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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 PDXHops

South Carolina

2.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap in a shaker pint.

Surprisingly nice looking beer. Impressive structure, retention and lacing from the bright white head. Pale yellow (some would say 'piss yellow') body has perfect clarity.

Smells like, well, not a lot, which I guess is the point. Some corn, some very light grain and nothing else.

Tastes very sweet, like creamed corn. Slight bit of lemon bitterness, no hops really. Best consumed quickly while it's still ice cold.

Creamy mouthfeel would be pleasant if there were some more carbonation. Instead, it's just too much corny sweetness.

Not the first beer I'd reach for in the macro section of the beer aisle.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2009 21:51:21 | More by PDXHops
Photo of cford1


2.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: From a keg in my house, into large glass mug.

Appearance: Very pale looking, darker than something like Natural Light though. There is moderate head with a little staying power.

Smell: Smells a lot like corn to me. Especially when it is served at a warmer temperature.

Taste: Rather thin body, although more than cheaper beers. Taste a lot like it smells with a moderate corn/barley flavor.

Overall: Its certainly better than Nati Light. But certainly not something I would drink given a larger budget. Great for college, not for much else...

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2009 22:02:58 | More by cford1
Photo of joshwlt


2.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This stuff is bubbly, straw yellow, with a white head that doesn't last (Who'da thought for an american macro?). I guess the only reason why I decided to review this was because I had a couple because they were cheap tonight and I was grossed out by how metallic it tasted. Had it on tap for a dollar per 10 oz. Very metallic certainly more hops than your average american macro (noble hops I think)... but overly metallic. Not suggested, unless you're on a mission to not be sober and have few means to reach such a goal. On one good note however I did see this in my grandfather's fridge when I was a kid and I have a lot of respect for him so the lady on the moon is at least a reminder of him.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2008 07:09:30 | More by joshwlt
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

2.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can't believe we actually found High Life on tap. What's wrong with this city? Looks like piss with a nice head, although it dissolves down to nothing with the quickness. Nose is weak, but the flavor's an unobjectionable sweet malty grain and maybe corn. Feel isn't terrible, and I could drink about 50 of these (and do, every time). Really quite bad, but whatever, not as terrible as most of them, and kind of accepting of its terribleness.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2008 02:44:08 | More by soupyman10
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.13/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The champagne of beers! Really!

A bright, translucent, yellow colored body with a nice white head. Fantastic head retention, this stuff sticks around in white clumps and mountains forever, and then leaves a ton of thick sticky lacing on the glass. Actually one of the better looking beers I've ever encountered. Certainly the best American Macro I've found.

Not sure if this has much of an aroma. Metallic and corn come to mind.

Taste is definitely corn(rice)-like. The metallic flavor hangs around in the background. Some actual malts come through. I can taste a little earthy hops in there too. Better than a bud light or coors I must say.

Very light mouthfeel, highly carbonated. Rather crisp.

High drinkability on this one because you can throw them back without being completely disgusted. Also cheap as hell. For the most part, it sucks less than other macros.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2008 16:17:30 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of pharmer


3.13/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served on-tap on in a classic pint glass. Had a decent head and surprisingly maintained its head(at least to some extent) throughout the course of consumption. Lacing is evident. The beer is a bright yellow and completely clear.

S- Smells of corn and not much else

T- Some mild hop bitterness-corn adjunct as well

M- Light bodied and highly carbonated beer. Quite pleasing in the mouth however.

D- I have always enjoyed drinking this beer, and would consider it to be a good choice if looking for an economical beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2008 20:04:02 | More by pharmer
Photo of FightingEntropy


2/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: draft on tour on site at Miller in Milwaukee

A: straw gold, clear, watery, persistent head of tight white bubbles

S: husky, grainy, and a bit metallic. Little to no hop aroma.

T: grainy, husky, unpleasant astringency or tartness, light apple note, no hop.

M: watery, even for the style

D: builds to a harsh finish--don't even want to finish it. I have a hard time believing that this was marketed as a high end beer back in the 60s.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2007 17:07:15 | More by FightingEntropy
Photo of morayeel


3.5/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a favorit summer beer. When its hot out side and your gutting the grass there is nothing like a nice cold high life to quench your thirst.

Nice yellow color

No After taste

Drinkability Great

This is a beer that is best for Sunday football games


Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2007 00:41:52 | More by morayeel
Photo of tempest


3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Best beer on-tap at the bowling alley.

I guess it's good for the style. The flavor is a crisp mix of pale malts and corn adjunct. No hops really, just a clean beer without any nasty off-flavors. One of the better macros, if that counts for anything. Just stick to PBR if you're going cheap.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2007 05:51:58 | More by tempest
Photo of murrayswine


3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Champagne of beers my spit...
Pored like you think, pale and lightly fizzy.
smelled like, well, it didnt smell like mush at all, actually. Like wet hops left over a real hopping.
Taste is limp, but slightly hoppy.
I will give it good mouthfeel and damn high drink ability.
It is the king of Miller, which doesnt say much.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2006 06:30:14 | More by murrayswine
Photo of edskirk3


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

This is what I drink most of the time at my local bar on the weeks that I don't get paid, or if they're out of Yuengling. Most recently two nights ago:

It's pale gold. Thin patchy head.

Everyone knows what it smells like. Kind of bland. There's a little bit of sweetness though. Probably from corn.

The taste is similar. It's not too carbonated, not bitter, not malty. Not offensive in any way. It's light enough without being a "Lite" beer.

I've lived the High Life many times. It's not terrible but it's not that great. It must be ice cold. It's a little more flavorful than Miller Lite, which is why I choose it often.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2006 22:06:32 | More by edskirk3
Photo of TPSReports


3.75/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh from the tap in Milwaukee. Quite a different experience than I am used to from the bottle at home. This beer was ordered by the pitcher and poured into cheap bar glasses -- accompanied with wings.

Clear, golden color. Slight head. Great mouth-feel. None of the metallic aftertaste that hinders the bottle experience.

Will order again, in quantity, when in Wisconsin.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2005 03:38:24 | More by TPSReports
Photo of sweetwaterman

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Miller High Life. The Champagne of Beers. Sure, whatever you say. What MHL is, in my opinion, one of the best macrobrewed beers that you can get. Rocky Mountain Pizza has this stuff at $5 dollar pitchers.

Clear straw color with a persistant thin lacing, this beer doesn't have a strong odor or flavor, but it is incredibely refreshing. I've had this with burgers and watching basketball games and it goes great with both. You could eat this with spicy foods such as chips and salsa without a tremendous clash of flavors. High Life is also very drinkable with absolutly no aftertaste. A great beer to have when watching the game.

And did I mention that its cheap?

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2005 06:02:45 | More by sweetwaterman
Photo of beerguy04


1.98/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

a-pale yellow with a white head
s-smells of corn, malt, and hops
t-weak hop and corn taste. tasted more watery than anything
m and d-mouthfeel felt very watered down but the drinkability was averege because of that

I'm not to impressed with it very little flavor at all. One i'd say avoid.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2004 04:07:50 | More by beerguy04
Photo of cptnjck101


3.03/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I don't know what it is about Virginia, but High Life is the unofficial brew of our titty bars. Unless you want to drop $3.50 for a longneck of Bud/Bud Light, it's pitchers of High Life for you and the guys. It tastes like a pretty standard Macro out of a tap, although it does have a little more personality than the Buds and Coors of the world. It's cheap and it gets the job done, no more no less. And when your shoving dollars down Bambi's g-string, I can't think of a beer I'de rather have by my side than the High Life.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2004 07:47:38 | More by cptnjck101
Photo of NickLovesBeer


1.75/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

High Life it pours a pale yellow, looks like straw with a tiny head and lots of carbonation. It looks kind of like sprite with yellow food coloring. The taste is very bland and carbonated, just not impressive at all. The champagne of beers as right as far as carbonation goes, but not as far as taste. A real dissapointment.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2003 04:08:47 | More by NickLovesBeer
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


2.85/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's the kickoff of the Catholic festival season here in Cincinnati. Over the course of the summer there will be at least 30 churches having weekend-long festivals with rides, games of chance, food, conversation, and ice cold megabrew beer. You take whatever they supply and this past weekend the suppliers chose High Life on tap.

Pale yellow in color with a solid head, which easily lasted the duration. Smells a bit green, and on a warm evening tastes just fine. Just the slightest trace of malt, no more. Lots of bubbles, could create quite a headache in the morning if indulged in extensively. Very thirst quenching, or great with a Mett and french fries, or pizza, etc.

Not necessarily something I would purchase to store at the house, but if offered at a festival or similar outdoor event, it does the job adequately.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2003 10:50:15 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of Dogbrick


1/5  rDev -62.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Tried some from a pitcher at the Pirate's Adventure in Orlando. Keeping my streak alive of not paying for a beer I am positive I won't like. Fizzy yellow crap, and I would rather eat belly button lint than pay for something like this. High life indeed.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2003 12:11:31 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

2.78/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

16oz can poured into a snifter. Jun 09 14 on the bottom of the can.

A: Pours a clear light golden yellow with a slightly thin white head on top. Average amount of visible carbonation.

S: Has the aroma you would anticipate from one of the mass produced adjunct lagers. A corn like sweetness with a hint of metallic booze.

T: Mild dose of malt sweetness harnessed by a bready backbone. No offensive flavors going on here. Well balanced nothingness.

M: Light to medium body with a healthy dose of carbonation. Crisp and mostly clean finish.

Overall it is what it is. Run of the mill american adjunct lager with minimal redeeming qualities. Not sure I could pick this out in a lineup.

Serving type: can

04-22-2014 20:16:45 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of JuicesFlowing


3.2/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a fluted pilsner glass.

Look: Crystal clear light straw color. A huge rocky, soapy white head hardly recedes at all. Lots of foamy white lacing sticks to the glass.

Aroma: Very grainy, some grassiness, and a little bit of sweet corn in the end.

Taste: Cereal grains and sweet corn adjuncts hold up the body. A little bit of alcohol in the semi-dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, dry.

Overall: Maybe it was because I was in a good mood, but this beer surprised me. It was clean tasting without any odd metallic elements like a lot of cheap beers.

Serving type: can

04-19-2014 16:06:41 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of hoffhin2


3.25/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: golden color with a medium sized head. Lots of bubbles.

Smell: small hint of corn, plus hop smells.

Taste: Very crisp and light beer, some grains, not a lot of hops taste. Sort of a sweet taste.

Overall: Pretty average beer, from a macrobrewer and for the price I will say its an OK beer and one I do drink in college because of it.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 19:14:45 | More by hoffhin2
Photo of utopiajane

New York

3.55/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This poured golden and with bright clarity, a fat head of white foam that did persist in the form of lace that clung to the glass. The nose is faint grain and a bit of corn. The taste follows the nose all the way. it's mild. It has a bit of corn girts, a touch of corn sweetness and not too much malt. The carbonation is ample and bites a bit. There is a sour taste on the back end. I can't place it. Is it the beginnings of metallic? is ti yeasty? It gives a slight pucker tothe finish and a nice edge to the drink.

This beer was actually quite pleasant. Had no off flavors, no fruitiness at all and drank easily and without effort. It did not develop any off flavors as it warmed. It leaves a touch of sweetness as it finishes dry.

Serving type: can

04-03-2014 16:11:38 | More by utopiajane
Photo of vkv822


3.26/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16oz : tulip pint
best by: June 16, 2014

Clear, golden yellow with a foamy, white head with nice retention and foamy lacing.

Grassy, lightly sweet, grainy malts.

Medium body, fizzy, foamy carbonation.

This one receives a lot of hate, but it really is a decent beer for the style that it is. Unoffensive flavors, easy drinking.

Serving type: can

04-01-2014 08:32:05 | More by vkv822
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.

Serving type: can

03-31-2014 23:02:07 | More by iheartmyTHO
Photo of Scrapss


2.64/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the 24 oz. ManCan into a 30 oz. wide mouthed ball jar with a custom pewter handle. We're gettin' FANCY ya'll

A: Standard AAL pale yellow with huge head that retreats into a thin fluffly head then a tight carbo-head about 2mm thick. Very clear.

S: Like a sewer. What the hell are they thinking? I mean euro pale lager is a distinct, but this is down right skunky sewer smells. Should have left it in the can! Pepe' Le'PEW + malty farts the next day. Ugh.

T: Once you get past that skunky sewer smell, the taste actually is kinda middle of the road. There is some malt there, the hops must be of the le'PEW varietal as mentioned because there is a hint of volatile sulphur or something on the palate. This is not the sulphur from original Rolling Rock water, this is like hydrides of sulphur, not methylated sulphur or other amoratic sulphur that is slightly less pungent.

M: Surprisingly, it finished clean and almost dry. little slickness on the center and a bit of lively carbo on the edges.

O: It's literally the middle of the pack as far as AAL goes. There is some redeming qualities to these brews, but the ones that have that chalky finish and skunky nose just kill it for the rest that might be decent.

Serving type: can

03-29-2014 19:37:24 | More by Scrapss
Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
63 out of 100 based on 2,485 ratings.