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Miller High Life - Miller Brewing Co.

Miller High LifeMiller High Life

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2,485 Ratings

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Ratings: 2485
Reviews: 997
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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-20-2000)
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Photo of AtLagerHeads


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

The "Champagne of Bottled Beers" was always such a treat in my youthful years. Like most clear-bottled beers you must get this one as fresh as possible or you're in for some strong skunk overtones. A clean, crisp beer, the Miller formula still works well enough and this is clearly BTB. Not a bad "go-to" beer if A-Bs are the only other choice. Clear yellow, quickly departing white head, and virtually no lace, but the malt body with adjuncts is tasty enough to satisfy. A bit of a forced carbonation bite in the mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2003 10:48:20 | More by AtLagerHeads
Photo of Redrover


3.24/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz tall blonde (clear glass) long neck

Beer pours a very pale yellow with large chemically looking head. The foam shrinks but doesn't disappear, hardly any lacing.

Smell is almost non existent. Hits of grain, no real hops or malt. They have made this one smell clean!

Taste is also pretty bland, just sweet enough to let you know that there is some malt/grain. Hints of hops and good carbonation keeps things moving. This beer is brewed for easy drinkablity and minimal taste. They have succeeded.

I'll take a Miller over a Bud or Coors if thats my only choice. I also like High Life better than MGD. Still, lots of better American lagers to choose from!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2003 14:19:42 | More by Redrover
Photo of WVbeergeek


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

The champagne of beers, well okay mabye that's pushing it just a bit, but I will say this it's one of the best shittiest beers around. I know that's a contradiction but for the price and being a college student I will live the High Life. Cmon this is a classic beer, hell I even contemplated making it my 100th. It pours a true golden color, already better than budweiser. I will say this is a fizzy golden beer with a highly carbonated get ready to belch foaming head she even leaves somewhat of a decent lace. The aroma is slightly vegetable with a lot of grainy adjunct ridden flow going on here. Not repulsive not complex, it's just beer at it's most simple macro light American lager form. A great crisp sweetness that is balanced by some hop bitterness to form one simple yet classic taste. Miller High Life is a beer worth a try, and when there is other beers attempting to be good around that aren't, I always go back to the High Life because it knows it's not a good beer. Refreshing with a creamy smooth mouthfeel that forms a foamy mustache on me, I love this brew along with the girl on the moon. You can drink this stuff all night it is meant to be swill, and there is no off flavors here or bad hangovers. So, for the style I give it my thumbs up!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2003 17:02:33 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of jtw5877


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

Pours a golden hue with a white head, not a bad macro lager. Fairly crisp clean taste. No real dominant flavor, just a basic drink it on a hot day beer. Kinda cool retro packaging. Cheap, available everywhere, and not too bad. In a pinch it will get the job done.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2003 16:42:17 | More by jtw5877
Photo of BeerAngel


3.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an ultra-clear pale straw color with a snow-white fluffy head. The head retention is actually amazing for a macro. The smell of sweet corn adjuncts and a black pepper aroma in the background smell decent for what it is. The taste is a very mild earthy grain with again, some corn adjuncts and almost a hint of hops. Most all of the bite is from the carbonation. It is a thin bodied beer and drinkability is fairly high, especially in the Texas heat. I still prefer PBR over this, but this beer is not bad, it's just rather bland and boring. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2003 18:52:39 | More by BeerAngel
Photo of BitteBier


3.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light, clear straw color with some carbonation and minimal but clingy head. Smell wasn't particularly strong but likewise wasn't unappealing. Light grains and some sweetness reach the nose. Taste is likewise fine but unremarkable. Crisp at the start with a somewhat clingy mouthfeel. Various flavors (hops, sweet malt, spice) are present, but the edges seem to have been taken off them to make this decidedly mainstream. Decidedly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2003 05:45:22 | More by BitteBier
Photo of Winter


2.58/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The "champagne of beers" pours a clear pale gold in color with a white foamy head. Aroma consists of an oddly sweet malt, alcohol and hops scent. Mouthfeel is thin and crisp. Taste is somewhat refreshing when cold, but overall a bland collaboration of malt, grain and corn. Of the Miller big 3, High Life is a better choice than the watered down Miller Lite and lackluster MGD from a "taste only" stand point, but that's like saying it's the lesser of the evils. I guess if I had to choose a beer from the American macros, this would probably be it. Certainly there are worse macros out there.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2003 19:22:17 | More by Winter
Photo of JohnnyDuvel


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

I hadn't tried High Life in many years prior to this taste test. I remembered it as being the sweetest of the mainstream beers (and sheer piss when warm!). For this test, I had it along side of Bud, Yuengling, and Pabst Blue Ribbon. The Miller had a decent appearance, light golden color, foamy head, small retention and lace. The smell was decent. Somewhat spritzy in the taste and mouthfeel, and after a while, I began to taste something similar to a white wine (like pinot grigio?), which certainly suprised me. I could not drink this along with any of my regular beers. Far to weak and mainstream. But, it was better than I expected, and I probably will get it again some time, for when I'm in the mood for such a beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2003 20:04:49 | More by JohnnyDuvel
Photo of NeroFiddled


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

Clear straw gold with a full head of bright white foam. It's retention is surprisingly good. It maintains a creamy collar and light surface covering throughout the glass, and leaves some very nice lace. The nose expresses a sweet malt with a very light touch of sulphur (but no more than should be expected of any lager). The body is medium/light. It's bubbles appear to be standard-sized and the carbonation level is median. The mouthfeel starts crisp but becomes lightly creamy as it crosses the palate. The flavor is as the aroma indicates with a clean, sweet-malt (obvious use of adjunct due to it's lack of graininess) dominating over whatever bitterness is present. It finishes dry with some lingering maltiness (but it never builds on the palate). Well done and enjoyable, although a touch sweet.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2003 20:43:11 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of texascarl


3.03/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Opened a 32 oz can of this a few nights ago, the best thing in a cooler in a gas station in the middle of nowhere. The can of beer wasn't quite as good as I remembered it tasting in the (clear) bottles.

Appearance = pale golden, medium + carbonation, poured a large head that wasn't very long lasting.

Aroma = not much of one. Sweet, hints of 'metal can'.

Taste = sweet, light. Crisp mouthfeel. Not half bad, and considering the price I paid and the selection that was available at that gas station I'd buy this one again. I do remember preferring the taste of this beer in bottles (tho' with that clear glass beware of skunk.)

Serving type: can

02-03-2003 13:00:59 | More by texascarl
Photo of BeerManDan


3.23/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Of all the cheap beers, this is my favorate. Why do they have to bottle this beer in a white bottle is beyond me. I think that this could be the top selling beer, if they gave it a chance and bottle it in an amber color bottle. I think this is a mellow/smooth brew with a mild bitter after taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2003 19:27:36 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of JISurfer

South Carolina

3.35/5  rDev +25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my most favorite cheap beers. It has a nice light taste, but at the same time it had some hoppy taste to it. It is just the average light yellow color with a white "head" to it. The head didn't really last long. It goes perfectly on a hot summer day, at the beach, or watchin' the game. Get some.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2003 21:18:40 | More by JISurfer
Photo of Reidrover


3.1/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was my most favorite beer in the world for a few years when i lived in Georgia( USA that is)..its cheap, it tastes ok..and goes down real easy on a hot humid Georgia summer night..and it goes well with fried catfish! What more could you ask.
Its still a pretty good American style lager beer..its good value for what it is..nothing fancy working mans beer.Still drink this in the summer now and again..but not as often here in Oregon.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2003 23:16:09 | More by Reidrover
Photo of johnrobe


2.7/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my father's staple summertime beer when I was growing up. So I picked up a six pack out of curiousity (I figured, what the heck? I can cook with them if I hate it). It's not as bad as I remember most macros being...but not that good either. It definitely has value as a summertime quencher. It pours a pale straw yellow in the glass with a bright white and extremely fizzy head. "Champagne of Beers" must refer to the fizzy head, not the quality. The smell is of corn-like sweetness. The taste is not bad actually, it's just that the initial burst of flavor is so extremely short lived. There's some toasted bready malt, that corn sweetness and just a hint of herbal hops. Mouthfeel is light and there's a high degree of carbonation. Save this one for a very hot day and drink it ice cold.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2003 20:48:13 | More by johnrobe
Photo of Webby64


3.28/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

What the hell! This is in my opinion the best cheep beer there is. Poors straw yellow with a thin head that lingers and clings to the top, lots of carbonation bubbles. little or no smell, maybe a sweet yeasty smell, flowery. Taste is sweet, touch of hops, little aftertaste.

This is now on the top of my list when the budget is low. Drink it cold!!!!!


Serving type: bottle

01-04-2003 13:49:06 | More by Webby64
Photo of elmocoso


2.93/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light straw color, with lots of carbonation bubbles rising to a not-to-bad head. the head is a kind of off white, kind of unusual color.

decently crisp and but sweet smell - nothing spectacular.

not a bad taste for a macro-swill. light and easy drinking, thats for sure.

mouthfeel is on the light side for a non light beer.

overall drinkibility is not bad, im sure they would go down easy whilst mowing yonder lawn.

Serving type: can

01-02-2003 18:01:09 | More by elmocoso
Photo of alittlehazy


2.75/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

the good ol' champagne of beers. pours a "typical lager" yellow with a cool soap suds like head that hangs out for a bit. tastes like carbonated water with a little bite of skunk, bitterness at the end. mouthfeel is actually not too bad, goes down extremely smooth.

as far as cheap stuff i'd take this over most. perfect summer session beer, though if youre looking for any more than a medium in which to carry alcohol to the bloodstream, you might want to look elsewhere!

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2002 02:00:39 | More by alittlehazy
Photo of maxpower


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

Golden yelllow color, fizzy white head, grainy corny aroma. Light body and light mouthfeel, grainy balanced fllavor, no hop profile, clean tasting with a sweet finish, always smooth and never bitter is not bad for what it is.

Serving type: can

12-08-2002 13:00:36 | More by maxpower
Photo of ADR


1.88/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Big sudsy white adjunct head, decomposes from underneath in large bubbles. Clear-as-crystal yellow color. "High School Party" smell, mostly a pronounced neutral sweetness with a slight sense of cheap cheddar cheese. Malt flavor is very corn syrup dominated, a "cooked veggie" taste that to me denotes aspects of canned potatoes. Hard to pick out anything else. Hops are leathery in quality, as in many macros, and the flavor flattens in a typical way. Yeah, its pretty bad in a grand and traditional way. Budweiser has better crispness.

Serving type: can

12-02-2002 08:13:55 | More by ADR
Photo of HossMcGraw


3.55/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As far as macrobrews go, this is the best. It's pretty much always got a skunky aroma and flavor, and it's kinda watery, but it's cheap, and anyone with an alcohol tolerance level above that of a 15 year old girls', can drink about a thousand of these and still be functional. IMO, it's the tastiest macro money can buy, and it's always great at parties. If someone offers you one of these, don't start getting all beer snob on their ass and turn it down. I surpised myself when I liked this beer, and if you haven't had it in a while, you better drink it or Hoss McGraw will come give you a much needed ass whoopin'.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2002 14:59:20 | More by HossMcGraw
Photo of ElGuapo

New Jersey

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

the champagne of beers... WOW. i dunno about that, but you can do much worse things than investing in some high life. has a little hoppy kick in there mixed with a grains. it will do the job i guess.

Serving type: can

10-25-2002 21:21:26 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of BillyBrew


3.1/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A great American macro. Pale golden colour with a sticky, creamy, fluffy, white head that lasts fairly long. That wet grain nose with very subtle hop flower. Grainy flavors with a faint, lemony hoppiness. Smooth medium-light bopdy with crisp edginess.

The best after-work beer. A fine session beverage. Also a solid, tastey option for the fiscally observant. Yes, the Champagne of Beers! I love this lady. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2002 13:01:59 | More by BillyBrew
Photo of Beastdog75

New Jersey

2.95/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Miller High Life is one of the classic American beers. It used to be Miller's flagship brew until the 80s and Genuine Draft came along. Kind of a shame, since this is better than MGD as it has more taste. I don't even see commericals for this anymore...

Anyway, MHL pours an average straw color that is clear and effervescent. The decent foamy head that forms lasts a few minutes and actually left a halfway decent lace on my glass. The smell is similar to MGD: musty grain, but not as bad MGD. Alcohol present in the nose too. The mouthfeel is sudsy. The taste is quite grainy, with some sweetness, and the mellow hop bitterness is present from the beginning. It finishes slightly dry and grainy. The corn taste is there, but not as noticeable as MGD. It finishes with some alcoholic warmth. All in all a quite refreshing beer.

This beer has some nostalgic value for me, so maybe that inflated my ratings, but this is one of the better American macros out there, and the price is always right.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2002 00:36:03 | More by Beastdog75
Photo of bewareOFpenguin


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

I used to work on boiler rooms in ships. That is how hot it has to be to truelly enjoy this beverage. The commercials about "living the high life" usually spotlight some mook who appears: a) only to live on a diet of beef, b) no wife or girlfriend and c) has a weight problem. Who is the target audience?

Serving type: can

10-02-2002 10:02:08 | More by bewareOFpenguin
Photo of BeerBob


3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Miller “High Life” pours a snow yellow from a 32oz can. Head forms like the suds in a sink full of dishes. Nose has some barley malt and damp corn.

Palate has some pleasant malt, corn, bitter hops, and that fizzy gas thing with the carbonation.

While Miller “High Life” is not on top of the mountain of Beers, its not on the bottom either.

Serving type: can

08-21-2002 20:22:17 | More by BeerBob
Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
63 out of 100 based on 2,485 ratings.