Miller High Life
Miller Brewing Co.

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Style:
American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #373
ABV:
4.6%
Score:
64
Ranked #48,113
Avg:
2.7 | pDev: 28.89%
Reviews:
1,247
Ratings:
4,052
From:
Miller Brewing Co.
 
Wisconsin, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  57
Gots
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SCORE
64
Poor
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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.26/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Miller High Life was the beer that my friends and I drank most often when we were pre-legal. That was a long, long time ago, but I remember it as being less offensive than many of the other macros and it was 'easy drinkin'. I have no doubt that my tastes have changed considerably, but when I saw a 24 oz. can for $1.00 in my local grocery, I just had to buy it. I'll be drinking it at my beer fridge temperature of 50 degrees. It will have to sink or swim on its own and will not benefit unfairly from numb taste buds.

Pale yellow-amber; a shade too dark to be called straw. The head is pure white, small-medium in size after an aggressive pour and actually lasts for a bit. It leaves a little lace to look at as well. The smell is not encouraging (I won't use the word 'nose' here). It's a funky, cooked grain, corn mash smell that does not portend good things for the flavor.

Amazingly, the beer tastes pretty much how I remember it from all those years ago; that doesn't mean that I like it however. The flavor profile is sweet and grainy, deflates quickly and leaves the palate relatively clean. The finish is sour and somewhat dry. The body is unquestionably sub-par, but at least it isn't what I'd call watery.

Miller High Life is not good beer, but it is considerably better than the Bud Light that I had a while back. At least it doesn't make me grimace and look for a suitable place to spit it out. As well, it would have benefitted from being consumed hyper-cold on a stiflingly hot day. Not 'The Champagne of Beers', not by a long shot, but one could do much, much worse.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of JobiWanKenob
3.8/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Has craft brewing ruined the party? Check out the legendary "Bros" rating. 80. Yup 80. Why? How could they? Is it because Miller High Life is, was, and always will be the best party beer on the market? You can bet your only can of "Heady Topper" it is. Try drinking 12 cans of Heady Topper. I guarantee you will puke. Not so with High Life. Light, crisp, slight hop taste with a wet finish. Easily put away 12 of these babies with no sickness or bloated feeling. No headache. High Life deserves more credit. It taught us all how to drink beers.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.29/5  rDev +21.9%

Miller High Life, the Champagne of Beers! Yee Haw. I feel like a dirty hippie tonight.

Serving Style : 24 oz liquor mart can complete with the homeless brown bag, poured into a fiesta ware glass for appearance (how's THAT for a contrast?)

Appearance (3.5) : Soapy, sudsy white head that's easily penetrable and recedes like the revolting blob. Bubbles grace the bottom surface of the head, much like Champagne would! Pale golden color with medium transparency.

Smell (2.5) : Dirty corn, grass and straw, hay, wheat, adjunct. Touch of orange at the tip. Dirty underwear. A pretty dirty smell.

Taste (3.5) : Straight out of the can it's heavenly. The best $1.49 beer you can get. If you're down on your luck and you just want to pass out, look no further. If you want to enjoy it, it's good for that too. Out of the glass it's refreshing and light bodied with a full bore creamed corn flavor profile. If you liquidized creamed corn and added some alcohol you'd be close. Other flavors I'm getting are some citrusy wheaty zestiness, hint of pepper. Not bad. Not bad at all...

The corn beer. Nebraska, eat your heart out!

Mouthfeel (3) : Heavily carbonated, refreshing, light bodied. Like a heavy Sprite with some mild creaminess. The foam even comes up in belches a little bit. This won't win any awards but it sure isn't awful. For its style it's just what it needs to be.

Overall (3.29) : Don't look a gift horse in the mouth. This beer isn't out to compete against crafts, it's meant to be a working man's beer after a long day in the sun. For that purpose it does just fine. High Life is a tasty treat, abundant with corn. If you hate corn or corn-based beers, stay away! Very adjunct-y, mildly sweet, absolute zero bitter. No hops. This is one of my favorite beers because it's so cheap and it's still tasty. Where else can you get an 18 pack of bottles for $10 or a 30 pack of cans for $15? Or a 24 oz. for $1.49 for that matter??? Long live High Life!

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Photo of Jason
3.56/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz clear twist-off bottle with no freshness date found.

A- Great head retention, I was quite surprised and impressed at the same time. Good clinging action and the pale yellow golden hue donned a perfect clarity.

S- Sharp cooked corn aroma, mild grain husk as well. Clean other than that.

T&M- Solid crispness in a light body. Grainy with a hay like character, mild hop bitterness and a faintness of corn in the back. Clean on the palate with a grand smoothness that make you want to take another sip.

D- Easy to drink with mild flavors and a good wash of crispness. A tasty American Lager. Went excellent with the lamb and steak tips I grilled.

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Photo of blackmagik2272
4.06/5  rDev +50.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Those that rate this poor should obviously had their taste buds doused in acid. This is a rock solid and go to session beer. Great taste and flavor without weighing you down. Its clearly better than the rainbow lager you're drinking now. Act like you knew \m/

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Photo of Mtcarini
4.75/5  rDev +75.9%

It says it right on the label- the champagne of beer. You get all the effervescence and character of a fine champagne with the drinkability and flavor of a light Pilsner. High enough abv to drink all day, but classy enough to impress a date. High-life truly has it all.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.12/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a Shaker pint glass, "Best By" date "FEB1819".

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, light golden color with one-finger white head that slowly dissipated until a thin, unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, there is heavy lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: bread, sweet sugar and corn husk, faint to the nose.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet sugar and bread then corn, the hops are extremely faint.

PALATE: light body and medium carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a classic lawnmower beer, one of the first beers I ever had with my buddies in high school during my misspent youth, I did not really care what it tasted like, it was beer and I was not allowed to have it, stay in school kids!

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.23/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I admit that I've got a thing for "Grandpa's Beers." Special X, High Life, Papst, and Old Style all do it for me.

This is one that I always keep around in the fridge. At $9 for a case of bottles, High Life makes the perfect “just in case” beer. It’s like a safety net. I like having it near by, knowing that if my obnoxious cousin comes over I won’t have to offer him a Bell’s or something because trusty Miller is there for the non-beer drinker’s beer drinker. Oh, and this beer is called Miller, just plain Miller, not High Life.

Let’s start with the look. The beer itself is nothing special. It looks like liquid sweet corn. The head is thin, white, and not lasting. Overall, the appearance is what you would expect from just about any macro.

The bottle, however, is a different story all together. It features the famous Miller Girl Over the Moon label, which was created long ago by famed industrial designer Brooks Stevens. Stevens is kind of like the Frank Lloyd Wright of industrial design and is probably most known for the invention of the Oscar Meyer Wiener Mobile.

Anyways, the fact that the bottle has a small but kick ass print that was designed by an awesome Wisconsinite gives it a little appearance bonus in my book.

As to the taste, it’s corn syrup. Nothing more, nothing less.

The mouth feel’s not bad, thin, mildly carbonated, refreshing.

What I really like is this beer’s drinkability. It goes down so easy but doesn’t go through me like lite does. I can throw back a bunch of these and I don’t feel full but I do feel like I’m drinking beer, not water.

This is a solid beer and better than bud by leaps and bounds.

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Photo of John9059
5/5  rDev +85.2%

Keep in mind i'm rating this a 5 because i'm new to beer and this is the best out of what i have had. I don't really know what to describe the taste like, just kind of like... corn? sweet. I drink this because i didnt have a job and was not able to buy more expensive things. I have read however this has won the gold medal for best american style lager several times. I think i know why they call this the high life though. It makes you feel like you are living the high life due to the taste and quality for the price. Their advertising campaigns hit the nail on the head. This is a testament to working men and women. I got paid my first paycheck recently and i bought some of this, and i felt like i was drinking in style. This is better quality in my opinion than budweiser and its cheaper. There is a reason it rated highly in american adjunct lagers, as you categorize them on the site. Apparently the Alstrom brothers on this site agree with me. They gave it an 81. I think miller is the best out of the as you guys on the site call them the macro brews. Whether its fishing or a barbeque or fourth of july party this goes good with anything. I love this with a nice Hamburger and steak fries.

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Photo of Todd
3.5/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz clear bottle wtih classic labeling. No freshness dating, or at least one that is consumer friendly.

Golden hued beer, bright, with a patchy white foam head comprised of mixed bubble sizes. Large bubbled slow carbonation. Lacing has some stick, with a moderate level of head retention.

Ultra-clean nose on this one, faint grain and an even fainter freshly husked corn aroma.

Even, medium bodied brew. Fizzy carbonation. Crisp. Smooth, with a creamy carbonation feel on the palate. Mild steely character in the flavor, some watery malty / creamed corn sweetness that sticks to the palate. Touch of malt husks, corn grits, with a drying edge. Corn flavor gets more pronounced as the beer warms and casts a blandness across the palate. Hop character is nearly non-existent with this tasting. Finishes with some residual dextriny sweetness and corn. Not overly clean, but it passes.

Drink ice cold for maximum enjoyment, but mostly so those corn flavors stay where they should.

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Photo of dhildreth
5/5  rDev +85.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Before you can rate Miller High Life, you have to ask yourself a question. "Have you ever worked an honest day in your life?". I'm not talking about working at some organic co-op, comic book shop, or record store. No, I'm talking about swinging an 8 lb hammer for 16 hours in conditions one would compare to the depths of Hell! I'm talking about moving mountains with your bare hands! I'm talking about the kind of work that drove John Henry to his knees! If you can say in all honesty that you've worked that type of day, then by all means, rate away. There's something special about an ice cold Miller High Life after a day of taming the wilderness and pushing your body to its limit. Any MAN worth his salt will tell you there's only 1 score for God's chosen golden elixir, 5.

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
4.07/5  rDev +50.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

High Life is for the everyday drinker who enjoys a clean, crisp, quantity - emphasized taste. A man drinks High Life to escape. A man drinks High Life because he's content. A man drinks High Life because he's a dreamer. A man drinks High Life because he's not quite sure of who he is. A man drinks High Life because he knows exactly who he is. Men drink High Life for many reasons, but the take away is that men drink High Life. So keep on moving, keep on drinking, and keep on living the high life.

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Photo of Bill4515
4.77/5  rDev +76.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The champagne of beers. Only drink these in the bottles, I would never buy them in cans. I consider this beer as a treat You cant go wrong with this beer, its cheap and good.

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Photo of EmeraldMist
4.28/5  rDev +58.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Poured into pilsner glass. Pale clear straw in color. A finger of bubbly white head, quickly dissolves with no lacing.
Smell - Fresh corn, wonder bread, slight grass
Taste - Corn grits, crisp cracker like malt body, bready sweetness, slight grassy hop bitterness. Dry and clean finish.
Feel - Perfect for the style in my opinion. Light body, loads of carbonation bone dry finish. Thirst quenching.

Overall - My favorite American lager so far. So drinkable and has a a mild yet pleasing flavor. Snobs be damned this is a great beer.

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Photo of Ariesluv1
5/5  rDev +85.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i love miller high life no matter how many other beers i drink high life has remained my go to no bullshit after work beer some people think price makes a beer better well from what i see the lighter the calories in the beer ,the lower the alcohol content the more fuckin money they want for it and the more i have to drink to get a buzz high life you drink two or three and the party is started

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Photo of DaBears985
2.8/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Look: Pale, golden, clear lacklustre colour
Low density head that disappears in seconds
Intense carbonation when first poured that quickly dissipates into nothing

Smell: Faint Malty, metallic

Taste: Slight Metallic, watery not much body or flavour, grain, bread, very faint sweetness as beer warms up

Feel: Watery with almost no body

Overall: Very light tasting beer that is extremely easy to drink. If your looking for something to drink a lot of in a short period of time this is a good choice. Not a bad beer for what its trying to be which is a smooth easy drinking beer. Better head retention and density is an area of improvement for this beer.

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Photo of omahawk
3.14/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Seriously, this is as good and full flavored as an American macro lager gets (the bar is low people). Well made pilsner and adjunct beer. Clean pour, crisp taste, sweet pilsner flavor. While still just "drinking beer" it's not too shabby. Much better than Bud and MGD. Not as full-flavored as your local microbrew pils, but it’s real beer for a hot afternoon.

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Photo of Drak-Nib
2.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pretty much a watery, but fortunately bubbly, lightweight beer. Easy enough to drink, but yeah. There are plenty of better lightweight beers out there. 2017/12/20

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Photo of Stanley23
3.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Like the look. Used to drink a lot of this beer back in the day. Had a chance to drink again this past weekend and remembered. That this in not a bad option. Not saying this is the best beer in the world but it's not awful either

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Photo of Mdamosc
2.04/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Open weather aging for 2 years on my screened in back porch.

L: Appearance is akin to a high school outcast substituting dirty urine for clean.

S: Smells of long dead hopes and dreams.

T: Taste is hard to nail down. A mix between previously mentioned clean urine and unicorn tears (not in a good way).

F: Water like mouth feel

O: The consistent weathering conditions of two years worth of north east seasons has rendered the champagne of beers devoid of any actual carbonation. I would say the aging process has really mellowed this fine brew.

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Photo of Andysalina5
3.2/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nothing wrong with cracking one of these open after a hard day of work.

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Photo of Ptarmandilbex
3.48/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I drank this beer back in college in the 1960's. It was decent then, and it is decent now. I know it is fashionable to bash American Lager, and rightfully so. However, I can pick up a 30 pack at the liquor store two blocks from my house for $17.99 American. For a lawn-mower, mass quantity beer for a professional alcoholic, it's hard to beat for the taste and the price.

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Photo of DoctorRobert1969
3.25/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

One of my fav macros. This is for of "men of the 70's". Looks great in that bottle. Tastes pretty good when you want something to go with your mustache and Camaro. Sophisticated!

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Photo of patre_tim
3.35/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Golden filtered with a little carbonation and 4 fingers of off white head.

Smells of pale malts, honey, grass, and aspirin.

Tastes like pale malts, and pizza dough with very little hops on the end.

Light, smooth body, with little carbonation.

Got at LCBO, drinking on Lake Muskoka, May 4th, 2018. Better than Labatt Blue.

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Photo of Beastdog75
2.91/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Miller High Life is one of the classic American beers. It used to be Miller's flagship brew until the 80s and Genuine Draft came along. Kind of a shame, since this is better than MGD as it has more taste. I don't even see commericals for this anymore...

Anyway, MHL pours an average straw color that is clear and effervescent. The decent foamy head that forms lasts a few minutes and actually left a halfway decent lace on my glass. The smell is similar to MGD: musty grain, but not as bad MGD. Alcohol present in the nose too. The mouthfeel is sudsy. The taste is quite grainy, with some sweetness, and the mellow hop bitterness is present from the beginning. It finishes slightly dry and grainy. The corn taste is there, but not as noticeable as MGD. It finishes with some alcoholic warmth. All in all a quite refreshing beer.

This beer has some nostalgic value for me, so maybe that inflated my ratings, but this is one of the better American macros out there, and the price is always right.

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Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 64 out of 100 with 4052 ratings