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 Beer_Me_Now_Please
3.5/5  rDev +24.1%

Yes, it is not "good" beer. But it is also extremely cheap, and very drinkable. Make sure it is cold; really cold. This is my beer of choice when I am doing yard work. Better than its competition.

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Photo of dcook11
3.5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer. Certainly not great, but decent.

A- Fairly nice look for an adjunct. Light to medium yellow body with a 2 finger head. High carbonation.

S- Malt, so hops. not a bad smell at all. An odd sweetness that I am not a fan of though.

T_ Tasts like it smells. nothing great, just mediocre. Odd sweetness present again. Cornsyrup?

D- Pretty good drinkability but could lead to a bad hangover becuse of the water quality.

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Photo of gestalt162
3.5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ice cold out of the can, served in a rocks glass...

Appearance: Deep golden color. Snow white head of bubbles of different sizes, sticky lacing, 1 finger head dies down slowly but leaves some patchy head on top. Lace is there, but negligible.

Smell: Faint grain and floral aroma, pronounced smell of cooked corn. Clean nose.

Taste: Strong upfront sweet malt flavor lingers on the tip of your tongue and in the back of your throat. Less sweet grain flavors enter. Hoppiness is low, and the beer is off-balanced toward the sweet side. As the beer warms, beer trades some of its sweetness to produce a dryer malt (a loss of character in my opinion).

Mouthfeel: Thicker than many American Macros, but thin enough to serve as a refresher.

Drinkability: Low alcohol content and simple, yet non-bland flavor make this a session beer. Much better than many American Macro lagers, but doesn't break the mold by any means. Would probably be good with barbecue and Mexican.

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Photo of utah44
3.5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer gives great head and is about as fizzy as any I have drunk, drank, whatever. Not a complex brew and is easy to drink. Reminds me of my misspent youth. And the price has seemed to go up much since then. This is still my first choice among the cheap beers.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The self proclaimed "Champange of Beers" for a mass brewer it may well be! This is my wife's favorite beer( she of no taste buds and no sense of exploration when it comes to food or drink!)

It is a decent, clean brew that must be drunk cold and quick! Abalanced mix of corn,malt,hops equal a neutral taste and aroma. Recommend having it when washing down a Big Mac.

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Photo of Kernell_Sanders
3.51/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hello gents, now granted this beer is by far no craft beer or micro brew, understand that I'm reviewing it based on the beers that are in its class ie: Miller Light, Budweiser, Coors, ect.

This beer has the one of the best tastes out of a large scale brewer that I have tried (topped only by Yuengling). It may not have the best look (very light yellow, like piss) or the best smell (it smells like a slightly sweeter version of Miller Light) but its taste is great for a what it is, which is a cheap American large scale brew. I just bought another 12 pack today for $5.50 USD and I've got to say that's the best d$&% deal your going to find.

It may be cheap, it may look like piss, it may smell like a sweeter version of an inferior beer, but I'll be damned if you can find a cheap beer that can beat the taste and price point. When you're a baller on a budget, this is your beer my friend.

Miller High Life, the champagne of beer!

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Photo of HossMcGraw
3.51/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As far as macrobrews go, this is the best. It's pretty much always got a skunky aroma and flavor, and it's kinda watery, but it's cheap, and anyone with an alcohol tolerance level above that of a 15 year old girls', can drink about a thousand of these and still be functional. IMO, it's the tastiest macro money can buy, and it's always great at parties. If someone offers you one of these, don't start getting all beer snob on their ass and turn it down. I surpised myself when I liked this beer, and if you haven't had it in a while, you better drink it or Hoss McGraw will come give you a much needed ass whoopin'.

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Photo of chilidog
3.51/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow!, I never bought High Life before until I had to pay for some construction help. The price was very good and the beer itself, not bad either!

It pours a clear but golden Color, not a watery gold like the other mac's tend to.
The head was nice, holds up well, you actually have to wait till the beer is ready after the pour. Lace was fair, spotted, and more-so than not.
The aroma was sweet and corn like, not very strong on the nose.
The taste was good. The sweetness of cream corn, hust for just a touch of earth, and a mild malt background. Hops, not so much so, not to be noticed, though if there were some that would help crisp the beer up.
Mouth & drink-- very smooth and easy. The colder the better.

I guess I never bought High life because I didn't care for there adds, though they really don't push this beer that often.
I always picture Kirt Russel with Goldie H. in Overboard "I think".

What made me notice High Life again, was the fact they brought back "The Girl On The Moon". Retro....Timeless...Thats High Life!
I'll be buying somemore, Cheers!

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Photo of sabinelr
3.51/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got tired of smelling aluminum when I drink cheap beer, so I began pouring it into my 20 oz IKEA glass. Tried Rainier first, but it seemed to leave a headache, so I paid about 70 cents more for a six pack of 16 oz. cans and poured away. I was impressed by the persistent head, and began to drink. I found it rather soft and vaugely sweet, although you can detect hops and barley there. It is appropriately yellow, so unless they used food coloring it must be real beer. The taste was smooth, and the aftertaste was somewhere between acceptable and undetectable. Active ingredient being 5%, the buzz from 16 oz. is just about right for a quiet sunny day out in the yard. You could probably drink this all day and then run out in your front yard naked waving a shotgun and still wake up the next day feeling fine and ready for another session. Next time I am feeling flush with cash, I will try Budweiser, which is about $2 more than Rainier for 16-oz. 6-packs.

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Photo of Wolfee02
3.52/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First off I have to say how truly underrated this beer is right along with Pabst Blue Ribbon. These two beers are nice refreshing lagers at an honest price. And for macro brews they really do not disappoint. I picked up a 12 pack for 6.99, what an honest price and a beer that is worth trying!
The appearance is that typical of a macro brew lager gold or bright yellow. As soon as I open this up either out of a bottle or can it foams to the top like a bottle of campaign, Hence "The Campaign of beers". It also has a decent head on it, more than other american adjuncts.
It smells like sweet malts and barley and sugar, kind of skunky (which is nice)
It tastes smooth with a nice, refreshing and sweet aftertaste. It is extremely smooth and nice to have after a long day.
This will always be my "go to" beer along with PBR. I enjoy Euro Pale Lagers, Micro Brews and craft beers but you can never go wrong with the "High Life"!

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Photo of riverlen
3.52/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The champagne of beers, I'm old enough to remember when High Life was the champagne of BOTTLED beers.

While I'm usually a craft drinker and primarily an import drinker before craft, sometimes I want a lighter tasting. lower abv beer, especially on a hot summer day after doing some yard work. High Life is my go to for that. The better version comes from the can, not the clear bottle. It pours a nice golden yellow with a decent head that lingers for a couple of minutes, nice lacing. It's somewhat sweet to the taste. There is nothing offensive at all going on with the aroma, taste or mouthfeel, no off notes. Nothing exciting going on either but it is a very drinkable brew for the type of beer it is.

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Photo of dabone
3.53/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can. Golden and clear with good head. Cereal grain aroma, not much hop in the nose. Taste is good, good blend of hop and grain, not overly sweet. Good texture. Not a bad beer

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Photo of Spikester
3.53/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From a 16 ounce camoflage can.
Pours pale gold with a small white head. The head ring lasts all the way to the bottom of the glass. Good amount of lacing in the top half of the glass.
Smells corny with just a trace of hops. Slightly too sweet malts with a fair amount of hops. Dry finish. Mouthfeel is average for the style. Drinkability is very good. I try to avoid the clear glass bottles to avoid light-struck beer. So cans it will be. A few more hops or fewer malts and it would be a decent Pils.
Update: 8/22/2014. Appearance is at least a 4.5. Huge white head and plentiful lacings. Smell is malty with just a touch of corn grits. It has a fair hop bitterness. At least as good as PBR. Slightly too sweet but not bad. Mouthfeel is good, slick, and refreshing. Slight bitterness in the finish.
Update: 10/15/2014.
Huge fluffy white five minute head and copious lacing.
Smell is malty grains with a touch of corn.
Taste is smooth malts some corn sweetness and a bit of herbal or grassy hops in the finish.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with strong carbonation.
Finish is lightly sweet with some hop bitterness on the back of the tongue.
Overall a very good AAL. Good job Miller!

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Photo of ppoitras
3.53/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can that appeared in my cooler when visiting the in-laws. Red, white & blue 4th of July motif can.

Poured into a glass mug, formed a 1" bright white head over the clear light yellow brew. Airy head collapses slowly, with average lacing. Aroma is bready, slightly floral.

Taste starts lightly sweet, bitterness and some saccharin in the middle, clean finish. Mouthfeel is smooth yet thin, and drinkability is good if this is what you're looking for. Since you bought it, one would think you know what to expect.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.53/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've always had a fondness for this beer more than the other macro-brews. History plays the part in that my father liked it, it was the first brewery I saw and it's a great session beer of my youth. There is a smoothness about it that I like and makes it easy to drink when I'm hot and thirsty. Adjuncts can be detected, but aren't overpowering (as long as it is comsumed cold). As with others, for the style it is, it is a fine example.

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Photo of LaymanReviews
3.53/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love this beer. Tastes crisp and refreshing especially when served cold and drank out of a bottle. This beer is a great value for the price ($16 w/o tax for 24 bottles) and it a beer I can drink all day while doing yard work, watching sports, or grilling out. Goes pretty well with any meat. The only thing that will ruin this beer is the fact that the warmer it gets, the worse it starts to taste.

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Photo of dcotom
3.54/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 24-ounce can into a pilsner glass. Second pour. The first pour was into a rocks glass to sample, which yielded a funky aroma. When poured into the pilsner glass, however, the aroma brightened up considerably. A little bit of funk, with more maltiness on the nose. Reminiscent of a wheat beer, possibly because of the adjuncts in the grain bill. Appearance was surprisingly nice, a golden yellow with lots of carbonation and a substantial white head that left quite a bit of lacing on the glass. Taste was nothing special and the mouthfeel was rather thin, but this one offered considerably more depth of flavor than many (most?) AAL's out there. A little bitterness on the tail end to finish this off. Pleasantly surprised by this one. Refreshing, cheap, and a good food beer. Worth revisiting if you haven't checked it out in a while.

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Photo of Pluffmud
3.55/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Haters gonna hate, but in my humble opinion, this is the only mass produced American beer worth drinking. I wouldn't pair it with food, and in fact, I wouldn't want to be stuck drinking this except on special occasions. Those occasions are this: when you are really hot and just finished mowing the grass. When you go to the beach with a couple of friends and light a bonfire. And on those occasions, trust me, it's a winner. Feel free to ban me from ever writing another review now...

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Photo of drinksandeats
3.55/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

To celebrate the first forty games of this year's NCAA tournament, I decided to indulge in a forty ounce bottle of Miller High Life. The bottle fits nicely in the hand, although the famous cowgirl sitting on the moon was absent from the label.

I opened the top and was hit with a very grainy smell. The beer poured without much head, and what little foam there was quickly evaporated. Tiny bubbles rose through the clear, sickly yellow liquid.

The beer has an almost cloyingly sweet taste, although not as sweet as some other macrobrews. There was absolute no hint of hops, fruity esters, or flavors other than lightly toasted bread. I usually don't drink beer cold, but I did with this one; I'm not sure I could have lost any taste or aromas. The mouthfeel was the same as distilled water.

I've often gone to Miller High Life when quantity of beer was more imperative than quality, although the price is slightly higher than Schlitz Ice, Black Label, or other non-BMC macrobrews. Although not the finest beer in the world, the "Champagne of Beers" comes through once again as a solid macrobrew.

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Photo of jwc215
3.55/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured pale yellow with a steady stream of small-bubbled carbonation that created a nice white head that thinned to about half the size after a minute or so and left rings of lacing.
The smell was fresh and clean. Some corn was noticeable.
The taste was a bit thin, but not from being too watery. It was malty - sweet corn was predominant. A slight touch of hops was present far in the background.
The feel was bubbly, refreshing and slighlty sweet.
This is a very smooth beer. Its smoothness comes more from the taste and the feel rather than the water, as is the case with most American macros. It has a decent taste that holds on for awhile, making this much better than most others of its style. In fact, this is a better summer thirst quencher than most craft summer brews I've had. And, it is very inexpensive. Considering the price and style, this is not bad at all - a good one to bring a six-pack of when going to the pool or the beach.

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Photo of BlackCell89
3.55/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the first beer I ever drank with my dad. I remember sitting on the river bank catching trout all day, and drinking this golden beauty while grilling steaks that night. If this brew is still around when my son comes of age, it will by his first drink with his dad too.

Other than the nestalgic priciple of it, this is my go to cheap beer. To tired from a hard day of work to grab a glass and pour? Simply grab a piece of the High Life. Now excuse me while I crack one open and relax :D

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Photo of Jason
3.56/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz clear twist-off bottle with no freshness date found.

A- Great head retention, I was quite surprised and impressed at the same time. Good clinging action and the pale yellow golden hue donned a perfect clarity.

S- Sharp cooked corn aroma, mild grain husk as well. Clean other than that.

T&M- Solid crispness in a light body. Grainy with a hay like character, mild hop bitterness and a faintness of corn in the back. Clean on the palate with a grand smoothness that make you want to take another sip.

D- Easy to drink with mild flavors and a good wash of crispness. A tasty American Lager. Went excellent with the lamb and steak tips I grilled.

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Photo of Ilovesuds
3.56/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dad's beer. Classic clear bottle. Great label. Not much nose. "Beery" taste. Clean. Probably the best mouthfeel among all American adjuncts. Sudsy. Good old fashioned beer. I like it. It reminds me of how things were in the 60's. I would keep a few bottles in the fridge at all times.

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Photo of FBarber
3.56/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear watery gold with a thick frothy white head that quickly dissipates leaving lots of sticky white lacing along the glass with a thin white film along the top.

Smell has aromas of grain, belgian yeast, lemon and malts. Actually pretty good smelling.

Taste is full of lots of grains, corn, some undertones of lemon. Pretty watery and bland overall.

Feel is thin and light, full carbonation gives it a nice crisp mouthfeel that helps counterbalance the watery flavors/mouthfeel.

Overall, this is actually a very quaffable AAL, with an above average smell, and decent flavor. Yea, its an AAL, but its actually a good one.

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Photo of Hovellord
3.56/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Straight from a 40.

High Life is what it is. Unlike many American macros, the ole Chanpagne of Beers has a taste, albeit very sweet and corny. The smell is of corn and the appearance of highly sedimented urine. Mouthfeel is thin with a refreshing soda-like hit of carbonation. Drinkability is first rate, no complexity here. Miller is my American macro, and, in truth, I'd just as soon have it as many of the craft lagers I have tried. At two bucks a 40, and when you just want a beer, Miller is first rate. I may, however, be biased: it was the very first beer I ever tasted.

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Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
2.82 out of 5 based on 3,683 ratings.
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