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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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3,774 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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,497
Reviews:
1,156
Ratings:
3,774
pDev:
28.62%
Bros Score:
3.53
 
 
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Ratings: 3,774 |  Reviews: 1,156
Photo of benzalman
3/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 Cavanaghty
1.75/5  rDev -34.9%

Photo of badmotorgrunge
2.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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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Photo of Pecan
1/5  rDev -62.8%

Photo of crow
2.6/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of hayesjw
3.25/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of jebrew
2.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of valianes
2.5/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Danmullens1
2.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Winter
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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Photo of cmwilliq
1.75/5  rDev -34.9%

Photo of Wiffler27
2.34/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of tjsdomer2
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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Photo of theminutemen
3.25/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of tbeer40
2.5/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of cyclonece09
2.9/5  rDev +7.8%
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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Photo of MrDave
2/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of redbarnbikes
2.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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 nitter
3/5  rDev +11.5%

Miller High Life from Miller Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 2.69 out of 5 with 3,774 ratings
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