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Miller High Life - Miller Brewing Co.

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Miller High LifeMiller High Life

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2,773 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,773
Reviews: 1,018
rAvg: 2.67
pDev: 28.46%
Wants: 13
Gots: 146 | 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 jar2574


3.05/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Decent white foamy head when poured from a big-ass 16 ounce can into a pint glass. Actually dissapates pretty slowly. Standard macro-brew see-through yellow beer though.

Not good in the smell department. Watered down, malty smell that is a bit metallic.

Taste is surprisingly smooth and full bodied for a macro-lager. Does not make me wince at all. No bitterness or skunkiness. A "3.5" rating might be pushing it, because it really doesn't distinguish itself. It is very bland. But I think it deserves a "3.5" on taste for being much better than most beers of this style.

I could drink this all day. It's like water. Nothing terrible, nothing interesting, instead it's simply quite drinkable. And if you're in a pinch in a shitty bar in the middle of nowhere, this beer might become your best friend.

Serving type: can

11-03-2007 21:23:10 | More by jar2574
Photo of MMAJYK


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

Not a bad beer for one of the cheapest ones on the market. Pours bright yellow with brown hue. Smells decent of hops. Taste is very good for a cheap beer. Mouthfeel is nothing special, just alot of carbonation like all the other macros. Drinkable brew and I would like it if I were outside working. My dad had me drinking this stuff when I was a baby, so it holds a special place in my heart still.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2007 12:58:14 | More by MMAJYK
Photo of AlHam

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours clear, light, and yellowish. The head is moderate, yet holds moderately well.

It smells crisp, clean, and light, like most American macro lagers. However, the grain and corn hues come out stronger than in most.

The taste is very reserved, but good. When served cold (like for other American macro lagers, go COLD), it's every bit as clean and crisp as it smells, and delivers the promised faint grain taste.

Very drinkable. Pretty good, for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2007 05:18:39 | More by AlHam
Photo of dteal1


2.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I usually can drink the hell out of these but it wasn't happening for me tonight. Maybe because I was actually paying attention to it. Pale golden with almost no head but highly carbonated and the bubbles kept coming. Wasn't much of a smell at all. Tasted weak and watered down; a little floral to me. Smooth beer that you can definitely drink while mowing the lawn.

Serving type: can

10-20-2007 07:26:05 | More by dteal1
Photo of shadow1961


2.1/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Miller High Life, after a good hard pour, nets a huge fluffy
head over a clear yellow brew. The nose is your usual
macro lager corn and rice funk. The flavor is slightly sweet
corn up front and the merest hint of some kind of hop in the
finish. Dunno- I've heard High Life is incrementally better
than other kinds of macro lagers, but I sure can't pick up on
it. Mouthfeel is light, but not quite watery. I expect the blaze
orange empties of this brew will be littering the woods around
deer camps all over the country this winter. Hopefully nobody
gets their asses capped because of it.

Serving type: can

10-08-2007 01:12:43 | More by shadow1961
Photo of ShredVicious

North Carolina

2.05/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Another pale golden macro lager, though oddly more enjoyable then most. The smell and taste smack of grain and corn. The Champagne of beers is definitely highly carbonated, making it somewhat refreshing. I wish I could put a finger on what it is that makes this beer more drinkable then a lot of the others in the category.


Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 21:21:24 | More by ShredVicious
Photo of Bitterbill


3.48/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours from 24oz can a clear light gold with a small head of foam that dissipates to nothing almost immediately. Ok, the second pour had a bigger head of foam but it still shrank quickly but it's leaving a few island this time.

The smell is a strong whiff of corn.

The taste is a strong corn flavour and some sweet malt that is followed by some hop bitterness that stays right through the finish. Not very complex, duh, but it still tastes pretty good to me but not as good as I remember it from several years ago. There's certainly nothing offensive here and it makes for a good thirst quencher.

PS: I actually enjoyed this brew on tap in the past but it seems no one carries the draft anymore. At least, not in my area.

Serving type: can

10-04-2007 23:29:48 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of Beerbuddha


2.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apperance- Nice light golden coloring with a thin white head which disappears quickly.

Smell- Smells of grain and not much else

Taste- Tastes of grain and has a light metal taste to it. It also has a corn or earthy flavor to it.

Mouthfeel- Thin and very carbonated.

Drinkability- Not a horrible beer. This would be a nice beer to drink after having done strenuos work of some type such as mowing the lawn. They do a good job marketing this beer to a young, hip crowd similar to Pabst.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 20:37:40 | More by Beerbuddha
Photo of SMark


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

This puppy was poured from a 12 ounce can dated 09247 (if I read right this may be out of date) at a cold 38º into a pint glass. The beer poured with a nice white foamy head which dissipated in a couple of minutes. I was surprised at the amount of bubbles and how they kept coming. This was a mass produced clear beer color.

Did not get the crisp clean aromas I was expecting. The bouquet was pretty non existent or common place for this type of beer.

The taste was clean with a hint of crispness thanks to the cool temperature at which this was drunk. Slight taste of malt with hops in the background but face it, this is an American Macro Lager.

The mouthfeel and after taste are not bad but that is not to say they are good either. I can stand to drink this beer over many others.

Miller High Life is normally my drink of choice when thirst quenching without pondering is at hand. I prefer this over light beers but it should not be confused with a beverage brewed with more gastronomic and esoteric qualities in mind.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2007 20:18:26 | More by SMark
Photo of slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

2.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

If this is the champagne of beers, it's that cheap champagne found at university student's new years party. Pours yellow, with a thin film for head. Smells of grain, corn, and a bit of grass. Tastes plain. Somewhat sweet and malty. Very astringent. Personally, I found it undrinkable. Not that it was that bad, but it gave me terrible gas afterwards.

Serving type: can

09-26-2007 22:16:36 | More by slitherySOB
Photo of Walsar


3.35/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out of an orange can, new for hunting season, so I know it is fresh, into an 8 ounce straight glass - the old man bar variety glass - appropriate for the High life.

Let me tell you Mon Ami it has the typical macro lager taste and smell - Miller does a great job at being what it is - a nice drinking beer that goes well with fried chicken or a hot sausage sangwich as enjoyed this day.

At $16 bucks for a 30 pack it is a good bet for a night of watching some games and havin a few domestic brews.

Serving type: can

09-21-2007 22:55:28 | More by Walsar
Photo of Floydster


2.1/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

32 ounce bottle purchased from Ralphs in El Segundo

Not the champagne of beers in any sense

Pour was golden brown with a lot of dense head

Smell was nasty, just like the light, something smells old about it

Taste was a little strong for what it was and too sweet

Could drink that many of these, but a fair amount

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2007 03:52:48 | More by Floydster
Photo of livingregret


2.8/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving Type: 16oz bottle

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow w/ a slight fizzy white head that dissipates quickly

Smell: Very little on the nose here. Slight grain and a touch of corn

Taste/mouthfeel: Crisp, smooth and goes down fairly easy. Slightly carbonated. A slight watery weak corn taste w/ a touch of grain. As it warms up the corn becomes more pronounced.

Drinkability: You COULD drink plenty of these...but I prefer to have one in between my more expensive beers to keep a nice buzz going

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2007 20:30:38 | More by livingregret
Photo of berserker256


3.18/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a pint glass. Standard macro golden yellow. Maybe slightly darker. Standard macro smell. Corn, rice, and so on. Slight metallic smell. But it has a simple and refreshing taste. No bitterness, skunkyness, or otherwise lousy tastes are present. Nicely carbonated. It's cheap and all but it goes down great. I could drink about a million of these while mowing the lawn or BBQing.

Serving type: can

09-20-2007 20:21:07 | More by berserker256
Photo of Overlord


2.3/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ah, the High Life. My favorite thing about this beer was always the commercials, but for a macro brew, it's pretty good.

Pours a yellow with a head the consistency of dish soap suds. Smooth tasting, some alcohol and malt flavoring, no real hops to speak of.


Serving type: can

09-17-2007 00:46:25 | More by Overlord
Photo of SaCkErZ9


3.65/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly, I have never had this beer before in my life. I felt a little curious today so I picked up a sixer this afternoon.

As far as looks go, this one is a very nice looking macro lager. About a one finger head that stays the entire time. Plenty of bubbles in the beer to keep the stark white head replenished. Crystal clear light bronze in color. Most other beers in this genre have a tiny head that leaves in a fizzy hurry; this one never leaves.

Nondistinct smell. Maybe little corn aroma but nothing that would deter me from drinking this beer. Husky, slightly malty. A little sweet.

Nice flavor profile. Clean and crisp. A little sweet. Some hop bitterness as well, which seems unusual. This was pretty tasty.

I have to say, this may be my new go-to beer. I had a favorite but this one may be my new one. Clean tasting with a dry and crisp finish. I think a 12pack will be in my refrigerator in the very near future.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2007 21:43:11 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of BretSikkink


3.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Solidly average: not a horrible waste of water, nothing I'll actually use my own money to purchase again.

Familiar clear, fizzy, golden brew. Head is actually rather frothy, and retains decently.

Aroma and flavor are laden with adjuncts, mainly corn. The body isn't terribly thin, better than some of its brethren, and can stand up to food in some sense; I enjoyed it with crackers and a cheese roll, and enchiladas with salsa. Maybe a hint of DMS nast, but while it's cold things stay in check reasonably well.

SABMiller says that craft beer is a passing phase. I didn't purchase this High Life, and I don't intend to purchase any other SAB products. I urge you to urge your friends: don't bother with this dinosaur of a brewing company. They're stuck in the "golden age" of heavily advertised and merchandised, undifferentiated and unquestioned macro swill, and don't deserve a discerning audience's money no matter the situation.

That said, if you're in a pinch, High Life is a decent lawnmower/party beer, and at 5 per cent gives a little more bang for the buck.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2007 09:00:20 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of Vito


4.47/5  rDev +67.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Miller High Life is one of my favorite American macrobrews. It's the Champagne of Beers, and I like it. Here are the details:

Appearance: This may come as a shock to you, but Miller High Life looks exactly like...beer.

Smell: The smell is uh...uh...unique. It flat-out doesn't smell like any other beer that I've come across. Pungent, but sweet. And it's strong -- the fragrance of Miller High Life will quickly fill up even the largest indoor room. If it gets too powerful, open a window and let your next-door neighbors feel the love!

Taste: No bitterness whatsoever. It's sweet. Not sweet like Oreo Cookies or Froot Loops, but sweet like a fresh, warm corn tortilla with unsalted butter on top. Much richer in taste than most macrobrews, in my opinion. Although it's budget-priced at the moment, Miller High Life has "premium beer" flavor, especially if it's in a glass bottle or on tap.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is amazing. It's an explosion of tingles and smooth-as-silk texture. A truly awesome experience.

Drinkability: Miller High Life goes down very nicely. You'll find that it flows very well after the first few sips. However, it can seem to be very filling if you're not used to it, even a little heavy at times, especially when compared to other American classics such as Bud, Coors Original, or Rolling Rock. So I would recommend drinking 2 or 3 bottles maximum with some pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers, etc., and hold off on drinking it as a session beer until you're a veteran High Life drinker.

Vito says, "Try a Miller High Life. You might dig it!"

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 23:04:17 | More by Vito
Photo of ChainGangGuy


2.63/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a bright, clear yellow body with a full, sudsy white head.

Smell: Very, very faint of aroma of DMS with a touch of graininess.

Taste: Cereal sweetness with an overbearing, ever-present adjunct corn flavor. No hops to speak of. Finishes sweet and decidely watery with a slight solventy hint to it.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Suspiciously smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: While it's not one of the worst fluids that mankind has ever developed or encountered, it's still swill. Swell swill, sure, but still swill.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2007 16:48:37 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of IrishTed122


2.25/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle
Poured into a glass
Medium to average head
Light gold color
Interesting smell and taste, one that I don't prefer

Overall I would not recommend this beer. If it is the only choice, then it is definitely drinkable, but don't go actively seek out this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2007 14:15:17 | More by IrishTed122
Photo of domtronzero


2.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light straw color, totally clear, with a short-lived one-finger head, leaving little lacing on the glass. Aroma is of corn, with a very slight grassyness. Tastes just like it should - dissapointing. Flavor is of corn, with very little hop bitterness. Mouthfeel: Astringent, and the high carbonation makes my tongue feel tingly. This beer is a little too thick and oily for my palate; although I think it is appropriate for this style. Overall, I prefer this beer out of the bottle more so than in a glass. I like to think that this is just flavored alcohol water, not a classy brew to sip and enjoy. As I always say, "There's a time and place for every beer," and this one is perfect for beachside session drinking and not much else.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2007 05:31:04 | More by domtronzero
Photo of barleyman


2.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the clear glass, 12 oz. bottle into my straight sided pint glass tumbler, the bright white head quickly dissapates.The predominate smell is of corn. Taste is similiar and has little hop balance.Mouthfeel is medium, fairly accurate for the style. Drinkability is good, accurate for this style.

Just a thought,


Serving type: bottle

08-25-2007 23:18:25 | More by barleyman
Photo of kguyty


2.85/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer for the price. It is definitely carbonated as if it is in fact champagne... the champagne of beers. It smells like corn, and tastes very sweet. This is an easy to drink beer that goes down smooth and doesn't weigh you down.

It's no PBR, Schlitz, or Shaefer, but not bad for one of the big three...

Serving type: can

08-24-2007 21:20:11 | More by kguyty
Photo of morayeel


3.5/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a favorit summer beer. When its hot out side and your gutting the grass there is nothing like a nice cold high life to quench your thirst.

Nice yellow color

No After taste

Drinkability Great

This is a beer that is best for Sunday football games


Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2007 00:41:52 | More by morayeel
Photo of zerofear13

New York

2/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I asked my friends to pick me up some Miller Lites for a get together, and instead they ended up getting me a 40 oz. of Miller High Life. No, they are not good friends. Drank straight from the large bottle, and tasted stronger and hoppier than its Miller Lite counterpart. Hints of corn, but mostly bitter hops and a non-existent attempt to mask the alcohol. Pretty heavily carbonated and filling. Crisp and dry mouthfeel, but hard to get by the carbonation, as it'll slow you down considerably. Overall, I see no reason for High Life when Lite is a "healthier" and lighter alternative that'll do the trick, unless you're strapped for cash, in which case: cheers to anything!

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 02:16:43 | More by zerofear13
Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
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