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 pmcadamis
2.22/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Ahhh, the champagne of beers. Champagne is named after a world renowned grape producing region of France...and this is made in Milwaukee home of some of the shittiest beers ever brewed. Whatever. Picked this up at a gas station...$1.19 for 24oz.

A - Light gold / straw-colored just like every other macro lager. Very clear with a thin cap of fizzy bubbles.

S - Sweet corny adjuncts are unoffensive and uninteresting. Smells sweeter than most other macros.

T - Wow. For the style and price this is pretty damn good! It's sweeter than other cheapo beers, but not too syrupy like a malt liquor. I can taste the aluminum from the can though. This might be slightly better in a 40oz bottle. Cornflake cereal is really the only flavor that comes to mind. I like cornflakes.

M - Light, fizzy, and watery. Exactly what I expected. Very, very, very thirst quenching. Leaves a nice aftertaste that is the slightest bit hoppy.

D - I could guzzle this stuff on a hot day. Excellent cheapo summer beer if you want to slake your thirst and are on a tight budget.

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Photo of BeerSox
1.88/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Can into glass.

Light watered down looking hay color.

Light cooked vegetable smell.

Barely any flavor, but slightly sweet, maybe from the corn adjuncts. Light bodied with plenty of carbonation. Clean finish, no lingering flavors.

Just another macro lager, nothing much to expect here. This actually was my favorite of the American Macro Lagers back when I first started with beers. Still seems sweeter than the others AMLs.

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Photo of nicksta
3.15/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is my second shot at this brew. I must say that the beer is much better this time around. This is mainly due to the fact that is not so adjunctly sour this time around. Instead, the taste is a pleasently corn malty and nicely sweet on the end. On the whole it is very smooth. The smell is like the taste because it contains strong corn malts. The appearance is a light gold with some good lacing. The mouthfeel is good because it is so smooth, but the drinkability is a little below par because it gets kinda sour and carbonated during a long chug.

Overrall, this beer is much better the second time around.

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Photo of billybob
3.7/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

another beer from my younger days. we used to go to a bar in ny state for steamers 3.95 a doz. that was a saturday ritual along with miller beer. pours light yellow color with a one to two finger head with some lacing. smell, slight corn, veggie. taste same. mouthfeel light crisp lots of carbonation. very drinkable best served nice and cold.

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Photo of AChamberlain
3.3/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle purchsed from a gas station in Brownsville, TX. It was the best beer they had.

A: 1/2" white head. Clear yellow.

S: Light hops and grain aromas.

T: Straight up grainy. Has a distinct flavor.

MF: This beer is all about the mouthfeel. Fizzy, great carbonation. Smooth

D: Great American macro, my favorite AM. Easy to drink and not totally bland.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.12/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Light yellow translucent body with about a finger of head. Smells somewhat malty with some yeast. Tastes somewhat sweet, corny, with some yeast... Very light body, somewhat watery, and finishes pretty much completely clean. There's some off flavor to it, though I can't really put my finger on it. Not impressed, but not dissappointed either.

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Photo of Neehan
2.92/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours a very pale, fizzy straw color with a large head and great retention. Most noted for the light and frothy head. As far as the smell-- there's nothing there, a bit of malts here, some grains there, nothing exciting. A solid taste that repeats the smell with a bit more robustness. Clean and smooth. The mouthfeel is well balanced but lacks in complexity. Drinkable, easy to finish the old-school 40 oz. I've had better, I've had worse.

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Photo of scarletfire79
3.12/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

not bad. but definitly not great. you really have to judge this in regards to it's style. for what it is, it ranks somewhere behind schlitz for me. poured out of a 24 oz.can. tons of bubbles, straw yellow color. smells really clean to the nose. not offensive. goes down smooth as long as it stays cold. once warmth hits, it's every man for himself. decent enough and for $.99 for a 24 oz. can, makes it a highly drinkable brew when you are faced with only the change in your car drink holder.

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Photo of mnesporov
2.93/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 Oz clear Bottle

Appearance: Yellow gold with a creamy head, little lacing towards end of beer.

Smell: Clean smelling with light grain overtures.

Taste: Very fizzy with Hopy and spicy tastes, I also hinted some lemon or fruit

Mouth-feel: Clean and refreshing not bad at all.

Drink-Ability: For a wildly popular beer that you can get anywhere it is not that bad. Great cold on a Sunday afternoon watching football.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
2.36/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

served into a pint glass from a clear bottle with a twist-off cap

A couple of friends stopped by with this beer and said why don't you review this beer? Why not? I'll review any beer.

Straw colored,very clear like water,a nice fluffy white head,surprizing retention,even laced the glass.
A very clean smell,grainey,bit grassy,no real hop aromas.
Tasted grainey,clean,a light sweet maltiness,with a light dry finish,the faintest of hop bitterness.
A thin,watery mouthfeel,a very slight bit of cloying
I could drink this untill I get tired of drinking tastless beer.A great beer in a cooler full of ice on a 90 degree day,other than a very uninteresting beer to say the least.

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Photo of Backer2004
1.73/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

In the age of only reviewing good beers, it's still important to let the public know that beers like Miller High Life have no other redeeming qualities than to get people drunk. Offered to me by an ol' college buddy @ a Notre Dame tailgate. Water & corn adjuncts, mmm boy.

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Photo of Adamthome1
3.01/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poors a foamy head from 12 oz. can with some great head retention. I was impressed and surprised that the head remained throughout for about 15 minutes and the lacing remained throughout. Large carbonation bubbly - Ahh the Champagine of beers.

Smells typical, grainy, a bit floral even. Taste is crisp, very grainy, corn flavor is very detectable in this one, recommend serving in a frosted glass to keep temperature low to mask some of the corn flavor. Has a heavier feeling on the palate than most macro's and the aftertaste disappears relatively quickly and is all and all a refreshing beer.

One of my top 3 Lager macro's behind PBR and Schlitz.

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Photo of ghostmech007
1.96/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Golden brown with a thin soapy looking head. Lots of carbonation. No stick to the glass and no head retention.

No smell to the nose. Faint grains and husks. Nothing else.

Crisp. Smooth from carbonation with a moderate body. Metallic flavorss. Not much else on the palate. Corn flavors are pronounced as you move along. No hops what so ever. Finish sweet and full of corn.

Not very good in my opinion you need to keep it cold to enjoy it. Good luck.

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Photo of dedrinker
2.3/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Now, don't get me wrong, but this sucker has a pronounced corny taste that I can actually respect. It is sweet and corny, but in a way I can identify as actual corn - not the barnyard leavings of some beaked bird. It has a touch of the bad breath I find on my burly bearded buddy when I visit him in the cab of his pickup truck (he was living there for a few months). When I am angry at the world of "better beer" and my wallet is in turn, angry at me, I will reach for a forty of this wicked foulness is a way that keeps me giggling and cackling inside, The aroma, flavor, and finish is all sweet corn - maybe I should scarf on some tamales and wash it down with this one!

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Photo of CU570M
2.8/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A very carbonated beer. Makes sense i guess, cause it is the champagne of beers. I love drinking this beer inbetween the times i get some of the better beers. i can't always afford the better beers. Overal this is a beer i like to drink, kind of like someone else would drink a soda or something.

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Photo of daliandragon
2.2/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought a six pack of this tonight to watch playoff baseball, figuring if I suffered by drinking macrolagar, the Mets would even out the karma by punking the Dodgers to go up 2-0. It worked out for me on a baseball level...beerwise, lets just say I toughed out six innings.

Typical macro taste and smell here. Lots of adjunct in the nose, but also some hop action. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Almost respectable head. Taste is mild and mouthfeel is pure seltzer. Aftertaste is fairly terrible, gritty and burning in the throat. You could do worse with macro, and it is cheap, but I'll move up at least to Yeungling next time and let the Mets' bats do the work..

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Photo of Bones54
3.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When times are rough or if I'm just looking to buy quantity- I'll almost always (PBR gets me sometimes) go to the Champaigne of beers. A six-pack of tall boy Miller High Life is still one of the best beer deals around. Perfect for a round of golf.

Just to bad I can never find this on tap anywhere. To be honest, I'm not really sure if they even keg this stuff. They really should though.

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.02/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from a can that was in my fridge for a month or so...

A- Pale yellow with thin head that reduces after a minute. Hmm, left a little lacing.

S- Sweet, corny, light.

T- Thin and sweet. Definite corn taste. Surprisingly it's not really that offensive. Smooth aftertaste that leaves a sweet taste in the mouth.

M- Light and not as thin as something like coors light. Watered down but not enough to really cut the flavor off early.

D- Good for washing down a burger or acting like an idiot showing up to a party with two 30-racks of it. It isn't really the champagne of beers IMO, but if you want to live your trashy side for a night, cheers to ya.

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

24oz can

Miller High Life was a very clear pale golden color with a white head. The head had fairly decent retention, leaving a little lace behind. The smell was grainy. The taste was lightly malty with a lightly bitter, dry finish. It is a crisp, light bodied lager with medium-high carbonation. This is a good beer if you are on a tight budget, the taste is acceptable, it's cheaper than dirt, and besides, it is the "champagne of beers".

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.31/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out of the 16 oz. can a dirty copper straw color with a frothy white head that left some nice lace.

Smells of burnt honey, an awkward citrus and some pasty lager undertones.

Tastes of dirty, pasty yeast, creamed corn and lagery dough with a slight withered dryness.

The mouth feel was light to medium bodied with a big, tingly carbonation, but still creamy.

I do like this one, especially out of the can. It’s really a no-brainer; the less you think about this one, the better it tastes.

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Photo of BryanCarey
2.03/5  rDev -28%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Miller High Life is often referred to as the “working man’s beer”. It is a product that has been around for a long time and it has an image and low price that make it appealing to the blue collar crowd.

As for the beer itself, it is sweetish in taste with light grains and adjuncts dominating the flavor and only a dash of hops in the finish. The overall taste is on the weak side and it doesn’t leave a very lasting impression. It does manage to hold its foam a little longer than other beers of its style but its aroma, taste, body, and finish are all typical of a mass produced product.

Miller High Life is crisp and bubbly; hence the nickname as the “champagne of beers”. But don’t get carried away with this name- High Life is pretty ordinary and bland overall. It is very inexpensive and this alone will continue to result in steady sales year after year. But the taste is very plain and unexciting- the type of beer you reach for when you need some crisp refreshment but don’t want anything full- bodied.

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Photo of Bierguy5
2.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden straw color. Fair head retention. Aroma of cooked sweet corn. Somewhat sweet, with some corn flavor. A bit more flavor than other macros. Restrained hop bitterness, however it does not become cloying. Light body, with a lot of carbonation. This may be a small step above the usual suspects.

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Photo of tbone53
3.7/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first beer review as it should be because it is my fridge mainstay.

a:lite in color,head retention is moderate and good lacing down the glass.

s:smells like beer.lite clean no heavey aromas

t:what does the add say? taste great

m:feels good on the palete

d:now this is a good session beer.would drink several in one setting
have drank several in one setting.
for the price ,the classic bottle, and $15 a thirty pack at wal mart you cant go wrong.this is the champagne of beers. american macros anyway.

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Photo of veech
3.77/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Both this and PBR have enjoyed quite a resurgence on the local beer scene over the past few years. They've become more of a staple among the college kids which is o.k. as long as it's anything besides the putrid ooze that is Bud Light. The key points of MHL are that it maintains a sweetness of flavor that is not overpowered by any finishing bitterness. The main flavors are corn and mild grain with little to no hops. If all you have at your disposal is domestic macros MHL or PBR are the ways to go.

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Photo of robocrouch
2.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden yellow, with a small head.

Smell: Corn and grain are present. Very weak smell.

Taste: Very crisp. Grain taste is prevalent being finished by some corn flavors. Not too shabby for a macro lager. But see no reason why the would call it the "champagne of beers"

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is dominant.

Drinkability: An easy drinking beer with a nice clean finish.

Overall not the worst macro lagers out there but not the best...if there even is a best macro lager.

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Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
2.82 out of 5 based on 3,671 ratings.
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