Miller High Life - Miller Brewing Co.

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3,358 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,358
Reviews: 1,137
rAvg: 2.68
pDev: 28.36%
Wants: 27
Gots: 530 | 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 alittlehazy
2.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

the good ol' champagne of beers. pours a "typical lager" yellow with a cool soap suds like head that hangs out for a bit. tastes like carbonated water with a little bite of skunk, bitterness at the end. mouthfeel is actually not too bad, goes down extremely smooth.

as far as cheap stuff i'd take this over most. perfect summer session beer, though if youre looking for any more than a medium in which to carry alcohol to the bloodstream, you might want to look elsewhere!

Photo of CameronWolff
4.35/5  rDev +62.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is really good.

Photo of Rumpole
3.3/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After Miller Genuine Draft took over as Miller’s breadwinning brand (along with Miller Lite, of course) dear old Miller High Life for years looked as though ready to be put to pasture, saddled as it was with many other old-time brands with a rather dowager image. But MHL, along with other old-timers, is enjoying a ‘retro’resurgence, no doubt in part thanks to a recent ‘retro’ redistribution of wealth. At about $15 for a 30-pack in glamorous Worcester, MA, it still competes at the ‘near-premium’ levels, however, so rather than taking on Budweiser and Coors directly, as MGD does, it deals with the likes of Busch, PBR and Schlitz. (N.B.: according to the brewery website, the abv on this brew is 4.7%, not the 5% I see indicated here as of the date of this review.)

I understand the label has been updated recently, but for all that, it still retains its familiar look, and it’s a terrific look at that; simple, easily recognized, and attractive to the eye. “The Champagne of Beers” pours a very typical macro pale gold, and there’s nothing wrong with that. The scent is reminiscent of both MGD and Miller’s Red Dog, but this is the best version – tangy and somewhat sweet smelling but not off-putting. That impression continues with the taste – again the family resemblance is here, but this one easily fares the best of the lot – no bizarre aftertaste, no off-sour notes, just a simple, corn and grain smoothness, right through to the mellow finish, easily Miller’s best. Body and maltiness is only light to moderate, but somehow the overall effect is one of a pleasant buttery richness. Not much hop top-note, mostly a mid-palate experience, but a good one, with just a gentle touch of adjunct tanginess here and there to liven things up. This is Miller’s best balanced and coordinated flavor profile.

In sum, there’s definitely a reason this aged recipe has endured the test of time; some competitors have more action in the upper register, but this one is hard to beat for a good fat midrange. It’s very useful as a yardstick for tasting comparisons too. Solid, reliable, enjoyable and a good value, the High Life deserves its return to the limelight.

Photo of TeddyBrew
2.85/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer has become my "go to" beer when I am getting a easy-drinking macro lager. I think I can do better, but I just haven't settled on another one yet.

I gave this a "5" for appearance because I just like the look of this beer. The color says crisp refreshment and the packaging has an appealing retro look to it.

It's refreshing all right. The downside is there are some off-flavors that I don't like in my beer. They don't pre-dominate like in some macros, but they are there just enough to make this a weak substitute for a Victory Pils or any number of fine craft lagers one can find easily enough.

Photo of seanmhogan
3.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ok this is a nice cheap beer. Once again this beer isn't meant to be savored. It's pretty sweet and i'd agree has a bit of a corn undertone. Pours a decent head that holds well. But this beer goes down easy and is easy on the pockets as well. I end up having this every once in awhile.

Photo of rrob311
3.3/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the first beer I ever drank out of a quart bottle. I got really sick that night.

It looks like every other lager out there.

It smells very distictive. Not too pleasant though.

It isnt hard for me to drink this stuff all night. I have only had it in the bottle and the taste hasnt changed in the last 10 years or so. It is available everywhere I have been. It is one of my default macros.

Photo of BigBen61
3.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is one of those beers that while cheap may actually offer more than some of it's more expensive relatives (e.g. Miller Lite). While the corn is very prevalent, this beer is very easy to consume and is quite refreshing. The bottle, if nothing else, is a piece of nostalgic history that echoes the glory day's of the American Lager. Even when consumed warm there are no off flavors and the carbonation stays under control. If you like Miller Lite but want something with a little more flavor give this beer a try!

Photo of kcr357
1.31/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I picked up a four pack at a gas station half and hour before new years, this seemed to be the least nasty of what was offered. I have seen others comparing the appearance to urine; that is a lie, drinking urine would be an improvement. Pours an incredibly foamy white head; the stench emanating is reminiscent of unscented laundry detergent, rotting vegetable matter, and metal. Has a bitter sensation unlike a good IPA; imagine consuming arsenic or rat poison, same idea. Oily, sudzy, metallic, non edible are ways to describe the mouthfeel. Drinkability is up there with battery acid, your body will know this is not something to be consumed in any quantity and respond with near instant objections.

Photo of chadjulius
2.7/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's so cheap. $7 and change for a 12-pack of bottles. For like $0.64 (cents) a bottle, I'll take it. However, nothing about this beer is good, except for the price. I can't recall any smell at all, which could be a good thing. It tastes decent though and it goes down fairly well.

Photo of LWG1970
3.33/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color: Golden Yellow
Smell: corn and citrus
Taste: Nice clean taste, sweet and mellow
Drinkability: Very easy to drink

This is a BEER that's better in bottles, got a 12 pack of bottles for 7 bucks. Not a GREAT beer, but not a bad one either. But they brew it Local, so I am supporting the economy.

Photo of cneville
3.24/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My cheap beer of choice. Easily the best cheap beer in bottles. That being said, after around ~500 of these lifetime, I feel the need to review it.

Look: I rarely pour into a glass, but the head holds well and the color is...there.

Smell: Ehh. Corn, a weird sweetness. No need to smell it again.

Taste: The corn shows up briefly, but fades. There's no weird aftertaste like in a lot of AALs, and it finishes smoothly. A decent sweetness.

Feel: Clean is the best word here. Lots of carbonation.

I will drink this until my income increases greatly. For now, here's to living the High lIfe.

Photo of Ilovesuds
3.56/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dad's beer. Classic clear bottle. Great label. Not much nose. "Beery" taste. Clean. Probably the best mouthfeel among all American adjuncts. Sudsy. Good old fashioned beer. I like it. It reminds me of how things were in the 60's. I would keep a few bottles in the fridge at all times.

Photo of AlHam
3.25/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours clear, light, and yellowish. The head is moderate, yet holds moderately well.

It smells crisp, clean, and light, like most American macro lagers. However, the grain and corn hues come out stronger than in most.

The taste is very reserved, but good. When served cold (like for other American macro lagers, go COLD), it's every bit as clean and crisp as it smells, and delivers the promised faint grain taste.

Very drinkable. Pretty good, for what it is.

Photo of Vvall
2.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

What can I say about this beer that has not already been said?This is the brew I buy when I need a lot of beer for a big party,cheap, easy to get,and nobody complains.It is the only American Macro I can stomach,for the most part,and it gives my neither a headache,nor the trots,like most of the rest do.All in all it is an average beer,good for parties,but not what you want to drink if you are having a small group of friends over for a nice dinner.

Photo of Deadstar
2.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 24oz can.

Look: A clear lite gold color with a two finger head that sticks around for a few minutes. While going away, the head leaves lacing all down the sides of my glass.

Smell: Clean with some malt.

Taste: It's starting to warm up a bit so it's not quite as "smooth" but there's a few flavors in there that I'm trying to describe. Can definitely taste the malt but there's a little something extra that sticks around till the end. Some people are saying corn, but I can't really say that is what I taste. (Maybe it just needs to be colder? Hehe)

Feel: Very light in the mouth and the carbonation is somewhat delicate.

Drinkability: I think I could drink a few glasses of this; it goes down pretty easy and doesn't have a very high ABV so having a couple wouldn't be a big deal.

Overall I can say that it wasn't as bad as some people might have led me to believe (my roommate). Of the things I've heard about it, none were really positive, so this made me want to try it for myself so that I could review it. Can't knock something till you've tried it, right? With that said, it wasn't really 'terrible', but not good enough to really buy again.

Photo of UpNorthLager
2.93/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A bright golden hue. Plenty of carbonation. Sometimes, a little too much. Simple beer aroma. Plain taste, maybe a bit sweet. The carbonation makes this a smooth drink. A good alternative when I'm in a mood where I'm not much interested in the taste of my beer.

Photo of yeastlovehoppiness_greg
2.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

this beer is pretty decent for a cheap beer. I don't know if it is the champagne of beers but it's not terrible. It is a very clear light yellow color and very fizzy. It does smell a little sweaty. It also tastes a little sweaty but it is not the bad type you usually associate with that description.

Photo of Slar211
2.58/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can with the lady in the moon.

Appearance: Very clear and very pale. Snow white head fades fast to a bit of lacing.

Smell: Not very much to be smelled at all save a faint sweetness.

Taste: Much sweeter than the nose implies, in a grainy adjunct sort of way.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin, but it's clean and even has a little creaminess.

Drinkability: One could certainly do worse. The sweetness in this beer makes it quite nice on a stifling summer day, though it must be ice cold.

Photo of Slygato
2.8/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Has a straw yellow color to the beer pours a small head.

Smell- Not a destinctive smell but has a light smell of grains, malts, and corn

Taste- Has a light corn taste and some grains to the taste not good but not terrible either.

Mouthfeel- Goes down smooth,light body and refreshing

Drinkability/overall- A decent average beer nothing good or bad to really say about it

Photo of mrfosters
2.24/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Wow. It poured a nice gold with a surprisingly thick head that left lotsa lacing.But... tis true looks can be deceiving.The aroma was non existent,the flavor followed suit, very ,very bland and totallly lacking any discernable character.My father-in-law drinks this ,that's where I got the bottle to review,Thanks Pop,but no thanks.

Photo of silver1audi
3.2/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

High Life has been my choice of budget beer (5.49 12 pk) since my freshman year of college. It's not much to look at, don't bother pouring it into a glass, but it is much better than it's competition. Other beers in it's price range would be Pabst, Beast, Keystone, etc... and this is far more enjoyable than any of those. Depending on my mood, I might actually reach for a High Life in the presence of far superior beers just because it's easy to drink.

Bottom line is, although theres no great unique taste, there's also no bad taste. It's just a cheap, easy to drink beer. I would drink this over a Bud anyday

Photo of CBOLAND17
2.92/5  rDev +9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Although this beer is made by Miller which represents the American Beer Powerhouses (Miller, Coors, Bud...); of which i do not like at al. This beer actually isnt too bad for a mainstream american light lager. It has a light body with a decent amount of flavor. It isnt my first choice but Miller High Life actually isnt that bad and its about the same price as Natural Light which i will never again High Life has a great slogan- "The Champagne of Beers"!

Photo of NickLovesBeer
1.71/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

High Life it pours a pale yellow, looks like straw with a tiny head and lots of carbonation. It looks kind of like sprite with yellow food coloring. The taste is very bland and carbonated, just not impressive at all. The champagne of beers as right as far as carbonation goes, but not as far as taste. A real dissapointment.

Photo of Vito
4.46/5  rDev +66.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Miller High Life is one of my favorite American macrobrews. It's the Champagne of Beers, and I like it. Here are the details:

Appearance: This may come as a shock to you, but Miller High Life looks exactly

Smell: The smell is uh...uh...unique. It flat-out doesn't smell like any other beer that I've come across. Pungent, but sweet. And it's strong -- the fragrance of Miller High Life will quickly fill up even the largest indoor room. If it gets too powerful, open a window and let your next-door neighbors feel the love!

Taste: No bitterness whatsoever. It's sweet. Not sweet like Oreo Cookies or Froot Loops, but sweet like a fresh, warm corn tortilla with unsalted butter on top. Much richer in taste than most macrobrews, in my opinion. Although it's budget-priced at the moment, Miller High Life has "premium beer" flavor, especially if it's in a glass bottle or on tap.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is amazing. It's an explosion of tingles and smooth-as-silk texture. A truly awesome experience.

Drinkability: Miller High Life goes down very nicely. You'll find that it flows very well after the first few sips. However, it can seem to be very filling if you're not used to it, even a little heavy at times, especially when compared to other American classics such as Bud, Coors Original, or Rolling Rock. So I would recommend drinking 2 or 3 bottles maximum with some pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers, etc., and hold off on drinking it as a session beer until you're a veteran High Life drinker.

Vito says, "Try a Miller High Life. You might dig it!"

Photo of morayeel
3.5/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a favorit summer beer. When its hot out side and your gutting the grass there is nothing like a nice cold high life to quench your thirst.

Nice yellow color

No After taste

Drinkability Great

This is a beer that is best for Sunday football games


Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
63 out of 100 based on 3,358 ratings.