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 pharmer
3.06/5  rDev +8.5%
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 +8.5%
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 +8.5%
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 +8.5%
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 +8.5%
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 +8.5%
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 +8.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bf_89
3.06/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DESTRO
3.05/5  rDev +8.2%
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 +8.2%
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 +8.2%
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 +8.2%
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 +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of WakeandBake
3.05/5  rDev +8.2%
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 +8.2%
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 +8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jgiordano88
3.05/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Gemini6
3.05/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of BeerAngel
3.05/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an ultra-clear pale straw color with a snow-white fluffy head. The head retention is actually amazing for a macro. The smell of sweet corn adjuncts and a black pepper aroma in the background smell decent for what it is. The taste is a very mild earthy grain with again, some corn adjuncts and almost a hint of hops. Most all of the bite is from the carbonation. It is a thin bodied beer and drinkability is fairly high, especially in the Texas heat. I still prefer PBR over this, but this beer is not bad, it's just rather bland and boring. Cheers!

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Photo of tominator
3.05/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I have drank more Miller High Life than any other beer throughout my life. Despite its low quality, in my mind it will always be a good beer.
I extracted a cold can from the fridge and poured the brew into a standard American pint glass. It was a golden yellow with a chalk white head that glowed in the light, I added a tad bit more head than normal. Be careful with the beer's temperature, if you are walking around with a couple in your pocket they will heat up and your head will get out of control. I like to hide them behind the frozen pizzas in the freezer at house parties(SHHHH!).
It smells like the end of the work week. You get a hint of hops. There isn't a great aroma that you would get in a "good beer". It smells a lot like MGD, there is a small hit of malt. Overall, the smell is pleasurable to the nostrils.
After a big gulp full, I was initially hit with the hops and the smooth creamy head. Then I experienced a void of taste that reminded me how watered down it was. High Life is essentially a watered and priced down version of MGD. You also get some nice bubbles mixed in there, its almost like an over carbonated soda, but unlike soda it's good. It goes down smooth. A very easy beer to drink yourself silly with. Don't drive while your drinking, High Life will be your ride away from sobriety.
High Life drinkers are a band of brothers. Every time a pair of High Life drinkers cross paths at a party, there is a high five or a hand shake. Its unique, because its a getting drunk beer that is filled with class as well as alcohol(4.6ABV). I'm going to go out and have some more, tomorrow morning will be painful.

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Photo of HockeytownBrew
3.05/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pale straw yellow. Two finger width head that actually lingers for a bit. Minimal lacing.

S: Grainy malt along with the usual adjunct lager corny smell. Faint scents of citrus as well.

T: Grainy along with subtle citrus (mostly lemony) notes.

M: Light to medium bodied with plenty of carbonation and a smooth finish.

D: Drinkability is a high point. Very nice.

Passing grade for the High Life.

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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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Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
2.82 out of 5 based on 3,748 ratings.
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