Monthly Archives: January 2009

American Macro Week 2: Bud Light Lime

Bud Light Lime is Anheuser-Busch‘s answer to Miller Chill. Unlike Miller, who claims their Chill is brewed with limes and salt, Bud Light Lime is only stated to have "natural lime flavor." It’s 4.2% alcohol by volume, and (to ruin the surprise) rates higher than Miller Chill on the rating sites. Appearance: Gold-yellow, white head that fell quickly. Smell: Same Zima-fruity "limon" aroma as Miller Chill; no real beer character here. Taste: Really strongly reminiscent … Continue reading →

American Macro Week 2: Miller Chill

A revisitation of the American Macro genre wouldn’t be complete without checking out the so-called "chelada" beers being offered. Miller Chill was one of the first in this category, and is brewed with lime and salt. Or it’s at least blended with lime and salt; I’m not entirely sure how the brewing process with those ingredients is purported to work. At any rate, this beer is 4.1% alcohol by volume, and a more premium-priced beer … Continue reading →

American Macro Week 2: Bud Ice

Bud Ice is, of course, the "ice beer" offering from Anheuser-Busch. A-B claims that it’s the first (American) draft beer to be "ice brewed", which I’m not really in a position to verify thoroughly; they claim it was introduced in 1984 which seems early enough to be plausible. This beer is 5.5% alcohol, which seems to buck the 5.9% trend of the other ice beers I’ve got my hands on this time around. And I … Continue reading →

American Macro Week 2: Landshark Lager

Landshark Lager has an interesting pedigree, and probably one I’ll bet you didn’t think you’d see reviewed under the "Macro" category. Not so. Even though it’s marketed by Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville franchise, the beer itself is brewed by—you guessed it—Anheuser-Busch and is in fact brewed to the "American Macro" style. I’ve been curious about this beer since I first saw it, but was deterred by the negative reviews and the spendy price for a six-pack … Continue reading →

American Macro Week 2: Natural Light

I’m probably reviewing Anheuser-Busch‘s "Natural" series backwards; yesterday I reviewed Natural Ice and tonight it’s Natural Light., which was introduced first back in 1977. Oh well. Natural Light is pretty typical for the "light" beer category; it only comes in at 4.2% alcohol by volume, and, well, I picked up the can for 70 cents. What’s that tell you? Appearance: Clear and yellow with a fizzy, broken white head. Smell: Neutral, a hint of grain, … Continue reading →