Miller High Life | Miller Brewing Co.

Miller High LifeMiller High Life
BA SCORE
8.3%
Liked This Beer
2.69 w/ 3,758 Ratings
Miller High LifeMiller High Life
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
millercoors.com

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
Ranking:
#43,605
Reviews:
1,152
Ratings:
3,758
Liked:
311
Avg:
2.69/5
pDev:
28.62%
Alströms:
3.53
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
909
Trade:
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2.25/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
2.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I wish there was a rating for best slogan. I think champagne of beers was meant to refer to its drink-ability or I like to think of it as referring to the beer of the white collar class making it funnier to partake in. Maybe its for the carbonation, I don't actually know but I love the slogan.

A: Golden and lucent.

S: Sweet, corn, maybe grainy

T: Smooth but dull and watered down.

M: Moderate to high carbonation. Smooth but dull and watered down. Mild body.

O: I just like drinking the champagne of beers so if I need a pitcher of something, I like to live the high-life on occasion.

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Photo of Texasfan549
2/5  rDev -25.7%

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2.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Best by 8/27/12.

Pours a crystal clear yellow with a 1/2 inch foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, corn flakes, and some sugar-like aromas. Taste is of grain and sweetened corn flakes. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer but not as bad as I was expecting it to be.

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3.5/5  rDev +30.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

when i was a kid, maybe my first or second summer drinking beer and living away from my folks sometime during high school, my friends and i saw twelve packs of bottles of high life on a pallet display for 4.99 apiece. we thought, what a heck of a price, and we polled up all our spending money and bought the whole darn thing. i think it was gone in a couple of weeks with our crew of dudes, and i had officially had my fill of this beer long before legal drinking age. it was never a bad beer, but in that kind of volume, it really destroyed its welcome pretty quickly. i occasionally revisit it now, at weddings and such, and when i do, i appreciate the memories a lot more than the beer (fuzzy as they are). its tangy and metallic in an unflattering way, but with that said, thats sort of its signature thing, and i could pick this out from a crowd of one hundred other american adjunct lagers. its refreshing when really cold, poundable to a truly sickening level, and is always cheap. maybe not as cheap as it used to be, but still downright inexpensive. just light its lighter brother, i prefer it much better from the can than the clear bottle, something about it is very different. overall nothing special, but its an important part of american history and my personal history, so it has a place in my heart, just not very often in my fridge.

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2/5  rDev -25.7%

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2/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of Knapp85
2.58/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

So I feel they should get rid of the slogan "Champagne of Beer" noe that some breweries are a tually making beers with champagne yeast in them. The High Life poured out no different than it appears in the bottle. The smell of the beer is of malts and corn, the taste gives off the same flavors. The mouthfeel is very light and isn't even that refreshing. Overall for me, its a picnic beer nothing special about it. If a bee or other bugs gets caught in the can you can just throw it away without worrying. If you knock it over it's not a big deal there's like 29 more cans in the cooler. It's a non stress beer, you don't haveto worry about anything when drinkin it.

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3/5  rDev +11.5%

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3/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.85/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ah, the high life.. the champagne of beers. I think this is the best cheap beer money can buy. An 18 pack for $7.99? Can't beat that. Has much more taste than any of the other macros out there, but it seems to a hate it or love it sort of taste. It takes some getting used to but this is my go to party beer.

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2.25/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
2.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Probably the better lager of any of the 'Big Three'. In comparison to most of them, High Life is a little bolder golden and has better head retention. Better viscocity to the palate. Creamier and more flavorful. Flavors though, are of high corn sugar and decent malt. Still no hop play at all. Finishes as crisp, but with that corn-like aftertaste. Although its better than most of it's counter parts, its a far cry from the good Chezc Pils. Also makes a great free beer.

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2.19/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle, from a grocery store in Helena, MT.

This beer pours a perfectly clear pale straw colour, with two fingers of thin foamy bone-white head, which leaves some decent sedimentary rock lace around the glass as it fades away. It smells of sweet adjunct grain, some mild acetone, and a dead grass/weediness character. The taste is a mild blurry graininess, fading sweet nail polish remover, and even more elusive weedy hops. The carbonation is moderate, but just on the soft side, the body better than I had bargained for - not quite middle of the road, but pushing for it, which leads to an only timidly cloying smoothness. It finishes off-dry, thanks to the not-going-away bland grain and subtle sugary booze sidekick.

Champagne of Beers? Sure, why the hell not, in a market where Bud is the King of Beer, this only makes soul-killing sense. Since I didn't grow up and throw up with this particular icon, I have no such justification for giving this nostalgia points. A bland, albeit generally inoffensive all-American lager. There, lynch mob averted.

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2.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

35.5cl clear glass bottle served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Points off for the clear bottle.

A: Pours a two finger had of no cream at all, terrible thickness, and decent retention. Clear pale gold colour. Looks pretty generic.

Sm: Crystal hops, light subtle floral tones, and clean barley. More interesting than expected, but not amazing in its own right. Aroma is mild in strength.

T: Pleasant and crisp barley. Light floral notes. Built decently but a touch imbalanced. Clean and a bit refreshing.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but too thick. Overcarbonated - the biggest problem with this beer by far.

Dr: Very drinkable and quite cheap. You could do far worse at this price, but if you're doing budget beer for getting bollocksed I recommend High Gravity Steel Reserve.

***
2016.11.03 impression from a $0.50 bottle at a bar in Brooklyn.

Inoffensive fare with sufficient body and only mild overcarbonation. Pale malt/cheap 2 row barley is all it provides. Maybe a blip of grassy hop character. Not imbalanced.

Smooth, wet, refreshing. Somewhat soft.

This is highly drinkable beer and has more body than the watery macrolagers that dominate the market. Many will malign it out of biased hatred towards its parent company, but it's rather good for the price and production scale. I can't knock it. No off flavours at all. Hat tip to Miller's talented brewers.

C / AVERAGE

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3/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Average macro lager to the Nth degree. Fizzy bright gold, white frothy lacing. Corn and husky grain aroma, some light mineral notes. Lightly sweet with minimal bitterness. Minor flavors of wet grain, honey, and butter crackers. Dry and crisp finish, but largely bland and inoffensive. Gaseous and fizzy carbonation, not something i'd really drink more than one or two of, unlesss circumstances dictated, such as a family wedding in this case.

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2.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Consumed a bunch of this in college and decided to re-visit the "Champagne of Beers"

A - Poured out a straw yellow color with a small, short lived head. Highly carbonated.

S - It smelled mostly of grains and corn.

T - Tasted of corn and a little malt.

M - It is fairly thin, but smooth. A light-bodied brew.

D - It is still a descent american macro lager. It will do the job during Championship Week on ESPN.

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2.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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3/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of largadeer
1.88/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - Pale straw with surprisingly good head retention and tons of sticky lace. Not bad.

Smell - Cooked corn and a bit of sulfur. That's honestly about it. Pretty foul.

Taste - Mild pale malts and a distinct creamed corn-like sweetness. No hops or bitterness to be found. Fairly clean; judging by the aroma, I was expecting worse. Very light-bodied and crisp, high carbonation. Not the worst macro lager out there, but certainly not good.

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3/5  rDev +11.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -7.1%

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2.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

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Beer rating: 8.3% out of 100 with 3,758 ratings
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