Sunday, March 3, 2013

Miller High Life (2013 original review)

I’ve 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 it’s pretty close since it’s best described as bland. Insert the "making love in a canoe" joke here.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Chad9976 (822) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 3, 2013
I poured a 24oz can into a 1-liter mug. It cost $1.53 ($0.06 per ounce).

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: You’d think after all these years of drinking craft beer and refining my palate that I’d be able to pick up on the genuine flavors present in macro adjunct lagers, as subtle as they may be. Though I’m finding the opposite is actually true. As hard as I try, I really can’t find any genuine flavors to Miller High Life. It’s a beer that’s much more bland and flavorless than it is offensive. But simply not being offensive does not a good beer make.

I think I’d 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 it’s just a cold liquid with a faint sweetness and a clean finish. Perhaps there’s some canned corn water taste, but there’s 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 it’s not even applicable because this beer is not fizzy (which is really ironic considering its tagline of "the Champagne of beers"). It’s bubbly when first poured, but proceeds to go completely flat in mere seconds. It’s slightly refreshing while cold, but that’s hardly a redeeming quality or compliment. At 4.6% you could argue it's sessionable. You'd have no problem drinking it in large quantities, but it will become boring quickly.

Grade: 3/10

NOTE: Read and watch my 2014 re-review here:


  1. Haven't had it since they went to the red, white & blue cans.

  2. The issue I've experienced with beers that I keep coming back to, beers like Miller High Life, is that my ability to judge them changes with my overall beer review experience in their category. I don't know how someone judges a beer off of one serving, or even ten servings. The more of any beer you drink the more your opinion of it changes. You're rating Miller High Life based on one 24 oz. can.

  3. For two 32oz cans for $3
    I can't complain, I feel like I am at a baseball game, drinking the beer in the cup