Chad9976 (1082) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 14, 2014
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Iíve been reviewing beers for about five years now, yet some of the best-selling beers in America I still have not reviewed, like Miller High Life. While not quite the epitome of the macro adjunct lager itís pretty close since itís best described as bland. Insert the "making love in a canoe" joke here.
I poured a 24oz can into a 1-liter mug.
Appearance: Clear, gold color with some carbonation initially visible, though it goes tepid quickly. Forms a large, white, fluffy head which mostly dissipates but does leave some lacing on the glass.
Smell: Totally generic "beer" smell, though on the cleaner and less offensive side. Some corn notes, but otherwise odorless.
Taste: Youíd think after all these years of drinking craft beer and refining my palate that Iíd be able to pick up on the genuine flavors present in macro adjunct lagers, as subtle as they may be. Though Iím finding the opposite is actually true. As hard as I try, I really canít find any genuine flavors to Miller High Life. Itís a beer thatís much more bland and flavorless than it is offensive. But simply not being offensive does not a good beer make.
I think Iíd actually prefer the overt rice flavor of Budweiser or the corn flavor of a malt liquor since they give your mouth something to concentrate on. In the case of this beer itís just a cold liquid with a faint sweetness and a clean finish. Perhaps thereís some canned corn water taste, but thereís definitely nothing in the way of malts or hops. What purpose does this beer serve?
Drinkability: The term "fizzy yellow beer" is a pejorative craft beer nerds use to mock the major macro lagers, but in the case of Miller High Life itís not even applicable because this beer is not fizzy (which is really ironic considering its tagline of "the Champagne of beers"). Itís bubbly when first poured, but proceeds to go completely flat in mere seconds. Itís slightly refreshing while cold, but thatís hardly a redeeming quality or compliment. I couldnít find a definite alcohol content on this beer, though most sources seem to peg it at 4.5 - 5.5% ABV (Iím thinking itís closer to <5%). Youíd have no problem drinking it in large quantities, but it will become boring quickly.
mmmbeer (1213) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2014
1.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
24 oz. can poured into a shaker- I wanted to pour this into a Miller High Life pilsner glass that I own (and it is OLD), but after a day from hell- fuck it, just like the high life! Poured an easily transparent thin yellow color, like piss. Huge head formed and laced actually very well down the sides of the vessel, but that head just disappears way too quickly. Aroma of lime and hard water- ugh. Hits the mouth with very light body, the malt has a feel of malt liquor since itís surrounded by really poor sucrose, middle actually holds, but the finish becomes water with a very tiny bite of hops. Tell your boss sheís a dirty hooker that if youíre not on the dick, you better get off my nuts today- that my friends, thatís the high life!
MattH (608) - California, USA - JAN 27, 2014
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Twenty four ounce can. Gold pour with a white head that looks like sea foam. Aroma of metal and apple juice. Flavor is also apple juice and metal. High level of carbonation which makes it hard to chug.
commonmac (196) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2014
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle consumed at Met Lounge in Morris. You kind of know what youíre getting into with this lager. Smells bad. Looks like piss. Tastes like slightly better piss. On a more positive note, you can always count on it to be crisp and refreshing and pretty consistent. Choose when appropriate.
Big_Pete (32) - Missouri, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Favorite Miller product. Truly an underrated beer. I first had the high life in Saint Louis, which is of course, Bud Country. The taste is somewhat corny.
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jbuskirk (301) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JAN 4, 2014
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
"The Champagne of Beers." Say what now? Iíll let that slide for the time being. Miller High Life looks like the mineral-rich piss that I take after having my morning supplement. It smells like metallic corn water and tastes... like metallic corn water. The carbonation is amazingly harsh. Think seltzer water and thatís about right. Basically, I could recreate the appearance and mouthfeel of High Life by collecting a pint of my aforementioned piss and dropping two seltzer tablets into it. I can only guess that the taste would also be remarkably similar, if not a slight improvement.
Funkatrocious (84) - - DEC 28, 2013
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught at The Domino in Wausau, WI. Pours gold with shitty white head. Wheaty and malty for a light American lager. Used to drink this as a youngster
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mikesaum (592) - Newark, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2013
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
What can i say? High life isnít too shabby, smells subtly sweet and is gross or offensive. Just a decent easy drinking brew. One of the regular 30 packs you might find in my fridge besides rolling rock.
shwetank87 (1) - - DEC 16, 2013 does not count
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Donít go by the low ratings. If you like your beer smooth and sweet, Miller high life is for you. One of the best lagers out there.
Eberndt (133) - - DEC 15, 2013
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Very pale and carbonated. Sweet in flavor, almost too the point of being distracting. Could be worse as far as major beers are concerned.