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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

2,891 Ratings
THE BROS
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good

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Ratings: 2,891
Reviews: 1,023
rAvg: 2.68
pDev: 28.36%
Wants: 13
Gots: 190 | 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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jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.45/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

10-21-2010 20:58:27 | More by jdhilt
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Zorro

California

2.78/5  rDev +3.7%

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!

02-12-2004 03:47:22 | More by Zorro
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DoubleJ

California

3.03/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

04-04-2007 05:06:39 | More by DoubleJ
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -6.7%

09-19-2013 20:18:44 | More by ejimhof
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +30.6%

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.

07-12-2009 05:13:21 | More by BARFLYB
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Wasatch

Utah

2.33/5  rDev -13.1%

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.

01-25-2006 16:39:43 | More by Wasatch
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +31.7%

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.

07-24-2012 21:15:03 | More by ppoitras
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afsdan

Colorado

3/5  rDev +11.9%

05-21-2014 03:53:06 | More by afsdan
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

08-20-2008 11:50:47 | More by Stinkypuss
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

2.75/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

01-25-2006 23:55:08 | More by Mebuzzard
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brandoman63

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev +2.6%

02-24-2013 01:45:48 | More by brandoman63
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rab53

Washington

1/5  rDev -62.7%

12-02-2011 04:35:53 | More by rab53
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Latarnik

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev +2.6%

05-24-2014 17:47:52 | More by Latarnik
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plaid75

New York

3.35/5  rDev +25%

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.

06-03-2010 22:02:26 | More by plaid75
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3/5  rDev +11.9%

06-21-2014 02:49:25 | More by LXIXME
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

2.4/5  rDev -10.4%

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!

07-15-2007 01:22:38 | More by Viggo
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tdm168

North Carolina

3/5  rDev +11.9%

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.

12-27-2011 01:49:06 | More by tdm168
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Kelp

New Hampshire

2.5/5  rDev -6.7%

01-18-2013 09:24:07 | More by Kelp
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.1/5  rDev +15.7%

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.

05-29-2011 18:00:36 | More by mdaschaf
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.28/5  rDev -14.9%

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!

05-05-2010 23:10:54 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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sendbeer

Georgia

2.75/5  rDev +2.6%

12-03-2012 20:15:47 | More by sendbeer
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.18/5  rDev +18.7%

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

10-22-2008 08:15:59 | More by JohnGalt1
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Zaphog

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev +2.6%

05-05-2013 23:12:42 | More by Zaphog
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev +11.9%

11-23-2011 02:48:53 | More by PEIhop
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beertunes

Washington

3.13/5  rDev +16.8%

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.

07-23-2010 21:29:23 | More by beertunes
Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
63 out of 100 based on 2,891 ratings.