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 BeerReviewersAreGay
1.96/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 1 | smell: 5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Most unethical brewing around, it may have been good in the 60s
Who knows I was not around, I once decided I liked this beer,
That was a mistake, I may have gotten 3 out of the 30 Twelve packs I got that was actually quality, the rest was complete tasteless garbage, Inconsistancy at its best. This beer is garbage you may as well be drinking anything else at this price, even coors banquet is leaps and bounds better than this rubbish, spend the extra dollar and enjoy something consistant.

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Photo of Holderness
3.09/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L -- Pale straw color with an intense effervescence. Clear. Huge head quickly dissipates, minimal lacing. 3.25
A -- corn, grain,mild fruity aromas 3
T -- Bland, generic mass market lager taste 2.5
F -- The selling point of this beer. Lively carbonation and a light but not watery mouthfeel combine to make a very refreshing beer, that remains drinkable hours after opening. 4.25
O -- Tied with pbr for best widely available cheap beer 3.75

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Photo of beerfan4545
2.68/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Straight out of the can from a 12-pack.

L- Extremely pale straw color. I normally don't like beers with this coloration, but I found this beer to be very visually appealing.

S- Unfortunately, it starts to fall off here. It smells better than coors, bud and Pabst, but unfortunately it still maintains the gross metallic grainy smell of cheap lagers.

T- It's neither good nor bad. Certainly not offensive, but not quite good either. Tastes like seltzer water flavored with grains and a very light bitterness on the back of the palette.

F- Very high in carbonation. I prefer it to the above mentioned alternatives.

O- It's very cheap, and beats most of the other beers in the price range. Overall, it just makes me wish I was drinking a better beer.

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Photo of Bru-ster
3.73/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It's Miller as I remember it. A great American Pilsner . Excellent with brea and cheese or a sub sandwich. I first drank this in 1973. The champagne of beers! Crisp clean flavor. A bargain retro beer. I actually liked genuine draft better but they don't make it anymore

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Photo of tucson_brewson
3.01/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

16 oz tall boy poured into English pint glass (need to invest in proper Pilsner glass)

L - Clear, golden straw color, nice inch of head that slowly dissolves and leaves a fairly thick lacing, for what it is. The "Champagne of Beers" indeed.

S - Compared to Bud, Coors, other AALs, High Life manages to smell the least offensive. It smells very heavily of cereal grain, corn and bready malt, also a little metallic.

T - Miller manages to put out a couple of the best cheap beers on the market, based on taste. It's not like drinking seltzer or a mouth full of syrup. A good balance of malt, corn, grass, and a surprising citrus hop finish (just not after every sip).

F - Clean, crisp, highly carbonated. Goes down smooth and drinks like a light beer. Keep these extra cold (in the freezer for a bit) so the "mouthfeel" stays tolerable.

O - Much like Rolling Rock, Miller Lite, PBR, I give High Life a lot of credit for all the low-end beers. Pretty ballsy to call yourself "The Champagne of Beers" but they at least back it up in the design and, for what it's worth, the overall drinking experience. Just stay away from the light version of this, not worth paying for sparkling water with a tiny bit of alcohol. It's cheap, it's drinkable, and it hits the spot on a hot summer day. Just going to drink my next one out of the can because it's meant to be drank out of its original packaging.

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Photo of acmurphy696
1.85/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I like to pick up a mainstream beer every once and a while just to calibrate my taste buds.
This is not a bad beer (heck, it's better than Budweiser), but like many American adjuncts, it simply lacks character.
The beer does not taste bad, it simply has little taste at all.

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Photo of HalMS
4.05/5  rDev +43.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Of all the mass produced American lagers, this is by far my favorite. Nothing fancy, but it's just so refreshing, pleasant, drinkable and not Budweiser like. Love it!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.49/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

The appearance is probably this beer's worst attribute, its that macro yellow you've often come to fear, placed a in a clear glass bottle. Aroma is big time adjunct Midwestern corn and stuff. Retro.

Taste, they drop excessive carbonation in this one to get away from the lack of an all barley base, the lack of anything but long boil high alpha non proprietary hops, and hey that makes sense, they're going for mass appeal low cost high output stuff.

There's no real off flavors, but the 'flavors' are difficult to praise at the same time. I can drink these just fine, there's a tiny hop bite paired with the excessive carbonation, and that is its real offset, after 2 or 3 of these, my gut is just full of gas and drinking becomes a chore in that way. Some metallic mouthfeel, I dunno pair this with chips and salsa or a hot dog. Serviceable enough when you don't want to think about beer.

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Photo of HopHunter19
3.11/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - yea I'm not pouring this one into a glass, it's meant to be drank from the can and that's what I'm doing
S - nice hop bite, bread, corn, light malts
T - same as the smell
M - light, crushable, alc covered, aftertaste is very light malt but basically non existent
O - the definition of liquid bread, or maybe liquid gold ? It's definitely good but not in the same way as most of the beers I drink

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Photo of afunyun
2.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Tastes like miller lite that decided to drop the metallic taste. Smells like corn and hops. Yellow-Gold color. Drank from can, poured to see coloration. Mouthfeel is a solid "drinkable", very carbonated. Overall not bad for an AAL.

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Photo of sej1293
2.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The best thing about high life is the higher than average carbonation that results in a very pleasant mouth feeling. Other than that, it is an average, cheap beer in every respect. Entirely drinkable but you're likely to forget about it until you try it again.

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Photo of colts9016
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass at 35 degrees. Appearance a foamy bright white that is two finger thick with poor retention. The color of the beer is pale yellow with some golden hues. The beer is clear with a lot of carbonation.

N: Cereal, grains, yeast, and corn.

T: grainy, slightly cooked corn taste, and yeast

Mouthfeel is carbonated, and crisp

This is just and average beer and ok for its style.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
2.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12oz can (November1916) emptied into a mug shows a clean clear yellow gold exhibiting bubbles of carbonation and a nice 1/2in white head that drops to a cap.
Smell and taste is malt with corn with a carbonation tickle and a slight metallic tinge.
Light feel and a clean finish.
Well worth the $12/30 pack.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bought from Times Supermarket $8.99 12-pack bottles
Clear golden color
High carbonation
Light mouthfeel
Malt taste in good balance
Overall not bad for a cheap beer. Better than bud. Price is a factor in my ratings

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Photo of Tripp655321
1.86/5  rDev -34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Well lagered and filtered light straw colored CLEAR beer. Smell is a little hoppy and boring. Taste is way better than I expected... still boring. Tastes kind of like toasted white bread. Feel is water thin and prickly carbonation... Like Sprite soda. Beer is not fancy, better in can rather than glass. Great for cooking, chugging, or games. Probably the best American adjunct.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
2.16/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Pours a very light clear yellow with a one finger white head soapy head that disappates quickly. Aroma is faint, some corn, very light floral hints, and a bit of alcohol. Taste follows with corn, honestly not much else, and a pretty metallic finish. Mouthfeel is thin and light. Overall, for me this is probably my least favorite of the macro beers.

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Photo of Myotus
2.38/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured at 46°F from a 32oz bottle (best before 01Aug16) into a Pilsner glass. Consumed on 24Jun16.
LOOK: A half fingers worth of dense, white foam is formed after pouring. The minuscule head halves itself within twenty seconds while retaining its density. There is a large quantity of large bubbles. Straw yellow in color. There is a high amount of both thick and thin lacing.
SMELL: Mild aromas of corn, vomit, and yeah.... I stopped trying to detect any other aroma after vomit. I have a feeling this isn't going to taste too well...
TASTE: Mild corn flavors strike the palate right off the back. To my complete surprise, subtle orange and tangerine flavors come across my palate as corn flavors grow stronger. Mild grass and subtle earthy and spicy hop flavors finish off the taste profile as all previous flavors maintain.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and so overly carbonated that it stings my tongue as I drink this. Goes down incredibly rough due to the high levels of carbonation. Finishes crisp, though. That's always nice.
NOTE: I'm still confused at the fact that how something that had aromas of vomit could taste like non-vomit. Even as I drank this and smelled the beer, my two senses were clashing. I suppose it's one of nature's mysteries. Not a bad beer at all. Would I ever but one again? Of course not. Would I drink one of offered to me. Yup.

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Photo of yankee2195
3.66/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Here in NJ, got a 12 pack of these for 8.99 and I really can't complain. With the nice crisp, smooth taste and finish and for the low price, that's a great bargain for a beer.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
1.35/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Oddly thick for the small amount of flavor. Pours an ugly gold with little in terms of a hop profile. Tastes like cereal that's been sitting in the sun, watered down.

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Photo of dcjones82
2.78/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Miller High Life, the price is good, look and taste of the beer is better than most adjunct lagers. Underrated imo, sometimes gets a bad rep, it's really a nice beer.

L- Poured a 24 oz. can into a pilsner glass. You be hard pressed to find a better looking adjunct lager at this price point. Golden straw color, heavy carbonation, 2 finger white foamy head that sticks around quite a bit. Nice lacing on sides of glass.
S- Smell is of wet grains, malt. Not a great smelling beer, but on par with others in this style.
T- Nice crisp beer flavor. Malt and grains up front with a touch of corn and just a hint of hop bitterness on the back. Finishes great, very refreshing.
F- Light to medium, very easy drinking beer.
O- Coors has more adjunct and grain flavor, Bud is crisp and refreshing but not a lot of taste. This beer is a nice balance of both. You get the crisp and refreshing drinkability with the flavor to go with it. I think this beer should get more attention than it does. It is very well balanced and the price is affordable. Next time your looking at picking up bud, coors or something else, give this a try, you may be pleasantly surprised. Recommended for adjunct lager and summer time beer fans!

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Photo of BlakeA85
3.82/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 24 oz can into shaker pint, pours straw/gold with a really nice white foamy head that sticks around for a pretty long time. Lacing is really good, all around the glass.
Smells of light grain and malt.
Taste is way better than the smell, a nice grassy and malty start with a great malty/hoppy finish. Really good.
Mouthful is standard, medium bodied and decently carbonated.
Overall, I like this a shit ton more than Budweiser and this is pretty much my favorite standard American style lager aside from PBR.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Pours very clear, yellow with a very mild white foam head. Aroma is malty and sweet, almost no hops. Taste is very mild, easy to drink and refreshing, some sweetness from the malt and no hops. Easy beer, not for craft beer drinkers. Cheers

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Photo of DWeavie
3.14/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Great beer to kick it with. Its very refreshing when the beer isreally cold, and great with friends or stuck at home alone.. its pretty cheap too. "The Champagne of Beers" for sure

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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 Squire123
3.45/5  rDev +22.3%
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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Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
2.82 out of 5 based on 3,690 ratings.
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