Miller High Life - Miller Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 2,875 | Reviews: 1,022 | Display Reviews Only:
2.65/5 rDev -1.1%
Best by 8/27/12.
Pours a crystal clear yellow with a 1/2 inch foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, corn flakes, and some sugar-like aromas. Taste is of grain and sweetened corn flakes. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer but not as bad as I was expecting it to be.
06-12-2012 04:40:15 | More by UCLABrewN84
1.33/5 rDev -50.4%
A: Slightly golden with an okay white head and some carbonation.
S: Some hints of grain in addition to the smell of adjuncts.
T: Not at all good. Almost tastes like fake beer with metal in it.
M: Too much carbonation and a weird metallic vibe to it. Feels and tastes like I bit my tongue.
D: Same as the mouthfeel. Absolutely stay away from this one. As far as I'm concerned, the worst of the macros.
05-02-2009 16:25:20 | More by Thorpe429
2.3/5 rDev -14.2%
Miller High Life was the beer that my friends and I drank most often when we were pre-legal. That was a long, long time ago, but I remember it as being less offensive than many of the other macros and it was 'easy drinkin'. I have no doubt that my tastes have changed considerably, but when I saw a 24 oz. can for $1.00 in my local grocery, I just had to buy it. I'll be drinking it at my beer fridge temperature of 50 degrees. It will have to sink or swim on its own and will not benefit unfairly from numb taste buds.
Pale yellow-amber; a shade too dark to be called straw. The head is pure white, small-medium in size after an aggressive pour and actually lasts for a bit. It leaves a little lace to look at as well. The smell is not encouraging (I won't use the word 'nose' here). It's a funky, cooked grain, corn mash smell that does not portend good things for the flavor.
Amazingly, the beer tastes pretty much how I remember it from all those years ago; that doesn't mean that I like it however. The flavor profile is sweet and grainy, deflates quickly and leaves the palate relatively clean. The finish is sour and somewhat dry. The body is unquestionably sub-par, but at least it isn't what I'd call watery.
Miller High Life is not good beer, but it is considerably better than the Bud Light that I had a while back. At least it doesn't make me grimace and look for a suitable place to spit it out. As well, it would have benefitted from being consumed hyper-cold on a stiflingly hot day. Not 'The Champagne of Beers', not by a long shot, but one could do much, much worse.
03-30-2004 16:30:19 | More by BuckeyeNation
2.63/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
07-05-2005 14:48:05 | More by BEERchitect
2.9/5 rDev +8.2%
Not much you can do on the folly pier, but i had to have something right? Bought the bottle and downed it in about five minutes as i was thirsty as well. Poured out into my cup a straw color with a huge fizzy white head that quickly faded down to just some token lacing on the sides and a clear and very well carbonated body.
Aroma of light hay, straw, touches of musky bready like notes, but very light and you really had to search for it to be honest. Flavor was not as bad as I would have though and that shocked me a bit. Clean, crisp, well carbonated with a smooth, easy drinking an clean palate.
Overall no this is not a great beer, but it was 98 degrees on the pier, and it did its job. I have had far worse then this.
08-11-2010 02:32:17 | More by mikesgroove
2.78/5 rDev +3.7%
Had a couple of these to appease my friend last night.
A: High Life pours a perfectly clear, light golden color. There are plenty of tiny bubbles and a very fluffy white head. Which I always expect from the champagne of beers.
S: I usually don't expect too much when having an adjunct lager, and most of the time don't really even want to smell it. This beer has a very metallic smell along with some corn. It's not good, but it's not as bad as many.
T: Like the nose, there is a metallic character to this beer, at least initially. After that passes, there is a mix of actual grain/malt and corn. It again makes for a sensation that is not wonderful but not terrible either.
M: Probably my favorite part about High Life is the very effervescent feel of it on the tongue.
D: It's drinkable in the sense that AB advertises Bud Light to be: it's basically water. The flavors are very watered down, but that's what I expected.
10-09-2009 17:23:17 | More by womencantsail
2.7/5 rDev +0.7%
I wish there was a rating for best slogan. I think champagne of beers was meant to refer to its drink-ability or I like to think of it as referring to the beer of the white collar class making it funnier to partake in. Maybe its for the carbonation, I don't actually know but I love the slogan.
A: Golden and lucent.
S: Sweet, corn, maybe grainy
T: Smooth but dull and watered down.
M: Moderate to high carbonation. Smooth but dull and watered down. Mild body.
O: I just like drinking the champagne of beers so if I need a pitcher of something, I like to live the high-life on occasion.
06-30-2011 00:37:28 | More by kylehay2004
2.63/5 rDev -1.9%
Appearance: Pours a bright, clear yellow body with a full, sudsy white head.
Smell: Very, very faint of aroma of DMS with a touch of graininess.
Taste: Cereal sweetness with an overbearing, ever-present adjunct corn flavor. No hops to speak of. Finishes sweet and decidely watery with a slight solventy hint to it.
Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Suspiciously smooth mouthfeel.
Drinkability: While it's not one of the worst fluids that mankind has ever developed or encountered, it's still swill. Swell swill, sure, but still swill.
09-02-2007 16:48:37 | More by ChainGangGuy
2.58/5 rDev -3.7%
So I feel they should get rid of the slogan "Champagne of Beer" noe that some breweries are a tually making beers with champagne yeast in them. The High Life poured out no different than it appears in the bottle. The smell of the beer is of malts and corn, the taste gives off the same flavors. The mouthfeel is very light and isn't even that refreshing. Overall for me, its a picnic beer nothing special about it. If a bee or other bugs gets caught in the can you can just throw it away without worrying. If you knock it over it's not a big deal there's like 29 more cans in the cooler. It's a non stress beer, you don't haveto worry about anything when drinkin it.
06-24-2011 02:50:54 | More by Knapp85
2.68/5 rDev 0%
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.
03-10-2013 03:15:29 | More by TMoney2591
3/5 rDev +11.9%
Average macro lager to the Nth degree. Fizzy bright gold, white frothy lacing. Corn and husky grain aroma, some light mineral notes. Lightly sweet with minimal bitterness. Minor flavors of wet grain, honey, and butter crackers. Dry and crisp finish, but largely bland and inoffensive. Gaseous and fizzy carbonation, not something i'd really drink more than one or two of, unlesss circumstances dictated, such as a family wedding in this case.
08-27-2011 23:11:17 | More by emerge077
2.8/5 rDev +4.5%
Consumed a bunch of this in college and decided to re-visit the "Champagne of Beers"
A - Poured out a straw yellow color with a small, short lived head. Highly carbonated.
S - It smelled mostly of grains and corn.
T - Tasted of corn and a little malt.
M - It is fairly thin, but smooth. A light-bodied brew.
D - It is still a descent american macro lager. It will do the job during Championship Week on ESPN.
03-07-2007 01:28:52 | More by zeff80
1.9/5 rDev -29.1%
Appearance - Pale straw with surprisingly good head retention and tons of sticky lace. Not bad.
Smell - Cooked corn and a bit of sulfur. That's honestly about it. Pretty foul.
Taste - Mild pale malts and a distinct creamed corn-like sweetness. No hops or bitterness to be found. Fairly clean; judging by the aroma, I was expecting worse. Very light-bodied and crisp, high carbonation. Not the worst macro lager out there, but certainly not good.
02-11-2008 19:12:42 | More by largadeer
2.17/5 rDev -19%
12oz bottle, from a grocery store in Helena, MT.
This beer pours a perfectly clear pale straw colour, with two fingers of thin foamy bone-white head, which leaves some decent sedimentary rock lace around the glass as it fades away. It smells of sweet adjunct grain, some mild acetone, and a dead grass/weediness character. The taste is a mild blurry graininess, fading sweet nail polish remover, and even more elusive weedy hops. The carbonation is moderate, but just on the soft side, the body better than I had bargained for - not quite middle of the road, but pushing for it, which leads to an only timidly cloying smoothness. It finishes off-dry, thanks to the not-going-away bland grain and subtle sugary booze sidekick.
Champagne of Beers? Sure, why the hell not, in a market where Bud is the King of Beer, this only makes soul-killing sense. Since I didn't grow up and throw up with this particular icon, I have no such justification for giving this nostalgia points. A bland, albeit generally inoffensive all-American lager. There, lynch mob averted.
08-19-2011 01:25:08 | More by biboergosum
Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
63 out of 100 based on 2,875 ratings.