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 mnesporov
2.93/5  rDev +4.3%
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%
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 -38.4%
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 +7.1%
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 -30.2%
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 -18.1%
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 -0.4%
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 -21.7%
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 +10.3%
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 +7.5%
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 +10.3%
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 +17.8%
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 -27.8%
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 +2.5%
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 +31.7%
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 +34.2%
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 -1.8%
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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Photo of xav33
2.66/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Miller High Life
Deuce-deuce in a brown paper bag
Always fresh, always sampled.

Couldn’t see through the bag, but from years of experience looking through one of the few clear beer bottles left on the market, a perfectly refreshing 24K pilsner gold.

Smelt of the paragon of cheap american pilsners.

Taste was extremely hoppier and maltier than most swills. MHL still clings on to some taste.

Overall, the champagne of beers.

Notes: The Story Of Eugene
A cool old dude comes in the beer store everyday; recently retired, chaw drippin from his lower lip. Before he retired, every weekday, Boss, would buy a deuce-deuce of the High Life for the road. Eventually, he retired, and I would see him only on two or three random days a week, when he would do menial manual chores. Then he started coming in almost every day, so I asked him why he’s working so much if he’s retired. He said "Oh, you know, gotta stay busy" I just realized today that his only thrill in life left is unapologetically drinking a brew while driving home after work. Also, he’s an old man, he can get away with anything. He probably has a garage full of plates in case he gets caught. That is how I will live my last quarter century.

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Photo of fido
3.2/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Miller High Life... Champagne of beers.

Appearance is an average yellow beer; Smell is of corn and grainy; Taste is of corn and malty; Mouthfeel is thin and crisp; Medium body with light carbonation; Drinkable and very refreshing, better for a hot day.

Not a bad beer.


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Photo of Poser
2.01/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Drank this alot in the military and even before that in high school, but have avoided it for several years for the more cultured selections. I was at a little country restraunt and decided to go on a trip down memory lane since it was the only non-light beer they had.

It looks like a light beer, but with a more yellowish tint. A very distinct smell but that doesn't mean pleasant. The taste is better than some macros, but it leaves an oddly impure feeling in your mouth. The bottles taste like a tap pour.

I can still see myself buying a 12-pack of these on a game day if I had some friends over, but I wouldn't drink one of these for the flavor.

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Photo of MusicmanSD
3.07/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Hittin' the low life. Miller High life is a confusing beer to me. It isn't stale and doesn't taste like it was sitting in a wherehouse for a year like MGD, but has the very corny taste of a Miller Lite. Confusing brewery. Anyways, nothing is yellowier in appearance, nothing! Although the bottle is classic, which is what you want to drink this out of. The smell is of very faint corn making it hardly offensive, but not impressive nonetheless. The taste is actually damn good considering its price for a 12 pack and its availability. Better than most other swill in the same category sans PBR. The moutfeel is watery like a Mexican beer, but has a stickiness to it that makes it seem heavy. The drinkability is the absolute high point of this beer. Very refreshing and you can down these like water, which is exactly what they are good for...about as average as average can get.

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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 jlmjl
3.46/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am going to start all my reviews with an original category : How the bottle looks and how the bottle is marketed.

I love the look of the product, its a classic look in its clear glass bottle with the retro label. It brings back memories of drinking multiple Millers up in the Poconos in the returnable bottles

A - Looks great, light appearance

S - Not much of a nose to this beer, but no mistake what your drinking when you put your nose to the bottle (or can)

T- Wonderful !! Very crisp, but still has some body to the beer in comparison to it's competition (Bud nonsense etc)

M- Very WET, refreshing

D- Clearly a session brew.

I will always grab a Miller HIGH LIFE when they are around - One condition - They must be very cold

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Photo of chilidog
3.51/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow!, I never bought High Life before until I had to pay for some construction help. The price was very good and the beer itself, not bad either!

It pours a clear but golden Color, not a watery gold like the other mac's tend to.
The head was nice, holds up well, you actually have to wait till the beer is ready after the pour. Lace was fair, spotted, and more-so than not.
The aroma was sweet and corn like, not very strong on the nose.
The taste was good. The sweetness of cream corn, hust for just a touch of earth, and a mild malt background. Hops, not so much so, not to be noticed, though if there were some that would help crisp the beer up.
Mouth & drink-- very smooth and easy. The colder the better.

I guess I never bought High life because I didn't care for there adds, though they really don't push this beer that often.
I always picture Kirt Russel with Goldie H. in Overboard "I think".

What made me notice High Life again, was the fact they brought back "The Girl On The Moon". Retro....Timeless...Thats High Life!
I'll be buying somemore, Cheers!

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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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Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
2.81 out of 5 based on 3,627 ratings.
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