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American Macro Week: Miller High Life

Miller High Life might just have the best name of all of these… you gotta love any beer subtitled "The Champagne of Beers" without irony.

For some reason, when I think of High Life, I want to call it "your (grand)father’s beer," not in an offensive way but because it has that sense of history to me.

It’s 5% alcohol by volume, and I served it up in the 24-ounce can, which has another classic design. (I know, I’ve been babbling on about the packaging appearance these last few posts… trust me, it’s important. Really.)

Appearance: "The Champagne of Beers" reminds me indeed of champagne—a very pale yellow with a rocky, fine white head. Nice lacing is left behind.

Smell: Faint graininess followed by a slight off-note… almost a skunkiness or maybe a sulfur, but it’s very faint. Not much else to speak of.

Taste: A sweet, almost gelatinized note… sweet corn (not cooked)—corn syrup? It’s actually a bit pleasant. Very light, easy drinking. Nothing really offensive here, but nothing stands out either. No hops.

Mouthfeel: Very light and smooth… a syrupy water feeling but a bit thinner. Clean aftertaste.

The verdict: Passable, drinkable… perhaps a little sweeter than I’d like. Fairly neutral; I could go either way.

On BeerAdvocate, it scores a grade of C (C+ from the Bros.) On RateBeer, it scores 1.6 out of 5, and is in their 2nd percentile.