Miller High Life Light | Miller Brewing Co.

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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 StonedTrippin
2.67/5  rDev +11.7%
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 Knapp85
1.68/5  rDev -29.7%
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 BEERchitect
2.8/5  rDev +17.2%
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 -20.5%
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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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.98/5  rDev +24.7%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.18/5  rDev +33.1%
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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.13/5  rDev -10.9%
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 mikesgroove
1.57/5  rDev -34.3%
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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Photo of womencantsail
3.18/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a perfect yellow color with a big white head that has surprising retention.

S: Smells pretty bland. Definitely some cooked corn, a bit of grain, and sweetness. Sort of watered down. Maybe a touch of rice on the nose.

T: Things are pretty much the same on the flavor. Corn and grain provide the flavor and there's really no hops or anything else. A lot of carbonation, though.

M: Light in body with a very high carbonation. It's sort of pleasing at first, but it makes the beer hard to drink in larger quantities.

D: This is a pretty innocuous light lager. It tastes okay and there's nothing really wrong with it other than a lack of real substantial flavors.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.06/5  rDev -13.8%
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 WVbeergeek
1.78/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appears...after pouring from a 24oz can into my 1/2 liter mug the pale golden body flourishes to arise with large bubbled thick bright white head textured cloudily with fluff, dwindling rather quickly and leaving behind scant lacing. Aroma has a light cooked vegetable sweetness with grainy offness and sadly no real hop note to be found like other mass produced American Light Lagers. Flavors, more cooked veggies corn and rice with a pretty rough grainy offness mild sweetness and minimal bittering from hop flavor. Mouthfeel thin watery texture with high un-natural carbonation please steer away from this brew, regular High Life is much better in terms of style. Drinkability, yes you can drink alot of it but don't do it to yourself.

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Photo of tdm168
2.46/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is what my sister brought for Christmas Eve. I drank it out of the bottle because with that much family in the house a glass is hard to come by.

Through the clear glass of the bottle this looked like your typical light lager; gold with a lot of carbonation bubbles. The smell was sweet and grainy. The taste was really very faint, but it was also sweet, grainy, and had just a hint of grassy hops. This is pretty heavily carbonated and ultra-light.

The carbonation takes away from the overall drinkability. Honestly, this wasn't offensive in any way, but it lacked substance in every way.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.41/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of jwc215
2.29/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours straw yellow, as seen through the glass. A white head that is pretty thickish at first descends to a lasting cover. A fair amount of lacing sticks. Not a bad head for the style, though color is very light, even for style.

The smell is mild - some cooked corn with a touch of husk.

The taste is of sweet cooked corn. Not really much taste at all. Nothing "bad" because nothing there, but a hint of sweetness.

Light and fizzy, as expected - go figure... A bit slickish, but pretty clean. As long as it's cold, it's easy enough to drink on a hot day, if you want tasteless beer (with just a hint of sweetness). Fizzy, but not overly. I think that High Life is one of the better macros (if not the best), but this is just a waste of time - meant for those who look at carbs and don't want flavor, just "easy drinking".

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Photo of feloniousmonk
1.55/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A pretty girl in a large-brimmed hat sits on the crescent moon, holding a glass of beer, and...does she beckon to ME? Shall I climb aboard the starry station, and join her in beery this ambrosia the same that she holds aloft? I'm going to find out!
Crystal clear, pure yellow...Crayola couldn't beat this yellowness, it holds the patent...yup, that's yellow! With a big, though brief bunch of foam, delicate laciness, spectre-white.
Aroma: open, airy, in other words, nothing, big, fat, nada.
Taste: I'm sorry, what was the question? Water has more character, and is more refreshing...transparency exploded exponentially, this is a ghost of a shade of a whisper of a beer...soggy, corny, utterly vapid....body is lightness to the max, finish is nothing, taste doesn't count...a waste...why drink this? Why? If anyone has the answer, please don't hesitate to inform me...I live to learn...

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Photo of tempest
2.8/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Opened this up after cleaning the apartment on a hot day, and for the lawnmower style, it did the job. It was inoffensive, kind of reminded me of beer, and quenched my thirst. The aroma was a little grainy, and adjunct filled. Drank cold, it tasted of very pale malts, but without any nasty fusel alcohol flavors. I wouldn't buy this, but I wouldn't refuse a free can on a sweaty day.

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

Pours a clean/clear pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is slightly malty, with some corn notes. The taste is slightly sweet, malty/corny/ricy, a slight hint of hops. Light body. Not Drinkable, a nice little thirst quencher though.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.24/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Miller High Life Light represents the second entry here in this, the College Light Invitational. The short description of the invite can be seen in my Natty Light review, the one that started it all. Again, I will attempt the "7 ounce shot". MHL Light doesn't need much to outscore Natty Light, but it must remain on top after the four entries are completed. On to the beer:

Twist off the top, pour into a flute, and we get a pale yellow, clear body, topped by a fuzzy head. Head retention is surprisingly strong, and leaves many white rings inside my glass. Moderate cooked corn aroma in the smell is dominant, not terribly pleasing. We move on to the taste, and get a dry grainy flavor and cooked corn. Bitterness is club soda-like. Mouthfeel is light, but not watery, and well carbonated. It's palatable, but has a couple sharp edges. You know, it's time to for a shot...

I didn't spit my sample tonight, but I did gag a few times. The flavor from the adjuncts were not pleasant, forcing me to stop at a few points.
Chuggability gets a "2" rating.

Is it possible Corona's recipe is really High Life Light with Mexican hype surrounding it? The two are pretty similar in many aspects. Next time when you go to the beach, save yourself some cash and get this instead.

High Life Light provides the light beer drinker with a little bit of flavor instead of colored seltzer water. With that said, of the quart I bought, I only consumed half of it tonight, and I don't know whether to consume the other half or use it to cook with in the future. Good thing for soda-like twist-on cap. Will the score of this brew be enough to hold off Tecate Light and Keystone Light? Tecate Light is next in line, happening tomorrow night.

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Photo of tone77
2.74/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a clear 12 oz. bottle. Has a very pale yellow color with a small head. Smell is mild, some notes of corn. Taste is also very mild, some hints of malts and corn, not much going on here. Feels light in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall there is nothing special about this beer.

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Photo of Zorro
2.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours an unremarkable filtered clear yellow brew that looks like any other American Macrobrew. It does look like the regular Miller so that is something in its favor.

Smell is vegetables and corn with a bit of sulfur in the scent. Faint grassy hops and rice scents in here to.

Taste is quite full of corn flavor and fairly dry with detectable hop in it. Quiet clean in flavor with a fairly high carbonation level.

Mouthfeel is very thin, the carbonation level helps a little, but this is basically corn flavored seltzer water.

This is drinkable as in water. There is nothing offensive about it and it is one of the better light American mass produced beers, but it isn't a good beer. I could drink this if I had too but there are many better beers.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.36/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked MAR0810-BO1200329. Sampled on December 17, 2009. Frankly, I cannot distinguish and difference between this one, Miller Lite, or Miller Genuine Draft Light 64. The pour is your typical pale yellow with buibbly carbonation and thin white head that sticks around longer than expected. The aroma is mildly malty but mainly corny and grassy. Thin mouthfeel. The taste is fresh enough for its style with a vague hint of hops at the end. But generally it is a typical mass produced pale. But it is a good way to save money while keeping the calories down.

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Photo of clayrock81
1.57/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Almost invisible gold, if such a color existed. Ran out of good beer and needed one more to watch the postgame of the Super Bowl. If you are ever in a pinch and need that one last beer to get you through the night and don't care then this still shouldn't be it. Aside from no smell, there is a sharp adjunct tast and it is not smooth like most crappy macros at least. In fact, this dried out my tongue on the backbite (felt like a burn the first time). This could end up being the worst beer I've ever had, although that distinction is held for a certain light beer w/ incessant advertising and a malt liquor that made me sick.

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Photo of spinrsx
2.53/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pint at Tully's NY for 2.50$

Appearance - Clear light yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an above average amount of carbonation showing and there is actually a bit of lacing. The head lasted for 2-3 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, fruity notes, corn

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste corn mixed with some grains/breads. There is also a bit of a fruity/corn syrup sweetness. It ends with a lightly sweet crisp aftertaste.

Overall - Not too bad at all.. reminded me a bit of a better bud light taste wise. Light beers with a decent flavour have their time and place. This beer would work well for camping trips etc.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.18/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale yellow color. Poured a 2 finger white head with fair retention. Decanted continually. Laced in thin rings.

S: Wet grain, bread and cooked corn, a bit of grain; overall sweet and subdued.

T: Consistent with nose. Hint of hop bitterness though not much to balance. Crisp, light and refreshing.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. The level of carbonation makes in crisp, clean and refreshing.

D: Good representation of a popular style. The carbonation hurts the drinkability a bit, but body and ABV make this a chugger.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
1.73/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Harsh looking aal style beer, doesn't make a head or provide any lacing to be up on, just that returned yellow color, gold. Aroma was harsh, industrial metallic and bittering long boil hops.

Taste, more alcohol and metal. Lots of carbonation, corn, industrial again. Smells good when they make it, but everything goes downhill from there. Should be lighter than this, the fizziness is to the extreme. Lots of water. Mouthfeel is unpleasant like alka seltzer.

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