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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1.5/5  rDev -46.8%

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3/5  rDev +6.4%

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3/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of NODAK
2.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

When I open this beer, it just smells like a wet dog. Every one I had smelled the same. And while I know it's probably just from adjuncts or grain, that's what I'm getting.

Taste....mostly of corn in the body. You don't expect much flavor out of this beer and you won't get it, but the predominant flavor seems to be corn. There's a small hop bite at the finish with at least gives it a bit of crispness. Some cracker is also perceptible.

It's a cheap beer, so you can't expect a lot. It's probably better than other macros, but not by too far. Honestly, I'd hoped for more.

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2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

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3.8/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is light golden in color with a very thin head and lace. Smell has a very light sweet adjunct aroma. Taste is a light, but well balanced between the sweet and the hop with good carbonation. Mouthfeel is crisp and light making it overall one of the best American (adjunct) lagers that I do enjoy drinking.

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Photo of beerluvr
2.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Drank ALOT of this in my formative years...aahhh, the glorious results of a misspent youth! Pouring into a tall Pilsner brings up a frothy foamy white head with surprisingly nice lacing, the beer itself is pale yellow and crystal clear. I get corn sweetness with a whiff of Lager aroma. Mouthfeel is typical macro Lager: thin, kinda watery with pinprick bubbly carbonation due to the cold serving temp. Some corn/grass/hay flavor...verrry little in the way of hop bitterness to balance things out. Finshes sweet/watery...but you know what you're getting when you have this. Almost cuts it on a hot late Spring day here at the shore. An ok 'lawn mower'/refreshing type beer.

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2/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of ToasterChef
2.84/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Served in a fridge temperature bottle, because the best way to experience the high life is straight from the bottle. It's a clear golden beer with some carbonation bubbles visible within. In the bottle, you get no head at all, but if someone is foolish enough to pour it into a glass, you'll see a thick, pure white head that will dissipate quickly. I've never taken the time to smell a High Life; now I know why. Lots of sweet malt and corn that is rather off-putting. The flavor is also all malt, but cheap, sweet malts. There's a bit off the gross after-taste common to this style, but not as much as High Life's competitors. Considering the style, the taste is actually pretty good; hence the 3.5 rating. It's a thin beer that is has too much carbonation to really taste the beer (so maybe that's a good thing). This is a good beer to drink when you don't want to think about what you are putting into your body. I never drink it for flavor, but more for price point and availability.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.31/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pale golden color with a moderate, frothy white head with surprising retention for a macro. Wispy white lacing trails the glass.

S: Grain husks, some sweet cooked corn, and a bit of alcohol. Some faint haylike notes as well.

T: Again, grain husks and some sweet malts, with a noticeable but inoffensive cooked corn backbone. Grassy hops provide barely noticeable flavor but some drying snap at the finish of the sip.

M: Crisp and clean, with medium-light body.

D: It's definitely corny, but it doesn't make it bad by any stretch of the imagination. Very drinkable and easy to session. Better from the bottle, as it lacks some of the metallic and soda-like characteristics that pop up from the can.

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1.75/5  rDev -37.9%

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2.74/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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3/5  rDev +6.4%

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2/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of PatrickJR
2.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 24 oz can into nonic pint glass.

A - Very nice looking for a macro. Pale clear yellow. Two fingers of head hang arond for a while before falling to a thin white cap. Quite a bit of lacing.

S - Lots of cereal grain, with a strange rubber-like undertone. Vague citrus.

T - Boring, same old grain. Slight sour/bitter taste from the hops in the finish, but nothing more.

M - Fizzy. Light bodied.

D - Miller High Life isn't too bad as far as macros go; I think it's much better from the can than bottle. Still, I'd reach for another American stuff first.

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2.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.01/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of cyclonece09
2.9/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours straw color like any other adjunct lager, with a bubbly head that dissipates quickly, but with some lacing. Smells of adjunct grain, especially corn, really sweet. Sweet malty taste dominates, probably from the corn used, but actually has taste unlike many adjuncts. This light bodied beer has full taste, can go down really easily, and is not over carbonated. Overall, an average beer, but better than most adjuncts.

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2.34/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of kkleu357
2.9/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

High Life is an odd one for me. When you start drinking a nice fresh cold one, it is pretty solid and easy to drink. Nice crisp flavor. Nothing wrong with it. As it warms up though, it becomes pretty bad. Not "warm" warm, but basically as warm as the bottom of the bottle tends to be when you get down there. Luckily, they make grenades, those 7 ounce bottles, and this helps with that. I do prefer them in the smaller packaging, however, even in 12 ounce form they are cheap enough to dump out the last 2 or 3 ounces so its not a big deal.

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1.75/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

You must be high to rate this beer high

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3.07/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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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Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
2.82 out of 5 based on 3,707 ratings.
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