Miller High Life
Miller Brewing Co.

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Miller Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #193
Ranked #30,519
2.72 | pDev: 29.04%
Saturday at 01:45 AM
Sep 20, 2000
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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Ratings by wesbrownyeah:
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Reviewed by wesbrownyeah from Florida

2.83/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
Miller High Life... 5% alcohol content.

A- Pours a crisp and clear light golden fluid with massive tight and loosly packed bubbly head. One inch head falls to half inch and stays around thicker around walls of glass... decent lacing.

S- Rough corn oils that remind me of cooking oil, light metallic scents and mild grassy tint.

T-M- Similer to smell corn husk, sharp grainy bite with a little bitterness that almost comes off as a metal flavor. Mouthfeel is not that pleasing with tangy astringentcy and dry finish.

D- Miller drinkablity and gets the job done on the most basic level. Beer...GOOD
Oct 18, 2009
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Reviewed by charleskimmle from Canada (BC)

1.82/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75
Canadian canned version. Lots of small bubbles, a head that is solid almost like a stouts head, and extremely webbed glittering lacing from the head down the glass. It's good they clearly label that this has no preservatives or additives, because one might suspect additives in this due to the appearance, texture, and taste. Taste is crappy kind of sweet corny with some weird almost like perfume notes. Horrible warm, somehow the low % alcohol manages to come through, and the gross sweetness is more apparent.
Nov 16, 2022
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Rated by bluestringer from Georgia

5/5  rDev +83.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Excellent brew. Real beer taste, no tootie fruity fruits, no overpowering hops. Just a clean crisp beer. Pour into a frosted glass and enjoy.
Nov 16, 2022
Rated: 1 by Beergod420 from Michigan

Nov 06, 2022
Rated: 3.07 by Beer_Goblin from New York

Nov 03, 2022
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Rated by Psylocybing

5/5  rDev +83.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Iconic. Don’t pour it in a glass, don’t buy the cans, drink it straight from the sexy bottle. Crisp and refreshing. Mildly sweet, effervescent.
Oct 27, 2022
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Reviewed by Hooded from Texas

3.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
12oz can poured into a nucleated Pilsner glass.
Appearance is pale clear yellow with 3 fingers of white head. Retention is below average leaving light lacing and a thin cap.
Strength of aroma is medium-low. It smells like unsalted tortilla chips, something that smells faintly of rancid corn oil and a hint of yeast.
Strength of taste is somewhat below medium. It tastes like corn, it's sweet and it has a very light herbal hop bitter finish.
Thickness is closer to medium-high than medium. It's creamy. Carbonation is high and astringency is low. It's too thick and has too much carbonation for the style but I like the feel.
Overall, it's in the middle of okay. The sweetness is the biggest drawback with the faint old corn oil smell coming in second. I thought I would give this beer a much lower rating. For the price, I prefer Lone Star because it's less sweet.
Oct 27, 2022
Rated: 3.27 by MJ64 from Mississippi

Oct 24, 2022
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Reviewed by Americandrinker1995

5/5  rDev +83.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Miller high Life is a clean crisp American lager that is easy to drink and a great deal for a budget beer. I always pick up a case for a BBQ or sporting event with my friends.
Oct 05, 2022
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Reviewed by mfnmbvp from Illinois

2.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
12 oz. bottle, perhaps some code printed on it? Does it really matter? Upon a search of BeerAdvocate the other night, I was shocked to discover I have never yet rated a bottle of Miller High Life, thus snagged one from the party I was at, and was on my way.

Poured to a Brasserie D'achouffe tulip, for science.

A - The same crystal clear yellow fizz that appears through the clear glass bottle. Twist off cap. Pours clear enough where I can see my thumbprint on the other side of the glass. White frothy bubbles for a head actually do hang out for a little while, leaving some ok lacing. Appears aptly carbonated. Doesn't look horrible, to it's credit.

S - Dust and adjuncts escape the bottle immediately upon uncapping. Smells of dusty grains and plain carbonation.

T - Very plain. Extremely grainy & husky, with flavors of corn on the finish.

M - Huge lingering flavors of corn on the finish. Body is smooth, light, and easy to drink aside from that, I am just not enjoying the flavor on the finish.

Overall, probably best consumed straight from the bottle after you have already achieved a high buzz. Sad to see that Miller High Life Light was discontinued, as I would have loved to tick that one off as well.

Miller High Life -----2.5/5
Sep 27, 2022
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Reviewed by Giantspace from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
My favorite AAL. I much prefer the bottle over can. The carbonation is much more prickly on the tongue in the bottle while the can feels more smooth carbonation. I only drink these from the can/bottle so my look is based on what I see in the sexy bottle. Just a great everyday drinking beer when you want a beer that taste like beer. At $15-18 a case for bottles or cans it’s hits the wallet in the right spot as well.
Sep 26, 2022
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Reviewed by Bluehamms from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev +42.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Took a 18 pack on vacation. Pleasantly surprised. Poured into pint glass. Smooth crisp taste. Lacing on the glass.
Brings me back to a time of easy drinking and stress free times. Price doesn't hurt either
Sep 13, 2022
Rated: 2.95 by SeabN

Aug 26, 2022
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Reviewed by Kevinski from Ohio

2.39/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75
Every six months I purchase a 40 oz. bottle of this beer hoping that maybe my taste buds were having a "bad day" the last time I drank it. I really want to like the High Life but just can't get past the greasy vegetable oil aftertaste finish this beer gives. Maybe its the Galena hops that they use. I tried to find other beers that use these hops but have had no such luck. Molson Coors has retired very drinkable & palate pleasing lagers such as Extra Gold & even Milwaukee's Best Premium. Hamm's and Banquet are the two most enjoyable AAL's that this brewery brews. Not being a "hater" I will buy and drink a 40 of MLH in hopes I will see and taste
something different.
Aug 22, 2022
Rated: 2.76 by Vapory

Aug 20, 2022
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Reviewed by AzfromOz from Australia

2.29/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5
Acquired as part of a trade/proxy with @turkeysdrinkbeer in August 2022.

As with all Miller beers, this one looks gorgeous in the glass. It's a crystal clear yellow with a bright white head and bubbles racing up the middle of the glass. It leaves nice lacing on the way down. This is how my old man's beers looked when I was growing up in the 80s. But as with my old man's beers, once you go from eye to mouth, things start going downhill.

On the nose, there's a corny sweetness. It's not appealing in an age of tropical fruit bombs or rich, roasty stouts. There's no hop presence and in fact very little aroma at all. This won't scare off the beer's intended audience, though.

Taste is a letdown even after the nose. There's a minerally, soda water vibe going on. There's some sweet malt, but it's like the beer is produced with postmix and even then the beer syrup in the packet is on its last legs. There is utterly no hop body. The beer has some bitterness, so there are clearly hops in the beer, but maybe they were only waved in the general direction of the boil, rather than actually inserted.

Feel is ok. The carbonation comes through more strongly than I would have expected and it definitely overshadows what taste there is, so the sensation on the swallow again brings to mind carbonated postmix. I've seen a few reviews that point to the beer's excellent softness and generous mouthfeel, but I just don't get it.

I specifically requested some American macros in the trade/proxy that this beer came in, and I'm glad I did, and I will again. Even living in Australia I'm aware of the iconic nature of this beer and its tagline. I'm also aware that it no longer lives up to what a craft beer drinker wants in a beer, but then nor is it meant to. There's an audience for this beer, and it's not a craft beer drinker, but it is a craft beer collector who wants to experience the full gamut of the world's beers, and I'm very much in that camp. It's near impossible to get it through normal channels and I'm glad I went to the effort to get this one. I've loved receiving, pouring and drinking this beer, even though as far as beer goes, it's pretty ordinary. It'll get marked up a little in the overall mark because ultimately it's my overall experience I'm rating here, and in those terms it didn't disappoint at all.

Aug 19, 2022
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Reviewed by DrOfGolf from Delaware

2.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Poured into a beer mug and it was a really clear light golden color with a thick white head. Could not really smell much of anything in the glass. Decent taste and a good thirst quencher, especially on a day after working in the yard or around the house.
Aug 17, 2022
Rated: 3.43 by Manthon from Pennsylvania

Aug 11, 2022
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Rated by NCSapiens from Indiana

2.67/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5
The marketing of this beer promises a high quality experience but it is swill not much different than the regular Miller.
Aug 11, 2022
Rated: 1.75 by LAM01833 from Massachusetts

Aug 01, 2022
Rated: 2.67 by not2quick from Missouri

Jul 13, 2022
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Reviewed by Caldwan123 from Iowa

3.92/5  rDev +44.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Looks good smell is not offensive but sweet. Taste has a strong malt sweetness . Very distance hop flavor like all the way at the end of the street. Mouth feel is extremely smooth. I have drank like 200ish bottles in order to make the review and it is a great beer for the price been buying it for 12 pack bottles for $6.50
Jun 21, 2022
Rated: 3.64 by Manfrombelmonty from Massachusetts

Jun 16, 2022
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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

3.28/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Poured from a 7oz pony bottle into a rocks glass.

On the pour not a lot of head forms because there is so little liquid and I was a bit too gentle. Over a couple minute the head actually grows from the streams of carbonation rocking up the sides of the glass. Body is a light golden color just a touch darker than straw, leaves light lacing. Good looking beer.

Aroma is grainy with some skunked hops present. This is likely less present in the canned version, but the clear bottles will definitely be skunky. The skunk isn't overwhelming but present and verging on bad. The maltiness of this beer isn't completely covered however. Some corny vibes but it doesn't smell watered down.

Flavor follows the aroma and loses a bit of the skunk amd trades it for a sweet grainy crisp flavor. Some cheapness does come through but miller makes some pretty good cheap beer. The flavor profile is pretty soft and bready with some very very light notes of the hops on the very back end, however they do still provide some bitterness.

Feel is where miller shines the brightest. On the sip isn't feels big while still being refreshing and not too heavy in the stomach. Big carbonation on this one, but it's fine carbonation giving this one decent body.

Overall I think miller makes one of the best American mass market lagers out there, and so far they haven't let me down. Sweet without being too syrupy and bringing the malt flavor that not hoppy beer should have. Refreshing and not too many off flavors like some AALs.
Jun 13, 2022
Rated: 3.4 by Blogjackets from Ohio

Jun 12, 2022
Rated: 4.75 by Wazue from New York

Jun 10, 2022
Rated: 3 by Best_Username from Florida

Jun 09, 2022
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Rated by KuhnDawg from North Carolina

4.87/5  rDev +79%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Miller High Life is my cheap domestic beer I drink while I'm grilling or BBQ meats. It's good, smooth, and cheap.
Jun 08, 2022
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Rated by DangFoo

3.45/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
This is not a bad beer at all. I guarantee in a blind taste test it would pass for a craft beer.
May 24, 2022
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Rated by BigHuggyBear

5/5  rDev +83.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
An American classic. It’s a crisp, clear, and flavorful and finishes smooth every time. My go to American lager.
May 22, 2022
Rated: 4.24 by Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

May 21, 2022
Rated: 2.75 by cold_beer

May 20, 2022
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Reviewed by JimboMontana from Montana

2.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Most all domestic beer seems to be a disappointment nowadays..Most beer drinkers think that it used to be of much better quality. Miller High Life was at one time regarded as a quality beer then became a cheap trash beer of the 80ies and 90ies. Few years back they improved it with newer type shelf stable yeasts and the quality has actually came back and it's not too bad compared to the other domestic beers out there. With that said I still miss the quality that all domestic U S beer used to have and now lacks.The big breweries think beer drinkers are uneducated slobs and will drink anything because they can't tell the difference.
May 18, 2022
Rated: 3.54 by soarinsteven from Illinois

May 17, 2022
Rated: 3.65 by RichardOrmiston from North Carolina

May 05, 2022
Rated: 2.96 by TP2MSU from Michigan

Apr 23, 2022
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