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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
63
poor

2,928 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 2,928
Reviews: 1,025
rAvg: 2.67
pDev: 28.46%
Wants: 13
Gots: 202 | 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 DoubleJ
3.03/5  rDev +13.5%

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.

DoubleJ, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
2.45/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

jdhilt, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of Zorro
2.78/5  rDev +4.1%

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!

Zorro, Feb 12, 2004
Photo of ejimhof
2.5/5  rDev -6.4%

ejimhof, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of BARFLYB
3.5/5  rDev +31.1%

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.

BARFLYB, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of afsdan
3/5  rDev +12.4%

afsdan, May 21, 2014
Photo of Wasatch
2.33/5  rDev -12.7%

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.

Wasatch, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of Stinkypuss
2.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

Stinkypuss, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of ppoitras
3.53/5  rDev +32.2%

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.

ppoitras, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of Mebuzzard
2.75/5  rDev +3%

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.

Mebuzzard, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of mdaschaf
3.1/5  rDev +16.1%

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.

mdaschaf, May 29, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
2.75/5  rDev +3%

brandoman63, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of wrightst
2.5/5  rDev -6.4%

wrightst, Friday at 01:46 AM
Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev +12.4%

LXIXME, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of rab53
1/5  rDev -62.5%

rab53, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of plaid75
3.35/5  rDev +25.5%

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.

plaid75, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of Latarnik
2.75/5  rDev +3%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
Photo of tdm168
3/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

tdm168, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Kelp
2.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Kelp, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of Viggo
2.4/5  rDev -10.1%

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!

Viggo, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of sendbeer
2.75/5  rDev +3%

sendbeer, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.28/5  rDev -14.6%

Hey what can I say, its the champagne of beers. A nice, you've been doing coke for awhile color of yellow.

Aroma is not too worthy. Adjunct city. More of that in the taste, mouthfeel, even worse aftertaste, don't really look for much tasting like any of the 4 ingredients of beer other than the water. Its got good carbonation! Drinkable, but getting the first one down if you haven't had one in awhile can be a bit of a chore.

Sometimes these are cool to drink for kitsche value. My tour of duty in Milwaukee/Marquette made drinking these kind of obligatory for awhile. There's definitely worse AAL's out there. Corn city!

Beerandraiderfan, May 05, 2010
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.18/5  rDev +19.1%

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

JohnGalt1, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of Zaphog
2.75/5  rDev +3%

Zaphog, May 05, 2013
Photo of PEIhop
3/5  rDev +12.4%

PEIhop, Nov 23, 2011
Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
63 out of 100 based on 2,928 ratings.