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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
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2,756 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,756
Reviews: 1,016
rAvg: 2.67
pDev: 28.46%
Wants: 13
Gots: 143 | 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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Vito

California

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
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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
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IrishTed122

Florida

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
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domtronzero

California

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
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barleyman

Georgia

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,

barleyman

Serving type: bottle

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

Missouri

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
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morayeel

Pennsylvania

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

GO REDSKINS!!!

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2007 00:41:52 | More by morayeel
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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
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Brad007

Vermont

1.2/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Pours a light yellow color with some head that wears off. Aroma is very corny and sweet. Taste is somewhat bland though. Very light taste of corn adjunct. Really nothing like the label says (not really a surprise there). I'll even venture as far as to say that I prefer Miller Lite to this.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 00:53:44 | More by Brad007
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Vvall

Tennessee

2.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

What can I say about this beer that has not already been said?This is the brew I buy when I need a lot of beer for a big party,cheap, easy to get,and nobody complains.It is the only American Macro I can stomach,for the most part,and it gives my neither a headache,nor the trots,like most of the rest do.All in all it is an average beer,good for parties,but not what you want to drink if you are having a small group of friends over for a nice dinner.

Serving type: can

07-19-2007 17:01:24 | More by Vvall
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witster18

Tennessee

3/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light gold with tiny bubbles. Smell is orange peel and corn notes and what is that?!?!....HOPS! You can really get the Orange peel though. Head is .5" and it retains fairly well. After a while we've got a little lacing...looks decent. Taste can seriously vary depending on the temperature of this one. When cold, this beer takes on a hoppy/lt.hellas characteristic..a little tart/citrusy...it goes down easy and it satifies. Decent flavor for a macro. Great with salty foods. Over carbonated and has the tendency to get very adjunct prominant and bitter/sour as it warms. Under 45 it's sweet,citrusy, hoppy, pleasant and drinkable....over 50 it's unbearable. Considering its' company and the fact that it's 7bucks a 12pk ..make this a solid choice...especially since it comes with the Miller 'hangover free' guarantee:)....My 'cheap' stocked brew...FOr Macro,.. I'd rather have a red stripe or a grolsch...but for half the price....this is a good deal!

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2007 21:09:33 | More by witster18
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Halcyondays

California

2.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

32 oz. quart bottle,

A: Pale yellow with a surprisingly firm head.

S: Bits of corn, nothing much really.

T: Corn flavor, very light, though nothing really objectionable as the beer warms up.

M: Light, high in carbonation, but surprisingly robust for a macro.

D: Not a horrible beer, pretty good for a macro, just too light for my tastes. It has a pretty good drinkability, though the quart bottle got boring after a while.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2007 01:44:26 | More by Halcyondays
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

2.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Truly lives up to Champagne of Beers!

Pours a clear straw yellow, thin white head forms, settles down quick to a thin ring around the glass, the disappears completely, no lacing. Smell is sweet and corny, honey, citrus, bit of floral, pretty average. Taste is similar, sweet corn, adjuncty, wheat like dry middle, floral and citrus sweet sugar finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. Was holding on to this gem for my #900 review, but I forgot!

Serving type: can

07-15-2007 01:22:38 | More by Viggo
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RedChrome

Connecticut

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

Light golden color and crystal clear. Half inch white head took a minute or two to fade down. Lots of carbonation can be seen rising. Foam-like lacing left in clumps.

Crisp and grainy aromas. Very typical of most beers in this style, the majority of the scent comes from the adjuncts. Fresh corn is in abundance, and hangs on a few moments in the nose.

Interesting taste of corn with a slightly soapy coating. Very clean, and doesn't hang around. Not much in the way of different flavors to be found, just an all adjunct taste.

Decent viscosity with a light finish. A nice burst of carbonation to help tingle as it passes over the tongue.

Not a bad beer overall. Great to wash down anything from a grill on a hot day. A decent standout against to many lesser choices in style. Not my first choice, but a good go to macro.

Serving type: can

07-09-2007 02:36:24 | More by RedChrome
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Gmann

New York

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

Pours a clear light straw color with a dense white head that dissipated into a nice cap and left some real nice chunk lacing. The smell is faint, corn, grain, metallic, protypcial macro stank. The taste is of corn, grain, but has a slight apple tartness that cuts the artifical sweetness. The feel is light, watery and dry. Probably the most dry macro I have tried. Perhaps that is why this is the champagne of beers. One of the better macros out there and cheapest, can't beat $12 for a 30 pack.

Serving type: can

07-07-2007 04:00:17 | More by Gmann
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giblet

Ohio

2.33/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

another macro. not too bad at that. a good beer for those looking for a light beer and/or a thirst quencher. a good cookout beer.

there are hundreds of beers that work well for me as "cookout" beers and this one gets lost in the crowd. it is cheap but decent. not my choice when looking but if i does catch my eye it is acceptable.

try it but dont have high life expectations.

suckem up and movem out!

giblet

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2007 10:49:01 | More by giblet
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onthefarside

New York

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

For the price this beer can't be beat, I've never bothered pouring it out of the can as its main purpose is to mostly get wasted or enjoy a really cold beer at the BBQ or while mowing the lawn. Smells like corn, tastes like a sweet beer champange, hence the name. mothfeel is pretty much full of carbonation but not like a soda. Drinkablility is amazing. the only other kind of beer i can drink like this might be newcastle, but that's expensive at 15 bucks a 12 pack where i can buy a dirty 30 of the high life for 11+tax/dep. This beer will always have a place in my heart, for being dirt cheap and amazingly drinkable. I can put down almost half a 30 at parties and its great with chinese food and bbq food. Can't go wrong with living the high life, just wish i could find this in 40s.

Serving type: can

06-29-2007 05:32:58 | More by onthefarside
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cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

1.1/5  rDev -58.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

There is not a lot to say about this beer that is good, not for me anyway. The beer is a nice light gold colour that is reminiscent of American lagers. There is no discernable smell to speak of nor is there any discernable taste. The mouthfeel is very watery with hints of carbonation. Overall this is not a beer that I would try again, nor is it a beer that I would recommend to others.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2007 02:59:56 | More by cyrenaica
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musicjustintime

Pennsylvania

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

I can't believe it's taken me this long to review one of my staple beers....the good old "HIGH LIFE!"

Very thin and light in appearance and flavor...but oh, so drinkable. Smooth and refreshing...need I say more? AND, at 5% ABV, it's a warmer, too! It's an American classic that is, in my opinion, much better and CHEAPER than Miller Lite, Bud Light, etc... It's THE BEER that our blue-collar dads and grandfathers drank come 5 o'clock. It's the beer that is good with a hot dog...good with pizza...and just good to have after mowin' the lawn or a hard day's work, wherever it may be.

I've been drinking High Life for many years, and even when I say I'm not gonna drink it for awhile....I always go back to it. I guess it's my "go-to" beer that's affordable, drinkable, and respectable. It IS, to me, an American classic that should stay around forever. Here's to American lagers...here's to our old men (and women, I guess!) and grandpaps. And here's to the High Life. Cheers my friends!

Serving type: can

06-24-2007 00:35:06 | More by musicjustintime
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

2.53/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can poured into pint glass, a bit darker than the bud light I just reviewed but not by much, though the head retention lasts a bit longer. That being said the head itself is disapointing, it's very foamy and does not seem natural, not very inviting.

Smell is better than bud light but that's not really saying much, cooked grains and corn dominate, more grainy than anything.

Taste is light bodied and a bit watery, ceral grains dominate on the front end with a corn aftertaste, not much going on but a lot more taste than a lot of other macros out there.

I'd take this brew over MGD but that is about it, pretty easy to drink and nice and cheap, a good college brew.

Serving type: can

06-14-2007 04:24:16 | More by bluemoonswoon
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tfinn

Oregon

2.98/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours straw yellow, with a pure white fine-bubbled head, which leaves a bit of lace on the glass as it goes down, strangely enough.

smells faintly of grits / polenta and fresh sweet hay. no hops. (none really expected, but I can hope, can't I?)

flavor has a slight carbonic tang at the start, which dissolves to a farina / grits-like flavor, with hints of malt juice. I like corn, so I have to rate this a little above average. no hops anywhere, but the grits flavor fades out, so there's some bittering going on.

mouthfeel is creamy and finishes with a slightly metallic bittering character. if it were more intense, it might be a bit unpleasant, but at these macrolager levels, it really ain't too bad.

halfway through my pint and I'm getting a bit bored, so I have to knock it a little bit. That being said, if I were stuck in BFE and the other choices were budweiser or coors, I'd stick with miller. michelob is marginally better, but equally boring. this is certainly more pleasant to drink than fosters or PBR.

this beer would be <B>immensely</B> improved by a late addition of saaz or some other spicy noble variety (tettnang, hallertauer).

Serving type: can

06-06-2007 06:24:08 | More by tfinn
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bobhits

Kentucky

2.03/5  rDev -24%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

OK...it was probally one of the better macros. That makes it only mildly offensive instead of completely offensive. Honestly if this beer is "worth a try" is there a beer out there that isn't? It does have a bit more flavor than many of the macros and the smell is definately strong and if you enjoy that corn smell more power to you. If you like clear fizzy yellow beer then maybe it looks good.

All I can say is it's somewhat refreshing and it goes down easy. Just try not to smell or taste it while doing so.

Serving type: can

06-05-2007 08:40:32 | More by bobhits
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Best beer on-tap at the bowling alley.

I guess it's good for the style. The flavor is a crisp mix of pale malts and corn adjunct. No hops really, just a clean beer without any nasty off-flavors. One of the better macros, if that counts for anything. Just stick to PBR if you're going cheap.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2007 05:51:58 | More by tempest
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BMoney575

Texas

3.45/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Sampled on 5-26-07

The can is a very unique gold, with "The Champagne of Beers" on it. I won't do this beer the justice of a glass, its much better can-served.

Smell is uber-sweet, corny and fantastic.

Taste is much like the smell, this is a purpose built beer. Flavorful, mostly sweet, with no hop character at all.

Mouthfeel is good, big carbonation and super smooth.

Drinkability is outstanding, Budweiser is full of shit, this is the king of beers.

Serving type: can

05-27-2007 03:33:32 | More by BMoney575
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WJVII

Wisconsin

2.25/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Growing up in WI Miller is part of your heritage (especially in Milwaukee where I grew up), but after you grow out of your need to "respect" where you came from it becomes harder to enjoy a beer that has so little taste, at least to the darker beers I have come to enjoy. Oddly enough one of the only people I know to still regularly order Miller High Life is my older brother. For me it is too light and doesn't leave much on the palet. The retro long neck bottle and clean golden color (as the bottle is clear) let you know the beer is fresh so on a hot day it still can hit the spot, but in a bar when I want to enjoy my beer it doesn't do it for me. The taste is still classic Miller and I respect the history, so I will still happily drink a High Life if offered one, but I will not go out of my way to order one on my own.

This being my first review I wanted to go with a beer I know and respect. Overall High Life may be called the "champagne" of beers, but is more like a sparkling white wine, not excatly from the Champagne region of France if you know what I mean!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2007 02:53:00 | More by WJVII
Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
63 out of 100 based on 2,756 ratings.