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Miller High Life - Miller Brewing Co.

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1,078 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,078
Hads: 3,396
rAvg: 2.9
pDev: 22.41%
Wants: 30
Gots: 569 | 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 tone77
2.67/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a 16 oz. can. Pours a pale, clear yellow with a 1/2 inch head. Not much aroma, some hints of corn. Taste is crisp, mild, some corn is present, a slight bitterness at the finish. Feels light in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking beer, great for beer games, otherwise very mediocre. (292 characters)

Photo of Viggo
2.43/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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! (464 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours from 24oz can a clear light gold with a small head of foam that dissipates to nothing almost immediately. Ok, the second pour had a bigger head of foam but it still shrank quickly but it's leaving a few island this time.

The smell is a strong whiff of corn.

The taste is a strong corn flavour and some sweet malt that is followed by some hop bitterness that stays right through the finish. Not very complex, duh, but it still tastes pretty good to me but not as good as I remember it from several years ago. There's certainly nothing offensive here and it makes for a good thirst quencher.

PS: I actually enjoyed this brew on tap in the past but it seems no one carries the draft anymore. At least, not in my area. (728 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.25/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

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! (625 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
3.93/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright, clear straw color. Poured a 1 finger fizzy white head that dissipated quickly to an skim around the inside edge of the glass. Decanted continually. Laced the glass surprisingly well.

S: Grassy noble hops and green apples. Very little malt character, but a hint of buttery corn.

T: Light bisuity malt character and wet cereal. A hint of green apples ahead of long light bitter.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Crisp, light and dry.

D: One of those beers that nails the style guidelines but gets a regular beat-down by beer advocates that grace these pages. (572 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
2.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the 40 oz. growler no. 06019-B51179. Sampled during Monday Night Football on September 14, 2009. Yep, I bought a bomber of the stuff already knowing what to expect. I was a bit surprised that I had not rated it yet. The pour is pale yellow with frothy, puffy white head. The aroma is your basic adjunct lager with a bit of grass, corn, and faint hops. The mouthfeel is about average to thin. The taste opens with grain and weak malts (more so than some of its competitors) and ends with a background of hops. For better or for worse this is the classic adjunct experience. (584 characters)

Photo of Gagnonsux
2.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Miller High Life is definently better than I remember most of the other Miller brands being (It beats Miller Lite any day). Still, High Life is only a slightly better than average micro. It is the type of beer than is sweet for its price range and good in a cold mug on a hot day, but its not a beer I'll be clamoring for again. I would recommend this beer for friends as a means of taking baby steps away from Coors and Miller Lite or as a cheap session beer. (460 characters)

Photo of Brad007
1.2/5  rDev -58.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Pours a light yellow color with some head that wears off. Aroma is very corny and sweet. Taste is somewhat bland though. Very light taste of corn adjunct. Really nothing like the label says (not really a surprise there). I'll even venture as far as to say that I prefer Miller Lite to this. (290 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
2.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a clear light gold color with an inch and a half frothy white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. It smells like sweet malt and corn. No offensive aromas at all. Taste is the same as the aroma, sweet malt and corn. Has a good clean finish. Also, there's no offensive tastes either. Mouthfeel/body is light with a little above average carbonation. Drinkability is OK, it does go down easy and it's not hard to drink. For the style, it's not bad. It wouldn't taste too bad on a hot day. (561 characters)

Photo of Gusler
2.06/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer after is release from the 12-ounce clear bottle sets in the glass a transparent gold with a modest bright white heat that is creamy in texture and after its desiccation leaves a thin sheet of lace to conceal the glass. Nose is malt, sweet and clean with the start lightly malted and somewhat sweet, top cadaverous. Finish is mild in acidity, the hops meek and mild, dry aftertaste. (390 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
2.72/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I would advise drinking this beer, especially in the pounder can, just like in the commercial. After you do some house/yard work, whatever makes you sweat more and physically tired, pop open a can. Can-wise, there's very little smell, but at least there's not a horrible alcohol smell like cheap Ice beers or aluminum. Since it is not malt liquor, there isn't a funky adjunct/sugary taste, and you can consider it a "session" beer (not to sully that term though). Very cheap too. (479 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.14/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a Pilsner glass. No date.

A - Clear straw yellow. Diluded looking. Ok carbonation with a two finger white rocky head with good retention and lots of thick lacing.

S - Light malts and sweet corn with a earthy husky smell and minerals. Also on the immediate pour I got a smell of yeast that brought back nostalgic memories of riding by the Pabst brewery as a kid.

T - Watery beer flavor of light malts and straw. Not bad at all really, just watered down.

M - Sharp carbonation bite and a light body with a slick mouthfeel.

D - One of my go-to beers for an every day drinker. It's cheap (almost as cheap as The Beast but about 100x better) and good for what it's worth. No real difference between can and bottle to me. (742 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Gold with bubbles.

S-Smells like a macro but less watery than a Bud or a Coors.

T-Tastes like a macro but less watery than a Bud or Coors.

M-Bad but better than some.

D-Its cheap to drink so if you're broke and looking to get drunk go for this over some others. (267 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
2.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Used to have a few here or there as a kid when it was on special for $1... this beer usually meant the night was not gonna go to well for my stomach. Kicked it old school at a beer pong tournament and this was the beer of choice (not mine, someone elses)...

Bright golden yellow in color, almost artificial looking hues. Huge plume of frothy head, leaves quickly with no trace. Smell is of light grass, stale water and bland corn. Taste is a relatively ineffensive light grass and corn flavor with just a hint of the before mentioned stale water. Somewhat bitter bite at the end. The body is light, ampley carbonated and very dry finnish. Drinkability is low because it always seems to do something to my stomach that i wont review here. (738 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.44/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Leftover from weekend visitors.
Crystal clear filtered yellow color. Decent white head and some actual lacing on the glass! Foam fades slowly compared to most macros as well. Not a bad looking beer.

In a word - creamed corn smell. Sweet, slightly metallic nose to it. No hops and no yeast scent.

Champagne of beer, eh? I can see some similarities...highly carbonated, sweet and full of adjuncts...my guess is corn. Not a horrible tasting beverage, just not very beer-like. Cheap, smooth and somewhat crisp. What else would one expect? Drinkable...but barely. (560 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3.77/5  rDev +30%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tell you what..for a macro brewed lager this is a pretty tasty beer...it really is...in fact out of a can I like it better than MGD (which is another pretty good macro lager)..I've always favored malty sweet beers (I love Bocks, dopples, and Octoberfests)...and for a basic American lager this is pretty good..it's priced right too....if you put a gun to my head and said spend $12 on a case of beer this would be my call...(remember the price restrictions..I picked up a case of this...and a case of 4 different micro six packs...The Miller came to $11...the grand total to close to $50...you can do the math there..) (620 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
2.21/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Drank this bad boy right from the can

The body is a clear golden yellow with a fluffy white head. Loads of visible carbonation. I drank mine from the can, but others at this backyard shindig poured theirs into a glass. The aroma is of corn and grains, maybe a little green apple. The flavor profile mimics the nose. Green apple skins, corn starch, and grains. Extremely bland, lacking any real flavors. Light-bodied, high carbonation. This is probably a little more palatable than others in its style, but it is still not very desireable. (539 characters)

Photo of Brenden
2.73/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

For the sake of experimentation, I'm holding a little tasting of beers I happened to have but would never purchase myself. Here's the fifth and final beer. I like drinking beer for the enjoyment it brings, so I'm glad this is almost over, but it was worth it in its own way.

This one, a pale yellow that's a bit more than "straw," actually manages to develop a fluffy white head that manages to stick. It stays at about half a finger but it stays for a long time, and even manages a reasonably thick ring of lacing at the top and, dare I say it, a pretty good amount of lacing beside.
Creamed corn. I wouldn't exactly call it "clean," although I guess it is besides that. There's a bit of malts presence. I just don't like that cooked corn thing in my beer.
There's a ghost of hops in the flavor along with a bit of astringency behind the corn and grains.
The feel...isn't bad. Light for what I like but not terribly light, even almost verging toward medium in the light body. Crispness is there but not overly spritzy. There's even a little smoothness. (1,054 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
1/5  rDev -65.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Tried some from a pitcher at the Pirate's Adventure in Orlando. Keeping my streak alive of not paying for a beer I am positive I won't like. Fizzy yellow crap, and I would rather eat belly button lint than pay for something like this. High life indeed. (252 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
2.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. can poured into a nonic.

(A)- Pours a clear pale yellow color. Produced a nice cap of pure white froth. Some lace.

(S)- Light corn and rice grains with an almost honey-like sweetness.

(T)- Exactly like the smell. Enough said. Though in a clean, mellow finish.

(M)- A good crisp carbonation level. Not a whole lot going on, but it sure is a thirst quencher.

(D)- Back in the day, I would drink this like water. Very crisp and refreshing, though that are its only strong points. (487 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
2.33/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from can into pint glass

Appearance –Pours a medium golden color with a big white head. Big carbonation bubbles could be seen coming up through the brew. The head faded very fast leaving no lacing.

Smell – Nothing but corn here.

Taste – The taste is much of the same in the nose. Corn mainly, although there is a slight bit of citrus hop flavor that comes in at the end of the taste.

Mouthfeel – Thinner body and lots of carbonation. Easy to drink and good for the style.

Overall – Since I paid $1.50 for 32 oz. what should I expect? Slightly subpar in comparison to the standard American adjunct lager. (628 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
4.13/5  rDev +42.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straw color with a full white head and very active carbonation. Balanced grain, fruity, corn aroma and flavor. Light-medium bodied, refreshing and smooth without a lot of cooked-corn character.

I prefer the bottled version over the cans ... seemed to have much better carbonation and liveliness. Very nice American macro -- one of the best actually and one of my favorites.

Per MIller website: 4.7% ABV, 143 cal., & 13.1g Carb

'08155' lasered on bottle
Tasted: 05/25/05 (479 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
2.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A pale straw yellow with a fizzy white mousse that doesn't make a point of sticking around that long.

S: Mild grain husk and corn aromas. A cooked vegetable scent emerges as the beer warms.

T: Opens crisp with notes of minerals, corn, grain husks, and grassy hops. The finish is clipped with notes of cooked vegetables, corn, and grain husks.

M: Very dry and thin. A typical light-bodied American lager.

O: For what it is, this beer is pretty decent. It's not my first choice, but when I'm running low on funds, it'll do. (529 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
2.6/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Light yellow body with a smallish head that gave me the bob.

Smell – The typical grain aroma is complimented by a tinge of sweetness here, although I can’t make it out (essence of gummi bears, no doubt).

Taste – More on the sweet side then most macros. There also may be a hint of malt in there, but it’s hard to tell.

Mouthfeel – Decent mouthfeel and smooth on the cheeks. It’s actually kind of foamy in the mouth, which is strange because I didn’t get much head on the pour. User error maybe?

Drinkability – This is the High Life’s strong suit, IMHO. The sweetness helps this one go down well.

Comments – I was ruing the day when I had to face this beer again, because I sucked these down as a kid like they were the best things in the world. Now, after educating my pallet over the years, I have some perspective on it.

It really is the champagne of beers. The foamy mouthfeel is like a cheap bottle of Korbel stirred with a straw just before drinking. It’s also light and sweet, like many types of champagne.

It’s not so bad – and it brings back some great memories. Here’s to you! (1,134 characters)

Photo of mltobin
3.1/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As we all know, this is the "champagne of beers", at least according to SAB Miller. Since I was a young lad this has been one of favorite beers in the category of drinking several of in one sitting. The label is neat and the beer itself looks decent. The smell is also decent, while the taste is a little better. And the mouthfeel is an improvement. But since it goes down quickly, the drinkability for certain functions gets a 4.0.

When you are playing a long game of cards, watching football, and in other long social gatherings, Miller High Life is a great companion. (572 characters)

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