Miller High Life | Miller Brewing Co.

Miller High LifeMiller High Life
3,761 Ratings
Miller High LifeMiller High Life

Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-20-2000

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.07/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on vacation--- recorded notes into my iphone and I am typing them up now. Central MO isn't known for its craft beer selection-- had a shit beer showdown one night...

Real real real pale yellow. Pale straw colored gold. Half finger white head is loose and lazy looking. No lacing whatsoever.
Smells of steamed white rice with a hint of alcohol. Maybe a little hint of corn. Nothing really going on with the nose or taste.
The best thing we got going on here is the carbonation. The bubbles abound. This literally is champagne like in its carbonation.

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Photo of 86MonteSS
3.07/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The way I see it, Miller High Life has several things going for it. First of all, there's the commercials. Easily the best commercial series I've ever seen, these spots depicted the "High Life man" as a conservative suburbanite, transplanted from the 1960's into a day where pansies and nancy-boys occupy the neighborhood. Normally I wouldn't judge a beer based on it's commercial appeal, but this is Miller... who gives a shit.

Then there's the price. $10/30 pack for a beer that dances circles around Keystone and Busch.

Finally, there's the taste, which supercedes that of the vast majority of mass-produced beers out there. Add to this a lager-swilling chick sitting atop the crescent moon and voila, you're living the high life.

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Photo of MusicmanSD
3.07/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Hittin' the low life. Miller High life is a confusing beer to me. It isn't stale and doesn't taste like it was sitting in a wherehouse for a year like MGD, but has the very corny taste of a Miller Lite. Confusing brewery. Anyways, nothing is yellowier in appearance, nothing! Although the bottle is classic, which is what you want to drink this out of. The smell is of very faint corn making it hardly offensive, but not impressive nonetheless. The taste is actually damn good considering its price for a 12 pack and its availability. Better than most other swill in the same category sans PBR. The moutfeel is watery like a Mexican beer, but has a stickiness to it that makes it seem heavy. The drinkability is the absolute high point of this beer. Very refreshing and you can down these like water, which is exactly what they are good for...about as average as average can get.

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Photo of mickeymac
3.07/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've got to come clean. This is my favorite American macro. It doesn't have any patently offensive odor or flavor. In fact, it actually has a bit of real beer taste. It goes down like water, like an American "Premium" Lager should. And that lady in the red dress sitting on the crescent moon looks kind of cool.

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Photo of dissectional19
3.07/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've always stayed away from this beer because it was a dollar out the door beer...but for 8 bucks a 12 pk can be well worth it for a mate on a budget.
I think this beer can be enjoyable if you have a thirst to get drunk.or not depends on ones taste. but im glad i picked up this 12 pk, nice bottle, clean taste..little after taste and easy drink ability.

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Photo of curtisjoseph
3.07/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of chinchill
3.06/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz clear bottle. Pale golden body with excellent clarity.
Medium - high carbonation.
Clean mild aroma and flavor. Malt forward flavor with more hops in the aroma.

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Photo of pharmer
3.06/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served on-tap on in a classic pint glass. Had a decent head and surprisingly maintained its head(at least to some extent) throughout the course of consumption. Lacing is evident. The beer is a bright yellow and completely clear.

S- Smells of corn and not much else

T- Some mild hop bitterness-corn adjunct as well

M- Light bodied and highly carbonated beer. Quite pleasing in the mouth however.

D- I have always enjoyed drinking this beer, and would consider it to be a good choice if looking for an economical beer.

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Photo of Sensaray
3.06/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Before I got into different types of beer this is pretty much what I drank. Pours golden, as you can see through the clear bottle. White froth head. Fairly good amount of carbonation. Not much to taste. I guess sometimes you could taste an apple sorta taste, but not much taste wise, just tastes like generic beer to me. Something if I was to drink a lot, I'll get this. Very drinkable. It's not bad at all.

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Photo of callmeclemens
3.06/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a terrible Color miller made this beer, though in reality, its much better than it looks. Usually i'm not going to say much in the favor of a BMC beer, however this isnt so bad. this beer tastes like slighy grains a very bland hint of hop and water. however all these flavors are much more dominant in MHL then they are in any of the other Macro Lagers that I can by a sixer for under 5 dollars.

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Photo of bluemoundshines
3.06/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Out of all the big Miller label brands I like High life the best. But no beer belongs in clear bottle and the last few sips of a can of this beer always taste like a rubber tire.

Like many big American brands the recipe has been altered and cheapened. For me a beer tastes cheap when it has lousy small and aftertaste, High life is ok, but nothing to right home about.

I remember drinking it twenty years ago, it was a better beer, not the same recipe as they cheapened it, to put it in a lower price category.

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Photo of TheTromboner
3.06/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Miller High Life is one of my go to beers for a cheap, enjoyable drink. It's always a solid drink, even if it's nothing special at all.

Serving Type: 40oz bottles are my usual, I'll pick up one for $2 and start my night off right.

Appearance: It's a rather lovely golden color, even if it's a little thin looking sometimes. It's really a nice color, though, and it lets you know that you're in for a nice drink. No real head or lace to speak of, but that's to be expected.

Smell: There's not a very distinct aroma to High Life. Not hoppy smelling, a hint of corn, not much else.

Taste: I'll admit, I like the easy drinkability of High Life so much that I'm willing to go a bit on the higher scoring taste side. It's an endlessly drinkable, well-carbonated drink. Smooth and enjoyable, no huge distinct flavor apart from a bit of sweetness (corn?).

Mouthfeel: Think and indistinct. Nothing big to report, just gulp it down and enjoy the smooth.

Overall: This is a great go-to beer, especially considering the price. Under $20 for a 30 rack, $2 for a 40oz, and a solid, enjoyable drink every time? I don't only go to High Life because it's cheap, though. I really do enjoy drinking this beer. Anyone looking for a nice, solid everyday drinkable beer will enjoy High Life, and chances are, they probably already do.

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Photo of mnrider
3.06/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can. Freshness date on bottom. the "Champagne of Beers"

A: Pours a clear light golden yellow. Large bone white head appears. Good retention with excellent lacing and plenty of carbonation.

S: Sweet with some corn and other insignificant grains.

T/M: Crisp and light bodied yet smooth at the same time. A hint of hop bitterness comes in but more of a carbonation bite than anything. Sweetness from the corny grains. The beer is watery but not in a horrible way. The finish is pretty clean on the sweet side.

O: One of the better American Adjuncts around IMO. Drink cold and drink many.


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Photo of Wasted_Youth
3.06/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bf_89
3.06/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DESTRO
3.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this stuff is so cheap, how can you not snatch it up every now and then? it glugs out golden and fizzy with a wack excuse for a head. smells corny, a bit sweet, but it dosnt put one off. pleasant in the mouth, lightly sweet, pretty clean, some corn. it has that cheap american lager taste, but it does it alot better than most cheap american lager. crisp in the mouth, quenching and goes great with junk food. i keep it handy.

$3.99 for a six pack huzza!

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Photo of yEaRiGhTissiK
3.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Miller High Life is a classic American Lager that has been around for a long time. It's more of a working-class beer, but it can compete with other American Lagers.

Appearance - pours dramatically into the glass with a thick white head. When opening the bottle, the head fizzes right to the top. Very appealing to the eye while in the glass with the infamous head.

Smell - Corn, grain, and maybe a slight bit of hops, but it's overruled by corn. Not the greatest smelling American lager.

Taste - The taste is predominately corny with a slight floral hop accent in the background. It's not my favorite by any means, but it is definitely good and drinkable; especially for the $.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is one of the best parts about High Life. It is nice and fizzy and has a great smooth yet bubbly mouthfeel, one that can't be compared to many others.

Overall - High Life gets a 3 for okay. It's not my favorite American Lager, but I can definitely drink the hell out of it. The taste isn't my favorite, but the appearance and mouth on it kind of even it out for me. This is a working class beer for working class Americans and it is a damn decent product.

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Photo of beerguzlor
3.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is my old standby when I'm short on cash, out of all the beers on the lower price tier this is by far my favorite. Straight from the bottle, smells like corn and husk, a hint of wheat. Appearance is typical macro yellow. The taste is pretty sweet, some corn and grain. Drinkability is high, it glides down the throat with exceptional ease. If you are short on cash, go for it.

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Photo of rjplumer
3.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've found this to be a very drinkable macro pale lager. Nothing really special going on here. What you see is what you get. Nothing really bad about it but nothing great though. Leaves little after taste. Has a slight corny taste. It is a pale yellow with a touch of orange. It is quite bubbly and pleasant on the tongue. I'd pick this one over most other pale lagers.

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Photo of meanmutt
3.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of WakeandBake
3.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A light golden Pale Lager Macro,lots of fizz,faint malt,and hop aromas and flavors, but I can get this on the cheep, I like it better that Bud and the same as Coors bit it's cheeper. I have this on had a lot in the summer for some binge drinking and an after work thirst quencher.Drinkable

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Photo of WesWes
3.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a light pale malt and adjunct scent that is a bit dry and musty. It has a light hop aroma. The taste is average as well. It has a dry and grainy pale malt and adjunct flavor that goes down easy and finishes slightly sweet and musty. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a decent adjunct lager. I never really gave it much of a chance before and I'm sure I won't be giving it much of a chance in the future.

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Photo of Yeldarb92
3.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jgiordano88
3.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Gemini6
3.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 2.69 out of 5 with 3,761 ratings
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