Miller High Life | Miller Brewing Co.

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Miller High LifeMiller High Life
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-20-2000

BEER STATS
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1,120
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3,626
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2.81
pDev:
49.82%
 
 
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Photo of Squire123
3.45/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This stuff is cheap but I like it enough to pay more.

For a garden variety AAL this one is outstanding. Leader of the pack, top 'o the heap sort of thing.

The word bright comes to mind and not just in association with the Champagne of Beer tag line. This one meets and passes the test. It actually is more flavorful to me than many pilsners styles and managed to achieve this feat with a very crisp, clean finish that is refreshing and leaves no aftertaste. Probably their proprietary hopping but however done it works,

Recommended even when it isn't on sale.

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Photo of jlmjl
3.46/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am going to start all my reviews with an original category : How the bottle looks and how the bottle is marketed.

I love the look of the product, its a classic look in its clear glass bottle with the retro label. It brings back memories of drinking multiple Millers up in the Poconos in the returnable bottles

A - Looks great, light appearance

S - Not much of a nose to this beer, but no mistake what your drinking when you put your nose to the bottle (or can)

T- Wonderful !! Very crisp, but still has some body to the beer in comparison to it's competition (Bud nonsense etc)

M- Very WET, refreshing

D- Clearly a session brew.

I will always grab a Miller HIGH LIFE when they are around - One condition - They must be very cold

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Photo of jngle24
3.46/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful color, smell, well it smells like beer, kind of reminds me of the smell of the red white and blue my dad used to drink. The best thing about this beer is its drinkability. You can easily mow through 6-10 beers without even realizing it. I will definitly drink it again.

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Photo of budgood1
3.46/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

first of all it pours the best head of any american mass produced lager and it sticks the whole way down...it has body, character and aroma. an aquired taste...but those older and wiser than I have converted me to the High Life. i'm hooked. $13 a 30pack here in the northland makes it the absolute biggest bang for your beer buck too. an iced tea characteristic makes it oh-so poundable in the summer time too. some people hate it, others love it. decide for yourself.

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Photo of moosiz
3.46/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I drank this beer straight from the bottle, just as god intended it. It looks like golden water, no definitive characteristic just yellow/gold water with moderate to high carbonation.

The smell? Well what can I say, after you take back a bunch of bottles that have been sitting around for a while just before you sanitize your paws take a wiff.

This beer tastes to me like a fresh cut lawn very grassy wheat taste but watered down. call me crazy I kind of like it.

there is no aftertaste. Slight film left on the palate, maybe copper.

You could drink this beer all night long. Perfect for weddings, graduation parties, or a short budget $4.89 a sixer.

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A- Picked up a 12 pack of this while in Montana, as I like MGD, so thought I'd give this a try. The bottles are clear, which I don't necessarily like so much but oh well....old school look to the bottle anyways. Color is a shade better than straw, is very clear and there's lots of champagne like bubbles rising...probably why it's called the champagne of beers....typical of a macro lager however. The head actually sticks around for awhile, settling to a thin-ish layer over the liquied. Lacing is excellent, with lots of sticky, albeit stringy looking foam collecting along the glass...this does get much better as the drink winds down in the glass...more of a foamy film. Probably the best looking macro lager I've come across so far!

S- This area always seems to need work as far as Miller is concerned. The aromas are of general cooked corn, modest malt, and dry raw barley kernels. The finish contains some mild synthetic smelling hops. It's nothing to write home about, that's for sure!

T- If I have to compare this to anything, this is a rawer version of what MGD is....which is good IMO. The malt is there, if not a little bit cloying in the sweetness. The adjuncty corn really comes through towards the finish, along with some biscuit qualities. The actual finish has some well hidden, but noticeable nonetheless, hop bitterness. The overall flavor is decent for a macro!

M- This is a clean and crisp lager, yet still retains a mellow smoothness that makes this feel more medium bodied than thin. Seems to look the part as well, body wise.

D- What do I feel this beer is? It's a better version of MGD, IMO. The flavor is a little more prominent and it is very easy drinking...I wish this was in Canada....I would love to enjoy this all evening or at the pub! Great for beginner beer drinker but also great for a discerning BA that wants something cheap, yet flavorful.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Medium gold in color with a prominent soap lather white head that fades fairly quickly, decent broken lace.

Aroma: Slightly spicy, herbal aroma with a mild metallic quality.

Taste: Flavor opens with a hint of light malt sweetness, this soon turns slightly tart. Metallic hop bitterness dominates the latter part of the taste and lingers on well past the dry finish.

Mouth feel: Abundant carbonation adds a slight sting, otherwise a decently full body.

Drinkability/notes: Perhaps the best of the cheap nationals and far better than Natural Light. This was the first beer I ever tried and was my Dad's favorite.

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Photo of legatovibrato24
3.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

After having tried many other miller products, such as lite, MGD and MGD 64, I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I had tried it at a friendly gathering several years ago, but generally paid it no mind as in my younger days I drank beer not for its aroma and flavor qualities.

Sure the color is typical macro brew america, straw yellow with plenty of fizz when you pop the top, however with the first sip, the beer reveals itself as one you can actually taste. There are distinguishable hops and malt characteristics, quite unusual for a beer in its price range (9.85 for an 18 pack bottles).

This is a solid beer to enjoy on those hot summer evenings as you are sitting on your porch/balcony watching the lightning from a distance, while eating a hearty tomato based BBQ sandwich.

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Photo of ngandhi
3.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grainy and phenolic notes that are, believe it or not, reminiscent of some Belgian tripels. Though clean and filtered down to nothing, the nose is enticing with yeast -- a true riddle since it has none left in it and the original yeast should be a bland lager strain. This has a lot of character -- not just for macro lagers, but for beer in general.

Relax, relax.
ng

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Photo of MattyG85
3.48/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16 oz. can into Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Golden yellow with a lot of bubbles and a nice sized white head with good retention. Decent lacing.

Smell: Grainy with sweet corn and a hint of earthy hops in the background.

Taste: Sweet grain and corn followed by a hint of citrus. Also a hint of hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Very crisp.

Overall: A decent lager for an adjunct and probably the best BMC product out there.

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Photo of BeerZack
3.48/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hint of corn and almost some malt on the slightly sweet, yet subtle nose. The flavor is pretty much the same – slightly sweet hint of malt, maybe a bit of corn and little generic sugary flavor. The carbonation comes to wash away the flavor almost as soon as I can start to taste it. There is a bit of a metallic (not quite hoppy) aftertaste, but it's not harsh.

I think overall this is definitely a serviceable brew for the category. I don't think it's as “clean” (or perhaps 'flavorless') as Bud though, it has more character. The lingering corn and metallic flavor almost simulate real beer flavors, almost.

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Photo of Lupe
3.48/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Easy to drink, crisp and refreshing. Perfect on a hot summers day. Not complex in anyway but it accomplishes what it set out to do. An excellent cheap beer.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.48/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a good amount of foamy white head.

The scent is of light grains and corn.

The taste consists of pretty much the same, some sweet corn, grains, with some light hops.

Light bodied, crisp and smooth, high carbonation.

Very drinkable, though not interesting, but what American lagers are.

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Photo of brown2cu
3.48/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very mellow straw colored brew with a frothy head that was present the whole time.

S: Nothing exceptional. a good hint of malt sweetness as well as some roasted corn once it warmed up a bit.

T: Not the typical adjunt lager. It can warm up without becoming metallic tasting or flat. I did not detect any hop presence which would have made this beer formidable.

MF: Decent body on it. Nice and crisp a good amount of carbonation is present. Nothing unique but nothing undesirable.

D: Easily drinkable. A nice change of pace over other party beers

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Photo of yupitsmeadam
3.48/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

this beer is based on the style it is classified in... nothing special but it's a good beer for a night out with the guys. not so sure it's the champagne of beers but for my money, i'd buy it again. has a musky taste to it that isn't overpowering. you can definately suck down quite a few of these. the one(s) i had were in tall-boy cans....can't get any better than that.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.48/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A can poured into a glass at a party.

A- Kinda looks like champagne I guess. Out of the can it looks like colored water with a pale gold/yellow liquid. 1 & 1/2 inch frothy semi loose vanilla white head. Good stick that expands off the glass.

S- A pleasent macro smell, expecting corn i'm met with light pale malt. There is some corn here though. No hop presense even though it's in there somewhere. I pick up some sweet sugar. Not much to smell but this does not make me cringe.

T- Some earthiness in here surprisingly. A malt forward quaff, but it's not in OE territory. The malt gives off light toasted bread. The hops dont come forward, rather they just work well with the other ingredients giving off a pleasent taste.

M- Not bitter at all and slightly sweet towards the finish. Two steps above light bodied with a good amount of carb felt under the tounge. This is better cold, looses it's appeal as it warms. Goes down smooth, not rough at all.

D- I always seem to enjoy macro's a bit more out of a can vs a bottle. I drank three cans of this easily without a hitch, and it was just what I needed on this hot summer day. I've had this out of a bottle and could not finish it, so there is that.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.48/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Yep, she's yellow. one finger head... At best. The head does hold and is quite foamy... Lacing looks foamy too... Above average for style.

S - Yep, has no good redeeming scents... Can't give points here. Smells "American".

T - YUM, sugary, American, thick, rich, and refreshing. One of the best BMC brews...

M - She's definitely over carbonated, but most "typical" BMC drinkers would reject this if it were any less... Very thick for a BMC/Lager. Easy Drinker.

For the price you cannot beat this brew... Very refreshing and always brings be back to my college days. Recommended, one of the classiest brews you can find, the Champagne of Beers.

Happy 50th to me!

Cheers!

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Photo of BradMacMullin
3.48/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

I can't believe I never rated this. Alright, this is the low brow class of beers, but I tend to make this my 'go-to' water beer. However I do enjoy the maltiness and carbonation of this beer. There is a consistency for this beer that makes me think it is very good value for the money. Now am I a sucker for the marketing and schtick of the 'champagne' ads? Oh hell yeah. I like it a lot, but also think this is a good beer, that shouldn't be the ugly sister of their Bud Lite and Coors Lite competition.

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Photo of Todd
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%
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 illpass78
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear yellow with a surprisingly short white head that is gone swiftly. Lacing also less than I expected. Looks like cheap beer, which it is, as you have probably been aware for some time. (Mostly un-related footnote: this beer has one of my favorite bottle designs; classic and instantly recognizable).

Smell: Smells of cooked corn, some grass, and grain. The nose is faint and reasonably clean. It's not like Budweiser where it smells like rice cooker water.

Taste: High Life has that clean, easy American lager taste. It's mostly just inoffensive and pleasantly cold (as this is the kind of beer you have to serve at sub-Arctic temperature or you're going to regret it). There's a little corn, a tiny bit of floral hops. It's simple and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Nice and thin and easy.

Overall: American adjunct pale lagers need to be reviewed in their own terms, similar to the way the great Roger Ebert (RIP) used to review B-movies. If you compare this beer to a Belgian lambic or a graduate-degree level IPA, you're basically comparing Evil Dead to a Polanski film or something. They don't serve the same purpose, nor should they be judged by the same measuring stick. Now that those cards are on the table, I drank this High Life with hot dogs and watermelon while watching baseball. Perfect afternoon. It's not my favorite American budget lager - I'd certainly take 'Gansett or Pabst over this - but it's certainly better than Budweiser, and it's better than a poorly executed complex beer.

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Photo of CS1971
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Miller High Life is about the same as any other American lager. To me they are all about the same. I bought a case of it to just try to save some money, and though it's not terrible, there is nothing unique or special about it. I will probably buy Yuengling if I am looking for a cheaper Lager, or even Schlitz, both have more of an interesting flavor than this beer. About the same as Bud, Coors, or any other Miller offering if you ask me, but good on a hot day, and cheap if you are pinching pennies.

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Photo of 31Sam13
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have enjoyed this for too long, as in it was frequently stolen from my dad. I think that it is very refreshing, has a cool look to the bottle and is carbonated well enough so it doesn't seem to go skunky and flat as many others in it's class do. I have outgrown it, but will take one without hesitating if you hand it to me, unless there are roofiies in it or LSD or urine. Anything else is cool..

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Photo of ruckus232
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have always liked Miller High Life. It is pretty refreshing and crisp but not completely tasteless. It is nothing special but pretty good for an adjunct lager.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Darker than straw by a thin margin. Decent head on it.
S- Smell is rather clean, but corn and some faint malt.
T- EVer so slightly malty, with a corn foundation. Just a shade of metallic hops. Still, a bit less corn-dimensional than most adjuncts.
M- Heavier than most adjuncts with smooth and lively carbonation.
D- For an adjunct, this is a decent beer. also, their commercials are humorous.

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Photo of morayeel
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a favorit summer beer. When its hot out side and your gutting the grass there is nothing like a nice cold high life to quench your thirst.

Nice yellow color

No After taste

Drinkability Great

This is a beer that is best for Sunday football games

GO REDSKINS!!!

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Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
2.81 out of 5 based on 3,626 ratings.
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