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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-20-2000

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Photo of jettjon
2.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 24 oz bottle with no freshness date, purchased for 99 cents at a convenience store. Into a chilled pint glass, this beer is a mid-golden transparent color with lively carbonation evident. 1-finger whitish head fades quickly leaving a thin cap and solid ring along with clingy lacing. Decent looking—for a macro. Nose is not impressive; it’s dominated by sour malts and a light malt liquor presence. Mouth is semi-sweet with a touch of grassiness, some just-at-the-edge of annoying sweet malt. Mouth is rich and smooth with good, mouth-filling yet gentle carbonation. Drinkability is below average; it’s just your average macro swill here. Price is OK for a beer of this quality.

Overall: Pretty much average macro lager, meaning pretty much a below-average beer. I wouldn’t have bothered other than for the sake of completeness.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look - Fairly clear, light straw color. About a fingers worth of foam. Good Carbonation.

Smell - Slightly malty, but other than that..nothing. I don't smell a thing. Not even a "beer" smell.

Taste - Somewhat bland, like the smell. The malt taste is pretty thin.

Mouthfeel - Watery in texture. No creaminess at all.

Drinkability - Easy to drink several of these since you don't really taste anything. Very little complexity.

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Photo of DemoniChris
2.6/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of redbarnbikes
2.3/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of endless1408
3/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of bsm80x
1.75/5  rDev -37.9%

Photo of Beef_Curtains
3.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Shy5
3/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of DerrickW
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of beerme626
2.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a weizen glass.

A: A pale, almost clear yellow, but with a one finger white head, and lots of bubbles (understandable for the "champagne of beers")

S: The worst part. Corn, hay, but not in a good, farmhouse ale way. In a gross, cheap beer way.

T: Following the smell, I was surprised at how decent the taste was. A mild one, to be sure, but flavorful for an adjunct. Still some hay and straw, but not bad.

M: Highly carbonated, and should not be drunk warmer than "very cold," which is not a good sign, but is refreshing when cold. A bit of a sticky after-effect.

O: I was surprised when I revisited this college standard for vaguely-classy cheap drunks. It was much better than expected. That said, it's only for pizza, not for session.

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Photo of DeadWalkerAir
1.5/5  rDev -46.8%

Photo of vwbus7
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of alysmith4
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of marct
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of tharper178
2/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of Premo88
3.81/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener

L: pale yellow, crystal clear, pushes up white head of foam about 1.5 inches tall and is super sticky; loads of activity in the glass leads to thick collar and skin ... skin's almost 1/4-inch thick and constant; laces a little on the way down, but the pour and stick off the head combined with the bubbles flying up the column are the show

S: medicinal mix of dirt, grain, sour grain; if you dig deep, you can find some light-malt fruity sweetness, apricot; the medicinality is not overly harsh but you can definitely smell the alcohol

T: sweet grain ... the amount of sweetness is surprising; light lemon, grass; cracker malt flavor mixing with corn tortilla chip

F: light and crisp but softened a bit as you drink through the thick skin

O: I originally reviewed this beer in early 2013 as I was getting back into beer, and back then this one didn't make a lot of sense to me ... all I could taste was the corn tortilla chip; three-plus years of trying new beers has led me back to trying more adjuncts, and now I can taste so much more than the grain; there's still plenty of corn/grain flavor, but the light bit of lemon and thin layer of cracker flavor is nice as is the level of sweetness that hits you right away; simple but good, and for the price, you can't beat it

Original numbers from 3/4/2013 review:
2.5, 1.75, 2, 3.25, 1.75

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Photo of BalancingBrooms
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of SheepNutz
3.26/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. can poured into a pint glass. It pours a light gold color with three fingers of head. There is a good amount of lacing on the glass. The smell isn't too strong, but there's a little bit of grassy and malty aromas. The taste is smooth and malty, not much of an adjuncty flavor. A touchy of grassy hops on the finish. The mouthfeel is a little light and watery, not too bad for a macro. The drinkability is darn good though. Really the king of macros.

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Photo of Norvelljeff
2.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

This stuff sucks. That is about it.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
2.26/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz can into 16oz Roanoke College American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours clear golden with a very large white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a bit of lace.

Smell: Malts and grains, with hints of corn.

Taste: Light on flavor, but has hints of sweet malts, grain, and corn. Some hop hints in the finish, but not much.

Mouthfeel: Light body with heavy carbonation- but it is refreshing.

Drinkability: Nothing special at all- good for a quick refresher or to get drunk. Other than that, should be avoided- but I doubt anyone here needed me to tell them that.

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Photo of MFMB
3.99/5  rDev +41.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So at +42 this beer has my highest positive rDev of any beer I have had so I decided to back it up with a short explanation not so much a review. Plain and simple this is my favorite macro and a favorite beer of mine when I am just wanting something light and easy. Take my high rating with a grain of salt, I am comparing this beer to other macros, buds, coors, corona etc etc and in my opinion this beer blows them away and it's cheap. Just because it has a higher rating than something from stone etc etc doesn't mean I think it's a better beer than that. It is simply a reflection of my opinion of this beer vs other beers in its class. It blows the competition away IMO. Cheers and we all need to be living the High Life a little more.

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.47/5  rDev +23%
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 herrburgess
2.25/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of superdoopersauce
5/5  rDev +77.3%

Photo of CarolinaKev
3/5  rDev +6.4%

Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
2.82 out of 5 based on 3,729 ratings.
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