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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 bsp77
3.35/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pint glass.

Appearance: Very pale yellow with thin white head and surprisingly nice lacing.

Smell: Very grainy, mildly sweet, with very light spicy hops.

Taste: Grainy sweet malts, and the corn is thankfully mostly hidden. Slightly spicy and peppery at the end.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, light body. I wish the finish was a little drier.

Drinkability: Actually pretty damn good for an Adjunct Lager. Very refreshing and easy to slam down a few.

Photo of phillipzayas
2/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

uggg. really?

I actually went and got a six pack of this stuff to give it a fair chance.

So I can't believe I am reviewing this beer but I am. Pale color, smells like burnt corn, tastes like corn and has the carbonation of a bad soda. Mouthfeel = water. It did have an okay head retention which was its only saving grace. at least it has low calories too.

Crappy version of Miller Lite which is pretty crappy itself.

Photo of cheesepuffs
2.8/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this straight from the can, not pouring it in a glass.

Appearance - Typical adjunct lager golden color. The can design (although having nothing to do with the beer itself) looks dated and unattractive.

Smell - Decently strong smell for it's category upon cracking the can open. Too bad it's of fillers, as well as the metallic tinge from the can.

Taste - I find it to be more flavorful than that of Budweiser for sure, although it still isn't a *good* flavor. Watery corn comes to mind.

Mouthfeel - Very carbonated. Too much so for my taste, but then what would The Champagne of Beers be without a little inspiration from the bubbly!

Drinkablity - It's drinkable, but it isn't refreshing or drinkable enough to drink through a hot August day if that's what your looking for. In this segment of beers though, "more drinkable" often means "more water", so consider it average in this regard.

Overall, not something I would buy. However, at the same time I can't say much that's bad about it for it's category, and that's why I hate it. It's just so boring and down-the-middle. There are no exciting flavors here. Nothing differentiates it from any other beer. No character.

Photo of techfed87
2.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a big, frothy head. Color is a transparent gold.

Smell is kind of a honey-like malt.

First sip exemplifies what smells come from it. Carbonation gives it a good amount of bite. Overall, flavor is a bit too sour for my taste.

Because of that sour malt quality, and overall lack of nuance to the beer, I wouldn't put it in the list of one of my favorites. However, it is still somewhat decent.

Photo of Mosstrooper
2.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz can into 16oz Roanoke College American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours clear golden with a very large white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a bit of lace.

Smell: Malts and grains, with hints of corn.

Taste: Light on flavor, but has hints of sweet malts, grain, and corn. Some hop hints in the finish, but not much.

Mouthfeel: Light body with heavy carbonation- but it is refreshing.

Drinkability: Nothing special at all- good for a quick refresher or to get drunk. Other than that, should be avoided- but I doubt anyone here needed me to tell them that.

Photo of wahhmaster
2.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Macado's Halloween 2009 shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, pale golden color. Has a thin, fizzy white head that dissipates quickly and leaves almost no lacing.

Smell: Sweet and grainy with a metallic twinge. Pretty weak...

Taste: Very light on taste. Starts slightly bitter. Finishes bitter and sickly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Thin, watery, and way too carbonated.

Drinkability: "The Champagne of Beers?" Please. The only connection this beer has to champagne is color and carbonation level. This is a good beer for quick, repeated consumption. Nothing else. It's slightly better out of a bottle.

Photo of tjsdomer2
2.83/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Kind of cool-looking. Bright golden-yellow with a ton of carbonation and loads of foam. Looks a bit artificial but definitely stands out.

Smell: Corn, mostly stale corn. A bit of maltiness gives it some character though.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Mine was kind of metallic, and also taste like corn. The main thing with High Life is that the bubbles are everywhere, but they aren't very smooth.

Drinkability: The carbonation takes away from the drinkability as I said.

Overall: High Life is nothing more than a more carbonated version of MGD.

Photo of MadTown1000
3.38/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a somewhat distressingly bright yellow into a pint glass, with a bright white inch-and a half head that recedes slowly with substantial lacing. Lace from Miller High Life... who woulda thunkit? The foam actually looks a little bit *too* sticky... but maybe that's just the contract with the quasi-fluorescent beer.

Smell and flavor are corn, corn, and corn. The foam, for whatever reason, is highly bitter, but there's no bitter in the beer itself. A little bit of malty aftertaste does stick around for a while, and the mouthfeel is surprisingly nice. As for drinkability, I finished about half a bottle while writing this review. No bitterness and low alcohol content means this'll do just fine for your next beer pong party. And that's living... The High Life™.

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

My first BA review in honor of college backyard parties.

Straw colored although darker than most American Adjunct Lagers from well known macros. Head dissipates quickly like a soda and settles into a sticky, stringy, unremarkable "head".

Mild grain smell, sweet corn and a little straw like with a nickel tinge. Nothing outside the ordinary for this style of beer.

Mild grain taste with corn and rice. More flavor than most macros albeit doesn't mean much for this category. I would prefer this to most other macros.

Thin and watery.

Goes down like water. Remarkable drinkability, I can pound this all night (which I do with beer pong) although I wouldn't if given a better choice.

Typical Adjunct Lager that leaves me feeling "meh". Hot day or at a party like I had, this beer is perfect. Otherwise, skip it and go for something better.

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

From a can to a pint glass.

A very clear yellow body. not quite as pale as some other lighter lagers. A sticky spidery head that dissapates pretty quickly. Looks like there is a lot of carbonation due to the streaming bubbles.

Smells a little sweet and a little grainy, and bit like a dry white wine.

Taste. The carbonation hits the front of your tongue followed by a little malt sweetness. A wet malt aftertaste. This seems to be smoother than other light lagers.

Overall, I could drink a ton of these. but not that you want to...

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

poured into my duvel glass

A: pours pale yellow from the 24oz can that is more needed for an engineering project. an ok finger thick frothy white head that lasted moderately long
Smells of cooked corn and light amounts of malt
Tastes of slightly sweet corn and malt, with a barely noticeable hop bitterness
M: crisp and watery
D: like water...corny fizzy water.

Photo of AmberMan22
2.95/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty nearly champagne like pale yellow... I feel blasphemous for just writing that sentence. Good head retention.

Smell is a grainy, watery mixture. It doesn't smell skunky, so it's really not that bad, but it doesn't resemble much of anything to do with beer.

Taste is palatable, better than MGD. light malts, dash of hops...not terrible. Probably the easiest drinking of the macro's I've had to date.

Mouthfeel is fairly refined, in my opinion. Not terribly fizzy or dreadfully watery. Which sadly, in this category, merits an above average score.

Drinkability is above average for the same reason. Pat on the back for Miller.

Photo of Wisconsin
2.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can of 'Lady On the Moon' into a pint glass.

A - Having never poured this beer into a glass before I am rather impressed. The body is a clear straw color, which I expected. However, the head, which was about a finger thick and bubbly white has retained itself quite well minutes after pouring. A lace with strands of carbonation rising up to the top is what I am left with.

S - While the appearance of this beer is solid, there is something going on with the smell. Light amounts of corn, grain, and malts all seem to mash together and what are left with a distinctly odd smelling beer.

T - Fortunately the taste doesn't match the smell of this beer. Plenty of light malts, grains, and of course a slight hint of corn is present. Not much else happening in this beer, but not much more was expected frankly.

M - While the taste isn't going to blow anyone away, this beer is smooth and easy drinking with it's light body and solid carbonation. Entering the mouth there is a light profile of malts and grains before carbonation arrives and brings on a nice sweet corn aspect. Finish is smooth and crisp.

D - This isn't a beer I would turn to if the price wasn't so cheap. In winter months this beer isn't the greatest either when you would want something heavier, but during the summertime or when cash is tight, this is a beer to go with. However, I still feel it's beer than most other macro lagers out there.

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a Strange)
A- This beer has a straw yellow crystal clear body with a big bubbly carbonation like soda pop. There is an antique white head that turns to a thin dish soap before soon dissipating.
S- This beer has a dry popcorn hint with a slight musty note and it is otherwise very clean in aroma. As the beer warms there is a faint yeast and green apple note but it is still very light.
T- This beer has a watery flavor with a soft raw grain hint to it and a slight sweetness in the finish.
M- There is a medium-light mouthfeel with a soft mellow fizz that cleans up all flavors in the finish.
D- This beer is very clean but could be a bit more crisp with a little hint of hops or malt to add character.

Photo of MbpBugeye
2.28/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

A- You know this doesnt really look too bad. There is a small whispy head and Im actually getting some lacing! The beer is obviously very pale, nearly no color at all. There is a bright yellow hue though. Lots of lively effervescence feeding that pseudo-head.

S- Nearly no smell. I think that might be a good thing. What I can pick up is full of corn adjuncts. Its very sweet smelling.

T- Taste is probably one of the better of the common macros. Really sweet still however. Its a sugary sweetness. There are grassy and lemony notes. Im not sure if this is from hops or not as typically beers like this have a very very mild hopping.

M- Strangely in between dry and slick. Its dry at first then finishes oddly slick. Very sharp carbonation and almost no body.

D- Manufactured to finish with no aftertaste. That helps the drinkablility. This is not an absolutely gross beer like many of its sisters and competitors. As far as being "The champagne of beers"... They have never heard of DeuS.

Photo of gloriousglo2
3.6/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a red 16oz Solo Plastic cup at the local Catholic church shindig. It was super-cold, so there was no vapor, so I cant comment on the smell. It had a head, it was a very basic yellow color. It didnt quite live up to its rep as the Champagne of bottled beers. But it brought back reassuring memories of early adulthood, so I'm not gonna give it a bad review. My only regret was that it was not in a quart bottle with a screw-on cap...

Photo of FreshHawk
2.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Light golden color with a good sized white foamy head that disappears fast and leaves a little lacing.

S - Light and clean with the smell being grain/corn sweetness that usually accompanies Macro lagers.

T - Pretty typical Macro lager taste. Fairly sweet grain and corn. A bit of hop grassy and bitterness.

M - Light body and good amount of carbonation. Crisp.

D - Made to be easy to drink and non-offensive. Goes down easy and pretty refreshing. Taste isn't great, but good for what it is.

Notes: Not bad for what it is suppose to be. Not too different from other Macros. Probably as good or better than most macros.

Photo of smithza9
2.83/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A solid beer with a light color and an average taste. I like this beer because it is well priced, see commercials, and still has a solid taste. (I actually met the guy in those commercials at a Notre Dame football game!) I recommend this to anyone that doesn't want a craft beer, but still wants a quality brew.


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

Miller High Life really does live up to its Champagne of Beers nickname as it is sparkling clear and very carbonated. It has a thick white head, with lots of lacing, and yellow-straw appearance. Aroma is of corn and grain, but very faint. Taste is very corny and has a vegetable aspect. Also, it is rather sweet. Mouth feel is light and watery. Although this beers starts out very harsh, it smooths out over the drinking of the 16 ounces. A very crisp finish. I rate this one very high. A classic. WARNING: never drink this out of a bottle as it tends to spoil. A can or especially on tap is preferred.


Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
2.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

24oz can best by 5/10/10

Pours into a pilsner glass a crystal-clear light straw with spectacular champagne-like carbonation. Thick foamy pure white head displays good retention.

Smells faintly of malts, but a more pronounced steamed rice smell. Not much else here. No hops to be found.

The taste is very reminiscent of a sake-like rice alcohol taste. Cereal grains, and a taste not unlike fresh baked French bread. No alcoholic taste and infinitesimal hops. Not very complex, but neither is there much to hate with the taste.

Thin-bodied with aggressive, but not harsh carbonation. Smooth and grainy mouthfeel.

Photo of raclark
3.28/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've already reviewed the bottled version of this beer. While the canned version is more or less the same, it does take on a bit of a steely metallic taste. This is somewhat mitigated by pouring it into a glass. Still a decent brew, but if you have the choice between bottled or canned, I'd definitely go with the former.

Photo of RyanBelle
1.3/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer is rather bitter and nothing special compared to the rest of the American Macro Lagers I have tried. I really think they could up the ante on such a hyped up beer. The carbonation is super low and it's not one bit crisp on the tongue, either. All I taste is stagnant fizzy water that seemed to have been passed through a bag of metallic minerals.

Photo of heissebier
1.78/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Poured from a can.

Appearance- A frothy but quickly dissipating head. A transparent golden-yellow.

Smell- Can definately smell the corn malt. Maybe its just the marketing but it somehow reminds me of champagne.

Taste- Bland but not terrible. Mostly malts. And a healthy dose of ewww...

Mouthfeel- Incredibly smooth and light, but not to the point of being pure water. Doesn't over do the carbonation, either.

Drinkability- Horrible. Its too flavorful to be a chugging beer and to shitty to drink for the purpose of appreciating beer.

Photo of olympuszymurgus
3.25/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

poured from a camo can aged by the great pac-nw.

you know what i love? driving through the middle of iowa in july, corn fields waving hello, the smell of chemicals in the air, america to the north south east and west of me. this is an american beer. if you don't like it, you can go somewhere else.
the sickly sweetness of the corn and barley intermingling with a brief hop bitterness. the metallic finish, the striking awareness of what it means to be an american. realizing that this beer is brewed in kettles bigger than anything you will ever own. that slight touch of something (it can't be hops, only miller lite is triple hopped) at the end that signifies something meaningful yet esoteric. such is the way of the american dream. long live this beautiful land...as for the people...

Photo of teovaldi
2.75/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with about a 2 finger white head with decent retention and slight lacing.

Smells like corn and something metallic.

Taste is of corn and bread with a slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery but the carbonation makes up for it somewhat.

As long as they are cold these go down easy, something light and cheap with a bit of taste.

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