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Miller High Life - Miller Brewing Co.

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3,157 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,157
Reviews: 1,040
rAvg: 2.68
pDev: 28.73%
Wants: 16
Gots: 295 | 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 Shaw
2.7/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After reading a thread on Miller High Life here, I had to try this beer again. I haven't had it since college, when I was no beer advocate.

Pours a pale golden color with a foamy white head.

Mild grainy aroma with a tiny hint of hops.

The taste is light and sweet with just a tinge of bitterness. It's not half bad. There is a vegetable aftertaste that's not that great.

Light body.

Overall this is one of the better adjunct lagers. It's really affordable, so that's also a plus. Four 16-ounce cans cost me a bit over $2.

Photo of ryanonline
3.25/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light and clear yellow goldish color with a white head and semi decent gobby lacing.

Smells very light sweet and Hoppy (grassy).

Taste is same except a bit more pronounced. Sweet and even.

Mouthfeel is watery with a slightly dry crisp finish.

Come on, its like water, of course its drinkable.

Better than the average American adjunct lager.

Photo of bondjedi
2.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

From the can, poured as always straight up into a pint glass. I can't drink beer straight from the can, if I have the option to have a glass.

Foam had some staying power, better than most macros. Also some decent lacing.

The next day I had a headache. Lots of rice and or corn in this bad boy.

Photo of Reaper16
2.45/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. can served into a pint glass
Day three of the cheap beers leftover from a party experiment. Many claim that Miller High Life is a contender to PBR, my personal vote for best bad beer. Let's see how the contender fares.

Pours a piss-yellow pale pathetic looking color. The body looks terrible. It looks as attractive as the High Life commercial guy's body size looks healthy. The head though... wow. What a thing of beauty. Three fingers of fluffy, dynamic pillows of froth and angel poop. Lacing sticks to the glass like a puppy to a marrow bone.

I hate this aroma. It doesn't smell like anything. PBR had some tin and lots of corn. Hell, the Coors Light that I had yesterday had a lot more going on in the nose. This has some grass and some sweetish malt lingering somewhere like a shy ghost. I'll give it this: the smell has integrity to it. It smells an awful lot like a proper maibock. That is, when it smells at all, which is not often and not very much.

Lots of icky rice flavors characterize the grain taste of this beer. Some corn on the finish, but mostly rice. A slightly floral bit of hops underscores the whole thing. But this is really, truly, Godawful. Man, fuck this beer. Watery, nasty. Swill. This is just a flat-out shitty beer. I can appreciate adjunct lagers like PBR or Schlitz for embracing their corn side of things. High Life seems to embrace nothing; it tries to taste like nothing.

Too much carbonation for too little body. It feels like drinking a pop. Blech. Drinkability is pretty great. I mean, this goes down like water. It is barely a step up from from light lager.

In fact, it is a step down in quality from the Coors Light I had yesterday. I'd reach for a Coors Light one hundred times out of one hundred if forced to choose between it and Miller High Life. This sucks.

Photo of unskinnyhop09
3.03/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

if you are on a budget, this beer is one of the best to purchase and consume. i would recommend pbr first, but this one isn't bad.

poured into a pint glass--it's light in color. not much here, and you can see it.

smell is what you would expect for a cheap adjunct. corn.

taste is nothing special. there is something decent there. i think it is the yeast. it is a crisp, clean taste.

mouthfeel is below average. don't expect any roundness here...not heavy...just a bit thicker than a glass of water.

in a hot summer blaze, one could easily drink a case of mhl. it's not bad.

Photo of thegodfather2701
3.18/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A-Poured into my Pabst chalice. It is a nice gold color with a frothy, bright white head that dissipates leaving a layer of foam. There is some nice cascading and lacing on the glass, making this one of the best looking beers for the style, which I know isn't saying much.

S-Typical adjunct nose consisting of corn and malt, with a little mustiness as well.

T-Malty, slightly musty, with a corn presence and a hint of hops. Very crisp and refreshing however.

M-Thin and watery.

D-Very, very drinkable with a low abv. and its light body.

Overall, I never pour these out of the bottle to drink mainly because one of the reasons I purchase it is because I like the bottle. Its a great beer for drinking on a budget or when hanging out with non craft drinking friends.

Photo of Kooz
3.3/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

MaddHopper brought these to our fantasy football draft at Big's place. Been a while since I had them, so thought I'd try a few. Ended up having three, and was pleasantly surprised!

The bottles have a nice look. Love that this is the Champagne of Beers. That is pretty classic. The beer itself was a bit too bright yellow for me. It also appeared pretty thin.

Smelled okay, but it was hard to get any real scent from it. It just wasn't a strong smell.

Tasted good! Not quite the champagne of beers, if that's to imply that it is the best of the best, but it's got a nice taste to it.

Nothing special about the mouthfeel.

Very drinkable. As I said, I had three and could easily have had more if I were not driving. It's funny that I can remember that this beer was derided about 10 or 15 years ago--it was one of the worst beers available. Now, I think it's probably about one of the best of the big brewery beers out there.

Photo of HopCrazy
3.7/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'm reviewing this within the style that it is in and not comparing it to another style unfairly.

There is only one macro that I enjoy drinking, and this one is it. There are others that I can tolerate, but this one I will buy just to have something around that is refreshing to drink. Something that is not heavy, or hoppy or malty... just lightweight and enjoyable. Even with the adjuncts, there is nothing offensive here, and it does the job that it is supposed to do. Crisp, thin mouth feel, excellent head and lacing down the glass - please don't drink from the container - pour this one. I like the 6 pack of 16oz cans best poured into glass because I have had some inconsistent quality in the bottles. Occasionally yo get a very bitter one for some reason. There's not much aroma to savor, but the balance in flavor and adequate alcohol content make this one the best macro out there that I have found yet - not to mention the price is great.

Photo of Nerudamann
3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look - Fairly clear, light straw color. About a fingers worth of foam. Good Carbonation.

Smell - Slightly malty, but other than that..nothing. I don't smell a thing. Not even a "beer" smell.

Taste - Somewhat bland, like the smell. The malt taste is pretty thin.

Mouthfeel - Watery in texture. No creaminess at all.

Drinkability - Easy to drink several of these since you don't really taste anything. Very little complexity.

Photo of VelvetExtract
2.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Gold with bubbles.

S-Smells like a macro but less watery than a Bud or a Coors.

T-Tastes like a macro but less watery than a Bud or Coors.

M-Bad but better than some.

D-Its cheap to drink so if you're broke and looking to get drunk go for this over some others.

Photo of VietPong
3.38/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The name might be impressive.. but the beer is not. Light low quality hay taste. Seems odd because this beer should be promoting the high life. There is pretty heavy carbonation, and it just seems like a miller bottled with a high life special tag. Nothing to get excited over

Photo of dditto2
2.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light golden, med-large head quickly disipates, high cabonation.
Cheap beer smell, corny/grainy.
Tastes like cheap beer, grainy.
high carbonation in mouth but thin and watery.
Goes down very easy when u r in the mood to drink. But if im notg really thirsty its hard to get one down.Descent for the price.

Photo of mikesgroove
2.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much you can do on the folly pier, but i had to have something right? Bought the bottle and downed it in about five minutes as i was thirsty as well. Poured out into my cup a straw color with a huge fizzy white head that quickly faded down to just some token lacing on the sides and a clear and very well carbonated body.

Aroma of light hay, straw, touches of musky bready like notes, but very light and you really had to search for it to be honest. Flavor was not as bad as I would have though and that shocked me a bit. Clean, crisp, well carbonated with a smooth, easy drinking an clean palate.

Overall no this is not a great beer, but it was 98 degrees on the pier, and it did its job. I have had far worse then this.

Photo of BigMike
2.03/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with a huge amount of bubbles. A thin soapy looking pure white head tops it off and disappears almost instantly.
On the nose I get a ton of graininess almost corn like. There's the smallest amount of lemon if you really search for it but mostly just adjuncts.
Taste is extremely grainy. Very dry at first but finishes with a good amount of sweetness.
Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth and very carbonated.
Not a beer I would seek out but it has it's place. Mainly a 100 degree day or a ballgame. That's pretty much it.

Photo of UpNorthLager
2.95/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A bright golden hue. Plenty of carbonation. Sometimes, a little too much. Simple beer aroma. Plain taste, maybe a bit sweet. The carbonation makes this a smooth drink. A good alternative when I'm in a mood where I'm not much interested in the taste of my beer.

Photo of mash4077
2.17/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

16oz can to glass

A- Pours a clear yellow with a huge three finger white, foamy head. Alot of lacing.

S- Yeasty smell, nothing complex. Some butteryness, almost popcorn scent.

T- Matches the scent, yeasty and buttery. Corn taste is present and not good.

M- No comment.

D- Average.

Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.2/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz can into 14oz tumbler

A: clear, pale gold with an airy white head. Head quickly fades to a fine lace. A kid could easily confuse this for ginger ale.

S: grain and cooked corn, mostly. Slight spicy note maybe?

T/M: slight sweetness, grainy, cooked corn again. Finish is fairly dry. Lively carbonation. Lives up to the "fizzy" in "fizzy yellow beer."

D: It's a lawnmower beer. As adjunct lagers go, it's average. And I find adjunct lagers highly drinkable at proper serving temperatures.

Photo of dogfishandi
2.75/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

big old clear 40 oz. bottle out of the fridge. best before date of aug 16 2010.

your usual pale straw macro color, but wow, actually has a head to it. 2 fingers that settles to a very thin layer of white head. has some lace to it as well. super clear, lots of bubbles.

very corny smelling malts. a little skunky.

adjunct corny tasting malts. a touch of some floral hops. a little bit of a lagery taste. hardly skunky at all, which isnt bad considering the clear bottle.

somewhat smooth. light, light body. really high fizzy, bubbly feeling carbonation.

obviously this has some drinkability to it, that is if you dont mind the taste. ive drank this by the 30 pack as a youngster all the time. its a pretty average adjunct lager. there are definatly worse ones out there, but its really hard to determine one from the next. they all have the same taste.

i picked up this 40 only because it was 2 dollars and i was broke. i accompanied this 40 with another 40 of genesee, which i believe was a little better. i will prolly never intentially seek this out again, but im sure we will run into each other sooner or later.

Photo of gkunkle
2.55/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with surprising, which unfortunately quickly dissipated. not a lot of smell to it, but I can sniff a little bit of hops. it has a clean taste of grain and corn. Feels mike a medium/light body with a good bit of carbonation. I only had this at a party, didn't do much for me. I have found that in general, when things come out of camouflaged can, they don't taste super great. Although I am sure i could, this isn't something I would like to spend my evening drinking.

Photo of BeanBone
2.83/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: A crystal-clear straw body capped by two fingers of bubbly white head that feature surprisingly good retention and decent patchy lacing.

Aroma: Husky and grainy pale malt with lemony hops. It's thin and very clean, but not offensive.

Flavor: Just as promised, the flavor profile is composed of grainy and husky malt with a twist of lemony hops. It's pretty bland in general, but not bad for the style. The aftertaste is clean, with just a hint of husk and grassy hops remaining.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with crisp medium-high carbonation and a hint of dryness in the finish.

Drinkability: As always with this style, drinkability is the aim, and they've hit their mark here. Sure, it's a little plain, but it gets the job done.

Verdict: Miller High Life is one of the best examples of this perpetually weak style out there (please excuse the backhanded compliment). If I had to pick one American Adjunct Lager out of a cooler at a party, I think this would be it.

Photo of beertunes
3.13/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well, the "High Life", we meet again. This was our everyday drinking beer in high school (back when the legal drinking age was 18) , a group of us would meet every morning before school and kill of a couple of sixers, as well as being the default brew for parties in the woods and house parties.

The beer is an average example of it's style. Clean, clear yellow with a fluffy white head that had OK retention and even a bit of lacing. A slightly sweet, but mostly neutral aroma and taste. Crisp, clean, smooth and balanced body. Good drinkability for the style. For a Cheap American Lager, this is better than some, not as good as others.

Photo of 92jAKe47FS
2.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light, see through yellow, with a 2 finger head that dissipates rapidly, and very carbonated. Almost burns a little bit after the first sip. basic macro style lager taste. taste like bud light and coors. it is refreshing on a hot day but not a beer you sit and enjoy.

Photo of Buttstorm
3.15/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


It was a cool and golden evening, yet refreshing and corny. A man dives, elegantly yet with masterful precision; his nose penetrates the surface. What's this? Before his body is consumed by the brilliant liquid the man hovers, suspended, an odor enshrouding his nasal membranes. "Corn..." The wind whispers as if it were a maligned lover, leprous and proud. A taste, a taste, oh what an urge! The man's lips embrace the golden tears and a word, possibly the most important word in the history of the English language, infiltrates his brain, "Husk..."

He ponders, "Yes, husk. It's as though life, at this moment, has been transmogrified into a pool... A golden pool of corn! But wait! Husk, or is it life? Is it life?!"

"Life..." The wind whispers as the man finally immerses his entire being, both physically and spiritually into the sparkling pool. Once suspended, face merely grazing the surface, the man now enters the realm of Cheap-and-Refreshing.

Photo of bigrzman
3.58/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came home from duty and I wanted something that was cheap, cold, and wet. I picked up some High Life.

A: Has a solid yellow color, pours with a decent white head that quickly disapates, and is fairly carbonated ( not to much big bubbles)

S: For a macro brew this is clean and slightly hoppy. This is a good thing.

T: Malty texture overall slight-medium hop flavor to balance the malt. A good American Pilsner. Came out great in a can. No six pack bottles.

M: Overall thin,slightly drying, and bubbly like as it advertises, "The champagne of beer".

D: For being so fricking cheap it is pretty frickin decent. I have bought this stuff for a while and it passes for beer in my book!

2.7/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a one finger head, that sinks into a slightly foamy, thin layer. Lacing is in the form of foam bubbles that fade as beer is drank.

S: Aroma of a bland, corn spice. Very common lager aroma, nothing to rave about in this smell.

T/M: While it is nice that it is not too light for a beer that does not indicate that it is a light beer, but overall a light one in deed. Tastes of bready corn, and mild malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is short and neutral. The most pleasant thing about this brew is the carbonation, which is in full bubble.

D: Well I have lost the taste for this beer and would not want another one, to have the same bland taste. While it goes down easy and is non-filling, thats what they wanted. I would say lower end of drinkability for the lack of desire to return for more drinking, in regards to taste/flavor and aroma.

Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
64 out of 100 based on 3,157 ratings.