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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

2,940 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 2,940
Reviews: 1,026
rAvg: 2.67
pDev: 28.46%
Wants: 13
Gots: 208 | 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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Photo of danielharper
2.13/5  rDev -20.2%

That's right, Miller Freakin' High Life. A friend left a few of these in my fridge, and I'm taking the opportunity to review one. It's not the first macro I've had, not even the first macro I've reviewed.

Poured ice cold, as is best for the style.

Appearance: Completely transparent light-yellow body, one-finger white head that dissipates quickly. Slight effervescence from the bottom of the glass. There's even a touch of lacing. I've got to say, for the style, it's not a bad appearance.

Smell: Corn, very sweet corn. Lots of adjunct malt. Almost citrusy. Is it a good aroma? Well, by craft beer standards, it's horrible, but it's reasonable for a macro. Nothing actively unpleasant, at least, which is more than I can say for a lot of beers, even a lot of craft.

Taste: Sweet up front, lots of fermented corn, dry on the finish and cloyingly sweet on the aftertaste. I always make sure I have something better to wash it down later and get the flavor out of my mouth.

Mouthfeel: It's basically water, with a very slight carbonation. It's clean, but it doesn't give you anything to hold onto.

Drinkability: Eh, I'll drink it if you set it in front of me or give it to me free. It's basically alcoholic water. You don't drink it for flavor, you drink it for the effects. Still, not actively unpleasant and there are worse macros out there.

danielharper, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of morimech
3.13/5  rDev +17.2%

Straw yellow color with a large white head that quickly settles to a thin cap. A surprising amount of lacing is left on the glass. Just a little better looking than most macro's. On the sweeter side of aroma and taste as well. No bitterness or hops detected. Nothing really spectacular but just average. Light body with a fizzy carbonation which is expected in the style. An average macro at an economical price.

morimech, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of Rddymk
4.13/5  rDev +54.7%

I am convinced that my Dad and Uncles were right about this beer. Unlike Pop's favorite, Hamm's, High Life ranks right up there with good, clean drinkable beer. It is a fine example of taste, price, look, mouthfeel and it has no lingering effects of YUCK afterwords. For the price, drink the crap out of this.

Rddymk, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of BeerBishop
3.85/5  rDev +44.2%

There's something about Miller High Life bottles and PBR cans that get me all nostalgic n' junk; like I have a connection to these beers that dates back to well before I could drink beer because pops and my uncles were never without one. They're by no means my beer of choice these days, but every once and a while I catch myself reaching for one. Such was the case at Sunday night's Super Bowl Party.

Vintage bottle. Out on the back deck deep in a tub of ice. Babies were cold. Ice cold. Arctic ice cold.

Appearance. Vintagely cool. I felt like one of my uncles. Just needed a big bushy mustache.

Taste. Smooth as hell. Not a ton to it, definitely some corn and such, but no hops to speak of.

Sessionability. Off the charts. I was disappearing these effers so quickly I checked the ounce count on the bottle (more than once).

Conclusion. Not a great beer, but a great beer to have around if you want something that's not offensive and something you can drink a ton of if you keep it coming ice cold.

Ah, the High Life, fellas... the High Life.

BeerBishop, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of PatronWizard
2.6/5  rDev -2.6%

That's right bitches - daddy's living the high life. The Champagne of Beers gets a moment alone with papa. Let's see what she's made of.

As with any macro review, I dump it straight in the middle of the glass, daring it to make a head. This sudsy sumbitch has a greater depth of head than fluid. Chunky soap suds. Completely clear, gold tinted beer. Bubbles cling to the glass. Champagney. Heh heh.

Smell is faint corn and aluminum. Not quite disgusting but pushing the damn boundary for sure. What the hell am I doing?

Taste is very weak, but as such, manages to be non-offensive. Which is a helluva lot more than I can say for MGD (yuck). Slight taste of corn.

Y'know, it's kinda smooth. Not great but far from harsh. Almost decent, increasing drinkability from zero to, uh, more than zero. Oh for the recession to end...

Overall: marginal

PatronWizard, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of ChuckR343
3.43/5  rDev +28.5%

Looks like every other American macro, except for the fact that the head is rather persistent. The beer is very bubbly, which gives it the famous tag line "Champagne of Beers". This beer is very cheap with high drinkability. Great beer to bring to a tailgate, when you are tired of seeing Bud.

I can consistently pick up a 4-pack 16oz cans for $2.50.

ChuckR343, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of thekevlarkid
2.42/5  rDev -9.4%

Out of a 24 oz can this classic with a girl on the moon was a straw gold color with a nice, two-finger head. The retention was good and it left curtains of lacing. The aroma was of grain and corn mash with some stale notes. The flavors were metallic, stale and yeast with all the mash notes in the aroma along with some slightly citric/sour notes that arrived as it warmed up. The mouthfeel was a little rough and I just couldn't get past the flavors as it warmed up.

thekevlarkid, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of JayNH
3.13/5  rDev +17.2%

A- pours a clear pale straw color with a two-finger foamy head. The head is somewhat lacking for the style though.

S- a sweet, slightly buttery maltiness.

T- Very bland and a bit skunky sour. A touch of maltiness floating around in there.

M- Very thin, no body to the brew.

D- decent.... This stuff is dirt cheap and you get what you pay for.

JayNH, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of VaTechHopHead
2.48/5  rDev -7.1%

Bought a 40 ouncer just because I could. I must say I now understand why college kids buy this at $1.50 a pop. It tastes like junk and not worth a penny more. Actually they should pay me to drink it. I guess it tastes better if you tape it to your hands...

VaTechHopHead, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of JoshuaCain
3.3/5  rDev +23.6%

pours a very clear light yellow with a thick, fluffy head. definitely a picture perfect looking american lager. head has good retention and lacing.
smell is okay, a little nondescript sweetness and grain, very faint.
taste is barely there. it is literally like drinking sparkling water. a little hoppy bite comes through as it warms.
mouthfeel is very refreshing, sorta thin but with a nice carbonation.
overall drinkability is very high. if you are going to drink a beer from this category there is none better. super clean and refreshing. replace your daily water intake with Miller High Life.

JoshuaCain, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of tbeck
2.98/5  rDev +11.6%

Pours a pale golden yellow with a thick white head. Beer is very clear. Decent head retention that develops a nice collar and good laciness. Simple aroma of cereal grains, primarily barley. Taste is also simple but decent. Mainley barley and a little hops. Simple mouthfeel, light and thin on the tongue. Simple but enjoyable beer. Recommended for hanging in the garage or in the outdoors. Not much flavor and light on the alcohol for recommendation as a session beer.

tbeck, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of yuenglings
3.13/5  rDev +17.2%

Apperance: very clear light yellow almost champaign like little head with little lacing

Smell: almost had a sour smell to it and not much more to it plain beer

Taste: not much here either little bit grain and corn, but not bad

Mouthfeel: light and fizzy

Drinkable: very easy to put alot of these down with out trying not filling at all

yuenglings, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of SchlaflyFan
2.88/5  rDev +7.9%

Tried living the High Life for the first time, for the cost I had to give it a shot. Standard American lager look, yellow color but one thing that stood out is the incredibly foamy head this beer creates. It was thick and quite nice looking for a macro lager. Taste was decent. Malt and corn, with the slightest hint of hops in there. Thin in the mouth and a standard lager smell. I knocked back a sixer of these and enjoyed them just fine. Not a bad choice at all for those looking for a cheap lager to go with the game. I'll be living the High Life more often now I think considering the price.

SchlaflyFan, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of Duhast500
2.55/5  rDev -4.5%

Poured from a can into a pint glass

The appearance is a pale yellow with a small white head, surprisingly there was some nice lacing.

The smell is not very strong. Hints of corn, some hops and malt.

The taste is of a grain flavor, hints of corn, Not very strong hop flavor. Is sweet with a hint of malt.

The type of beer that your dad might drink on the weekends. Not heavy and is really a beer for those times that your short in cash.

Duhast500, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of CityBoy1986
3/5  rDev +12.4%

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. camo can.

It looks just as it should, that same pale, straw colour shared by its brethren. However its head is nicer than most of the rest, and lacing is left until the glass is empty.

Unfortunately, the smell is not as good. The most noticeable aroma is corn, and there is a healthy dose of metal. The taste is more corn with a sweet taste throughout. A metallic flavour emerges at the finish, but is soon gone.

Mouthfeel is, as expected, light and crisp with a large amount of carbonation. Drinkability is high; I have three left and will probably drink them before the weekend.

As far as macros go, it's not bad. Just don't smell it.

CityBoy1986, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of mirish72
3.03/5  rDev +13.5%

This is one of the few macro brews that I like having around the house. Not that I want to drink it that often but it serves a legitimate purpose. It is a great beer for other people to drink when they don't appreciate the good stuff. This is a great beer for your brother in-law who never buys beer when he stops by, but insists on having a beer at your house, no matter what time of day or night. Hell, at $8 a 12 pack it is worth it just for that.

Besides that, I don't mind the high life. I like the clear bottle, exposure to light can't hurt it anymore than it already is. It pours easy, and it drinks easy. I definitely like it better than any light beer and anything else in the same catgory. It is a simple, cheap macro brew that pretty much anyone can stand.

mirish72, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of everetends
3.65/5  rDev +36.7%

12 oz camo can straight from the case that always sits in my fridge for days such as these. Served up in a standard pint.

A: Pours a vibrant, piss yellow that is a fine example of what a macro should look like. Crystal clear through and through. Lots of carbonation activity constantly moving about in the glass. A vigorous pour gave me 2 fingers of head that actually had a ton of retention. The foam is light and fluffy. Lots of lace on the glass, notching all the way down. Looks damn good for a macro.

S: Well its awful macro like. Doesn't smell like much at all. Lots of corn and skunk. Not the greatest at all, and bad for a macro.

T: This is actually a good macro. Lots of corn flavors with a lot of sugary goodness. There is a lot of grassiness going on here as well, but it is pleasant. For a macro, I think it has good taste for the style.

M: Light bodied brew that is watery and easy drinking. High carbonation that is incredibly crisp. ABV is not noticable considering this sits at 5%. Aftertaste is minimal and mostly just a light corn presence.

D: This beer is easy drinking, has decent flavor, a really nice look for the style, and decent feel. Sure it smells like ass, but its a macro. Mind you, I am not comparing this beer against an Abyss or anything, just other macros. Scoff if you wish, but if High Life was currency, I'd be rich, BITCH!

everetends, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of droomyster
2.98/5  rDev +11.6%

The only macro-brew I'll willingly purchase and keep in the house because it tastes nothing like the other macros. Pours a clear light gold with tons of carbonation creating a big soapy head that dissipates quickly but leaves a bit of lacing in its wake. It smells very much like corn and dead grass. Taste is mostly bland on the palate, though some of the corniness (no pun intended) is detectable and is actually enjoyable. The weight is light and the mouthfeel is fine; this beer is pretty drinkable on a hot day.

droomyster, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of Murchmac
2.23/5  rDev -16.5%

This beer pours a stunning pee yellow with foam that looks like tiny exploding marshmellow.

Smell is full of cut grass, with metallic robot foot odor detectable.

Complex taste of corn syrup, adjuncts, and cut grass.

Aftertaste of alcoholic rice cakes.

Try this beer if you have no money or dont want to get drunk while drinking a 12 pack.

Murchmac, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of SickBrew
2.05/5  rDev -23.2%

This brewskie poured from a can into my pils glass with one half finger of fluffy white head. It then shot right down and left a bit of coarse lacing on the way. The beer is a pale yellow and crystal clear like most American macro lagers.

Nose is about like the keystone I just tried (cheap beer night) with some faint malty note that lean a bit to corn side. A faint DMS aroma is apparent. Taste is not so hot. That DMS came back and it has a bit of a over-the-hill character akin to wet cardboard....i.e. oxidation. Body is light and the carbonation is a bit astringent. I don't think I'll having another, unless is all that's left in the boat.

SickBrew, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of NHGrafx
2.78/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured from a 12 oz clear bottle.

Pours a yellow straw color. 2 finger head, decent retention, very bubbly. Pretty nice lacing too.

Aroma is not very exciting. Grains, malts and corn. Some very slight hop aroma, and some slight citrus. Slight grassy smell.

Taste is ok, a bit bland. Similar taste to the aroma, grains malts and corn. Has a slight sweetness. Little bit of bitterness, with light bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit watery and thin. Drinkability is decent, it goes down easy, but not something I would have on a regular basis.

Overall this one is pretty bland and boring. Nothing exciting.

NHGrafx, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of teamhex
2.88/5  rDev +7.9%

Pours golden with a large head. Pretty smooth for a light beer, not bitter at all. I'm going to make this one short and sweet, for a light America beer it isn't bad. I'm more of a lager/bock kinda guy, but this isn't a bad light beer. Also great for playing beer pong with.

teamhex, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of JamesS
3.8/5  rDev +42.3%

Pours a very clear golden color with massive amounts of head and some very decent lacing. Scent was fine, very sweet with a slight jerky undertone. Nice taste, crisp and refreshing, if not robust; little bits of malt with noticable adjuncts (very sweet corn). It does go down very easily. For a macro lager, it's actually quite good.

JamesS, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of caskstrength
3.2/5  rDev +19.9%

Loved their ads. The ones about the "macho guy" who didn't settle for anything less than guy stuff. Like strong engines in his truck.

And proper fires in the fireplace:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4NtEVw1jY8

But the beer didn't make me feel macho, despite the brilliant ads. It made me feel small, insignificant. Unless, of course, I had multiple bottles, then I remember feeling very macho.

I love those ads, so I'll still drink the beer, as I'm clearly bought and sold.

And remember to keep the better half happy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrkon0CICns&feature=related

Salute the contributions of the French:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnOcwy3Jle0&feature=related

And be careful with which what balls you play, neighborhood kids:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwKl1Pq58a0

caskstrength, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of redmagik99
3.65/5  rDev +36.7%

After picking up a couple of 30 racks of this (for $13 each), I've been drinking it so much that I should probably review it. Dark yellow pour, a bit transparent, thin but big patchy head. Smells lagery with a some nice grassy hops. Tastes a bit corny, with some DMS (cooked vegetable taste). Normally considered a flaw, but it's actually not too bad. At least it has SOMETHING, unike bud and shyt like that. Some grassy hops come in with the flavor and balance as well. light bodied, high carbonation. very drinkable. My choice poor-man's-beer along with PBR. Don't hate.

redmagik99, Dec 15, 2008
Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
63 out of 100 based on 2,940 ratings.