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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 bearrunner44
3.23/5  rDev +14.9%
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 -4.6%
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 -4.6%
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 -14.6%
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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Photo of mynie
3.6/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Way back in 1919, when Jesus was inventing all the American macros (and he did invent all of them, regardless of what some nutjobs might try and tell us), he did so mostly out of cruelty. Jesus had a black little heart, you see, much like the Grinch only flesh-colored instead of green. He wanted to take all the flavor out of American beer in order to ruin drunkenness for everybody. But he was quite surprised at the results, as evidenced from this passage from the book of Mormon:

"And Jesus sayeth to his old hound Max

'And O how hard I tried to make beers that were sucking
But They're not sober at all, they're actually puking!

You see what they do with this swill I have gave them?
They drink it nonstopping.
They drink to cause mayhem.

They drink without hopping
They drink without salt
They drink without flamby, odiforous malts!' "

And old Jesus' heart grew three sizes that day, and he went down to try and change Budwieser for the better, but some drunken coal miners told him that if he did they would cut him. So, instead of changing that macro, Jesus took it upon himself to create a new one.

That beer, of course, was Miller High Life. A classy name for a classy brew.

Easily the best packaged of all the macros. The bottles are as pretty as can be. Pours dark gold, much darker than Bud, Coors, or even other Miller Beers, and the head is gigantic.

Fiery malts in the nose along with a hint of adjunct metal and a lot of grain. Tastes great, bready with deep, sweet grain, fruity esters, and a light malt finish. Very nice. Very refreshing. Easily the best beer you'll find at most gas stations.

Also it's not as good from cans as from bottles, for some odd reason. It's still pretty good, though.

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Photo of donnebaby
2.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold coloring to the thin-looking, clear brew. Lasting substantial foam rises thickly and falls stickily around the glass. Nose is mildly apply sweet and mostly stank.

Taste is thin and apply. Sweet grape juice. After is a bit unpleasant but not overly so. Mild and sweet, high life no doubt drinkable. Carbonation is strong but backed up with some firm body in the mouth.

Haven't had High Life since high school, and I was surprised by the mediocre but not unpleasant taste. Better in the can for some reason.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
1.28/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Not a very good beer here. It pours a golden yellow color and actually has a nice foamy head, but other than that, there's not too much to excite about. It smells like grains and bread and it tastes like pure bread. I guess there's a little grain and ass flavor in there too, but I really dont understand why it tastes and smells so much like bread. A lethal amount of yeast or something? I guess this one might be okay if you want to tip back 30 of 'em and get hammered all day, but dont count on it tasting very good.

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Photo of BrewMaven
3.3/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this with some BBQ steak last week. Didn't bother with a glass because that's not what High Life is about, it's about pop the top and glop,glop,glop! Looks like, smells and tastes like exactly what it's supposed to, a great summer cookout beer. Goes down smooth and easy with no funky aftertastes that make you smirk.

Update 5/09.. Had some High Life with dinner last night. Very clean compared to other macro brands and my old scores still stand.

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Photo of soper2000
2.45/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Four weeks left of my collegiate career, it's High Life time. (OK, I'm just trying to justify it's purchase). Poured a light straw yellow with a nice 2 finger white head into my Cia do Boi pilsener glass. Aroma was faint but what was detectable was mainly grainy with twinges of grass and a little bit of saaz-like spice around the edges. Taste was intially grainy but the grain flavors seem to fade after a couple of sips revealing a slight subtle spiciness that finishes clean. Smooth mouthfeel. OK macro lager I guess, but as long as Stroh's or PBR are in my area, I doubt I will ever taste this beer again.

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Photo of scaliasux
2.32/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice golden color, sudsy (but short lived) foam. Not the most impressive looking beer, but not poor for its category. Beer scent is overpowered by a strong secondary odor of something unpleasant, (and kinda vomitty smelling). Corn? The taste is, for me, very much hurt by the odor. The taste itself (insofar as it can be separated from the smell) is also pretty poor. Tastes corny, bitter and offers an unpleasant pure alcohol flavor with each mouthful. It is clean, though, leaving little or no lingering aftertaste. Feels like a macrobrew in the mouth, sudsy and light. No major complaints there. Drinkability is something of a toss-up. The beer is light and clean, but the flavor and smell are a little off for me, making subsequant beers unappetizing.

Before I expanded my beer horizons, this was one of my several beers of choice. I was a little worried to try it really considering its quality. Alas its legacy is, for me, forever tainted. Even among macrobrews there are better choices.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
2.85/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a big 32 oz. clear bottle into my pint glass. Clear golden yellow color with a bubbly 1 inch head on top. Actually leaves a bit of lacing on the glass as well. Fast rising carbonation. Aromas are mainly of sweet grain and corn along with a bit of an herbal/grassy hop as well. The sweetness makes this a bit less offensive than similar macros. Not bad.

First sip brings a nice sweet maltiness that's a mix of cereal grains and corn. The grassy hops bring in a bit of bitterness on the way down. Overall it's fairly smooth and has a decent flavor for a Miller brew. It's actually quite refreshing and easy to drink...one of the better macros I've tried.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin, but there's a nice steady carbonation that makes it feel a bit fuller. This is not something I'd pick up very often...but for a change of pace, as a hot summer lawnmower brew or if I'm out and there's not much selection...I'd choose a High Life over other macros.

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Photo of clemtig76
2.83/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow with a creamy head. Clean, crisp aroma with a hint of toasted corn. Tastes exactly like it smells. Clean, crisp with that ever present corn taste found in so many beers in this price range. No bad for what it is, a decent American macro lager.

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Photo of Litterbean
2.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Definitely not even close to being the best beer in the world, but for some reason it holds a special place in my heart. Maybe it was the many days in high school and early college I spent drinking this. I even ran from the cops in order to preserve a twelve of it on my senior prom night. Ah yes, those were the days.

Drinking it now is not the same, however. My glory days are behind me, but the nostalgia factor of this beer still makes me smile. Now, on to the actual beer.

Shitty pale yellow color, but damn, what a head. It's huge and fluffy like my hair before it all fell out. Damn fine lace all the way down the glass.

The smell is pretty awful. Definite stale syrupy flavor, probably whatever sweetener or additives they put in here. No other characteristics.

The taste is sweet with a very slight bitterness that lingers on the back of my tongue. Not unpleasant but then again not very good either. Carbonation tickles, tee hee. Leaves my mouth feeling clean, like it was water, but only with some flavor.

Definitely meant for mass consumption, which isn't always bad. One of the more pleasant macro-brews. This and PBR are wicked good in a pinch. It's hard not to wish you were drinking something craft brewed, but when you think of the cash you saved buying a twelve of this for 6 bucks and the fact that it has some redeeming qualities, you'll soon forget about that bomber of Arrogant Bastard you're saving for Monday Night RAW. Great beer for the price, definitely better than Lite of MGD, and lightyears beyond anything Coors or Bud makes. That may not be saying much, but dammit, if you want a cheap beer that doesn't offend, this is the way to go.

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Photo of mjc410
3.13/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz clear glass bottle

Good visible carbonation, large white head. The beer is actually quite interesting to look at, due to it's clear yellow color and clarity.

Smells of woody, grainy malts. Not too hoppy here.

Tastes like it smells, but the hops stand out more here.

Mouth is medium and bubbly.

Drinkable, one of the best macros I've had.

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Photo of rowew
3.13/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz long neck bottle (clear), with freshness info printed on the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a decent sized white head that fades quickly, but leaves a decent lacing. Color is bright gold, and crystal clear.

Smell: Mainly grain smell with a slight sweetness.

Taste: Very smooth with just a hint of bitterness at the end. Slightly sweet compared to many macros.

Overall impression: If you're going to drink macro, this ain't a bad way to go ... considering the style I think it is a pretty good example.

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Photo of sweetwaterman
3.25/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Miller High Life. The Champagne of Beers. Sure, whatever you say. What MHL is, in my opinion, one of the best macrobrewed beers that you can get. Rocky Mountain Pizza has this stuff at $5 dollar pitchers.

Clear straw color with a persistant thin lacing, this beer doesn't have a strong odor or flavor, but it is incredibely refreshing. I've had this with burgers and watching basketball games and it goes great with both. You could eat this with spicy foods such as chips and salsa without a tremendous clash of flavors. High Life is also very drinkable with absolutly no aftertaste. A great beer to have when watching the game.

And did I mention that its cheap?

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Photo of TheDeuce
2.56/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was the beer I used for my second review...however this was before I feel I was an adequete reviewer and had my review style down. Thus I am going to re-review it using MY style (this review is for bottle, last was can)

Appearance-Poured the bottle out into the pint glass, I got a quarter inch of fizzy head that dissapeared slowly. Decent golden color with fine clarity/

Smell-Clean to say the least, I got a lot of grain, some DNS and maybe a smidgen of hop flavor. Not a lot going on here.

Taste-Full but fairly bland, some grainy hops that go down ok with a lingering bitterness, not all tha refreshing nor flavorful, but it is unoffensive to say the least.

Mouthfeel-smooth, nothing offensive here, not that much of an aftertaste, which I suppose is a good thing.

Drinkability-smooth and not that flavorful, I suppose it's ok for those who aren't in to craft beer, I would not have another unless it was all that was left.

Overall-still not a great beer, inoffensive and boring, better out of the bottle than the can but that doesn't say too much. Still not a beer that you should at all seek out and if your not into crap beer there are still many better American lagers.

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Photo of PatandDavid
2.35/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had a bottle of this at Falt Top Johnnys this past Saturday night, in the company of David, Todd, Bochtech, and UncleJimbo, but the company and surroundings didn't make the beer any better. I poured the beer myself into a glass, and received liquid clear crystal gold for my trouble. No head to speak of and I did the pouring...that's not good. Aroma was of that sweet adjunctly style that is not appealing. But I didn't stop there, dove in, and encountered a medium bodied brew with very prickly carbonation. Tastewise, I thought it was mostly sweet malt with some citrusy notes in the finish. No, I will not get this again, and if I need 'the champagne of beers' I will continue my search for pink, green or gold Champale.

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Photo of santoslhalper
1.4/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a piss yellow with no head. Smells of hardly anything, hints of grain and bread. Tastes bad, but honestly the best Miller offering. Tastes like 2 year old cereal. But not as bad as most macros. Had this at a party, and I won't have it again. I like how every review of this beer has to have an explanation as to why they had it. Anways, avoid this.

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Photo of mrfosters
2.24/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Wow. It poured a nice gold with a surprisingly thick head that left lotsa lacing.But... tis true looks can be deceiving.The aroma was non existent,the flavor followed suit, very ,very bland and totallly lacking any discernable character.My father-in-law drinks this ,that's where I got the bottle to review,Thanks Pop,but no thanks.

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Photo of BigRedN
2.08/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Cleaning out the fridge to go shopping tomorrow on my day off Veterans Day (yes I work for the Feds). I had two bottles of this. Note: This is NOT my beer, my father drinks mostly this and PBR. He left it. I had to dispose of it. Might as well find out if it is as bad as I remember.

Appearance: Pale gold, small head that disappeared after one sip. No lacing. Bubbly (it is the "Champagne of Beers). All downhill from here.
Smell: Not much here, although I was surprised it was not skunked, being in a clear bottle and in my fridge for a month.
Taste: Slightly sweet on the outset, slightly bitter finish, made my stomach hurt.
Mouthfeel: Thin, carbonated, watery.
Drinkability: Should be high, but I struggled to put 2 down. For some reason I have never really liked Miller products, even though I don't think they are that drastically different than the other macros in content.

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Photo of thegiggy86
2.26/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I just tryed this beer the other day after much curiousity. I have been searching for a cheaper session beer. Cheaper than Budweiser and MGD, $11.99 for a 30-pk.

The beer looked typical of Miller as I poured it into a glass, smelled weird though. This beer also had a frothy taste which felt comfortable against the palate. Unruly aftertaste. If this beer starts to get warm, it is almost impossible to stomach. Warmth brings out many weird flavors. After two of these, they became challenging to take down. When cold, the first two go down pretty easy.

If you're looking for the bargain beer, go for Pabst Blue Ribbon instead.

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Photo of moocey
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yes, Miller High Life. The champagne of beers. I'm about to open a bottle and find out if it's skunked... And it's not. What a relief.

Appearance - pours pale yellow into the unwashed pilsner glass I drank an Anchor Liberty from last night. Lively, bubbley carbonation. Pretty decent head.

Smell - Smells like corn and paper.

Taste - Corny and slightly metallic, with a decent bit of malt in there. Simple, crisp. No hop flavor to be found. Pleasant for an adjunt lager that came from a clear bottle.

Moutfeel - What moutfeel? Watery?

Drinkability - Sure. If yer in the mood for an adjunct lager, this beats everything else from BudMillerCoors. It's priced right too. This was 3.50 a sixer. This is what I buy when I'm in the mood for cheap macro and I can't find any PBR. This is a beer that at least has the decency to taste like a cheap beer instead of tasting like nothing. And it's not painful to drink, unlike other beers in its price category such as Beast Ice.

I'm sure I'll end up buying this halfassed swill again, not very often though - just when it's time for a laugh and a good 'ol macrobrew.

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Photo of aquatonex
2.47/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Wow, this is my first 'can' review. I find it odd how I tend to stay away from cans when I can (hmm, no pun intended). This beer is one of the staples of parties it seems but it's really the first time I've encountered it. I had a hearty chuckle reading its slogan, 'The Champagne of Beers'. You know what it's good for? Beer pong. I would not drink this if I had a choice, but hey it has a taste.

Pours like piss, smells like macro beer. Tastes like alcohol and some malt, isn't too skunky which is good for chucking a few ounces here and there when you're losing beer pong. We almost won! Overall, this beer isn't that great :).

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Photo of maccroz
2.62/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 5

The champagne of beers. I guess it's all relative. You do get what you pay for. A $4 6-pack ain't too bad. It tastes like malt-liquor but who can resist those sexy bottles. You've got to admire their arrogance in marketing. Words like "champagne" and "high life" aren't words I'd use to describe it.

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Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
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