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Miller High Life - Miller Brewing Co.

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3,236 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,236
Reviews: 1,079
rAvg: 2.68
pDev: 28.73%
Wants: 20
Gots: 394 | 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 stone3187
2.93/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Of what the big three American breweries have to offer this is the one I like the most. It pours a pale yellow color with a hint of sweet malt in the smell. The taste is clean but nothing special. I usually only have this one on a hot day when I am outside, like playing golf or out on a boat. I also use this beer for beer pong and I like it with a ham sandwich.

Photo of dissectional19
3.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've always stayed away from this beer because it was a dollar out the door beer...but for 8 bucks a 12 pk can be well worth it for a mate on a budget.
I think this beer can be enjoyable if you have a thirst to get drunk.or not depends on ones taste. but im glad i picked up this 12 pk, nice bottle, clean taste..little after taste and easy drink ability.

Photo of kickapoodude
3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

No one here is going to like this beer, but it is the best brats beer out there...Maybe Hamms is a slightly better beer to boil your brats, but it is open for discussion. Watery and balnd, this is the working man's beer. It tastes amazing when compared to it's light counterpart.

Photo of corby112
2.8/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

people tend to hate on all macrobrews no matter what but I enjoy this one evry once in a while. Softer and smoother tasting than many of it's counterparts. Nice to drink ice cold on a hot day.

Pours a clear golden yellow urine-like color with a very thn fizzy white head that quickly dissapears. Aroma is of corn and fraternity house hallways. Although it looks and smells awful it is actually very easy to drink and can be refreshing.

Photo of BierFan
2.01/5  rDev -25%
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.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Here's to the HIGH life!!!

This one pours out a clear, bright yellow-gold with plenty of fizzle and a fine-lacy white head that is scattred and quick to dissipate.

The aroma is that of adjuct-malt scent, dry corn and rice with a sweet whiff of maltniess. This one has a bitter, chemy ending. curious!

The flavor starts out with a clean, crisp, thin malt flavor of light corn, rice and barley. Then flows in the sour, nearly skunky hop effect which lead to a bitter, cringe-face finish.

The feel is classic, light, crisp to start and quickly becomes less active and less appealing, that's why these puppies are served COLD.

Pretty standard fair for a Macro without too much "off' aspects.

Photo of HoustonTX
2.75/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

High Life is your basic macro lager, with actually a slightly above average taste.

Pours fizzy yellow, with ample carbonation.

Smell is clean, with a dose of corn.

Taste actually has quite a bit of toasted breadiness, followed by some cooked corn, and some floral balance.

Overall, not a bad option for your typical macro lager.

Photo of Clydesdale
3.31/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pale golden color with a moderate, frothy white head with surprising retention for a macro. Wispy white lacing trails the glass.

S: Grain husks, some sweet cooked corn, and a bit of alcohol. Some faint haylike notes as well.

T: Again, grain husks and some sweet malts, with a noticeable but inoffensive cooked corn backbone. Grassy hops provide barely noticeable flavor but some drying snap at the finish of the sip.

M: Crisp and clean, with medium-light body.

D: It's definitely corny, but it doesn't make it bad by any stretch of the imagination. Very drinkable and easy to session. Better from the bottle, as it lacks some of the metallic and soda-like characteristics that pop up from the can.

Photo of germanbeer1
1.32/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Miller High Life was not a pleasant drinking experience. The gold coloring falsely implies a clean refreshing taste, however, the taste was just bad. It really was like a massive rush of metallic slopiness hitting my taste buds at one time and I was unable to finish the beer. I would recommend Miller Genuine Draft and Miller Lite over High Life.

Photo of steeler
3.78/5  rDev +41%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had the opportunity to drink a genuine Miller High Life when I visited Buffalo, since I'm from Canada, the High Life you get here is brewed by Molson, and tastes nothing like the real mccoy. I really dig the unique bottle. Anyway, golden yellow color, looks like every other macro. The smell is just bad, smells old, musty, cardboardy, just bad. Now the taste on the other hand, is actually pretty good. Nice and smooth, macroy taste. Your typical macro experience, minus the off flavors most cheap macros have, just your stock beer. Mouthfeel is actually decent, nice and smooth, and full bodied. I had this one with some big chicken wings at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, and man did this beer pair perfectly with those wings, i could easily drink alot of these with ease. Quite enjoyable. Stop the bashing, its good for what it is, and at 1.50$ a beer, a price ill never see at a restaurant in Canada, this was great! Highly Recommended!

Photo of Rayek
2.16/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from the 2008 Limited Edition Fall Series can. The cool camo pattern made me want to drink this in the forest.

A: Golden straw color with minimal carbonation from big bubbles. The soapy white head starts out strong, and then falls to a faint ring around the edge of the beer. Leaves no lace.

S: The aroma of over boiled corn and steamed cabbage on top of apple cider greets the nose. Thankfully, these scents are mild. Any stronger and the beer would be offensive.

T: Like the nose, the flavors are mild. Mild enough that at freezing or below, this beer doesn't really taste like much. Don't let this beer warm up, as the taste of corn grits and boiled veggies rules the day. Not terribly sweet. Bitterness provides balance but no flavor. Finishes with a lingering metallic taste.

M: Light body is fizzy and a little chalky.

D: Not as bad as the Miller beers that slot in below the High Life price point. That's the best praise I can give. I would never buy this. I made it about ¼ of the way through my glass before I poured it out.

Photo of Spikester
3.5/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From a 16 ounce camoflage can.
Pours pale gold with a small white head. The head ring lasts all the way to the bottom of the glass. Good amount of lacing in the top half of the glass.
Smells corny with just a trace of hops. Slightly too sweet malts with a fair amount of hops. Dry finish. Mouthfeel is average for the style. Drinkability is very good. I try to avoid the clear glass bottles to avoid light-struck beer. So cans it will be. A few more hops or fewer malts and it would be a decent Pils.
Update: 8/22/2014. Appearance is at least a 4.5. Huge white head and plentiful lacings. Smell is malty with just a touch of corn grits. It has a fair hop bitterness. At least as good as PBR. Slightly too sweet but not bad. Mouthfeel is good, slick, and refreshing. Slight bitterness in the finish.
Update: 10/15/2014.
Huge fluffy white five minute head and copious lacing.
Smell is malty grains with a touch of corn.
Taste is smooth malts some corn sweetness and a bit of herbal or grassy hops in the finish.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with strong carbonation.
Finish is lightly sweet with some hop bitterness on the back of the tongue.
Overall a very good AAL. Good job Miller!

Photo of PintOHops
2.45/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears light golden with high carbonation. Thin head, and a soapy ring holds throughout consumption and actually laces glass to the very bottom! Smells a little dry with a rice/corn aroma that dominates. A little overpowering musky, rice like aromas.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of stale bread, corn, rice and a touch of offensive sourness. No hops detected at first. When beer warms however, sweet malts start to present, ss well as sort of a stale hop flavor. Mouthfeel is very crisp and highly carbonated, lite-medium bodied.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - If I had to, I could toss back a 6 pack of this beer. Any more than that and I would get tired of the stale corny, rice like flavors that this beer is made of. Not much to say, it's cheap, and that's about all I like about this beer. I don't recommend anyone try this beer, it's a little one profile and gets boring and tiring fast! If your into American Adjuncts, then look else where cause there are allot better ones out there in my opinion.

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

This has become a mainstay of mine for the past few years. As we've felt the economic pinch, and I've looked for quality beer buys, this has come up more often than not. I try to keep a few in the fridge if at all possible. It's often to be found at Rite-aid for $6.99 a twelver -- significantly less than BMC or Rolling Rock, little more than PBR.

It's beer -- nothing very distinctive about it. Pretty corny-tasting, but clean and crisp. It lacks the gnarly aftertaste I find in Bud products, but also lacks the tasty,slight hoppy bitterness to be found in PBR. I'd choose Blue Ribbon over this any day, but a 24-oz can of this stuff for a $1.50 on impulse at Von's can't be beat on a Saturday afternoon.

Photo of bigdeuce
2.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Pours a "bright" color, almost yellow fizz. Decent head that actually sticks around a bit. Awful smelling brew, kinda skunky but NOT nearly as bad as macro imports. That is the bad, oh, and awfully thin mouthfeel, but that is to be expected. Tastes good, a bit corny, dry aftertaste, nothing overly offensive. A twelve of these can be gone in a matter of 3 hours, very easy to drink. There are worse beers out there, this one is very economical, and don't forget, used to be regarded in the same light as budweiser, now $3 less a twelve pack. It is good for what it is.

Photo of jjanega08
2.67/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A= awful, very pale yellow color. Very very light and airy head when poured that fades to nothing quickly
S= not much of anything... corn maybe and piss
T= Not much of anything interesting here. like a budweiser but worse
M= Not bad pretty crisp and refreshing in a way
D= pretty high, if it weren't for the taste I could drink a ton

Photo of beerpainting
2.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

well I had to go and buy a second twelver of these fine mediocre beers. I mean it aint that bad. really I mean it tastes like beer ya know so what could be worse It aint no ice beer or a lambic or a belgium. It is some single row malt with some sugar and a dusting of low alpha hops. but I don't mind drinking it so I give it an overall c to c- but for 11.99 a halfrack and with the sweet champagne bottles I felt it wern't too bad after all. so I got's me another twelve this fine halloween mornin'. I kinda like this for a work beer when I sit back and paint I likes to sip on a brew and you know this one is a brew so therefor it must be kinda okay... smells like beer, tastes like beer, it must be beer....

Photo of Soneast
2.83/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pretty standard fair for an AML. Pours a clear golden color with lots of carbonation and a pretty small white head.

Not much smell to this other than a malty corn aroma maybe a little yeast in there.

Tastes like a pretty sweet malt with a hint of corn.

Basically this smells and tastes like a typical beer you see in my neck of the woods.

Pretty light bodies, lots of carbonation. This is a refreshing beer, I love to knock back a few while grilling in the summer etc. Granted there are far better beers I could pick up but sometimes I just feel like something simple and refreshing.

Photo of mnj21655
2.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

40 oz. bottle given to me by my roommate along with a bottle of champagne to celebrate my promotion ("a bottle of champagne... and the 'Champagne of beers'", woohoo!).

Clear yellow color with a finger of so of white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is fairly typical of of AML, some corn and very little else. Some corn flavor, a bit of bitterness, standard AML flavor. Crisp, relatively dry. Mouthfeel is, well, ehh... light- body with very high carbonation. Some"bite" from the carbonation, dry. Drinkability is, well, rather good, considering. This is unoffensive, in a way, as intentioned and easily (only if quite inebriated) drunk. I'll admit that the the High Life played a formative role in my college years (though not as much as Kesystone light or my personal "favorite" Busch Light") but I'm really can't give this a good review when I look at it critically.

Photo of abriggs1
3.37/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Miller high life is a great choice for a cheap beer. It's just a good refreshing american macro. It's much better than any other Miller product and beats but light by a long shot. Not much to describe. It has a horrible canned corn smell, but doesn't taste anything like it smells, thank god. It's an old-timey drink for sure, and you can't drink it expecting a work of art, just a decent tasting cheap beer.

Photo of BigD1972
4.3/5  rDev +60.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When it comes to macro brew beers, Miller High life is the best. What better way to end a hard day at work than by cracking open a bottle of High Life.

Bud, Coors...you must be crazy!!! If you want a tastey beer at a tastey price, join the common sense movement ant vote HIGH LIFE!!!

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.18/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

16oz Camouflage Can that was left at my house at a party last Friday... I probably will never buy it.. sooo.. I figured WTF.

Poured into my shaped SA glass... aggressive pour.. 3/4" head... and actual lacing to my surprise.. brew is crystal clear straw.

Pale malts and corn. very clean.. no hops.

Flavor is "beer".. pale malts with a little bit of shucked corn.. a little bready.. not offensive... just everything is expected... I guess I should not be surprised.

Body and carbonation... yada yada yada.. you know it.

I would think that this is the first time I've had the Champagne of Beers in probably 10+ years.. all and all.. I am not unimpressed.. it is what it is... and it isn't bad. I have to say... I wouldn't turn one down if it was offered.


Photo of Rhynes2
2.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

With a label that says high life, it leads you to think it's something special. The only real difference I could tell with this beer is that it is very drinkable. Every other aspect in this brew is pretty bland average. Not a bad choice for this type of beer, but no award winner either.

Photo of danielocean03
3.3/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer for the masses, and perhaps one of the finest of it's style. Appearance is a crystal-clear straw yellow with a thin bright white fizzy head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is weak, sweet and malty. Tastes just as it smells, watery and slightest hint of hoppiness fades as quickly as it comes in, sweet malty aftertaste, lightly drying. Mouthfeel is very light and watery, light bodied with low to medium carbonation. Drinkability is nothing short of incredible, a true acheivement for this beer's price and availability. I don't know a single person who enjoys beer, from cheap macros to the best belgian brews who can say that this isn't their really cheap beer of choice.

Photo of KoG
3.71/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Standard golden fizzy macro lager. No real aromas to pick out, some DMS but not much else.

Light flavor, some slight bitterness but it is covered over by what malt is there. No off flavors however and fairly well balanced. Easy to drink and less sweet than MGD although just as smooth.

Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
63 out of 100 based on 3,236 ratings.