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Miller High Life - Miller Brewing Co.

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63
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2,778 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,778
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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yourunclewalt

New York

2.53/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I'm going to skip the A/S/T/M/D, etc. here, as this is a High Life; the champagne of beers. Obviously it's a macrolager, pale straw, sticky, corn-taste. For some reason, this just happens to be one of my favorite cheap American macros - 6 bucks a 12 pack, very sweet - refreshing. Throw a lime in it (hah) and it's the poor man's corona. Great in a pinch or on a hot day for tailgating.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2007 23:15:29 | More by yourunclewalt
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guitarmage

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale yellow, vibrant though, a little bolt, soapy white head leaves a thin lacing with good coverage. A little sticky on the glass.

Smell: A little stinky, sour cabbage, grains, slightly metallic.

Taste: A pale malt sweetness gives way to a sour apple tartness, biscuity in the nose and finish. Slightly acidic character as well.

Mouthfeel: Soft and heavy carbonation, body is thin, a little creamy quality. Easy to drink.

Drinkability: Compared to its peers, this beer stands up for itself. Fairly balanced, refreshing and drinkable, lightly sweet and biscuity.

Serving type: can

04-25-2007 04:31:21 | More by guitarmage
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uncggop06

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +50.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is for a taste test between Miller High Life and MGD (as per forum posts this same day). Beer poured from 24oz big can into large Okocim glass (0.5L, this glass is awesome by the way). Head formation was brilliant for a macro lager and sticks to the glass in large chunks. Puffy cloudy head remains after a few sips, this thing won't go away, reminds me of a slightly lesser head from a tripel. Beer a very pale gold with TONS of bubbles, it's so nice. The smell is not great, but the taste makes up for it. Very smooth and crisp, almost like biting into an apple. It is fairly sweet, but very refreshing. This definitely goes with everybody's idea of a great summer beer.

Serving type: can

04-24-2007 03:07:40 | More by uncggop06
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

2.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Miller High Life. The Champagne of beers.
ok.
Not bad appearance. Light golden color with lots of bubbles (which is I guess what you would expeact for the champagne of beers)
smell and taste are eh. nothing special or exciting. nothing really to offer.
Mouthfeel is really carbonated (duh)

D- I would pick MGD over miller high life but this isn't bad.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2007 03:01:43 | More by PittBeerGirl
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jmbranum

Oklahoma

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

This review is of the regular strength version (not the Oklahoma 3-point version), out of 40 oz. bottle I bought from a convenience store in Harlem, NY near the hostel I'm staying at tonight.

Miller High Life was the first beer I ever drank but I haven't had it in 10 years so I thought it was time to give it another try. Of course this isn't 3 point so it isn't a fair comparison, but I'm enjoying this far more than I expected to.

Bright gold color (I'm drinking out of the bottle though as most macros to me don't improve when poured into a glass). The aroma is kinda grainy with some funky macro notes.

The taste is... better than I expected and frankly better than most macros out there. The dominant charecteristic is the grain. Not much bitterness or hop flavor but there is a slightly funky aftertaste (but not as bad as in some macros)

Lots of carbonation which works well.

If you're low on cash (as I am tonight) and want a half-way drinkable beer, this is a good choice. Definitely drink it cold.

(My scores for this beer are judging it compared to it's style, which got it a .5 bump. If compared to most microbrews, I would not judge this beer so high.)

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2007 02:42:16 | More by jmbranum
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stevehagy

New York

1.88/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Definitely not the champagne of beers. Carbonation a little too high for this beer, it overpowers any taste it might try to have. Aftertaste is bad but then again the true taste is nothing impressive. Decently smooth. The taste is distinct but not in the best way.. Of all the cheap beers this is one of the few distinct, with its foul aroma and bubbly taste.

Serving type: can

04-13-2007 00:12:43 | More by stevehagy
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DoubleJ

California

3.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's not unsual to find a 32 ounce bottle of this cheaper than a liter of bottled soda pop. Comes with a soda-like twist on/off cap too. On to the beer:

The beer has good head retention, but its clear yellow body scares me a bit. A few whiffs in the nose took me down a few notches with it's rotten adjunct aroma, even when cold. The taste is either solid or awful, depending on how cold the beer is. I first tried it a little warmer than ice cold, and it didn't make my tongue happy. However, thanks to the soda-like bottle cap, I saved some for later in the fridge, and the taste was more appealing when served CUHH-OOLD. Fairly sweet taste, with a grainy finish instead of the odd-tasting stereotype we get from cheap beer when merely cool. To enjoy Miller High Life properly, follow these don'ts:

DON'T pour into a glass.
DON'T smell the beer.
DON'T serve warmer than ice cold.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2007 05:06:39 | More by DoubleJ
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.23/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Girl In The Moon... classic stuff

High Life was once Miller's best-selling beer--it sold nearly 24 million barrels in 1979

I remember drinking 8 - 7.5oz "pony pack" bottles of this beer every Friday & Saturday night as an 18 year old (yeah, the drinking age was 18 back then and all was good).

A - beer

S - beer

T - decent beer

M - beer

D - beer

it's typical for a macro, with the exception of taste, it's a classic and it's a half notch above average.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2007 00:53:32 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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happygnome

Minnesota

3.05/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: golden straw color white head little retention time no lacing
s: straw, corn hard to describe
t: better than mgd, ice cold this is not too bad for a macro
m: medium bodied smooth lots of carbonation

overall this isnt too bad for a macro, i prefer it to mgd, ice cold its drinkable, not sessionable....and its cheap

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2007 21:55:02 | More by happygnome
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EagleTalon

Oklahoma

2.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From a 7 oz. bottle. Pours to a persistent but thin white head with bits of lace. Pale golden/straw color. Aroma is corny and sweet, with a bit of banana ester. Flavor is very weak, a bit too sweet. Finishes clean and sweetish. A good looking beer that is just "drinkable".

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2007 03:02:25 | More by EagleTalon
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skizziks

Kentucky

3/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Night of the macros round 1. I have accumulated some crud in the fridge and I will attempt to make the most productive use of the stuff while clearing it out. I do occasionally seek out an American Light Lager, but this will be a bit extreme for me.

12oz. bottle at fridge temp into a room temp weizen glass. Quick rising white baking soda fizz comes up to about 3" and quickly falls to a thin ring and skim of varying bubbles. Surprisingly good lace on such an anemic foam. The beer is a very pale straw. Seems to indicate a general lack.

Aroma is weak with some grain and very slight herbal hop. Grain has a little husk and a little bread crust. Takes some work to get it out.

Flavor has some faint sweetness, herbal hop, clean water. Foam builds on the tongue but not enough to be distracting. Dry metallic finish. Some lingering honey on the tip of the tongue.

Mouthfeel is light, somewhat watery but not exactly thin. The light body and lack of flavor make the High Life very easy to drink. Not a bad pick for an undemanding quencher but not worth seeking out over most other macros. Not that it's hard to find or anything.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2007 02:07:14 | More by skizziks
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jettjon

Florida

2.48/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 24 oz bottle with no freshness date, purchased for 99 cents at a convenience store. Into a chilled pint glass, this beer is a mid-golden transparent color with lively carbonation evident. 1-finger whitish head fades quickly leaving a thin cap and solid ring along with clingy lacing. Decent looking—for a macro. Nose is not impressive; it’s dominated by sour malts and a light malt liquor presence. Mouth is semi-sweet with a touch of grassiness, some just-at-the-edge of annoying sweet malt. Mouth is rich and smooth with good, mouth-filling yet gentle carbonation. Drinkability is below average; it’s just your average macro swill here. Price is OK for a beer of this quality.

Overall: Pretty much average macro lager, meaning pretty much a below-average beer. I wouldn’t have bothered other than for the sake of completeness.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2007 19:43:57 | More by jettjon
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lastnightintown2

Indiana

3.4/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How can anyone hate this beer? Yes it's cheap, but honestly it tastes great for its price. For being a mass produced beer it is incredibly good. The color is dull and the smell is nothing impressive, but the taste is perfectly fine and the head is is quite massive. very carbonated. It is very drinkable and finishes fairly smooth. I would say this is the real beer drinker's cheap beer. When I don't have the cash to buy a case of Sierra Nevada, I'll go with a dirty 30 of high life. Tastes even better in the bottles. I will forever respect the Champagne of Beers. Cheers.

Serving type: can

03-08-2007 06:00:10 | More by lastnightintown2
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zeff80

Missouri

2.8/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Consumed a bunch of this in college and decided to re-visit the "Champagne of Beers"

A - Poured out a straw yellow color with a small, short lived head. Highly carbonated.

S - It smelled mostly of grains and corn.

T - Tasted of corn and a little malt.

M - It is fairly thin, but smooth. A light-bodied brew.

D - It is still a descent american macro lager. It will do the job during Championship Week on ESPN.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2007 01:28:52 | More by zeff80
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HochFliegen

Oregon

2.95/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The good ole High Life. Havent had one in years, was at a friends and we opened a few one night. I forgot how mellow this beer is. Nothing at all stands out. The color is pale straw with plenty of carbonation to create a nice white head. Smell was very plain with a hint of grass even a little yeast. Taste is very light not much to detect other than a hint of grain like flavor. No aftertaste at all. Very fizz like from the carbonation. For a mass produced beer this is in my opinion one of the better ones.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2007 20:38:21 | More by HochFliegen
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schusterbauer

Michigan

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

about as middle-of-the-road as it gets. grainy yellow hue, grainy smell, grainy flavor with hints of sweetness from corn, grainy mouthfeel. not that any of that graininess is a bad thing. it's actually kind of interesting, and despite the uber-mass production involved, it tastes pretty natural. very drinkable, with my only complaint being that i would prefer a bit more hops to make the finish a bit more refreshing. probably the best of the gigantic-batch american macro lagers.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2007 17:04:15 | More by schusterbauer
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Snyder18

Missouri

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

Decent head retention for a mass produced lager. Two inches of smooth white cottonball head that holds up for better than five minutes before dimishing to approximately one eighth of an inch. Thin layer of lace appears for a short period of time.

Clear pale straw color with lots of bubbles suggesting a good deal of carbonation.

Aroma is weak with a faint smell of cut grass.

Thin watery flavor with a long dry slightly floral finish. Dryness sticks around for a long time. Also possibly light struck in clear glass bottle.

To be fair, beer was purchased on clearance with age being questionable. Intend to review again at a later time.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2007 04:00:33 | More by Snyder18
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Dubbercody

Washington

2.05/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Packing 4.7% ABV into this lightly golden color with a fluffy white head is kinda of impressive, I can understand why the 32oz bottles are enjoyed by frat kids, homeless dudes looking for something fancy and when your at a party and the beer is free...Great to drink when it's hotter than hell and water is just not available...maybe...it could happen.

But you know what you're getting yourself into when you pick up a Miller High Life, the champagne of beers of course!

And I've got to say the picture with the empty forties is the icing on the cake.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2007 05:29:42 | More by Dubbercody
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beerphan

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +52.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle -> american pint
no date, but there is laser printed code

Pours a clear straw yellow with a generous head that leaves behind thin patches of pale white lace. The head surprisingly has some staying power and laces better than any macro i've come across. Carbonation is robust, truely champagne like.

Nose: Pale malt, a little sour yeast.

Taste: Slight toasted grain corn like flavor, that finishes relatively clean with a tad of caramel.

Mouthfeel is medium to slightly watery but with a quick crisp finish.

The most drinkable american macro imo. Used to down these like water at the bowling alley in my personal prohibition time. Cheap and available everywhere. A 4.5 for taste compared to beers of this style not compared to your favorite big beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2007 19:28:17 | More by beerphan
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msolar

Massachusetts

1.93/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Arguably the worst American mass produced beer. There’s only one reason to drink this; it’s cheap. At $1.50/bottle at Red Bones BBQ, it’s nice to have one on hand to wash down the mistaken consumed Atomic Corn Relish your friends hid on your plate.

A pale yellow that a 2watt bulb could easily penetrate. A tall foam head displays it’s high carbonation level. Flavor? Like poorly-aged Corona. Pretty gross. I’d suggest Bud Light or Pabst Blue Ribbon if you’re looking for an inexpensive light beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2007 23:36:06 | More by msolar
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jmz62565

Connecticut

2.15/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This pours a pale clear yellow with a medium white head. Very pale and watery looking,making this not very attractive. The smell is only a hint of vegatables,corn, and nothing else. It was so weak it's almost nonexistant. The taste is weak and watery with veggies,corn, and sweet malt. Really, their's not much to talk about. The m/f is light and the weak flavors mix OK. This is what it is. A beer that should be served ice cold to hide it's imperfections.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 23:49:17 | More by jmz62565
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kimcgolf

Georgia

2.15/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had this at a party, ice cold from the bottle, after several other beers. Nothing special here, just a typical BMC macro. Okay appearance, aroma and taste of grain, and an aftertaste that left soemething to be desired. However, in the absence of micros and good imports at the party, it fit the bill as well as any other BMC.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2007 19:41:16 | More by kimcgolf
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pmcadamis

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Ahhh, the champagne of beers. Champagne is named after a world renowned grape producing region of France...and this is made in Milwaukee home of some of the shittiest beers ever brewed. Whatever. Picked this up at a gas station...$1.19 for 24oz.

A - Light gold / straw-colored just like every other macro lager. Very clear with a thin cap of fizzy bubbles.

S - Sweet corny adjuncts are unoffensive and uninteresting. Smells sweeter than most other macros.

T - Wow. For the style and price this is pretty damn good! It's sweeter than other cheapo beers, but not too syrupy like a malt liquor. I can taste the aluminum from the can though. This might be slightly better in a 40oz bottle. Cornflake cereal is really the only flavor that comes to mind. I like cornflakes.

M - Light, fizzy, and watery. Exactly what I expected. Very, very, very thirst quenching. Leaves a nice aftertaste that is the slightest bit hoppy.

D - I could guzzle this stuff on a hot day. Excellent cheapo summer beer if you want to slake your thirst and are on a tight budget.

Serving type: can

01-05-2007 06:05:00 | More by pmcadamis
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BeerSox

Virginia

1.88/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Can into glass.

Light watered down looking hay color.

Light cooked vegetable smell.

Barely any flavor, but slightly sweet, maybe from the corn adjuncts. Light bodied with plenty of carbonation. Clean finish, no lingering flavors.

Just another macro lager, nothing much to expect here. This actually was my favorite of the American Macro Lagers back when I first started with beers. Still seems sweeter than the others AMLs.

Serving type: can

12-29-2006 04:53:28 | More by BeerSox
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nicksta

Michigan

3.18/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is my second shot at this brew. I must say that the beer is much better this time around. This is mainly due to the fact that is not so adjunctly sour this time around. Instead, the taste is a pleasently corn malty and nicely sweet on the end. On the whole it is very smooth. The smell is like the taste because it contains strong corn malts. The appearance is a light gold with some good lacing. The mouthfeel is good because it is so smooth, but the drinkability is a little below par because it gets kinda sour and carbonated during a long chug.

Overrall, this beer is much better the second time around.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2006 00:35:22 | More by nicksta
Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
63 out of 100 based on 2,778 ratings.