Y'all are a bunch of wankers!


I'm bored, not interested in doing anything physical, got a stack of Netflix DVDs, so I'm going to the store for beers.

Lite beers I've tried:

1. Miller Lite. Too watery
2. Amstel Lite. Funky aftertaste
3. Heineken. not lite!
4. Leinenkugle. Too spunky and thick, even their lite. Also $8 plus for a six pack.
5. Miller Genuine Draft Lite. Nasty.
6. Beck's Lite. Haven't tried it. $8 at the grocery. Kinda expensive for me to just pee out in 15 minutes.

So. Any lite beer recommendations? Mind you, I actually like pilsner beer, ice cold. Im wimpy.
Also, we are talking a dinky Mexican-owned beer and cigarettes joint around the corner. What good beer could they possibly have? What is the absolute best I could do?
Permalink sharkfish 
August 6th, 2005
Good heavens woman! How about trying a beer with taste?

You are in Chicago. Check out the Goose Island offerings. And forget the lite beer dog piss stuff.

Permalink Ian Boys 
August 6th, 2005
Budvar - it's the original budweiser that actually tastes good.

Hoegaarden - good white beer from Belgium.

Corona/Sol - nice Mexican beers - good with a slice of lime and excellent in summer.
Permalink Colm O'Connor 
August 6th, 2005
Red Eye

1/3 Clamato
2/3 Beer (Buy the cheap stuff)

Only in Canada?
Permalink underscore 
August 6th, 2005
Sharkfish, you definitely need to change your beer. You're just drinking American bear piss. Those beers you mentioned are only worthy as weed killer.

Get some real beer for Christ's sake:
- Guiness
- Belhaven (nectar of the gods and priced accordingly)
- Old Peculiar
- Newcastle Brown
- Shiner Bock
- Anchor Steam
- Erdinger Dunkel
Permalink QADude 
August 6th, 2005
+1 Newcastle Brown Ale. Ice freaking cold is best but then that goes without saying ... it's beer.
Permalink PNII 
August 6th, 2005
Try Goose Island Summertime, or Goose Island Honker's Ale. You should find both in your local supermarket.
Permalink Ian Boys 
August 6th, 2005
I just had a Negro Modello with lime. Very tasty.
August 6th, 2005
+1 Newkie Brown.

Pilsner Urquell. Now that's a beer.

Melbourne has Piss Beer. Regular and Weak.
It's actually not that bad.
Permalink trollop 
August 6th, 2005
+1 for Hoegaarden.

That's some good stuff.
Permalink lumberjack 
August 7th, 2005
"3. Heineken. not lite!"

Wtf? The Heineken I had in Amsterdam was urine. (Still better than Carlsberg though.)
Permalink Flasher T 
August 7th, 2005
If they import stuff, look for some of the Japanese beers (oh that just feels wrong - these are mainly lagers). From Asahi to some of the more obscure brands, they produce some nice crisp brews which actually taste reasonable, but don't overchill them.

If you really want to seek out some more interesting flavour, try some ales. Newcastle Brown has been mentioned, but I wouldn't recommend it to newcomers to ale, it's a bit heavy. Start off with some good pale ales if available, or Mild if you can find it.

I don't know what you're likely to get though over there, as Americans i've known have never seemed to have a clue over here, so i've assumed that it's just a 'sex in a canoe' drinking hell over there...
Permalink Andrew Cherry 
August 7th, 2005
If you lean toward the pilsner style, you would probably like Pilsner Urquell. Also the Budvar/Czechvar as mentioned previously are good. ( http://www.czechvar.com )

As far as well-known Mexican beers go, I tend to prefer Tecate over Corona.

If you've got time to kill, check out ( http://www.beeradvocate.com ) whenever you're looking to explore different beer styles. Lots of helpful info over there, although it is decidedly geared toward the "beer snob", so if you have a "wimpy" palate, you may tend not to like the stonger beers that usually get good reviews there.
Permalink bionicroach 
August 7th, 2005
Andrew: There are some enlightened Americans and plenty of good beers in America. But the good beers tend to come from microbreweries and are very regional. You have to check out the local scene and find what's available in your area.

Also, recommending pale ales in America can be tricky for newcomers since they are often brewed with a flavour spectrum tilted wildy towards hops. There are few English ales that taste anything like a typical American IPA, but Caledonian's Deuchars IPA would give you an idea (OK, that's brewed in Scotland, but in style it is an English ale).

Back to American beers: amber ales tend to be softer and more balanced in flavour; red ales can be sweet, or they can be powerful, complex and hoppy.
Permalink Ian Boys 
August 7th, 2005
Sharkstress, kind of late for the weekend, but I just picked up a case of Sam Adams Light and it's tasting pretty good after mowing the lawn. A good compromise for a light beer.

(Michelob Ultra is 95 calories/bottle but is "ultra light taste" also.)
Permalink Bored Bystander 
August 7th, 2005
Thanks for the suggestions, all.

Sam Adams Light. Hmmm.
Permalink sharkfish 
August 7th, 2005
Hey, sharkfish, I'm in Chicago as well.

For summertime drinking, you really can't go wrong with Bell's Oberon. It's this really great wheat ale that's only brewed during the warmer months.

Also, what's the deal with Leinenkugel's being so expensive in Chicago? When I lived in Minneapolis it was < $5 for a six pack.
Permalink John V. 
August 7th, 2005
The ultimate "light" beer is Guinness! :)
Permalink Brad Wilson 
August 8th, 2005
"Also, recommending pale ales in America can be tricky for newcomers since they are often brewed with a flavour spectrum tilted wildy towards hops."

The pale ale I tried in America was brewed with a flavour spectrum tilted wildly towards perfume. Seriously.
Permalink Flasher T 
August 8th, 2005
Guinness is actually a light beer. In calories/oz that is
Permalink Yo 
August 8th, 2005
"Mind you, I actually like pilsner beer, ice cold. Im wimpy."

hey, nothin' wrong with pilsners... they make for nice drinking on a hot summer day...

one that's pretty nice and brewed here in Toronto is called "Steamwhistle". nice and crispy.

someone mentioned beers should be served ice cold... this is not always the case!
Permalink Kenny 
August 8th, 2005
If it's not meant to be served ice cold then it's not worth drinking.
Permalink Colm O'Connor 
August 8th, 2005
Kenny's absolutely right, unless you are drinking Foster's. Ice cold is Ok. -20C (so you can drink something else) is even better (seriously, it's pisspoor slops)
August 8th, 2005
I can't believe no one has mentioned Bud Select. It's 90-some calories. It tastes different from Bud Heavy and Bud Lite. It's really not that bad and cheap.

Sam Adams Lite is the best lite beer in my book, but it's not a Pilsner.

For truly hot days, my girlfriend and I drink MGD Lite.

If you're in the northeast, try Magic Hat. It's Ale, but it's Awesome.
Permalink Andy 
August 8th, 2005
Bitburger or Bitberger... or something.

$$$ - but good.
Permalink I am Jack's infinite id 
August 11th, 2005

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