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Miller High Life - Miller Brewing Co.

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Miller High LifeMiller High Life

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3,042 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,042
Reviews: 1,034
rAvg: 2.67
pDev: 28.84%
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 TheTrevor
2.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a golden yellow with lots of visible carbonation and a thin head. The smell is pretty standard for a macro, a tiny bit of malt sweetness and a touch of corn adjunct. The taste is fairly unassuming, but I'm not sure what else you'd expect. A bit of sweet malt with a clean finish. It's not going to knock anyone's socks off, but you won't be thirsty anymore. The mouthfeel is standard macrobrew, watery without too much carbonation. The one thing this beer shines in is drinkability, and an average person could easily down ten or twelve without thinking about it.

TheTrevor, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of DannyDan
2.5/5  rDev -6.4%

DannyDan, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of Xzfgiimtsath
2.75/5  rDev +3%

Xzfgiimtsath, May 10, 2013
Photo of domtronzero
2.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light straw color, totally clear, with a short-lived one-finger head, leaving little lacing on the glass. Aroma is of corn, with a very slight grassyness. Tastes just like it should - dissapointing. Flavor is of corn, with very little hop bitterness. Mouthfeel: Astringent, and the high carbonation makes my tongue feel tingly. This beer is a little too thick and oily for my palate; although I think it is appropriate for this style. Overall, I prefer this beer out of the bottle more so than in a glass. I like to think that this is just flavored alcohol water, not a classy brew to sip and enjoy. As I always say, "There's a time and place for every beer," and this one is perfect for beachside session drinking and not much else.

domtronzero, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of Alex5
1/5  rDev -62.5%

Alex5, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of Greasy
2.25/5  rDev -15.7%

Greasy, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
2.83/5  rDev +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.

JohnnyDuvel, Feb 27, 2003
Photo of loupap
3.5/5  rDev +31.1%

loupap, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of silverking
2.75/5  rDev +3%

silverking, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of Ewhite2121
3/5  rDev +12.4%

Ewhite2121, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of midnitesun11
3.5/5  rDev +31.1%

midnitesun11, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of cmbeddoe7997
3/5  rDev +12.4%

cmbeddoe7997, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of loganburgh
2.25/5  rDev -15.7%

loganburgh, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of SHCC
2/5  rDev -25.1%

SHCC, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of Patches826
3/5  rDev +12.4%

Patches826, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of goschool
3.4/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There’s not much to say that hasn't already been said. The pour is golden. The white head starts out frothy, then fades, but never disappears. There is some corn in the nose, along with grain. The taste is crisp with grain and light hops. No noticeable corn flavors. At $4.99 a case, this stuff is just about the only macro worth buying.

goschool, May 31, 2006
Photo of Beastdog75
2.95/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Beastdog75, Oct 04, 2002
Photo of kinger
2.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is not my first choice when it comes to the classic american pale lagers but I do get the itch every once in a while. Yesterday my friend brought over a 12 pack of bottles for the Fiesta Bowl and after drinking a few porters I made the switch. I had two of these beauties right out of the bottle, they were cold, refreshing, and delicious! The key to the high life for me is to stop after two or three.

kinger, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.78/5  rDev +41.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am reviewing this beer as an macro adjunct lager, assuming that something like Budweiser is the standard (not some expensive Euro Lager or Pilsner). When looking at this beer from its own style, I think it does fairly well. The high grade it earns does not reflect how it tastes compared to expensive lagers, but how it tastes compared to other cheap American macros.

Appearance: Crystal clear light gold, many bubbles, little head, very minimal lacing.

Smell: Corn, slight malts, general "grain".

Taste: Corn throughout, starting with a bready taste and ending in malts and toasted breads. Very clean.

Mouthfeel: Bubbles, rather thin. Would be watery if not for all the carbonation.

Drinkability: This beer is amazingly drinkable. It is actually more drinkable than carbonated water.

allforbetterbeer, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of John_Beeryman
1.25/5  rDev -53.2%

John_Beeryman, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of BeanBone
2.83/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: A crystal-clear straw body capped by two fingers of bubbly white head that feature surprisingly good retention and decent patchy lacing.

Aroma: Husky and grainy pale malt with lemony hops. It's thin and very clean, but not offensive.

Flavor: Just as promised, the flavor profile is composed of grainy and husky malt with a twist of lemony hops. It's pretty bland in general, but not bad for the style. The aftertaste is clean, with just a hint of husk and grassy hops remaining.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with crisp medium-high carbonation and a hint of dryness in the finish.

Drinkability: As always with this style, drinkability is the aim, and they've hit their mark here. Sure, it's a little plain, but it gets the job done.

Verdict: Miller High Life is one of the best examples of this perpetually weak style out there (please excuse the backhanded compliment). If I had to pick one American Adjunct Lager out of a cooler at a party, I think this would be it.

BeanBone, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of Lupe
3.55/5  rDev +33%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Easy to drink, crisp and refreshing. Perfect on a hot summers day. Not complex in anyway but it accomplishes what it set out to do. An excellent cheap beer.

Lupe, Jul 25, 2002
Photo of BRD14
1/5  rDev -62.5%

BRD14, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of Cvescalante
2.75/5  rDev +3%

Cvescalante, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of TheWiredDJ
1.75/5  rDev -34.5%

TheWiredDJ, Aug 07, 2014
Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
63 out of 100 based on 3,042 ratings.