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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

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

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Photo of Lovethemhopps
3.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It's light, cold, and refreshing. This is the kind of beer you reach for after you finish mowing the lawn. It is not complex, but pretty darn good for what it is.

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Photo of Beer_Me_Now_Please
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%

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 Retroman40
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Frankly if I go to an event where only AAL's are being served, I hope I can find this swimming in the bottom of the ice chest. The color is pale straw with a big but fleeting head that gives way to minimum lacing. The smell and taste are both dominated by adjuncts, but if cold enough the flavor is tolerable. The carbonation level is good and the beer does feel rich in your mouth. Overall one of the best in a generally poor class.

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Photo of Beric
3.28/5  rDev +16.7%

Served: 12 August 2014
Serving: 24oz can into pint glass

Appearance: Crystal clear gold color with massive carbonation coming from the bottom initially before slowing to a trickle. Nice one and a half finger white head that sticks around for a bit before collapsing into a sheen of bubbles. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Light and corny. Very sweet.

Taste: Very clean and sweet with big corn grainy notes. No hop flavor at all, as expected.

Mouthfeel: Huge bubbly carbonation gives this one some nice body in the tongue.

Overall: For an AAL this is actually pretty far up there for me- one of the best in the style. A very refreshing, unadulterated beer for weather when it's hotter than hell and you just want something quaffable. I would NEVER get this in a format other than a can considering the clear bottle.

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Photo of goodolbrandon
1/5  rDev -64.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Let's put it this way:

This beer is the definition of AVOID.

Simply because it is cheap and convenient does not mean you should even consider this beer.

Full of genetically modified organisms (GMO corn).

Enough said.

Love life,
I am a Sea Creature (look it up)

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Photo of humuloner22
2.94/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much can be said about this beer. Its a cheap beer. But in my opinion it is way better than Pabst, which for some reason has become cool to drink over the last decade or so. As far as cheap beers go, this is in my opinion among the best. Not that I am saying its a spectacular beer, but if you want a cold "beer" like your grandfather drank, this is the one I would go for. You can often find a 12 pack on sale for around $6-7. It is what it is, nothing spectacular, but drinkable.

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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 57md
2.13/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden straw color with some white head that dissipates in an instant. The nose has little more than the standard AAL scent. The flavor has that typical crony sweetness to it but the sweet notes are not as heavy as the average AAL. The finish has lingering sweetness that makes one want to keep sipping.

As a bonus, this offering is proudly union-made by UAW workers.

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Photo of TheVenerableMead
2.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

32oz can into a pilsner

A - An unimpressive, yet crystal clear straw yellow. Quickly dissipating tall head. This beer laces all the way up a 20oz pilsner glass.

S - Smells beerish and sweet.

T - Oh wow. Never noticed when I was in my 20s, but YUP, corn. A bit of pilsner malt. Sweet.

M - Very ebullient and thick sweetness.

O - If I've been mowing on Sunday (good beer is only had in liquor stores here and they aren't open on Sunday) this is my go-to. It's really not horrible, but there's just no comparison to a good helles. If someone told me there were hops used in this beer, I may or may not believe them.

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Photo of ordybill
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass. Appearance- thin yellow color with a white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma- faint aroma of corn? not much to judge by on this measure. Taste- crisp and clean, no afterbite and in my opinion should be served very cold. Palate-easy on the taste buds nothing real exciting or complex.

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Photo of carzak
3.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Anyone meticulously analyzing the qualities of this beer is almost missing the point.

This is a palate-cleanser beer, and near-perfect swig after a hot day of yard work. It's meant for eating with a greasy burger, a juicy steak and mashed potatoes, or BBQ pork. Its bubbly carbonation and light body cut through all this and leave you refreshed for the next bite. Or renewed for the next outdoor activity. And that's all some beer is supposed to be.

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Photo of FukBeer
2.26/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Look, this stuff is the america beer for broke folks. Im not going to lie. Heck ive been to the point where my local walmart was selling this stuff near the price of budweiser, and yes it was because budweiser was on sale. Im not going to say hate this beer, but for some reason it is so hard to kill, its like putting ur mouth up to a drain full of piss and saying " Damn this stuff acutally gets you drunk" It should be less than 9.79 a 12 pack. I understand the nice bottles, and the hot little blondie we all wish we could of Fuked in highschool was on the bottle but still its not that great of a beer. Would i buy it more? Probably not, because this beer makes me want to work overtime so i can get good beer. I love this beer thou still, cause it can provide me with a cheap buzz, and its better than keystone light, and coor by far. So im so undecide on what to go to. I guess all i can say is quit drinking and save ur money for some good stuff. Then you will appreciate beer more. I waste all my money on beer, and i suffer to drink this like you know who as well. Good luck, and god bless America :)

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Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.08/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pale clear yellow, no head, a bit of lacing.

Smell: Smells a bit like eggs...

Taste: Fine, not a whole lot of flavor but seems balanced.

Mouthfeel: Thin and a little too carbonated. I love me some carbonation, but this isn't a good ratio for me.

Overall: I was preparing for an awful experience but was pleasantly surprised by this beer! I probably wouldn't get this to drink at home but wouldn't mind if it's one of a few options at a party or something.

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Photo of Unclebuck70
4.53/5  rDev +61.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is buy far the best beer for your money. Tastes great though maybe not less filling that high life lite. you can't beat that its tastes good and I only pay 7.99 for a 12ver of bottles. Not enough people appreciate a good crisp clean american lager. i poo on the beer snobs.

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Photo of Newrad2
2.78/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

2012 Miller High Life - Reviewed 10/4/2012

Appearance: Miller High life pours a light straw color. Carbonation is visible in the bottle but not after decanting. Head starts off strong, but quickly dissipates to a light dusting. Lacing is minimal, but persistent.

Aroma: Very sweet corn with general malt and light hints of a Subway dining room.

Taste: Once again, very prominent sweet corn notes with lager adjuncts, caramel malts. One of the fresher High Life's that I've had, yet still a bit of skunkiness on the back end, followed by a clear finish.

Mouthfeel: This beverage is pleasant carbonated, and has the body of a nice light beer rather than a normal malt liquor.

Overall: This is a highly underrated beer. If looking for 40oz that pairs well with fish, chicken, or vegetarian meal, look no further than Miller High Life. Looking for a gateway beverage between malt liquor and craft beer? Grab a High Life 40. The semi-sweetness of the malt is very well balanced with the burn of the alcohol, making this one of the most drinkable 40's available.

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Photo of slym
2.5/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

What can you say about the Champagne Of Beers? It's imminently drinkable, and even more forgettable.

It's like malt-water for hot days. It sure isn't bad, but it sure ain't good, either. A perfect middle-of-the-road beer. Inoffensive in every way.


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Photo of marshmarsh
2.14/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured into a Pilsner glass.

a - watery gold in color, extremely thin and light head, but it isn't dissipating.

s - oats, corn, and lime

t - much better than the smell. Grainy, oat flavor start. Mild citrus, watery finish.

m - Okay to start, but gets kind of too much acid at the end.

o - Not much going on, but it's drinkable.

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Photo of FrozenJoe
3.41/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Judged to style. The Champagne of Beers.

Thick frothy head. Large soapy bubbles in the froth. Good retention. Excellent lacing. Light golden, yellowish body. Clear. Good carbonation. Very good looking lager. The bottle looks awesome.

Corn and barley. Somewhat distinctive. Not terrible. Not great. Just ok.

Sweet. Strong corn presence. Malty and grainy. Dry finish. Slight lemony bitterness. Smooth. Extremely drinkable. Well balanced. Distinctive flavor.

Somewhere between light and medium bodied. Strong carbonation.

You have to drink this beer many times to really appreciate it because it is so unique compared to other beers out there today. This is a unique take on old school American lager beer. This beer brand has been around since 1903. Before it was called High Life it was just called Miller Beer dating back to the mid nineteenth century. High Life is one of the best values in the beer world. It costs $7.99 a twelve pack all over town. This used to be Miller's flagship brand (think Budweiser or Coors Banquet) until they decided to abandon it for MGD. Now it is a budget beer like Busch or Rolling Rock. It is just as drinkable as those beers, but it has more character. That character can be off-putting if you fail to understand what you are really drinking. This is an adjunct lager. This in the granddaddy of adjunct lagers. It has corn in it. That is the style. For a corn beer this is very good. It is meant for ice cold drinking. You do not slowly sip one of these at a time at 60 degrees Fahrenheit. You drink several of these at a time... ice cold. That is the High Life. For that purpose this beer is outstanding. The value is there. The taste is there. The approachability is there. Comparable to PBR and similar brews.

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Photo of PRLRetailDrone
2.67/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

First things first high life is not a sipping and savoring beer. High Life is a beer best served ice cold and drunk from the bottle, that being said, I poured my high life into a pint glass for the review.
Big frothy head that fades almost instantly into islands.
The body is a transparent gold.
It smells like cereal grains. No hops.
It tastes the same. Watery and thin.
That being said ill crush high life all day long. $10 for an 18 pack.This is my sitting in the sun white trash beer of choice. Don't overthink it.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a 2 finger head that dissipates quickly in a 16oz pub glass.

Smell is quite nice. I smell yeast and malt. Not a lot going on just smells great on a day in the 90s in South GA in the middle of June.

Taste is not bad either. Get those malts with a crispness that really quenches the thirst. A really decent flavor from such a budget friendly offering.

Mouthfeel is not too bad. Has some decent carbonation to go along with the good head that it poured.

Overall, not a bad beer. This was the best offering from a limited selection in a small country store on the way back from a fishing trip to the Gulf. I have always thought this beer was a bargain for the taste that is gives.

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Photo of devilben02
2.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale, transparent straw yellow color, with a fizzy/foamy white head. The aroma is the expected grassy, musty hops over a lightly sweet malt base. The flavor is largely driven by sweet, grainy malts and a bit of a sweet corn character, although the dull, musty hops can be identified as well. As with most in this style, the light body and fizzy carbonation help this one go down easy, but it has more substance/body than others. In this regard, this beer is not much different than the other mass-produced adjunct lagers, but it doesn't come across as so watery and bland as others. Overall, its a fine beer to wash down a hot dog or any other situation where you just need a dumb beer, but it's certainly not something to crave and savor.

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Photo of FlyingKneeStrike
2.32/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an English pint glass. Minimal head, appears a bright clear yellow color. Smell is not inviting. The taste is ok upfront but has an unpleasant after taste (Metallic). Can't detect any good flavors taste-wise, it's pretty watery. I would not choose to drink this beer for any reason other than price.

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Photo of dar482
2.18/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I had this in a blind tasting with Budweiser, Miller, and Coors.

The aroma has sweet corn and grainy qualities.

The flavor follows with a sweet corn water from the can flavor. There’s a significant malt backbone, which gives the beer an advantage compared to the other three. However it still has that stale paper and cardboard flavor.

If you can get passed the sweet corn flavor, then it is better than Budweiser. It definitely stands above Coors however, with both using corn as an adjunct.

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Photo of underagedbeerappreciater
3.33/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

for a long time i didn't know "the champagne of beers" meant it was extra frothy and bubbly but i always liked the nice buzz and the taste in those 12 ounce bottles ice cold the taste is awesome like over carbonated unsweetened black tea and it leaves a nice flavor to marinate in your mouth i haven't had one of theses in a while i think i might pick one up tomorrow for 2 bucks a 32 you can make another trip to the store

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Photo of Foyle
2/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: pours a sudsy white 2" head that slowly recedes with some lacing. Plenty of streaming carbonation. Color is clear pale straw.
Aroma: mild aroma of corn sweetness, a bit of vegetable and a hint of lightly toasted barley. Mouthfeel: very light and watery, somewhat papery with a quite dry finish.
Flavor: not a lot going on here. There is some corn sweetness, and a bit of fruit (akin to a grape with very mild grape flavor).
Overall: This beer is ok, but very plain. It tastes the closest to a light beer (i.e. very close to plain water) of any macro lager I have tried yet.

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Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
2.81 out of 5 based on 3,635 ratings.
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