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.)
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.