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Miller High Life - Miller Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,090
Hads: 3,504
Avg: 2.81
pDev: 49.47%
Wants: 35
Gots: 672 | FT: 1
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Miller Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States | website

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 harpo111
2.83/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Although not a real great beer...i end up with one of these every so often... did this week.
Pours golden with a nice head. Aroma is sweet with a corn overtone. Taste likewise is sweet with a definate corn taste. Almost too sweet. Not much in the hop department here.
Very smooth...you could down a few of these and not bat an eye.
Mouthfeel is carbonated and mellow...not too thin because of all the carbonation in it. The Cola of beers....a definate economy beer..but very drinkable...works with hot weather and hot dogs. Best served ice cold. Beats a lot of cheap beers by a long shot.

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Photo of kdmorse
3.2/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Straw colored beer topped with a fluffy, white head. Decent head retention but not much lacing to speak off.

S: Sweet malty aroma with hints of tea and corn.

M/T: Tastes like college. Crisp mouthfeel. Tastes like there may be some malt and even some hops somewhere in there. Sweet and clean finish.

D: Light, refreshing drinking experience. Could finish a case or two in a night if the mood strikes me. One of my favorite Macros to drink in excess.

Notes: Truly the champagne of beers. I have a love affair with this beer and would gladly accept one any day of the week. Not the highest quality macro lager I have tasted, but definitely my favorite. The price and the epithet (cham-pag-ne- a la Christopher Walken) make it just right for me. My preferred poker/beer pong/drinking game/cookout beer.

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Photo of rodrot
1.65/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This beer poured a very pale yellow color with a large head of foam. It was so pale that it was basically just a shade darker than water. The aroma was very uninviting. I could smell a mixture of rotting tomatoes and a kind of fruity aroma mixed with it. Surprisingly, the taste was not too bad. I could taste the ever present corn and adjuncts, but there was also a nutty aftertaste that was kind of pleasing. Honestly, I don't understand how anyone could put out a product like this and still make money. I'd take a Bud or PBR anyday over the "Champagne of Beers". Not recommended.

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Photo of palffyfan
3.11/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pale golden color, great deal of carbonation, with a good deal of foam. Very typical of a macrobrew.

Smell - Very soapy, macrobrew smell, repugnant. Can't really tell what it comprises otherwise.

Taste - A suprising good corn-like taste, not watered down. No aftertaste--leaves a nice refreshing feeling in the mouth. Above average for a macrobrew. No bitterness at all, a hint of sweetness.

Drinkability - Definetely drinkable. I'm surprised I haven't tried it until now, but I'm quite impressed. Nothing like its Lite counterpart and definetely worth the price. Recommended for a macro.

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Photo of BeavisCubs
3.25/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz clear bottle

Decent bright white head that hangs on pretty well. Impressive lacing surrounding pilsner glass. Bright golden color deeper than average American macro.

Smell is not its strong suit. Not much of one. Slight hint of corn.

More taste than other macros and not bad either, especially cold. Corny,

Mouthfeel slightly sticky. Weakest point of beer.

Drinkability is off the charts. Could knock back a 12 if necessary or desired. Good thirst quencher as well.

This stuff is simple but pretty good. A 12 pack is a pretty good use of $7 and better than anything else in the price range except Yuengling and maybe PBR. When I'm going cheap and don't feel like Yuengling Traditional Lager and can't find PBR, this does the trick.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.03/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

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Photo of kbnooshay
2.46/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well im not sure why this beer is so much worse in the can. When i buy a macro i usually get cans because they are lighter to return, but the can version of this just blows in comparision. This poured a gold color with an allright head. The aroma was of corn and harsh ass. The taste is similar has a slight sweet hint. Compared to the bottle though the taste is dirty and harsh. The mouthfeel is moderate, not stickey-creamy like the bottle. Kinda drinkable

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Photo of Fugazme
3.16/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appeared very light golden/yellow... clarity is good.

A pretty nice, white head forms and continues to stay. Nearly one inch in thickness.

Aroma is malty/grainy/rubbery/corn.... The aroma is definitely not inviting... moving on...

Not a bad beer for a summer evening.

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Photo of supernaut
1.65/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

In a word: "average."

....even for a macro brew this beer represents the average. I guess thats pretty much what they're going for though. Every once in awhile I have to pick up a sixer of HL just to remind myself of why I spend $10+ per bottle for the good stuff. It pretty much embodies the qualities of what people like my grandfather expected from their beer. Essentially something devoid of any immediate bitterness or "flavor", yet something that provided a brief escape from the life that was 50's and 60's America. For this reason it still marches on, coursing through the veins of tail-gaters and lower-middle class ping pong players across the country....

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Photo of Hibernator
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Miller High Life
12 oz clear bottle
Jet ink label that reads 04176 051028
Served mainly out of the bottle, but also used a 8 oz juice glass for appearance

Pours a light fizzy yellow. Mini carbonation bubbles rise to the top. I prefer this beer cold and out of the bottle.

Whiffs of corn and rice. Light nose and nothing appealing to the senses.

Sweet corn and rice blend. Some flavors of cereal and grains. Good drinkability level that is better the colder it is.

There are no surpises here, I know what to expect. This is a hard beer to beat as far as price goes. I paid $3.99 for a 6 pack. It's your typical macro-adjunct lager all day long. Not a quality beer by any stretch of the imagination, but thirst quenching nevertheless.

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Photo of Drew966
2.17/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Purchased a six pack of clear bottles. This beer pours a pale yellow with a thick head. Clean tasting macro lager, this was my beer of choice when I was in college back in the eighties, it was cheap, drinkable and better than other cheap beers, such as Old Swillwaukee. Only problem was it was (and I'm sure still is) common to find a light struck bottle. Not bad for a macro when not light struck.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Drank straight from bottle.
Well, if you're looking for a quality beer this ain't it. with that said, it wasn't awful.
Smell had corn, hops, and some sort of citrus. Taste followed the smell. Corn, hops some light fruit. Not much of a rich flavor and after taste was light. A crisp mouthfeel that gets better as the beer becomes colder. A good, light summer thirst quencher, and cheap.

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Photo of Wasatch
2.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours yellow in color, very little carbonation, small head, some lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of sweet malts, hops.

T - The taste is kinda sweet, but very watery.

M - Light body, not much of an aftertaste to talk about.

D - Drinkable I guess. Many moons ago I use to like this stuff.

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Photo of PatYoda
2.61/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, Miller High Life - the champage of beers.

Pours a terrible pale yellow with no foam at all. Smell is very mild - some malt and sweet corn in there along with some floral hops. Taste is pretty much the same as the smell. A pleasant fresh floral hoppiness and very mild bitterness are there in small quantities along with the grain. The corn makes it a bit sickly tasting as it comes out more when the beer warms. Mouthfeel is pretty watery. Overall, I'd pick it over most of the other macro lagers, I guess.

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Photo of GuinnessHero
3.3/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look at this beer this way: It is simple, has been around for a long time, and is an industry standard. Yellow hue, with a decent head, smells like a cheap beer. Taste is actually very nice. It's just a beer taste. Nothing special here, but from Miller, this is probably their best offering. Mouthfeel and drinkability are incredibly wonderful being that it is so easy to drink. By far, this is the best macro you can get.

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Photo of Phatz
2.98/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a boring, (but acceptable), no frills American Macro Lager. It pours straw yellow with a fizzy white head. Its smell is hidden and subtle, but it smells like every other Macro (subtle grains). For the 'Champagne of Beers' it is above average in that I don't run away, but its nothing super special either. If you drink it ice cold, the crisp mouthfeel and the thinness make it a light and refreshing (easy drinking) brew. The taste is not exciting but not offensive either. You could say it is gentle on the palate. The bitterness is very mild and the malts are there but are hard to find. Clearly the rice and corn show through but overall there is simply not much taste, to talk about, at all. For a hot day doing physical work, this'll drink like water. For a Bar Beer, it is an acceptable choice. It is no champagne. It is nothing special, but it does have its place and time, and it is exactly what I expect and what I do not expect from a BMC beer.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of casualbeerman
2.04/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

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Photo of charlatan
2.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Straw colour with fluffy, rather dry looking head. Smells of a combination of cream, honey and an unfortunate hint of beer soaked bar towels. Tastes rather bland, but not obnoxious. It is rather sweet with a one dimensional bitterness and a rather dry finish. Seems a little stale. If it were less sweet and a little crisper it would be much better.

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

12oz clear bottle wtih classic labeling. No freshness dating, or at least one that is consumer friendly.

Golden hued beer, bright, with a patchy white foam head comprised of mixed bubble sizes. Large bubbled slow carbonation. Lacing has some stick, with a moderate level of head retention.

Ultra-clean nose on this one, faint grain and an even fainter freshly husked corn aroma.

Even, medium bodied brew. Fizzy carbonation. Crisp. Smooth, with a creamy carbonation feel on the palate. Mild steely character in the flavor, some watery malty / creamed corn sweetness that sticks to the palate. Touch of malt husks, corn grits, with a drying edge. Corn flavor gets more pronounced as the beer warms and casts a blandness across the palate. Hop character is nearly non-existent with this tasting. Finishes with some residual dextriny sweetness and corn. Not overly clean, but it passes.

Drink ice cold for maximum enjoyment, but mostly so those corn flavors stay where they should.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.32/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours extra pale gold with a pristine clarity. Two finger head of dense soap bubbles; not much retention but the sticky lacing is impressive. Corn and cereal nose, with some pale malt hiding in the background. Distinctly adjunct flavor, but appropriatly light and balanced. Crisp and clean mouthfeel that leaves only whispers of adjunct in the aftertaste. Not bad for a macro, and you can't beat the price!

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Photo of Jason
3.56/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz clear twist-off bottle with no freshness date found.

A- Great head retention, I was quite surprised and impressed at the same time. Good clinging action and the pale yellow golden hue donned a perfect clarity.

S- Sharp cooked corn aroma, mild grain husk as well. Clean other than that.

T&M- Solid crispness in a light body. Grainy with a hay like character, mild hop bitterness and a faintness of corn in the back. Clean on the palate with a grand smoothness that make you want to take another sip.

D- Easy to drink with mild flavors and a good wash of crispness. A tasty American Lager. Went excellent with the lamb and steak tips I grilled.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale amber color with massive white puffy head. Smell is moderately sweet and fairly pleasant. Taste is nice and refreshing. Leaves an enjoyable, but very light taste in the mouth. Somewhat creamy. Finish is also very mild and refreshing. This is a good cheap beer for a hot summer afternoon.

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Photo of shererjt
2.78/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale straw yellow and brilliantly clear. Nicely carbonated with a billowy white head. Escaping bubbles of carbonation were plainly visible. Aroma was dominated by cooked corn--though not unpleasantly so--with some faint malt sweetness lurking in the background. Light-to-medium body, again with the DMS/cooked corn in the taste. There may have been a little astringency there, too, and this one definitely leaned toward the sweet side.

I'm not going to say something dumb like this is one of the best beers I've ever had. It's not. However, it is a fine example of an American macrobrew. It's inoffensive, cheap, and highly quaffable; makes an excellent choice for a summer afternoon or evening in front of the television with a ballgame on. Hands down it's my choice for a refreshing lawnmower beer.

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Photo of jewski
3.76/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For cheap macro swill, High Life (from 12oz. bottles) is hard to beat.

Typical American macro lager looks, apart from the slightly foamy head that actually tends to stick around. Smell is harsh, grainy, and not particualrly pleasant.

Tastes very grainy. Highly carbonated corn. Some malt sweetness with just a faint taste of hops towards the clean finish. Mouthfeel would be hard to match by a marco lager.

The beer to get with buddies who refuse anything that it's straw yellow and dirt cheap. The obvious choice for the poor college student as well.

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Photo of Sixpoint
3.28/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The unmistakable character of Miller High Life. Ahhh....

I remember rocking this stuff from 6th and North in Milwaukee back in high school.... wait, did I say HIGH SCHOOL?

Poured with a decent head and little lacing. Typical straw Miller. Unmistakable.

Speaking of unmistakable, unmistakable apple juice aroma. Love that Miller High Life. Sweet initial offering and then a pretty weak hop blast.

Slight caramel twinge folled by an overly estery (for a lager) wallop in the end.

Slammable? If you're in high school and you want to unwind, of course. When you're 26 and you know better... it's still slammable.

Respect Wisconsin.

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Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
66 out of 100 based on 1,090 ratings.