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 … 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 … 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 … Continue reading

American Macro Week 2

This week is Theme Week here at the Brew Site and, like last January, I’ve decided to dedicate this week to a(nother) overview of American Macro beers: welcome to American Macro Week 2! Last year’s AMW was fairly one-dimensional: I sat down and drank/reviewed/rated 15 different macro lagers. Those beers, … Continue reading

American Macro Week: One final shot

For general amusement/amazement: This past week and a half of drinking these and writing about them was the first time that blogging felt like work. In a good way, though.

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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … Continue reading

American Macro Week: Budweiser Select

Budweiser Select. Another in the Bud family from Anheuser-Busch, introduced very recently (2005) as their super-premium beer and I think it’s an all malt brew; their spec sheet talks about two-row and caramel malts and doesn’t mention any adjuncts. It’s also targeted at the low-car, low-alcohol market, without expressly being … Continue reading