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Cheap Beers: Best and Worst  
User currently offlineCba From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 4531 posts, RR: 3
Posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2749 times:

Alright, when concerning cheap beer, and I'm not talking Bud/Miller, which ones are your favorites and least favorites?

In the running, there's....

Keystone
Natty
The Beast
High Life
Busch
Lone Star (dunno if available outside of TX)
Schlitz

I'm sure I forgot a few, so please feel free to add...

Although all of these beers are shit, there are times when they're appropriate...

For the favorite, I'm going to go with Keystone simply because it has the least taste. If chilled properly, it's like drinking carbonated water. High Life isn't bad either. The least favorites have got to be Natty and the Beast...

And for the UK version, I'm going to go with Carling... can't stand the stuff, especially when you can get Heineken, Amstel, Grolsch, Carlsberg, Kronenbourg and other not bad lagers for a few extra p. Not really a huge Stella fan either.

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User currently offlineLHMARK From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 46
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2745 times:

Genesee Beer. Not Genny Light. Not Genny Cream Ale. Just good old-fashioned subpremium Genesee Beer



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User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2595 posts, RR: 29
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2745 times:

From my drinking times in the UK:

Best cheap beer: Hofmeister
Worst cheap beer: Skol

Trivia: The cheapest pub in Britain is Hogan's, Victoria Road, Darlington, County Durham (immediately outside the railway station - Victoria Road exit)


User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12250 posts, RR: 35
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2722 times:
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Cheap and good:

Hauenstein. $12.99 for a 24 pack with returnable bottles.



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User currently offlineEasternSon From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 668 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2706 times:

Dude, you haven't lived until you've had Natty Light out of a bottle.

If I'm feeling squirrely, I'll grab a sixer of Pabst in a bottle as well.

If friends from high school are around, be sure we're swilling Schmidtty tall boys with a picture of a bass or a buck on the label.



"The only people for me are the mad ones...." Jack Kerouac
User currently offlineJaws707 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 708 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2700 times:

A few more cheap beers I wanted to point out in the terrible category include Red Dog, Ice House, and Old Style

User currently offlineMelpax From Australia, joined Apr 2005, 1619 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2692 times:

For Oz, worst cheap beer would be Melbourne Bitter. Horrible stuff. Also Fosters (they're both from the same brewer). West End from Adelaide is horrid as well.

Best cheap beer would be Toohey's dry, nice & smooth, and VB (Victoria Bitter)



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User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12250 posts, RR: 35
Reply 7, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2682 times:
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Quoting Jaws707 (Reply 5):
Red Dog

Don't  Smile



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User currently offlineCba From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 4531 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2679 times:

Quoting Jaws707 (Reply 5):
Red Dog,

Aww, that stuff is just rancid!

Have you guys ever had the Natty Lite energy drink called Natty Up? It's like a Natty mixed with a redbull, absolutely disgusting.


User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12250 posts, RR: 35
Reply 9, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2674 times:
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Quoting Cba (Reply 8):
It's like a Natty mixed with a redbull, absolutely disgusting.

 vomit 



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User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 29
Reply 10, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2671 times:

Quoting EasternSon (Reply 4):
Dude, you haven't lived until you've had Natty Light out of a bottle.

Haha, I almost died the first time I saw that. Pretty funny stuff.

For the worst, my choice is Beast Ice. Shit's nasty, especially when it's warm.  Wink

Harry



Why grab a Heine when you can grab a Busch?
User currently offlineCO7e7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2849 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2666 times:

Quoting Cba (Thread starter):
Keystone
Natty

Both are terrible!


User currently offlineRen41 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1524 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2657 times:

Over the past few months I've learned to appreciate the wonder that is Natty Ice. There's nothing like that stong liquor-like aftertaste that makes you cringe after each sip. It's a great beer for Beirut(or Beer Pong), but not for drinking straight up.

Keystone is the worst though. How good can a watered-down version of the already watered-down Coors Light be?

It's sad that after 1 year of college, I now consider Bud Light a premium beer.

R41


User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2657 times:

Best cheap beers in Germany: Oettinger Pils, the case with twenty 0.5 liter bottles comes for 5.00 EUR usually, when it is on special offer it only cost 4.60 EUR. My second favourite cheap beer is Paderborner Pils, the case with twenty 0.5 liter bottles cost usually 4.80 EUR. Both beers taste pretty good IMO.

Worst cheap beers in Germany: All the stuff from Lidl and Plus which comes in plastic bottles, simply disgusting!  yuck 

Patrick


User currently offlineSTLGph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9367 posts, RR: 26
Reply 14, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2649 times:

you're nuts if you think cheap beer is good beer.


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User currently offlineCba From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 4531 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2634 times:

Quoting Ren41 (Reply 12):
It's a great beer for Beirut(or Beer Pong), but not for drinking straight up.

That's about the only reasonable use for any of the cheap American beers mentioned thus far. There's nothing like that nasty Natty aftertaste that makes you cringe after someone takes down one of your cups...

Quoting Ren41 (Reply 12):
It's sad that after 1 year of college, I now consider Bud Light a premium beer.

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LOL, same thing happened to me man! It gets better when you turn 21 though. You realize that for an extra dollar you can get a much better beer on tap at most bars. Leave the Keystone and Natty for the beer pong/Beirut table!


User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13113 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2624 times:

Life is too short for cheap beer. Here in New Jersey, one can get good sale prices for good beer including Coors, Bud, Miller and the like, especially in 12, 24 and 30 packs of cans. I have tried some of the 'cheap' beers over the years, but my tastes got better over the years.

User currently offlineCba From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 4531 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2616 times:

Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 16):
Here in New Jersey, one can get good sale prices for good beer including Coors, Bud, Miller and the like, especially in 12, 24 and 30 packs of cans. I have tried some of the 'cheap' beers over the years, but my tastes got better over the years.

Ahh, when I was in Texas, we didn't have 30 packs of Bud/Miller. The options were either a 24 case of bud for around $18, or 30 'stones for $12. If I'm buying for myself or a few buddies, I'd definately go with the bud (or better, 20 long necks for the same price), but when you're buying in volume for parties, saving $6 a case goes a long way.

On a slightly unrelated topic, there was an amazing deal at a Whole Foods in Houston before I left. You could get a 6 pack of any of their select beers (most of these are microbrews) for around $8. It's fantastic because you can essentially create your own 6-pack, try 6 different beers in 1 pack.

And then I moved to England, and it's turned me into an ale man!


User currently offlineDfwRevolution From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 977 posts, RR: 51
Reply 18, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2588 times:

Quoting Cba (Thread starter):
Lone Star (dunno if available outside of TX)

I haven't seen it outside Texas, although Shiner Bock is available just about anywhere now.

Quoting STLGph (Reply 14):
you're nuts if you think cheap beer is good beer.

That's because you've never had Lone Star

Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 16):
Life is too short for cheap beer

Except when you're in college


User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 29
Reply 19, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2581 times:

Quoting DfwRevolution (Reply 18):
Except when you're in college

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And since most of the beer I drink is cheap, everything else will taste better in comparison.  Smile

Harry



Why grab a Heine when you can grab a Busch?
User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26493 posts, RR: 75
Reply 20, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2575 times:

Quoting Cba (Thread starter):
Natty

For those A.net members who haven't gone to high school in US Suburbia, Natty stands for Natural, Natural Light and Natural Ice

Quoting Cba (Thread starter):
High Life

A friend of mine at the DA's office made a funny little joke about High Life, calling it Low Life.



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User currently offlineCba From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 4531 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2561 times:

Quoting DfwRevolution (Reply 18):

I haven't seen it outside Texas, although Shiner Bock is available just about anywhere now.

I was pleasantly surprised to see the stuff outside of Texas. Although not my favorite beer, it's not a bad brew at all, especially considering that it's not much more expensive than Bud or Miller. DFWRevolution, if you ever go to Houston, hit up a bar called Brian O'Neills on a Wednesday, $2 Shiner refills and half-priced burgers, not a dinky glass either.

Quoting DfwRevolution (Reply 18):
Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 16):
Life is too short for cheap beer

Except when you're in college

 checkmark 

Quoting N1120A (Reply 20):

A friend of mine at the DA's office made a funny little joke about High Life, calling it Low Life.

Haha, my buddies and I always say, "slumming with the high life!"


User currently offlineIAH777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 0 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2556 times:

The best thing about dirt cheap beer is you can pound 'em enough to get you through those long flights. Or the short ones. Or the ride to the airport.

Signed,
Wade Boggs


User currently offlineEasternSon From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 668 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2542 times:

Quoting N1120A (Reply 20):
High Life, calling it Low Life



Quoting Cba (Reply 21):
"slumming with the high life!"

C'mon fellas. It says right on the label that it's "The Champagne of Beers."

It has to be classy, right?



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User currently offlineCopaair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2529 times:

High Life is the best cheap beer around. Hands down.

-Copa


25 Post contains images WellHung :
26 Post contains images WellHung : But not the ride home. Signed, Josh Hancock
27 Srbmod : About the cheapest I'll go on a six pack of beer is $5.99. Most of the beers I drink run between $6.99-$7.99 a six pack. There have been times in the
28 Post contains images LOT767-300ER : Ahh yes. So we all have forgotten about the beer of the bums, the worst liquid ever created by mankind! I dont touch anything below a Yuengling/Heinek
29 Copaair737 : What about Olde English 800? I drink 40s of that all the time -Copa
30 Post contains images Allstarflyer : Best, cheapest beer? The one that isn't bought . Need to drown your sorrows? Flush your pink slip/Dear John letter/tax statement/collection notice dow
31 Miamiair : The absolute worst: Meisterbrau... So foul it would stop up the kidneys in a lab rat.
32 Post contains images Duff44 : I feel the same way, sticking to mostly Killians Irish Red and Sam Adams Light. No issues drinking Bud Light, Coors Light or something that level at
33 Checkraiser : But it isn't a cheap beer. Best cheap beer - Pabst Blue Ribbon - if you haven't had a PBR lately you should try one. Honorable mention goes to Schlit
34 Post contains links P3Orion : Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 16): Life is too short for cheap beer. Here in New Jersey, one can get good sale prices for good beer including Coors, Bud, Mill
35 Bezoar : The absolute worst I recall is one from the 70's called "Texas Pride." It was about as cheap as you could get, but had a horrible tast and left a scum
36 Falstaff : Anything in good old returnable bottles is great. Drank and tome of it in college and drink it today, when I find it. I drank an bunch of Sterling to
37 Gunsontheroof : Both noble opponents in the drinking ring, but I'd consider each to be in the malt liquor category. As for me: Best: Rainier Worst: Milwaukee's Best
38 MCOflyer : Corona for me. Hunter
39 Dougloid : I had a skinful of Tenpenny Ale in Nova Scotia back in 1977 and I think I'm still slightly smashed. I thought it was great stuff. Do they still make/s
40 MSYtristar : PBR is a guilty pleasure of mine. You can't beat an ice cold PBR fo $1 in a seedy dive bar in the Quarter. Life doesn't get a lot better.
41 Rlwynn : I am in America now and brought one bottle with me. I have a freind who is a self described beer genius and gave it to him telling him this was good
42 JAGflyer : Colt-Fotey-Fyve! I tried it once, its not too bad.
43 Post contains images Srbmod : I thought I share something I saw at the East Atlanta Beer Festival yesterday. Get this, there were actually giving out samples of PBR (From what I he
44 Post contains images Checkraiser : I agree. That's a terrible deal. You could buy two 30 cubes for that.
45 Post contains images Srbmod : The way I see it, going to a beer festival and drinking just the cheap beers they're giving out samples of would be like going to a nice steakhouse a
46 P3Orion : I agree with you 100% But how many people do you know that think Budweiser, MGD or Coors Light are great tasting beer. It simply amazes me the love a
47 Post contains images Cba : ROFL! I bet he was slightly embarrassed afterward.... That stuff is pretty bad, but getting drunk for 1.50 is a pretty good deal!
48 Post contains images FlyKev : This is the most diabolical foul tasting stuff ever. But it is dirt cheap. Kev.
49 Post contains images DTManiac : Really bad stuff. Only Keystone light is worse. Bad! I actually drank that a lot of that when I was in Texas. However, I had to struggle with the com
50 Cba : Haven't had the Tesco beer, but I tried Sainsbury brand lager which was pretty bad! Hell I'd even take a Carling over it? I thought that stuff was Po
51 Sabena332 : A friend and me had the wheat-beer from Oettinger last Friday, it is also very recommendable because of it's good taste and incredible cheap price (5
52 Post contains images HPLASOps : May the Plank Road Brewery catch on fire and the insurance company won't pay for the damage. Somebody has to put a stop to that skunk piss they call
53 ANother : Heineken? Are you kidding? The only thing they have got going for them is their marketing department. They are so good that the EC has already fined
54 AA61Hvy : Best: Miller Lite Worst: Natty Light Beast was solid, I hadn't had it in over a year then I went back to my old college-it wasn't too bad, just no tas
55 Post contains images EasternSon : I forgot about this picture. Pretty much sums up how much we respect low quality beer. Cheers!
56 Soku39 : Truer things have never been said.
57 Post contains links Dougloid : Folks, San Miguel is from the Phillipine Republic. It's pretty fair stuff. http://www.sanmiguel.com.ph/default.aspx?cID=1
58 Post contains links ANother : Also Spanish: http://www.sanmiguel.es/
59 TuRbUleNc3 : Aldi's sell a brand called 'Saracen' is like watered down pop. Probably the worst ive had.
60 Post contains images Gkirk : Worst cheap lager = Best cheap lager = Stella Artois when served in Student bars
61 Kmh1956 : Sad? It's criminal!!
62 Post contains images KaiGywer : Yeah, it always amazes me how returnable bottles aren't used more widely here, like they are in Europe. A friend of mine thought it was gross that th
63 Post contains links Molykote : At Penn State, Rolling Rock or Yuengling could often be had for about $1.50/case premium over the really shitty beers. Although not fantastic products
64 Cba : Heineken isn't that bad. You're not kidding about the marketing though. Did a tour of the factory in Amsterdam a few months ago, the entire thing was
65 PanAm330 : Good man. Miller is my beer of choice. Won't touch Sam Adams with somebody else's taste buds. That shit is disgusting.
66 HPLASOps : Agreed. For a beer that prides itselft on flavor, there sure does seem to be a lack of it. I don't think I would classify Rock or Yuengling as cheap
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