Miller High Life | Miller Brewing Co.

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Miller High LifeMiller High Life
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2.69/5
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3,803 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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-20-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#45,486
Reviews:
1,159
Ratings:
3,803
pDev:
28.62%
Bros Score:
3.53
 
 
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Photo of IrishRedRock
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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Photo of Reaper16
2.44/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. can served into a pint glass
Day three of the cheap beers leftover from a party experiment. Many claim that Miller High Life is a contender to PBR, my personal vote for best bad beer. Let's see how the contender fares.

Pours a piss-yellow pale pathetic looking color. The body looks terrible. It looks as attractive as the High Life commercial guy's body size looks healthy. The head though... wow. What a thing of beauty. Three fingers of fluffy, dynamic pillows of froth and angel poop. Lacing sticks to the glass like a puppy to a marrow bone.

I hate this aroma. It doesn't smell like anything. PBR had some tin and lots of corn. Hell, the Coors Light that I had yesterday had a lot more going on in the nose. This has some grass and some sweetish malt lingering somewhere like a shy ghost. I'll give it this: the smell has integrity to it. It smells an awful lot like a proper maibock. That is, when it smells at all, which is not often and not very much.

Lots of icky rice flavors characterize the grain taste of this beer. Some corn on the finish, but mostly rice. A slightly floral bit of hops underscores the whole thing. But this is really, truly, Godawful. Man, fuck this beer. Watery, nasty. Swill. This is just a flat-out shitty beer. I can appreciate adjunct lagers like PBR or Schlitz for embracing their corn side of things. High Life seems to embrace nothing; it tries to taste like nothing.

Too much carbonation for too little body. It feels like drinking a pop. Blech. Drinkability is pretty great. I mean, this goes down like water. It is barely a step up from from light lager.

In fact, it is a step down in quality from the Coors Light I had yesterday. I'd reach for a Coors Light one hundred times out of one hundred if forced to choose between it and Miller High Life. This sucks.

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Photo of DuffDaddy
3/5  rDev +11.5%

enjoyed some while watching the vintage moto races at barber motorsports park in Birmingham, Alabama

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
2.68/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nose is grainy and slightly sweet-smelling/fruity. Smells so-so.

Pours a pale yellow, good clarity, moderate head with some nice lacing. Looks okay.

Grainy and thin with notes of honey and apple. A mild raw astringentness throughout. Dry, crisp, toasty. Moderate carbonation. Finishes with a taste of fruit and grain. Tastes so-so. Feels okay.

Decent drinkability. There's not much to fend me away, but then there's also not much to draw me in.

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Photo of EatonHops
2.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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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Photo of corywalston
3.16/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of wattoclone
4/5  rDev +48.7%

Photo of CloudStrife
2.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

16oz can poured into a snifter. Jun 09 14 on the bottom of the can.

A: Pours a clear light golden yellow with a slightly thin white head on top. Average amount of visible carbonation.

S: Has the aroma you would anticipate from one of the mass produced adjunct lagers. A corn like sweetness with a hint of metallic booze.

T: Mild dose of malt sweetness harnessed by a bready backbone. No offensive flavors going on here. Well balanced nothingness.

M: Light to medium body with a healthy dose of carbonation. Crisp and mostly clean finish.

Overall it is what it is. Run of the mill american adjunct lager with minimal redeeming qualities. Not sure I could pick this out in a lineup.

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Photo of Goldfishman
2.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of warpig372
3/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of JellyJacket
1.25/5  rDev -53.5%

Photo of Skillz
3/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Notacraftdrinker
1.25/5  rDev -53.5%

Photo of EBeckett3
3/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of mikr
1/5  rDev -62.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of ssjkyle
3/5  rDev +11.5%

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

Photo of ShadyRigglesbee
2.5/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of ChipMurray
2.5/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of DemoniChris
2.6/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of BalancingBrooms
2.5/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of ricoslim
1.64/5  rDev -39%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

I agree that the label is the only thing that saves this beer

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
2.59/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 16 ounce can of Miller High Life, "The Champagne of Beers". Beer pours light straw color with not much head. An unpleasant aroma dominated by corn and more corn, maybe even some cooked veggie. Light and slightly carbonated on the palate. The flavor is more cooked sweet corn with a little bit of bite from the hops at the end.

This is not a beer that particularly agrees with me. More malt, less corn.

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Photo of MLaVioletteJr
2.88/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 2.69 out of 5 with 3,803 ratings