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Miller High Life - Miller Brewing Co.

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3,196 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,196
Reviews: 1,059
rAvg: 2.67
pDev: 28.84%
Wants: 20
Gots: 343 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-20-2000

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Photo of King_KongDCO93
1.5/5  rDev -43.8%

Photo of BeerAngel
3.05/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an ultra-clear pale straw color with a snow-white fluffy head. The head retention is actually amazing for a macro. The smell of sweet corn adjuncts and a black pepper aroma in the background smell decent for what it is. The taste is a very mild earthy grain with again, some corn adjuncts and almost a hint of hops. Most all of the bite is from the carbonation. It is a thin bodied beer and drinkability is fairly high, especially in the Texas heat. I still prefer PBR over this, but this beer is not bad, it's just rather bland and boring. Cheers!

Photo of stevehagy
1.86/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Definitely not the champagne of beers. Carbonation a little too high for this beer, it overpowers any taste it might try to have. Aftertaste is bad but then again the true taste is nothing impressive. Decently smooth. The taste is distinct but not in the best way.. Of all the cheap beers this is one of the few distinct, with its foul aroma and bubbly taste.

Photo of Pillowburn
3/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of beertaster13
2.3/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Still pours the standard light yellow with minimul head, suprisingly the smell a little more funky out of the bottle, smell hints of earth tones with a strong smell of grain and grilled corn. Taste is a bit bitter, hops and a strong sour grain taste. Cool and refreshing but suprisingly didn't like as much as canned.

Photo of WJVII
2.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Growing up in WI Miller is part of your heritage (especially in Milwaukee where I grew up), but after you grow out of your need to "respect" where you came from it becomes harder to enjoy a beer that has so little taste, at least to the darker beers I have come to enjoy. Oddly enough one of the only people I know to still regularly order Miller High Life is my older brother. For me it is too light and doesn't leave much on the palet. The retro long neck bottle and clean golden color (as the bottle is clear) let you know the beer is fresh so on a hot day it still can hit the spot, but in a bar when I want to enjoy my beer it doesn't do it for me. The taste is still classic Miller and I respect the history, so I will still happily drink a High Life if offered one, but I will not go out of my way to order one on my own.

This being my first review I wanted to go with a beer I know and respect. Overall High Life may be called the "champagne" of beers, but is more like a sparkling white wine, not excatly from the Champagne region of France if you know what I mean!

Photo of thecarster1
2.82/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a- can poured into a pint, one inch bubbly head, good amount of carbonation, bright yellow color, good head retention and lacing. suprisingly impressive looking.

s- smells grainy, little bit of corn, little metallic, almost white wine smelling.

t- decent adjunct taste, grain, little hops, sweetness.

m- better than i thought it would be, it's got some substance, alot of carbonation on the tongue.

d- it is what it is, pretty drinkable, your not gonna drink this when you want a nice tasty craft beer experience.

Photo of LooseMoose1978
2/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of FightingEntropy
2/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

Photo of unclejimbay
3.86/5  rDev +44.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Miller High Life
Miller Brewing Co. / SABMiller
Style: American Adjunct Lager
ABV: 5.00 %


This is not the best beer I have ever drank, but it is worth the money when your budget is tight. At $8 for a 12 pack of bottles the price is right. It is a bit sweeter than most other American macros, but it beats almost all other beers at this price in my opinion.

Appearance is clear golden straw in color with a surprising 2 finger head that lasts much longer than other macro swill.
Smell is a sweet corn/malts aroma with some malt smell.
Tastes as it smells with a light flavor and sweet finish. More flavor than most macros IMHO, although it is sweet.
Mouthfeel is thin-medium body with high carbonation.

Photo of yuenglingade
3/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of sabrills70
1.68/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Yellow water. Not much of anything her to even speak of. It's a standard mass produced American "beer". The only reason I even opened it is because a friend of mine left one in my fridge, and I don't like to waste beer, not even this one. I'm sure that there is a time and place that this would taste really good, I just don't know when or where it would be.

Photo of foxyaardvark27
1.25/5  rDev -53.2%

Photo of sebaastionb
3.25/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of noproduction
2.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Kornoms
2/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of MaxOhle
2.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of thegodfather2701
3.18/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A-Poured into my Pabst chalice. It is a nice gold color with a frothy, bright white head that dissipates leaving a layer of foam. There is some nice cascading and lacing on the glass, making this one of the best looking beers for the style, which I know isn't saying much.

S-Typical adjunct nose consisting of corn and malt, with a little mustiness as well.

T-Malty, slightly musty, with a corn presence and a hint of hops. Very crisp and refreshing however.

M-Thin and watery.

D-Very, very drinkable with a low abv. and its light body.

Overall, I never pour these out of the bottle to drink mainly because one of the reasons I purchase it is because I like the bottle. Its a great beer for drinking on a budget or when hanging out with non craft drinking friends.

Photo of dugly2ugly
1.5/5  rDev -43.8%

Photo of ngandhi
3.47/5  rDev +30%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grainy and phenolic notes that are, believe it or not, reminiscent of some Belgian tripels. Though clean and filtered down to nothing, the nose is enticing with yeast -- a true riddle since it has none left in it and the original yeast should be a bland lager strain. This has a lot of character -- not just for macro lagers, but for beer in general.

Relax, relax.

Photo of UDbeernut
3.37/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While at the liqour store, I saw that this beer was the same price as a six back of Nasty Light and Beast. Not wanting to drink those, I decided to try this brew.

Pours a nice gold color. Flavor is clean with and very smooth. This is deffinatly a "session beer" and one of the best out there for the price.

I would deffiantly buy this again.

Photo of greyghost86
1.5/5  rDev -43.8%

Photo of KillaB
2.25/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Rudgers73
3.02/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from a can that was in my fridge for a month or so...

A- Pale yellow with thin head that reduces after a minute. Hmm, left a little lacing.

S- Sweet, corny, light.

T- Thin and sweet. Definite corn taste. Surprisingly it's not really that offensive. Smooth aftertaste that leaves a sweet taste in the mouth.

M- Light and not as thin as something like coors light. Watered down but not enough to really cut the flavor off early.

D- Good for washing down a burger or acting like an idiot showing up to a party with two 30-racks of it. It isn't really the champagne of beers IMO, but if you want to live your trashy side for a night, cheers to ya.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.36/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

24oz can, Sam Adams pint.

Darker piss yellow, fabulous head. Chunky, thick, billowing, great globular lacing.

Grass and corn. Clean.

Soapy, grain, cracker, grassy hop.

The mouthfeel is half as good as Coors Original.

Good drinkability, crisp and refreshing.

Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
63 out of 100 based on 3,196 ratings.