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Miller High Life - Miller Brewing Co.

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Miller High LifeMiller High Life

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2,885 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,885
Reviews: 1,022
rAvg: 2.68
pDev: 28.36%
Wants: 13
Gots: 188 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-20-2000)
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2/5  rDev -25.4%

11-14-2011 18:14:22 | More by meerkat2

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +86.6%

11-14-2011 17:09:18 | More by TEAMHOLT
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3.5/5  rDev +30.6%

11-14-2011 15:27:54 | More by azorie
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2.25/5  rDev -16%

11-14-2011 14:32:07 | More by justintcoons
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3/5  rDev +11.9%

11-14-2011 13:41:42 | More by garuda
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3/5  rDev +11.9%

11-14-2011 07:13:02 | More by Sachsenfreude
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2.7/5  rDev +0.7%

A - Light yellow color. Fair amount of carbonation. Decent head retention

S - Not getting much here; possibly due to low serving temp.

T - Virtually no hops precesence. Very light taste. What you do taste is the adjunct

M - Very fizzy. Light bodied

O - Not bad for an adjunct lager. Nothing really bad about it but nothing really good either. Serve cold.

11-07-2011 03:06:08 | More by akk101
Photo of notchucknorris


2.5/5  rDev -6.7%

A: Clear and pale golden color with a really thin white head.

S: About what you'd expect from an adjunct. Lots of corn and grain with a whiff of goat piss as well.

T: While it might not be as bad as some of the adjuncts out there, it's far from being good. Has a strange breadiness towards the finish that was pretty nasty. Better than Bud Light, but doesn't top too much else.

10-31-2011 22:27:38 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of Sorvahr


1.7/5  rDev -36.6%

A friend of mine had a party recently in which one of her friends brought an entire case of Miller High Life. Since there were several cans remaining at the end of the festivities I asked her for one so I could write a review on it. "The Champagne of Beers", the can says. Well, this doesn't look like champagne and certainly doesn't smell like it. With some trepidation I poured it into an old Yuengling pint glass (the better glasses don't deserve such indignity inflicted on them).

A: Pours an amber golden color (well, at least it has color), with a one-finger bubbly head that quickly dissipates into a white haze at the top. It looks vaguely like a urine sample, not particularly appetizing. The beer actually manages to have a decent amount of lacing.

S: Piss! It really does smell like urine, with a sort of sickly-sweet (corn?) smell coupled with a distinct B.O. undertone and a metallic note. Already I have a bad feeling about this.

T: Ugh! Sickly sweet is right! Cardboard, vegetables, soggy Fritos, copper, pretty much anything but malt and hops. It hits the tongue with some indescribable but distinctly unpleasant funk (is this what gym socks taste like?). As the beer warms up the funk becomes increasingly funky and nasty. Chemical finish.

M: Thin, weak, watery. There's no weight or body to this at all, it's like corn-and-B.O.-flavored soda water.

O: Well, it's not Bud Light but it's pretty bad. The smell alone makes me not want to drink it. If you want "great pilsner taste" try Warsteiner Premium Verum or Pilsner Urquell. I drank about half of it before drainpouring the rest. Even if it's cheap, I'd rather have a lower quantity of something decent than this. Not recommended.

10-24-2011 01:19:00 | More by Sorvahr
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3.03/5  rDev +13.1%

The commercials for Miller High Life are awesome. The beer is not quite as good as the commercials, best way to describe it is servicable. The beer pours yellow/golden clear with big carbonation and bubblely head to start, then it fades. The smell and taste are common to all american adjunct lagers....wheat/barley/grain with balance of hops. The mouthfeel of this beer is fine....it beer....no out of the ordinary flavors to twangs. Overall its a good session beer.

10-22-2011 13:21:20 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of mnrider


3.08/5  rDev +14.9%

12 oz. can. Freshness date on bottom. the "Champagne of Beers"

A: Pours a clear light golden yellow. Large bone white head appears. Good retention with excellent lacing and plenty of carbonation.

S: Sweet with some corn and other insignificant grains.

T/M: Crisp and light bodied yet smooth at the same time. A hint of hop bitterness comes in but more of a carbonation bite than anything. Sweetness from the corny grains. The beer is watery but not in a horrible way. The finish is pretty clean on the sweet side.

O: One of the better American Adjuncts around IMO. Drink cold and drink many.


10-21-2011 22:01:25 | More by mnrider
Photo of ThisWangsChung


2.2/5  rDev -17.9%

Drank straight out of a can.

A: You know the term "fizzy yellow beer"? Well, that's this in a nutshell.

S: Honestly, smells like nothing.

T: A lot like the smell. Incredibly inoffensive and nigh flavorless.

M: Pretty much like soda.

O: This is a beer that does its purpose, and does it relatively well. This is not a beer you taste or dream about. Go pick up some Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock if that's what you want. This is a beer you drink large quantities of without thinking about it, while watching the Redskins whiff against the Eagles (damn Rex Grossman!)

Of course, the real question is, would you want to? I know I don't.

10-20-2011 20:27:16 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of AlimonyAle


2.68/5  rDev 0%

High Life, the so called "champagne of beers" is your typical adjunct lager. Pours a pale straw color. The head dissipates into nothing after a few seconds. The liquor store near me sells these in 40's and 32 Oz cans. The taste is of corn. There is an aftertaste, which consists of corn and rice. Overall, this is my go to cheap beer.

10-20-2011 17:35:35 | More by AlimonyAle
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2.85/5  rDev +6.3%

A: A pale straw yellow with a fizzy white mousse that doesn't make a point of sticking around that long.

S: Mild grain husk and corn aromas. A cooked vegetable scent emerges as the beer warms.

T: Opens crisp with notes of minerals, corn, grain husks, and grassy hops. The finish is clipped with notes of cooked vegetables, corn, and grain husks.

M: Very dry and thin. A typical light-bodied American lager.

O: For what it is, this beer is pretty decent. It's not my first choice, but when I'm running low on funds, it'll do.

10-09-2011 14:40:38 | More by mrfrancis
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3.3/5  rDev +23.1%

This is my main go-to macro AAJ. It's not a great brew by any means, but it's easy to drink and has a little bit of a taste profile.

I'm usually not a Miller guy. I find Miller Light to have an odd after taste that I've always attributed to their "pilsner" style, but High Life doesn't have it. It may have a small trace of it, but it balances out with the adjuncts and slight malty profile to work well.

10-06-2011 17:22:40 | More by boilermakerbrew
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2.98/5  rDev +11.2%

Since I no longer have money to continuously purchase the more expensive, micro or craft brews, I've decided to foray into the macro world. Wish me luck.

Color is light yellow. Smell of corn. Taste has some cereal and corn notes, which while present aren't overwhelming. Fairly balanced flavor that won't win any awards but goes well with pizza. Can easily pound a few of these in one sitting.

Overall, I would consider this a tail-gate or pizza beer. It also works well on a tight budget. Is it the best macro beer? No, that title belongs to Narragansett. Is it great bang-for-your-buck beer? You bet.

09-30-2011 04:07:15 | More by breakofdawn
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2.88/5  rDev +7.5%

12 oz can, with "NOV2811" stamped on bottom, so I guess that's a "drink by" date.

appears bright clear pale golden color, with foamy white head that fades. aroma of sweet corn, typical adjuct smell.

mild taste of pale malt. more bland than offensive, clean aftertaste. thin body, fizzy carbonation.

overall, it's decent for the "style". If I have to choose a BMC product to drink, it's High Life

09-29-2011 03:37:23 | More by jmdrpi
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2.55/5  rDev -4.9%

35.5cl clear glass bottle served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Points off for the clear bottle.

A: Pours a two finger had of no cream at all, terrible thickness, and decent retention. Clear pale gold colour. Looks pretty generic.

Sm: Crystal hops, light subtle floral tones, and clean barley. More interesting than expected, but not amazing in its own right. Aroma is mild in strength.

T: Pleasant and crisp barley. Light floral notes. Built decently but a touch imbalanced. Clean and a bit refreshing.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but too thick. Overcarbonated - the biggest problem with this beer by far.

Dr: Very drinkable and quite cheap. You could do far worse at this price, but if you're doing budget beer for getting bollocksed I recommend High Gravity Steel Reserve.

09-28-2011 05:39:03 | More by kojevergas
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North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +46.6%

I only base my reviews based on the style of the beer.

Appearance is amazing for the style. Pours a three finger head that sticks to the side of the glass to the end. So the retention is great! Golden clear color with some carbonation bubbling up.

Sweet malt, some cooked grains, and a touch of grassy hops hit the nose. Nothing offensive.

The taste is classic American lager. Nothing over done just a good balance of clean grassy hops with a touch of bitterness. Some hits of cereal grains, sweet malts and clean finish.

I will put this lager up with my other favorite macro lagers in American (Pabst and Schlitz. Clean, easy drinking lager that is perfect for hotter weather. Yes, nothing in this beer is over done. But, that is why many like it. Just clean easy drinking with no nasty after taste just good balance for the style.

09-28-2011 03:37:55 | More by Luigi
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2.65/5  rDev -1.1%

A: Does the bottle count cause I've always considered the sleek and sexy throwback design to be the strongest aspect of this beer. Otherwise we're looking at a crystal clear pale yellow body with a pretty good head that actually left some lacing.

S: Grains and wet dog.

T: Very sweet probably a result of corn adjunct. Finishes a little funky and astringent on the palate.

A beer with a devoted following that sometimes verges on PBR-ish irony. Its redeeming qualities are few and far between with the bottle being the best part, as I said before. Easy drinking but surprisingly filling. More flavorful than some of its peers but still a pretty flimsy flavor profile. I don't mind a High Life when I'm offered, but I don't think I've ever been in the mood for one.

09-25-2011 18:00:42 | More by BeefyMee
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2.78/5  rDev +3.7%

A = looks like someone peed in the bottle. almost no head.
S = smells like someone peed in the bottle.
T = like your typical cheap beer. descent carbonation.
M = easy to drink. flows as quickly as water, but with atleast some buzz
O = My summer, mowing, pool cleaning, landscaping, window installing, fence painting, house staining, deck building beer.

09-25-2011 15:04:35 | More by Mattyssox
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New York

3.5/5  rDev +30.6%

The self proclaimed "Champange of Beers" for a mass brewer it may well be! This is my wife's favorite beer( she of no taste buds and no sense of exploration when it comes to food or drink!)

It is a decent, clean brew that must be drunk cold and quick! Abalanced mix of corn,malt,hops equal a neutral taste and aroma. Recommend having it when washing down a Big Mac.

09-22-2011 16:00:50 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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1.8/5  rDev -32.8%

Can was poured into a plastic cup. I got this beer for free after I purchased a ticket for a concert and even though I had it before I never bothered to take notes.

This beer had a clear yellow color with visible carbonation and a small head that went away rather quickly. Smell was of metallic grains and corns. The taste was a bit stale with the typical watery corn flavor with inconsistent feel. Overall, this beer has the well known characteristics of your typical adjunct lager.

09-21-2011 14:55:29 | More by olimpia84
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2.98/5  rDev +11.2%

the looks of this beer are dead on. pale straw color. great color. frothy white head. fair lacing.

smell is sweet of corn, and a subtle skunk and alcohol aroma. no malt aroma. no hop aroma.

i am drinking this beer literally ice cold, which gives it a nice biting sensation in the throat as i swallow. i imagine this is the temp the brewers recomend this beer to be drunk at. just the same adjuct flavors still come through. sweet taste throughout. mild hop flavor in the middle. finish tastes strongly of corn, a little of alcohol and malts, and a tad skunk.

light body. very crisp. very carbonated.

overall... i am afraid the flavor of corn here is to strong for me to recommend this as a good beer. however i think i paid $8 for 12 of these beers, so it has a nice bang for the buck if its the day before payday and you need to catch a buzz.

p.s. 40oz to freedom

09-17-2011 04:01:51 | More by spitInTheOcean
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2.58/5  rDev -3.7%

12oz. can poured into a nonic.

(A)- Pours a clear pale yellow color. Produced a nice cap of pure white froth. Some lace.

(S)- Light corn and rice grains with an almost honey-like sweetness.

(T)- Exactly like the smell. Enough said. Though in a clean, mellow finish.

(M)- A good crisp carbonation level. Not a whole lot going on, but it sure is a thirst quencher.

(D)- Back in the day, I would drink this like water. Very crisp and refreshing, though that are its only strong points.

09-11-2011 21:08:14 | More by sweemzander
Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
63 out of 100 based on 2,885 ratings.