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Miller High Life - Miller Brewing Co.

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1,078 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,078
Hads: 3,398
rAvg: 2.9
pDev: 22.41%
Wants: 30
Gots: 569 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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 winomark
2.13/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: "The Champagne of Beers" pours a clear gold with a thick, frothy white head.

Aroma: Corn on the nose, with little or no hops apparent. Slighty skunky.

Taste: Almost not flavor. Some grainy notes, but not much of anything.

Mouthfeel: Quite light and slightly sweet. No excessive carbonation, which is good.

Drinkability: If you need a decent tasting beer to get a good buzz, by this in the convenient 32 oz. can; otherwise, approach with caution. (469 characters)

Photo of shadow1961
2.12/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Miller High Life, after a good hard pour, nets a huge fluffy
head over a clear yellow brew. The nose is your usual
macro lager corn and rice funk. The flavor is slightly sweet
corn up front and the merest hint of some kind of hop in the
finish. Dunno- I've heard High Life is incrementally better
than other kinds of macro lagers, but I sure can't pick up on
it. Mouthfeel is light, but not quite watery. I expect the blaze
orange empties of this brew will be littering the woods around
deer camps all over the country this winter. Hopefully nobody
gets their asses capped because of it. (591 characters)

Photo of jmz62565
2.11/5  rDev -27.2%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of melmoth100
2.11/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Light amber color, tending to gold. 1 finger head. Surprisingly strong legs.

S - Skunky.

T - Can definitely taste corn, with sweet aftertaste. Almost like celery.

M - Watery from start to finish.

D - Drinkability is this beer's strong suit.

When reviewing a beer like Miller High Life, it's time to take off the hat of the beer snob and put on the hat of the barfly. This is a beer for roadhouses, frat parties, and fishing trips, and should be evaluated as such.

Having said that, my opinion is that other American Macrobrews (Bud, MGD, Coors) offer more bang for their buck. Even against this undistinguished competition, Miller High Life is a straggler. (715 characters)

Photo of josiahschlender
2.1/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Picked up a six pack of tallboys for $4.88 on a whim. One of my friends who also loves beer said it's his cheap beer of choice, so figured I'd try it instead PBR, which is my typical cheap beer I keep in the fridge.

Served a cool fridge temp into a pint glass. I prefer drinking cheap beer straight from the can, but I'm surprised how fluffy the pure-white head is, and how much lace it leaves behind. The rest of is appearance is a crystal clear and a couple shades too-light golden color.

Not much I like in the aroma. It's a metallic, sugary mess that has very little resemblance to real beer, even a real light lager. I'm searching here, and I can hardly smell anything that smells like malts or hops.

Flavors aren't much better. While it isn't grossing me out, I hardly taste anything that I associate with "beer." More of that metallic sweetness, with maybe a bit more subtle light malts and fleeting bitterness. Finish is clean and short, light but not watery body.

Definitely not a replacement for PBR. I'll drink the rest of the sixer, and would probably accept it before most of the light beers at a party, but this is definitely a pass. If you really like corny sweetness in your beer, it might be up your alley. Drink it cold, drink it fast before it warms up. (1,276 characters)

Photo of woemad
2.09/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz can from a 30-pk purchased at a local grocery store for $13.99. Freshness date? Good one! "The Champagne of beers." Hmm.

Pours a clear, pale straw color. One inch of white foam perched on top of the beer for a surprisingly long time. Quite a lot of lace. It's not a beautiful looking beer, by any means, but I was expecting much worse.

Corny in the nose, with a faint whiff of Pepe Le Pew.

Not as skunky tasting as I thought it would be, but nothing seems to take it's place. It's like drinking a beer void. Good tasting, if you think bland is good.

Thin, watery mouthfeel. Nothing to see here, please move along.

Very drinkable, primarily because it doesn't seem to place any demands on the palate the way a beer with flavor would. While it tastes better than the Budweiser I recently drank, that's like saying a Gremlin was a better car than a Pacer - it could be true, but does anyone really care? (911 characters)

Photo of TheKingofWichita
2.08/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

So I am not very enthusiastic about this beer. Much better than most adjuncts though.

Pours a pale straw color with a decent enough head and a little lacing. Smells of sweet corn and some florals. Tastes semi-sweet with a little hop bitterness playing with the palate. Mouthfeel is pretty thin and needs major work. Good carbonation. Poor drinkability. (353 characters)

Photo of BigRedN
2.08/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Cleaning out the fridge to go shopping tomorrow on my day off Veterans Day (yes I work for the Feds). I had two bottles of this. Note: This is NOT my beer, my father drinks mostly this and PBR. He left it. I had to dispose of it. Might as well find out if it is as bad as I remember.

Appearance: Pale gold, small head that disappeared after one sip. No lacing. Bubbly (it is the "Champagne of Beers). All downhill from here.
Smell: Not much here, although I was surprised it was not skunked, being in a clear bottle and in my fridge for a month.
Taste: Slightly sweet on the outset, slightly bitter finish, made my stomach hurt.
Mouthfeel: Thin, carbonated, watery.
Drinkability: Should be high, but I struggled to put 2 down. For some reason I have never really liked Miller products, even though I don't think they are that drastically different than the other macros in content. (888 characters)

Photo of Floydster
2.08/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

32 ounce bottle purchased from Ralphs in El Segundo

Not the champagne of beers in any sense

Pour was golden brown with a lot of dense head

Smell was nasty, just like the light, something smells old about it

Taste was a little strong for what it was and too sweet

Could drink that many of these, but a fair amount (317 characters)

Photo of Jsteez
2.08/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a 32 oz. can into a dimpled beer mug. This is the 8th beer in my hunt to find America's great adjunct lager.

A-Yellow, straw, and hints of gold. It pours a thin white bubbly and sudsy head that leaves some sticky lace, believe it or not.

S-Corn, malt, rice, a slight grainy smell.

T-sweet corn and a grainy taste. There are hints of malt in the aftertaste, perhaps even a metallic taste, mixed with some soda cracker crunch, too. It's not bad and not good.

M-Wet with a moderate body. It is a great thirst quencher when it's hot outside. Crisp and refreshing. I can drink a bunch and feel fine.

Overall, my great American adjunct lager hunt is almost finished. I have a couple more on my radar. This one rates up there with Bud and PBR. This brew is not great, it's just an adjunct. I can't say anything more about it. (840 characters)

Photo of Gusler
2.06/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer after is release from the 12-ounce clear bottle sets in the glass a transparent gold with a modest bright white heat that is creamy in texture and after its desiccation leaves a thin sheet of lace to conceal the glass. Nose is malt, sweet and clean with the start lightly malted and somewhat sweet, top cadaverous. Finish is mild in acidity, the hops meek and mild, dry aftertaste. (390 characters)

Photo of SickBrew
2.06/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 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. (647 characters)

Photo of ShredVicious
2.05/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Another pale golden macro lager, though oddly more enjoyable then most. The smell and taste smack of grain and corn. The Champagne of beers is definitely highly carbonated, making it somewhat refreshing. I wish I could put a finger on what it is that makes this beer more drinkable then a lot of the others in the category.


Photo of Premo88
2.05/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.75

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener

L -- clear pale yellow, 1/2 to 3/4-inch pure white head that dissapears quickly. looks like water with yellow food coloring in it. maybe a hint of gold. very little lacing.

S -- sour-spoiled corn

T -- like it smells. weak, sour corn and not much else. very little hop bite, no great taste on the back end. just sour corn.

F -- fine carbonation, nothing fancy

0 -- four months ago, I would've given this thing higher ratings probably by 1 point on average across the board, but after experiencing the Chimays, Rochefort 6, Stone's Enjoy By and Arrogant Bastard and IPA, not to mention some decent local brews, this fizzy yellow corn water just doesn't hold up. Not by comparison.

I hate scoring it so low, though, because I've always considered it a better choice than most American macro-brewery beers. Much better than any of the "lights" for sure. And when you factor in price, it used to seem like the best beer going for my tastes.

I'll come back to it in 6 months or a year and give it another shot ... maybe not drink beer for a week or more then open one of these. They used to hit the spot. (1,140 characters)

Photo of Jables
2.05/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The King of Macro-Swill, no joke. The Champagne of beers is as good as it gets*( When buying in cases or more)
Smell is worthless, taste is corn and assorted adjuncts, mouthfeel of water and the drinkablilty is hindered by the off putting corn flavors (253 characters)

Photo of Dubbercody
2.05/5  rDev -29.3%
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. (558 characters)

Photo of casualbeerman
2.04/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This is a pretty terrible beer, though even after what 150 years, it still has its fans. I can understand why actually. The first time or two I tried it I thought it was pretty good. And the bottle is really cool besides. But the more I have drank this one, the less I like it. The color is a little darker than most in the American Macro category (at least those that are brewed in America). It's still definately yellow though. If you like High Life you'll probably call it yellow with a bit of depth. If you don't you'll probably describe it as sickly looking piss. I've had unbiased observers (that is people who've never had the brand and didn't recognize it either) ask me how I could drink something so gross looking. Smell is what I'd call average. It's actually on the sweet side, with hops that are a little funky, but at least noticably present. Taste is what kills this beer, and is where I've changed my mind. My views on the other aspects changed when I stopped appreciating the taste. At first, I thought it tasted pretty decent. It tends toward the sweet side, the adjunct of choice is obviously corn at least instead of rice, and the hops are only a little funky. The problem is that the more you drink this beer, the worse it gets. With each sip, the decent characteristics fade and the chemical bitter/nastiness comes the the fore. If you have more than two, not only does it become unbearable, but the taste will linger for hours after you finish it, even after you eat, or drink something else. The mouthfeel is about dead average, a bit fizzy but not bad otherwise. The drinkability sucks because of the way the nasty aftertaste slowly creeps in and takes over your mouth. Trust me, even from the bottle (and the canned version is supposd to be infinately worse) you would have to be absolutely out of your mind to drink more than 4 of these. The one time I drank 4, even brushing my teeth could't dent the lingering aftertaste. I used to think this was my go-to budget beer. Now I say avoid at all costs. Maybe not as bad as Bud, but who knows, if you drink a fifth High Life it might taste even worse than that. I for one don't want to find out. (2,169 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
2.04/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Had some boys over for some pool and darts and they brought over some tallboys of this and other suspect cheap lagers. Haven't ever reviewed this, so why not?

Pours a very clear palest of yellows with a big frothy white head on top. Decent retention. This left some very pretty rings and sticky lacing globs all over the glass. Surprising. Smells of cheap husk, grass, and a sour off-note.

The mouth is watery as water. Very thin and weak. Flavor is weak lemony grass and cheap grains. Nothing to this at all. Refreshing? Yes. Good? No. I'll pass. (550 characters)

Photo of bobhits
2.04/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

OK...it was probally one of the better macros. That makes it only mildly offensive instead of completely offensive. Honestly if this beer is "worth a try" is there a beer out there that isn't? It does have a bit more flavor than many of the macros and the smell is definately strong and if you enjoy that corn smell more power to you. If you like clear fizzy yellow beer then maybe it looks good.

All I can say is it's somewhat refreshing and it goes down easy. Just try not to smell or taste it while doing so. (514 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
2.03/5  rDev -30%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

"the champagne of beers" proudly displayed below High life on the label. If they are talking about carbonation I'd have to agree, this is filled with medium sized frantic bubbles. Golden, fizzy head that quickly fades never to be seen again.

Smell of grain, corn, but what sets this apart from alot of macro's is it definately has a hop presence that is decent. Lemon, astringent at times. As this beer warmed it started tasting more like a cheap malt liquor. To be fair though this beer is made to be consumed ice cold as the cheap qualities come out as it warms. Pop rock fizz mouthfeel.

Notes: If its on sale I'll pick up a sixer for a fishing trip or the likes. This is one of the finer macro's up there with Pabst Blue Ribbon but not quite. (753 characters)

Photo of armock
2.03/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Poured a straw color with a white head with some lacing

S - Some malt mostly grainy

T - A little metallic some hops

M - A lot of carbonation I guess thats why its the champagne of beers

D - I probably won't drink this again but its drinkable if you don't like strong tastes (281 characters)

Photo of BryanCarey
2.03/5  rDev -30%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Miller High Life is often referred to as the “working man’s beer”. It is a product that has been around for a long time and it has an image and low price that make it appealing to the blue collar crowd.

As for the beer itself, it is sweetish in taste with light grains and adjuncts dominating the flavor and only a dash of hops in the finish. The overall taste is on the weak side and it doesn’t leave a very lasting impression. It does manage to hold its foam a little longer than other beers of its style but its aroma, taste, body, and finish are all typical of a mass produced product.

Miller High Life is crisp and bubbly; hence the nickname as the “champagne of beers”. But don’t get carried away with this name- High Life is pretty ordinary and bland overall. It is very inexpensive and this alone will continue to result in steady sales year after year. But the taste is very plain and unexciting- the type of beer you reach for when you need some crisp refreshment but don’t want anything full- bodied. (1,027 characters)

Photo of BierFan
2.01/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 24 ounce clear glass bottle into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: Yellow body with a white head. Nothing impressive about it, just looks like another cheap adjunct lager. Good carbonation.

Smell: Very light smell to it. Sweet with an adjunct aroma.

Taste: Not much taste at all to it. The malts are overshadowed by the adjuncts, whatever those may be. (364 characters)

Photo of Poser
2.01/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Drank this alot in the military and even before that in high school, but have avoided it for several years for the more cultured selections. I was at a little country restraunt and decided to go on a trip down memory lane since it was the only non-light beer they had.

It looks like a light beer, but with a more yellowish tint. A very distinct smell but that doesn't mean pleasant. The taste is better than some macros, but it leaves an oddly impure feeling in your mouth. The bottles taste like a tap pour.

I can still see myself buying a 12-pack of these on a game day if I had some friends over, but I wouldn't drink one of these for the flavor. (656 characters)

Photo of ryantaussig
2.01/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

It sits just about the same place that most macro brews sit in the grand scheme of beer. This is more acceptable than most other choices--it carries a decent head and a better than average smell for an adjunct. Taste can vary from acceptable to awful depending on how cold it is. Feel is thin and carbonated just like one would expect. If they are cold enough, I can knock a few of these back. It's my ideal choice for beer pong. Cheap enough and not as awful as the alternatives. (480 characters)

Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
68 out of 100 based on 1,078 ratings.