Miller High Life | Miller Brewing Co.

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Miller High LifeMiller High Life
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
Miller High Life, also known as the Champagne of Beers, is a quintessentially classic, American-style lager. In 1903, Frederick Miller created Miller High Life because he believed that the good life, the High Life, should be accessible to everyone, not just the upper crust. To this day, Miller High Life continues to be faithfully brewed as a golden pilsner, utilizing light-stable galena hops from the Pacific Northwest and a select combination of malted barley.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-20-2000

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3/5  rDev +11.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -7.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of mnj21655
2.5/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

40 oz. bottle given to me by my roommate along with a bottle of champagne to celebrate my promotion ("a bottle of champagne... and the 'Champagne of beers'", woohoo!).

Clear yellow color with a finger of so of white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is fairly typical of of AML, some corn and very little else. Some corn flavor, a bit of bitterness, standard AML flavor. Crisp, relatively dry. Mouthfeel is, well, ehh... light- body with very high carbonation. Some"bite" from the carbonation, dry. Drinkability is, well, rather good, considering. This is unoffensive, in a way, as intentioned and easily (only if quite inebriated) drunk. I'll admit that the the High Life played a formative role in my college years (though not as much as Kesystone light or my personal "favorite" Busch Light") but I'm really can't give this a good review when I look at it critically.

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.47/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A- Picked up a 12 pack of this while in Montana, as I like MGD, so thought I'd give this a try. The bottles are clear, which I don't necessarily like so much but oh well....old school look to the bottle anyways. Color is a shade better than straw, is very clear and there's lots of champagne like bubbles rising...probably why it's called the champagne of beers....typical of a macro lager however. The head actually sticks around for awhile, settling to a thin-ish layer over the liquied. Lacing is excellent, with lots of sticky, albeit stringy looking foam collecting along the glass...this does get much better as the drink winds down in the glass...more of a foamy film. Probably the best looking macro lager I've come across so far!

S- This area always seems to need work as far as Miller is concerned. The aromas are of general cooked corn, modest malt, and dry raw barley kernels. The finish contains some mild synthetic smelling hops. It's nothing to write home about, that's for sure!

T- If I have to compare this to anything, this is a rawer version of what MGD is....which is good IMO. The malt is there, if not a little bit cloying in the sweetness. The adjuncty corn really comes through towards the finish, along with some biscuit qualities. The actual finish has some well hidden, but noticeable nonetheless, hop bitterness. The overall flavor is decent for a macro!

M- This is a clean and crisp lager, yet still retains a mellow smoothness that makes this feel more medium bodied than thin. Seems to look the part as well, body wise.

D- What do I feel this beer is? It's a better version of MGD, IMO. The flavor is a little more prominent and it is very easy drinking...I wish this was in Canada....I would love to enjoy this all evening or at the pub! Great for beginner beer drinker but also great for a discerning BA that wants something cheap, yet flavorful.

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

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3.15/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce can poured in to a pint glass.
Vibrant yellow/gold body with perfect clarity. A two finger white foamy head that dissipated quickly.
Husky, corny aroma. Faint grain.
Corn and grain in the taste. A little heavy with the sweetness for me. Touch of hops in the end.
Medium body. Surprisingly full for the style, or heavy, depending on how one looks at it. Fizzy carbonation. Semi-dry finish.
It has been a while since I have had Miller. It would suit me better if it wasn't so heavy handed with the corn but overall it is very nice for the style. And cheap!

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1.75/5  rDev -34.9%

Photo of samie85
2.48/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes. Consumed a few hours earlier.

A- Pours a golden color with a white one finger head.

S- Sweet corn and grain notes.

T- Follows the nose with sweet corn and grain notes. A very light hint of bitterness is the only hint of hops here.

M- Really thin feeling and very high carbonation.

D- Very easy drinking and a cheap, former personal standby. That being said, I remember why I no longer drink it.

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1/5  rDev -62.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +20.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -7.1%

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2.58/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The "champagne of beers" pours a clear pale gold in color with a white foamy head. Aroma consists of an oddly sweet malt, alcohol and hops scent. Mouthfeel is thin and crisp. Taste is somewhat refreshing when cold, but overall a bland collaboration of malt, grain and corn. Of the Miller big 3, High Life is a better choice than the watered down Miller Lite and lackluster MGD from a "taste only" stand point, but that's like saying it's the lesser of the evils. I guess if I had to choose a beer from the American macros, this would probably be it. Certainly there are worse macros out there.

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3/5  rDev +11.5%

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1.75/5  rDev -34.9%

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2.81/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Kind of cool-looking. Bright golden-yellow with a ton of carbonation and loads of foam. Looks a bit artificial but definitely stands out.

Smell: Corn, mostly stale corn. A bit of maltiness gives it some character though.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Mine was kind of metallic, and also taste like corn. The main thing with High Life is that the bubbles are everywhere, but they aren't very smooth.

Drinkability: The carbonation takes away from the drinkability as I said.

Overall: High Life is nothing more than a more carbonated version of MGD.

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1.75/5  rDev -34.9%

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3/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +20.8%

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2.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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3/5  rDev +11.5%

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2/5  rDev -25.7%

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4.23/5  rDev +57.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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1.91/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

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3.33/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah, the high life. I've been drinking this stuff for years and never got around to reviewing it. As far as cheap macros go, this is one of the better ones. Normally I just suck this straight from the can, but for the review the pour is necessary. The huge fluffy head actually retains very well, leaving sticky froth everywhere as it recedes. It is of course, completely translucent. Nose has some grass and sweet malt in it.

This beer lacks the typical metallic taste that many of its kind have, especially as they warm. It also has some flavor, aside from dirty water, and no harsh astringent alcohol, most likely because the ABV is quite low. Sweet malt and a touch of wheat round out the flavor, and the mouthfeel is surprisingly not as carbonated as you would think, making it pretty damn smooth. This certainly is not what I would call a good beer, but it stands up very well against American lagers.

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