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Miller High Life - Miller Brewing Co.

Miller High LifeMiller High Life

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BA SCORE
63
poor

2,485 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-20-2000)
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mjurney

Texas

3.3/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance:
Pale gold color, crystal clear. Lots of carbonation rising up. Small frothy head.

Aroma:
Sweetness, grainy, corn.

Taste:
Grainy, hay, slight toasted malts, some corn. Bitterness is minimal. Super dry finish. Body is thin and watery, crisp, fizzy, dry.

Overall:
Not bad. Just a typical Adjunct Lager.

Serving type: can

05-13-2013 02:10:42 | More by mjurney
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archyquaffer

Montana

3.16/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Well, it was a warm day finally, so it seemed like a good time to take a break from the heavier brews and quaff down some of my favorite Miller products. I started with a tall boy of Mickey's, and am finishing the evening with a 32 ounce can of High Life.

Poured into an 8 ounce sampler while the remainder of the can stays cool in the fridge. A steady pour produces 1/2 inch of froth which lines the glass and sticks around until you wash it away. I smell grain, corn mash, and a kiss of hops. The taste is very smooth and clean- almost too smooth, as there is little aftertaste to speak of. Nevertheless, I detect a gentle warming of alcohol (or is that the Mickey's?) and the burps, though few, bring about nice grain and hop aromas....As the beer warms, corn flavors become more noticeable, but that's not all bad, as I think the corn is pretty much essential for this style of brew. Corn is good. Corn makes good whiskey. Embrace the corn.

Miller High Life is one of my favorite AALs, and is a regular go-to when hot weather appears.

Serving type: can

05-07-2013 05:00:34 | More by archyquaffer
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CharlyNovember

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +50.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

THE best overall American Swill.
Semi-vigorous pour renders an enduring rocky head, provoking me to sip some before I can finish emptying the can. This is a fantastic head. It's the perfectly prepped hairstyle atop the beautiful body that is the beer, Miller High Life. Sweet corn and rice pudding aromas waft from it's surface, very warming, very pleasant. Sides down my throat with easy, chilling my tongue, leaving it's buttery flavor lingering. This beer is yearning to be drunk in big, slow swigs. Overall, it's the best macro lager from over the borderline. And c'mon.. ya gotta love the name.

Disclaimer: Written under the influence of a serious macro lager kick.

Serving type: can

04-12-2013 07:08:46 | More by CharlyNovember
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sommersb

Tennessee

2.85/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Tasted On: 04-06-2013
Freshness: Best by 04-08-2013
Packaging: 16 oz. can
Glassware: Shaker pint
Purchased: 4-pack from Kroger

A: Light golden color, with lots of bubbles streaming from the bottom. Head is nicely sized at 3+ fingers and sticks around well; lacing is fair.

S: Lightly sweet malt and corn aromas, plus some faint noble hop smells.

T: Taste is of semi-sweet grains but is light on flavor. No real hop presence or bitterness.

M: Crisp feel and very highly carbonated with a light body. The finish is grainy sweet.

O: For a macro lager and lawnmower beer I guess it's OK, but the flavor and other characteristics make this lackluster.

Serving type: can

04-06-2013 23:55:14 | More by sommersb
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Gotta give my thoughts on one of my father's favorite beers. It pours a clear pale straw topped by over a finger of white froth. The nose comprises wispy lemon peel, lightly-funky wheat, wild rice, and hard water. The taste goes straight for hard water diluted with musty grain and the lightest bit of brown grass possible. The body is pretty light, with a moderate carbonation, a watery feel, and a crisp finish. Overall, a decidedly meek little beer, one that makes me wonder why straight tap water wouldn't be a better (and more thirst-quenching) option.

Serving type: can

03-10-2013 03:15:29 | More by TMoney2591
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Mavigo

Michigan

1.59/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Poured this in a mug.

A: Poured a clear light yellow color with a short white head with medium amounts of lacing.

S: Smells like grain, corn, grass

T: Like I was expecting, not so good, tastes of corn, grains, and some weird mystery flavor in the backdrop

M: Watery consistency, medium carbonation, easy to chug, you just have to get passed the strange flavors

O: Should be called low life or no life, a cheap beer such as this is a depressing and ironic interpretation of the " high life", why get the hopes up of the people that have to drink cheap beer. Wouldn't have this again

Serving type: can

03-09-2013 22:21:41 | More by Mavigo
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Jsteez

China

2.1/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a 32 oz. can into a dimpled beer mug. This is the 8th beer in my hunt to find America's great adjunct lager.

A-Yellow, straw, and hints of gold. It pours a thin white bubbly and sudsy head that leaves some sticky lace, believe it or not.

S-Corn, malt, rice, a slight grainy smell.

T-sweet corn and a grainy taste. There are hints of malt in the aftertaste, perhaps even a metallic taste, mixed with some soda cracker crunch, too. It's not bad and not good.

M-Wet with a moderate body. It is a great thirst quencher when it's hot outside. Crisp and refreshing. I can drink a bunch and feel fine.

Overall, my great American adjunct lager hunt is almost finished. I have a couple more on my radar. This one rates up there with Bud and PBR. This brew is not great, it's just an adjunct. I can't say anything more about it.

Serving type: can

03-09-2013 02:24:21 | More by Jsteez
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RyanLaCount03

Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I thought this beer was fairly decent, but nothing that I would drink all of the time. It had a good taste and ok smell to it. On a hot summers day while cooking on the grill, i thought it really hit the spot, but most anything probably would. The mouthfeel of the beer was also average for a lager. This is the type of beer that my dad and grandpa would drink, but not really my favorite.

Serving type: can

02-21-2013 04:02:50 | More by RyanLaCount03
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EdgeT


2.59/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Lets all be honest here, there is nothing special about this beer. This is as average as a beer gets. This beer isnt great/ideal but its not a bad beer either. The flavor of this beer is very simple as well, nothing that makes it stand out with any particular flavor in my mind. The can can use work as well as it could be more attractive.

Serving type: can

02-20-2013 03:51:17 | More by EdgeT
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MickeyBeer

Illinois

2.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

24 oz can poured into a pilsener glass

A- Pours a light gold, very clear with a lot of active carbonation. About one and half fingers worth of head that dissipates quickly. Surprisingly, it left some lacing on the glass.

S- Not much going on here. A little bit of a malty, bread, and faint hint of alcohol smell.

T- Light malt flavor. No real complex flavors here but it is smooth.

M- Really enjoyable mouthfeel. It truly does have a champagne mouthfeel to it and this make the beer very enjoyable for me. It has a very smooth, crisp finish.

O- Not a beer with much depth, but for a lighter cheaper beer, I think it is very tasty. I will continue buying because it is cheap and widely available.

Serving type: can

01-25-2013 01:27:54 | More by MickeyBeer
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weskerwannabe


4.51/5  rDev +68.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It tastes in my opinion exactly like a Miller golden yellow beer should, but It's the carbonation that I just Love. Makes it feel so alive! I've never been a smooth beer drinker so Miller High Life is the perfect match for this guy :-) Cheers to livin' the high life

Serving type: can

01-16-2013 23:17:06 | More by weskerwannabe
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Fatehunter

Oregon

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
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Wolfee02

Ohio

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
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jimmah120

Minnesota

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
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dbossman

Nebraska

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
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

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
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jmarklan

Pennsylvania

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
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TheCondor

Missouri

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
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UCLABrewN84

California

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
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Brenden

Ohio

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
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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
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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
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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
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VaterRoss

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz can into Olde Hickory pint glass, BB May 28th.

Vigorous pour gives a nice frothy white head. Beer is crystal clear and a light golden yellow. Surprisingly it keeps a small head/big skim for most of the drink. Smell is light, sweet, and bitter; reminiscent of a light beer actually ad most boring. Taste is fairly sweet and light, not much body to it at all. I assume the light sweetness is the corn coming through. Hops are very light giving just a touch of bitterness. Body is very light and well carbed.

A boring beer with just enough taste to make it palatable, somewhere between a light and adjunct lager in taste and body. While not a beer I would refuse if offered, this is also not something I would imbibe of my own volition. Quite simply there are better beers in the same price range or cheaper.

Serving type: can

05-11-2012 19:46:49 | More by VaterRoss
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OdinMcHaggis


2.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

16 oz tall boy
A: aggressive pour into schooner and a fizz 1/8" thick is the result,
very clear light golden, no lacing.

S: smells just like a truck load of kegs, metal and beer.
T: corn, metal and weak hops.
M: It's beer
O: taste like a cheap draft beer, carbonation is OK, acceptable beer for work, lunch or a large party.

union made last time I checked, my go to high volume beer.

Serving type: can

04-28-2012 01:09:20 | More by OdinMcHaggis
Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
63 out of 100 based on 2,485 ratings.