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 rjplumer
3.05/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've found this to be a very drinkable macro pale lager. Nothing really special going on here. What you see is what you get. Nothing really bad about it but nothing great though. Leaves little after taste. Has a slight corny taste. It is a pale yellow with a touch of orange. It is quite bubbly and pleasant on the tongue. I'd pick this one over most other pale lagers.

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Photo of meanmutt
3.05/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of WakeandBake
3.05/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A light golden Pale Lager Macro,lots of fizz,faint malt,and hop aromas and flavors, but I can get this on the cheep, I like it better that Bud and the same as Coors bit it's cheeper. I have this on had a lot in the summer for some binge drinking and an after work thirst quencher.Drinkable

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Photo of WesWes
3.05/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a light pale malt and adjunct scent that is a bit dry and musty. It has a light hop aroma. The taste is average as well. It has a dry and grainy pale malt and adjunct flavor that goes down easy and finishes slightly sweet and musty. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a decent adjunct lager. I never really gave it much of a chance before and I'm sure I won't be giving it much of a chance in the future.

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Photo of Yeldarb92
3.05/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jgiordano88
3.05/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Gemini6
3.05/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of BeerAngel
3.05/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an ultra-clear pale straw color with a snow-white fluffy head. The head retention is actually amazing for a macro. The smell of sweet corn adjuncts and a black pepper aroma in the background smell decent for what it is. The taste is a very mild earthy grain with again, some corn adjuncts and almost a hint of hops. Most all of the bite is from the carbonation. It is a thin bodied beer and drinkability is fairly high, especially in the Texas heat. I still prefer PBR over this, but this beer is not bad, it's just rather bland and boring. Cheers!

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Photo of tominator
3.05/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I have drank more Miller High Life than any other beer throughout my life. Despite its low quality, in my mind it will always be a good beer.
I extracted a cold can from the fridge and poured the brew into a standard American pint glass. It was a golden yellow with a chalk white head that glowed in the light, I added a tad bit more head than normal. Be careful with the beer's temperature, if you are walking around with a couple in your pocket they will heat up and your head will get out of control. I like to hide them behind the frozen pizzas in the freezer at house parties(SHHHH!).
It smells like the end of the work week. You get a hint of hops. There isn't a great aroma that you would get in a "good beer". It smells a lot like MGD, there is a small hit of malt. Overall, the smell is pleasurable to the nostrils.
After a big gulp full, I was initially hit with the hops and the smooth creamy head. Then I experienced a void of taste that reminded me how watered down it was. High Life is essentially a watered and priced down version of MGD. You also get some nice bubbles mixed in there, its almost like an over carbonated soda, but unlike soda it's good. It goes down smooth. A very easy beer to drink yourself silly with. Don't drive while your drinking, High Life will be your ride away from sobriety.
High Life drinkers are a band of brothers. Every time a pair of High Life drinkers cross paths at a party, there is a high five or a hand shake. Its unique, because its a getting drunk beer that is filled with class as well as alcohol(4.6ABV). I'm going to go out and have some more, tomorrow morning will be painful.

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Photo of HockeytownBrew
3.05/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pale straw yellow. Two finger width head that actually lingers for a bit. Minimal lacing.

S: Grainy malt along with the usual adjunct lager corny smell. Faint scents of citrus as well.

T: Grainy along with subtle citrus (mostly lemony) notes.

M: Light to medium bodied with plenty of carbonation and a smooth finish.

D: Drinkability is a high point. Very nice.

Passing grade for the High Life.

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Photo of BadBadger
3.04/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This lager is not bad for what it inexpensive beer. This beer tastes better out of a cold long-necked bottle after mowing the lawn, rather than when poured into a pint glass to be savoured. The beer is light-clear-golden. When poured there is a moderate head for a short period. The smell is odd-is that corn? Taste is not at all remarkable, other than some what corny. This lager is ok for a cheap refreshment straight out of the bottle when working in the yard. But is not something I would buy to sit back and enjoy. I recommend par-boiling ribs in this stuff.

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Photo of Beerdemon2731
3.04/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HardyA
3.04/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of CHickman
3.04/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours crystal clear yellow that’s closer to water in color with a nice 2 finger foamy snow white head that faded slowly and left surprisingly good lacing with rings as it went down.

Smells of grains, cornmeal, vegetables, light caramel, a little sweetness and a faint whiff of hops. Pretty earthy nose, typical of an American lager.

Tastes sweet overall, with malt, grains, corn/cornmeal, vegetables, caramel, light brown sugar and faint floral hops. It is what it is, a basic tasting mass produced beer that goes down easy as there’s just enough real beer ingredients mixed in with the corn filler.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with light carbonation, a light body, and a grainy and almost bready sweet finish that ligers with some metallic aftertaste notes. Overall quite average in every way. "The Champagne of Beers"…right on!

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Photo of mpyle
3.04/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not just a bottle, but a 40 oz bottle from the local 7-11. Keeping it classy!

App - Very pale gold color, brilliantly clear. Let it warm up a bit, and it poured a monster head with surprisingly good retention.

Smell - After an initial whiff of sweetness (DMS?) it settles into a slightly earthy, possible hop aroma. Slight hints of sulfur or something similar.

Taste - A clean taste with little flavor initially, but with a hint of sweetness. Some very subtle hop bitterness that lingers into a generally clean finish.

MF - surprisingly low carbonation, and light body. No astringency or warming. Not sure if it gassed out in my pour, but the lack of carbonation hurts the experience for me.

Overall - Not a disagreeably flavored beer for me, but certainly on the bland side. As such, it probably hits the mark for an American Macro Lager.

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Photo of zachlink720
3.04/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of BTFU
3.04/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - A nice gold color, with a slightly creamy head that stuck pretty well as it went down

S - Definitely could tell that corn was the main grain, but it wasn't too pungent or anything bad like that. The smell came more as it warmed up some

T & M - Very crisp throughout the entire beer, and had a nice dry finish that reflects the lightness of the beer & body. The slight sweetness of the corn is noticeable as it sits in your mouth, but doesn't leave any unwanted sweetness sticking around after you swallow.

O - A pretty solid light lager, and definitely one that is a people pleaser at a summer day or evening. Easy to drink, with enough enjoyment along the way

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Photo of Vancer
3.04/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As I picked up a sixer of SN Bigfoot and Boulevard Single Wide, I spotted the big ol' 32oz oil can of da High Life for $.99 Who could resist?

Pours a crystal clear straw yellow, and a decent white head pops up and even lays a bit of lace as I progress down. No aroma - well, just a faint hint of veggied malt. Quaff is pretty smooth, with a subtle taste of malt. No hop of course, but the finish does balance out.

An average macro lager - no standout qualities, for the mass market tastes as it has a decent lager cut to it.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.03/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ST: 12oz can with freshness date on the bottom poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Clear gold with very slow and small bubbles, Miller High Life has a thick marshmallow white head that leaves a streak almost solid line of lacing around the glass and down the glass as it is consumed.

S: Some bread and citrus from hops.

T: The hops barely make an appearance. This beer is dominated by mild corn sweetness, with a slight metallic taste on the finish.

M: Slightly watery with a few instances of creaminess. Dry upfront and towards the finish.

D: Standard ABV and, though not complex, Miller High Life does offer some flavor. I am on a search for a decent (and cheap) light beer I can give to friends who are not into microbrews (and also one that I can drink myself).

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Photo of Sudsy89
3.03/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle, chilled.

Pours a golden color, has a nice four-finger white head, high level of carbonation. I actually find it a pretty beer, looks appealing to me. Aroma is mostly corn, has that "adjunct" smell to it. Taste is corny too, a bit sweet, basically no hops. Has a slight grainy/grassy aftertaste I find common in adjunct lagers. However it is still better than others, since I didn't notice any skunkiness or really unpleasant flavors to it. For what it is, High Life is a decent lager, nothing special but still highly drinkable. (I bought a six-pack for casual beer drinkers, ended up trying some for myself.) It's also quite cheap, and I would much rather buy this over a more expensive foreign beer that I like less (Corona, Heineken, Beck's, etc.)

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.03/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I have been enjoying a lot of the High Life lately. Not sure why either. Probably one of Miller's stronger showings for mass produced beer. The beer is average at best. Best used for after mowing the yard, with hot dogs and chips on a summer afternoon or for giving to your friends who are not beer enthusiasts.

I found it to be very clear with a light yellow color. The light, white head dissipated quickly. It did not have much of a smell to it, but has a surprisingly flavor given the type of beer. I found it very easy to drink.

Certainly, not my beer of choice, but something I will pick up from time to time.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.03/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz can served in a shaker pint glass. Date stamp on can: Dec 05 16 F08071724.

Appearance: Bright pale yellow. 1/4" initial foam slowly died back to a thin skin across the top. Persistent foam sticking to the glass. I hesitate to call it lacing - there is some aspect of lacing to it, but there is also a lot of a foam "smear" sticking to the glass as well.

Smell: Little aroma. A bit of corn and grass.

Taste: Little flavor as well. A bit sweet with corn and a very light bitter finish. Otherwise clean.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation with a crisp and dry finish. Good thickness.

Overall / Drinkability: A nothing special beer. Worked well to wash down a pinto bean burrito, but nothing I would go out of my way for. A mostly boring beer. Not bad, just not very interesting or flavorful.

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Photo of happygnome
3.03/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: golden straw color white head little retention time no lacing
s: straw, corn hard to describe
t: better than mgd, ice cold this is not too bad for a macro
m: medium bodied smooth lots of carbonation

overall this isnt too bad for a macro, i prefer it to mgd, ice cold its drinkable, not sessionable....and its cheap

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Photo of jsbirnba
3.03/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of depechemode1983
3.03/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Color is a typical straw yellow. Head seems to have decent retention. Seems to have a bit of stickiness to it. Leaves some pretty good lacing.

S - Getting some light corn and some light grains. Also a soft lemon scent. Nothing offensive and nothing really remarkable.

T - A tad sweet with lot of corn in the flavor. There is a mild hop bitterness through the middle but quickly fades into nothing.

M - Average macro lager feel. Medium to light bodied with high carbonation. Not bad not good. It is what it is.

O - Another easy drinking macro. I don't understand why people find these so offensive. If anything they are the exact opposite. Bland, low in alcohol and easy to know back and entire six pack. This is one of the better ones in my opinion. And cheaper.

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Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
2.82 out of 5 based on 3,729 ratings.
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