Miller High Life | Miller Brewing Co.

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Miller Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-20-2000

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Photo of Ricochet
2.5/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I just saw some of the BA reviews and thought I needed to try High Life again. I haven't had it in 2 years, so I purchased a 24oz can and poured it in a pint glass and hoped to taste it in a different light other than "cheap chugging get drunk like Busch beer"

I have never preferred Miller HL to Busch, so that will tell you something about this review. At first, this beer spoke to me. "I'm the champagne or beers! You will respect me!" Sorry Miller. Not very good.

While taste and appearance were like any beer the flavor just said "Why are you drinking this? I know I'm cheap and all, but isn't there any better?" Almost tasted a slight bit skunky with very heavy corn flavors overtaking any other. Just a step below Busch in the drinkability category. I would always take this if it was cheaper than Busch, but I prefer the rice adjunct rather than the corn adjunct flavor.

Now that I'm in a place that has Genesee Red again and I've re-discovered how good a cold Pabst or how good a Ballantine could be...this cheap beer is off my list.

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Photo of Rio
1.8/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pale golden in color, with a decent head that doesn't hang around long. Smell of corn and grain, along with a hint of a metallic aroma. Metalic taste to it, as well. I was hoping this was from the fact that it was in a can, but I've seen the same taste noted on reviews from bottles. Corn appears in the taste, too, and a strong hop presence, without much flavor to really back it up. Crisp and fairly clean in the mouth, though. Not a horrible brew, but not on my list for frequent purchasing.

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Photo of FranklinPCombs
2.78/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sure this ranks among the macros, but for my money, I cant say that it gets much better than the High Life. Its perfect for so many things, both because it actually has taste to it, and because it doesnt hijack your offshore bank account. Pours a light golden with a decent head which actually retains a layer of foam throughout the drink. THe smell is a mild sweet malt smell, with no hops really. The taste is light on the front, but the aftertaste is pleasantly wheaty and malty. The mouthfeel is a bit watery, but I cant say I mind that too much. This beer is the ultimate versitility. You can sip it and feel sophistocated one minute, and take it to the garage and have a nice round of cups the next minue, and not think twice about it.

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Photo of jayb
2.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence in the bottle is not bad to look at, although the clear glass probably isn't the best choice for a beer. However, it is nice to be able to see the color in my opinion. Pours a watery yellow. Fizzy soda pop like head that comes and goes in an instant. Has a slightly skunky smell to it, but not terrible. Taste was grainy and a little tangy, but i did enjoy it. A watery beer but a decent one that's easy to drink. Drinkability, availability, and price really do it for this one

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Photo of FormatKid
2/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tall pilsner glass. Typical clear straw-yellow shade. Tons of tiny bubbles stream to the surface to create a respectable soapy white head. The head has a little perseverance but not a lot. I guess it does sort of look like champagne, but I know from experience that is where all similarities end.

Smell is dry and tart, yet sweet, mushy and corny at the same time. The smells of corn assault my nostrils almost as soon as I open it.

Taste corresponds with the aroma, although maybe a tiny bit less corny. The tiniest bit of astringency is evident in the front, which washes into a mushy corn flavor. It finishes out dry and tart with a tiny tinge of a flat hop bitterness. Surprisingly it seems like I almost pick up on a hint of wheat flavor.

A serviceable macro lager that had its place in my fridge a fair share in the past, not bad for a filler I guess. At least they use mutant radioactively treated hops or whatever so it doesn’t skunk in the clear bottle.

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Photo of necoadam
3.08/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was a little surpised by this beer. Wasn't all too bad I have to admit. Poured out a pale yellow with a somewhat decent head on it. Smell was a little too clean, just some grainy aromas in there, not much to talk about. Taste was somewhat respectable though. A little bit of hops show up along with some sweetness and bitterness, but there's just a little too much sweetness to my liking. Considering it's made by one of the big three, and that there's some actual beer elements (hopefully) in there, it's somewhat average compared to other beers. Having a BBQ soon and don't have that much cash? This is the way to go then.

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Photo of nomad
2.98/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I can tell my father I'm taking care of the beer for family gatherings, but his kind but cheap ass has to drag this stuff around. Ah, well, "The Champagne of Beers", pouring from that golden can with the cute cowgirl hanging on the front. Its a typical golden color with lots of fizzy fizz, altogether unimpressive, but often better than Bud-water. I like it better in the bottles.

For smell and flavor its all about the sweet and easy grains - I guess there's some malt in there, but I'd put money on rice and corn being the majority of the grist. Remarkably chewy for an industrial lager and typically not as skunked or with twisted-ass hops destroying a nice watery-beer experience.

For what it is, it is the best of the macro lagers. Though its quite disrespectful to more artisanal beers, the "Champagne" is motto is right, if not funny, relatively speaking. Not just because of my Old Man, this is quite the Old Man beer - and it actually is good beer, too.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
2.53/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Miller High Life is definently better than I remember most of the other Miller brands being (It beats Miller Lite any day). Still, High Life is only a slightly better than average micro. It is the type of beer than is sweet for its price range and good in a cold mug on a hot day, but its not a beer I'll be clamoring for again. I would recommend this beer for friends as a means of taking baby steps away from Coors and Miller Lite or as a cheap session beer.

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Photo of canoehornpoint
2.41/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale straw color with minimal head and a fair amount of carbonation. Aroma is sort of sour corn grist. It pretty much tastes the same. It has a roasted corn flavor that finishes sour. MGD is a bit better. Seems like there is a bit less corn and not as sour and gristy.

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Photo of beertaster13
2.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Still pours the standard light yellow with minimul head, suprisingly the smell a little more funky out of the bottle, smell hints of earth tones with a strong smell of grain and grilled corn. Taste is a bit bitter, hops and a strong sour grain taste. Cool and refreshing but suprisingly didn't like as much as canned.

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Photo of putnam
4.13/5  rDev +47%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Apparently it makes a difference if you buy this in a bottle or can. The bottled version is miles better.
This is classic, cereal-flavored, fruity American lager. I have been blindsided by this slum bar staple several times now. There is a rich, cornbread-like, caky texture that is delivered atop abundant froth. Dry, mealy... reminds me of proper tamales from Michoacan - slightly charred, floral, succulent and starchy. Drinking this beer is like falling onto the bosom of the (industrial) land.
Great foreign beer.

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Photo of BadBadger
3.04/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This lager is not bad for what it inexpensive beer. This beer tastes better out of a cold long-necked bottle after mowing the lawn, rather than when poured into a pint glass to be savoured. The beer is light-clear-golden. When poured there is a moderate head for a short period. The smell is odd-is that corn? Taste is not at all remarkable, other than some what corny. This lager is ok for a cheap refreshment straight out of the bottle when working in the yard. But is not something I would buy to sit back and enjoy. I recommend par-boiling ribs in this stuff.

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Photo of ngandhi
3.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grainy and phenolic notes that are, believe it or not, reminiscent of some Belgian tripels. Though clean and filtered down to nothing, the nose is enticing with yeast -- a true riddle since it has none left in it and the original yeast should be a bland lager strain. This has a lot of character -- not just for macro lagers, but for beer in general.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of GreenWBush
2.97/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This beer comes out of the can with an incredibly impressive head for a macro. Its white fluffyness leaves a very impressive lacing on the pint glass. Other aspects of its physical presence aren't so pretty: its perfectly sterlized Union-made color doesn't scream "drink me".

The nose is all sweet grains, as is the taste. I was suprised by the semi-cloying sweetness and was at once reminded of a cream stout (?). There is a little bit of a fruitiness to the nose but its drowned out by adjuncty grains.

The mouthfeel was super watery but all in all a quite drinkable "shit" beer. I would never go so far as to buy any of this, but if people are offering them ice cold and its hot outside i'll partake.

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Photo of cptnjck101
3/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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3.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've drank too many of this beer to have not reviewed it. So here first, and perhaps last, macro lager review.

Pours a golden color, with plenty of white, foamy, fizzy head.
The beer tastes of corn and some malt, followed by a sweetness which may be inherent, or may be a device of Miller. I don't know. But there is a subtle sweetness which really is the contributing factor to its drinkability.
When I mow the lawn, you can usually spot a bottle of this sitting in the shade waiting for me to take a break. Also goes great with pizza, chips, and football games, or a pallete cleanser between craft beers of your liking.
Far from being a crafted beer, but served cold, it is a very refreshing beverage for me. A real thirst quencher.

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Photo of DPMomutant
2.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A light golden yellow as per most American "macro" lagers but not as light as most. I was a bit aggressive but there's a decent, clinging head to this. Looks pretty good.

The smell is neither impressive nor objectionable. Some malt and corn are what I catch most. Take out the corn and it would probably be great.

There isn't much taste to this beer. Some dryness at the end but not much else. Probably a sign my tastes have developed some because I used to think this had more taste. I can't say it's bad, but I was expecting something.

The mouthfeel is watery as most would expect. Some carbonation with it. The dryness is not something I usually prefer, though.

This beer is still drinkable, but not one I'd seek out for a cheap session anymore as I recently found PBR to be better. It is one of the cheaper, decent macros that I can easily find in a bottle (albeit a clear one) though.

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Photo of Southernbrew
3.15/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Piss yellow, decent head.

Some corn and grains, not much to the aroma.

Medium body, kind of smooth. Some sweetness and corn like flavors. Very clean though, nice and crisp. No real aftertaste.

"The champagne of beers" I guess by champagne, they mean Freixenet. This is my favorite dirt cheap American lager. $4.50 for 6, can't beat that.

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Photo of granger10
3.36/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this beer yet. This is my cheap shit beer to drink when I either have NO money or don't feel like thinking when I'm drinking (if that makes sense). Pours a golden color with a medium sized white head, bubbles racing to the top. The flavor is slightly bready and really grainy. Definitely some adjuncts here but thats ok. Cheap ingredients but this is actually quite smooth and crisp. Not too sweet either, slight bitterness even. Plus it is so cheap. Live the high life.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.26/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of Foxman
2.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It pours a pale straw yellow, crisp looking and crystal clear. A bright white head evolves quickly to a couple fingers, then settles out promptly. There's a little bonus lacing as it drains.

The aroma is weak and thin, so vague that it's difficult to nail any one element down. The best I can do is call it vegetal, and pretty much standard macro fare smell-wise.

The flavor stands out a bit more, with a sweet grainy character bearing a veritable note of corn. There is a light grassiness along with a blunt metallic tang, likely the effects of whatever hops are here. The finish is a mellow dry bitterness. Overall, it's not world-class, but it's not unpleasant either.

Very light bodied, it has just enough consistency to carry the flavor in, then let it drain away.

So it won't help you, and it won't hurt you. And for a macro, that's not a bad deal. I'm not going to justify the average taste or the non-existent specific smell, but I'll tell you that this beer is drinkable because it's not heavy, it's crisp and refreshing, and goes down smooth. With nothing to overtly offend, I'm not at all upset that this is all my neighbor had in his fridge. Of course, it's now my turn to open his eyes to what's in mine...

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Photo of DESTRO
3.05/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this stuff is so cheap, how can you not snatch it up every now and then? it glugs out golden and fizzy with a wack excuse for a head. smells corny, a bit sweet, but it dosnt put one off. pleasant in the mouth, lightly sweet, pretty clean, some corn. it has that cheap american lager taste, but it does it alot better than most cheap american lager. crisp in the mouth, quenching and goes great with junk food. i keep it handy.

$3.99 for a six pack huzza!

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.37/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While at the liqour store, I saw that this beer was the same price as a six back of Nasty Light and Beast. Not wanting to drink those, I decided to try this brew.

Pours a nice gold color. Flavor is clean with and very smooth. This is deffinatly a "session beer" and one of the best out there for the price.

I would deffiantly buy this again.

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Photo of beergeek279
2.8/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in the clear 12 oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The color is golden, with a short, foamy white head. The smell is a very sweet golden malt. The taste is decently sweet, with a bit of bitterness at the end; there's a slight astringent offness, but not nearly as bad as other macros. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, in its class, it's not bad.

Quite a decent lawnmower beer. Though not something I'd look for at a beer bar, in its price range it's certainly something I'd drink if I were drinking a macro.

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Photo of Zorro
2.73/5  rDev -2.8%
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!

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Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
66 out of 100 based on 1,102 ratings.