Miller High Life
Miller Brewing Co.

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Style:
Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #373
ABV:
4.6%
Score:
64
Ranked #50,371
Avg:
2.71 | pDev: 29.15%
Reviews:
1,286
Ratings:
4,168
From:
Miller Brewing Co.
 
Wisconsin, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  63
Gots
  1,083
SCORE
64
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Miller High LifeMiller High Life
Notes: Miller High Life, also known as the Champagne of Beers, is a quintessentially classic, American-style lager. In 1903, Frederick Miller created Miller High Life because he believed that the good life, the High Life, should be accessible to everyone, not just the upper crust. To this day, Miller High Life continues to be faithfully brewed as a golden pilsner, utilizing light-stable galena hops from the Pacific Northwest and a select combination of malted barley.
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LeBron_James from Canada (ON)

2/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

One of my friends had this so gave it a try.
Pours a straw colour.
Smells of very light malt if there's any there. Also can't actually smell any corn syrup on here. Just like very very faint malt I guess.
Tastes kind of sweet and now I'm getting that kind of corn syrup vibe. Super weird, just bready malt and sweetness.
Mouthfeel is very light and high carbonation.

Overall, it's a beer. Good among industrial adjuncts.

Apr 06, 2021
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NATTYFATTY from New York

4.32/5  rDev +59.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like the box, though it was kinda difficult to understand how the perforations are supposed to work. It's got it's own unique shape and everything.

The glass bottles are unique as is the 2 labels and box. They are imprinted with the company's brand name.

It tastes good, like a 'classic' American beer should. It has the right amount of carbonation. The smell is like a refined Natural Light kinda smell with hints of grains. Very nice.

The ABV is standard so don't expect much from one if you frequently drink high alcohol beers.

This beer is meant to be drunk slowly.

Enjoy it, it's what it's made for.

Apr 04, 2021
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MeanMotaScootah from California

3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok just for starters, I haven't had a Miller since my senior year in 1989. I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised, this beer (for an American Adjunct - operative word is always "junk") ain't bad - I might even say it's drinkable. It has a very clean finish, no weird cardboard aftertaste like Bud or Coors or fill in the blank lame-o American beers. It tastes like a lite beer so I can't imagine how Miller Lite tastes. Aaaaaaanway - if you had to choose an American lager Miller is a safe bet.

Mar 04, 2021
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Poops from Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Side by side with Budweiser, imo a great American lager, Miller High Life is nearly indistinguishable. I enjoyed this beer and its general style for being clean, crisp, refreshing, and a little sweet. However, I did find the carbonation, and thereby acidity, to be a touch higher than I'd like, and in comparison more than Budweiser.

Feb 28, 2021
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TroyMcClure from Colorado

3.71/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hi, I'm Troy McClure! You may remember me from such films as "The President's Neck is Missing" and "The Wackiest Covered-Wagon in the West."

Miller High Life, out of the clear bottle from a *sealed from the light* 12-pack, is one of the best cheap macro beers you will find. Looks great in the bottle, i've found that when poured out of the can it can really fizz up on you quick, and I don't drink straight from the can. In the bottle, it's crisp, smooth and very easy to drink. Perfect for easy-drinking enjoyment that doesn't cost too much (I've been getting them for $9.99 a twelve-pack at the local Krogers) and isn't a dreaded light beer. My question for Miller is why the "bargain brand" High Life is superior in pretty much every way to Miller Genuine Draft...

Feb 05, 2021
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Sheppard from Virginia

3.66/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

It's a crystal clear golden. You don't need to pour it out to see how crystal clear this is. It's got bright white head. It's a good looking lager. I'm drinking this out of a forty and it's my first forty since college which...checks calendar...was 10 years ago.

This smells takes me back to mornings after hosting pregame at our house in college by East Quad. We would obviously pregame beer pong and other "fun" games and cans of beer, full, half drank, and empty would be scattered through out our living and dining rooms. High Life smells like that. There's nostalgia, pride, and shame.

It's incredibly smooth and that's the first thing that stands out to me. It's malt driven, there's a little cooked rice, and sweet with a Karo corn syrupy finish. It's honestly a pleasant beer to drink and I understand why all of my industry friends like it.

Jan 30, 2021
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Theystoleit2020 from North Carolina

3.16/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer to buy when you're buying. Pours like soda with a decent head. Aroma of dried lawn clippings, old cardboard and your favorite socks. Tastes better than it should. Good mouthfeel and easy to swallow in large quantities, especially in the 40oz bottles. Exceptional after playing hockey. Little to no hangover.

Jan 03, 2021
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Snakesolds from Illinois

5/5  rDev +84.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16oz can into my mouth.

The smell: Oddly reminiscent of beer.

The taste: A haphazardly combined conglomeration of barley, hops, and water.

The mouthfeel: Cold

Overall: I’m living the high life.

Dec 29, 2020
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.68/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a completely clear, golden color with a strong and sudsy white head. SRM of 7-8. (4.00)

Aroma: Strong aromas of faint cracker malt with some corn adjuncts behind it. (3.50)

Flavor: Flavor follows with more pale malt, white soda crackers, yeast, corn adjuncts. Finishes quite yeasty and clean. A respectable body. (3.50)

Feel: Medium-bodied and strong carbonation. Allows it to finish yeasty and almost bready. The yeast is cleansing on the palate. (4.00)

Compared to Trader Joe's Premium Lager 12/7/20: Pours an identical color. More pale malt, corn adjuncts, yeast. Less sweet bread and honey. Lighter and dryer.

Overall: The beer has a great appearance and the yeast provides a great mouthfeel. However, the flavor and aroma are a bit lacking. Very similar flavors to Miller Light with the corn adjuncts, but this one has a better body and is more full.

Dec 08, 2020
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

3.43/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Miller's signature adjunct lager has been around for over a century and is one of the top sellers of the MillerMolsonCoors brand, but how does it stack up to the likes of Coors Banquet, Budweiser, or even Pabst?

If you're buying this because an 18 pack of bottles/ cans is $10 then this is a great buy, if you're getting it as a beer to camp with then it too is a great buy; but, it really isn't anything overly special.

Full corn esters pour from my mug, the 2 1/2 finger head has become a lovely creamy topper that has begun to dissipate though slowly. Highly carbonated bubbles stream to the top of the brew and for a beer, in a clear bottle, there are no signs of skunking thanks to the fully enclosed box I got this in.

The first sip is a rush of sweetness, mostly from corn and yeast that really overpowers the mild malt notes. The malt is nothing overly special but does a good job supporting the beer throughout the total flavor. Ultra drinkable, even at 4.6% ABV there are little to no signs of alcohol in the taste. Hop notes are spicy, and really there to support the adjunct but noticeable in the rears. Very high quality of water is used to produce a solid adjunct lager.

Between the big brands, this is one of the better examples of an adjunct lager. Though I believe Coors Banquet is a bit overly corny, HL has similar notes but a better blend of hops and yeast in the finish. Tasting notes are more in your face and leave a nice light mouthfeel than any drinker can enjoy. Sweet but balanced, mildly hoppy at least 12 IBUS this is very approachable.

Oct 18, 2020
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Mdog from Minnesota

3.57/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 16oz can:

Appearance: Clear yellow gold, huge head.

Smell: Mild breadiness.

Taste: Moderately sweet to start, a little corn. A little fruitiness as it warms up. Somewhat sweet throughout.

Overall: Wanted a lager for drinking while watching football and realized I had never reviewed the High Life. Nice sweetness (but not too sweet), more body than Miller Lite but still easy drinking. Cheers!

Oct 11, 2020
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swim from Canada (ON)

2.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

L: Transparent pale straw yellow, thin white head, lots of rising bubbles.
S: Skunky sweet cheap lager smell
T: There was a crisp punch of skunky hoppy flavour at first but later sips are more tasteless. There is a bit of corny sweetness that becomes more noticeable over time.
F: I think there was some nice carbonation but it quickly went away. Mouth feel is a bit watery.
O: I had a negative memory of the last time I tried this. This time seemed promising at first with its crisp bite but it quickly turned sweet, bland, and flat.

Sep 20, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

2.67/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The pour of a 12 ounce can into a clear pint glass brings these results: It’s a light amber color, plenty of carbonation and not very opaque. There's a slight smell of yeast and malts. Surprisingly there is some white head produced and far more glass lacing than could be expected. The taste is starchy sweet without much character, but there are far worse versions of this style. It's light on the palate, so there are times this could actually refresh.

Sep 13, 2020
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

1.88/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Pours a classic lager yellow with a two finger white head. Smells mainly of corn, faint aromas of straw & malts. Taste follows the nose, you can definitely taste the sweet corn flavor. Highly carbonated beer, goes down very smooth. This beer is worth the try.

Sep 12, 2020
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Brook82 from Ohio

2.95/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 24 oz can into pint glass. Good white, foamy head, hung around for a few minutes. Left some lacing throughout drinking it. Aroma was typical adjunct. Initial taste sweet leaning, with a finish that was bitter with a subtle unique bite that distracted from initial favorable taste. Smooth, light carbonation feel. Overall, middle of the road adjunct. This was a top seller back in the 80's (6 pk bottles).

Sep 03, 2020
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cdmentor from Colorado

4.37/5  rDev +61.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best summer beer after a 10 mile run. Its great with a Pepperoni Pizza. Yes, its cheap but I find it delicious and satisfying. It's not your favorite IPA or Porter it just a good quality legacy American Lager. Has a slight sweet corn flavor. I usually throw it in the freezer for 15 minutes before drinking. 12 Bottles for $8.00 in Walmart. It is what it is and while many will do the snob stuff it's a great value, consistent quality and very refreshing with no aftertaste. Great with cheesy nachos or Chicken wings.I consider it a best buy because after all it is the Champaign of Botteled beers :-) Understand that not every beer has to be a first class IPA or Porter.

Aug 30, 2020
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Beer_Right_Back from Arizona

1.75/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Objectively bad. It's hard to imagine a scenario in which this beer is good outside the lenses of your nostalgia or brand loyalty. Thin, watery, acidic, and devoid of most things good.

Aug 25, 2020
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Mattc9590 from Canada (AB)

2.63/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Do you like opening a beer can and having it spill all over you. When then boy is this a beer for you. Every beer you open foams up and spills like crazy. Your literally getting 3/4 a beer each time. Not worth it

Aug 14, 2020
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LampertLand from Canada (BC)

2.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Miller High Life @ 5.0% , served from a 341 ml bottle at many a house/holiday/grad party's of the early 80's at the rich boyz house's in Saanich/Gordon Head/Oak Bay … ah my growing up years

May 17, 2020
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joebrazil3 from Illinois

2.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not quite as good at Hamm's in its category, but even cheaper--I'm finding 30-packs of it for $13 plus tax. That said, it's still better than at least a couple of beers that sell for twice the price. I'll never turn it down, and if it's on tap for a buck or two at the local tavern, I'm in.

Update 5/22/20: I must mention that my wife likes (not loves) everything about this beer. Basically her position is: it's smooth, it's always the same, and the label on the can is a classic. I haven't changed my opinion. But I married her and I'll never regret that! I'm quite glad 50-cent beer pleases her too.

Apr 26, 2020
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.09/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Can best by July 2020:
Nice clear golden body in glass from a water-like clear pour. Head builds nicely, and falls the a sheath across the top of the beer. Nose is corn, cereal, light fruit (gape?) and grass. Taste is cereal grain and light grass to spicy hops, initially. The beer seems balanced until it warms, and then is becomes sweeter and the corn adjunct becomes more obvious. Clean, but gets a tad sweet as it warms. Carbonation is medium high.

If I drink it fast enough, it's a fair beverage. But it devolves as it warms, which takes my enjoyment of this beer down below the individual components.

Apr 20, 2020
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ForetSaison from California

5/5  rDev +84.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Don't judge a beer by its price, and always judge a brew within its own style. Can this beer be compared to the Devotion ale by Lost Abbey, or La Trappe Witte Trappist ale? Don't be ridiculous!
Miller High Life is my favorite American Adjunct Lager. It is made from corn, I think. It has a crisp refreshing and delicious flavor. Its recipe has not been changed since 1903. I speculate that this was a type of beer people drank during the Prohibition Era.

Apr 09, 2020
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UnclesPeanuts from Georgia

3.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is what I drink in a pinch, or when I just want to get drunk for cheap. More body than a Natty, Coors, and Bud Light. I credit this beer for being the first I truly fell in love with. It will always have a special place in my heart, and brings back a lot of memories. As for the taste? You get what you pay for. This isn't a craft beer, but it holds a lot of history with its name. All in all, great beer for the price.

Mar 30, 2020
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

3.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Crystal clear straw, very bubbly; an aggressive pour yields a fluffy white head. Excellent retention and lacing for an AAL.

Smells like cracker, corn, light grass and hay, and mineral water.

Tastes like oyster cracker and hay upfront, quickly sliding into sweet canned corn with a faint undertone of grass and white pepper. Very minerally and metallic. Crisp and clean with the sweetness just slightly dominating.

Light mouthfeel, highly carbonated, clean and lightly sweet.

One of the best of the macro AALs. Inoffensive with a touch of perceptible hops.

Mar 23, 2020
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RedbirdRona from Illinois

3.22/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The iconic champaign of beers
Look: is a pale see through yellow color consistent with other beers in this style
Smell: mostly corn and grains.
Taste: is similar to the smell of corn and grains.
Feel: Intense carbonation and a smooth finish
Overall: It is what it is and you gotta accept it. I prefer this brew at its exceptional price point to any of the other macro brews. Supposedly this beer is not supposed to skunk even though its clear bottled because Miller uses some form of synthetic compound that prevents it. I find this to be true especially compared to Corona or Heineken. This is a very easy drinking beer that I look to drink in certain situations such a mowing the lawn on a hot summer day. At around $7-$8 a 12 pack it cannot be beat for its value. If you can't get past the taste try adding a lime to make it into a redbirdrona like we do here at ISU.

Mar 20, 2020
Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 64 out of 100 with 4168 ratings