solidfunk (4304) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAR 7, 2014
0.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Had a can of this barley water the other day. Didnít see the colour other than the pale can. No aroma, light barley taste. Bring on the U.S. macro lagers.
captain_insano (20) - Iowa, USA - MAR 4, 2014
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Iím a craft beer lover but theres something about the high life that brings me back...simple and good. Kicks the pants off any other macro out there.
bobbert (10) - - MAR 3, 2014
2 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A quite nice looking beer, only fails on taste. That is relative, however, as I would agree that this is a very underrated beer.
tnkw01 (1176) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 23, 2014
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 2/20
Bottle. Well I guess this and bud were at one time the two Kingdaddys of beer. Just typical macro pale lager. Pale gold. Medium head. Not very good.
foyle (245) - Wyoming, USA - FEB 22, 2014
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Appearance: pours a sudsy white 2" head that slowly recedes with some lacing. Plenty of streaming carbonation. Color is clear pale straw.
Aroma: mild aroma of corn sweetness, a bit of vegetable and a hint of lightly toasted barley.
Mouthfeel: very light and watery, somewhat papery with a quite dry finish.
Flavor: not a lot going on here. There is some corn sweetness, and a bit of fruit (akin to a grape with very mild grape flavor).
Overall: This beer is ok, but very plain. It tastes the closest to a light beer (i.e. very close to plain water) of any macro lager I have tried yet.
eRock_2013 (264) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 17, 2014
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
One of the few offerings under the Miller label that I do respect, High Life is an average macro-lager that is mostly just plain sweet adjunct flavored but does finish smooth and clean. I do have some memories of this beer being reasonably refreshing during hot summer days at outdoor family reunions. There is some disconnect between the bubbly appearance and the mouthfeel, which seems relatively flat despite the "champagne" description. Inoffensive, and I actually think this would have more potential if there was even some faint hoppy bitterness in the taste. As it is, a cheap, light, and sweet brew.
Chad9976 (1225) - 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 (1251) - 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 (653) - 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 (383) - 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.