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 Rockinmac
3.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

One of my three favorite macros. Wonderful ice cold on a hot day after a long day at work. Much prefer it in glass. Taste like sweet corn soda pop with a touch of six row and very little hops but so refreshing. Perfect for the style. I love the extreme rate of carbonation.

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Photo of Kriztofuhr
4.28/5  rDev +51.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Poured into pilsner glass. Pale clear straw in color. A finger of bubbly white head, quickly dissolves with no lacing.

Smell - Fresh corn, wonder bread, slight grass

Taste - Corn grits, crisp cracker like malt body, slight grassy hop bitterness. Dry and clean finish.

Feel - Perfect for the style in my opinion. Light body, loads of carbonation bone dry finish. Thirst quenching.

Overall - My favorite American lager so far. So drinkable and has a a mild yet pleasing flavor. Snobs be damned this is a great beer.

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Photo of Samlover55
2.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3

12oz can into Mason Jar Glass
L- clear gold with ultra white head
S- sweet grain
T- sweet corn taste with slight fruitiness and a yeasty finish
F- light bodied and heavily carbonated
overall a AAL but one of the first beers i ever had, way back so I'll always have fond memories of this one

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.44/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I had a chance to try one of these again at a party, and it's the first time in years. I was fully prepared to hate it, but...

Appearance: Pours a pale yellow color with a white head that actually retained for a while and left some lacing.

Smell: Sweet, slightly hoppy (to my surprise) and the usual adjunct corn and grain. But not horrible.

Taste: Sweet, crisp and smooth. Better than I remember. It's definitely lighter and sweeter than the newer craft beers I'm used to, BUT...this isn't a horrible beer for the style at all. I can see why we drank this often in my younger days. It's just a light, slightly sweet, lager style...and VERY easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery, but also crisp and sweet on the finish. A slight creaminess when swirled in the mouth before the swallow.

Overall: Much better than I remember. I wanted to hate it for being an America macro brew, but I was pleasantly surprised that I still liked it. I wasn't crazy all those years ago when this was my main "go to" beer in the late 70's and early 80's. I would actually have one again, especially ice cold in the summer. I might even grab a six pack now and then, for nostalgia's sake.

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Photo of TheCrimsonChaos
3.09/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm just going to be honest here. It's cheap. But it doesn't taste quite as cheap as it actually is. If I'm having a few beers in the evening, I drink one of these between more expensive, better quality brews or homebrews. Makes the "good brews" last longer. Hell, most of us can't afford filet mignon every day.

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Photo of blackmagik2272
4.06/5  rDev +44%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Those that rate this poor should obviously had their taste buds doused in acid. This is a rock solid and go to session beer. Great taste and flavor without weighing you down. Its clearly better than the rainbow lager you're drinking now. Act like you knew \m/

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Photo of LAp
1.25/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

I would say that this beer was distinguishable, if not a little better than the Coors, Natty, etc competition, had a blind taste test not shown me that I cannot distinguish it from them. Hardly champagne.

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Photo of nbaker290
3.44/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Box says drink by April 17th, must be fresh, most of the time I get this the date is 2-3 months away. Farily consistent beer.
Poured a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass, though this is a beer you drink from the bottle, 40, 32, can, tall boy, whatever vessel you bought it in.
It pours a pale yellow color, very bubbly, forms a 1" white head that summers down to a film and leaves a bit of lacing behind, and continues to do so as you drink the brew.
Smell: Smells sweet. Grainy, like cereal and grass. There is corn in this.
Taste: pretty sweet, then turns a little tart and you get a hint of a clean, inoffensive, zesty finish. A pretty nice tasting and simple brew.
Feel: not too thick, not too light, it is a medium-light mouthfeel and pretty fizzy.
Overall: It is surprising these guys sell a 12 pack for $7.49, or 4 tall boys for $3.29-3.69... and it's not bad tasting beer. I'll take it over a Heineken/Stella/Rolling Rock, which some people consider to be "good beer." It's not skunky, not rotten smelling, doesn't look or feel or taste watered down. There's a reason this beer is still alive: it is cheap, it is a good tasting beer, and it is readily available in all forms of can and bottles.

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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 PatrickCT
3.15/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce can poured in to a pint glass.
Vibrant yellow/gold body with perfect clarity. A two finger white foamy head that dissipated quickly.
Husky, corny aroma. Faint grain.
Corn and grain in the taste. A little heavy with the sweetness for me. Touch of hops in the end.
Medium body. Surprisingly full for the style, or heavy, depending on how one looks at it. Fizzy carbonation. Semi-dry finish.
It has been a while since I have had Miller. It would suit me better if it wasn't so heavy handed with the corn but overall it is very nice for the style. And cheap!

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Photo of Caj1
2.44/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

I'm reaching for the low hanging fruit here. Bear with me.

A: pale gold, crystal clear, effervescent head that fizzes similarly to soda but not quite as intense. Very, very little lacing.
S: Kind fruity and a tiny whiff of greenish hops, but this beer often has a skunky aroma, even when canned (which is what I drank). Not great.
T: Corny. Kind of has a wet newspaper flavor in the back. Metallic. A little bit bitter and tiny hop taste.
F: Goes down smooth. A little bit foamy but it's easy to slam, so I guess that's a plus.

Overall: beer made for chugging. Champagne of beers maybe in the sense that it's fizzy as all get-out. Don't get hung up in the subtle aromas and complex flavors, because they ain't here. It's easy to buy a couple tall boys and get buzzed, though. Honestly, I'd prefer Miller Genuine Draft or Budweiser to this, but I have good memories associated with this beer from when I was a kid coming up and drinking anything available.

To good health and good beer.

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Photo of BeerReviewersAreGay
1.96/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 1 | smell: 5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Most unethical brewing around, it may have been good in the 60s
Who knows I was not around, I once decided I liked this beer,
That was a mistake, I may have gotten 3 out of the 30 Twelve packs I got that was actually quality, the rest was complete tasteless garbage, Inconsistancy at its best. This beer is garbage you may as well be drinking anything else at this price, even coors banquet is leaps and bounds better than this rubbish, spend the extra dollar and enjoy something consistant.

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Photo of Holderness
3.09/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L -- Pale straw color with an intense effervescence. Clear. Huge head quickly dissipates, minimal lacing. 3.25
A -- corn, grain,mild fruity aromas 3
T -- Bland, generic mass market lager taste 2.5
F -- The selling point of this beer. Lively carbonation and a light but not watery mouthfeel combine to make a very refreshing beer, that remains drinkable hours after opening. 4.25
O -- Tied with pbr for best widely available cheap beer 3.75

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Photo of beerfan4545
2.68/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Straight out of the can from a 12-pack.

L- Extremely pale straw color. I normally don't like beers with this coloration, but I found this beer to be very visually appealing.

S- Unfortunately, it starts to fall off here. It smells better than coors, bud and Pabst, but unfortunately it still maintains the gross metallic grainy smell of cheap lagers.

T- It's neither good nor bad. Certainly not offensive, but not quite good either. Tastes like seltzer water flavored with grains and a very light bitterness on the back of the palette.

F- Very high in carbonation. I prefer it to the above mentioned alternatives.

O- It's very cheap, and beats most of the other beers in the price range. Overall, it just makes me wish I was drinking a better beer.

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Photo of Bru-ster
3.73/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It's Miller as I remember it. A great American Pilsner . Excellent with brea and cheese or a sub sandwich. I first drank this in 1973. The champagne of beers! Crisp clean flavor. A bargain retro beer. I actually liked genuine draft better but they don't make it anymore

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Photo of tucson_brewson
3.01/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

16 oz tall boy poured into English pint glass (need to invest in proper Pilsner glass)

L - Clear, golden straw color, nice inch of head that slowly dissolves and leaves a fairly thick lacing, for what it is. The "Champagne of Beers" indeed.

S - Compared to Bud, Coors, other AALs, High Life manages to smell the least offensive. It smells very heavily of cereal grain, corn and bready malt, also a little metallic.

T - Miller manages to put out a couple of the best cheap beers on the market, based on taste. It's not like drinking seltzer or a mouth full of syrup. A good balance of malt, corn, grass, and a surprising citrus hop finish (just not after every sip).

F - Clean, crisp, highly carbonated. Goes down smooth and drinks like a light beer. Keep these extra cold (in the freezer for a bit) so the "mouthfeel" stays tolerable.

O - Much like Rolling Rock, Miller Lite, PBR, I give High Life a lot of credit for all the low-end beers. Pretty ballsy to call yourself "The Champagne of Beers" but they at least back it up in the design and, for what it's worth, the overall drinking experience. Just stay away from the light version of this, not worth paying for sparkling water with a tiny bit of alcohol. It's cheap, it's drinkable, and it hits the spot on a hot summer day. Just going to drink my next one out of the can because it's meant to be drank out of its original packaging.

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Photo of acmurphy696
1.85/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I like to pick up a mainstream beer every once and a while just to calibrate my taste buds.
This is not a bad beer (heck, it's better than Budweiser), but like many American adjuncts, it simply lacks character.
The beer does not taste bad, it simply has little taste at all.

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Photo of HalMS
4.05/5  rDev +43.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Of all the mass produced American lagers, this is by far my favorite. Nothing fancy, but it's just so refreshing, pleasant, drinkable and not Budweiser like. Love it!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.49/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

The appearance is probably this beer's worst attribute, its that macro yellow you've often come to fear, placed a in a clear glass bottle. Aroma is big time adjunct Midwestern corn and stuff. Retro.

Taste, they drop excessive carbonation in this one to get away from the lack of an all barley base, the lack of anything but long boil high alpha non proprietary hops, and hey that makes sense, they're going for mass appeal low cost high output stuff.

There's no real off flavors, but the 'flavors' are difficult to praise at the same time. I can drink these just fine, there's a tiny hop bite paired with the excessive carbonation, and that is its real offset, after 2 or 3 of these, my gut is just full of gas and drinking becomes a chore in that way. Some metallic mouthfeel, I dunno pair this with chips and salsa or a hot dog. Serviceable enough when you don't want to think about beer.

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Photo of HopHunter19
3.11/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - yea I'm not pouring this one into a glass, it's meant to be drank from the can and that's what I'm doing
S - nice hop bite, bread, corn, light malts
T - same as the smell
M - light, crushable, alc covered, aftertaste is very light malt but basically non existent
O - the definition of liquid bread, or maybe liquid gold ? It's definitely good but not in the same way as most of the beers I drink

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Photo of afunyun
2.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Tastes like miller lite that decided to drop the metallic taste. Smells like corn and hops. Yellow-Gold color. Drank from can, poured to see coloration. Mouthfeel is a solid "drinkable", very carbonated. Overall not bad for an AAL.

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Photo of sej1293
2.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The best thing about high life is the higher than average carbonation that results in a very pleasant mouth feeling. Other than that, it is an average, cheap beer in every respect. Entirely drinkable but you're likely to forget about it until you try it again.

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Photo of colts9016
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass at 35 degrees. Appearance a foamy bright white that is two finger thick with poor retention. The color of the beer is pale yellow with some golden hues. The beer is clear with a lot of carbonation.

N: Cereal, grains, yeast, and corn.

T: grainy, slightly cooked corn taste, and yeast

Mouthfeel is carbonated, and crisp

This is just and average beer and ok for its style.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
2.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12oz can (November1916) emptied into a mug shows a clean clear yellow gold exhibiting bubbles of carbonation and a nice 1/2in white head that drops to a cap.
Smell and taste is malt with corn with a carbonation tickle and a slight metallic tinge.
Light feel and a clean finish.
Well worth the $12/30 pack.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bought from Times Supermarket $8.99 12-pack bottles
Clear golden color
High carbonation
Light mouthfeel
Malt taste in good balance
Overall not bad for a cheap beer. Better than bud. Price is a factor in my ratings

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Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
2.82 out of 5 based on 3,693 ratings.
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