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Miller High Life - Miller Brewing Co.

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Miller High LifeMiller High Life

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BA SCORE
63
poor

3,040 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 3,040
Reviews: 1,034
rAvg: 2.68
pDev: 28.73%
Wants: 14
Gots: 243 | FT: 1
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-20-2000)
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Photo of PatandDavid
2.38/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had a bottle of this at Falt Top Johnnys this past Saturday night, in the company of David, Todd, Bochtech, and UncleJimbo, but the company and surroundings didn't make the beer any better. I poured the beer myself into a glass, and received liquid clear crystal gold for my trouble. No head to speak of and I did the pouring...that's not good. Aroma was of that sweet adjunctly style that is not appealing. But I didn't stop there, dove in, and encountered a medium bodied brew with very prickly carbonation. Tastewise, I thought it was mostly sweet malt with some citrusy notes in the finish. No, I will not get this again, and if I need 'the champagne of beers' I will continue my search for pink, green or gold Champale.

PatandDavid, Nov 16, 2004
Photo of iheartmyTHO
2.4/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The hipster in me really wants to like Miller High Life, but it is no means the champagne of beers. Each time I somehow end up drinking it, I just can't get over a weird musty flavor that this beer has. When I have it in a can, it does oddly taste slightly better than bottled, but still gross. If I'm going to go for a super cheap beer, I think I'm going to stick with PBR or Schlitz, since they have actual decent flavor compared to this swill.

iheartmyTHO, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of jayc333
2.4/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale yellow with a finger of white lace. Some bubble rise to the top quickly. The one actually leaves good lacing. Actually above average for a Macro in appearance.

Corn, corn, corn. That's how to describe the smell. Also, maybe some mild grain. Average, but I've smelt better.

Tastes of grain and corn, faint hoppyness. Don't really like the after-taste. Not really my cup of tea.

Fizzy, thin, etc mouthfeel. Nothing different then the standard of its type.

Only enjoyable ice cold, outside, on a hot day in my opinion.

jayc333, Apr 18, 2006
Photo of chodinheaven
2.4/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Crystal clear bubbly straw color with a healthy white head on top. Good head retention. Aroma is of corn and skunkweed, usually a turn off for me.

Not a very full flavor, tastes watered down and weak. It doesn't seem to hold its own, even against the water. The corn additive is the most prevelant flavor in this one, but it's weak and only ends up leaving an iffy aftertaste. Considering the bubbliness and style, I expected more carbonation that added up to a crisp and dry mouthfeel when in reality its on the creamy side. Not a good beer, but a classic in American history and everybody should at least give it a chance.

chodinheaven, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of Viggo
2.4/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Truly lives up to Champagne of Beers!

Pours a clear straw yellow, thin white head forms, settles down quick to a thin ring around the glass, the disappears completely, no lacing. Smell is sweet and corny, honey, citrus, bit of floral, pretty average. Taste is similar, sweet corn, adjuncty, wheat like dry middle, floral and citrus sweet sugar finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. Was holding on to this gem for my #900 review, but I forgot!

Viggo, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of Hoopster4hire
2.4/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Bright gold color and pours a bubble bath like head.

Smell: Sour aroma that reminds of canned corn

Taste: Kind of bready with a corn like taste to it.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated since it is the "champagne of beers". A little too much though, you drink half a can and if you don't burp, instant bloating.

Drinkability: Pretty smooth beer. Enough flavor that keeps you interested, but nothing intricate.

Hoopster4hire, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of Avagadro
2.4/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the golden can into an american pint glass. Lots of white foam appear upon pouring. Lacing throughout the entire beer. Piss yellow color. I can't pick out the smell of hops or malt, both are probably hidden by the plethora of adjuncts in this beer. Taste is minimal. Very light bodied, but this gives it a thirst quenching appeal. These are good on a hot day when you need an ice cold drink to cool off. Clean in the mouth but alittle sticky on the lips. Drinkability is this beers claim to fame. It's not hard to drink a 12pack of these things in a night. Not filling, not a high abv, just drinkable beer. Thats all this beer is, drinkable.

Avagadro, Apr 05, 2006
Photo of twiggamortis420
2.42/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Leftover from weekend visitors.
Crystal clear filtered yellow color. Decent white head and some actual lacing on the glass! Foam fades slowly compared to most macros as well. Not a bad looking beer.

In a word - creamed corn smell. Sweet, slightly metallic nose to it. No hops and no yeast scent.

Champagne of beer, eh? I can see some similarities...highly carbonated, sweet and full of adjuncts...my guess is corn. Not a horrible tasting beverage, just not very beer-like. Cheap, smooth and somewhat crisp. What else would one expect? Drinkable...but barely.

twiggamortis420, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of beerprovedwright
2.42/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Big thick head of two plus fingers. Very clingy lace. Color is a 2 on the SRM beer color chart, lighter than some light beers, but with more kick. Smell is corn and corn stalk. Taste is corn, and cereal grain, and malt. Sort of crisp as long as it is cold. Most beers start to taste better as the warm, not this one. Not heavy in mouthfeel, there but not much. This is a hot day beer, yard work, good beer to drink while washing your car.

beerprovedwright, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of canoehornpoint
2.42/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale straw color with minimal head and a fair amount of carbonation. Aroma is sort of sour corn grist. It pretty much tastes the same. It has a roasted corn flavor that finishes sour. MGD is a bit better. Seems like there is a bit less corn and not as sour and gristy.

canoehornpoint, Jun 12, 2004
Photo of thekevlarkid
2.42/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

thekevlarkid, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of greenmonstah
2.42/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from a pack I bought for cooking brats.

A - Pours an ugly clear bright yellow with a short little head. Lacing is average

S - Skunky, sweet corn and a tiny touch of hop. Not a lot here.

T - Very very light malt and sweetcorn. A little bit bready, which is nice. Really it's just a carbonated corn water, and the only reason it scores a C is that the American Adjunct Lager is a shit style and this is slightly less shitty than most of them.

M - Body is thin as water. Average carbonation.

D - Very easy to down, which I suppose is the best quality of this beer. It's a fairly typical adjunct, but better than all the Lite crap.

greenmonstah, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of RedLion
2.42/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The only reason to drink this beer is because you're low on cash, and the alternative is an AB product. Pale yellow, no head (unless you shake the can first), and only drinkable ice cold. "Flavor" greatly favors any other boring beer that you drank back in junior high. No hops. Really needs more hops. Mouthfeel = watery. It's drinkable only because it's cheap.

RedLion, Apr 29, 2005
Photo of falloutsnow
2.42/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a large, fluffy pure white head that quickly deflates leaving no lacing and a thin layer of white bubbles along the surface of the beer. The body is colored a light, transparent yellow with carbonation slowly percolating through. Beer does not get much more sterilized looking than this.
Smells vaguely like a watered-down malted barley and corn mixture, which is what the ingredients most likely are. No noticeable hops presence, just a scent of something sharply sweet, almost chemical. Taste weakly resembles shredded wheat, corn flakes, or puffed rice cereal with a trace amount of hop bitterness in the finish. Grainy aftertaste closes out a beer featuring nothing astounding and little in the way to recommend.
Light to light-medium body, highly overcarbonated for the level of heaviness. Finish is clean and dry, at least this is quite refreshing. Drinkability of this beer really depends on the context: it's drinkable if one is at a social event and this is the only thing available; there's also an apparent attraction to having something this clean and dry in the finish on a warm day. If one is enjoying beer where there is selection, however, there's absolutely no reason to purchase or drink this.

falloutsnow, May 01, 2006
Photo of gabedivision
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.

gabedivision, May 19, 2012
Photo of carrier77
2.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Serving Type is from a bottle into a pint glass

Appearance - Light gold with a lot of white head, lots of carbonation, very little lacing.

Smell - Smells like corn

Taste - Corn and not much else

Feel - Lots of carbonation (which I am partial to) very thin, goes down easy.

Overall - For the price it is not too bad.

Reviewed on: 3-17-12

carrier77, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of bisq
2.44/5  rDev -9%

bisq, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of freshtojeff
2.44/5  rDev -9%

freshtojeff, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Ccarbone123456789
2.44/5  rDev -9%

Ccarbone123456789, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of EagleTalon
2.45/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From a 7 oz. bottle. Pours to a persistent but thin white head with bits of lace. Pale golden/straw color. Aroma is corny and sweet, with a bit of banana ester. Flavor is very weak, a bit too sweet. Finishes clean and sweetish. A good looking beer that is just "drinkable".

EagleTalon, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
2.45/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pure white, three-finger head that fades slowly to a thin layer and leaving some lace. Light-medium carbonation and light bodied. Crystal clear pale straw color. Nose is ?? Flavor is sweet corn with faint hints of hops in background. Squeaky clean finish. Good lawn mower beer. Better than MGD. The champagne of beers, who are they kidding? $1.25 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

jdhilt, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of Reaper16
2.45/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. can served into a pint glass
Day three of the cheap beers leftover from a party experiment. Many claim that Miller High Life is a contender to PBR, my personal vote for best bad beer. Let's see how the contender fares.

Pours a piss-yellow pale pathetic looking color. The body looks terrible. It looks as attractive as the High Life commercial guy's body size looks healthy. The head though... wow. What a thing of beauty. Three fingers of fluffy, dynamic pillows of froth and angel poop. Lacing sticks to the glass like a puppy to a marrow bone.

I hate this aroma. It doesn't smell like anything. PBR had some tin and lots of corn. Hell, the Coors Light that I had yesterday had a lot more going on in the nose. This has some grass and some sweetish malt lingering somewhere like a shy ghost. I'll give it this: the smell has integrity to it. It smells an awful lot like a proper maibock. That is, when it smells at all, which is not often and not very much.

Lots of icky rice flavors characterize the grain taste of this beer. Some corn on the finish, but mostly rice. A slightly floral bit of hops underscores the whole thing. But this is really, truly, Godawful. Man, fuck this beer. Watery, nasty. Swill. This is just a flat-out shitty beer. I can appreciate adjunct lagers like PBR or Schlitz for embracing their corn side of things. High Life seems to embrace nothing; it tries to taste like nothing.

Too much carbonation for too little body. It feels like drinking a pop. Blech. Drinkability is pretty great. I mean, this goes down like water. It is barely a step up from from light lager.

In fact, it is a step down in quality from the Coors Light I had yesterday. I'd reach for a Coors Light one hundred times out of one hundred if forced to choose between it and Miller High Life. This sucks.

Reaper16, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of barleyman
2.45/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the clear glass, 12 oz. bottle into my straight sided pint glass tumbler, the bright white head quickly dissapates.The predominate smell is of corn. Taste is similiar and has little hop balance.Mouthfeel is medium, fairly accurate for the style. Drinkability is good, accurate for this style.

Just a thought,

barleyman

barleyman, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of sassacrass
2.45/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass from a lb-er can.

A- 1/8 in. head that went away after 30 seconds or so. Pale golden color with tiny bubbles moving throughout the glass during the drinking. Foamy lacing that almost covers the whole glass except where I'm drinking from.

S- Nothing sensational. Kind of metallic with a trace of citrus at the end.

T- Nothing really jumps out in this beer. The high carbonation makes it tough for any particular taste stand out. Once it dies down, it's a mellow, somewhat malty flavor.

M- Again, mainly just carbonation.

D- This is high for me because I can always just sit back and relax with one of these. They're perfect when you want a cheap, easy 6-pack while watching a game.

Notes- This is not a "good" beer by any stretch of the imagination; but my friend's dad always had a case of ponies in his fridge so it has a high nostalgia factor. This is definitely the first macro-brew I'm grabbing for whenever I feel the need to grab one.

sassacrass, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of Ricochet
2.45/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I just saw some of the BA reviews and thought I needed to try High Life again. I haven't had it in 2 years, so I purchased a 24oz can and poured it in a pint glass and hoped to taste it in a different light other than "cheap chugging get drunk like Busch beer"

I have never preferred Miller HL to Busch, so that will tell you something about this review. At first, this beer spoke to me. "I'm the champagne or beers! You will respect me!" Sorry Miller. Not very good.

While taste and appearance were like any beer the flavor just said "Why are you drinking this? I know I'm cheap and all, but isn't there any better?" Almost tasted a slight bit skunky with very heavy corn flavors overtaking any other. Just a step below Busch in the drinkability category. I would always take this if it was cheaper than Busch, but I prefer the rice adjunct rather than the corn adjunct flavor.

Now that I'm in a place that has Genesee Red again and I've re-discovered how good a cold Pabst or how good a Ballantine could be...this cheap beer is off my list.

Ricochet, Jul 31, 2004
Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
63 out of 100 based on 3,040 ratings.