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Miller High Life - Miller Brewing Co.

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Miller High LifeMiller High Life

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BA SCORE
64
poor

3,110 Ratings
THE BROS
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good

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Ratings: 3,110
Reviews: 1,037
rAvg: 2.68
pDev: 28.73%
Wants: 15
Gots: 272 | 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 NeroFiddled
3.18/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear straw gold with a full head of bright white foam. It's retention is surprisingly good. It maintains a creamy collar and light surface covering throughout the glass, and leaves some very nice lace. The nose expresses a sweet malt with a very light touch of sulphur (but no more than should be expected of any lager). The body is medium/light. It's bubbles appear to be standard-sized and the carbonation level is median. The mouthfeel starts crisp but becomes lightly creamy as it crosses the palate. The flavor is as the aroma indicates with a clean, sweet-malt (obvious use of adjunct due to it's lack of graininess) dominating over whatever bitterness is present. It finishes dry with some lingering maltiness (but it never builds on the palate). Well done and enjoyable, although a touch sweet.

NeroFiddled, Feb 08, 2003
Photo of Jason
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.

Jason, Nov 29, 2005
Photo of WVbeergeek
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!!!

WVbeergeek, Mar 28, 2003
Photo of nickfl
3.35/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - One half finger of frothy, white head on a clear, light yellow body. The head settles quickly and leaves a soapy ring of lace.

S - Grainy, sweet aroma of corn and weak malt. Light aroma of herbal hops balances.

T - Sweet, grain husk and malt. Moderate herbal hop flavor in the middle, finishes with a clean, grainy flavor.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a very dry finish.

D - Well, what do you expect from a value priced light lager? I personally have a soft spot for high life; it has more flavor than some other, more expensive macro lagers and it is very easy to drink way too many of these. Not a great beer, but again... what do you expect from the Champagne of Beers?

nickfl, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

TheManiacalOne, Jul 10, 2006
Photo of Slatetank
1.75/5  rDev -34.7%

Slatetank, May 23, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
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.

drabmuh, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
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.

Rifugium, May 22, 2011
Photo of beernads
2/5  rDev -25.4%

beernads, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of WesWes
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.

WesWes, Jul 12, 2005
Photo of Mora2000
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.

Mora2000, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of jwc215
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.

jwc215, Jul 11, 2006
Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev +11.9%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of oriolesfan4
2.86/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ah, the high life.. the champagne of beers. I think this is the best cheap beer money can buy. An 18 pack for $7.99? Can't beat that. Has much more taste than any of the other macros out there, but it seems to a hate it or love it sort of taste. It takes some getting used to but this is my go to party beer.

oriolesfan4, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of InspectorBob
2.75/5  rDev +2.6%

InspectorBob, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
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.

kojevergas, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
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.

Halcyondays, Jul 17, 2007
Photo of BlackHaddock
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.

BlackHaddock, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of wrightst
2.5/5  rDev -6.7%

wrightst, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of orangesol
2.5/5  rDev -6.7%

orangesol, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
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.

woodychandler, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of duceswild
1.75/5  rDev -34.7%

duceswild, Oct 22, 2014
Photo of corby112
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.

corby112, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of dbrauneis
2.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

dbrauneis, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of tempest
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.

tempest, May 28, 2007
Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
64 out of 100 based on 3,110 ratings.