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Miller High Life - Miller Brewing Co.

Miller High LifeMiller High Life

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BA SCORE
63
poor

2,489 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 2489
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.

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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.23/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale yellow with a foamy white head that fades quickly and leaves some decent lace on the glass.

S: The smell is of malt, corn, grain and a faint whiff of hops.

T: The taste is much the same as the smell, with the malt, corn, grain and hops and none of them really dominating.

M: Crisp and smooth, with a light body, high carbonation and a clean finish.

D: It’s a macro, so it’s definitely “poundable” and as I’ve found with most Miller products, it has a bit more flavor than you get from Bud or Coors. This is definitely one of the better cheaper out there.

Serving type: can

07-10-2006 04:14:25 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

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

Average macro lager to the Nth degree. Fizzy bright gold, white frothy lacing. Corn and husky grain aroma, some light mineral notes. Lightly sweet with minimal bitterness. Minor flavors of wet grain, honey, and butter crackers. Dry and crisp finish, but largely bland and inoffensive. Gaseous and fizzy carbonation, not something i'd really drink more than one or two of, unlesss circumstances dictated, such as a family wedding in this case.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 23:11:17 | More by emerge077
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WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a light pale malt and adjunct scent that is a bit dry and musty. It has a light hop aroma. The taste is average as well. It has a dry and grainy pale malt and adjunct flavor that goes down easy and finishes slightly sweet and musty. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a decent adjunct lager. I never really gave it much of a chance before and I'm sure I won't be giving it much of a chance in the future.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2005 22:05:29 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

2.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I am apparently completely losing my palate for these kinds of beers, this beer was completely undrinkable. It is always "fun" to visit my in laws, I get to try all these shitty beers that I would never pay for. I drank about 1/3 of a bottle of this and then gave it to my Father-in-law because I had had enough, never again.

Beer is yellow and effervescent with a white head with no retention, no lacing, strong carbonation.

Aroma is grainy, sweet, corn.

Beer is light and watery with a strong grainy aftertaste that really dominated the beer on the taste side of things. It is otherwise flavorless and the aftertaste is really unpleasant. I sort of hate it, the second and third drink do not improve the beer and the after taste goes more vegetal until it tastes like I'm drinking cream corn and boiled cabbage. Nope, not a repeat.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 03:00:51 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

2.03/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not sure who provided this 32 ounce can, but thanks to whoever it was.

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is chlorinated corn. Absolutely awful. The flavor is corn with some grassy notes. Luckily, the chlorine from the aroma is not that apparent in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: can

07-04-2010 23:30:47 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

2.8/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Consumed a bunch of this in college and decided to re-visit the "Champagne of Beers"

A - Poured out a straw yellow color with a small, short lived head. Highly carbonated.

S - It smelled mostly of grains and corn.

T - Tasted of corn and a little malt.

M - It is fairly thin, but smooth. A light-bodied brew.

D - It is still a descent american macro lager. It will do the job during Championship Week on ESPN.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2007 01:28:52 | More by zeff80
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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

So I feel they should get rid of the slogan "Champagne of Beer" noe that some breweries are a tually making beers with champagne yeast in them. The High Life poured out no different than it appears in the bottle. The smell of the beer is of malts and corn, the taste gives off the same flavors. The mouthfeel is very light and isn't even that refreshing. Overall for me, its a picnic beer nothing special about it. If a bee or other bugs gets caught in the can you can just throw it away without worrying. If you knock it over it's not a big deal there's like 29 more cans in the cooler. It's a non stress beer, you don't haveto worry about anything when drinkin it.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 02:50:54 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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

Poured pale yellow with a steady stream of small-bubbled carbonation that created a nice white head that thinned to about half the size after a minute or so and left rings of lacing.
The smell was fresh and clean. Some corn was noticeable.
The taste was a bit thin, but not from being too watery. It was malty - sweet corn was predominant. A slight touch of hops was present far in the background.
The feel was bubbly, refreshing and slighlty sweet.
This is a very smooth beer. Its smoothness comes more from the taste and the feel rather than the water, as is the case with most American macros. It has a decent taste that holds on for awhile, making this much better than most others of its style. In fact, this is a better summer thirst quencher than most craft summer brews I've had. And, it is very inexpensive. Considering the price and style, this is not bad at all - a good one to bring a six-pack of when going to the pool or the beach.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2006 20:16:38 | More by jwc215
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

1.13/5  rDev -57.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Another Miller's product I had the misfortune to encounter while on holiday in Tobago.

'The Champagne of beers' my arse!

Clear 12oz bottle of almost clear looking watery liquid which when poured produced no head or aroma what-so-ever.

Why do people buy such tasteless fizzy rubbish? I did, not knowing 'high life' really means 'low life' in American brewing advertising. I won't be making that mistake again.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 18:55:25 | More by BlackHaddock
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

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
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Halcyondays

California

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

32 oz. quart bottle,

A: Pale yellow with a surprisingly firm head.

S: Bits of corn, nothing much really.

T: Corn flavor, very light, though nothing really objectionable as the beer warms up.

M: Light, high in carbonation, but surprisingly robust for a macro.

D: Not a horrible beer, pretty good for a macro, just too light for my tastes. It has a pretty good drinkability, though the quart bottle got boring after a while.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2007 01:44:26 | More by Halcyondays
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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
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kojevergas

Texas

2.55/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

35.5cl clear glass bottle served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Points off for the clear bottle.

A: Pours a two finger had of no cream at all, terrible thickness, and decent retention. Clear pale gold colour. Looks pretty generic.

Sm: Crystal hops, light subtle floral tones, and clean barley. More interesting than expected, but not amazing in its own right. Aroma is mild in strength.

T: Pleasant and crisp barley. Light floral notes. Built decently but a touch imbalanced. Clean and a bit refreshing.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but too thick. Overcarbonated - the biggest problem with this beer by far.

Dr: Very drinkable and quite cheap. You could do far worse at this price, but if you're doing budget beer for getting bollocksed I recommend High Gravity Steel Reserve.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 05:39:03 | More by kojevergas
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

1.02/5  rDev -61.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

First had: bottle at ?

Pours a clear straw color with pleasant bubbles and a delicate, tiny white head. Nice, right? Weak aroma of grains and skunk. Thin tasting, with minerals and stale grains, metallic, and a skunky aftertaste. Light, fizzy, and a very weak drinkability. To be avoided.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 02:49:49 | More by Rifugium
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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

(Served in a Strange)
A- This beer has a straw yellow crystal clear body with a big bubbly carbonation like soda pop. There is an antique white head that turns to a thin dish soap before soon dissipating.
S- This beer has a dry popcorn hint with a slight musty note and it is otherwise very clean in aroma. As the beer warms there is a faint yeast and green apple note but it is still very light.
T- This beer has a watery flavor with a soft raw grain hint to it and a slight sweetness in the finish.
M- There is a medium-light mouthfeel with a soft mellow fizz that cleans up all flavors in the finish.
D- This beer is very clean but could be a bit more crisp with a little hint of hops or malt to add character.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 03:46:34 | More by rhoadsrage
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 20:58:27 | More by jdhilt
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +33.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2005 00:01:30 | More by Jason
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Zorro

California

2.78/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours the standard clear yellow that we always see in American macros, it is darker than Budweiser.

Smell is mild grain and a bit of hops

Tastes are mildly sweet with crackers being the main taste. No off flavors present, tastes mostly of sweetness and grain.

Mouthfeel is actually present.

It is drinkable, but really this isn't a German Hefe-Weisse!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2004 03:47:22 | More by Zorro
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Wasatch

Utah

2.33/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2006 16:39:43 | More by Wasatch
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

people tend to hate on all macrobrews no matter what but I enjoy this one evry once in a while. Softer and smoother tasting than many of it's counterparts. Nice to drink ice cold on a hot day.

Pours a clear golden yellow urine-like color with a very thn fizzy white head that quickly dissapears. Aroma is of corn and fraternity house hallways. Although it looks and smells awful it is actually very easy to drink and can be refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 07:58:48 | More by corby112
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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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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

How long CAN it go on?

An aggro pour resulted in 1.5 finger's worth of rocky, bone-white head with low retention. Color was a pale yellow with a clarity that would be the standard-bearer for NE-quality. The nose was somewhat sweetish with an underlying graininess. Mouthfeel was thin to medium with a decent sweetness on the tongue. Finish was unobtrusive, at best. I remember as a young man, I really enjoyed this beer, but now, it was ho-hum at best. Too bad.

Serving type: can

06-09-2008 19:42:32 | More by woodychandler
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DoubleJ

California

3.03/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's not unsual to find a 32 ounce bottle of this cheaper than a liter of bottled soda pop. Comes with a soda-like twist on/off cap too. On to the beer:

The beer has good head retention, but its clear yellow body scares me a bit. A few whiffs in the nose took me down a few notches with it's rotten adjunct aroma, even when cold. The taste is either solid or awful, depending on how cold the beer is. I first tried it a little warmer than ice cold, and it didn't make my tongue happy. However, thanks to the soda-like bottle cap, I saved some for later in the fridge, and the taste was more appealing when served CUHH-OOLD. Fairly sweet taste, with a grainy finish instead of the odd-tasting stereotype we get from cheap beer when merely cool. To enjoy Miller High Life properly, follow these don'ts:

DON'T pour into a glass.
DON'T smell the beer.
DON'T serve warmer than ice cold.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2007 05:06:39 | More by DoubleJ
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plaid75

New York

3.35/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a faint grain with a light sweetness.

The taste was likewise faintly grainy with some corn and a balancing hop flower

The mouthfeel was crisp and light on the palate.

Overall a nice macro treat on draft.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2010 22:02:26 | More by plaid75
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

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!

Serving type: can

07-15-2007 01:22:38 | More by Viggo
Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
63 out of 100 based on 2,489 ratings.