Miller High Life Light | Miller Brewing Co.

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Miller High Life LightMiller High Life Light
743 Ratings
Miller High Life LightMiller High Life Light

Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-16-2001

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Photo of acurtis
1.5/5  rDev -32.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.67/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

for its class of beer, which i have little love for, this really is pretty solid. i dont drink much american adjunct light lager, but if i am, this isnt a bad pick. i should say though, that the bottle is an awful experience, but the cans, when ice cold, can be refreshing if nothing else. when ice cold, the flavors of the can and the extracty malt stay back, and just clean yellow beer comes through, just like grand pappy likes it, and although it would never stack up, in my opinion, against even a lousy craft lager, i think it has redeeming value, and i would take it over scores and scores of its peers. i cant stand miller light, one of the worst beers on earth, but this high life light is a big improvement over it, when fresh enough, and when freezing. the temperature is important, more than in other beers, because a warm beer in this category is not a nice thing. its also not bad when you are full of wedding cake, thirsty, and stoned. i have to give it that, it has earned it enough times now to warrant this meager review...

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Photo of spycow
2.5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Knapp85
1.68/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

After trying one of these with some friends I made the joke that this should be called Miller Low Life because there is nothing about this brew. There is virtually no flavor at all it's almost clear in color with a slight tinge of yellow. Mouthfeel is far too light. This really shouldn't be a beer. It's sad that people enjoy these.

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Photo of djrn2
2/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of nmann08
2.75/5  rDev +23.3%

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1.75/5  rDev -21.5%

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2.5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of BEERchitect
2.8/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It's better than I expected, comming from a American Macro Brewer and carrying the label 'Light". It's not far from other Miller products. More flavorful than the Miller Lite, but much less flavorful than MGD Light. No real flaws to the beer, but not wonderful either. Typical cereal grains, corn, and husk flavors and textures. Lightly malty, but mostly vegetal to the nose. Watery and weak into the finish. Easy to drink though. Although I could drink a few of these durring the game, I don't prefer to.

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Photo of zeff80
1.9/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A - 12oz can pours out a straw yellow color. Highly carbonated and next to no head.

S - Smelled of corn and a little alcohol and malt.

T - It is watery, but not as much as most light lagers. The malt and corn flavors come through, as well.

M - Again, it is watery but not as bad as others. It is relatively crisp, also.

D - Drinkable because it is light, but not really flavorful.

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1.75/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of dbrauneis
2.46/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.98/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Love the packaging! Really nice. Of course I've always liked the packaging for the regualr High Life. Anyway, it pours the expected crystal-clear straw-gold body beneath a short head of bright-white foam. The retention and lacing are average. The nose is clean, and limited to some mild malt with an edge of hops. I'd say that it's a "generic" beer aroma, but it's actually better than that. The flavor is, again, clean, and it expresses the same malt and hops that the aroma does without any change. The fact that you can clearly taste the malt and then the hops is nice though, all too often in light beers they meld into one. Well balanced. I'm not sure you can ask too much more of an American light lager. Better than Miller Lite in my opinion.

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Photo of zestar
1.75/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.18/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale gold color, short dense white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of adjuncts, light malts and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with an adjunct and light malt sweetness with flavors of grain and corn. The hops presence is very mild as you would expect from this type of beer but creates a decent balance for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty even though it's not very flavorful, goes down quite easily since there isn't much to it and likewise it's not filling at all, very mild kick, long ago this was my inexpensive "go-to beer" and I still think it's one of the better fizzy yellow beers out there.

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1.75/5  rDev -21.5%

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2/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of woodychandler
2.06/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I wish that I had a CAN of Miller High Life so that I CAN do a side-by-side. What I have found through the CANQuest is that so many of these "light" versions are watery knock-offs of their "leaded" counterparts. Here goes!

My pour produced a rocky, fluffy two fingers' worth of bone-white head with low retention. Color was a pale lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled heavily of cereal adjuncts. Oof. Mouthfeel was thin, sort of watery with a light lager sweetness accompanied by the all-too-familiar taste of cereal on the tongue. Finish was mild, almost flavorless. I CANnot get behind this one.

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Photo of BEER88
1.97/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of WoodBrew
2.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

High life light is not as good as straight high life. It is a typical light lager american style beer. The color is yellow/gold clear with big carbonation and head to start and then fades to nothing. The smell and taste are common to theis style....grain/barley/wheat and some hops. The mouthfeel is what it that has a lighter abv and taste. Overall its great for hot days.

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3.75/5  rDev +68.2%

Photo of Zaphog
1.5/5  rDev -32.7%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.13/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It's time once again for a head-to-head comparison of macro lagers, or in this case, light macro lagers. I refer to these exercises in palate abuse by the more lofty title of Macro Smackdown and this is the fifth such contest, or MacSmack V. Much like the snake is the natural enemy of the mongoose, so Miller is the natural enemy of Anheuser-Busch. So, this particular contest pits Miller High Life Light against Michelob Light. Without further ado...

Rich medium amber; one of the darkest light beers that I've seen. The head is simple white, not off-white or gray as some of this style tend to be. The cap falls fairly quickly and looks sort of mealy, but it does leave quite a bit of lace, relatively speaking. While it's a better than average appearance for the style, it still isn't average in a general sense.

There's actually a discernable difference between the noses, something that doesn't happen very often in these contests. This nose is sweeter and is a little appley, almost like a few ounces of cider were mixed in with the beer. It isn't great, or even good, but it's far from offensive.

Why do I do this to myself on a regular basis? This is drinkable beer, but it doesn't go beyond that. It tastes like lightly bitter grain with very little else of note. It isn't as sweet as it smelled. In fact it isn't sweet at all. The amount of flavor is on the low end and is virtually gone by the swallow. Again, I could drink this stuff in an emergency, but I wouldn't be happy about it.

There isn't much to say about the body/mouthfeel. It's light, just as advertised. It says 'Light' right there on the can. This beer manages to hang onto its carbonation, which makes the moderately unpleasant experience of drinking it a little less unpleasant. A dead heat with Michelob Light.

Once again, we have a clear winner. There's not much difference between the way these beers look, smell and feel in the mouth, but there's a noticeable difference in how they taste. Miller High Life Light: fair at best, bad when semi-warm. Michelob Light: nasty at best, spew-inducing when semi-warm. Miller shouldn't be too proud of today's victory since High Life Light was simply the lesser of two evils.

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Photo of Slatetank
2.25/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
1.57/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

They actually made a light version of one of the lightest beers I had ever had, now this I just had to try. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, I finished the night off with this one on 8/16/2010.

The pour was your classic light golden hay color with lots of carbonation and a decent head of white that had it stayed around longer then five seconds might have actually worked a little bit. Aroma is non existent, all I smell was air, maybe light corn in there and a touch of grain, but seriously this had to be the lightest example of anything I had come across. Skunked flavor that really just had nothing going for it other then the fact I could notice it. Clean, with ample carbonation it was gone from the palate as soon as it entered. Not something I could really recommend to anyone, anytime soon.

Overall I will have to give it a pass, not worth the time on this one, things can get too light people.

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Miller High Life Light from Miller Brewing Co.
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