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Miller High Life | Miller Brewing Co.

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Miller High LifeMiller High Life
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-20-2000

BEER STATS
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1,111
Ratings:
3,601
Avg:
2.81
pDev:
50.18%
 
 
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Photo of thegiggy86
2.26/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I just tryed this beer the other day after much curiousity. I have been searching for a cheaper session beer. Cheaper than Budweiser and MGD, $11.99 for a 30-pk.

The beer looked typical of Miller as I poured it into a glass, smelled weird though. This beer also had a frothy taste which felt comfortable against the palate. Unruly aftertaste. If this beer starts to get warm, it is almost impossible to stomach. Warmth brings out many weird flavors. After two of these, they became challenging to take down. When cold, the first two go down pretty easy.

If you're looking for the bargain beer, go for Pabst Blue Ribbon instead.

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Photo of jimboween
2.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

hello: i've found that the champagne is a beer best drunk outdoors. by a smoking grill, floating down a river in a canoe, fishing, etc. drunk inside, this beer loses something. if pbr is my year-rounder, than the champagne is my beer-pong-on-a-picnic-tabler. in any case, of the big three, this is the only product worth a look in my opinion.

appearance: the fluid itself is nothing to look at, but i love the cowgirl on the moon.

smell: almost nothing, BUT i've never poured it in a glass or found it on tap: you can't smell much through the neck of a bottle. maybe a hint of bandaids?

taste: there's a few wierd things going on here, like a hint of metall-o-skunk, but mostly just a smooth even, uh, "beer" flavor. outdoors however, it is pure golden refreshment, and a lazy buzz to echo that honeybee in the flower next to you.

mouthfeel: very smooth, a small bone to chew in the middle of a mouthfull, but....slippery.

drinkability: exceedingly so. this beer has a nitch in my arsenal for a very good reason.

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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 teamhex
2.85/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden with a large head. Pretty smooth for a light beer, not bitter at all. I'm going to make this one short and sweet, for a light America beer it isn't bad. I'm more of a lager/bock kinda guy, but this isn't a bad light beer. Also great for playing beer pong with.

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Photo of breakofdawn
2.97/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Since I no longer have money to continuously purchase the more expensive, micro or craft brews, I've decided to foray into the macro world. Wish me luck.

Color is light yellow. Smell of corn. Taste has some cereal and corn notes, which while present aren't overwhelming. Fairly balanced flavor that won't win any awards but goes well with pizza. Can easily pound a few of these in one sitting.

Overall, I would consider this a tail-gate or pizza beer. It also works well on a tight budget. Is it the best macro beer? No, that title belongs to Narragansett. Is it great bang-for-your-buck beer? You bet.

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Photo of mcguirmn
3.65/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a keg in my kegerator.

Appearance: A bright golden yellow color with a lot of bubbles (perhaps my fault, but High Life is usually pretty carbonated in cans or bottles). After pouring, it developed a nice white head with just enough lacing.

Smell: Very grainy. Corn is definitely present with a touch of hops in the background.

Taste: Tastes of sweet corn and grain. A nice kick to it as well.

Mouthfeel: A very good mouthfeel. A nice medium body with just enough carbonation.

Overall: This is one of my go-to beers because it has a good balance between price and quality. Compared to other beers in the same price range (Natural Light, Busch, Keystone, Pabst), Miller High Life is definitely a home run. Not to heavy, but has all the flavor you wish you had in lighter beers.

Serving type: On-tap (but equally good in bottle. Not as nice in a can)

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Photo of MrBlueShirt
2.13/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Oh Miller High Life... Where do I start, but most likely where do I end?

It has the appereance of every pale, armoaless(unless you're counting the smell of lost dreams) American macro

The taste is that of grains and machinery.

The mouthfeel is that of a very similar quality beverage... Water (except H20 is the essence of life and really no way comparable when all things considered).

But alas the drinkability of MHL is it's only "redeming" quality. It goes down "easy" and does what alcohol does best.

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Photo of akk101
2.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Light yellow color. Fair amount of carbonation. Decent head retention

S - Not getting much here; possibly due to low serving temp.

T - Virtually no hops precesence. Very light taste. What you do taste is the adjunct

M - Very fizzy. Light bodied

O - Not bad for an adjunct lager. Nothing really bad about it but nothing really good either. Serve cold.

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Photo of OdinMcHaggis
2.25/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

16 oz tall boy
A: aggressive pour into schooner and a fizz 1/8" thick is the result,
very clear light golden, no lacing.

S: smells just like a truck load of kegs, metal and beer.
T: corn, metal and weak hops.
M: It's beer
O: taste like a cheap draft beer, carbonation is OK, acceptable beer for work, lunch or a large party.

union made last time I checked, my go to high volume beer.

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Photo of jewski
3.76/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For cheap macro swill, High Life (from 12oz. bottles) is hard to beat.

Typical American macro lager looks, apart from the slightly foamy head that actually tends to stick around. Smell is harsh, grainy, and not particualrly pleasant.

Tastes very grainy. Highly carbonated corn. Some malt sweetness with just a faint taste of hops towards the clean finish. Mouthfeel would be hard to match by a marco lager.

The beer to get with buddies who refuse anything that it's straw yellow and dirt cheap. The obvious choice for the poor college student as well.

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Photo of jlmjl
3.46/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am going to start all my reviews with an original category : How the bottle looks and how the bottle is marketed.

I love the look of the product, its a classic look in its clear glass bottle with the retro label. It brings back memories of drinking multiple Millers up in the Poconos in the returnable bottles

A - Looks great, light appearance

S - Not much of a nose to this beer, but no mistake what your drinking when you put your nose to the bottle (or can)

T- Wonderful !! Very crisp, but still has some body to the beer in comparison to it's competition (Bud nonsense etc)

M- Very WET, refreshing

D- Clearly a session brew.

I will always grab a Miller HIGH LIFE when they are around - One condition - They must be very cold

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Photo of MS2k
2.8/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Stole one from a 30-pack someone brought to a party. =p

A: Clear and golden. Head is light and bubbly, disappearing quickly and leaving splotchy and uneven lace.
S: Sweet and grainy. Slightly-sour adjunct scent.
T: Cereal grains very slight touches of bubble gum. Slight bite of alcohol at the end, but it's decent.
M: Light, but with some notable substance. Sustains some level of carbonation
D: Tolerable. I'd enjoy myself if a college party had this as its staple beer.

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Photo of dbhall
2.85/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

man what a stellar example of what the champagne of beers should taste like. that was sarcasm, but this stuff aint all that bad. as you can see from the picture it is a pale yellow, with a white fizzy head. it has very little smell. slightly metalic, but you have to try really hard to get any kind of smell. the taste isnt terrible, there is the metallic taste from the smell. then i get the feeling as if i am drinking corn. it's just a regular thin watery mouthfeel of a cheap beer. overall this is what i drink if im recovering from something really active, or i just want to drink with my friends and i have no money.

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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 JobiWanKenob
3.8/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Has craft brewing ruined the party? Check out the legendary "Bros" rating. 80. Yup 80. Why? How could they? Is it because Miller High Life is, was, and always will be the best party beer on the market? You can bet your only can of "Heady Topper" it is. Try drinking 12 cans of Heady Topper. I guarantee you will puke. Not so with High Life. Light, crisp, slight hop taste with a wet finish. Easily put away 12 of these babies with no sickness or bloated feeling. No headache. High Life deserves more credit. It taught us all how to drink beers.

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Photo of LightEnthusiast
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

"The Champagne of Beer". I like this beer as long as I'm not taking time to review it. I don't recommend savoring the flavors in your mouth, they turn bad pretty fast.

Appearance - Straw, pale golden in color. More pale than other "golden" beers. Light head that disappears.

Smell - Pretty gross at first, smells a bit like men's restroom/urinals and mild skunk but the skunk is a pleasant sweet skunk. Dirt. Corn. Plastic. Overall a poor smell.

Taste - If you're leaving it on your palate for a few seconds (which I don't recommend), you'll taste bitter and sour carbonation mixed with dark cereal grains. After the first 3 seconds it dissolves to a rough - but light - carbonated cough syrup finish. I'll say it again, don't drink it like this. The cough syrup adjective is more attributed to the medicinal numb burning on your tongue as it dissolves and you swallow. This is met with hints of fruit at the tail end of the finish. A good way to drink this beer successfully is to not take your time swishing it around in your mouth like I'm doing now. There's nothing here worth savoring. It has a great drinkability if you go straight from the bottle to your throat, minimizing the time it's on your tongue. If you do this, the beer is actually quite good. Light and carbonated, the flavors leave quickly. This is not something to sip like hot chocolate...this is something to pound down at a tailgate or swig with your meal. Taste is fresh, crisp like an apple, and lightly fruity when swigged.

Mouthfeel - Carbonated yet flat at the same time. Can't get rid of that cough syrup. Leaves with a moderately fresh finish yet not too crisp. Again, swig it, don't swish. Airy, pleasantly carbonated when swigged.

Overall - I buy these from time to time for $12/18 pack. At this price it's the best value in cheap beer. My other light choice, Michelob Golden Light, has a much better taste, mouthfeel, smell...everything - but often times it's not as cheap as High Life. High Life is better than a lot of its competitors, it manages to sustain some level of sophistication in its taste and mouthfeel that a lot of other cheap AAL's do not possess.

There's definitely better beer out there, but there's most certainly worse. High Life is not a beer you should be ashamed to serve your buddies or drink on the couch at home. It's a great cheap alternative to other beers in its price range and knocks some of them straigh out of the park. Just don't expect a fantastic dissolution in your mouth, you will be disappointed and probably grossed out.

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Photo of 7thInningSuds
3.82/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Good golden appearance. Love the clear bottle.

S - Has a good smell.

T - Very corn-present taste, but I got used to it.

M - Good stuff.

D - Went ahead and bought a 12-pack of these because they were so cheap. Great price for this beer. Expected it to be bad because the price was so good, but it's one I'll have again.

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Photo of EdgeT
2.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Lets all be honest here, there is nothing special about this beer. This is as average as a beer gets. This beer isnt great/ideal but its not a bad beer either. The flavor of this beer is very simple as well, nothing that makes it stand out with any particular flavor in my mind. The can can use work as well as it could be more attractive.

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Photo of dteal1
2.23/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I usually can drink the hell out of these but it wasn't happening for me tonight. Maybe because I was actually paying attention to it. Pale golden with almost no head but highly carbonated and the bubbles kept coming. Wasn't much of a smell at all. Tasted weak and watered down; a little floral to me. Smooth beer that you can definitely drink while mowing the lawn.

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Photo of carrier77
2.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Serving Type is from a bottle into a pint glass

Appearance - Light gold with a lot of white head, lots of carbonation, very little lacing.

Smell - Smells like corn

Taste - Corn and not much else

Feel - Lots of carbonation (which I am partial to) very thin, goes down easy.

Overall - For the price it is not too bad.

Reviewed on: 3-17-12

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Photo of gtp537
2.88/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A guilty pleasure when craft is not present. It drinks a bit syrupy, but that is part of its charm. As it warms, it is still enjoyable. Great for baseball games, and anytime you are looking for a "cheap" beer but don't care about the calorie count.

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Photo of CS1971
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Miller High Life is about the same as any other American lager. To me they are all about the same. I bought a case of it to just try to save some money, and though it's not terrible, there is nothing unique or special about it. I will probably buy Yuengling if I am looking for a cheaper Lager, or even Schlitz, both have more of an interesting flavor than this beer. About the same as Bud, Coors, or any other Miller offering if you ask me, but good on a hot day, and cheap if you are pinching pennies.

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Photo of dcjones82
2.78/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Miller High Life, the price is good, look and taste of the beer is better than most adjunct lagers. Underrated imo, sometimes gets a bad rep, it's really a nice beer.

L- Poured a 24 oz. can into a pilsner glass. You be hard pressed to find a better looking adjunct lager at this price point. Golden straw color, heavy carbonation, 2 finger white foamy head that sticks around quite a bit. Nice lacing on sides of glass.
S- Smell is of wet grains, malt. Not a great smelling beer, but on par with others in this style.
T- Nice crisp beer flavor. Malt and grains up front with a touch of corn and just a hint of hop bitterness on the back. Finishes great, very refreshing.
F- Light to medium, very easy drinking beer.
O- Coors has more adjunct and grain flavor, Bud is crisp and refreshing but not a lot of taste. This beer is a nice balance of both. You get the crisp and refreshing drinkability with the flavor to go with it. I think this beer should get more attention than it does. It is very well balanced and the price is affordable. Next time your looking at picking up bud, coors or something else, give this a try, you may be pleasantly surprised. Recommended for adjunct lager and summer time beer fans!

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Photo of lastnightintown2
3.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How can anyone hate this beer? Yes it's cheap, but honestly it tastes great for its price. For being a mass produced beer it is incredibly good. The color is dull and the smell is nothing impressive, but the taste is perfectly fine and the head is is quite massive. very carbonated. It is very drinkable and finishes fairly smooth. I would say this is the real beer drinker's cheap beer. When I don't have the cash to buy a case of Sierra Nevada, I'll go with a dirty 30 of high life. Tastes even better in the bottles. I will forever respect the Champagne of Beers. Cheers.

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Photo of IrishTed122
2.26/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle
Poured into a glass
Medium to average head
Light gold color
Interesting smell and taste, one that I don't prefer

Overall I would not recommend this beer. If it is the only choice, then it is definitely drinkable, but don't go actively seek out this one.

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Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
66 out of 100 based on 1,111 ratings.
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