1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Miller High Life - Miller Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Miller High LifeMiller High Life

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
63
poor

3,038 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3,038
Reviews: 1,034
rAvg: 2.68
pDev: 28.73%
Wants: 14
Gots: 243 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-20-2000)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Miller High Life Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,038 | Reviews: 1,034 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of schusterbauer
3.1/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

schusterbauer, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of Snyder18
2.23/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Snyder18, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of Dubbercody
2.05/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

Dubbercody, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of beerphan
4.08/5  rDev +52.2%
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.

beerphan, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of msolar
1.93/5  rDev -28%
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.

msolar, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of jmz62565
2.15/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

jmz62565, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of kimcgolf
2.15/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

kimcgolf, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
2.25/5  rDev -16%
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.

pmcadamis, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of BeerSox
1.88/5  rDev -29.9%
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.

BeerSox, Dec 29, 2006
Photo of nicksta
3.18/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

nicksta, Dec 24, 2006
Photo of billybob
3.7/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

another beer from my younger days. we used to go to a bar in ny state for steamers 3.95 a doz. that was a saturday ritual along with miller beer. pours light yellow color with a one to two finger head with some lacing. smell, slight corn, veggie. taste same. mouthfeel light crisp lots of carbonation. very drinkable best served nice and cold.

billybob, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of AChamberlain
3.3/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle purchsed from a gas station in Brownsville, TX. It was the best beer they had.

A: 1/2" white head. Clear yellow.

S: Light hops and grain aromas.

T: Straight up grainy. Has a distinct flavor.

MF: This beer is all about the mouthfeel. Fizzy, great carbonation. Smooth

D: Great American macro, my favorite AM. Easy to drink and not totally bland.

AChamberlain, Dec 05, 2006
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.1/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Light yellow translucent body with about a finger of head. Smells somewhat malty with some yeast. Tastes somewhat sweet, corny, with some yeast... Very light body, somewhat watery, and finishes pretty much completely clean. There's some off flavor to it, though I can't really put my finger on it. Not impressed, but not dissappointed either.

MrHurmateeowish, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of Neehan
2.95/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours a very pale, fizzy straw color with a large head and great retention. Most noted for the light and frothy head. As far as the smell-- there's nothing there, a bit of malts here, some grains there, nothing exciting. A solid taste that repeats the smell with a bit more robustness. Clean and smooth. The mouthfeel is well balanced but lacks in complexity. Drinkable, easy to finish the old-school 40 oz. I've had better, I've had worse.

Neehan, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of scarletfire79
3.1/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

not bad. but definitly not great. you really have to judge this in regards to it's style. for what it is, it ranks somewhere behind schlitz for me. poured out of a 24 oz.can. tons of bubbles, straw yellow color. smells really clean to the nose. not offensive. goes down smooth as long as it stays cold. once warmth hits, it's every man for himself. decent enough and for $.99 for a 24 oz. can, makes it a highly drinkable brew when you are faced with only the change in your car drink holder.

scarletfire79, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of mnesporov
2.95/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 Oz clear Bottle

Appearance: Yellow gold with a creamy head, little lacing towards end of beer.

Smell: Clean smelling with light grain overtures.

Taste: Very fizzy with Hopy and spicy tastes, I also hinted some lemon or fruit

Mouth-feel: Clean and refreshing not bad at all.

Drink-Ability: For a wildly popular beer that you can get anywhere it is not that bad. Great cold on a Sunday afternoon watching football.

mnesporov, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of jcdiflorio
2.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

served into a pint glass from a clear bottle with a twist-off cap

A couple of friends stopped by with this beer and said why don't you review this beer? Why not? I'll review any beer.

Straw colored,very clear like water,a nice fluffy white head,surprizing retention,even laced the glass.
A very clean smell,grainey,bit grassy,no real hop aromas.
Tasted grainey,clean,a light sweet maltiness,with a light dry finish,the faintest of hop bitterness.
A thin,watery mouthfeel,a very slight bit of cloying
I could drink this untill I get tired of drinking tastless beer.A great beer in a cooler full of ice on a 90 degree day,other than a very uninteresting beer to say the least.

jcdiflorio, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of Backer2004
1.78/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

In the age of only reviewing good beers, it's still important to let the public know that beers like Miller High Life have no other redeeming qualities than to get people drunk. Offered to me by an ol' college buddy @ a Notre Dame tailgate. Water & corn adjuncts, mmm boy.

Backer2004, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of Adamthome1
3.03/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poors a foamy head from 12 oz. can with some great head retention. I was impressed and surprised that the head remained throughout for about 15 minutes and the lacing remained throughout. Large carbonation bubbly - Ahh the Champagine of beers.

Smells typical, grainy, a bit floral even. Taste is crisp, very grainy, corn flavor is very detectable in this one, recommend serving in a frosted glass to keep temperature low to mask some of the corn flavor. Has a heavier feeling on the palate than most macro's and the aftertaste disappears relatively quickly and is all and all a refreshing beer.

One of my top 3 Lager macro's behind PBR and Schlitz.

Adamthome1, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of ghostmech007
1.98/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Golden brown with a thin soapy looking head. Lots of carbonation. No stick to the glass and no head retention.

No smell to the nose. Faint grains and husks. Nothing else.

Crisp. Smooth from carbonation with a moderate body. Metallic flavorss. Not much else on the palate. Corn flavors are pronounced as you move along. No hops what so ever. Finish sweet and full of corn.

Not very good in my opinion you need to keep it cold to enjoy it. Good luck.

ghostmech007, Oct 25, 2006
Photo of dedrinker
2.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Now, don't get me wrong, but this sucker has a pronounced corny taste that I can actually respect. It is sweet and corny, but in a way I can identify as actual corn - not the barnyard leavings of some beaked bird. It has a touch of the bad breath I find on my burly bearded buddy when I visit him in the cab of his pickup truck (he was living there for a few months). When I am angry at the world of "better beer" and my wallet is in turn, angry at me, I will reach for a forty of this wicked foulness is a way that keeps me giggling and cackling inside, The aroma, flavor, and finish is all sweet corn - maybe I should scarf on some tamales and wash it down with this one!

dedrinker, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of CU570M
2.78/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A very carbonated beer. Makes sense i guess, cause it is the champagne of beers. I love drinking this beer inbetween the times i get some of the better beers. i can't always afford the better beers. Overal this is a beer i like to drink, kind of like someone else would drink a soda or something.

CU570M, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of daliandragon
2.17/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought a six pack of this tonight to watch playoff baseball, figuring if I suffered by drinking macrolagar, the Mets would even out the karma by punking the Dodgers to go up 2-0. It worked out for me on a baseball level...beerwise, lets just say I toughed out six innings.

Typical macro taste and smell here. Lots of adjunct in the nose, but also some hop action. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Almost respectable head. Taste is mild and mouthfeel is pure seltzer. Aftertaste is fairly terrible, gritty and burning in the throat. You could do worse with macro, and it is cheap, but I'll move up at least to Yeungling next time and let the Mets' bats do the work..

daliandragon, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of Bones54
3.1/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When times are rough or if I'm just looking to buy quantity- I'll almost always (PBR gets me sometimes) go to the Champaigne of beers. A six-pack of tall boy Miller High Life is still one of the best beer deals around. Perfect for a round of golf.

Just to bad I can never find this on tap anywhere. To be honest, I'm not really sure if they even keg this stuff. They really should though.

Bones54, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of Rudgers73
3.03/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from a can that was in my fridge for a month or so...

A- Pale yellow with thin head that reduces after a minute. Hmm, left a little lacing.

S- Sweet, corny, light.

T- Thin and sweet. Definite corn taste. Surprisingly it's not really that offensive. Smooth aftertaste that leaves a sweet taste in the mouth.

M- Light and not as thin as something like coors light. Watered down but not enough to really cut the flavor off early.

D- Good for washing down a burger or acting like an idiot showing up to a party with two 30-racks of it. It isn't really the champagne of beers IMO, but if you want to live your trashy side for a night, cheers to ya.

Rudgers73, Sep 27, 2006
Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
63 out of 100 based on 3,038 ratings.