Monthly Archives: January 2008

American Macro Week: Another tasting

A few days before I started American Macro Week, Wilson over at brewvana hosted a tasting of his own of three macros: Bud Light, Coors Light, and Miller Lite. Good timing! His was a blind tasting, though, of the three, rather than a review comparison like I did. Still, the results are interesting: However, they were clearly three different beers. One had a more prominent aroma, one had a more pronounced flavor, and the third … Continue reading →

American Macro Week: Beer wrap-up

Okay, 15 beers later and I’ve done all that I can for American Macro Week. I know I’ve missed a bunch more macros; off the top of my head I can think of the Bud Dry and Ice line, Milwaukee’s Best, Natural Light/Ice, Keystone Ice, Busch Light, and a bunch of the various "old" brands Pabst produces. So perhaps I’ll do an American Macro Week II at some point. (Not even getting into Canadian/European "macros"… … Continue reading →

American Macro Week: Olympia

Olympia is another old-school brand revived by Pabst (and brewed by Miller); it was one of the most popular Pacific Northwest beers back in the day. The brewery was located in Tumwater, Washington, and their big claim to success: "It’s the water." This is a classic, for sure, but they don’t package it in 24-ounce cans. Instead I picked up a six-pack of 16-ounce cans (like the Rainier I bought). The beer is 4.73% alcohol … Continue reading →

American Macro Week: Miller Lite

Miller Lite is the flagship beer from, er, Miller and it’s the oldest of the "Light" (or "Lite") beers, debuting in 1975. It’s garnered a few awards, too, in the "American-Style Light Lager" category at the GABF (2003) and the World Beer Cup (four different years). Not much I have to say about it, although I feel like I need to comment on the can design—but I’m having trouble figuring out what I want to … Continue reading →