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Miller High Life - Miller Brewing Co.

Miller High LifeMiller High Life

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2,480 Ratings

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Ratings: 2480
Reviews: 996
rAvg: 2.68
pDev: 27.99%

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:
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Photo of lwillitz


2.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12-oz bottle into weizen glass

A - 1 finger bubbly white head atop crystal-clear body of straw yellow with moderate carbonation bubbles

S - malty corn smell; just a clean grainy nose

T - corny malt flavor balanced with a touch of generic hop bitterness, corn and a hint of alcohol combine for the finish

M - light/medium body, high carbonation; quite refreshing

O - High Life is bland on all counts, but close to par for the style. It would be refreshing after mowing the lawn, but not very enjoyable for much else.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 22:53:48 | More by lwillitz
Photo of Fatehunter


2.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

One quart beer can poured into a Paulaner liter stein. Lots of foamy head, about a five fingers worth. Maybe the pour was too quick. Golden colored body with only a few bubbles going up. It looked pretty good with all the beer and a think head of foam.
Smell is metallic and white rice. Not great.
Taste is water with white sugar. Not a trace of bitterness to be found.
Kind of fizzy, though only moderate carbonation. Light and sticky body.
It's not the worse, but you can to much better.

Serving type: can

11-16-2012 01:06:32 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of ilovemacros

4.85/5  rDev +81%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My other go to beer. When i need a change of pace from Coors Banquet, I go with MHL. A great summer beer when your BBQing or hanging out at the river. tastes great. MHL in the bottle is great. Cans arent bad either, but the bottled MHL tastes better to me. I love the classic look also. As bad as Miller light is...MHL is that good, lol.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 18:20:38 | More by ilovemacros
Photo of JamesMN


2.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Crystal clear straw/pale yellow with a white soapy head. Actually leaves good lacing.

Aroma: Sort of generic light pilsener corn and adjunct smell. Really not much there but almost a hint of sweet malt.

Taste: Lots of skunk in the taste. Just a hint of bitterness but that might be a contribution from the skunky flavor. Really not much to like in this one. Some corn in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Lower side of medium bodied and super effervescent. Above average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Eh, it's your basic macro-lager. Not much to like but not the worst of its kind.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 01:45:30 | More by JamesMN
Photo of Wolfee02


3.53/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First off I have to say how truly underrated this beer is right along with Pabst Blue Ribbon. These two beers are nice refreshing lagers at an honest price. And for macro brews they really do not disappoint. I picked up a 12 pack for 6.99, what an honest price and a beer that is worth trying!
The appearance is that typical of a macro brew lager gold or bright yellow. As soon as I open this up either out of a bottle or can it foams to the top like a bottle of campaign, Hence "The Campaign of beers". It also has a decent head on it, more than other american adjuncts.
It smells like sweet malts and barley and sugar, kind of skunky (which is nice)
It tastes smooth with a nice, refreshing and sweet aftertaste. It is extremely smooth and nice to have after a long day.
This will always be my "go to" beer along with PBR. I enjoy Euro Pale Lagers, Micro Brews and craft beers but you can never go wrong with the "High Life"!

Serving type: can

09-06-2012 06:54:49 | More by Wolfee02
Photo of elNopalero


2.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Believe it or not I found this surprisingly … ok. After drinking far too much Bud, Bud Lite, PBR and Lone Star over the years (how’s that for brand loyality?) I found this a refreshing break from the same musty flavors I’m used to in mass produced lagers. Not saying this was incredibly good (oh lord no!) but I’d have another one if it was ice cold in a cooler at a friend’s birthday party and that was my only option. Which is how I ended up drinking this in the first place.

It pours a piss yellow gold with foam that disappears without a trace.

There’s what I can best describe as a musty lager aroma. It’s faint but there.

Flavor is smooth with a clear finish. It’s slightly musty and some corn sweetness round it out. Honestly, there ain’t much here but what there is does not offend my delicate sensibilities as much as I had expected.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 19:45:34 | More by elNopalero
Photo of jimmah120


2.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can into pint glass

Look is a pale golden color with a 2 finger pure-white head. Suprisingly good lacing. With a little more golden color this would look like every beer you've seen in a commercial, ever. Smells like a barnyard; hay, must, corn, more metallic mustiness. The feel is all water at first, with a slight heaviness to it, with a crispy carbonated finish. Taste is a palatable mix of corn, hay, and musty underarm.

Overall, this beer does what it intends well. It is light, inoffensive, beer-y tasting beer. Plus you can get a six pack of pint cans for around $5. Not too shabby.

Serving type: can

08-20-2012 09:15:17 | More by jimmah120
Photo of palma

New York

4.05/5  rDev +51.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In my opinion this is one of the best macro American lagers out there. I love this beer. If I'm not drinking craft, I'm drinking this.

Piss yellow clear body. Fizzy, semi-frothy, white, short lasting head, but a very lasting and stickly lace. Much better head compared to other macros.

Aroma is sweet corn, hay, very light malt. Minor vegital. Almost no hop aroma. But clean. No skunk, no off aroma - very smellable for a macro.

Taste is typical macro with a little more malty breadiness and a noticeable semi-dryness. Very nice if you are in the mood for a non-craft beer that is easy drinking but still has at least a smidge of complexity in the malt profile.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 17:38:14 | More by palma
Photo of netrioter


3.93/5  rDev +46.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

easily one of the best "old school" beers on the market...easily a top shelf lager...PBR is the only better old school beer,but thats been ruined by hipsters and prices have doubled or almost tripled in some areas

great with food...almost any kind of food.

perfect carbonation and good flavor....the best beer in the Miller stable

if youre a lager fan...this is an excellent choice...if youre an elitist...you probably wont like it

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 22:05:50 | More by netrioter
Photo of BucannonXC5


2.3/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 32-oz. bomber into a pilsner glass at my house on July 31, 2012 (picked it up for 2 for $3.98 at 7/11 in San Diego, Calif., on July 31, 2012). About two fingers of head. Color was basically gold, urine like. Foamy, frothy white head/lacing on the top. Surprisingly good retention on the top and the sides.

Smelled corn, metallic, wheat, bread, grass. Slight caramel sugar. Heavy cereal.

Tasted not so much. Got lots of cereal (Cheerios, Shredded Wheat). Corn, metallic, wheat, grass.

Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, watery finish.

Never liked this beer and still don’t like it when rating it. Plenty of better options.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 07:24:59 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of soju6


2.85/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a light golden color with a good head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of grain, and bits of malt sweetness.

T: Taste of grain and malt sweetness. Decent bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Light body, fairly crisp, smooth and refreshing.

O: Not bad for a macro beer. Could do a lot worse.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 11:59:00 | More by soju6
Photo of dbossman


2.48/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Light, pale yellow with a large, steady head and lacing that is actually decent

S: Typical grainy, slightly sour and musty aromas from an adjunct lager; lots of corn, grassy, must

T: Not a ton going on here, which is the point--some grainy musty flavors; perhaps a touch of a buttery presence in the finish

F: Light bodied with a touch of stickiness in the back side; but actually somewhat creamy and not over-carbonated like most of the style

O: It is what it is but one of the lesser offensive of the ubiquitous BMC products

Serving type: can

07-25-2012 18:38:47 | More by dbossman
Photo of ppoitras


3.53/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can that appeared in my cooler when visiting the in-laws. Red, white & blue 4th of July motif can.

Poured into a glass mug, formed a 1" bright white head over the clear light yellow brew. Airy head collapses slowly, with average lacing. Aroma is bready, slightly floral.

Taste starts lightly sweet, bitterness and some saccharin in the middle, clean finish. Mouthfeel is smooth yet thin, and drinkability is good if this is what you're looking for. Since you bought it, one would think you know what to expect.

Serving type: can

07-24-2012 21:15:03 | More by ppoitras
Photo of jmarklan


2.75/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from a 16oz can.

A: Pale yellow, quickly dissipating head.

S: grassy, a bit sour, grainy.

T: slightly grassy with corn and grains. Light, but not unpleasant.

M: Light body, smooth. As expected, pretty drinkable.

Overall: Certainly nothing special, but not too shabby. Not bad as an economical beer.

Serving type: can

07-22-2012 05:43:10 | More by jmarklan
Photo of SouljaSaia17


2.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I know everyone has had this, but I wanted to review it anyway because this is my go to "backyard beer". Got a 40oz for $2.00 at my local package store.

A: Appearance is of a light straw color with a 1 1/2 in soapy whit head that fades quickly.

S: Smell is of wet wheat grass, some bitter sweet malts, and maybe some corn or rice in there.

T: A little malty, some sweet corn taste and some grain flavor with a crisp finish.

M: Medium carbonation, only drinkable if cold. As soon as this beer warms up, it falls apart.

O: For an American adjunct lager, its not a bad beer at all. Better drinking it out of the bottle than a glass. Good beer for after a had days work in the summertime!

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 23:25:23 | More by SouljaSaia17
Photo of intensify


2.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is one of the cheaper priced beers you can buy at your local liquor store.

A- Bright, golden yellow body. Nice head but went away quickly, just what I expected. Nothing more, nothing less.

S- Corn, sweet malts, slight hint of a zesty fruit. Lemon peel maybe.

T- Clean. This beer was filtered to the tip! It adds a clean start and finish, very nice on a hot day.

M- Thin bodied, high carbonation. Almost champagne-like, just like their slogan. Crisp and easy to drink.

Probably one of the best highly distributed beers out there. It is so easy to drink, and yet is refreshing and crisp. Ends with a clean finish, and you can't beat the price.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 07:17:21 | More by intensify
Photo of LagerThanLife

3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

I put bottle under serving only because beer advocate as YET to install a 40 option.

the girl on the moon and I go way back, she has helped me through some times. she is the beer i give to my friends who don't deserve decent beer and the only beer i use when making chili or carnitas.

I don't always drink sub premium, but when I do, I drink the champagne of sub premium beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 21:27:47 | More by LagerThanLife
Photo of SometimesIfart


2.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Miller High Life claims to be the champagne of beers? Is it true? Let's find out. Pick up a 30 pack of this and a 30 pack of regular Miller Lite for a party. I first drank the Miller Lite, they tried one of these for the first time. It's your average lager yellow with no real smells to speak off with the typical carbonation. But the taste...The taste, For the type of beer it is was wonderful. Sooo easy to drink, sooo smooth. And it was a steal at $16 for the 30. It's a nice change here and there from my usual Pabst, Although Pabst will always have a special place in my heart. I had some of this, however in the Light version, Along with Colt 45 the first time I had ever gotten drunk and I strongly preferred it to the others in the cooler. And this even beats out the Light edition. Wish I would have known about this stuff as a teenager, Would have wasted less money on Bud Light

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 23:43:50 | More by SometimesIfart
Photo of TheCondor


3.38/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Champagne of Beers. What more is there to say? Just for the hell of it, I decided to review this beer after I had picked up a three pack of pint cans from QT for $3, which is a pretty good deal if you ask me. I wrecked two of the cans with record speed before my last softball game. There is nothing more manly or awesome than slamming beers, then slamming a softball. I then went home and poured the last can with standard speed from the can to a pint glass, so I could realistically review this strange but tasty beverage.

Appearance – Pours a nice clear yellow color standard to the style with a one finger head that bails out quick but leaves some lacing. A little carbonation action can be seen inside the glass.

Smell – Breads, corn, malts, and a little bit of sweetness mixed in there. For an American adjunct, this is probably one of the more interesting noses I have ever smelled. It’s not too bad at all!

Taste – Lots of breads, malts, and a little grain, with that sweetness from the nose making a slight but unmistakable appearance. It even has a hint of hops in there. Really good for the style!

Mouthfeel – Good carbonation level, leaves a bready aftertaste, pretty thick considering the style. A thirst quencher du jour.

Overall – This is one of the best examples that this style has to offer. MHL is a good beer at a good price. Although it puts up with a lot of slanderous comments, I don’t think there is a thing wrong with this brew when you factor in its’ limitations. And at $1 a pint? Seriously? I would buy it and I will drink it again for sure.

Serving type: can

06-16-2012 17:19:13 | More by TheCondor
Photo of UCLABrewN84


2.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Best by 8/27/12.

Pours a crystal clear yellow with a 1/2 inch foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, corn flakes, and some sugar-like aromas. Taste is of grain and sweetened corn flakes. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer but not as bad as I was expecting it to be.

Serving type: can

06-12-2012 04:40:15 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Brenden


2.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

For the sake of experimentation, I'm holding a little tasting of beers I happened to have but would never purchase myself. Here's the fifth and final beer. I like drinking beer for the enjoyment it brings, so I'm glad this is almost over, but it was worth it in its own way.

This one, a pale yellow that's a bit more than "straw," actually manages to develop a fluffy white head that manages to stick. It stays at about half a finger but it stays for a long time, and even manages a reasonably thick ring of lacing at the top and, dare I say it, a pretty good amount of lacing beside.
Creamed corn. I wouldn't exactly call it "clean," although I guess it is besides that. There's a bit of malts presence. I just don't like that cooked corn thing in my beer.
There's a ghost of hops in the flavor along with a bit of astringency behind the corn and grains.
The feel...isn't bad. Light for what I like but not terribly light, even almost verging toward medium in the light body. Crispness is there but not overly spritzy. There's even a little smoothness.

Serving type: can

06-07-2012 01:28:52 | More by Brenden
Photo of Celtics76

Rhode Island

2.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear yellow gold in color, interesting patchy head, mild carbonation. It's Miller High Life! I love the red, white and blue retro-style can.

This is better than most macro brews - no skunky or urine-like taste. Light, goes down smooth with a mild corn/grain flavor. This is a "play it safe" type of beer - I would have this available were I to host a cookout of some sort. But I would also keep a 6 pack of a Stone or Victory brew in the fridge for the beer connoisseur. Also recommended for Mad Men parties, due to the retro cans and bottles offered.

Overall, recommended if you're on a budget or hosting a party that may consist of folks that are simply not on your level of sophistication.

Serving type: can

06-06-2012 23:38:28 | More by Celtics76
Photo of JoLight


4/5  rDev +49.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Same as out of the can: gold, clear, carbonated, and a stark-white head that leaves some lacing in the bottle. (I'm reviewing it from the bottle, because the bottle is clear.)

Aroma - Smells sweet, grainy, creamed-corn, a little bready. It smells like High Life from a can, but a little more subdued.

Taste - Some slight bitterness, grainy, a little sweet corn adjunct, and some white bread.

Finish - dry, crisp, refreshing, smooth.

Overall - A solid go-to beer.

For whatever reason, Miller High Life out of the bottle seems, by my judgment, much less flavorful and more subdued than when I drink from, or out of, a can. It's still a good beer, but I think I'd prefer it from the can, which is opposite from my usual preference for other beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 20:33:21 | More by JoLight
Photo of gabedivision

New York

2.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured from a 12 oz can to a SA perfect pint glass

A- looks like movie beer, straw golden yellow, crystal clear and clean, frothy white head tons of carbonation

S- Sweet grains on the nose, a touch of lemon, a slight touch of banana. Musty or mold scent on the end.

T- Soapy water, boiled grains, lemon pledge, slighty offensive after taste.

M- light, highly carbonated, blah...

O- well, it sucks, typical AAl, tastes like corn water, smells like gym socks.

Serving type: can

05-19-2012 21:36:16 | More by gabedivision
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

2.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Drank this bad boy right from the can

The body is a clear golden yellow with a fluffy white head. Loads of visible carbonation. I drank mine from the can, but others at this backyard shindig poured theirs into a glass. The aroma is of corn and grains, maybe a little green apple. The flavor profile mimics the nose. Green apple skins, corn starch, and grains. Extremely bland, lacking any real flavors. Light-bodied, high carbonation. This is probably a little more palatable than others in its style, but it is still not very desireable.

Serving type: can

05-19-2012 14:42:26 | More by ColForbinBC
Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
63 out of 100 based on 2,480 ratings.