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Miller High Life - Miller Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
63
poor

2,479 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 2479
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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jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.45/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pure white, three-finger head that fades slowly to a thin layer and leaving some lace. Light-medium carbonation and light bodied. Crystal clear pale straw color. Nose is ?? Flavor is sweet corn with faint hints of hops in background. Squeaky clean finish. Good lawn mower beer. Better than MGD. The champagne of beers, who are they kidding? $1.25 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 20:58:27 | More by jdhilt
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz clear twist-off bottle with no freshness date found.

A- Great head retention, I was quite surprised and impressed at the same time. Good clinging action and the pale yellow golden hue donned a perfect clarity.

S- Sharp cooked corn aroma, mild grain husk as well. Clean other than that.

T&M- Solid crispness in a light body. Grainy with a hay like character, mild hop bitterness and a faintness of corn in the back. Clean on the palate with a grand smoothness that make you want to take another sip.

D- Easy to drink with mild flavors and a good wash of crispness. A tasty American Lager. Went excellent with the lamb and steak tips I grilled.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2005 00:01:30 | More by Jason
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Zorro

California

2.78/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours the standard clear yellow that we always see in American macros, it is darker than Budweiser.

Smell is mild grain and a bit of hops

Tastes are mildly sweet with crackers being the main taste. No off flavors present, tastes mostly of sweetness and grain.

Mouthfeel is actually present.

It is drinkable, but really this isn't a German Hefe-Weisse!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2004 03:47:22 | More by Zorro
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Wasatch

Utah

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

A - Pours yellow in color, very little carbonation, small head, some lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of sweet malts, hops.

T - The taste is kinda sweet, but very watery.

M - Light body, not much of an aftertaste to talk about.

D - Drinkable I guess. Many moons ago I use to like this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2006 16:39:43 | More by Wasatch
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

people tend to hate on all macrobrews no matter what but I enjoy this one evry once in a while. Softer and smoother tasting than many of it's counterparts. Nice to drink ice cold on a hot day.

Pours a clear golden yellow urine-like color with a very thn fizzy white head that quickly dissapears. Aroma is of corn and fraternity house hallways. Although it looks and smells awful it is actually very easy to drink and can be refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 07:58:48 | More by corby112
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can that appeared in my cooler when visiting the in-laws. Red, white & blue 4th of July motif can.

Poured into a glass mug, formed a 1" bright white head over the clear light yellow brew. Airy head collapses slowly, with average lacing. Aroma is bready, slightly floral.

Taste starts lightly sweet, bitterness and some saccharin in the middle, clean finish. Mouthfeel is smooth yet thin, and drinkability is good if this is what you're looking for. Since you bought it, one would think you know what to expect.

Serving type: can

07-24-2012 21:15:03 | More by ppoitras
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

How long CAN it go on?

An aggro pour resulted in 1.5 finger's worth of rocky, bone-white head with low retention. Color was a pale yellow with a clarity that would be the standard-bearer for NE-quality. The nose was somewhat sweetish with an underlying graininess. Mouthfeel was thin to medium with a decent sweetness on the tongue. Finish was unobtrusive, at best. I remember as a young man, I really enjoyed this beer, but now, it was ho-hum at best. Too bad.

Serving type: can

06-09-2008 19:42:32 | More by woodychandler
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DoubleJ

California

3.03/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's not unsual to find a 32 ounce bottle of this cheaper than a liter of bottled soda pop. Comes with a soda-like twist on/off cap too. On to the beer:

The beer has good head retention, but its clear yellow body scares me a bit. A few whiffs in the nose took me down a few notches with it's rotten adjunct aroma, even when cold. The taste is either solid or awful, depending on how cold the beer is. I first tried it a little warmer than ice cold, and it didn't make my tongue happy. However, thanks to the soda-like bottle cap, I saved some for later in the fridge, and the taste was more appealing when served CUHH-OOLD. Fairly sweet taste, with a grainy finish instead of the odd-tasting stereotype we get from cheap beer when merely cool. To enjoy Miller High Life properly, follow these don'ts:

DON'T pour into a glass.
DON'T smell the beer.
DON'T serve warmer than ice cold.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2007 05:06:39 | More by DoubleJ
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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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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

2.4/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Truly lives up to Champagne of Beers!

Pours a clear straw yellow, thin white head forms, settles down quick to a thin ring around the glass, the disappears completely, no lacing. Smell is sweet and corny, honey, citrus, bit of floral, pretty average. Taste is similar, sweet corn, adjuncty, wheat like dry middle, floral and citrus sweet sugar finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. Was holding on to this gem for my #900 review, but I forgot!

Serving type: can

07-15-2007 01:22:38 | More by Viggo
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.28/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Hey what can I say, its the champagne of beers. A nice, you've been doing coke for awhile color of yellow.

Aroma is not too worthy. Adjunct city. More of that in the taste, mouthfeel, even worse aftertaste, don't really look for much tasting like any of the 4 ingredients of beer other than the water. Its got good carbonation! Drinkable, but getting the first one down if you haven't had one in awhile can be a bit of a chore.

Sometimes these are cool to drink for kitsche value. My tour of duty in Milwaukee/Marquette made drinking these kind of obligatory for awhile. There's definitely worse AAL's out there. Corn city!

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 23:10:54 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A. Can. Fizzy yellow liquid with a bit of head and no stick.

S. Very very light here, some grains and not much else.

T. Well there is very little taste here. One of the most flavorless beers I have ever experienced. Some gritty grains, faint sweetness, carbonation and water is all I could notice.

M. Light and watery. Carbonated water.

D. I was able to get this down by just focusing on the fact it was cold. Though not any where near an award winner, its far better than Miller Light.

Serving type: can

08-20-2008 11:50:47 | More by Stinkypuss
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Gusler

Arizona

2.05/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer after is release from the 12-ounce clear bottle sets in the glass a transparent gold with a modest bright white heat that is creamy in texture and after its desiccation leaves a thin sheet of lace to conceal the glass. Nose is malt, sweet and clean with the start lightly malted and somewhat sweet, top cadaverous. Finish is mild in acidity, the hops meek and mild, dry aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2004 23:45:11 | More by Gusler
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.18/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

16oz Camouflage Can that was left at my house at a party last Friday... I probably will never buy it.. sooo.. I figured WTF.

Poured into my shaped SA glass... aggressive pour.. 3/4" head... and actual lacing to my surprise.. brew is crystal clear straw.

Pale malts and corn. very clean.. no hops.

Flavor is "beer".. pale malts with a little bit of shucked corn.. a little bready.. not offensive... just everything is expected... I guess I should not be surprised.

Body and carbonation... yada yada yada.. you know it.

I would think that this is the first time I've had the Champagne of Beers in probably 10+ years.. all and all.. I am not unimpressed.. it is what it is... and it isn't bad. I have to say... I wouldn't turn one down if it was offered.

3.5/3/3/2.5/4

Serving type: can

10-22-2008 08:15:59 | More by JohnGalt1
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Brad007

Vermont

1.2/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Pours a light yellow color with some head that wears off. Aroma is very corny and sweet. Taste is somewhat bland though. Very light taste of corn adjunct. Really nothing like the label says (not really a surprise there). I'll even venture as far as to say that I prefer Miller Lite to this.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 00:53:44 | More by Brad007
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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
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beertunes

Washington

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

Well, the "High Life", we meet again. This was our everyday drinking beer in high school (back when the legal drinking age was 18) , a group of us would meet every morning before school and kill of a couple of sixers, as well as being the default brew for parties in the woods and house parties.

The beer is an average example of it's style. Clean, clear yellow with a fluffy white head that had OK retention and even a bit of lacing. A slightly sweet, but mostly neutral aroma and taste. Crisp, clean, smooth and balanced body. Good drinkability for the style. For a Cheap American Lager, this is better than some, not as good as others.

Serving type: can

07-23-2010 21:29:23 | More by beertunes
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Dogbrick

Ohio

1/5  rDev -62.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Tried some from a pitcher at the Pirate's Adventure in Orlando. Keeping my streak alive of not paying for a beer I am positive I won't like. Fizzy yellow crap, and I would rather eat belly button lint than pay for something like this. High life indeed.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2003 12:11:31 | More by Dogbrick
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kylehay2004

Florida

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 00:37:28 | More by kylehay2004
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

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

This pours from 24oz can a clear light gold with a small head of foam that dissipates to nothing almost immediately. Ok, the second pour had a bigger head of foam but it still shrank quickly but it's leaving a few island this time.

The smell is a strong whiff of corn.

The taste is a strong corn flavour and some sweet malt that is followed by some hop bitterness that stays right through the finish. Not very complex, duh, but it still tastes pretty good to me but not as good as I remember it from several years ago. There's certainly nothing offensive here and it makes for a good thirst quencher.

PS: I actually enjoyed this brew on tap in the past but it seems no one carries the draft anymore. At least, not in my area.

Serving type: can

10-04-2007 23:29:48 | More by Bitterbill
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largadeer

California

1.9/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 19:12:42 | More by largadeer
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twiggamortis420

Texas

2.42/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Leftover from weekend visitors.
Crystal clear filtered yellow color. Decent white head and some actual lacing on the glass! Foam fades slowly compared to most macros as well. Not a bad looking beer.

In a word - creamed corn smell. Sweet, slightly metallic nose to it. No hops and no yeast scent.

Champagne of beer, eh? I can see some similarities...highly carbonated, sweet and full of adjuncts...my guess is corn. Not a horrible tasting beverage, just not very beer-like. Cheap, smooth and somewhat crisp. What else would one expect? Drinkable...but barely.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2008 21:50:38 | More by twiggamortis420
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.15/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a Pilsner glass. No date.

A - Clear straw yellow. Diluded looking. Ok carbonation with a two finger white rocky head with good retention and lots of thick lacing.

S - Light malts and sweet corn with a earthy husky smell and minerals. Also on the immediate pour I got a smell of yeast that brought back nostalgic memories of riding by the Pabst brewery as a kid.

T - Watery beer flavor of light malts and straw. Not bad at all really, just watered down.

M - Sharp carbonation bite and a light body with a slick mouthfeel.

D - One of my go-to beers for an every day drinker. It's cheap (almost as cheap as The Beast but about 100x better) and good for what it's worth. No real difference between can and bottle to me.

Serving type: can

06-09-2009 19:16:07 | More by BeerFMAndy
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RoyalT

Ohio

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

Appearance – Light yellow body with a smallish head that gave me the bob.

Smell – The typical grain aroma is complimented by a tinge of sweetness here, although I can’t make it out (essence of gummi bears, no doubt).

Taste – More on the sweet side then most macros. There also may be a hint of malt in there, but it’s hard to tell.

Mouthfeel – Decent mouthfeel and smooth on the cheeks. It’s actually kind of foamy in the mouth, which is strange because I didn’t get much head on the pour. User error maybe?

Drinkability – This is the High Life’s strong suit, IMHO. The sweetness helps this one go down well.

Comments – I was ruing the day when I had to face this beer again, because I sucked these down as a kid like they were the best things in the world. Now, after educating my pallet over the years, I have some perspective on it.

It really is the champagne of beers. The foamy mouthfeel is like a cheap bottle of Korbel stirred with a straw just before drinking. It’s also light and sweet, like many types of champagne.

It’s not so bad – and it brings back some great memories. Here’s to you!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2003 01:43:32 | More by RoyalT
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bluejacket74

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a clear light gold color with an inch and a half frothy white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. It smells like sweet malt and corn. No offensive aromas at all. Taste is the same as the aroma, sweet malt and corn. Has a good clean finish. Also, there's no offensive tastes either. Mouthfeel/body is light with a little above average carbonation. Drinkability is OK, it does go down easy and it's not hard to drink. For the style, it's not bad. It wouldn't taste too bad on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 02:44:22 | More by bluejacket74
Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
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