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Miller High Life - Miller Brewing Co.

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3,197 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,197
Reviews: 1,059
rAvg: 2.67
pDev: 28.84%
Wants: 20
Gots: 343 | FT: 1
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Miller Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-20-2000

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Photo of VietPong
3.35/5  rDev +25.5%
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 +0.4%
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
2.88/5  rDev +7.9%
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
2.01/5  rDev -24.7%
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
2.93/5  rDev +9.7%
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
2.19/5  rDev -18%
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 +19.9%
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
2.76/5  rDev +3.4%
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 -4.5%
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
2.82/5  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 +17.2%
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
2.85/5  rDev +6.7%
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
3.12/5  rDev +16.9%
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
3.57/5  rDev +33.7%
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!

2.66/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.07/5  rDev +15%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on vacation--- recorded notes into my iphone and I am typing them up now. Central MO isn't known for its craft beer selection-- had a shit beer showdown one night...

Real real real pale yellow. Pale straw colored gold. Half finger white head is loose and lazy looking. No lacing whatsoever.
Smells of steamed white rice with a hint of alcohol. Maybe a little hint of corn. Nothing really going on with the nose or taste.
The best thing we got going on here is the carbonation. The bubbles abound. This literally is champagne like in its carbonation.

Photo of sixerofelixir
2.88/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz clear bottle, fresh until SEP0610 clearly inked on back of bottle.

Pours very light and clear golden yellow. Big white head soon turns into a sudsy, yet sticky ring. Smells like a hay field that was cut three days ago. Taste is clean and light biscuity. A hint of leafy bitters on the end adds to this beer being a step above the average adjunct. Drinkability is not that high, imo. Too sticky of a finish for increased consumption.

Photo of jsprain1
3.5/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Darker than straw by a thin margin. Decent head on it.
S- Smell is rather clean, but corn and some faint malt.
T- EVer so slightly malty, with a corn foundation. Just a shade of metallic hops. Still, a bit less corn-dimensional than most adjuncts.
M- Heavier than most adjuncts with smooth and lively carbonation.
D- For an adjunct, this is a decent beer. also, their commercials are humorous.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.28/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It sure pours pretty and clean!
Crystal clear moderately pale golden liquid topped with a full 1-1/2 inches of white foam being constantly fed by the medium sized bubbles rising to the top.
Head melts quickly, however, leaving only a faint, sparce map and a tiny white ring of medium to large bubbles.
Aroma is definitely American adjunct style with hints of sweetness and corn. Virtually no hops assault the nose.
Taste is slightly sweet..not near as sweet as MGD, but still too sweet to let any hops that 'might be' present to show their flavors.
Not a thin beer at all, High Life has sufficient body to let you know that even after a couple you are still drinking beer and not flavored water or iced tea.
Crisp and clean corn flavored American Adjunct Lager taste makes more a wonderful lawn mower brew on a hot summer day.
Drink this one ice cold. Let it warm and the corn really takes over making it bland and not refreshing at all.

Pros: Bright and sparkling in the glass with nothing offensive to the nose or pallette. Just clean, refreshing 'beer'. No aftertaste to speak of which is nice since many...(read 'most') of this style become cloying and nasty sweet after a few.
Cons: No hops to challenge or give any dimension or complexity to the beer. Clear bottle I would suspect would make this beer susceptible to skunking which would make it totally undrinkable.
Carbonation is a little weak and the refreshment could be improved with more tiny bubbles rising to the top to maintain it's head.

Bottom line is like this beer for what it is on a summer's day.
Pabst has more hops presence and MGD has more malt. Miller High Life is just about in the middle of these two making it easier to drink more than one and cooling off the day.

Photo of hu5om
2.85/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

can into blue solo cup, seemed fitting
a- pale golden, very clear. decent head for a cheap macro
s- lacking but again, better than most cheap macros
t- pretty clean actually. not much going on but it is supposed to taste like nothing. this is a decent nothing.
m- bubbly! champagne of beers right? still very watery
d- i'd put it up there with pbr as best of the worst. for what it is, not too shabby.

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

pours golden and pure. decent white head. retention is ok. nose is clean, grainy and corn husky. taste is much the same. fresh grain, almost non-existent hops, thus no bitterness, cooked corn is quite prominent. mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. quite smooth actually. malt vs crispness balances quite well for an AAL. Overall this beer lacks depth and complexity. but what it lacks in depth and complexity, it makes up for in refreshing crispness. nothing really off flavor or out of bounds. decent, well rounded, simple. for $4/6pack you simply can not beat it.

Photo of Mora2000
1.96/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not sure who provided this 32 ounce can, but thanks to whoever it was.

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is chlorinated corn. Absolutely awful. The flavor is corn with some grassy notes. Luckily, the chlorine from the aroma is not that apparent in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of jporf911
3.8/5  rDev +42.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- High Life pours with a fairly solid white head and lingering lacing. The color itself is a strong golden yellow.

Smell- There are slight traces of corn and a strong scent of hops.

Taste- There is a much stronger presence of corn in the taste than in the smell, but the bitter tang of the hops dominate, followed by a clean finish.

Mouthfeel- The mouthfeel is crisp, fairly light, and has significant carbonation.

Drinkability- High Life is light enough to be consumed in large quantities but heavy enough to be satisfying. It is definitely one of my favorite budget macro brews.

Photo of dcook11
3.5/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer. Certainly not great, but decent.

A- Fairly nice look for an adjunct. Light to medium yellow body with a 2 finger head. High carbonation.

S- Malt, so hops. not a bad smell at all. An odd sweetness that I am not a fan of though.

T_ Tasts like it smells. nothing great, just mediocre. Odd sweetness present again. Cornsyrup?

D- Pretty good drinkability but could lead to a bad hangover becuse of the water quality.

Photo of legatovibrato24
3.47/5  rDev +30%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

After having tried many other miller products, such as lite, MGD and MGD 64, I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I had tried it at a friendly gathering several years ago, but generally paid it no mind as in my younger days I drank beer not for its aroma and flavor qualities.

Sure the color is typical macro brew america, straw yellow with plenty of fizz when you pop the top, however with the first sip, the beer reveals itself as one you can actually taste. There are distinguishable hops and malt characteristics, quite unusual for a beer in its price range (9.85 for an 18 pack bottles).

This is a solid beer to enjoy on those hot summer evenings as you are sitting on your porch/balcony watching the lightning from a distance, while eating a hearty tomato based BBQ sandwich.

Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
63 out of 100 based on 3,197 ratings.