Miller High Life | Miller Brewing Co.

Miller High LifeMiller High Life
BA SCORE
2.69/5
3,762 Ratings
Miller High LifeMiller High Life
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
millercoors.com

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-20-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,089
Reviews:
1,153
Ratings:
3,762
pDev:
28.62%
Bros Score:
3.53
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
915
Trade:
1
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Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.85/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ah, the high life.. the champagne of beers. I think this is the best cheap beer money can buy. An 18 pack for $7.99? Can't beat that. Has much more taste than any of the other macros out there, but it seems to a hate it or love it sort of taste. It takes some getting used to but this is my go to party beer.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.25/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
2.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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 biboergosum
2.19/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle, from a grocery store in Helena, MT.

This beer pours a perfectly clear pale straw colour, with two fingers of thin foamy bone-white head, which leaves some decent sedimentary rock lace around the glass as it fades away. It smells of sweet adjunct grain, some mild acetone, and a dead grass/weediness character. The taste is a mild blurry graininess, fading sweet nail polish remover, and even more elusive weedy hops. The carbonation is moderate, but just on the soft side, the body better than I had bargained for - not quite middle of the road, but pushing for it, which leads to an only timidly cloying smoothness. It finishes off-dry, thanks to the not-going-away bland grain and subtle sugary booze sidekick.

Champagne of Beers? Sure, why the hell not, in a market where Bud is the King of Beer, this only makes soul-killing sense. Since I didn't grow up and throw up with this particular icon, I have no such justification for giving this nostalgia points. A bland, albeit generally inoffensive all-American lager. There, lynch mob averted.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

35.5cl clear glass bottle served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Points off for the clear bottle.

A: Pours a two finger had of no cream at all, terrible thickness, and decent retention. Clear pale gold colour. Looks pretty generic.

Sm: Crystal hops, light subtle floral tones, and clean barley. More interesting than expected, but not amazing in its own right. Aroma is mild in strength.

T: Pleasant and crisp barley. Light floral notes. Built decently but a touch imbalanced. Clean and a bit refreshing.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but too thick. Overcarbonated - the biggest problem with this beer by far.

Dr: Very drinkable and quite cheap. You could do far worse at this price, but if you're doing budget beer for getting bollocksed I recommend High Gravity Steel Reserve.

***
2016.11.03 impression from a $0.50 bottle at a bar in Brooklyn.

Inoffensive fare with sufficient body and only mild overcarbonation. Pale malt/cheap 2 row barley is all it provides. Maybe a blip of grassy hop character. Not imbalanced.

Smooth, wet, refreshing. Somewhat soft.

This is highly drinkable beer and has more body than the watery macrolagers that dominate the market. Many will malign it out of biased hatred towards its parent company, but it's rather good for the price and production scale. I can't knock it. No off flavours at all. Hat tip to Miller's talented brewers.

C / AVERAGE

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Photo of emerge077
3/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Average macro lager to the Nth degree. Fizzy bright gold, white frothy lacing. Corn and husky grain aroma, some light mineral notes. Lightly sweet with minimal bitterness. Minor flavors of wet grain, honey, and butter crackers. Dry and crisp finish, but largely bland and inoffensive. Gaseous and fizzy carbonation, not something i'd really drink more than one or two of, unlesss circumstances dictated, such as a family wedding in this case.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
2.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of zeff80
2.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Consumed a bunch of this in college and decided to re-visit the "Champagne of Beers"

A - Poured out a straw yellow color with a small, short lived head. Highly carbonated.

S - It smelled mostly of grains and corn.

T - Tasted of corn and a little malt.

M - It is fairly thin, but smooth. A light-bodied brew.

D - It is still a descent american macro lager. It will do the job during Championship Week on ESPN.

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Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of largadeer
1.88/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - Pale straw with surprisingly good head retention and tons of sticky lace. Not bad.

Smell - Cooked corn and a bit of sulfur. That's honestly about it. Pretty foul.

Taste - Mild pale malts and a distinct creamed corn-like sweetness. No hops or bitterness to be found. Fairly clean; judging by the aroma, I was expecting worse. Very light-bodied and crisp, high carbonation. Not the worst macro lager out there, but certainly not good.

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Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Boone757
2.5/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Kurmaraja
2.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.18/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear straw gold with a full head of bright white foam. It's retention is surprisingly good. It maintains a creamy collar and light surface covering throughout the glass, and leaves some very nice lace. The nose expresses a sweet malt with a very light touch of sulphur (but no more than should be expected of any lager). The body is medium/light. It's bubbles appear to be standard-sized and the carbonation level is median. The mouthfeel starts crisp but becomes lightly creamy as it crosses the palate. The flavor is as the aroma indicates with a clean, sweet-malt (obvious use of adjunct due to it's lack of graininess) dominating over whatever bitterness is present. It finishes dry with some lingering maltiness (but it never builds on the palate). Well done and enjoyable, although a touch sweet.

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Photo of chinchill
3.06/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz clear bottle. Pale golden body with excellent clarity.
Medium - high carbonation.
Clean mild aroma and flavor. Malt forward flavor with more hops in the aroma.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with heavy amounts of active visible carbonation and some golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy bright white head that slowly reduces to a pillowy thick film covering the suface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of slightly sweet grainy adjunct malts with some very light hints of musty corn.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of grainy adjunct malts with a lighter note of corn. Slightly sweeter than the other AAL that I have reviewed (not sure about all since I drank some I barely remember during college). Minimal hints of bitterness in the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. The carbonation is rather effervescent and it is very crisp.

O: I love the fact that I found this one in a 32 oz. can... Actually this is not as offensive as some of the other BMC offerings as it actually has some flavor and is drinkable. Best served ice cold and it is a great outdoor grilling beer (when you are the guy manning the grill) on a hot summer afternoon.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.18/5  rDev +18.2%
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 Thorpe429
1.38/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A: Slightly golden with an okay white head and some carbonation.

S: Some hints of grain in addition to the smell of adjuncts.

T: Not at all good. Almost tastes like fake beer with metal in it.

M: Too much carbonation and a weird metallic vibe to it. Feels and tastes like I bit my tongue.

D: Same as the mouthfeel. Absolutely stay away from this one. As far as I'm concerned, the worst of the macros.

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Photo of nickfl
3.37/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - One half finger of frothy, white head on a clear, light yellow body. The head settles quickly and leaves a soapy ring of lace.

S - Grainy, sweet aroma of corn and weak malt. Light aroma of herbal hops balances.

T - Sweet, grain husk and malt. Moderate herbal hop flavor in the middle, finishes with a clean, grainy flavor.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a very dry finish.

D - Well, what do you expect from a value priced light lager? I personally have a soft spot for high life; it has more flavor than some other, more expensive macro lagers and it is very easy to drink way too many of these. Not a great beer, but again... what do you expect from the Champagne of Beers?

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Photo of dcmchew
2.8/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of Gagnonsux
2.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Miller High Life is definently better than I remember most of the other Miller brands being (It beats Miller Lite any day). Still, High Life is only a slightly better than average micro. It is the type of beer than is sweet for its price range and good in a cold mug on a hot day, but its not a beer I'll be clamoring for again. I would recommend this beer for friends as a means of taking baby steps away from Coors and Miller Lite or as a cheap session beer.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
1/5  rDev -62.8%

Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
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