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 BlakeA85
3.82/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 24 oz can into shaker pint, pours straw/gold with a really nice white foamy head that sticks around for a pretty long time. Lacing is really good, all around the glass.
Smells of light grain and malt.
Taste is way better than the smell, a nice grassy and malty start with a great malty/hoppy finish. Really good.
Mouthful is standard, medium bodied and decently carbonated.
Overall, I like this a shit ton more than Budweiser and this is pretty much my favorite standard American style lager aside from PBR.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
2.5/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Pours very clear, yellow with a very mild white foam head. Aroma is malty and sweet, almost no hops. Taste is very mild, easy to drink and refreshing, some sweetness from the malt and no hops. Easy beer, not for craft beer drinkers. Cheers

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Photo of DWeavie
3.14/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Great beer to kick it with. Its very refreshing when the beer isreally cold, and great with friends or stuck at home alone.. its pretty cheap too. "The Champagne of Beers" for sure

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Photo of FBarber
3.56/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear watery gold with a thick frothy white head that quickly dissipates leaving lots of sticky white lacing along the glass with a thin white film along the top.

Smell has aromas of grain, belgian yeast, lemon and malts. Actually pretty good smelling.

Taste is full of lots of grains, corn, some undertones of lemon. Pretty watery and bland overall.

Feel is thin and light, full carbonation gives it a nice crisp mouthfeel that helps counterbalance the watery flavors/mouthfeel.

Overall, this is actually a very quaffable AAL, with an above average smell, and decent flavor. Yea, its an AAL, but its actually a good one.

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Photo of Squire123
3.45/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This stuff is cheap but I like it enough to pay more.

For a garden variety AAL this one is outstanding. Leader of the pack, top 'o the heap sort of thing.

The word bright comes to mind and not just in association with the Champagne of Beer tag line. This one meets and passes the test. It actually is more flavorful to me than many pilsners styles and managed to achieve this feat with a very crisp, clean finish that is refreshing and leaves no aftertaste. Probably their proprietary hopping but however done it works,

Recommended even when it isn't on sale.

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Photo of bakingpizza
4.24/5  rDev +50.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: MHL has that look to it that just makes you wanna open it up and pound it.

Smell: Has a very weird aroma to it. But doesn't throw me off at all.

Taste: Solid gold, It goes down smooth like a good beer should ;)

Feel: Feels great going down, feels great holding the bottle.

Overall: If I had to pick one beer for the rest of my life it definitely would be MHL. It's just that one beer that I cannot say no to. I just wish they made 6 packs near me but apparently they don't. Weird

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Photo of Mdamosc
2.04/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Open weather aging for 2 years on my screened in back porch.

L: Appearance is akin to a high school outcast substituting dirty urine for clean.

S: Smells of long dead hopes and dreams.

T: Taste is hard to nail down. A mix between previously mentioned clean urine and unicorn tears (not in a good way).

F: Water like mouth feel

O: The consistent weathering conditions of two years worth of north east seasons has rendered the champagne of beers devoid of any actual carbonation. I would say the aging process has really mellowed this fine brew.

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Photo of SevenBeersDaily
4.37/5  rDev +55.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Yes, I know this doesn't even qualify as "beer" by strict standards. It's made of corn and a lot of manipulated chemistry that has no business in traditional beer making. Think of this as the Big Mac of beers. It's not what a hamburger is supposed to be made of - we know that - but it tastes great and it is dirt cheap. I can't help but love this beer, ESPECIALLY in light of what total crap the other products from the company are. They should have been pushing this one instead of that god-awful Miller Genuine Draft product.

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Photo of BeerBobber
4.02/5  rDev +43.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden color with a large soapy white head and lots of streaming bubbles.

Sweet corn, barley, malts and some hop notes.

Taste is a mild sweet flavor of corn and barley with a bit of hop to it in the back of the swallow. The carbonation is high here and the tastes bubble along the tongue.

The mouth feel is a sizzle of carbonation with a very light refreshing drink that has a very nice crisp finish.

Overall this beer IMHO tastes a bit better than the Miller Genuine Draft by just a smidgen. And with a much lower price point this could be a go to American adjunct lager for those days when you hit the store, don't have a lot of cash and just want a damn good beer.

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Photo of Kelby777
2.47/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I purchased this in a tall can at a gas station because I found it to be cheap.

Appearance - Fairly handsome: a golden-yellow color with a large soapy head, good lacing around the glass, and good carbonation.

Smell - Pleasant, bready smell. It smells a little like corn and something else.... can't quite put my finger on it, but it is overall a nice smell.

Taste - Oooohhhh.... how do I explain this? It's different, and not in a good way. It tastes a little like piss with a burn of alcohol at the end.

Mouth feel - Watery, highly carbonated, and not too much substance to it at all. Worse than several mass-produced beers I have tried.

Overall - This would not make a good session beer. This is one to get shit-faced at parties. I am disappointed; it is hardly the champagne of beers.

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Photo of TheKing84
3.76/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sentimental favorite. Great quantity beer. Easy to drink and does not get old. For a beer that is on the lower end of the price spectrum, it certainly has a great taste and quality.

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Photo of Kernell_Sanders
3.51/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hello gents, now granted this beer is by far no craft beer or micro brew, understand that I'm reviewing it based on the beers that are in its class ie: Miller Light, Budweiser, Coors, ect.

This beer has the one of the best tastes out of a large scale brewer that I have tried (topped only by Yuengling). It may not have the best look (very light yellow, like piss) or the best smell (it smells like a slightly sweeter version of Miller Light) but its taste is great for a what it is, which is a cheap American large scale brew. I just bought another 12 pack today for $5.50 USD and I've got to say that's the best d$&% deal your going to find.

It may be cheap, it may look like piss, it may smell like a sweeter version of an inferior beer, but I'll be damned if you can find a cheap beer that can beat the taste and price point. When you're a baller on a budget, this is your beer my friend.

Miller High Life, the champagne of beer!

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Photo of KACK1533
3.84/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

By far my favorite Miller product. It has all the trademarks of an American Adjunct Lager. I tend to drink this out of a can, rather than bottle so as to not have it skunked. Pours a brilliant gold, with a nice foamy head that does have a bit of retention to it. The smell is corn with a hint of malt. Hops are subdued. The beer is also malty, like a cereal. I've had it in all serving types. If you're light on greenbacks this will do in a pinch. Really. This beer is unoffensive and perhaps a good palate cleanser.

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Photo of secondtooth
1.66/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Clear golden from can with a heavy-duty head of thick white suds. And gorgeous lace, believe it or not!

Aroma: Malty grains, corny, with minimal hopping.

Taste: Watery, hint of sweet corn grains. Almost no presence of hops at all, this one is just really sweet in flavor — almost too much so. Unbalanced for sure, but certainly more flavorful than Bud Light. Still, this is one I’ll avoid down the road.

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Photo of James954
2.35/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

(16oz can chilled)

L: I'm drinking from a can, but judging by the bottled stuff in the store and the profile picture....Yeah...Urine.
S: Skunky but not bad out of the can...clear bottle Miller that is not well stored can get pretty skunky.
T: The best part. Starts a little skunk, morphs into stale corn and light sweet malt with weak inoffensive metallic aftertaste. Great for summer.
F: Somewhat watery, carbonation like soda pop. The fizz can stick around in the back of your mouth a little.

Overall: For the style, being crappy cheap American might be my favorite.

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Photo of Kessel
3.92/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It looks like yellow fizz (some might call it piss water). But the labeling is iconic, so it gets a 3.

The smell is pretty mild, but pleasant. Think stale grass, sweet corn, slight citrus.

The taste is all in the finish, which is corn and pure science: a nearly perfect balance of mellow hops and and sweet malts. The aftertaste is mild and pleasant.

The mouth feel is highly carbonated and light to medium. Champagne of beers is correct.

Over all, I picked up a 12 for $7.49 at Target in 2015. That is bad ass deflation. Sure, they are a conglomerate, but that also has its upsides for the poor man.

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Photo of nondarb
3.78/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've drank more High Life than any other beer. Its easily top dog in its demographic (easy win over Busch, stones ect ect) and makes for a great lawnmower beer or beer beer! After a hard days work (I'm a contractor) this is generally my go to even over my beloved craft beers, not saying I prefer HL over them per se but its just that light and refreshing. My trips to the beer store generally end up with a 30 pack, and 2x 6 packs of craft or imports.

I'll gladly take High Life over ANY other macro any day of the week. Is it the best beer? Not even close, but to me its certainly the best in its demographic. Pairs oddly well with Cheddar cheese in the wee hours of the morning.

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Photo of Strat58cat
1.39/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

In Germany, Miller is not beer, because it's not made from hops, malted barley and water. It's made from corn and corn syrup, admitted adulterants. The Germans are on to something. Miller, like the other industrial brews, is best avoided. We have many other beverage choices.

It's light yellow. You can see it well through the skunk-inducing clear bottle. Cool. Old school bad.

Miller stinks. I don't mean that in a value-judgment sense. Literally, it stinks. Pop the cap and you're sure to smell the skunk. With a clear bottle, it happens fast. Get a perfectly fresh bottle, let it warm a bit. Now you'll get it. Take another whiff. The faint aroma of something rotten.

Miller skunks fast and tastes horrible as a result. However, if you get a very fresh bottle it's sweet. They make it with corn and/or corn syrup to make it sweet.

Miller feels like skunky water. Mmmm.

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Photo of Kubishark
3.77/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

The best word for me to describe the look of this beer is "frothy." Like the foam you see in ocean surf, yet straw colored. I don't know about you but I'd swim in an ocean full of beer.

It smells sweet and very mild.

It also tastes fairly sweet and fairly mild, but in a somewhat enjoyable way. It's light and corny, and won't make you grimace like some of the inferior cheap beers out there.

The feel is almost soda-like. But it didn't particularly bother me. In fact it fits the style for a sessionable outside beer.

Overall this is a good choice for a cheap lager. In most stores by me it's the cheapest beer that isn't Busch or Beast or something ungodly like those. I much prefer this over PBR too. If I want a cheap lager and a store doesn't have Narrangansett or they're charging too much for Yuengling, chances are I'll get this.

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Photo of dcotom
3.54/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 24-ounce can into a pilsner glass. Second pour. The first pour was into a rocks glass to sample, which yielded a funky aroma. When poured into the pilsner glass, however, the aroma brightened up considerably. A little bit of funk, with more maltiness on the nose. Reminiscent of a wheat beer, possibly because of the adjuncts in the grain bill. Appearance was surprisingly nice, a golden yellow with lots of carbonation and a substantial white head that left quite a bit of lacing on the glass. Taste was nothing special and the mouthfeel was rather thin, but this one offered considerably more depth of flavor than many (most?) AAL's out there. A little bitterness on the tail end to finish this off. Pleasantly surprised by this one. Refreshing, cheap, and a good food beer. Worth revisiting if you haven't checked it out in a while.

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Photo of charlzm
3.21/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Consumed straight out of a 32 ounce bottle on August 22, 2015. Drunk at 55 degrees F with a date of "June0115" on it.

Clear pale yellow brew with lots of carbonation and a persistent white head.

Aroma is subtle and sweet and grainy.

Flavor is likewise soft and simple: husky grain, some corn and a lightly sweet finish with only a hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated. Strangely, some alcohol heat.

Utterly inoffensive and hits exactly the target they wanted. Not for me, though

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.22/5  rDev +50.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Review #1000.

Appearance: Perfectly clear pale straw gold. Head is bright-white, creamy, and bubbly. Decent retention from a lively carbonation keeps at least a clump of a cap for the duration. A few splotches and small notches of lacing. Forms a nice web as the beer goes down.

Smell: Grass, corn husk. Sweet, super sweet. Cereal grains. Lots of grass and hay husk. Pale malt. Corn syrup sweetness. A soft touch of lager yeast under it all. Solidly earthy hop profile, especially as it warms. A touch of cracker in the back with some soggy white bread. A soft push of alcohol runs through the back. Not a ton of depth or complexity.

Taste: Sweet corn and grass clippings. Sweet pale malt. Slightly earthy with some soft herbal elements. Hay, straw, and grass. Corn husk. Cereal grain. Soft touch of alcohol on the back. A little dirty. Husk and grain. Sweet, very sweet. Light corn syrup. Dirt. Warming waters everything down and produces a bland mix of straw and old grass clippings. Sweetness persists through each sip but never really increases or becomes cloying. Flavor flashes on the initial sip and finishes immediately with almost nothing left.

Mouthfeel: Light body with a moderate to high carbonation. Slightly crisp. A little slick on the finish.

Overall: Celebrate in style.

This is still my go-to when slumming it. It's sweet without being syrupy and the carbonation isn't too high. It goes down quick and easy with minimal fuss and warms better than just about anything in the style. I drank this at midnight on my 21st birthday and it's nice to revisit it for the beer it actually is after a long hiatus. You could do a lot worse.

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Photo of bgillespie
2.77/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Translucent pale yellow. Thin white head.

Smell: Faint hint of malt and corn.

Taste: Not very strong, but sweet corn, some bread, rice.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but very carbonated.

Overall: A good beer for the price, which is cheap. Light and easy to drink.

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Photo of DrainBamage
2.17/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a light golden color with clumpy head. Smells like putrid fermented corn. Tastes like every other adjunct lager. Goes down smooth though, no bitterness. Overall, not recommended.

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Photo of shabbtastic
2.32/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Recently was left a cooler full. Normally don't buy this but I figured I'd keep it. It's been hot as balls out lately so I been drinking these with lime and they are actually pretty refreshing.

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Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
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