of the taste. Mouthfeel was light bodied, with high carbonation. Standard for the style, the same as any other. Overall it's a standard AAL, held back from mediocrity and thrust into somewhat bad territory by a weird alcohol presence and a low hop character. It's not worth going back to for sure.

Serving type: can

07-04-2013 06:38:27 | More by Auraan
Photo of Callum

New Mexico

2.86/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12oz can into 1liter stein

A- golden color almost hay/straw colored. Heavy foam almost milky in some way?

S- when really cold almost no smell, kinda veggy smell, corn etc. when the beer warms almost overpowering corn smell.

T- very light on the palate, not too much of flavor maybe a little metallic, cooked corn kinda taste, refreshing.

M- kinda milky thickness, overall enjoyable on a dry hot day here in New Mexico, when the beer warms all of the veg taste comes with a vengeance.

I just turned 21 about 2 months ago and have been experimenting with a ton of beers to find my own, this one for some reason is my go too budget beer. Good on a dry hot day and great with pizza. Haha not too bad but far from the best. Good if you are on a budget and want a quantity. 17.97 for a 30.

Serving type: can

06-24-2013 02:00:30 | More by Callum
Photo of gtp537


2.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A guilty pleasure when craft is not present. It drinks a bit syrupy, but that is part of its charm. As it warms, it is still enjoyable. Great for baseball games, and anytime you are looking for a "cheap" beer but don't care about the calorie count.

Serving type: can

05-29-2013 01:27:13 | More by gtp537
Photo of cnbrown313


3.11/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Purchased a 30 pack for $12.99 in the city, so that's about as cheap as it comes

It's always good to come back to the adjuncts every once in a while, between seeking out higher quality craft beers. I also enjoy a cold one on a hot day every now and then too. That being said, it is what it is...

A - Pours light golden brown with a generous amount of head and carbonation

S - Not much smell at all, maybe a little bit of a bready / biscuit smell.

T - Typical adjunct lager, with a little bit of a grainy / corn taste. Pretty smooth and drinkable. I think I can actually pick up some faint hops too. Most importantly, it doesn't taste "skunky" like adjuncts can from time to time.

M - Pretty thin and typical. Refreshing though

O - For the price point, this is my pick all the time

Serving type: can

05-16-2013 14:41:34 | More by cnbrown313
Photo of mjurney


3.3/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pale gold color, crystal clear. Lots of carbonation rising up. Small frothy head.

Sweetness, grainy, corn.

Grainy, hay, slight toasted malts, some corn. Bitterness is minimal. Super dry finish. Body is thin and watery, crisp, fizzy, dry.

Not bad. Just a typical Adjunct Lager.

Serving type: can

05-13-2013 02:10:42 | More by mjurney
Photo of archyquaffer


3.16/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Well, it was a warm day finally, so it seemed like a good time to take a break from the heavier brews and quaff down some of my favorite Miller products. I started with a tall boy of Mickey's, and am finishing the evening with a 32 ounce can of High Life.

Poured into an 8 ounce sampler while the remainder of the can stays cool in the fridge. A steady pour produces 1/2 inch of froth which lines the glass and sticks around until you wash it away. I smell grain, corn mash, and a kiss of hops. The taste is very smooth and clean- almost too smooth, as there is little aftertaste to speak of. Nevertheless, I detect a gentle warming of alcohol (or is that the Mickey's?) and the burps, though few, bring about nice grain and hop aromas....As the beer warms, corn flavors become more noticeable, but that's not all bad, as I think the corn is pretty much essential for this style of brew. Corn is good. Corn makes good whiskey. Embrace the corn.

Miller High Life is one of my favorite AALs, and is a regular go-to when hot weather appears.

Serving type: can

05-07-2013 05:00:34 | More by archyquaffer
Photo of CharlyNovember

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +50.4%
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
Photo of sommersb


2.85/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Tasted On: 04-06-2013
Freshness: Best by 04-08-2013
Packaging: 16 oz. can
Glassware: Shaker pint
Purchased: 4-pack from Kroger

A: Light golden color, with lots of bubbles streaming from the bottom. Head is nicely sized at 3+ fingers and sticks around well; lacing is fair.

S: Lightly sweet malt and corn aromas, plus some faint noble hop smells.

T: Taste is of semi-sweet grains but is light on flavor. No real hop presence or bitterness.

M: Crisp feel and very highly carbonated with a light body. The finish is grainy sweet.

O: For a macro lager and lawnmower beer I guess it's OK, but the flavor and other characteristics make this lackluster.

Serving type: can

04-06-2013 23:55:14 | More by sommersb
Photo of TMoney2591


2.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Gotta give my thoughts on one of my father's favorite beers. It pours a clear pale straw topped by over a finger of white froth. The nose comprises wispy lemon peel, lightly-funky wheat, wild rice, and hard water. The taste goes straight for hard water diluted with musty grain and the lightest bit of brown grass possible. The body is pretty light, with a moderate carbonation, a watery feel, and a crisp finish. Overall, a decidedly meek little beer, one that makes me wonder why straight tap water wouldn't be a better (and more thirst-quenching) option.

Serving type: can

03-10-2013 03:15:29 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of Mavigo


1.59/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Poured this in a mug.

A: Poured a clear light yellow color with a short white head with medium amounts of lacing.

S: Smells like grain, corn, grass

T: Like I was expecting, not so good, tastes of corn, grains, and some weird mystery flavor in the backdrop

M: Watery consistency, medium carbonation, easy to chug, you just have to get passed the strange flavors

O: Should be called low life or no life, a cheap beer such as this is a depressing and ironic interpretation of the " high life", why get the hopes up of the people that have to drink cheap beer. Wouldn't have this again

Serving type: can

03-09-2013 22:21:41 | More by Mavigo
Photo of Jsteez


2.1/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a 32 oz. can into a dimpled beer mug. This is the 8th beer in my hunt to find America's great adjunct lager.

A-Yellow, straw, and hints of gold. It pours a thin white bubbly and sudsy head that leaves some sticky lace, believe it or not.

S-Corn, malt, rice, a slight grainy smell.

T-sweet corn and a grainy taste. There are hints of malt in the aftertaste, perhaps even a metallic taste, mixed with some soda cracker crunch, too. It's not bad and not good.

M-Wet with a moderate body. It is a great thirst quencher when it's hot outside. Crisp and refreshing. I can drink a bunch and feel fine.

Overall, my great American adjunct lager hunt is almost finished. I have a couple more on my radar. This one rates up there with Bud and PBR. This brew is not great, it's just an adjunct. I can't say anything more about it.

Serving type: can

03-09-2013 02:24:21 | More by Jsteez
Photo of RyanLaCount03


3.83/5  rDev +42.9%
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.

Serving type: can

02-21-2013 04:02:50 | More by RyanLaCount03
Photo of EdgeT

2.59/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Lets all be honest here, there is nothing special about this beer. This is as average as a beer gets. This beer isnt great/ideal but its not a bad beer either. The flavor of this beer is very simple as well, nothing that makes it stand out with any particular flavor in my mind. The can can use work as well as it could be more attractive.

Serving type: can

02-20-2013 03:51:17 | More by EdgeT
Photo of MickeyBeer


2.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

24 oz can poured into a pilsener glass

A- Pours a light gold, very clear with a lot of active carbonation. About one and half fingers worth of head that dissipates quickly. Surprisingly, it left some lacing on the glass.

S- Not much going on here. A little bit of a malty, bread, and faint hint of alcohol smell.

T- Light malt flavor. No real complex flavors here but it is smooth.

M- Really enjoyable mouthfeel. It truly does have a champagne mouthfeel to it and this make the beer very enjoyable for me. It has a very smooth, crisp finish.

O- Not a beer with much depth, but for a lighter cheaper beer, I think it is very tasty. I will continue buying because it is cheap and widely available.

Serving type: can

01-25-2013 01:27:54 | More by MickeyBeer
Photo of weskerwannabe

4.51/5  rDev +68.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It tastes in my opinion exactly like a Miller golden yellow beer should, but It's the carbonation that I just Love. Makes it feel so alive! I've never been a smooth beer drinker so Miller High Life is the perfect match for this guy :-) Cheers to livin' the high life

Serving type: can

01-16-2013 23:17:06 | More by weskerwannabe
Photo of Fatehunter


2.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

One quart beer can poured into a Paulaner liter stein. Lots of foamy head, about a five fingers worth. Maybe the pour was too quick. Golden colored body with only a few bubbles going up. It looked pretty good with all the beer and a think head of foam.
Smell is metallic and white rice. Not great.
Taste is water with white sugar. Not a trace of bitterness to be found.
Kind of fizzy, though only moderate carbonation. Light and sticky body.
It's not the worse, but you can to much better.

Serving type: can

11-16-2012 01:06:32 | More by Fatehunter
Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
63 out of 100 based on 2,475 ratings.