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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

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Photo of drinksandeats
3.55/5  rDev +26.3%
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 +26.3%
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 +26.3%
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 +26.7%
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 +26.7%
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 +26.7%
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 +26.7%
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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Photo of ahommell
3.56/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best of the cheap beers. By far.

A: No need to pour this beauty. Just look at that clear bottle full of cold refreshing goodness. Honestly... you can see why it has the moniker it does.

S: Smells watery, but how cheap beer always smells. crisp.

T: Watery. Can taste very light hops. Clean. Crisp. Sometimes if you squint real hard, you can almost get an apple taste to it. Great for hot day.

M: Bland at best. Beer flavored water.

O: Again, one of the best cheap beers there is.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.57/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This poured golden and with bright clarity, a fat head of white foam that did persist in the form of lace that clung to the glass. The nose is faint grain and a bit of corn. The taste follows the nose all the way. it's mild. It has a bit of corn girts, a touch of corn sweetness and not too much malt. The carbonation is ample and bites a bit. There is a sour taste on the back end. I can't place it. Is it the beginnings of metallic? is ti yeasty? It gives a slight pucker tothe finish and a nice edge to the drink.

This beer was actually quite pleasant. Had no off flavors, no fruitiness at all and drank easily and without effort. It did not develop any off flavors as it warmed. It leaves a touch of sweetness as it finishes dry.

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Photo of bigrzman
3.57/5  rDev +27%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came home from duty and I wanted something that was cheap, cold, and wet. I picked up some High Life.

A: Has a solid yellow color, pours with a decent white head that quickly disapates, and is fairly carbonated ( not to much big bubbles)

S: For a macro brew this is clean and slightly hoppy. This is a good thing.

T: Malty texture overall slight-medium hop flavor to balance the malt. A good American Pilsner. Came out great in a can. No six pack bottles.

M: Overall thin,slightly drying, and bubbly like as it advertises, "The champagne of beer".

D: For being so fricking cheap it is pretty frickin decent. I have bought this stuff for a while and it passes for beer in my book!

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Photo of everetends
3.57/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz camo can straight from the case that always sits in my fridge for days such as these. Served up in a standard pint.

A: Pours a vibrant, piss yellow that is a fine example of what a macro should look like. Crystal clear through and through. Lots of carbonation activity constantly moving about in the glass. A vigorous pour gave me 2 fingers of head that actually had a ton of retention. The foam is light and fluffy. Lots of lace on the glass, notching all the way down. Looks damn good for a macro.

S: Well its awful macro like. Doesn't smell like much at all. Lots of corn and skunk. Not the greatest at all, and bad for a macro.

T: This is actually a good macro. Lots of corn flavors with a lot of sugary goodness. There is a lot of grassiness going on here as well, but it is pleasant. For a macro, I think it has good taste for the style.

M: Light bodied brew that is watery and easy drinking. High carbonation that is incredibly crisp. ABV is not noticable considering this sits at 5%. Aftertaste is minimal and mostly just a light corn presence.

D: This beer is easy drinking, has decent flavor, a really nice look for the style, and decent feel. Sure it smells like ass, but its a macro. Mind you, I am not comparing this beer against an Abyss or anything, just other macros. Scoff if you wish, but if High Life was currency, I'd be rich, BITCH!

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Photo of battlekow
3.58/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I'm drinking this out of an oversized wine glass, as befits the Champagne of Beers. High Life pours a very pale gold color, good head, good lacing. Doesn't really smell like much, but tastes remarkably good for "swill," sweetly malty with a nice biscuity finish. Mouthfeel is overly fizzy--the "champagne," I suppose--but still, High Life's not so bad. Easily my beer of choice for its class, and better than stuff like New Glarus's Totally Naked.

I'll hopefully pick up a bottle of High Life soon for comparison, as I remember it being superior to the canned version.

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Photo of MetroOhio
3.58/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I decided that I'd try to find a cheapie macro that I hadn't yet tried. I've had the PBRs, the Stroh's, and all. To be honest though, High Life, despite its association with bums or what have you, is a really good macro adjunct, and there's not a lot to hate on this beer about if you're reviewing it for what it is.

Serving was a 12 oz Clear glass bottle. Color was a mellow gold, slightly darker than say, Budweiser. Poured with a surprisingly thick head, and retained well till about halfway down the glass. Nose was really soft, with just a hint of grain and cereal sweetness.

Taste:Up front is a load of semi-sweet slickness commonly associated with the macros. Very fizzy, and smooth, and has a hint of fruit as it finishes, most notably apple and grape, but the grape is much slighter than I thought it would be.

Notes-You know, some people may want to just rip this apart needlessly, but it is a solid macro that can hit the spot on a hot summer day, and it's always great for an impromptu party beer. Cheap, readily available anywhere you go, and will always satisfy nearly everyone. For the macro lager that it is, few beers from the Big Three can beat the Champagne of Beers.

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Photo of rangerred
3.58/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank straight from a clear 12oz bottle.

Appearance was typical of adjunct lagers, clear and pale yellow with a decent white head. Plenty of carbonation with this one.

What I could smell of it, corn is a big ingredient and this is quite apparent along with the cooked vegetable aroma that usually accompanies beers of this style. Still it is not off-putting.

The taste is dominated by corn with not much malt coming through. Little hop bitterness as well and no hop flavor. Carbonation is plenty, though and this leads to a nice dryness leaving you wanting another drink.

Overall, this beer is not spectacular but it is what it is. It is one of my favorite american adjunct lagers.

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Photo of albertmdh
3.59/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

My dad mentioned to me that when mated with a lime slice, this is the poor man's corona. Ice cold, with a lime, this is now my favorite cheap beer! While high life has a bit more corn taste than corona, close enough for most at half the price. Color is pretty light. Doesn't have any outstanding smell, but you can tell it's beer. Taste is pretty simple, little malty, no hops to speak of, but refreshing none the less. Feels fairly carbonated compared to what I have otherwise been drinking lately, hence the champagne of beers, I suppose. Extremely drinkable, and at six for the price of one micro lately, you cant go wrong if you're strapped for cash.

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Photo of gearkraft
3.6/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked up a fresh six pack of this to enjoy while watching the Premier Leage on FSC. Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Appearance: Has a rather average beer appearance... light golden color with a touch of amber. Decent amount of head that leaves a light lace on the glass as you drink. Nothing bad, but nothing wonderful either.

Smell: A light grain-malt smell with a little wisp of sweetness.

Taste: One of the better of the 'cheap' beers out there. High carbonation mixed with a sweet malt fills your mouth. Crisp and clean finish.No real hop flavor present. Pairs very well with a salty or bitter food in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Seems to have more carbonation then other beers... or maybe its just my imagination. Either way, its quite good, light and clean.

Drinkability: Id say that High Life leans considerably towards a high drinkability. Its severely underrated and serves well as a session beer. Because of its light and rather above average taste, along with being good with multiple foods, I rated accordingly. Comes recommended.

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Photo of gloriousglo2
3.6/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a red 16oz Solo Plastic cup at the local Catholic church shindig. It was super-cold, so there was no vapor, so I cant comment on the smell. It had a head, it was a very basic yellow color. It didnt quite live up to its rep as the Champagne of bottled beers. But it brought back reassuring memories of early adulthood, so I'm not gonna give it a bad review. My only regret was that it was not in a quart bottle with a screw-on cap...

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Photo of hurricaneez2
3.6/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Miller High Life is about as good as it gets for this style. Average accross the board until you get to drinkability which is exceptional. I have yet to meet a person, beer novice or beer snob, who cant throw back a ice cold High Life.

If reviewed as this site intends (by style) this beer deserves at least a 3.0 in all categories. The only American Macro that matches it is Yuengling.

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Photo of HopCrazy
3.6/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'm reviewing this within the style that it is in and not comparing it to another style unfairly.

There is only one macro that I enjoy drinking, and this one is it. There are others that I can tolerate, but this one I will buy just to have something around that is refreshing to drink. Something that is not heavy, or hoppy or malty... just lightweight and enjoyable. Even with the adjuncts, there is nothing offensive here, and it does the job that it is supposed to do. Crisp, thin mouth feel, excellent head and lacing down the glass - please don't drink from the container - pour this one. I like the 6 pack of 16oz cans best poured into glass because I have had some inconsistent quality in the bottles. Occasionally yo get a very bitter one for some reason. There's not much aroma to savor, but the balance in flavor and adequate alcohol content make this one the best macro out there that I have found yet - not to mention the price is great.

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Photo of mynie
3.6/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Way back in 1919, when Jesus was inventing all the American macros (and he did invent all of them, regardless of what some nutjobs might try and tell us), he did so mostly out of cruelty. Jesus had a black little heart, you see, much like the Grinch only flesh-colored instead of green. He wanted to take all the flavor out of American beer in order to ruin drunkenness for everybody. But he was quite surprised at the results, as evidenced from this passage from the book of Mormon:

"And Jesus sayeth to his old hound Max

'And O how hard I tried to make beers that were sucking
But They're not sober at all, they're actually puking!

You see what they do with this swill I have gave them?
They drink it nonstopping.
They drink to cause mayhem.

They drink without hopping
They drink without salt
They drink without flamby, odiforous malts!' "

And old Jesus' heart grew three sizes that day, and he went down to try and change Budwieser for the better, but some drunken coal miners told him that if he did they would cut him. So, instead of changing that macro, Jesus took it upon himself to create a new one.

That beer, of course, was Miller High Life. A classy name for a classy brew.

Easily the best packaged of all the macros. The bottles are as pretty as can be. Pours dark gold, much darker than Bud, Coors, or even other Miller Beers, and the head is gigantic.

Fiery malts in the nose along with a hint of adjunct metal and a lot of grain. Tastes great, bready with deep, sweet grain, fruity esters, and a light malt finish. Very nice. Very refreshing. Easily the best beer you'll find at most gas stations.

Also it's not as good from cans as from bottles, for some odd reason. It's still pretty good, though.

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Photo of IceTrey9785
3.61/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A six-pack of bottled beer for $3.99? You must be kidding me...

A: Rich gold -- with a nice white lace around the bottle. It doesn't seem to dissipate either, very round. For the money, good head retention. Seems to show best right out of the bottle from my experience.

S: Nothing overwhelming, mainly just a slight sweetness (probably from the corn), clean and a bit metallic.

T&M: Very creamy, but still very light and crisp. Nice and refreshing, with a sweetness that hints of polenta and grits (two of my favorites). The sweetness really sets off the mouthfeel and pushes this beer far ahead other macro-brews. The beer is rather light, but doesn't have the watery composition of other "lighter" beers of the same style.

Great drinkability! For a non-light beer, this beats any other and the price won't break the bank either. A great beer to have on hand for any sporting event when you're looking to pass the time.

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Photo of heath1agnew
3.61/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance- poured a light yellow with a 1 finger head that stayed around for a while and came down to a small head that stayed the whole time i drank. lacing was suprisingly good.

smell- a sweet smell and maybe some corn husk.

taste- sweet with a nice light and crisp mouthfeel. what you would expect from an "american adjunct lager".

drinkability- very easy to drink.

this is the best beer i've had FOR THE STYLE.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.61/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Thomas Hooker pint glass.

A: Poured a clear, pale golden yellow with tons of bubbly carbonation and a one-finger head of bubbly carbonation. The carbonation actually settled to a steady flow and there was some decent retention and a bit of sticky lace.

S: Smells sweet and grainy, with a slight metallic hop zest. Not much to the nose.

T: Taste is slightly sweet and acrid, like cooked veggies with corn syrup added. There is a very light, toasted grainy taste and some drying hops, but the flavor is mostly clean, fizzy grain.

M: Mouthfeel is thin-medium bodied for a macro, with a well-carbonated feel.

D: I've pounded many a High Life to session on a cheap marco night, and find that it works just as well for me as PBR, Rolling Rock or Narragansett.

The "Champagne of Beers" indeed, this cult macro lager is clearly mass produced and not of the most interesting or flavorful variety, but with its fluted casing and clean, bubbly, refreshing flavor, it will forever hold a place in my heart.

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Photo of obrendano
3.62/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

straight from the bottle

A - cannot review head as it's from the bottle, what I could see was decent clinginess. the color however is just gross, it looks like green tea cut with a bunch of water. it gets better from here though

S - decent smell, some corn and grain, no real complaints but nothing impressive

T - this I was surprised at. a sharp bite in the front, light hops and cracker maltness the whole way through. impressed

M - smooth lager feel, bubbly and light

D - I mean, for a light bodied beer that has more taste than you'd expect, this is pretty downable. had one with a chicken sandwich

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Photo of VoodooBrew
3.63/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You know when you come home from work and you want something light, crisp, refreshing, thirst-quenching, and you don't want to feel guilty for not paying attention to the flavor? High Life. You know when you don't want to have to let your beer warm up a few degrees when you take it out of the fridge? High Life. You know what I wish were served at ballparks? High Life. You know what's a pretty decent value for the money? High Life.

Perfectly clear with above-average head. Unlike most other macro-brewed Light Lagers, High Life actually has something in the way of aroma: faint, semi-sweet malt, a trace of adjunct, and a light whiff of hops. Okay, so it's still not terribly much of an aroma. The flavor opens up with a hint of tartness -- this should not be confused with the characteristic acetaldehyde flavors found in Budweiser. Things dry out in short time with an easy finish consisting of malt and light bitterness. High Life leaves you thirsty for more.

You could do a lot worse than High Life. Under the right circumstances, this is a beer that I don't mind drinking a great many of in one sitting.

UPDATE: I have, in recent weeks, made a conscious effort to keep my fridge stocked with bottled High Life at all times. I have always enjoyed HL, but now I seem to have decided that it will be my default beer for when I'd rather be refreshed than worry about having to pay attention to flavor or make any sort of investment to that effect. Indeed, there are many nights when I come home from work late and I'd be just as happy to have two or three HLs while mindlessly watching TV as I would with a high-quality specialty brew that I can sip and enjoy for a while. I will note, also, that as a rule I only drink HL out of the bottle. Unlike any other beer I drink, I see no point in pouring HL into a glass, as I will not find much beauty in its appearance, nor do I feel compelled to open up its nose, as I will not be put in awe by its bouquet. No, give me cold HL in the bottle (where it'll stay colder longer, by the way), and I'm all right.

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Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
66 out of 100 based on 1,110 ratings.
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