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Miller High Life - Miller Brewing Co.

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Miller High LifeMiller High Life

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2,697 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,697
Reviews: 1,013
rAvg: 2.68
pDev: 27.99%
Wants: 11
Gots: 119 | FT: 1
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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Photo of Haybeerman


3.95/5  rDev +47.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright, clear straw color. Poured a 1 finger fizzy white head that dissipated quickly to an skim around the inside edge of the glass. Decanted continually. Laced the glass surprisingly well.

S: Grassy noble hops and green apples. Very little malt character, but a hint of buttery corn.

T: Light bisuity malt character and wet cereal. A hint of green apples ahead of long light bitter.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Crisp, light and dry.

D: One of those beers that nails the style guidelines but gets a regular beat-down by beer advocates that grace these pages.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2010 15:49:52 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of TheSarge


2.8/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ahh, the Champagne of Beers, could life get any better?

HL pours nicely for an adjunct lager with a thick soapy white head, which lasts a good bit. The body is golden in color and cleanly filtered.

In the aroma there are the typical corn flavors, but seems to have a decent lemony hops presence.

In the taste the husky corn flavor comes through the most, there is some of the stringent flavors too.

Thin and crisp in the feel, this is a refreshing beer for a hot ass day at the zoo.

Overall, this is probably one of my favorite cheap beers.

Serving type: can

06-23-2010 00:44:55 | More by TheSarge
Photo of bundy462


3.03/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pale yellow that is very clean and clear, very good frothy head.

S: Almost nothing because it's so clean, some corn.

T: Grainy with a hop bitterness, finishes clean.

M: Very smooth and somewhat creamy yet crisp and refreshing.

O: Goes down easy, it's enjoyable. Not quite the "champagne of beer", but maybe the "champagne of macro lagers".

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 03:37:42 | More by bundy462
Photo of Lacesoutcody

North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank from a clear 12oz. bottle.

A: A clear golden yellow.

S: corn adjuncts, and not much else.

T: Corn, a little malt carbonation. Nothing to speak too highly of.

M: A little thick for this type of beer.

D: Very good, it's nothing to unsettling with taste or alcoholic content, but I'd have a few on tap for affordability, and the overall appeal of a beer of this caliber, cheap and effective.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 02:21:53 | More by Lacesoutcody
Photo of bourbonbock

New York

3.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So we have made it to the champagne of beer. The only thing about this beer that makes it like champagne is that it will give you a headache the next morning. Although this seems like a shitty beer wrapped in a shitty package its not half bad. I actually don't mind a few of these.

I am always amazed at how clear these beers are. They make the glass look clearer when its full. High Life has a pretty good head which surprisingly leaves some lacing on the glass. The flavor profile is completely corn and adjuncts, not malt to be found. Very light, crisp and refreshing. Pretty good beer for 99 cents for a 24 oz tallboy.

Its not as bad as you think it is.

Serving type: can

06-13-2010 02:22:11 | More by bourbonbock
Photo of againes


2.85/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When I want a cheap, drinkable single serving can of beer, this is what I drink. Sure, I could purchase 40's but then I would have to completely change my lifestyle. In all seriousness this beer is macro style with a bit more flavor than the others. One of the positives of this brew is that it does leave a very nice lacing on my glass; which, I was surprised at. The color is light golden with a heavy CO2 characteristic to it. Flavor, well, is sour with a mish mash of corn, grains, hops. Unlike most beers where you can separate the hop flavor from the malt flavor and enjoy both, this beer presents all flavors at once.

Serving type: can

06-11-2010 17:21:24 | More by againes
Photo of 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
Photo of BigBen61


3.1/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is one of those beers that while cheap may actually offer more than some of it's more expensive relatives (e.g. Miller Lite). While the corn is very prevalent, this beer is very easy to consume and is quite refreshing. The bottle, if nothing else, is a piece of nostalgic history that echoes the glory day's of the American Lager. Even when consumed warm there are no off flavors and the carbonation stays under control. If you like Miller Lite but want something with a little more flavor give this beer a try!

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 19:27:51 | More by BigBen61
Photo of brewerburgundy


3.35/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

24oz can, Sam Adams pint.

Darker piss yellow, fabulous head. Chunky, thick, billowing, great globular lacing.

Grass and corn. Clean.

Soapy, grain, cracker, grassy hop.

The mouthfeel is half as good as Coors Original.

Good drinkability, crisp and refreshing.

Serving type: can

05-18-2010 16:27:06 | More by brewerburgundy
Photo of DJED69

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +41.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

When it's 'go time'---I run for the Champagne of Beers! I buy locally for 13.99 a case (btls)---its my Summertime brew of choice. Goes down easy, tastes good, refreshing and it's oh so nostalgic looking. My fave of all the big boys---hot summer day, nothing better when it's ice cold!!

Good, solid brew!

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 20:41:55 | More by DJED69
Photo of 7thInningSuds

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +41%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Good golden appearance. Love the clear bottle.

S - Has a good smell.

T - Very corn-present taste, but I got used to it.

M - Good stuff.

D - Went ahead and bought a 12-pack of these because they were so cheap. Great price for this beer. Expected it to be bad because the price was so good, but it's one I'll have again.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 01:21:53 | More by 7thInningSuds
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


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
Photo of mmielnik


3.33/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pint glass.

Appearance: Very yellow color a thin head

Smell: Grainy almost corny smell

Taste: Sweet malty taste, slight taste of hops. Very light and easy to drink.

Feel: Nice carbonation with a slight kick at the end.

Drinkability: Refreshing and very easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 22:54:38 | More by mmielnik
Photo of emmasdad


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

So wonderful to be living the high life again after a long absence. Pale golden color, with a billowing white head. Smells somewhat sweet, with a little bit of graininess and absolutely no hops. Tastes similar to how it smells, a little sweetness, and not much more. Cold, crisp and carbonated, perfectly fits the bill it was designed for. Refreshing and not at all unpleasant in the right situation.

Serving type: can

04-26-2010 04:21:27 | More by emmasdad
Photo of travduke

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev +28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale yellow, the one finger head has decent retention, lacing ain't so bad either.

Aroma: Very malty and grainy. Really faint hop presence in the background.

Taste: This is a lot tastier than most AALs. You can tell the hops are there, but hidden behind the sweet grain.

Feel/Drink: Really refreshing when you just want a beer. Highly carbonated and mild bodied.

Serving type: can

04-25-2010 23:56:15 | More by travduke
Photo of bsp77


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

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pint glass.

Appearance: Very pale yellow with thin white head and surprisingly nice lacing.

Smell: Very grainy, mildly sweet, with very light spicy hops.

Taste: Grainy sweet malts, and the corn is thankfully mostly hidden. Slightly spicy and peppery at the end.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, light body. I wish the finish was a little drier.

Drinkability: Actually pretty damn good for an Adjunct Lager. Very refreshing and easy to slam down a few.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 03:15:01 | More by bsp77
Photo of phillipzayas


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

uggg. really?

I actually went and got a six pack of this stuff to give it a fair chance.

So I can't believe I am reviewing this beer but I am. Pale color, smells like burnt corn, tastes like corn and has the carbonation of a bad soda. Mouthfeel = water. It did have an okay head retention which was its only saving grace. at least it has low calories too.

Crappy version of Miller Lite which is pretty crappy itself.

Serving type: can

04-19-2010 02:54:28 | More by phillipzayas
Photo of cheesepuffs


2.8/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this straight from the can, not pouring it in a glass.

Appearance - Typical adjunct lager golden color. The can design (although having nothing to do with the beer itself) looks dated and unattractive.

Smell - Decently strong smell for it's category upon cracking the can open. Too bad it's of fillers, as well as the metallic tinge from the can.

Taste - I find it to be more flavorful than that of Budweiser for sure, although it still isn't a *good* flavor. Watery corn comes to mind.

Mouthfeel - Very carbonated. Too much so for my taste, but then what would The Champagne of Beers be without a little inspiration from the bubbly!

Drinkablity - It's drinkable, but it isn't refreshing or drinkable enough to drink through a hot August day if that's what your looking for. In this segment of beers though, "more drinkable" often means "more water", so consider it average in this regard.

Overall, not something I would buy. However, at the same time I can't say much that's bad about it for it's category, and that's why I hate it. It's just so boring and down-the-middle. There are no exciting flavors here. Nothing differentiates it from any other beer. No character.

Serving type: can

04-17-2010 20:20:28 | More by cheesepuffs
Photo of techfed87


2.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a big, frothy head. Color is a transparent gold.

Smell is kind of a honey-like malt.

First sip exemplifies what smells come from it. Carbonation gives it a good amount of bite. Overall, flavor is a bit too sour for my taste.

Because of that sour malt quality, and overall lack of nuance to the beer, I wouldn't put it in the list of one of my favorites. However, it is still somewhat decent.

Serving type: can

04-16-2010 01:56:39 | More by techfed87
Photo of Mosstrooper


2.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz can into 16oz Roanoke College American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours clear golden with a very large white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a bit of lace.

Smell: Malts and grains, with hints of corn.

Taste: Light on flavor, but has hints of sweet malts, grain, and corn. Some hop hints in the finish, but not much.

Mouthfeel: Light body with heavy carbonation- but it is refreshing.

Drinkability: Nothing special at all- good for a quick refresher or to get drunk. Other than that, should be avoided- but I doubt anyone here needed me to tell them that.

Serving type: can

04-14-2010 20:38:20 | More by Mosstrooper
Photo of wahhmaster


2.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Macado's Halloween 2009 shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, pale golden color. Has a thin, fizzy white head that dissipates quickly and leaves almost no lacing.

Smell: Sweet and grainy with a metallic twinge. Pretty weak...

Taste: Very light on taste. Starts slightly bitter. Finishes bitter and sickly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Thin, watery, and way too carbonated.

Drinkability: "The Champagne of Beers?" Please. The only connection this beer has to champagne is color and carbonation level. This is a good beer for quick, repeated consumption. Nothing else. It's slightly better out of a bottle.

Serving type: can

04-12-2010 01:40:08 | More by wahhmaster
Photo of tjsdomer2


2.83/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Kind of cool-looking. Bright golden-yellow with a ton of carbonation and loads of foam. Looks a bit artificial but definitely stands out.

Smell: Corn, mostly stale corn. A bit of maltiness gives it some character though.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Mine was kind of metallic, and also taste like corn. The main thing with High Life is that the bubbles are everywhere, but they aren't very smooth.

Drinkability: The carbonation takes away from the drinkability as I said.

Overall: High Life is nothing more than a more carbonated version of MGD.

Serving type: can

04-11-2010 20:20:24 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of MadTown1000


3.38/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a somewhat distressingly bright yellow into a pint glass, with a bright white inch-and a half head that recedes slowly with substantial lacing. Lace from Miller High Life... who woulda thunkit? The foam actually looks a little bit *too* sticky... but maybe that's just the contract with the quasi-fluorescent beer.

Smell and flavor are corn, corn, and corn. The foam, for whatever reason, is highly bitter, but there's no bitter in the beer itself. A little bit of malty aftertaste does stick around for a while, and the mouthfeel is surprisingly nice. As for drinkability, I finished about half a bottle while writing this review. No bitterness and low alcohol content means this'll do just fine for your next beer pong party. And that's living... The High Life™.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 02:30:46 | More by MadTown1000
Photo of ckimchi


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.

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".

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

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.

Thin and watery.

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.

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
Photo of spoons


3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a can to a pint glass.

A very clear yellow body. not quite as pale as some other lighter lagers. A sticky spidery head that dissapates pretty quickly. Looks like there is a lot of carbonation due to the streaming bubbles.

Smells a little sweet and a little grainy, and bit like a dry white wine.

Taste. The carbonation hits the front of your tongue followed by a little malt sweetness. A wet malt aftertaste. This seems to be smoother than other light lagers.

Overall, I could drink a ton of these. but not that you want to...

Serving type: can

04-04-2010 16:55:45 | More by spoons
Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
63 out of 100 based on 2,697 ratings.