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Miller High Life - Miller Brewing Co.

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Miller High LifeMiller High Life

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BA SCORE
63
poor

2,739 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 2,739
Reviews: 1,015
rAvg: 2.68
pDev: 27.99%
Wants: 12
Gots: 132 | 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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collegemate

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +45.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 12 pack at local convenient mart.

Appearance: golden color with a nice amount of foam head.

Smell: Like any beer, amazing

Taste: Light hop taste, although a bit watery.

Mouthfeel: Bitter

Drinkability: Goes down easy, great aftertaste. Can easily drink a case.

This is by far the best American macro lager that I have ever had!

Serving type: can

07-22-2008 22:55:02 | More by collegemate
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ommegoose

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a pretty nice looking lager. A bit shinier and brighter gold than the average lager. Lots of active carbonation streams. Head retention is pretty good to start with, and it doesn't disappear after a few sips either. Leaves some lacing here and there too, and actually by the end there's a full sheet all the way down the back of the glass.

Not a whole lot of aroma when served cold. Just some crisp graininess. Smells fresh, not musty, and there are no forward metallic or adjuncty notes. You get more out of some other lagers, but this is suitable.

Flavor is crisp and clean with just a touch of hop bite at the end. Finishes with some sweetness, but is pleasantly dry. Corn starts to creep in a bit when the beer warms. Simple but effective.

Carbonation is pretty soft, leading to a somewhat creamy beer. This beer feels rather light in the mouth, but I always found it rather filling in the stomach. I could never really load up on these.

Drinkability is good. I've had these lots of times, but usually not with a critical eye. I'm pleased with how palatable this is. For one of the cheapest beers you can find, this still beats most of the other macros. It's refreshing. Amongst the best "bad" beers for sure. It's going to score better for me than PBR, but mainly due to the surprisingly strong appearance. PBR smells a bit nicer, and the other differences are pretty marginal. We'll see if Schlitz can topple it later.

Serving type: can

07-22-2008 06:09:10 | More by ommegoose
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imaguitargod

Ohio

1.35/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Well, I didn't have much money for this week so I though I would pick up a 12 pack of canned, yellow fizzy stuff for $6.99 just to last me the week. They call this "The Champagne of Beers" apparently due to the unusually high amount of carbonation and lack of taste.

Pours to a HUGE head that just sat there for a good few minutes before subsiding. The taste on this is...ummm...hmmm...taste....can you really adequately describe the taste of water? This tastes just like that. Yet, worse somehow. This "beer" is the true definition of "yellow fizzy stuff".

Serving type: can

07-21-2008 17:44:03 | More by imaguitargod
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EnojysAnyBeer

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank this in a can cuz friends bought it.

A- Looks like a pretty nice can with clear, corn-colored liquid in it

S- Smells like a macro, adjuncts and fillers, but acceptable

T- Tastes OK with not much taste but what you do taste is not offensive

M- Feels quite good with not too many small bubbles and a watery body

D- Drinks great for a 5%ABV

Serving type: can

07-18-2008 06:48:02 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

2.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A buddy brought a couple of these over "in case some of the guys would not like real beer." His words, not mine.

I'm not sure I've ever had one, but this is a perfect opportunity to try one

The beer poured with a wispy white head that never really reached a finger in width. Bright, clear gold in color with a good bit of visible carbonation. There was a scant touch of lacing left behind in the glass.

Aroma was slightly sour or perhaps musty. Didn't really appeal to me.

Taste was slightly biscuit like and also slight sour. The beer did finish pretty smoothly and there was a non descript taste left in the back of my mouth. Wasn't a bready like aftertaste. Was not a lingering hop flavor. This aftertaste was slightly sweet and not really appealing.

Mouth feel was very light and the carbonation was pretty aggressive. I think it's the only thing that brought the flavor to life.

Not that good. But I think most people already know that.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 21:24:18 | More by Reagan1984
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therica

Maryland

2.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I bought this so I could pick up hot chicks.

kidding...

Will someone PLEASE tell that Miller High Life driver to come confiscate MINE ?!?!?!

Actually, not a bad cheap-fodder beer as long as it's REALLY CHILLED. Fine on a hot day when you just want something quenching and bubbly, other than soda, or AN ACTUAL REAL BEER.

A= marshmallow-foamy head, Laced all over the place if you use a glass or stein. Otherwise weak-yellow fluid, continuous small-bubbling from the bottom.

S= hardly any distinguishing scent that I can find. Light cheap perfume?

T= Overly sweet, slightly nauseating, stale weed taste that I suppose they consider to be hops. Has some mild character although very weak in quality or evidence, of course. Mild rice or corn malts. Why waste good barley?

M= a lightly watery saccharin-sweet, plus some flat almost bitter taste. Scary.

D= heck you can afford it, if nothing else! Great for boiling brats and sausage with sauerkraut, though.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 09:50:33 | More by therica
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assmasterson

Missouri

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

A: Very, very blond in color, loads of carbonation. Almost....champagne like.

S: More malt than hops, but that's not saying much because there isn't a whole lot of that either.

T: Well, it tastes like a beer for a few seconds, and then the flavor almost completely disappears. It this a beer or a magician?

M: Oh so thin, oh so carbonated.

D: Again, another hot-weather beer. Nothing offensive, nothing memorable. Doesn't exactly live up to the commercials.

Next, please.

Serving type: can

07-09-2008 02:02:17 | More by assmasterson
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bboven

Texas

3.25/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark yellow body, perfectly clear with lots of bubbles. Thin patches of head on top, but no lacing.

Aroma is actually kind of foul. Metallic, alcoholic, and a little skunked. Definitely different than the canned version.

Taste is surprisingly pleasant for the style. It's a bit sweeter than some, malt dominates any hop presence.

Highly carbonated, crisp, drying. Meant to be a quencher for sure.

Not too bad for the style. Like my number suggests, I'd say it's slightly above average for the style. If you like the style. ;)

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 21:50:10 | More by bboven
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charliedango

Illinois

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

Absolutely the most frothy beer I've ever had in my life. I can't think of one positive thing to say about this beer. I can't even say it's cheap because Natural Light and Keystone Light are cheaper than High Life. The moniker "the champaign of beers" is dead on. Translucent piss yellow appearance with no real flavor and a consistency that turns to foam the moment it touches your tongue.

How this beer has achieved a better score than Budweiser is a mystery to me.

Serving type: can

06-28-2008 07:13:53 | More by charliedango
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

1.13/5  rDev -57.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Another Miller's product I had the misfortune to encounter while on holiday in Tobago.

'The Champagne of beers' my arse!

Clear 12oz bottle of almost clear looking watery liquid which when poured produced no head or aroma what-so-ever.

Why do people buy such tasteless fizzy rubbish? I did, not knowing 'high life' really means 'low life' in American brewing advertising. I won't be making that mistake again.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 18:55:25 | More by BlackHaddock
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Wetpaperbag

Washington

2.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Well the name says it all, the champagne of beers. It poured with a lot of head. But who doesn't like lots of head?

S- Smells of grain and...wait is that rice? Most likely.

T- Well the carbination sort of kills any initial taste so all that is left is this shell of a malt taste that should have been. And I'm stuck with this 24ozer. I suppose on a super hot day after building a deck when you need something with a bit of malt taste in your water then this would be it.

M- Too many bubbles, and no they didn't tickle the nose.

D- Read the last of what I wrote about taste.

Serving type: can

06-23-2008 20:45:16 | More by Wetpaperbag
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beerkittycat

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +54.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Up north at the cabin I pulled out of the refrigerator a gleaming-gold icy cold can and poured into a classic pilsner glass found at a garage sale for 5 cents. Having felt a rush for nostalgia here's my review.

Appearance is a brilliant clear yellow-gold with a frothy white head that lingers for a few minutes then settles to a thin layer for the duration. Aroma is dominated by flowery noble hops with an underlying hint of corn flakes. There's malt in there, too, reminding me of Grape nuts. Taste is much the same as the aroma with big flavors of noble hops but restrained bitterness making this an incredibly smooth beer. There's acutally quite a bit of malt flavor here, and some corn flakes, but the hop flavor and malt dominate. Finishes smooth with a touch of sweetness that complements the noble hops.

This beer tastes way better now than it ever has and I was pleasantly surprised by the full flavor and hop presence.

Serving type: can

06-23-2008 17:25:37 | More by beerkittycat
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youngleo

Michigan

3.03/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light yellow in color with a white head. There was actually some pretty good lacing that stuck to the sides of the glass with each swallow. Smelled of corn and grains. Very faint smelling. Taste was actually not to bad. Had a slight sweet aftertaste. But at least it had some flavor. Felt a little watery in the mouth. Carbonation was just about right. This is a good lawnmower beer. Also would make a good session beer when your low on cash.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2008 17:02:51 | More by youngleo
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Getinthevan

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Out of all the cheapies, High Life certainly is the best.

The color is a pale yellow at best, but don't let that stop you. $3 for a four pack of 16oz, you can't beat it, especially since High Life has a pretty good taste for a cheapie.

The smell is high in corn and certainly doesn't have that strong of an aroma, however, the taste as mentioned before is quite fruitful and gets the job done.

High Life goes down quick, so there's no time to savor it, but regardless it does have a good drinkability factor. The good thing about High Life is that it certainly satisfies thirst any time of the day and goes perfect with just about any meal, especially during sports events.

It's a perfect beer to drink on a hot summer day if the cash flow is low. Definitely king of the cheaps and a good call.

Serving type: can

06-11-2008 20:51:39 | More by Getinthevan
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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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HardcoreKeith

Florida

3.78/5  rDev +41%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

High Life has long been one of my favorite "slummin' it" beers, but I'd never reviewed it.

The champagne of beers pours a pale straw yellow with significant head. But who pours it? I'm drinking it from the can baby.

The smell is a little malt, some misc cereal grain. Taste is light and refreshing, smooth, slightly dry finish, with just the tiniest bit of hop in there at the end somewhere. High Life is my "chug one after coming in from working on the car in the sun" beer, and for good reason, as its very inexpensive, thirst quenching, and remarkably palatable.

Serving type: can

06-08-2008 22:56:49 | More by HardcoreKeith
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joshwlt

Florida

2.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This stuff is bubbly, straw yellow, with a white head that doesn't last (Who'da thought for an american macro?). I guess the only reason why I decided to review this was because I had a couple because they were cheap tonight and I was grossed out by how metallic it tasted. Had it on tap for a dollar per 10 oz. Very metallic certainly more hops than your average american macro (noble hops I think)... but overly metallic. Not suggested, unless you're on a mission to not be sober and have few means to reach such a goal. On one good note however I did see this in my grandfather's fridge when I was a kid and I have a lot of respect for him so the lady on the moon is at least a reminder of him.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2008 07:09:30 | More by joshwlt
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soupyman10

District of Columbia

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

Can't believe we actually found High Life on tap. What's wrong with this city? Looks like piss with a nice head, although it dissolves down to nothing with the quickness. Nose is weak, but the flavor's an unobjectionable sweet malty grain and maybe corn. Feel isn't terrible, and I could drink about 50 of these (and do, every time). Really quite bad, but whatever, not as terrible as most of them, and kind of accepting of its terribleness.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2008 02:44:08 | More by soupyman10
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GilGarp

Colorado

1.95/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought a 24oz. can to make some beer brats. Thought it would be worth trying since I've been spoiled lately with IPA and imperial stout.

Can't argue with the price - $1.00 for the entire golden can.

Pale yellow color with good initial head but quickly wanes.

Unimpressed with the aroma but wait, what's that? I think I smelled a hop. Maybe someone tossed one in there at the end.

Taste is bland. Not bitter nor sweet. I wouldn't even say it's refreshing and, now that I think about it, beer really shouldn't be called refreshing. Only water is refreshing.

Mouthfeel is thin and over carbonated.

It's drinkable and I would choose it over any light macro lager but it really should be left for the brats.

Now where's that bottle of Abyss...

Serving type: can

06-04-2008 22:06:15 | More by GilGarp
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Hoopster4hire

Oregon

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

Appearance: Bright gold color and pours a bubble bath like head.

Smell: Sour aroma that reminds of canned corn

Taste: Kind of bready with a corn like taste to it.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated since it is the "champagne of beers". A little too much though, you drink half a can and if you don't burp, instant bloating.

Drinkability: Pretty smooth beer. Enough flavor that keeps you interested, but nothing intricate.

Serving type: can

06-04-2008 07:15:36 | More by Hoopster4hire
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TheBeerWolf

Nevada

2.48/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - A very clear brew. Bright Yellow. Not much head when poured.

S - Not much of a smell. Faint hint of malt. I don't really pick up corn as others do.

T - Let me just say the 2.5 is an average for the taste. Drunk Ice cold its actually pretty decent. No really offensive flavors and a touch of malt in the background. But let it warm a bit and ugh. Tastes like a bum's fingernails (don'r ask me how I know). I would say 3.0 ice cold and like a 1 warm.

M - Very light fizzy. Pretty standard american lager mouthfeel.

D - Once again ico cold you could probably pound these like there is no tomorrow just don't let em warm up. You will be sorry.

If you can keep it ice cold its a decent lawnmower beer as they call them. Or for me when working on the car.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 01:35:56 | More by TheBeerWolf
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paulthebeerguru

Florida

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

Miller High Life
12oz. clear bottle

A: poured into a snifter. pours a perfectly clear yellow, which looks like urine after a multivitamin. Nice white head on top, about two finger widths, with a low retention rate. fair lacing at best.

S: smells like corn pops. like unsweetened corn pops. some hints of watered down veggies.

T: slight sweetness in this. I am getting a ton of corn in this, which is odd considering the fact that I was expecting to just type that it tastes like high life. As it warms it gets so much worse...like stale tortilla chips.

M: high carbonation level for a macro. mouthfeel is watery.

D: could I pound these? Yes! Will I? No. not bad for the pool area, though.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 05:55:55 | More by paulthebeerguru
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drxandy

Michigan

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

Poured from 24oz can to 20oz(?) glass beer mug, golden hue with a 3 finger head that fades down, highly carbonated.

smells of apple/vegetableyness (corn, rice, etc), malts, sweetness

taste is straw dry, easy to drink, rice, corn, wheat, slight bitterness, crisp from high carbonation.

mouthfeel was watery, bitter, crisp

overall not the first choice one might make, but it's not the worst that could be made either.

shrug.

Serving type: can

05-21-2008 14:11:30 | More by drxandy
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Kemmerlin

Colorado

2.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Lite pee gold in color with a one finger width head that lacks decent lacing down the glass.

S: Actually surprised me because I was expecting something like Budweiser and Corona but it actually smelled more robust like baked white bread and corn malts.

T: Had a very distinctive taste of buttered corn bread and a sweet sugary taste like it could've used a little bit more fermanting to release more flavor and alcohol but the brewer decided to opt for the sweet sugary flavor instead.

M/D: Decent mouthfeel, not heavy but lite and not grainy but smooth good amount of carbonation and a watery texture. Decent drinkability as well but of course I've had better.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 22:02:50 | More by Kemmerlin
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rye726

Colorado

1.58/5  rDev -41%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Man this is another over priced macro in my opinion. Basic yellow color with tan head. Bad smelling hops and old malts. Taste is of flat malt.

The feel is light and very carbonated. Miller is another macro that I will never buy. I might drink one if its the last beer on earth... or maybe not.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 05:19:38 | More by rye726
Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
63 out of 100 based on 2,739 ratings.