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Miller High Life - Miller Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
68
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1,078 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,078
Hads: 3,399
rAvg: 2.9
pDev: 22.41%
Wants: 30
Gots: 571 | 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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Reviews: 1,078 | Hads: 3,399
Photo of dbrauneis
2.72/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with heavy amounts of active visible carbonation and some golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy bright white head that slowly reduces to a pillowy thick film covering the suface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of slightly sweet grainy adjunct malts with some very light hints of musty corn.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of grainy adjunct malts with a lighter note of corn. Slightly sweeter than the other AAL that I have reviewed (not sure about all since I drank some I barely remember during college). Minimal hints of bitterness in the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. The carbonation is rather effervescent and it is very crisp.

O: I love the fact that I found this one in a 32 oz. can... Actually this is not as offensive as some of the other BMC offerings as it actually has some flavor and is drinkable. Best served ice cold and it is a great outdoor grilling beer (when you are the guy manning the grill) on a hot summer afternoon. (1,166 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.11/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Irish Eyes.

A: The High Life was straw yellow in color and quite hazy. An impressive white head formed on top, very foamy, and coated the sides of the glass with lace.

S: Not a ton going on - some corn and grainy malt, but there is a hint of fruit in there. Hard to place what it was, but there was a slight fruity sweetness.

T: Similar to the aroma, not a whole lot going on. Corn and grain with a slight hoppy/fruit flavor, but very faint.

M: Light bodied with high carbonation. Very crisp and smooth.

O: Not terrible. Easy drinking, and cheap, it was $1.50 for a pint. Better than many BMC products. (625 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (562 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
1.96/5  rDev -32.4%
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. (332 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grabbed this out of the macro haven that is my father-in-law's beer fridge.

I drank it out of the can because that's how things are done at the in-laws.

It was a crisp, smooth beer that was a little heavily carbonated. It was easy to drink, but lacked overall flavor. The smell coming from the can was grainy and metallic. The flavor was also grainy, a little sweet, but had some decent hop bitterness to it.

This is by no means a bad beer, and in fact I chose it over about 6 other macros. Ultimately though, it lacks substance. (533 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
2.64/5  rDev -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. (462 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.48/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A can poured into a glass at a party.

A- Kinda looks like champagne I guess. Out of the can it looks like colored water with a pale gold/yellow liquid. 1 & 1/2 inch frothy semi loose vanilla white head. Good stick that expands off the glass.

S- A pleasent macro smell, expecting corn i'm met with light pale malt. There is some corn here though. No hop presense even though it's in there somewhere. I pick up some sweet sugar. Not much to smell but this does not make me cringe.

T- Some earthiness in here surprisingly. A malt forward quaff, but it's not in OE territory. The malt gives off light toasted bread. The hops dont come forward, rather they just work well with the other ingredients giving off a pleasent taste.

M- Not bitter at all and slightly sweet towards the finish. Two steps above light bodied with a good amount of carb felt under the tounge. This is better cold, looses it's appeal as it warms. Goes down smooth, not rough at all.

D- I always seem to enjoy macro's a bit more out of a can vs a bottle. I drank three cans of this easily without a hitch, and it was just what I needed on this hot summer day. I've had this out of a bottle and could not finish it, so there is that. (1,204 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
2.71/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (427 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
1.15/5  rDev -60.3%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
2.75/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Drank straight from bottle.
Well, if you're looking for a quality beer this ain't it. with that said, it wasn't awful.
Smell had corn, hops, and some sort of citrus. Taste followed the smell. Corn, hops some light fruit. Not much of a rich flavor and after taste was light. A crisp mouthfeel that gets better as the beer becomes colder. A good, light summer thirst quencher, and cheap. (388 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
2.94/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (889 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.01/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (293 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.45/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A. Can. Fizzy yellow liquid with a bit of head and no stick.

S. Very very light here, some grains and not much else.

T. Well there is very little taste here. One of the most flavorless beers I have ever experienced. Some gritty grains, faint sweetness, carbonation and water is all I could notice.

M. Light and watery. Carbonated water.

D. I was able to get this down by just focusing on the fact it was cold. Though not any where near an award winner, its far better than Miller Light. (490 characters)

Photo of corby112
2.8/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (436 characters)

Photo of Zorro
2.73/5  rDev -5.9%
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! (363 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.5/5  rDev -13.8%
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. (718 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
2.44/5  rDev -15.9%
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. (406 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.35/5  rDev +15.5%
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. (330 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
2.3/5  rDev -20.7%
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. (300 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

16oz Camouflage Can that was left at my house at a party last Friday... I probably will never buy it.. sooo.. I figured WTF.

Poured into my shaped SA glass... aggressive pour.. 3/4" head... and actual lacing to my surprise.. brew is crystal clear straw.

Pale malts and corn. very clean.. no hops.

Flavor is "beer".. pale malts with a little bit of shucked corn.. a little bready.. not offensive... just everything is expected... I guess I should not be surprised.

Body and carbonation... yada yada yada.. you know it.

I would think that this is the first time I've had the Champagne of Beers in probably 10+ years.. all and all.. I am not unimpressed.. it is what it is... and it isn't bad. I have to say... I wouldn't turn one down if it was offered.

3.5/3/3/2.5/4 (772 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
2.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The commercials for Miller High Life are awesome. The beer is not quite as good as the commercials, best way to describe it is servicable. The beer pours yellow/golden clear with big carbonation and bubblely head to start, then it fades. The smell and taste are common to all american adjunct lagers....wheat/barley/grain with balance of hops. The mouthfeel of this beer is fine....it beer....no out of the ordinary flavors to twangs. Overall its a good session beer. (467 characters)

Photo of Duff27
3.34/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Inch tall white head, dark straw color. Good head retention and lacing.

Smells of adjuncts, rice/corn.

More corniness. Slightly off putting taste at the end of the sip, I can manage though.

I really enjoy the creamy mouthfeel. Medium-high carbonation.

For the style, the appearance and mouthfeel do not get much better in my opinion. This is a top of the bottom of the barrel beer for me. (392 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.53/5  rDev +21.7%
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. (518 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.13/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well, the "High Life", we meet again. This was our everyday drinking beer in high school (back when the legal drinking age was 18) , a group of us would meet every morning before school and kill of a couple of sixers, as well as being the default brew for parties in the woods and house parties.

The beer is an average example of it's style. Clean, clear yellow with a fluffy white head that had OK retention and even a bit of lacing. A slightly sweet, but mostly neutral aroma and taste. Crisp, clean, smooth and balanced body. Good drinkability for the style. For a Cheap American Lager, this is better than some, not as good as others. (640 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
1.66/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 16oz pounder into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: very pale golden color with a ton of effervescence and a crystal-clear body. Head is two fingers of fizzy white foam. Not too terrible, but it is simply too darn pale.

Smell: sour grain, and that's about it. Now I know why I always drink straight from the can!

Taste: sourish wet-grain flavor. In the back of my head somewhere, I seemed to remember High Life being a halfway decent mega lager. This is pretty bad, though; it's sour and bitter (but not in a good way), and I'm having a hard time choking it down. At least it's not particularly strongly flavored.

Mouthfeel: light body with a moderate fizziness which gives, actually, a somewhat decent mouthfeel. Still, not great.

Drinkability: I've had tons of High Life in my day, and I do not remember it ever being this bad. I guess that's why we go back and review these things, though, right? Now I know never to buy this again. (949 characters)

Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
68 out of 100 based on 1,078 ratings.