Battle of the Light Beers; Theme Week musings

In an article weirdly reminiscent of the American Macro Theme Week I ran last January, Consumer Reports has a "Battle of the light beers":

We asked three experienced beer tasters (seriously, they actually spit out the beer between tastes) to conduct blind taste tests of Miller Lite and MGD 64. Looking ahead to summer, or for people who plan to serve Mexican food at their Super Bowl party, we also had tasters conduct a beer taste test with brews that have a hint of lime: Bud Light Lime and Miller Chill.

It probably goes without saying that MGD 64 did not win the taste test. And I’m a bit surprised to learn that it only has 2.8% alcohol by volume.

The appearance of this article is not only weirdly reminiscent of last year’s Theme Week, but weirdly coincidental too: I’ve been thinking that this month’s theme should be "American Macro Week II", in which I’ll review yet more of the American Macro Lagers and report on which ones are the best. As I wrote last year:

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.

Part of me shudders a bit at the thought of another round, but at the same time, it’s been a year; it’s time for the sequel.

And yes, if I tackle the macros this month, I’ll try to include MGD 64 in there. And the lime beers too.


  1. I like how the beer testers spit out the beer. While as tempting as it may be to spit out any of the beers they tasted, a proper beer sample is swallowed.

    Jon, don’t do it, you have much better beer to live for!

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