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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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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Photo of xav33
2.66/5  rDev -5.7%
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 +13.5%
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 -28.7%
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 +8.9%
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 +27.3%
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 +22.7%
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 +24.5%
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 +25.9%
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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.18/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale yellow with a foamy white head that fades quickly and leaves some decent lace on the glass.

S: The smell is of malt, corn, grain and a faint whiff of hops.

T: The taste is much the same as the smell, with the malt, corn, grain and hops and none of them really dominating.

M: Crisp and smooth, with a light body, high carbonation and a clean finish.

D: It’s a macro, so it’s definitely “poundable” and as I’ve found with most Miller products, it has a bit more flavor than you get from Bud or Coors. This is definitely one of the better cheaper out there.

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Photo of boblog
2.73/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is probably the best of the major American Macro lagers. Fairly decent golden appearance. Mild head. Sweet smell. Smooth taste with slightly malty aftertaste. Crisp, clean, and cheap it does what it was intended to. With this beer you get what you pay for not much more.

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

This is the only cheap domestic beer I've had that I can drink over and over. It's really not as bad as you'd think. I think this lager is as good or better than some higher priced lagers (ie. Rolling Rock). Smells very crisp and simple; malt more than hops. This beer shines in the mouthfeel department (compared to other cheap beers); very clean, crisp, and refreshing. It could have a little more flavor, but I'm not complaining for the price. Very malty with a hint of hops, fairly strong malty aftertaste.
Many fun nights with this beer in college and beyond. =]

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.37/5  rDev +55%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have no idea why miller doesn't make this it's main full flavor beer. This beer is cheap, yet it's one of their best.
What does one look for when drinking an american macro lager? He wants a smooth beer with some flavor, not too much (he wants it smooth and easy to drink a lot of). He wants a nice sweet smell as well. As far as american macro lagers, this takes the cake. Has nice flavor, and doesn't have that akward dryness that mgd has. Much better than MGD, miller needs to make this their main beer.

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Photo of tcayiajr
2.8/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I really can't complain. This has been the mainstay beer of my adolescence life, and you know what it has done the job. It gets you drunk and for $11.99 a twenty-four pack it isn't all that bad. I definitely prefer the Pabst breweries much better. I've had much better times with Rainier, Schlitz, Hamm's, and Stroh's but Miller High Life has always been a standard brew that is easily abtainable anywhere in the country. As I've matured in my years I've tried to avoid high life more and more but whenever you are pinchin' pennies high life always tries to find it's way back into your fridge. In my opinion this is the best universally available cheap domestic lager in the great patriotic nation of America. It's the Champagne of Beers!

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

A: In the bottle? Definately no glass needed for this one. Woman on the moon staring me in the face! Clear golden color with a slight head, no retention and no lace.
S: Trying to stick my nose in the bottle allows me to note a slight sweet hop aroma with a grainy maltyness.
T & M: Extra crisp through the mouth with a slight matlyness at the front and back of the mouth. Not many hops present. She's seduced me.
D: A good lawn mower lager. Probably one of the better of the macros. I would say its my bad beer go to. Easy drinking. How can you turn down the champagne of beers? Avoid, unless the woman on the moon is handing you one...

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance wise, a very average yellow beer. Smell is almost non existant, not to impressive at first glance.

The taste is light and malty. A bit bitter with good hops. Not very complicated but not overly watered down. Actually very refreshing, would be ideal to drink on a hot day.

One of it's biggest flaws is a long lasting dry aftertaste. Not really a beer to savor, more of a beer to chug down.

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Photo of murrayswine
2.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Champagne of beers my spit...
Pored like you think, pale and lightly fizzy.
smelled like, well, it didnt smell like mush at all, actually. Like wet hops left over a real hopping.
Taste is limp, but slightly hoppy.
I will give it good mouthfeel and damn high drink ability.
It is the king of Miller, which doesnt say much.

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Photo of bort11
1.25/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Had this with my dad after spending a weekend rebuilding a porch. There was some of these left over in my fridge from an earlier party. I was too hot and tired to be able to really enjoy a good beer. I figured that this couldn't hurt...wrong!

It's a clear, watered down apple juice yellow. It is super fizzy, so it creates a massive head, almost had a spill over. Usually this is an attractive feature to me, but this was over doing it. Smelled like corn. Tastes like corn oil. Mouthfeel is light, fizzy, and oily.

I physically cannot drink cheap macro beers anymore. Whenever I do, I get an upset stomach.

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Photo of goschool
3.38/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There’s not much to say that hasn't already been said. The pour is golden. The white head starts out frothy, then fades, but never disappears. There is some corn in the nose, along with grain. The taste is crisp with grain and light hops. No noticeable corn flavors. At $4.99 a case, this stuff is just about the only macro worth buying.

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Photo of akahn
3.79/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw color with a dense white frothy head that lasts. Streaming carbonation and good lacing. Impressive.

Crisp grainy aroma, decent, but marred by a hint of veggies, sort of like the juice left over from boiling brocolli.

Very mild flavor. Faint malty sweetness, along with some slight adjunct sweetness. This fades into a dry grainy finish. Not much flavor, but completely unoffensive.

Absolutely speaking, this beer is light bodied. Relatively speaking, this beer it's full. Fuller than water and fuller than most macro lagers. That's appreciated by me and it doesn't stand in the way of drinkability. Brisk carbonation, but smooth, at least from a glass; from the can this has pretty harsh carbonation.

Perhaps not the champagne of beers, but certainly one of the best of the style. I think this tops PBR.

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Photo of supercolter
3.72/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- straw yellow, not a lot head retention, or lacing
S- no real complexity but not bad either, some malt is about all i smell
T- I do like the taste, malty a bit more flavor in my opinion than the other macros, but no complexity and the after taste seems just a bit skunk
M- alot a bit fizzy but light enough to go down
D- yeah, you'll forget you are drinking beer

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
2.31/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A - this macro pours a very pale yellow, with a thin white lacy head that dissipates quickly, fizzy like soda

S - a malty aroma with citrus hints, no hoppy aromas

T - fizzy, with a malty kick, no hops evident, but a nice refershing taste, my leading macro choice

M - fizzy, but refreshingly smooth, especially on a hot lawn mowing type day

D - high, easy to pound

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Photo of Rumpole
3.3/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After Miller Genuine Draft took over as Miller’s breadwinning brand (along with Miller Lite, of course) dear old Miller High Life for years looked as though ready to be put to pasture, saddled as it was with many other old-time brands with a rather dowager image. But MHL, along with other old-timers, is enjoying a ‘retro’resurgence, no doubt in part thanks to a recent ‘retro’ redistribution of wealth. At about $15 for a 30-pack in glamorous Worcester, MA, it still competes at the ‘near-premium’ levels, however, so rather than taking on Budweiser and Coors directly, as MGD does, it deals with the likes of Busch, PBR and Schlitz. (N.B.: according to the brewery website, the abv on this brew is 4.7%, not the 5% I see indicated here as of the date of this review.)

I understand the label has been updated recently, but for all that, it still retains its familiar look, and it’s a terrific look at that; simple, easily recognized, and attractive to the eye. “The Champagne of Beers” pours a very typical macro pale gold, and there’s nothing wrong with that. The scent is reminiscent of both MGD and Miller’s Red Dog, but this is the best version – tangy and somewhat sweet smelling but not off-putting. That impression continues with the taste – again the family resemblance is here, but this one easily fares the best of the lot – no bizarre aftertaste, no off-sour notes, just a simple, corn and grain smoothness, right through to the mellow finish, easily Miller’s best. Body and maltiness is only light to moderate, but somehow the overall effect is one of a pleasant buttery richness. Not much hop top-note, mostly a mid-palate experience, but a good one, with just a gentle touch of adjunct tanginess here and there to liven things up. This is Miller’s best balanced and coordinated flavor profile.

In sum, there’s definitely a reason this aged recipe has endured the test of time; some competitors have more action in the upper register, but this one is hard to beat for a good fat midrange. It’s very useful as a yardstick for tasting comparisons too. Solid, reliable, enjoyable and a good value, the High Life deserves its return to the limelight.

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Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
2.82 out of 5 based on 3,683 ratings.
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