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Miller High Life - Miller Brewing Co.

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3,275 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,275
Reviews: 1,097
rAvg: 2.68
pDev: 28.73%
Wants: 22
Gots: 429 | 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 mikeal1917
3.45/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Miller High Life is my beer of choice when I intend on maybe drinking more than normal, say with friends or at a party. It's cheap price and availability is what draws me to it for that purpose.

Appearance- Little to no head at all, and usually I don't even take the time to pour it. A golden yellow color is simply average, and isn't anything special.

Smell- Has a typical pungent beer smell, with nothing special or distinct. It's simply the hops.

Taste- Has a very easy, slightly bitter initial taste, and creates a bread like after taste(think Wonderbread) which makes it easy to enjoy. The aftertaste doesn't linger, and the beer goes down smooth.

Mouthfeel- The beer has a watery, thin feel to it, and isn't impressive as all

Drinkability- This beer is extremely light and goes down easy. Well suited for casual drinking games with a group because it doesn't fill you up.

Photo of Vancer
3.04/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As I picked up a sixer of SN Bigfoot and Boulevard Single Wide, I spotted the big ol' 32oz oil can of da High Life for $.99 Who could resist?

Pours a crystal clear straw yellow, and a decent white head pops up and even lays a bit of lace as I progress down. No aroma - well, just a faint hint of veggied malt. Quaff is pretty smooth, with a subtle taste of malt. No hop of course, but the finish does balance out.

An average macro lager - no standout qualities, for the mass market tastes as it has a decent lager cut to it.

Photo of Vengeance526
2.86/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

One of several "exciting" brews left over from our friends on Mardi Gras.

Pours a clear golden color with a small white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell is of sweet corn and not much else.

Taste is just corn and grain with a slight sweetness. This is actually probably one of the better tatsing macros out there but I don't think that is really saying much.

Feels like carbonated water but there's nothing really horrible about this beer. For whatever reason it seems to be the most tolerable macro I can remember but obviously I'd still avoid it if I can help it. But hell, for those guys who just drink beer for the effects, I suppose this is the best tasting thing you can get for about the cheapest price around. Is that worth anything?

Photo of nickfl
3.37/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - One half finger of frothy, white head on a clear, light yellow body. The head settles quickly and leaves a soapy ring of lace.

S - Grainy, sweet aroma of corn and weak malt. Light aroma of herbal hops balances.

T - Sweet, grain husk and malt. Moderate herbal hop flavor in the middle, finishes with a clean, grainy flavor.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a very dry finish.

D - Well, what do you expect from a value priced light lager? I personally have a soft spot for high life; it has more flavor than some other, more expensive macro lagers and it is very easy to drink way too many of these. Not a great beer, but again... what do you expect from the Champagne of Beers?

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a pint glass.
A: Pours a golden transparent body with a large white head.
S: Smells of slight hops and malty with strong grains and corn.
T: Tastes as it smells corn and grains
M: Well carbonated, just what you'd expect form Miller.
Overall: One of the better adjuncts in my book. Decent flavor and highly drinkable...Consume in large quantities.

Photo of projectflam86
3.31/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off, I should admit that High Life has always been a go to beer for me.

A- Clean crisp yellow with a small white head that has surprisingly sticky lacing.

S- Lots of corn without many other strong scents.

T- Lots of corn and grain flavor with some hops and maybe the slightest hint of citrus.

M- Good carbonation and the alcohol bitterness is hid well.

D- Probably one of the easiest American macros to drink.

Overall this beer is what it is; a decent beer at a cheap price. It's not a beer that is going to wow anybody or make someone tell all of their friends about it. But, if you are short on cash and need some beer, this by far the best bet for your money.

Photo of cadizkyguy
2.96/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a 7 ounce bottle of Miller High Life into my Sam Adams Sensory Glass. The 7 ounces was poured aggressively, since I knew I had plenty of glass space, and the head touches the "Sam Adams Boston Lager" line. The appearance is average (3.0), but I guess that's good for an American Adjunct Lager with lots of tiny bubbles rising up through the yellow swill. The smell is neither good or bad, there just isn't any. The taste is what you'd expect. Average (3.0). Nothing that says, this is a great beer. Mouthful and drinkability go from average (3.0) to good (4.0) because if you're looking for an easy drinking beer for a night of socializing, I guess this would be a good choice.

Photo of letsgoblue89
3.33/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

High Life is the king of cheap beers. In my opinion it is the finest of the BMC beers, and no that is not a joke. This beer is amazingly drinkable, and tastes smooth and bubbly. In fact, for a macrobrew, the taste is about as good as I have had. The smell is a bit weird, and is the only true knock I have on the High Life. The bottle design is legendary, and when you have a High Life in your hand at a college party, you feel classy, even though you have spent very little money. I will always have a special place in my life for the High Life, and frequently drink even when I have more expensive, "better" options to choose from.

Photo of heath1agnew
3.61/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance- poured a light yellow with a 1 finger head that stayed around for a while and came down to a small head that stayed the whole time i drank. lacing was suprisingly good.

smell- a sweet smell and maybe some corn husk.

taste- sweet with a nice light and crisp mouthfeel. what you would expect from an "american adjunct lager".

drinkability- very easy to drink.

this is the best beer i've had FOR THE STYLE.

Photo of Cavalier92
3.18/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

As far as mega beers go, this is a pretty good one. For $4 a six, you get a sweet yellow beer with plenty of malt. There isn't much in the way of finish or hops, but you're not really expecting it.

It tastes a good bit like corn and that's an unusual craft beer flavor, so it's not a bad beer to change things up with now and then.

It does have a bit of gasiness to it and that pulls down the drinkability score.

Photo of danielharper
2.16/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

That's right, Miller Freakin' High Life. A friend left a few of these in my fridge, and I'm taking the opportunity to review one. It's not the first macro I've had, not even the first macro I've reviewed.

Poured ice cold, as is best for the style.

Appearance: Completely transparent light-yellow body, one-finger white head that dissipates quickly. Slight effervescence from the bottom of the glass. There's even a touch of lacing. I've got to say, for the style, it's not a bad appearance.

Smell: Corn, very sweet corn. Lots of adjunct malt. Almost citrusy. Is it a good aroma? Well, by craft beer standards, it's horrible, but it's reasonable for a macro. Nothing actively unpleasant, at least, which is more than I can say for a lot of beers, even a lot of craft.

Taste: Sweet up front, lots of fermented corn, dry on the finish and cloyingly sweet on the aftertaste. I always make sure I have something better to wash it down later and get the flavor out of my mouth.

Mouthfeel: It's basically water, with a very slight carbonation. It's clean, but it doesn't give you anything to hold onto.

Drinkability: Eh, I'll drink it if you set it in front of me or give it to me free. It's basically alcoholic water. You don't drink it for flavor, you drink it for the effects. Still, not actively unpleasant and there are worse macros out there.

Photo of morimech
3.13/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straw yellow color with a large white head that quickly settles to a thin cap. A surprising amount of lacing is left on the glass. Just a little better looking than most macro's. On the sweeter side of aroma and taste as well. No bitterness or hops detected. Nothing really spectacular but just average. Light body with a fizzy carbonation which is expected in the style. An average macro at an economical price.

Photo of Rddymk
4.13/5  rDev +54.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am convinced that my Dad and Uncles were right about this beer. Unlike Pop's favorite, Hamm's, High Life ranks right up there with good, clean drinkable beer. It is a fine example of taste, price, look, mouthfeel and it has no lingering effects of YUCK afterwords. For the price, drink the crap out of this.

Photo of BeerBishop
3.8/5  rDev +41.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

There's something about Miller High Life bottles and PBR cans that get me all nostalgic n' junk; like I have a connection to these beers that dates back to well before I could drink beer because pops and my uncles were never without one. They're by no means my beer of choice these days, but every once and a while I catch myself reaching for one. Such was the case at Sunday night's Super Bowl Party.

Vintage bottle. Out on the back deck deep in a tub of ice. Babies were cold. Ice cold. Arctic ice cold.

Appearance. Vintagely cool. I felt like one of my uncles. Just needed a big bushy mustache.

Taste. Smooth as hell. Not a ton to it, definitely some corn and such, but no hops to speak of.

Sessionability. Off the charts. I was disappearing these effers so quickly I checked the ounce count on the bottle (more than once).

Conclusion. Not a great beer, but a great beer to have around if you want something that's not offensive and something you can drink a ton of if you keep it coming ice cold.

Ah, the High Life, fellas... the High Life.

Photo of PatronWizard
2.56/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

That's right bitches - daddy's living the high life. The Champagne of Beers gets a moment alone with papa. Let's see what she's made of.

As with any macro review, I dump it straight in the middle of the glass, daring it to make a head. This sudsy sumbitch has a greater depth of head than fluid. Chunky soap suds. Completely clear, gold tinted beer. Bubbles cling to the glass. Champagney. Heh heh.

Smell is faint corn and aluminum. Not quite disgusting but pushing the damn boundary for sure. What the hell am I doing?

Taste is very weak, but as such, manages to be non-offensive. Which is a helluva lot more than I can say for MGD (yuck). Slight taste of corn.

Y'know, it's kinda smooth. Not great but far from harsh. Almost decent, increasing drinkability from zero to, uh, more than zero. Oh for the recession to end...

Overall: marginal

Photo of ChuckR343
3.4/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks like every other American macro, except for the fact that the head is rather persistent. The beer is very bubbly, which gives it the famous tag line "Champagne of Beers". This beer is very cheap with high drinkability. Great beer to bring to a tailgate, when you are tired of seeing Bud.

I can consistently pick up a 4-pack 16oz cans for $2.50.

Photo of thekevlarkid
2.47/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Out of a 24 oz can this classic with a girl on the moon was a straw gold color with a nice, two-finger head. The retention was good and it left curtains of lacing. The aroma was of grain and corn mash with some stale notes. The flavors were metallic, stale and yeast with all the mash notes in the aroma along with some slightly citric/sour notes that arrived as it warmed up. The mouthfeel was a little rough and I just couldn't get past the flavors as it warmed up.

Photo of JayNH
3.13/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a clear pale straw color with a two-finger foamy head. The head is somewhat lacking for the style though.

S- a sweet, slightly buttery maltiness.

T- Very bland and a bit skunky sour. A touch of maltiness floating around in there.

M- Very thin, no body to the brew.

D- decent.... This stuff is dirt cheap and you get what you pay for.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
2.41/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 40 ouncer just because I could. I must say I now understand why college kids buy this at $1.50 a pop. It tastes like junk and not worth a penny more. Actually they should pay me to drink it. I guess it tastes better if you tape it to your hands...

Photo of JoshuaCain
3.34/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

pours a very clear light yellow with a thick, fluffy head. definitely a picture perfect looking american lager. head has good retention and lacing.
smell is okay, a little nondescript sweetness and grain, very faint.
taste is barely there. it is literally like drinking sparkling water. a little hoppy bite comes through as it warms.
mouthfeel is very refreshing, sorta thin but with a nice carbonation.
overall drinkability is very high. if you are going to drink a beer from this category there is none better. super clean and refreshing. replace your daily water intake with Miller High Life.

Photo of tbeck
2.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden yellow with a thick white head. Beer is very clear. Decent head retention that develops a nice collar and good laciness. Simple aroma of cereal grains, primarily barley. Taste is also simple but decent. Mainley barley and a little hops. Simple mouthfeel, light and thin on the tongue. Simple but enjoyable beer. Recommended for hanging in the garage or in the outdoors. Not much flavor and light on the alcohol for recommendation as a session beer.

Photo of yuenglings
3.12/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Apperance: very clear light yellow almost champaign like little head with little lacing

Smell: almost had a sour smell to it and not much more to it plain beer

Taste: not much here either little bit grain and corn, but not bad

Mouthfeel: light and fizzy

Drinkable: very easy to put alot of these down with out trying not filling at all

Photo of SchlaflyFan
2.86/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tried living the High Life for the first time, for the cost I had to give it a shot. Standard American lager look, yellow color but one thing that stood out is the incredibly foamy head this beer creates. It was thick and quite nice looking for a macro lager. Taste was decent. Malt and corn, with the slightest hint of hops in there. Thin in the mouth and a standard lager smell. I knocked back a sixer of these and enjoyed them just fine. Not a bad choice at all for those looking for a cheap lager to go with the game. I'll be living the High Life more often now I think considering the price.

Photo of Duhast500
2.55/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass

The appearance is a pale yellow with a small white head, surprisingly there was some nice lacing.

The smell is not very strong. Hints of corn, some hops and malt.

The taste is of a grain flavor, hints of corn, Not very strong hop flavor. Is sweet with a hint of malt.

The type of beer that your dad might drink on the weekends. Not heavy and is really a beer for those times that your short in cash.

Photo of CityBoy1986
2.95/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. camo can.

It looks just as it should, that same pale, straw colour shared by its brethren. However its head is nicer than most of the rest, and lacing is left until the glass is empty.

Unfortunately, the smell is not as good. The most noticeable aroma is corn, and there is a healthy dose of metal. The taste is more corn with a sweet taste throughout. A metallic flavour emerges at the finish, but is soon gone.

Mouthfeel is, as expected, light and crisp with a large amount of carbonation. Drinkability is high; I have three left and will probably drink them before the weekend.

As far as macros go, it's not bad. Just don't smell it.

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Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
63 out of 100 based on 3,275 ratings.