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Taste Test: Light Beer

By Carolyn Malcoun, September/October 2009

These 4 brews sacrifice calories, not flavor.


READER'S COMMENT:
"I brew my own and dang proud of it.. If I go out it has to be a microbrewery. JHOUGH "
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try miller 6 4

Anonymous

10/07/2009 - 2:48pm

Miller 64 tastes like watered-down keystone light.... its pretty bad and has zero flavor

Anonymous

10/27/2009 - 12:19pm

Is it my imagination but does beer take on worse taste as it goes from ice cold to warmer temperatures? If a beer is less than ice cold I would't drink it for any reason. The smell of spilled beer lingering in a room is worse than a cat box. (Maybe I have some latent bad memories of the really "cool" guys from high school--over nearly 30 years ago--puking at the prom?! That alone should be a deterrent to underage drinking. It is always underage drunkenness. Too bad.) Am I a beer snob if I also don't like to drink beer unless it is ice cold; and not from a bottle but from a glass; and not a plastic one? For me to like beer it has to be a blistering hot day outside and the beer has to be light and cold. I never even drink regular beer: the flavors are way too strong.
But, I am not surprised that Sam Adams won the light beer contest; that is a very trendy label these days and a highly advertised beer. I'd never heard of the last two beers on the list. Not sure I would even try the Redhook since I don't like that beer at all. What is up with lime in beer? Is that supposed to improve its flavor? It doesn't.

Anonymous

06/29/2010 - 3:01am

A ice cold beer numbs the taste buds so you actually taste less whereas a warmer brew allows one to taste more of the flavors in the beer. A lot of the specialty beers should be on the warmer side since the brewmaster has gone to a lot of effort to provide a beer with complex flavors to enjoy. Drinking something ice-cold is really just throwing back anything to avoid the taste. I can think of a few brews that deserve that, but on the other hand if they're that bad, why drink them at all? American big breweries have lost the ability to create a tasteful beer and that's why all the craft breweries are flourishing. I'd much rather pay a little more for a nice craft beer than swig down the tasteless big name brews.
L. Walker

Anonymous

08/10/2010 - 5:09pm

I have been brewing my own beer for over 12 years and have yet to find any commercially available, mass marketed beer to be worth drinking. Here in the GWN beer is taxed on the alcohol content, 7% is more money than 5%. However since 'light' beer is usually under 5% the tax is accordingly less, BUT, the price is the same as 5% beer, with the extra dollars going to the brewery. And that my friends is why 'light' beers are mass marketed. As a side note, beer is marketed as 'ice cold' why, because your taste buds can't taste the truely bad beer when they are frozen numb!

Anonymous

08/10/2010 - 5:18pm

I'll take a Miller Light anyday! Only 96 calories and full of flavor.

Anonymous

08/10/2010 - 6:47pm

I still love my Corona Light with a wedge of lime. Can't beat it!

pushbuttonkitty

08/28/2010 - 10:51pm

Corona anything is a terrible beer and you should feel terrible for drinking it.

And I feel terrible for the necro post.

Anonymous

06/18/2012 - 3:15pm

Brew your own beer...forget the mass-marketed crap!

Anonymous

06/25/2012 - 9:14pm

I brew my own and dang proud of it.. If I go out it has to be a microbrewery. JHOUGH

Anonymous

07/08/2012 - 8:55pm



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