Hey everyone likes a good countdown list right? Well here is the first in a series of countdown lists for me. I figured I would start off with a bit of a negative one and see if we can spark some debate. So I present to you my top 5 least favourite beers. Feel free to comment, argue, or just give your general thoughts right here on the blog, or reach out to me on Twitter @towineman or even send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
First some clarity on this list. I am basing this soley on mainstream beer you can buy on a regular basis available as a general list either at the beer store or the LCBO. If I tried a local craft beer one time, and didn’t like it, that doesn’t matter… so that doesn’t make the list. I have also factored out my general dislike for ciders and fruit flavoured beers including seasonal beers like Pumpkin Spice Ales. Otherwise those would make up the entire list. These are 5 everyday favourites of many people… just not me.
5. Stella Artois
How Stella became a premium brand is beyond me. To this day I think people order it because it almost always comes in it’s own branded glass (and they are nice glasses). Whereas if you order any other beer you have maybe a 25%-30% chance of it coming in it’s own glass. I just find it to be watered down and overly steely, but certainly priced as though it shouldn’t be.
4. Keiths White
The only beer I can stomach that is served with an orange is Oberon, which is a very unique seasonal beer only served in Michigan for about a month a year. Plus I am not a fan of overpowering wheat beers anyways. So perhaps some bias on this selection. Regardless I do not find this to be a good beer. Once again I think people order it for the novelty of it and because it appears to be a fascinating colour. But as we know from drinking true English Pale Ale’s or true IPA’s… colour is not everything.
3. Bud Light Lime
OK this is an exception to my ‘no fruity beer rule’ referenced in the intro. I make the exception because this is a mainstream beer, marketed and pitched against all other beers. However it doesn’t belong there. I admit when Bud Light Lime first came out with the massive (and extremely smart) marketing blitz I got caught up in it. For a couple of days I might have even been overheard saying I enjoyed a bottle or two. The reality is it is not good. It’s overpowering with lime flavour and amazingly underwhelming in beer flavour.
There had to be one bland, generic, corporate, everyday drinking beer on this list and for me that is Budweiser. I know it has it’s place in the grand scheme of beer drinking, but in my opinion it is awful. I will only drink Budweiser under two circumstances. 1. It is the only beer left where I happen to be, because someone else purchased it, and we have already drank all the other beer that was available. Or 2. I am at the Rogers Center watching my beloved Blue Jays.
1. Sam Adams Boston Lager
This one may come as a shock because Sam Adams is pretty well recognized as a quality premium beer with lots of flavour. But I don’t get it. I think it’s awful and unlike the rare circumstance where I will make an exception and drink Budweiser as referenced above, I can’t possibly think of a situation where I would enjoy a Sam Adams.
– 666 Devils Pale Ale
– Busch Light
– Black Ice
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