Monthly Archives: January 2009

American Macro Week 2: Natural Ice

Natural Ice is a relative newcomer to the Anheuser-Busch family, introduced in 1995. (Natural Light was introduced in 1977.) Along with the Busch line, the "Natural" beers are part of A-B’s "value priced" category—also called "subpremium-priced." The beer is 5.9% alcohol by volume (which seems to be the trend among the ice beers, I’m noticing) and by and large the packaging (in this case, the 24-ounce can) is fairly generic. There’s just not a whole … Continue reading →

American Macro Week 2: Keystone Ice

Keystone Ice is the so-called "ice beer" version of Keystone Light (or just plain Keystone), which is purportedly "regular" beer which has been subjected to "ice brewing"—that is, lowering the temperature to below freezing so that water freezes out, yielding higher levels of alcohol. (Of course, the actual process may be quite different, but that’s the traditional urban legend story and I’m too lazy to look it up right now.) Keystone Ice, brewed in fact … Continue reading →

American Macro Week 2: Busch Light

Last year I reviewed Busch Beer but I never got around to it’s "lite" counterpart, Busch Light. I rectified that this time around. (If "rectified" can really be the right term to apply here…) Busch is the value brand from Anheuser-Busch, first introduced in 1955. The Light version was introduced in 1989 and is 4.2% alcohol by volume (only 0.4% less than regular Busch). Appearance: Clear, pale yellow, darker than I’d expect. Very effervescent underneath … Continue reading →

American Macro Week 2: Not the Big Three you think

When I write "American Macro", it’s generally understood that it refers to (beers brewed by) the American Macro Brewers, otherwise known as the "Big Three" (though my no means restricted to them): Anheuser-Busch, Miller, and Coors. (It also refers to the general style of "Macro Lager" that they tend to brew.) Once upon a time those were all American companies, but with the takeover of A-B by InBev last year, none of those Big Three … Continue reading →

American Macro Week 2: D.B. Hobbs Golden Lager

You probably thought the first "American Macro" review was going to be something from one of the megabrewers—not so! I’m reviewing any beer of the "American Macro" genre (i.e., pale lager optionally brewed with adjuncts), and D.B. Hobbs Golden Lager, brewed by City Brewing of La Crosse, Wisconsin, is exactly that. I rather like the retro look of the can; kind of a throwback to the ’50s and ’60s. The beer inside is 4.81% alcohol … Continue reading →