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 battlekow
3.58/5  rDev +27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I'm drinking this out of an oversized wine glass, as befits the Champagne of Beers. High Life pours a very pale gold color, good head, good lacing. Doesn't really smell like much, but tastes remarkably good for "swill," sweetly malty with a nice biscuity finish. Mouthfeel is overly fizzy--the "champagne," I suppose--but still, High Life's not so bad. Easily my beer of choice for its class, and better than stuff like New Glarus's Totally Naked.

I'll hopefully pick up a bottle of High Life soon for comparison, as I remember it being superior to the canned version.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.23/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I admit that I've got a thing for "Grandpa's Beers." Special X, High Life, Papst, and Old Style all do it for me.

This is one that I always keep around in the fridge. At $9 for a case of bottles, High Life makes the perfect “just in case” beer. It’s like a safety net. I like having it near by, knowing that if my obnoxious cousin comes over I won’t have to offer him a Bell’s or something because trusty Miller is there for the non-beer drinker’s beer drinker. Oh, and this beer is called Miller, just plain Miller, not High Life.

Let’s start with the look. The beer itself is nothing special. It looks like liquid sweet corn. The head is thin, white, and not lasting. Overall, the appearance is what you would expect from just about any macro.

The bottle, however, is a different story all together. It features the famous Miller Girl Over the Moon label, which was created long ago by famed industrial designer Brooks Stevens. Stevens is kind of like the Frank Lloyd Wright of industrial design and is probably most known for the invention of the Oscar Meyer Wiener Mobile.

Anyways, the fact that the bottle has a small but kick ass print that was designed by an awesome Wisconsinite gives it a little appearance bonus in my book.

As to the taste, it’s corn syrup. Nothing more, nothing less.

The mouth feel’s not bad, thin, mildly carbonated, refreshing.

What I really like is this beer’s drinkability. It goes down so easy but doesn’t go through me like lite does. I can throw back a bunch of these and I don’t feel full but I do feel like I’m drinking beer, not water.

This is a solid beer and better than bud by leaps and bounds.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.43/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is not a bad beer, but due to some who must bash macros, it gets a bad rap. Poured out to a solid golden yellow color with a decent head that came down to about 1/8th of an inch. Odors of corn and malt were present. Taste was consistant with aroma. Very strong flavors of corn and malt, along with a syrupy sweetness that gives this brew a nice appeal. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, almost like liquid silk. Very nice. When you take the price into the equation, this brew is a no brainer. The best of any AB, Miller or Coors product. Good session beer. Recommended.

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Photo of Bang34
2.81/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an old standby. Craft beer lovers whould stay away from it but on a college student's budget, sometimes the $6 12er is all that one can get.

pours a straw colored yellow with a good head if poured aggrerssively. the head doesn't stick around too long.

Aroma is of malt and yeast, not very complex at all, though what do you expect.

Not much to the taste for those used to IPA's like I am very smooth, almost no hops a little yeast on the finish.

Very drinkable, a good beer on a hot day but just for refreshment, not for taste. Not very filling, easy to run through them.

The Champagne of beers is just a cheap macro afterall.

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Photo of alankwak
3.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale as it should. Nice head retention for a macro and a bit a lacing as well. Definite adjunct(corn sugar) taste but not too strong. Low bitterness and no aroma so hops are a bit lacking. Still for the price, not a bad "cheap" beer that goes down easily. I wish they'd add some saaz aroma hops..would make a big difference. Beats Bud if you ask me. No rice here.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An aggressive pour releases 3 fingers of head over top of a clear light straw color. As far as things go, the head has a moderate retention and leaves nice lacing as it recedes. The nose is light, corn-sweet with a lack of hop character. Flavor is very clean, with a moderate corn sweetness, light graineyness and a lack of hop. Not bad at all. The feel is light to light moderate wtih a moderate carbonation. Overall, I've always found this to be a nice and refreshing beer. Not something I get often, but when I need something in this genre, this is where I turn.

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Photo of merlin48
3.12/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow body with a one inch white head that has decent retention and leaves a moderate amount of patch lace on the glass. Aroma is negligible, with hints of spicy hop and a suggestion of pale malt. Mouthfeel is light bodied and the carbonation is moderately high. Taste has some grainy malt sweetness that is balanced well with some vaguely spicy tasting hops. Minimal adjunct presence. A good tasting American lager, overall.
A very pleasant surprise here. An American Macro Lager that tastes decent and lacks the offnotes or total lack of redeeming qualities I've found in the other macros. Definitely, the class of the American Macro Lagers that I've tried.

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Photo of ryantupy
2.15/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Wow! This beer pours a nice clear golden hue with almost perfect clarity. To bad the rest of the beer wasent as nice as its looks. I found the smell to be almost unexistent. The taste was not impressive and it was not smooth at all I could barely finish it. I remember drinking and hating it when I was 16 and my mind had not changed since on this beer.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
1.26/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Skunked? Gosh, it’s not supposed to be, with its isomerized hops and all. Tried it from the bottle, tried it in a glass, both gave me a big mouthfeel of some plastic dissolved in it. Gotta say it loudly: THIS IS NOT BEER! It’s the Champale, not the Champagne, of beers.

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

From a 24 oz. tallboy, average smell, color a very pale yellow with a decent head falling to lacing. Taste and mouthfeel are pleasing, tastes and finishes very clean, with no bitter aftertaste to note. Somewhat of a detectable sweet finish to the palate. A little over carbonated, as there are a lot of bubbles in each swallow.

I would gladly take a Miller High Life any day of the many offerings of the "big 3." Not the greatest beer you'll ever drink, but considering that it is one of the cheaper beers out there, the taste is definately worth the price. This one is probably my favorite "cheap beer."

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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 MarkBlackout
3.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

High Life is a weird brew.. at times it tastes excelent, other times it holds a funky, husky, musty edge that I don't really enjoy. Still, for a cornfed Indiana boy like myself, it doesn't hurt a bit to quaff a bottle or six of this on hot summer day. I admit that the packaging appeals to me and might even influence my purchase - not its old-timey appeal, but rather just the shape of the bottles. But I digress. High Life is far from groundbreaking, but I've relied on it many times in lieu of ordering an MGD, BUD, or PBR even. (don't like it in the bottle.)

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Photo of AussieInPhilly
1.64/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

What kind of a beer drinker would be alured by the concept of his brew tasting like champagne? In short this terrible drink made me feel as if I was a kid who had snuck into his Dad's tool shed and slammed down a bottle of chemicals. If you aren't ashamed to walk out of a store with this one, then perhaps you should walk out with a case of "Natural Light" instead? 1,000,000 college kids can't be wrong! Take it easy boys and girls!

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Probably the better lager of any of the 'Big Three'. In comparison to most of them, High Life is a little bolder golden and has better head retention. Better viscocity to the palate. Creamier and more flavorful. Flavors though, are of high corn sugar and decent malt. Still no hop play at all. Finishes as crisp, but with that corn-like aftertaste. Although its better than most of it's counter parts, its a far cry from the good Chezc Pils. Also makes a great free beer.

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Photo of ski271
2.8/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: From a 40. Clear medium yellow with a very large, white, frothy, fully diminishing head. Some pretty good lacing for the style.

Smell: Mostly corn (which is to be expected from an American macro, but it’s kind of good as far as they go), along with grain, light doughy yeast, and hint of grass.

Taste: Hmm. I was about to start saying nice things here, but by the time I finished the first glass, I didn’t find it quite as palatable. Corn again, very sweet, and kind of a white grape juice taste in there too. I didn’t smell or taste any skunk through the first glass, but my beer burps are lightly skunky.

Mouthfeel: Thin body, watery texture, lively carbonation.

Drinkability: “The Champagne of Beers”? That slogan is about as corny as the beer, so I guess it fits. But hey, as far as corny brews go, this is one of your better... or at least they don’t try to hide the corny adjuncts. Initially, I thought I found another favorite warm-weather-camping/lawn-mowing beer, but no. Equal or better quality to the more expensive well-known AB, Miller, Coors brews, so taking price into account, I’d take this over them, but there are better cheapos out there. I wasn’t disappointed by this beer, but not really impressed either.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.13/5  rDev +46.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straw color with a full white head and very active carbonation. Balanced grain, fruity, corn aroma and flavor. Light-medium bodied, refreshing and smooth without a lot of cooked-corn character.

I prefer the bottled version over the cans ... seemed to have much better carbonation and liveliness. Very nice American macro -- one of the best actually and one of my favorites.

Per MIller website: 4.7% ABV, 143 cal., & 13.1g Carb

'08155' lasered on bottle
Tasted: 05/25/05

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Photo of nota
2.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Mountain Dew yellow in color. Surprisingly long lasting white head. Not much to smell. For taste, nothing really offensive to speak of, just very light cheerios grain taste and a pinch of hops at finish.. A good amout of carbonation. Overall nothing bad, nothing really good.

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Photo of MetroOhio
3.58/5  rDev +27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I decided that I'd try to find a cheapie macro that I hadn't yet tried. I've had the PBRs, the Stroh's, and all. To be honest though, High Life, despite its association with bums or what have you, is a really good macro adjunct, and there's not a lot to hate on this beer about if you're reviewing it for what it is.

Serving was a 12 oz Clear glass bottle. Color was a mellow gold, slightly darker than say, Budweiser. Poured with a surprisingly thick head, and retained well till about halfway down the glass. Nose was really soft, with just a hint of grain and cereal sweetness.

Taste:Up front is a load of semi-sweet slickness commonly associated with the macros. Very fizzy, and smooth, and has a hint of fruit as it finishes, most notably apple and grape, but the grape is much slighter than I thought it would be.

Notes-You know, some people may want to just rip this apart needlessly, but it is a solid macro that can hit the spot on a hot summer day, and it's always great for an impromptu party beer. Cheap, readily available anywhere you go, and will always satisfy nearly everyone. For the macro lager that it is, few beers from the Big Three can beat the Champagne of Beers.

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Photo of TPSReports
3.73/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh from the tap in Milwaukee. Quite a different experience than I am used to from the bottle at home. This beer was ordered by the pitcher and poured into cheap bar glasses -- accompanied with wings.

Clear, golden color. Slight head. Great mouth-feel. None of the metallic aftertaste that hinders the bottle experience.

Will order again, in quantity, when in Wisconsin.

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Photo of Maestro
3.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving: 12 oz. longneck clear glass bottle. I poured 1.5 bottles into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Bigtime frothy head that disappears before you can blink. There is a foam that clings to the glass,,,I wouldn't call it a lacing.

Smell: Corn and grass.

Taste: This golden brew is exceptionally sweet, but seems to go down ever so smoothly. The taste is not bad at all, considering the circumstances. There are definitely some off flavors as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: The body is solid but there is a sticky sweetness that detracts a little from the quality.

Drinkability: This is a great session beer for the warm weather. I am slightly impressed, to tell you the truth.

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Photo of scheissekrieg
3.63/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5 old friend Miller High Life. So cheap, yet so much better than your other cheap-ass peers. I have a feeling that I could funnel 12 of these in a row...but why would I when they are so damn tasty that I dont have to pretend that they're Beast Ice?

Let's look at the greatness:
1. The can looks so old and antique like that you can trick your mind into drinking based on oldness alone. This beer has been here since the dawn of time and it wears it's years with grace.
2. war vets love this shit...yup they do.
3. It's High Life tells you what you want to hear as an economical beer know you want to live the high life or you wouldnt be drinking this piss colored swill in the first place.

Join the High Life Revolution Now!

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Photo of bearrunner44
3.23/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well, I'm continuing my "slummin' it" phase with a review of another macro- did I enjoy living the High Life?

Appearance- Consistent golden color with good clarity. The head is quite thick, and the retention is pretty nice. It even leaves a decent amount of lacing. This is definitely an above-average looking macrobeer.

Smell- Alcoholic, grainy dryness mixed with a sort of sugary-sweet aroma.

Taste- Smooth and relatively malty, with eager-to-please grainy sweetness from the corn backing it up. I could have sworn that the cream corn flavor was much more cloying the last time I had High Life. Maybe I got a fresher can this time around. There isn't much hop flavor to be found, but this beer goes down so easy that it doesn't really matter.

Mouthfeel- Thickness is about on par with Strohs and some of the other better macros. The smoothness of it is pretty nice.

Verdict- Why the hell is Miller Genuine Draft more popular than High Life? MGD is a grainy, acidic, unpleasant mess. High Life isn't anything special outside of the style, but it's smooth and fairly tasty.

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Photo of shirfan
2.68/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours fizzy yellow beer, light golden with a not-quite-natural looking sticky white head.

Aroma: Sweetly grainy with a touch of DMS.

Taste: Watery, sweet grain again, but more like cheerios than the expected blast of corn. Nothing foul or disagreeable, which is a plus, but litte flavor at all.

Mouthfeel actually feels pretty full, odd for being so bland.

None of the 6er will be going down the sink, but this won't be replacing Genny Cream or Stroh's on the rare occasion I need to "slum it".

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Photo of brewQ
2.68/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

In the can ...
That head is so rocky and so white it is rather comical.
The Twinkie of beers! And similiarly colored.

No aroma makes it safe.
The taste is something I grew up with - sweet grain that smells liked the cooked cereal eminating from the Milwaukee brewhouse.

It is a value beer and drinkable at Miller Park tailgates.
Drinkable at many outdoor events.

Hey- I worked here 13 years and I'm not gonna rip these guys too bad!

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Photo of RedLion
2.4/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The only reason to drink this beer is because you're low on cash, and the alternative is an AB product. Pale yellow, no head (unless you shake the can first), and only drinkable ice cold. "Flavor" greatly favors any other boring beer that you drank back in junior high. No hops. Really needs more hops. Mouthfeel = watery. It's drinkable only because it's cheap.

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Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
2.82 out of 5 based on 3,685 ratings.
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