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Miller High Life - Miller Brewing Co.

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Miller High LifeMiller High Life

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2,745 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,745
Reviews: 1,015
rAvg: 2.67
pDev: 28.09%
Wants: 12
Gots: 139 | 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 steveh


2.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Why? Because I thought I'd stay up on the competition a little, and since so many of the lighter (though flavorful) craft beers are getting a bad association rap by being compared to the "High Life," I thought -- why not? Won't kill me. Uh... I hope.

I'll evaluate this half to style and half to what I really like in a beer.

A -- Very pale, clear straw color with a substantial, frothy white head that settles slowly and actually leaves visible lacing.

S -- Surprising -- somewhat hoppy at first, but fades quickly. Some grainy, beery notes coming through -- a "beery" character I can only associate to US beers of the past. Corniness with warmth -- not DMS, which is likened to cooked vegetables, but actual corn grits -- corn meal aroma. Even some green apple character appearing.

T -- Uh... nothing really up front, very watery. Some grainy, nearly harsh, aftertaste with a clean (?), even absent aftertaste. There's really little character to this beer; unassuming and non-offensive -- non threatening too. Aftertaste becomes somewhat astringent as it warms.

M -- Light body and light mouthfeel.

D -- Well, uh -- yeah, it's refreshing and thirst quenching, as the BJCP guidelines says it is -- but so is water. This "beer" really has nothing to make you notice it, which is fine for non-serious beer drinkers, and it fits the style category, but I'd like a little something for my effort.

Serving type: can

06-22-2009 18:42:51 | More by steveh
Photo of beerwolf77


3.2/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

What can be said that hasn't been said about this beer. I was raised on this stuff. My old man always had a sixer of this in the fridge as far back as I can remember. So naturally this was the first beer I ever tasted. It will always hold a place in my heart.

I've had this beer everyway it can be served but for this review I'm pouring it from a bottle.

In a pint glass this beer looks rather inviting. Nice golden color with a thick head that last for decent amount of time.

The smell is midly sweet with hints of malt and corn.

Taste is crisp. Nice bite.

I enjoy this beer. I'm not sure if it's the nostalgia that makes me like it or if it's just a decent macro. Probably a bit of both.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 02:16:35 | More by beerwolf77
Photo of BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

2.6/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 16 ounce can of Miller High Life, "The Champagne of Beers". Beer pours light straw color with not much head. An unpleasant aroma dominated by corn and more corn, maybe even some cooked veggie. Light and slightly carbonated on the palate. The flavor is more cooked sweet corn with a little bit of bite from the hops at the end.

This is not a beer that particularly agrees with me. More malt, less corn.

Serving type: can

06-17-2009 21:24:18 | More by BeardedBoffin
Photo of firkinhophead


3/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

7-oz "butt plug" from Green's ($3.33 for an 8-pack). Served in a snifter to really bring out its good qualities.

I have seen quite a few BAs singing the praises of High Life as a quality American micro, so thought I would give it a shot.

Pours clear and golden with a fizzy head that fades quickly to a few random bubbles and a thin ring.

Aroma of sweetish, slightly rotty malts. I'm actually getting some overripe banana!

Taste is balanced, with a mild corniness, some apple flesh, some grassy hops. Not much else. Bitterness mostly come from carbonation, which is high and a tad prickly. Dull vegetable flavors surface as it warms. No off flavors, at least when ice cold.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp. Light body, but not watery.

Drinkability is good. Not much to excite the senses, but refreshing and non-offensive. I'll have to temper my disdain.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 02:02:29 | More by firkinhophead
Photo of schuyhigh


3.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light gold with medium head. Smells like sweet nectar. Pretty tasty for a super cheap beer. Tastes like sweet nectar with a zest of honey and corn, watered down. Nice and refreshing for the right day of the summer. Nothing quite like sitting out on the patio on a hot summer day sucking down a cold pitcher of Miller High Life.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 03:07:34 | More by schuyhigh
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.15/5  rDev +18%
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
Photo of IceTrey9785


3.63/5  rDev +36%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A six-pack of bottled beer for $3.99? You must be kidding me...

A: Rich gold -- with a nice white lace around the bottle. It doesn't seem to dissipate either, very round. For the money, good head retention. Seems to show best right out of the bottle from my experience.

S: Nothing overwhelming, mainly just a slight sweetness (probably from the corn), clean and a bit metallic.

T&M: Very creamy, but still very light and crisp. Nice and refreshing, with a sweetness that hints of polenta and grits (two of my favorites). The sweetness really sets off the mouthfeel and pushes this beer far ahead other macro-brews. The beer is rather light, but doesn't have the watery composition of other "lighter" beers of the same style.

Great drinkability! For a non-light beer, this beats any other and the price won't break the bank either. A great beer to have on hand for any sporting event when you're looking to pass the time.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 17:01:07 | More by IceTrey9785
Photo of cbros

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is my fall back mass produced beer and I thought might as well write a review of it. It pours an almost clear yellow, very weak in color(if one can call it that) There is actually some nice cling to the bottle and a sizeable two fingers worth of head. the taste os of a macro American lager but with the addition of a dry after taste, it is that dry aftertaste that seperates this from the other American Adjunct Lagers. They call this the Champagne of Beers and I assume that that title is safe with them.

Like I said not an everyday beer but it works well in a pinch.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 21:53:29 | More by cbros
Photo of mjw06


3.18/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

extra pale translucent straw color with with a one finger sized light rocky white head with descent retention that leaves a good bit of thick lacing. impressive.

mmm... i enjoy this classic american lager smell. dont know what it is, just know that it smells american.

crisp taste of adjuncts... corn is the predominant one i get. in addition, i taste a little barley. theres a brief residual malt that follows. the taste is complimented by a satisfying mouthfeel. one of the least carbonated flagship macro brews you will find, and that is a good thing.

excellent drinkability. once again, something that can be lended to the marketing, but this a great beer for everybody to have at the cookout. cheap, average, does the job.

Serving type: can

06-04-2009 06:10:55 | More by mjw06
Photo of cnally


3/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Nick's in Bloomington.

Bright yellow color in the beer with a slight amount of white head (not bad from a pitcher).

The adjuncts are the first aroma you get, with a hint of sweetness.

The flavor is a grainy but sweet one. Corn and wheat dominate the pallate. A slight, very slight bitterness can be detected in the back end of the flavor, but not overwhelming.

Crisp, filling feel with a good amount of carbonation.

You could do better. You could do worse. All in all, it is a beer that goes down easy and is not over filling but delivers enough flavor to make it substantially better than your average macro lager.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2009 13:56:47 | More by cnally
Photo of FleeVT


3.18/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz clear bottle with date stamp

A: Pale yellow clear brew with a mighty big head and nice carbonation action.

S: Extremely mild nose, even for a macro. Grains and corn with metallic undertones.

T/M: Light and carbonated on the tongue. Watery nothingness gives way to the faint grains from the nose followed by a mild dose of hops and finishing with a metallic aftertaste.

D: It is what it is. I got a twack of this for $8. Great for those times when your friends who have no money come over and just want to get drunk.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 23:15:43 | More by FleeVT
Photo of Bamabrew22


3.23/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this one pool-side last weekend. Not bad on a hot day. It's one of my go-to canned macros for summer outing.

Poured golden out of the can, with quite a frothy head. Good looking lager.

Not really a smell to note. Pretty non-offensive.

Taste is crisp, really clean, sweet grain notes. minimal hops.

Overall, easy-drinking summertime, lawnmower beer. Not great, but not horrible. Living the high life!

Serving type: can

05-22-2009 19:24:03 | More by Bamabrew22
Photo of KBomb


3.25/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

As summer approaches, I grabbed a sixer of 16oz cans in anticipation of camping, grilling, and other such activities that often call for unpretentious liquid refreshment. I've got some opinions formed about the macros I drink when the occasion calls, but I thought some formal reviewing might be in order.

High Life is a pretty good looking golden lager. A large frothy head sits on top and leaves some significant soapy lacing. Appearance is kind of remarkable actually! Smell is minimal: a hint of sweet grain, but barely anything there to detect. Taste is mostly of sweet, clean grain. A hint of hop bitterness on the front end, a little metallic taste on the back. Still, strikingly clean flavor. Moderately smooth mouthfell. Goes down pretty easy.

High Life passes as a drinkable macrolager that runs a few nickles cheaper than the heavily advertised BMC stuff. High Life, PBR, and Old Style have a place in my fridge for cheap-ass beer that doesn't bore me to death or taste like vomit.

Serving type: can

05-21-2009 23:07:10 | More by KBomb
Photo of njthebestofme

New Jersey

2.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- yellow.. no head.. nothing speacail

S- no true scent.. malts i can catch thats about it

T- average .. little sweeter then others.. no overpowering hops malts or barley.. makes it easy to drink and have a few

M- no after taste really

D- so easy to drink ..nice on a hot day

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 17:35:31 | More by njthebestofme
Photo of thecarster1


2.85/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a- can poured into a pint, one inch bubbly head, good amount of carbonation, bright yellow color, good head retention and lacing. suprisingly impressive looking.

s- smells grainy, little bit of corn, little metallic, almost white wine smelling.

t- decent adjunct taste, grain, little hops, sweetness.

m- better than i thought it would be, it's got some substance, alot of carbonation on the tongue.

d- it is what it is, pretty drinkable, your not gonna drink this when you want a nice tasty craft beer experience.

Serving type: can

05-21-2009 04:14:13 | More by thecarster1
Photo of Gambrinus1184


3.63/5  rDev +36%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Thomas Hooker pint glass.

A: Poured a clear, pale golden yellow with tons of bubbly carbonation and a one-finger head of bubbly carbonation. The carbonation actually settled to a steady flow and there was some decent retention and a bit of sticky lace.

S: Smells sweet and grainy, with a slight metallic hop zest. Not much to the nose.

T: Taste is slightly sweet and acrid, like cooked veggies with corn syrup added. There is a very light, toasted grainy taste and some drying hops, but the flavor is mostly clean, fizzy grain.

M: Mouthfeel is thin-medium bodied for a macro, with a well-carbonated feel.

D: I've pounded many a High Life to session on a cheap marco night, and find that it works just as well for me as PBR, Rolling Rock or Narragansett.

The "Champagne of Beers" indeed, this cult macro lager is clearly mass produced and not of the most interesting or flavorful variety, but with its fluted casing and clean, bubbly, refreshing flavor, it will forever hold a place in my heart.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 01:44:59 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of atpben


3.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I haven't had any beers made by the macros since 2000 with the exception of reviewing Bud's American Ale, and Miller High Life. This is the only beer made by any of them which I actually go to as a default beer if nothing else is available. Poured it into a pint glass. Pours a golden yellow color. Not much in the aroma except some bready malt and grain. Taste on the sweet side with good crispiness. Aftertaste had some veryt light lingering honey. Very easy to drink a lot of this. To this day still my only default macro beer. Not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 16:32:57 | More by atpben
Photo of jbone78


4.63/5  rDev +73.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I think this beer has a place and a purpose. I drink it at the beach, on fishing trips ,or while playing golf. It is also consumed in large amounts. That means it is good.

A- Light sunshine color.
S- Smells like the gulf of Mexico and sun tanning lotion.
T- better than water.
M- Crisp and clean
D- Like I said, It is consumed in large anounts.

Drink Responsibly!


Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 00:50:28 | More by jbone78
Photo of gford217


2.48/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle at Holeman & Finch (served alongside a shot of Old Overholt Rye Whiskey, and together called "Buck the Recession", nice!).

The pour is yellow and bubbly with a surprisingly long-lasting white head that leaves a little bit of lacing.

The aroma is a little less impressive than the look, and is mostly corn and light sweet malts.

The taste follows the aroma and might have a little more flavor than I was expecting, with the sweetness of malts and grainy corn flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and certainly better than most BMC light beers out there. It's got a decent clean finish but leaves a bit of a sour taste in the mouth.

This is a middle of the road lager for the style, certainly not terrible but not one I'd want to drink very often. It definitely tasted better after I had the shot of Old Overholt though. Nice combo!

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 18:17:27 | More by gford217
Photo of Thorpe429


1.33/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 16:25:20 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of PDXHops

South Carolina

2.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap in a shaker pint.

Surprisingly nice looking beer. Impressive structure, retention and lacing from the bright white head. Pale yellow (some would say 'piss yellow') body has perfect clarity.

Smells like, well, not a lot, which I guess is the point. Some corn, some very light grain and nothing else.

Tastes very sweet, like creamed corn. Slight bit of lemon bitterness, no hops really. Best consumed quickly while it's still ice cold.

Creamy mouthfeel would be pleasant if there were some more carbonation. Instead, it's just too much corny sweetness.

Not the first beer I'd reach for in the macro section of the beer aisle.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2009 21:51:21 | More by PDXHops
Photo of russwaddell


3.15/5  rDev +18%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bright yellow and clear. In clear bottles or in a glass, I find the color very off-putting and unnatural. Then again, a 40 oz. bottle doesn't flatter many beverages.

Smells too sweet, but is good and beery. Think frat house or dive.

Tastes pretty weak, kind of yeasty and very sugary without much spice or complexity. Quite the syrupy aftertaste...or is that "long finish?"

Very fizzy. Carbonation overwhelms the flavor.

Overall, refreshing and drinkable but simple and unexciting.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 00:16:19 | More by russwaddell
Photo of sevopie


3.15/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Light straw golden color with an airy white head. Actually laces a bit.

Light and sweet nose, with a bit of corn/cereal grains.

Light and crisp, moderate sweetness with a dry grainy finish.

Actually has some thickness on the tongue, with a heavy dose of carbonation.

Having never tried High Life before, I wasn't sure exactly what to expect. I'm actually rather enjoying it, and it may even supplant PBR as the cheapie of choice.

Serving type: can

04-27-2009 09:23:52 | More by sevopie
Photo of drunkboxer1


4.08/5  rDev +52.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into my mouth. My grandfather used to drink this beer while mowing the lawn in the summer. He did it based solely on how refreshing it looked. He's right and thats why I'm scoring it so high on appearance. It smells like corn, but not too strong in my opinion. You shouldn't be smelling this beer anyway. Beer is for drinking, you ass. It tastes crisp, and fairly clean. Not of a lot of corny sliminess that happens in these cheap American lagers. Mouthfeel is on target of the style (light) and the drinkability is awesome. This beer is designed to be drank in a session.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 23:48:16 | More by drunkboxer1
Photo of Seanibus


1.9/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Mmm-mm good. I found myself stranded at a concert with few better choices. At least it was better than the PBR I followed it up with.

Clear and yellow in bottle. Froths slight when opened. Smells slightly sour and urinelike. Flavor is a little grainy with a faint flicker of hop bitterness, but mostly a flat corny sweetness. A little sourish bitterness on the back end. The Mouthfeel is quite thin, leaving a little sourness behind.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 17:28:38 | More by Seanibus
Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
63 out of 100 based on 2,745 ratings.