Miller High Life | Miller Brewing Co.

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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 BadBadger
3.04/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This lager is not bad for what it inexpensive beer. This beer tastes better out of a cold long-necked bottle after mowing the lawn, rather than when poured into a pint glass to be savoured. The beer is light-clear-golden. When poured there is a moderate head for a short period. The smell is odd-is that corn? Taste is not at all remarkable, other than some what corny. This lager is ok for a cheap refreshment straight out of the bottle when working in the yard. But is not something I would buy to sit back and enjoy. I recommend par-boiling ribs in this stuff.

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Photo of Beerdemon2731
3.04/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HardyA
3.04/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of CHickman
3.04/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours crystal clear yellow that’s closer to water in color with a nice 2 finger foamy snow white head that faded slowly and left surprisingly good lacing with rings as it went down.

Smells of grains, cornmeal, vegetables, light caramel, a little sweetness and a faint whiff of hops. Pretty earthy nose, typical of an American lager.

Tastes sweet overall, with malt, grains, corn/cornmeal, vegetables, caramel, light brown sugar and faint floral hops. It is what it is, a basic tasting mass produced beer that goes down easy as there’s just enough real beer ingredients mixed in with the corn filler.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with light carbonation, a light body, and a grainy and almost bready sweet finish that ligers with some metallic aftertaste notes. Overall quite average in every way. "The Champagne of Beers"…right on!

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Photo of mpyle
3.04/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not just a bottle, but a 40 oz bottle from the local 7-11. Keeping it classy!

App - Very pale gold color, brilliantly clear. Let it warm up a bit, and it poured a monster head with surprisingly good retention.

Smell - After an initial whiff of sweetness (DMS?) it settles into a slightly earthy, possible hop aroma. Slight hints of sulfur or something similar.

Taste - A clean taste with little flavor initially, but with a hint of sweetness. Some very subtle hop bitterness that lingers into a generally clean finish.

MF - surprisingly low carbonation, and light body. No astringency or warming. Not sure if it gassed out in my pour, but the lack of carbonation hurts the experience for me.

Overall - Not a disagreeably flavored beer for me, but certainly on the bland side. As such, it probably hits the mark for an American Macro Lager.

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Photo of zachlink720
3.04/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of BTFU
3.04/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - A nice gold color, with a slightly creamy head that stuck pretty well as it went down

S - Definitely could tell that corn was the main grain, but it wasn't too pungent or anything bad like that. The smell came more as it warmed up some

T & M - Very crisp throughout the entire beer, and had a nice dry finish that reflects the lightness of the beer & body. The slight sweetness of the corn is noticeable as it sits in your mouth, but doesn't leave any unwanted sweetness sticking around after you swallow.

O - A pretty solid light lager, and definitely one that is a people pleaser at a summer day or evening. Easy to drink, with enough enjoyment along the way

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Photo of Vancer
3.04/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As I picked up a sixer of SN Bigfoot and Boulevard Single Wide, I spotted the big ol' 32oz oil can of da High Life for $.99 Who could resist?

Pours a crystal clear straw yellow, and a decent white head pops up and even lays a bit of lace as I progress down. No aroma - well, just a faint hint of veggied malt. Quaff is pretty smooth, with a subtle taste of malt. No hop of course, but the finish does balance out.

An average macro lager - no standout qualities, for the mass market tastes as it has a decent lager cut to it.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.03/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ST: 12oz can with freshness date on the bottom poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Clear gold with very slow and small bubbles, Miller High Life has a thick marshmallow white head that leaves a streak almost solid line of lacing around the glass and down the glass as it is consumed.

S: Some bread and citrus from hops.

T: The hops barely make an appearance. This beer is dominated by mild corn sweetness, with a slight metallic taste on the finish.

M: Slightly watery with a few instances of creaminess. Dry upfront and towards the finish.

D: Standard ABV and, though not complex, Miller High Life does offer some flavor. I am on a search for a decent (and cheap) light beer I can give to friends who are not into microbrews (and also one that I can drink myself).

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Photo of Sudsy89
3.03/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle, chilled.

Pours a golden color, has a nice four-finger white head, high level of carbonation. I actually find it a pretty beer, looks appealing to me. Aroma is mostly corn, has that "adjunct" smell to it. Taste is corny too, a bit sweet, basically no hops. Has a slight grainy/grassy aftertaste I find common in adjunct lagers. However it is still better than others, since I didn't notice any skunkiness or really unpleasant flavors to it. For what it is, High Life is a decent lager, nothing special but still highly drinkable. (I bought a six-pack for casual beer drinkers, ended up trying some for myself.) It's also quite cheap, and I would much rather buy this over a more expensive foreign beer that I like less (Corona, Heineken, Beck's, etc.)

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.03/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I have been enjoying a lot of the High Life lately. Not sure why either. Probably one of Miller's stronger showings for mass produced beer. The beer is average at best. Best used for after mowing the yard, with hot dogs and chips on a summer afternoon or for giving to your friends who are not beer enthusiasts.

I found it to be very clear with a light yellow color. The light, white head dissipated quickly. It did not have much of a smell to it, but has a surprisingly flavor given the type of beer. I found it very easy to drink.

Certainly, not my beer of choice, but something I will pick up from time to time.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.03/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz can served in a shaker pint glass. Date stamp on can: Dec 05 16 F08071724.

Appearance: Bright pale yellow. 1/4" initial foam slowly died back to a thin skin across the top. Persistent foam sticking to the glass. I hesitate to call it lacing - there is some aspect of lacing to it, but there is also a lot of a foam "smear" sticking to the glass as well.

Smell: Little aroma. A bit of corn and grass.

Taste: Little flavor as well. A bit sweet with corn and a very light bitter finish. Otherwise clean.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation with a crisp and dry finish. Good thickness.

Overall / Drinkability: A nothing special beer. Worked well to wash down a pinto bean burrito, but nothing I would go out of my way for. A mostly boring beer. Not bad, just not very interesting or flavorful.

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Photo of happygnome
3.03/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: golden straw color white head little retention time no lacing
s: straw, corn hard to describe
t: better than mgd, ice cold this is not too bad for a macro
m: medium bodied smooth lots of carbonation

overall this isnt too bad for a macro, i prefer it to mgd, ice cold its drinkable, not sessionable....and its cheap

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Photo of jsbirnba
3.03/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of depechemode1983
3.03/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Color is a typical straw yellow. Head seems to have decent retention. Seems to have a bit of stickiness to it. Leaves some pretty good lacing.

S - Getting some light corn and some light grains. Also a soft lemon scent. Nothing offensive and nothing really remarkable.

T - A tad sweet with lot of corn in the flavor. There is a mild hop bitterness through the middle but quickly fades into nothing.

M - Average macro lager feel. Medium to light bodied with high carbonation. Not bad not good. It is what it is.

O - Another easy drinking macro. I don't understand why people find these so offensive. If anything they are the exact opposite. Bland, low in alcohol and easy to know back and entire six pack. This is one of the better ones in my opinion. And cheaper.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.03/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: In the bottle? Definately no glass needed for this one. Woman on the moon staring me in the face! Clear golden color with a slight head, no retention and no lace.
S: Trying to stick my nose in the bottle allows me to note a slight sweet hop aroma with a grainy maltyness.
T & M: Extra crisp through the mouth with a slight matlyness at the front and back of the mouth. Not many hops present. She's seduced me.
D: A good lawn mower lager. Probably one of the better of the macros. I would say its my bad beer go to. Easy drinking. How can you turn down the champagne of beers? Avoid, unless the woman on the moon is handing you one...

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.03/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Solidly average: not a horrible waste of water, nothing I'll actually use my own money to purchase again.

Familiar clear, fizzy, golden brew. Head is actually rather frothy, and retains decently.

Aroma and flavor are laden with adjuncts, mainly corn. The body isn't terribly thin, better than some of its brethren, and can stand up to food in some sense; I enjoyed it with crackers and a cheese roll, and enchiladas with salsa. Maybe a hint of DMS nast, but while it's cold things stay in check reasonably well.

SABMiller says that craft beer is a passing phase. I didn't purchase this High Life, and I don't intend to purchase any other SAB products. I urge you to urge your friends: don't bother with this dinosaur of a brewing company. They're stuck in the "golden age" of heavily advertised and merchandised, undifferentiated and unquestioned macro swill, and don't deserve a discerning audience's money no matter the situation.

That said, if you're in a pinch, High Life is a decent lawnmower/party beer, and at 5 per cent gives a little more bang for the buck.

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Photo of samyoung
3.03/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

"Ah, the High Life..."

Remember those commercials where the guy is playing pool and making amazing corner pocket shots all the while drinking the High Life?

After picking up a 12-pack for $6.50 at Rite Aid on 14th street, I was ready to sink the 8 ball, corner pocket.

A - Pale yellow
S - Alcohol and corn
T - Apple-y, corn with an underlying bitterness
M - Crisp, clean and bubbly
D - Goes down easy, especially when served ice cold

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Photo of RedChrome
3.03/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light golden color and crystal clear. Half inch white head took a minute or two to fade down. Lots of carbonation can be seen rising. Foam-like lacing left in clumps.

Crisp and grainy aromas. Very typical of most beers in this style, the majority of the scent comes from the adjuncts. Fresh corn is in abundance, and hangs on a few moments in the nose.

Interesting taste of corn with a slightly soapy coating. Very clean, and doesn't hang around. Not much in the way of different flavors to be found, just an all adjunct taste.

Decent viscosity with a light finish. A nice burst of carbonation to help tingle as it passes over the tongue.

Not a bad beer overall. Great to wash down anything from a grill on a hot day. A decent standout against to many lesser choices in style. Not my first choice, but a good go to macro.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.03/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer actually tastes pretty damn good (for the price). It pours a nice golden colour with a fluffy white head and the aromas are of tea, faint hops, citrus, and background malt. The taste is lightly hoppy, refreshing, malty and tangy. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing as hell and the drinkability is excellent as well. I really hate macro beers and I very rarely drink them...but if you are strapped for cash, or just want a good old-fashioned brew...than the high life is for you!


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Photo of CIBoy10
3.03/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

For the price, this is a solid beer. A little over-carbonated and skunky, but what you are paying for is what you get in this instance. It is really not a bad deal.

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Photo of BitteBier
3.03/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light, clear straw color with some carbonation and minimal but clingy head. Smell wasn't particularly strong but likewise wasn't unappealing. Light grains and some sweetness reach the nose. Taste is likewise fine but unremarkable. Crisp at the start with a somewhat clingy mouthfeel. Various flavors (hops, sweet malt, spice) are present, but the edges seem to have been taken off them to make this decidedly mainstream. Decidedly drinkable.

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Photo of nebula1999
3.02/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Rudgers73
3.02/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from a can that was in my fridge for a month or so...

A- Pale yellow with thin head that reduces after a minute. Hmm, left a little lacing.

S- Sweet, corny, light.

T- Thin and sweet. Definite corn taste. Surprisingly it's not really that offensive. Smooth aftertaste that leaves a sweet taste in the mouth.

M- Light and not as thin as something like coors light. Watered down but not enough to really cut the flavor off early.

D- Good for washing down a burger or acting like an idiot showing up to a party with two 30-racks of it. It isn't really the champagne of beers IMO, but if you want to live your trashy side for a night, cheers to ya.

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Photo of carzak
3.02/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Anyone meticulously analyzing the qualities of this beer is almost missing the point.

This is a palate-cleanser beer, and near-perfect swig after a hot day of yard work. It's meant for eating with a greasy burger, a juicy steak and mashed potatoes, or BBQ pork. Its bubbly carbonation and light body cut through all this and leave you refreshed for the next bite. Or renewed for the next outdoor activity. And that's all some beer is supposed to be.

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Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
2.82 out of 5 based on 3,705 ratings.
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