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Worst Beer Ever?

I generally enjoy almost any beer. I stay away from Bud,Coors, and Miller, I just don't get anything out of them. But as one of the only beers I've ever truly despised, Old Speckled Hen has got to be it. I drank it as a requirement for my local bar's 'mug club'. Wow, that is nasty swill. I've heard it is popular across the pond, but yuck! Anyone agree with that or have your own despised brew, I'm curious to know.

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  1. I love it, and any of the English pale ales/bitter ales are fantastic to me.

    Was the OSH on draft?

    1. I had high hopes when I tasted Sam Adams Triple Bock, but it was the first beer I could not finish. It was like drinking syrupy Kikkoman. Worst beer I ever had. The second beer I could not finish was the result of my first attempt at homebrewing, which was vomit inducing.

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      1. re: jtpeters

        Many years ago, my brother-in-law, a beer salesman, brought us a 4pack (I think) of Triple Bock to try. He said it was "an after dinner liquore, but kind of a beer". On Fridays at my job, we'd bring in "interesting" or "oddball" beers to try after 5:00. Everyone equated this "beer" to Quaker State, but worse. I hear it's expensive now, but I wouldn't pay a dollar a bottle. Just awful.

        1. re: jtpeters

          Sam Adams Triple Bock is meant to be aged and enjoyed like a Cognac, not a beer. It is only beer in name because it is made from Barley malt. I don't know why they named it this way, but I have had it, and it is not bad. You drink it in a snifter after a good meal. It is in this way you will see its full potential.

          1. re: EX500rider

            All beer is made from barley malt. What is it that you think beer is made from?

            1. re: BeeRich

              Perhaps he meant that although SA Triple Bock is made with beer ingredients and beer procedures, the resulting brew is very unlike what most people associate with beer and is best consumed with a tad more ritual than is usually accorded "beer".
              Can't say I disagree with him. Like a good barleywine, it's a brew to savor and not chug. I have to agree with him that while SA Triple Bock called beer, it is really something more.

              1. re: BeeRich

                Ex500 didn't say beer is not made from barley malt. But, of course, beer doesn't have to be made from barley malt.

                1. re: BeeRich

                  SOME barley malt in the crap beers, cut with corn and other junk that makes it swill...

                  1. re: sneaker

                    Many renowned Belgian beers use adjuncts.

                    1. re: Chinon00

                      It's unfortunate that there's been so much marketing spin about adjuncts in beer.

                      1. re: Josh

                        All the reinheistegebot marketing surely had an impact, but recently much of it seems to be coming from people who should know better - US craft brewers.

                        1. re: LStaff

                          Yeah, that's what I was referring to. Certain craft brewers like to boast about lack of adjunct usage, which is dumb considering that anyone wanting to brew some of the higher-alcohol Belgian styles will need to employ adjuncts to get there.

                          1. re: Josh

                            ...not to mention many of the best British brews. White sugar has long been used in both the UK and Belgium as an adjunct in great beers. Not to mention the various spices brewers in Belgium and elsewhere make extensive use of to make some of the world's best.

                            1. re: Ernie Diamond

                              And even a trappist brewery uses all kinds of non-traditional ingredients.

                              http://www.whitebeertravels.co.uk/chi...

                  2. re: BeeRich

                    Maize, rice, potato starch and sugar to name a few as for beers on the hand pump they can go off but i really don't like Carlsberg Special

                  3. re: EX500rider

                    no, it is a beer because of HOW IT IS MADE. It is named "this way" because that is what it is. you like it more? you think it's special? awesome. enjoy it. but it is what it is.

                    1. re: thew

                      I agree. "Beer" can be a lot of different things and take a lot of different forms based on the individual interpretation of the brewer.

                      The Triple Bock is an extraordinarily well made beer that pushes the envelope.

                      As a side note (and slightly off the original topic) It's so odd to me how it has become fashionable in some quarters to hate on Sam Adams, especially since they are now evidently one of the largest American brewing companies. They make some terrific beers however, in many ways surpassing the so called "craft" brewers. The reality is that SA is as much a "craft" brewery as any out there, despite their phenomenal growth.

                      1. re: The Professor

                        Ehhhh, not sure how much I agree. Sam Adams makes *some* beers that are good, but they make some really abysmal ones. I don't think noticing that has anything to do with fashion. Cherry Wheat is *not* a good beer, nor is their Summer Ale, their Cranberry Lambic, their Blackberry Wit, etc. etc. I like their Boston lager, that's a pretty decent beer. But I think most of their releases are average at best.

                        I also don't get what you mean by saying that they surpass other craft breweries. If you look at who's winning medals in blind tasting competition at events like World Beer Cup and GABF, by and large it's the smaller craft breweries.

                        1. re: Josh

                          No need to agree!
                          That's what makes the world (and the forums) go round. Whether any beer is good or bad is a matter of opinion. One person may hate a particular beer and say it isn't well made, another will kvell over it and praise the craft involved.

                          I suppose I did make a pretty broad and generalized statement, but did so only to make the important point that Sam Adams is as much a "craft" brewery as any brewery 1/20th its size (or smaller). They may not make as many alcoholic hop bombs as is the current tiresome fad of other so called 'craft' breweries, but many of SA's products are well above 'average'.

                          It's all relative anyway to individual taste. Plenty to choose from these days, that's for certain.

                          1. re: Josh

                            Agree - their specialty beers that come in the sampler seem amateurish. Their Black Lager was horrible - it tasted like my first attempt at a homebrewed porter. I love Sam Adams - it's my go-to beer when in places without interesting beer selections, and it's eminently drinkable. But their niche beers are typically bad. They had a couple of holiday brews and summer brews I liked, though!

                          2. re: The Professor

                            Jim Koch and his Boston Beer Co. has been ruffling the feathers of many (macro brewers, the big imports, craft brewers and craft beer drinkers) ever since he came along - nearly a decade after the beginning of the "craft beer era" in the US (which I date from New Albion's start). The list is rather long of BBC's "controversies"- some based on Koch's "hucksteristic" marketing, his sometimes "broad" generalizations and re-writing of US beer history, etc. AND some of it is just typical sniping within a very competitive industry.

                            I keep meaning (threatening?) to make up an impartial list of them all but I've found that just NOTING the subjects of those events often puts me into the "Sam Adam haters" category (why, it's enough to make me search the beer fridge for a bottle of SA Imperial Pilsner...).

                            Such a list would include things like the early GABF "Consumer Preference Poll", the co-opting of the "Boston Beer Co." name and history, the history of the previous generations' Koch's breweries and beers, the BL "recipe in the attic" vs Joseph Owades', the Oregon Originals line, the attacks on Heineken and Euro imports (and then exporting SABL), the attacks on other craft brewers, the "shock jock" episode, contract brewing, Hardcore Cider and Twisted Tea, claims re: the former Haffenreffer brewery, the Schoenling brewery purchase/contracts, numerous lawsuits, the definition of "craft" beer by the Brewers Association, etc., etc. etc.

                            So, rather than "fashionable", I'd say that "hate on Sam Adams" is closer to a tradition in the craft beer world <g> - with it's #1 position only adding to the mix rather than simply causing it.

                            1. re: JessKidden

                              Good answer.
                              Tradition indeed...I do remember reading about some of these controversies early on. They mainly made me chuckle. Too bad Matt Reich wasn't as aggressive, especially given that he was really first to the party and also had a very good product.

                              But really, all I can say is "whatever". Koch happened to have a good flagship beer (even if it came from Joe Owades' attic rather than grandpa's...I suspect that the truth is actually somewhere in the middle); and ultimately JK and his marketing folks managed to pull off quite a trick (though again, in all fairness, they did have something decent to back it up).
                              None of the controversey really matters in the end...I like his beer. I like it quite a bit.
                              And I like that it is widely available. When travelling, my first beer is _always_ the _local_ choice. But my second beer depends on my reaction to the first...and if that is a negative, these days SA is generally nearby to save the day if need be.

                    2. Tsingtao Lite - shoulda known there was a reason the grocery store was selling it for $1.95 a six.
                      Absolutely vile and putrid.

                      1. What particular flavor(s) didn't you like in OSH?

                        Thanks

                        1. It can be hard to discern when a beer is bad due to spoilage or brewing errors, or when it's simply a bad recipe. For me, I'd probably rank Sam Adams Cherry Wheat as one of the most unpleasant beer experiences I've had. I thought it tasted like carbonated cough syrup. I have tried it more than once, and that was how it tasted each and every time, which leads me to conclude that the recipe for it just isn't to my liking.

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                          1. re: Josh

                            I had a cranberry wheat beer at a brewpub that tasted like Children's Tylenol.

                            Never went back.

                          2. For me it's the wheat beers. I've tried the Belgian whites, German hefeweizen, lambics and others. And although I know that they are appreciated by many, to me they taste like vomit.

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                            1. re: viperlush

                              I personally don't mind them, but I have a friend who thinks they taste like pine-sol cleaner.

                              1. re: jtpeters

                                Many hefeweizens can be improved with a squeeze of lemon.

                                If that doesn't work, try urine. It wouldn't make it taste any worse, right?

                                1. re: monkeyrotica

                                  Lemon was originally used to hide off-flavors in bad beer. Good hefeweizen shouldn't require this addition.

                                  1. re: Josh

                                    Yeah, that was the case with Mexican beers when they were first canned. You'd add limes to distract from the solder flavor. Now, it's just tradition to stick one in your Corona.

                                    In the case of some of the wheat beers I've tried, I've found a bit of lemon actually enhances the flavor.

                                  2. re: monkeyrotica

                                    VERBOTEN! Never squeeze any lemon into any wheat beer. Europe would flip over backwards if you did that. A great wheat beer is heaven.

                                    1. re: BeeRich

                                      Actually when I lived in Germany a lot of Weiss biers did get a dose of Lemon. Mainly the Kristal Weiss from what i remember.

                                      1. re: BeeRich

                                        mixing beer and lemonade is an old german summertime tradition

                                        1. re: thew

                                          You're talking about a radler, which is beer cut with a substantial amount of lemonade. BeeRich is talking about squeezing a bit of fresh lemon juice into a weizenbier.

                                  3. re: viperlush

                                    I love the wheat beers generally. Even Sam Adams Cranberry Lambic, which may or may not be an authentic lambic, but who cares? I find it mighty tasty. It seems my worst fears about Sam's Cherry Wheat may be true; I never had the nerve to try it because I figured it would taste just like, you guessed it, carbonated cough syrup. Yecch!

                                    1. re: Kinnexa

                                      I haven't had Samuel Adams "Cherry Lambic" in years, and they may have changed it since I last tasted it. In fact, in its first several years of existence, the so-called "Cranberry Lambic" varied wildly from one year to the next (some editions of the brew -- '93, for example -- I actually liked). But back then, it was never a real lambic. It did not come *close* to meeting, say, Michal Jackson's definition of a lambic.

                                      In fact, the the Boston Beer Company regularly resorted to false advertising. Like a lot of fans of serious microbrews at the time, I was pissed off about it. I wrote letters with my objections to the BBC. To his credit, Jim Koch personally replied to me. Less to his credit, he suggested that he was resorting to "innovation" rather than false naming of his beer; and suggested that people like me were attempting to "stifle" his innovations! Oh well. At least Koch cared enough to personally reply to some of his critics.

                                    2. re: viperlush

                                      Never been of a the Hefeweizen. Glad that I am not the only one.

                                    3. Anything from Shipyard, Magic Hat, or Middle Ages.

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                                        1. re: Chinon00

                                          I got a really nauseating butter bomb bottle of that once. I simply poured it where it belonged and chalked it up to 'getting a bad bottle'. I definitely didn't go around declaring it the 'Worst Beer Ever' and questioning the taste of its admirers...

                                          1. re: Chinon00

                                            Yup, still not enough malt and hops to cover up the buttery slickness.

                                            I'm not questioning others tastes, I just don't think diacetyl laden beers are drinkable, just like I don't think phenolic laden beers are drinkable either.

                                            1. re: LStaff

                                              Just so we are all on the same page could you provide us with a few other examples of diacetyl laden beers and phenolic laden beers?

                                              Thanks

                                              1. re: Chinon00

                                                diacetyl laden beers=anything from shipyard, magic hat or middle ages.

                                                phenolic laden beers=hefeweizens and such

                                                1. re: Calico Jack

                                                  There's probably a fine line that can be drawn somewhere differentiating from too much diacetyl or phenolic character, and the correct amount. Belgian abbey ales, for example, are known to be phenolic, and it's considered part of the profile. It's one of the things that makes those styles so recognizable. Diacetyl, too, can be part of the character of a beer, like Samuel Smith's.

                                                  1. re: Josh

                                                    What do diacetyl and phenolic taste like?

                                                    Thanks

                                                    1. re: Chinon00

                                                      Diacetyl is commonly described as buttery. Butter-flavored popcorn, for example, uses diacetyl, and beers with a strong diacetyl component have a buttery quality to them. Phenolic flavors are typically described as "band aid", plastic, fruit flavors, or bubble gum. To be fair, you're kind of at the nexus of flavor and aroma at that point, as these are things more perceived via smell than taste, IMO.

                                                      1. re: Josh

                                                        Ok, now I know why I like for instance Bear Republic Racer 5; because it has that diacetyl thing working blended with the hops and grain. Good stuff.

                                                        Thanks

                                                        1. re: Chinon00

                                                          If you're Racer 5 is a "D" bomb, then its either not fresh or being served from bad lines. Racer 5 should have a clean profile.

                                                          1. re: LStaff

                                                            I never said "D" bomb. I have described it as having among other things a buttered biscuitiness about it that counters the hops. I've had it about a dozen times in both bottles and draft.

                                                            1. re: LStaff

                                                              Had Racer 5 again on draft from a two week old keg and it was clean. I liked it better in bottles I think (or just found it more interesting).

                                                              Thanks

                                                          2. re: Josh

                                                            Actually fruit flavors, banana, and bubble gum come from esters.

                                                            Phenolic flavors are cinnamon, clove, plastic, band aid, or smokiness.

                                                            Not only does diacetyl give buttery flavor, but also caramel - which is appropriate in low amounts for certain styles. Diacetyl also lends a slick, cloying nature that sticks in the back of my throat.

                                                            1. re: LStaff

                                                              Yes, you're right. I messed up and lumped the estery aromas in with the phenolics. Thanks for the correction.

                                                          3. re: Chinon00

                                                            The active ingredient in some oral anesthetics such as Chloraseptic spray. If you have ever been around phenolic you know the smell; or if you have ever worked in electronics and cut or overheated old circuit board material.
                                                            No wonder I don't care for that whang.

                                                2. re: LStaff

                                                  I wouldn't say it was the worst I ever had but I don't like that Magic hat #9

                                                  1. Miller Lite would be my "worst beer ever". I tastes like I am drinking salt water. I'll even drink Beast over it, although I like Pabst, so that might say something. OSH wasn't my fave in England, but I would order it from time to time.

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                                                    1. re: foodieinlaw

                                                      God, Miller Lite! Sad to say, the first beer of my life was a Miller Lite. For a long time I figured beer was an 'acquired taste' or else I just didn't like it.

                                                      Glad I finally tried some REAL beer. I love my daily liquid bread...what a tragedy was averted!

                                                      1. re: foodieinlaw

                                                        Why did Miller Lite try to ape craft beers? It's not going to impress people who like good beer and their regular customers probably won't know the difference.

                                                        1. re: Doghouse Reilly

                                                          "Why did Miller Lite try to ape craft beers?"

                                                          What are you referring to? I don't recall Miller making any reference to craft beers. But i am amused by the Budweiser ads where a female bartender is going on about the craft and care that goes in to producing that stuff, perhaps trying to prop up the crowd who likes their Bud but is getting crap about it from beer lovers who like craft beers. Not going to convince anyone with a beer palate that Bud is a "craft beer".

                                                          1. re: kenito799

                                                            Miller Lite Craft Collection- still in test markets, tho' withdrawn from one [a little town called San Diego- do they drink beer there?] and extented in some others-

                                                            http://www.brewblog.com/brew/2007/12/...

                                                            http://www.channel3000.com/money/1663...

                                                            1. re: kenito799

                                                              I agree that Budweiser is bland stuff, essentially made for people who don't really like beer.
                                                              However, I think that it would be incorrect to say there is no craft involved in producing the stuff; while most folks here define "craft" beer as small brewery stuff with (hopefully) more character, the fact remains that a great deal of craft, probably MORE, is absolutely required to produce the bland and flavorless lowest common denominator beers like Bud. Without all of the "in your face" flavors that can (and do) hide a multitude of sins in the brewing processes of many micro and pub brewers, the typical bland mass-market American lager ironically remains the hardest style to produce. There is not very much to hide behind in a product that is essentially lightly flavored seltzer.

                                                              1. re: The Professor

                                                                I honestly think Budweiser is the only DECENT domestic beer, for me coors light is the worst. at least you can taste Bud. My altime favorite would have to be Goose Island Bourbon barrel Stout.

                                                                1. re: macabrebob

                                                                  What's funny about this is I tried the new A-B "American Ale" last week. It actually has LESS taste than Bud. As I was tasting this for the first time, I find myself actually wondering, "How did they brew this as 'ale' yet eliminate all trace of hops?"

                                                                  It sells for a premium price. And you need a bottle opener.

                                                                  I have no idea who the market could possibly be for such a product.

                                                                  1. re: Panini Guy

                                                                    Dude stop the madness (or the just pure A-B hate). Bud American Ale is a solid beer with an unfortunately off finish. It does not have LESS taste than standard Bud. Is it Troeg's Hop Back? No, but all I ask is that we be fair.

                                                                    http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/...

                                                                    Thanks

                                                                    1. re: Chinon00

                                                                      a) I don't hate A-B - in fact it's my favorite of the big US brewers.
                                                                      b) I don't need beeradvocate to tell me what to like
                                                                      c) I owe American Ale an apology - turns out the liquid in question was Michelob Pale Ale.
                                                                      d) Other than getting the beer name wrong, all else still applies.

                                                                      1. re: Panini Guy

                                                                        Favorite, over Sam Adams? Really? Oh, it's not a "big" brewer, is it?

                                                                        1. re: Scargod

                                                                          I don't follow beer business financials and I really don't give a crap how many bottles SA sells, I don't consider SA a big brewer in the category of A-B/Mlller/Coors. I still consider Miller a US brewer and I still consider Coors a separate entity.. So my reference is those three. Split hairs if you really feel the need to argue that point.

                                                                          1. re: Panini Guy

                                                                            I'm not trying to split hairs at all. I don't know the numbers.
                                                                            All I see is Sam Adams everywhere. By my taste, nothing offered by the"big three" comes close. My favorite: Cream Stout.
                                                                            Do you also, with religious fervor, stand behind the big three auto makers, as well?

                                                                            1. re: Scargod

                                                                              Don't understand why you want ot have this argument, but my point of reference is that A-B/Coors/Miller produce something like 170 million barrels yearly. Boston Brewing does less than two. In comparison, that's not "big" so no, I don't include them in discussing "big" breweries - they're about the same size as Yuengling from what I understand. That's simply my criteria, feel free to use your own.

                                                                              FTR, when I lived in Boston, I drank Harpoon. And I drive a pre-GM Saab.

                                                                    2. re: Panini Guy

                                                                      Not only is BAA more flavorful than Budweiser, it sells for a very reasonable price compared to its competition. I think it's a great value.

                                                                      1. re: Jim Dorsch

                                                                        Sam Adams is still (barely) small enough to qualify for craft brewery status. Even Jim Koch admits that he's pushing the envelope, but that he still is in the craft brewer category. How can they be compared to miller, coors, and A-B when they are making beers like utopias, chocolate bock, imperial white, etc..... not quite the same thing

                                                                        1. re: kubasd

                                                                          And how this relate to my comment on Budweiser American Ale?

                                                                        2. re: Jim Dorsch

                                                                          I agree. I really like the Bud American Ale...it's definitely a well made beer and a good value.
                                                                          However, I like to pour it into a glass and stir some of the co2 out of it...it's really QUITE good with a bit less carbonation.

                                                            2. other than the obvious mainstream swill, I would say Grolsch, or Gennesse Cream Ale. I love Old Speckled Hen

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                                                              1. re: lyn

                                                                My OSH was not on tap, I also agree with the Sam Adans Cherry Wheat, not good.....and I do like most wheat beers

                                                                1. re: lyn

                                                                  Love Old Speckeled Hen. But then I also like Gennessee.

                                                                  Worst beer, next to Schlitz, would probably be Golden Monkey. My mouth still hasn't forgiven me for that. If beer is supposed to have character, that beer would be Hitler.

                                                                  1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                    Victory Golden Monkey? It's been a while but I remember it as a pretty solid tripel ale.

                                                                    1. re: ultramagnetic

                                                                      love Victory Golden Monkey- maybe it was spoiled?

                                                                      1. re: lyn

                                                                        If that's the problem, then the whole sixpack was spoiled. Imagine drinking a glass of sour bananas. Now imagine doing that with your head inside a monkey's butt. I should have payed attention to the monkey on the label; he looks like he's about to blow oats everywhere.

                                                                        1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                          Do you like any other Tripels? Golden Monkey isn't a classic example but is vaguely like you describe- Bananas, spices, a hint of sourness. No monkey butt, though :) If I had to criticize it I'd say the alcohol is too hot and bitterness is too high, but it is definitely in the ballpark of where it is supposed to be (Hitler Stadium, maybe?), and works as an affordable version of the style.

                                                                          1. re: TongoRad

                                                                            I kinda like Chimay Blue. Does that count? It's fruity, but to me the fruitiness is "darker", like raisins, not "bright" like bananas, which to me tastes sharp, like my tongue is being stabbed by an angry monkey. But I'm not really that into Belgian style beers to begin with. I'm more into English bitters.

                                                                            1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                              Chimay Blue is a Belgian Strong Dark Ale (to use beeradvocate.com's classification). Chimay White is a tripel--try that to see what a classic Belgian tripel is like. Another take on the style is La Fin du Monde by Unibroue (Quebec).

                                                                              I also find Golden Monkey to be too alcoholic, sweet, and hoppy to really fit the style well, but I don't loathe it to such an extreme degree!

                                                                              1. re: kenito799

                                                                                I'll give the Chimay White a try. Hopefully, it will contain less monkey.

                                                                                1. re: kenito799

                                                                                  Picked up a bottle of Chimay White at Whole Foods. Damn, this stuff 'spensive! I liked the low carbonation and the hoppiness was about right for my tastes (don't like the Triple XXX Hop Suicide Puckerbutt types of ales). Much more to my liking than the Golden Monkey stuff. I might actually order this with some mussels and frites.

                                                                                  1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                    I like both the Chimay White and the Golden Monkey. Sometimes a beer that doesn't taste good cold should be allowed to warm up. This just happened to me today with a Jamaican-style stout. Out of the fridge it was very bad, but at room temp it's delicious.

                                                                                    1. re: Josh

                                                                                      Yup my first sip of Russian River's Damnation was simplistic and a bit harsh... as it warmed up to the 60's it started to shine.

                                                                                2. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                  If you're more into English bitter, I'd suggest other beers than the Abbey ales. I'd look for Grotten cave aged brown ale, or an Oud Bruin. They'll be more your cup of tea.

                                                                            2. re: lyn

                                                                              I find Golden Monkey to be close to undrinkable until it has at least a year of age on it...

                                                                              1. re: ClockworkOrange

                                                                                Interesting. So you'd recommend an older, more mature Monkey to nasty young brat Monkey?

                                                                            3. re: ultramagnetic

                                                                              It is a solid tripel. I suspect that the flavor this poster objects to might be the beer's spice (coriander), which is not subtle.

                                                                              Piraat - now there's a bad tripel. It's wretched. It tastes of alcohol, sugar, and coriander. Pretty vile stuff for my money.

                                                                            4. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                              I'm with you. Not the worst beer ever (that would be Canadian Ace, which was only sold in half gallon jugs), but Golden Monkey is one beer I will not be trying again.

                                                                              Others on the list of no-gos:
                                                                              - Coors Light (obvious) as well as most other "local" lights (e.g. IC Light)
                                                                              - Carling Black Label (never had one that wasn't skunked)
                                                                              - Red White & Blue

                                                                              1. re: Panini Guy

                                                                                "Canadian Ace, which was only sold in half gallon jugs"

                                                                                And despite the name, brewed in new Jersey

                                                                            5. re: lyn

                                                                              Gennie Cream Ale was my favorite cheap beer. It actually was creamy smooth, then our local supermarket stopped carrying it; thanks I'm told to the Bud Crud distributer.
                                                                              I disliked Korean beers, Hite and the other silver bullet type swill.
                                                                              Dumkeg's Beer Philosophy: Drinking lite beer is like making love with one's clothes on.
                                                                              Down to Costa Rica tomorrow to drink beer w/ my 25 yr old son (My wife is a great beer drinker too.) tomorrow!

                                                                                1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                  Lite beers are worthless. Like trying to make love but (not); just wasting your time and energy.
                                                                                  Pearl, Keystone. Remember Jax?

                                                                                  1. re: Scargod

                                                                                    Buckhorn, was Texas' worst! Made Pearl look rich and creamy! Once bitten, twice shy. I'll abstain rather than drink lite beer!
                                                                                    What is the German beer with the motto: Life's too short to drink cheap beer."?

                                                                                    1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                      I did kind of like Pearl back in the day.
                                                                                      IIRC, Buckhorn was Lone Star's budget beer. Pearl had their own too, Texas Pride. I don't think Texas Pride sold enough to be around for very long. Now, from what i understand Pabst holds the rights to Pearl, and Lone Star. They also hold the rights and recipe (i guess) to Falstaff though it isn't brewed nowadays. They could conceivably bring it back in the future if they want.

                                                                                      1. re: TroyTempest

                                                                                        Pearl brewed Texas Pride after Repeal in the 1930's, and some ads at the time suggest it pre-dated Prohibition. Ads in 1937 headlined "We Brew BOTH famous TYPES of LAGER BEER" noted that Pearl was a 'pilsener type' lager while Texas Pride was a 'Vienna-type' - "delicately hopped, heavier in body". Later they would call Texas Pride a pilsener and describe it as "softer" than Pearl. Both beers appear to have sold at the same price point into at least the 1950's.

                                                                                        1. re: JessKidden

                                                                                          Interesting,
                                                                                          I wonder if they changed the way it was brewed or just the way it was marketed.

                                                                                          Back in the late 70's - early 80's i remember TP being a bargain priced beer akin to BuckHorn and Old Milwaukee. Now of course if you can find Pearl it is competing with PBR, Schlitz and the like.

                                                                                  2. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                    Hey Passa,
                                                                                    I'm going to Costa Rica this summer. Are there any local beers worth drinking? Anything from the region, even?

                                                                                    1. re: TroyTempest

                                                                                      There are two beers brewed in Costa Rica, both by the same brewery. One yellow label, one white. I think they're both the same beer in different cans. Not bad, but nothing to write home about. There may be more selection in bigger cities than what I went to....

                                                                                      1. re: Bat Guano

                                                                                        so,
                                                                                        then if i wanted something authentic from the region?
                                                                                        Panamanian?, Nicaraguan?

                                                                                        1. re: Bat Guano

                                                                                          Having just returned, I know now these 2 are Imperial and Pilsen. I found imperial a little more flavorful. Ice cold on the beach, it was pretty tasty.

                                                                                  3. The worst for me was Pearl Lite. Truth in advertising should have required removal of the middle word in their slogan "It's the water."

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                                                                                    1. re: chazzerking

                                                                                      My worst was Iron City Light many years ago. It was not only water,but bad, tasteless water at that.

                                                                                      1. re: Sam at Novas

                                                                                        Um, wouldn't tasteless water be... water?

                                                                                        1. re: SuzyInChains

                                                                                          Water has a taste. It tastes like...water.

                                                                                          1. re: Kenji

                                                                                            Yeah, but bad water still tastes bad. Think standing water with bits of insects. (sorry)

                                                                                            1. re: Sam at Novas

                                                                                              Water flavored with the essence of mosquito larvae? I'd definitely pass on that.

                                                                                              1. re: Kenji

                                                                                                I think the euphemism is that it tastes like old dish water.

                                                                                      2. re: chazzerking

                                                                                        Oh yeah, Pearl; I think I was blocking out the memory of a can of that I had a few years ago, until this reminded me. That stuff is just vile.

                                                                                      3. Don't recall the brand but I had a Russian beer once that I swear tasted like rusty water.

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                                                                                        1. re: Eric in NJ

                                                                                          Moskovskia Zavod? Moscow Factory? In the 60's it was terrible!

                                                                                        2. Years ago at a brewpub in Albuquerque, I had a pint of a hefeweizen -- normally a style that I very much enjoy -- that had a flowery description that promised, among other notes, "a delicate hint of banana."

                                                                                          Delicate hint, my pasty white hinder. I swear, this thing tasted like a beer smoothie.

                                                                                          1. Beer Works, in Boston (et al.), makes a Watermelon Ale which is positively vomit-inducing. Other than that, it's 100% Heineken: putrid, vile stuff. I wouldn't drink it for free.

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                                                                                            1. re: invinotheresverde

                                                                                              Interesting. I had a watermelon wheat beer at 21st Amendment in San Francisco that was surprisingly good (though I thought it would be disgusting).

                                                                                              1. re: Josh

                                                                                                My husband enjoyed it, but it was a bad flavor combo for me. I'd probably dig a wheat a bit more.

                                                                                                1. re: Josh

                                                                                                  was that the hell or high wata-melon at 21st amendment? cuz i've bought that in mass and loved it.... surprisingly so.... it was cool and refreshing!

                                                                                                2. re: invinotheresverde

                                                                                                  One of the biggest challenges in exploring craft beer is finding good fruit beers. Although they're far from my favorite style, I try to give each one a fair shake. The problem lies in the people who think you can make a beer tasty by adding artificial fruit flavoring to what began as a sub-par brew (usually a bad take on a wheat or lambic). I've not been lucky enough to try it, but as some people have replied, 21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon Wheat is supposed to be pretty good. Cheers!

                                                                                                  1. re: jdkappel

                                                                                                    RE, fruit beers: "I try to give each one a fair shake".
                                                                                                    Why?
                                                                                                    Supposedly, watermelon wheat is pretty good? "Cheers!" over something you haven't tried? Puzzled.

                                                                                                    1. re: jdkappel

                                                                                                      and i just scrolled further and read this..... crap

                                                                                                  2. There used to be a little Brewpub in Northridge, CA. I can't remember the name of it now, it's long gone. The Sportsman? Probably not even close.

                                                                                                    Anyhow, we had a hefe there tat was more like a rotten banana milkshake. It just didn't have a little banana, it was infected and bad. The poor little slice of lemon they served with it (and one should NEVER serve lemon with hefe unless it's gone off) couldn't stand up in the face of the infection.

                                                                                                    it was so Awful, we went to BJ's brewery, where I washed it away with Tatonka Stout, which is OK.

                                                                                                    I have no problem with OSH, but I absolutely LOATHE the ultra-hopped, unbalanced beers so popular now.

                                                                                                    1. Sam Adams Lite lager. A true disappointment, especially since they did such a nice job with their regular Boston Lager. I generally drink lite beer about 90% of the time I drink beer and this one doesn't live up to its hype. I'll stick to Amstel or Beck's lite.

                                                                                                      1. A tie between Newkie Brown and Heineken - only from the sinus-infection green bottle.

                                                                                                        1. Nice topic by the way...I lived for a year in China and I have to say that Tsingtao was the best of a VERY bad bunch. Most beer in China tends to be around 3.0 vol., which means it tends to taste like bitter, beer flavoured seltzer. I think the reason for me despising Tsingtao so much is that I absolutely hated it, but then again a man (and woman) needs his beer.

                                                                                                          1. Michelob Ultra.

                                                                                                            We had to leave unfinished most of a 12-pack at a tailgate, it was so bad. Mind you, at our tailgates, no beer is left behind. I've muscled down warm, stale, frat-room keg beer out of taps that have never been washed, but not this stuff.

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                                                                                                            1. re: healthyscratch

                                                                                                              I don't get it. It's not like Ultra has a terible taste. It's so light you barely know you're drinking beer. You could drink warm keg beer but not this ice cold? Odd to say the least

                                                                                                              1. re: jhopp217

                                                                                                                Beck's Light is pretty much like drinking Club Soda no flavor at all.

                                                                                                                1. re: jhopp217

                                                                                                                  Hey, what can I tell you. It was probably 5-6 years ago, and since I've never had it again, I couldn't tell you exactly why I thought it was so bad. I just know it was one of the only beers (and maybe THE only) I've never finished. That's noteworthy in my book.

                                                                                                                  At our tailgates, a few drink ONLY Coors Light (again, what can I tell you), and I'll drink that towards the end when I want to sober up a bit... So I'm no stranger to almost-beer. Ultra was more like almost-not-beer. I'll put it this way, it reminded me the most of when I mistakenly tried a free sample of O'Douls.

                                                                                                                  1. re: jhopp217

                                                                                                                    Why odd? You want a beer and you get an Ultra, it's not what you want. At all. Tastelessness in a beer is no a positive attribute to many folks.

                                                                                                                    1. re: jhopp217

                                                                                                                      Try drinking your favorite Belgian trippel ... chased by a swig of Michelob Ultra. I was forced to do this in a Wine/Spirits class I took a few years back. I had drank Ultra before (on my own volition, but making sure it was thoroughly thorougly chilled). It wasn't until I drank Ultra back-to-back with a really good beer that I could fully appreciate its total crapulance. I've never been able to stomach it since without a gag reflex. Worse than a case of Steel Reserve. Worst. Beer. Ever.

                                                                                                                  2. Aside from the fore-mentioned lite psuedobeers, Maine breweries make a number of blueberry ales. Blueberries belong in pies, not beer. I don't care for any of them.
                                                                                                                    Has Old Milwalkee (sp?) been mentioned? Keystone? Busch?

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                                                                                                                    1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                      Ah, Old Swill. "Tastes as Great as its Name" was the catch phrase. WTF thinks Milwaukee has a great name? I wouldn't say it tasted bad; it didn't taste like much of anything.

                                                                                                                      1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                        "Old Milwalkee (sp?) been mentioned? Keystone? Busch?"

                                                                                                                        In my recollection, these are all ordinary beers. I recall Keystone was the least palatable, but I doubt anyone should complain if handed a cold glass of Old Milwaukee or Busch.

                                                                                                                        I think we should try to keep in mind the difference between the worst beers and the beers we dislike.

                                                                                                                        I don't like Bud, never have - too foamy for me. Really, when you get right down to it, there's nothing wrong with it, I just don't like it and wouldn't drink it on a bet (well, not on a small bet).

                                                                                                                        1. re: FrankJBN

                                                                                                                          As I see it, the worst beer ever is one that makes the person gag or physically ill. Even on a bet they would not drink it and when they did order/buy it they could not finish it. For me that's the wheat beers. On the other hand a beer that is disliked is one that someone can drink w/out any adverse affects (maybe a grimace) . For me those are the real hoppy beers.

                                                                                                                          The funny thing is that Beast, Natty Light,Bud all tasted alright in college, but the minute we turned 21 we moved on to Killians, Guiness, etc. and never went back.

                                                                                                                        2. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                          I was just going to add my .02 for Keystone and Busch. But it may have something to do with the fact that an old bf would wake up and drink this sh*t first thing in the am and it just made me sick. Cheap and disgusting-the 2 go hand in hand. These beers were my first experience with the stuff so I always thought I hated beer, until I discovered others. As Frank says, "worst beer ever" has lot to do with personal preferences and experiences. And I agree, they should leave any kind of sweet fruit out of beer. Ick. I will also throw in a vote for Heiniken-always seems skunky to me but again it is all personal preference.

                                                                                                                          1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                            Nomrsally I'd agree with you but Boston Beer Works (Right across from Fenway) had a Blueberry Ale with tons of actual blueberries floating in it that was incredible. They also had a pumpkin ale that was out of this world. Watermelon was a little too weird!

                                                                                                                            1. re: jhopp217

                                                                                                                              I remember that from Sunset Grill in Alston too. Dudes would drink them from yards glasses. Thanks for the memory.

                                                                                                                              1. re: jhopp217

                                                                                                                                yeah! that beer has the small wild blueberries floating in it, i was seriously impressed.....

                                                                                                                            2. Almost any beer tastes good if you're thirsty enough, in my experience. That said, they'll be serving me warm Bud and skunked Pilsner Urquel in hell.

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                                                                                                                              1. re: newhavener07

                                                                                                                                Skunked Plzen is a crime against humanity. Bud must be served ice cold, almost frozen, preferably in a can. But Corona, is really vile. I can't imagine Corona light...

                                                                                                                              2. Every time I've tasted it over the course of years, Sam Adams regular brew tastes very soapy to me, so of course I think it is awful.

                                                                                                                                In my younger days, when the price of a six-pack was of utter importance, for a period of time we drank Knickerbocker beer. $1.60 a six=pack, guaranteed one skunk beer out of every six, sometimes a bonus skunk or two.

                                                                                                                                i just had some OSH over the last couple of weeks. Beer looks better than it tastes. Not the best I've ever had, but far, far from the worst.

                                                                                                                                1. 1. Pete's Wicked Starwberry Ale--tastes like you are sucking on a Strawberry Shortcake doll (remember them?) all artificial, perfumey strawberry taste.

                                                                                                                                  2. Blue Moon. It's not the style, I like witbiers...and this stuff might have once been made well...but the Coor's mass-produced stuff being forcibly pumped into every tap in every bar is horrible, grassy undrinkable nastiness.

                                                                                                                                  1. I like OSH, especially but not exclusively from the tap.

                                                                                                                                    The worst beer ever, was Dixie Chocolate. Gag-inducing, vile stuff. I'm sad we won't (likely) have real Dixie again, but good riddance to that terrible chocolate nonsense.

                                                                                                                                    1. I'm not even going to mention any mass-market pseudo-pilsners; I hate them all.

                                                                                                                                      No, but here are two beers allegedly from small brewers that I loathed so thoroughly couldn't finish them: Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat and Naked Aspen Raspberry Wheat. The basic problem with both brews was the same: They did not taste of real fruit; they tasted as if their fruit flavoring derived from bad cough drops. They seemed designed to appeal to juvenile palates.

                                                                                                                                      1. My first reaction when I saw the post was to my fraternity days- and Piels and Piels Light would easily take that prize for me.

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: JCap

                                                                                                                                          Easily the worst I've ever had was Josef Bierbitzch Golden Pilsner. Tasted like someone dropped a stick of butter into a beer. I bought a six pack and managed to coax my way through about half of one bottle before my gag reflex started to kick in and I ended up pouring that and the other 5 bottles down the drain.

                                                                                                                                          The only amusing quality about this beer is that it probably gets some interesting reactions from cocktail waitresses when someone places an order. "Hey, gimme a Bierbitzch!"

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Whisper

                                                                                                                                            Gotta say the worst I've ever had is Big Bear. Not sure if it is available in the USA, but up in Canada, especially Alberta, it seems to be in every trashy liquor store. The stuff is just plain nasty.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Whisper

                                                                                                                                              That is Diacetyl. Either infection, or over-adjuncts.

                                                                                                                                          2. A bottle of Stella Lager from Egypt...

                                                                                                                                            A friend who's father grew up in Egypt said "Stella, hah! That's an acquired taste, isn't it?"

                                                                                                                                            Maybe the "secret ingredient" is mummy dust!

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: MDBBQFiend

                                                                                                                                              oh hell... even though I replied above you just reminded me of my single worst beer. But I cannot remember the name. It was at Ye Old Beer Can Museum and Bar in Northampton, MA back in the mid-80s. There was a "wildlife" series of beers from some brewery in like Zimbabwe or Botswana or something. Each can had a different animal - hippos, giraffe, wildebeest, etc.

                                                                                                                                              This beer when poured looked like it came from something that has a urinary tract infection - pale yellow and cloudy in a very unfortunate way. No head to speak of. We tried to drink it anyway, but it wouldn't go down.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Panini Guy

                                                                                                                                                I know the beer you're talking about--I believe it was called Zimbabwe, I saw it in a pub in Greenwich Village back in the eighties. And you're right, it was foul stuff.

                                                                                                                                              2. re: MDBBQFiend

                                                                                                                                                I was in Egypt for Desert Storm and we put Stella through the engine oil tester for airplanes - it had more metal than jet fuel!!! Yuck yuck yuck!!

                                                                                                                                              3. The worst beer I ever had was in Boston at Cambrdige Commons. It literally came out of the tap like old motor oil. I drank it on a bet, and couldn't finish it. It had the consistency of corn syrup. UGH I wish I could remember the name of it.

                                                                                                                                                Beers I wont drink if they are the only thing there are -
                                                                                                                                                Bud & Bud Light - not sure why but the only beer around that gives me a hangover.
                                                                                                                                                Heineken - I hate the bitter taste. Oddly enough H-light is decent
                                                                                                                                                Amstel - see above
                                                                                                                                                Gennessee - so sweet and does dameg to your Intestinal system
                                                                                                                                                Saranac has one in it's sample pak that is absolutely horrible. Not sure which one.
                                                                                                                                                Newkie Brown - my vote for worst beer you can find everywhere

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: jhopp217

                                                                                                                                                  Last night I was at a local pub that has an amazing selection of great craft brew, you literally have to work to order a bad beer there. And lo and behold, someone came up and ordered a Bud *and* a Bud Light.

                                                                                                                                                2. We returned from Costa Rica a couple of hours and we have a new worst beer: Rock Lite Lemon.I got caught in a bait and switch. We were too tired to drive down the mountain side to get beer at the supermarket, so I popped into a local dive bar, and the kid behind the bar said that the only brand he had was the barely drinkable Rock Ice. When I got back to the lodging, I pulled the six pack out of the bag and it was Rock Ice Lemon. My wife (a great beer drinker) wouldn't drink it, finished one can and threw the rest into the 4WD to give to our son and He wouldn't take it (I raise 'em right.)! I finally left it behind at the last place we stayed. Imagine Coors Lite w/ a packet of Wyler's lemonade mixed in. Back in Portland we picked up some Longfellow and Joshua Chamberlain Ales; ah, Maine, the way beer life should be!

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                    I concur with your summary of the Costa Rican Lemon "beer" product.
                                                                                                                                                    In 1977, 8 serious beer drinkers used a case of Red, White, and Blue beer for a seat after passing around one can of the vile stuff. We decided, without discussion, that we'd rather be thirsty on a hot summer night than open a second can.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Phood

                                                                                                                                                      I'll be subjected to Korean beer in a month. I think I'll switch to So Ju, which is pretty bad in its own right. My son who lives there has learned to home brew.

                                                                                                                                                  2. piels light is the worst beer ever!!!!

                                                                                                                                                    1. If I'm geting off-topic, just shoot me. I subscribe to a "Beer of the Month Club", http://www.greatclubs.com/beerofthemo.... I am because it was a Christmas gift.
                                                                                                                                                      It seems to me that a lot of these beers are inferior or just plain mediocre. I think one out of 12 I am familiar with (not that I am a big beer expert).
                                                                                                                                                      Have others had this negative experience? Are there good beer clubs?

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Scargod

                                                                                                                                                        Never tried a club, but my first thought is that these beers are in the club for publicity? Total guess on my part.

                                                                                                                                                      2. Funny you should ask about the Worst Beer Ever. Saturday was the World Beer Festival here in Raleigh. A friend of mine walked up to me and handed me his glass and said, "Lemon Grass Wheat." I'd tried it years before and knew what he was thinking. My response was simply, "Outer Banks Brewing Company?" He said yes. I replied, "tastes like a citronella candle, doesn't it?" "Yup," he said. I love wheat beers. When it's 95 degrees out, I like something a little lighter. In theory, it sounds good. But seriously, y'all, this tastes like a mosquito candle.

                                                                                                                                                        Other than that, I'm generally not a fan of beer in green glass bottles. Can't explain it, I'm just not. And I, too, am morally opposed to light beers. It's like decaf.

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: eightlegeddj

                                                                                                                                                          Wow. 90 responses and nobody's mentioned Yeungling.

                                                                                                                                                          Even for a cheap-just-to-get-drunk beer, I'll still take Miller High Life. At least that tastes like nothing instead of wide-open-butt.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                                                                                            Olympia gets my vote as well as HAMM and i would also throq in natural light...although i did drink a fair amount in college.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                                                                                              Have to disagree with ya monkey! I love Yeungling and pick it up whenever I'm traveling through their limited distribution area.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Throckmorton

                                                                                                                                                                Yuengling's distribution has expanded (slowly) in recent years, thanks to their two new breweries (built a new one outside of Pottsville, and bought an old Schlitz>Stroh facility in Florida when the latter threw in the towel in the late 90's) to the point where they're now in the entire East Coast, save for New England ....oh, and some unnamed "grey" state between SC and FL -g-.
                                                                                                                                                                http://www.yuengling.com/distrib.htm

                                                                                                                                                                Still a "regional" brewer, but that's a pretty populous chunk of the US and they're in the top 5 of US brewers nowadays (neck and neck with Boston [Samuel Adams] Beer Co. for the last few years)- not too long ago I recall when they weren't even in the top 10 of breweries in Pennsylvania.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: JessKidden

                                                                                                                                                                  Do you like Yuengling Jess? I think it's a very good beer. I'm pretty sure the first time I had it was in SC a couple years ago when we were vacationing in the outer banks.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Throckmorton

                                                                                                                                                                    Funny as a young child not far from Pottsville, I remember my dad and uncles refer to Yuengling as a coal miner's beer (Similar aspersion upon Rolling Rock too.), in college it had no panache, we thought Henniken was "cool", but today Yuengling is much sought after outside its home range. Funny how beers come and go and people talk of Michelangelo.
                                                                                                                                                                    T.S.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                                      Yuengling and Greenies are clear examples of the "a prophet is without honor in his own country" notion. I can remember when Coors was only available in about 4 states, and friends would drive station wagons to CO or KS to bring back 20-30 cases of the stuff. Couldn't understand it then, still can't.We used to drink Rollling Rock( the aforementioned Greenies) in HS because a case cost $3.95, b ut still like the stuff okay, and have been sorry that they were bought out as it doesn't taste the same. Yuengling thte same, except it still tastes the same and I've always liked it.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: chazzerking

                                                                                                                                                                        Funny again, I too,in the 60's, brought cases of Coors back from visiting my bro in New Mexico to the Lehigh Valley, thinking I was cool. I now drink an enjoy Yuengling when I go home, more like a tourist, and wonder what all the fuss is about.
                                                                                                                                                                        I still have a fond memory of a headache for Gibbon's Ale, which may rank among the worst (but cheapest) beer ever.

                                                                                                                                                              2. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                                                                                                Yeungling in a bottle is drinkable. YL from tap is, for some reason, one of the most disgusting things I have ever tasted.

                                                                                                                                                                Gubernija Grand 9.5 (not sure if it even passes for beer) has to be the worst "beer" on the planet.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: bosun

                                                                                                                                                                  I'm not going to tell you that the product bottled doesn't often taste different from the same product on tap but I'm finding it hard to buy that the difference is "drinkable" versus "most disgusting things I have ever tasted". Hyperbole IMHO.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Chinon00

                                                                                                                                                                    "Hyperbole"? In a thread entitled "Worst Beer Ever"? I'm shocked! -g-

                                                                                                                                                                    (Not to mention the fact that some of the nominees are among the best selling beer brands in the US. Granted, that doesn't make them good -I certainly don't drink most of 'em- but it sure implies they might not be the "Worst Ever".)

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Chinon00

                                                                                                                                                                      Well, I have drank it from the bottle, and it was drinkable. I have had it on tap, at several different places, and it tasted like snot. It was disgusting - on more then one occasion.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: bosun

                                                                                                                                                                        Could you be a little more specific in what exactly they both taste like to you using some beer terminology? (i.e. bitter, bland, malty, grainy, yeasty . . .)

                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Chinon00

                                                                                                                                                                          I wouldn't say that the tap YL had a bacterial taste, it was slightly salty and yeasty. There was something else in the flavor that I can't quite describe. The bottled YL, to me, is sweet, clean, and sort of fruity.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: bosun

                                                                                                                                                                            Sounds to me like you're experiencing poorly maintained tap lines, not a flawed beer.

                                                                                                                                                              3. 2 words...MILLER CHILL.....uuuuhhhh!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: vino5150

                                                                                                                                                                  Haven't tried this yet. Maybe I'll give it a whirl when I'm on vaca next week. In Chicago, there was a "retro" trend where a lot of the old sytle beers (Old Style, Hamms, PBR, etc) were the in thing in Chicago bars. I'm not defending the taste, just that they were in style for awhile... not sure anymore.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Throckmorton

                                                                                                                                                                    I WISH I could get Old Style here! Have to make due with PBR, Miller High Life, and Gennesee for my I-just-want-to-get-drunk-on-the-cheap beers. I have a hard enough time finding National Bohemian. Can't wait to try the new Schlitz in bottles.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                                                                                                      Regarding worst beer:
                                                                                                                                                                      SA Triple bock. But like it was mentioned before here, I did not really drink it like a cognac. I wanted it to be something it wasn't. Thick, sweet, flavors that were unpleasant was my impression.
                                                                                                                                                                      Throckmorton, you still can get a lot of classic American brews in Chicago, just had a draft $1.25 Blatz (bland but fine) in one bar last night, before heading to the map room for an Orval on tap. Total $7.25 + $2. tip

                                                                                                                                                                2. Just thought of another....Shiner Bock...forced to drink it becuase it is the thing to drink in Texas

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: vino5150

                                                                                                                                                                    Not a huge fan, but I wouldn't classify it as bad.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: vino5150

                                                                                                                                                                      Shiner Bock sure as hell beats Bud and its Texas German named ilk.

                                                                                                                                                                    2. How about the Budweiser and Clamato. Wow this was pretty gross.

                                                                                                                                                                      http://nyctastes.blogspot.com/2007/11...

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                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: roze

                                                                                                                                                                        I saw it...then saw the early morning peeps buying it at 8 AM...not a pretty site

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: roze

                                                                                                                                                                          Alright, I have to come to the defense of cheladas. The idea is pretty nasty, but with some lime, I like them. Kinda remind me of a watered-down shandy.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                                                                                                            i can do 1 after mowing the lawn on a hot summer day, but to drink multiples is tough. It's like drinking a bag of wet Tostidas with lime flavoring.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: vino5150

                                                                                                                                                                              That still sounds better than Yeungling.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                                                                                                                Have to agree on the name. Sounds like an Asian beer. But I still defend the taste.

                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                                                                                                              Not for me. I find tomato juice in any form pretty tough to stomach.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                                                                                                                Summertime bloody beers are pretty good to me. I've done them several different ways; the true Michelada, with tomato juice, clam juice and lime, with just tomato juice and with tomato(or V8 which is better) and a little bit of Gates' BBQ sauce, for a BBQ(bloody beer 'que) which is pretty good on a hot day with some ribs or a burger.

                                                                                                                                                                            3. Worst beer that thinks it's a good beer: Summer Honey (made by a great local brewery called Big Sky -- I love most of their stuff)
                                                                                                                                                                              Worst beer that thinks it's the definition of beer: Budweiser
                                                                                                                                                                              Worst beer that has no pretensions at all: Mickey's

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                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: missoulagrace

                                                                                                                                                                                Are we making a distinction between beer and malt liquor? Mickeys gets the job done, but it's nowhere near as nasty tasting as Schlitz, Colt 45, or Old English 800.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                                                                                                                  ew, Olde English. Does that even come in a bottle smaller than a "40"?

                                                                                                                                                                                  Ok, you're right though... Mickey's is out-of-the-category. I hereby replace it with Keystone Light.

                                                                                                                                                                                  A side note: Having participated in several (admittedly late-night) blind taste tests, Hamms beats Pabst Blue Ribbon every time.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: missoulagrace

                                                                                                                                                                                    Olde English can be found in 24 oz. cans.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Kenji

                                                                                                                                                                                      Why would anyone want to? I mean, if the whole point is just to get stinko, wouldn't one opt for the forty? I suppose there are some small-frame connoiseurs who only want to get partly blitzed.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                                                                                                                    Have to agree with you there Monkey. I like Mickey's OK, but the rest are quite nasty.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                                                                                                                      Hahahah. All crap my friends and I drank in high school in 40 form. Old English was known as "Shakespeare."

                                                                                                                                                                                      I second the Keystone Light and match it with Natural "Natty" Ice. $5.99 a 12 pack.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Someone mentioned Grolsch above... That stuff (out of the mini keg) is absolutely fantastic with Indian food.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                                                                                                                        I can't believe it took this long for someone to mention Colt 45. That stuff is absolutely vile!

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: goalie33

                                                                                                                                                                                          I respectfully disagree. Colt 45 may be vile, but there are a whole slew of malt liquors that are exponentially worse: St. Ides, Steel Reserve, King Cobra, but the absolute WORST would have to be Private Stock. It's the Adolf Hitler of malt liquors. It sneaks in through the Rhine Valley, annexes the Sudetenland, and before you know it, your "Danzig corridor" is full of "anschluss."

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                                                                                                                            This may be the first occurrence of Godwin's Law I've seen on CH. Well done.

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. DapperDave... was this out of the bottle? There is a possiblity that the beer may have been bad. Old Speckled Hen comes in a clear bottle, so sunlight can easily get to the beer. Was it skunky? If it was, don't blame the beer, blame the folks that stored it improperly. Gotta keep it out of the light.

                                                                                                                                                                                      I saw someone mentioned Yeungling. I personally love the stuff. For inexpensive beer, its damn good. I'd put it against a lot of microbrews. We always drink it on vacation when we are driving through to FL. It's not distrbuted throughout the US... only near PA.

                                                                                                                                                                                      As for me, I can't stand Old Milwaukee. Hated it in college... hate it more as an adult. In second place is a batch of homebrew that I made back in 2003. It was a hefewiezen with the aftertaste of burnt rubber. I couldn't handle throwing out 5 gallons of beer, so I doused the stuff in lemon and chilled it to almost the freezing point to get through it. Only bad batch I've ever made.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Miller Chill... there was a guy trying to give away six cases of it on Craigslist here. I don't know if he was ever successful...

                                                                                                                                                                                        Orval - I was trying to build a collection of the duckpin shaped bottles for homebrewing. No way I could have ever gagged through enough of it.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Stony's - tasted salty to me.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Any Rauchbier. Just can't develop a taste for it. Nope...

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                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Jimmy Buffet

                                                                                                                                                                                          Rauchbiers are an acquired taste that I acquired first sip.
                                                                                                                                                                                          Same goes for Orval.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Now for my worst
                                                                                                                                                                                          The last bottle of Newcastle Brown I ever purchased at a bar was so skunked and so old and so nasty that I will now only drink it on tap

                                                                                                                                                                                          And Busch lite. I've discoverd that 6 bottles in a large pitcher with 1 Bigfoot is a nice malty, hoppy lite beer. If only some one would make a beer like that

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: niquejim

                                                                                                                                                                                            Newcastle is another beer, along with Old Speckled Hen, that comes in a clear bottle. I don't know why these brewers put bottled beer in CLEAR bottles. The light gets to them and makes them skunky. I'm shocked that I haven't come across a skunky Corona.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Throckmorton

                                                                                                                                                                                              Clear bottle does not automatically guarantee "skunky". I'm told by a brewmaster friend that if the beer is brewed with isomerised hop extract, it is practically immune to the effects of light. That's how they get away with putting the stuff in clear bottles with no ill effect.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: The Professor

                                                                                                                                                                                                Interesting... never heard of that before.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: The Professor

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Iso hop extract does not avoid sunkiness. I am a brewer. They package NCA in clear bottles specifically to get skunkiness. Some breweries that package in clear and green bottles (bad for skunkiness), apply light to get that flavour. Some people think that is what good beer tastes like.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  NCA was originally a mistake by a new brewer, and they then tried to package with brown glass and create a real long term product, but sales went down. A real brewing industry story.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: BeeRich

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'll have to disagree about the ISO hops...maybe not all ISO hops offer this protection, but light stable ISO hops are and have been used by brewers worldwide. It may not totally eliminate the problem, but it does minimize it to a very high degree. There are even ISO and other light stable hop products available now that for the first time impart hop aroma and flavor characteristics (previously ISO hops provided only bitterness).

                                                                                                                                                                                                    You're right that some people actually like a bit of that particular "light struck" flavor in their beer (although I don't) . But it's also true that some folks do mistake the result of certain late-hopping procedures as skunkiness. Everyone's taste perception is different. If it is to one's liking, it is not a defect. No right or wrong anyway when it comes to taste buds...it's all just a matter of preference in the end.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    The term "skunky" is often misapplied.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have often heard people refer to the intense hop oil profile of Ballantine Ale (the pre 1980's version) as "skunky", which it most certainly was not.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: The Professor

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Professor, I'm not mis-applying it here. This is a story from a professional brewing school in Scotland with strong ties to (then) S&N. Lightstruck mercaptans is definitely skunky, which is the term used to describe exactly that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: BeeRich

                                                                                                                                                                                                        skunky = bad for budweiser good for bud

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: niquejim

                                                                                                                                                                                                I actually like Busch Lite. I drank it all through college in the late 80's early 90's and hated it. An uncle reintroduced me and I was surprised how much I didn't hate it anymore. Believe it or not, Consumer Reports rated it as a best buy. It's actually quite good cold and carbonated... unlike the warm flat stuff I drank at most keggers. Like it better than Miller Lite of Bud Lite.

                                                                                                                                                                                              3. re: Jimmy Buffet

                                                                                                                                                                                                Orval is one of my favorites! Except for the price but I still enjoy it.

                                                                                                                                                                                              4. Quite a lively thread!
                                                                                                                                                                                                I agree, there should be a distinction between the worst beer and beer which simply has no taste.

                                                                                                                                                                                                I've had my share of cheap American suds, but being in Canada am not totally abreast of current brands, so a couple of questions;

                                                                                                                                                                                                Panini Guy mentions "Red, White, and Blue". I last saw this (and it still makes the beer drinking stories once in a while) in upstate NY for 99c a six pack about 28 years ago. It was mysteriously on sale, go figure, and was never to be seen again. Does somebody still brew it?
                                                                                                                                                                                                BTW, Panini Guy, Black Label does indeed taste pretty bad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Another is the no-name, white canned generic "BEER" which used to be sold in price chopper or grand union - do they still sell this somewhere in the US?
                                                                                                                                                                                                Both were like making love in a canoe: pretty damned close to water.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Finally one of my worst beers is an import from England called St. Peters Organic Ale. It comes in a medicine-looking, green bottle (which should have tipped me off).
                                                                                                                                                                                                Anyone tried this?
                                                                                                                                                                                                Here's a pict

                                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.stpetersbrewery.co.uk/stor...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: porker

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I've had it and it wasn't particularly memorable but I wouldn't call it the WORST beer I've ever had, not in a million years. What was wrong with it to you? And what other British ales do you drink?

                                                                                                                                                                                                  My worst (and thankfully it is retired) was Dixie White Moose. My recollection is of artificial white chocolate flavor. Just awful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Chinon00

                                                                                                                                                                                                    The tip off should have been that there are no moose in Dixie. Would you drink something called Desert Beaver Ale or Swamp Penguin Lager?

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm not even going to get started on the fact that moose aren't white. So many things wrong with that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: porker

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I think RWB is out of commission. They were big in Wisconsin during my college days. Point was BAAAAD!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. i will drink and appreciate all types of libations for what they are, but that being said.........sam adams tripple bock! 18% alc in a 9oz bottle...... start with some very cheap red wine. uncork it and let it stew in the sun for a few days. then mix in some burnt coffee. chill. serve. cheers!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Magic Hat Kucky Kat is horrible--like licking an ashtray. I like bitterness, I like hops...but I don't like chewing burnt hop ash.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Kennebunkport, aka Sea Dog, blueberry wheat ale. It's really wretched stuff I have been tricked into tasting not once but twice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I also find Heineken to have an off taste I dislike.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Wow.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          When I saw the topic I figured this would be a pretty wacky place. It is though, in the end, a rather pointless argument since one man's elixer is another man's poison. Hell ...there are people that actually LIKE soda pop beers like Budweiser, Ultra and other flavorless brews of that sort. Some of the "most despised" listed in this thread are my very favorites.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Having a personal "worst" beer certainly doesn't make it a "bad" beer though.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          To prove that point, topping MY list of despised beers would be almost anything coming out of Belgium...which are very, very popular, so there you go...What do I know? I guess I appreciate the craft of making the stuff and will taste one from time to time (since tastes do change) but as of last week anyway, it is still bile.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          As far as Old Speckled Hen goes, it is actually a fave of mine, as long as it's dispensed properly and without a lot of fizz. With very little carbonation and not served at a frozen temperatures, it's really good. Fizzy and cold, yes...it sucks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: The Professor

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Same here. Love Old Speckled Hen, but hate Yeungling. Go figger.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Close your eyes and imagine the near future; an icy cold Walmart Beer, perfect w/ frozen corn dogs.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                                                                              WORST??
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Old Milwaukee, Hamms, Olympia. Unless you're already really loaded.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Whosyerkitty

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bland, but I don't know about worst. Just because they are inexpensive? Just because they are made by big breweries? The mentioned brews are certainly beers without any distinction, but hardly the worst. "Worst", to me, would indicate bad off flavors, crappy balance, and any one of a number of off flavors (things that, sadly, you are more likely to find these days in the avalanche of small brewery products...and please, before I get flamed, yes, there are many notable exceptions among a few very fine micros).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Beers like Old Milwaukee, Hamms, Olympia and other of that ilk are simply beers that don't taste like ANYTHING. In a blind tasting, I would venture a guess that you couldn't tell the difference between any of the above referenced beers and Bud, Miller, and the like. They are cleanly brewed. They just basically have no flavor profile. It has become very fashionable to "hate" certain beers simply based on the fact that they are an inexpensive or a mega brewery product. Truth is, in the category of bland American Lager/Pilsners, they are basically all the same. The ones that don't get mega budgets for hard sell advertising selling an "image" rather than beer are cheaper mainly for that reason.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: The Professor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I think it's a little too easy to take the position that people hate on macrobrew because it's fashionable to do so. It's a flavorless product. Viewing the desire for flavor as trendy seems strange to me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Josh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Good point, but that's not what I said. Hell...I am all for flavor and good flavor is no fad...my main beers 40 years ago during my college days were a bock beer and an 80IBU IPA (interestingly, both megabrewery products).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yes, most macro brew is by and large all the same, but still, within the macro category there are plenty of good beers with flavor, and flavorful beers with balance. The point I was making was that lots of times people (especially old farts my own age) seemed to hate on a beer simply because it was a lesser known local brand. These days there is no doubt whatsoever that many people hate on macro beers just because they are that. There are lots of beers out there...micro, macro, and mega... with lots of flavor. But lots of flavor without the neccesary balance and finesse is far worse to me than a macro that may be too "normal" for some folks,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: The Professor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Which macros would you categorize as good beers with flavor and balance? Are you including Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, and Guinness in the macro category? I do find that, like spiciness in food, the perception of balance and finesse is really relative. If you're more used to drinking highly hopped beer, then your sense of how much sweetness is appropriate with those bitter flavors is going to be different than someone who doesn't care for hops.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: The Professor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    "In a blind tasting...etc..."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Funnily enough, a bunch of friends a number of years ago did just that-- blind taste tested PBR vs. Hamms. The theory was that PBR (which was the "cool" cheap beer among many hip types at the time) was all reputation and no reality.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The result? Hamms, definitively. 12 out of 13 people who took the blind test agreed.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I can't explain it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Neitehr am I arguing that either is a great beer --I'm an IPA or pale ale drinker, myself-- but it has been demonstrated that there IS a difference among them :-)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh, and I'll take ANY of those cheapos (especially on river trips etc) before a Bud. For some reason, Bud smells and tastes like a bad college drinker's tomorrow morning's beer breath, from the first sip.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Oh that's an easy one for me - Gluek Honey Bock (in cans!).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.coldspringbrewery.com/bmb-...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. The new Narragansett.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Horrible!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Td61

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    OMG!!! The "Save the Bay Beer" is back? The previous incarnation of this brand was one of the worst ever!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And, let we forget....Haffenreffer Private Stock aka "green death."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I've drank alot of diiferent beer in my days, good, bad and indifferent. When thinking of the worst beer ever, the only one that comes to mind is Iron City.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And any fruit flavored beer

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Chefmonty

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      There are plenty of atrocious fruit-flavored beers. But what about authentic lambics? What about Ommegang Three Philosophers? What about Dogfish Head Aprihop? In other words, there are plenty of great fruit beers as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Kenji

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Good point. I guess the no fruit in beer is more of a personal preference.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I do not find Lambrics to be bad tasting, it is just, if I'm in the mood for a good Belgium, I'm having St Barnarbus 12, a Maredsous 8 or a Chimay.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I never understood the trend in the U.S to produce fruit flavored wheat beers. To me there is nothing like a good Heffe-Weisse, and it doesn't need to be masked with fruit flavors.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        For those who don't care for Heffe-Weisse, try the original, Scheinder-Weisse from Munich. My all time favorite

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Chefmonty

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I go for dunkelweizens or, better yet, dunkelweizenbocks myself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I suspect that the way for all the bad fruit wheat beers was paved by the longer-standing trends of insipid pseudo-pilsners and wine coolers. There's an infantilism of the palate which tolerates either blandness - or Kool-Aid-types of "fruity" flavors.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Kenji

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            M opinion for Weizenbock is Aventinus, made by the same brewery as Schneider-Weisse

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Chefmonty

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Aventinus is a beautiful beer. I'm also very fond of Victory's Moonglow Weizenbock. It's lighter-colored than Aventinus, sort of orange-red, and full of fruity, spicy tastes. It's a strong brew without a trace of the high ABV on the palate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: Chefmonty

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sometimes fruit can be used to complement the flavor of a beer. It's not always for masking. Try Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek, and you'll see how good fruit beers can be.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: Chefmonty

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We made a movie right out of high school - a monster movie.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          To illustrate just what an awful being the monster was we showed him not only drinking Iron City, but enjoying it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That's a bad monster.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Chefmonty

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I had my share or "Arn" (as it was often called) in the past thanks to its price...not a beer of distinction perhaps but certainly not the worst I've had. That said, let me just play devil's advocate for a moment; just wondering...exactly what was it you disliked about Iron City? It certainly was always a cleanly produced product. Did your distaste for it have to do with a "blandness" factor? It still tasted better to me than a lot of other American lagers both big and small. Granted, it was always pretty "standard" stuff...no better, but certainly no worse than other beers in its category.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            In canvassing beer drinkers over the years an interesting pattern has emerged, especially with people talking about beers they encountered in their college years...mainly that much of the time there is a definite bias against whatever the "local" beer of the area was, usually if only for the fact that the "local" beers usually had no cache or image marketing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: The Professor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              For me, I would have drunk iron City in the early 70's, when the water sources arouns Pittsburgh were horrifically polluted. I think that had something to do with an unpleasant finish or aftertaste.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oddly enough, from what I read, Philadelphia beer popularity is driven by local college students drinking local beers, Rolling Rock & Yuengling..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: The Professor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                When traveling, I always try the local fare. I am from eastern PA and on a resent trip to Pitteburgh, Iron City was being served on tap at the Hotel I stayed at, so I gave it another try and I have to tell you, I think it just has a awful taste. I drink my share of American lagers, but there is just something about Iron City that I can't get past. And that is from a guy who has drank more then his share of Schmidts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: The Professor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In college (near Philly) we drank National Bohemian (Natty Boh) from 16 oz returnable bottles. A local brew. Even then we knew it was BAD, not because our eyes weren't glazed over by excessive national marketing, but because it was cheap, bad, get drunk for the fewest $$$ BAD. We also drank shots of Cuervo Gold. To this day just the memory of the smell of either of these products makes me retch. Good times!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: kenito799

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    "it was cheap, bad, get drunk for the fewest $$$ BAD. We also drank shots of Cuervo Gold"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Why in the world would you pay the extra money for gold tequila - not to mention imported beer from Baltimore?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    TTBOMK, Natty Boh has never been considered a Philly local beer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: FrankJBN

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      <<Natty Boh has never been considered a Philly local beer>>

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And until reading the comments here, I never thought it was considered to be a particularly heinous beer either. Cheap, yes. Distinctive? Hell no. But again, no better or worse than dozens of others both cheaper and more expensive, They all taste practically the same.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: FrankJBN

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ah, we were young and stupid...gold tequila is artificially colored, heinous stuff, no matter what the price is. I did not know Natty Boh was from out of state--we certainly never saw it in Chicago where I went to high school. But it was the cheapest case in the beer distributor (especially with 4 extra oz per bottle!), MD-PA import duties included ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kenito799

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I drank Boh Ice all through college. Case after case. 8 bucks. You gotta love the guy with one eye.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: The Professor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "beers they encountered in college years...mainly that much of the time there is a definite bias against whatever the "local" beer of the area was,..."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I find it funny in retrospect that I went to college in Allentown, Pa. in the 60's and turned my nose up at Yuengling's (and a Yuengling was my room mate), the local beer. Well, at least, I didn't drink the ilk from the new Schaeffer's brewery that came to the Lehigh Valley and put a lot of local beers out of buisness.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "Beer is proof that God exists and loves us." Benjamin Franklin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I might have one on which we can all agree (and I am surprised that no one has listed it yet)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cave Creek Chili Beer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Worst beer I've ever had is IC Light - dishwater!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Miller Genuine Draft Light in the can. Undrinkable at any temperature.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. genesee cream ale. wretched.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: 18465

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Only after 4-5 of them and only if you're not in college upstate. Yeah, it's pretty awful, but so are all the Genny's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: MOREKASHA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Don't know about the present day product...it's been a while since I had any Genny. From what I recall the lager and cream ale were neither great nor terrible, though I certainly wouldn't call them swill either. They just tasted (and probably still taste) like dozens of other light American beers...and their products were even better than some of the other mainstream malt pops.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              HOWEVER....they once made a beer called "12 Horse Ale" that was really quite good, being very nicely balanced and with great hop character. I think they discontinued it 15 or 20 years ago. Hard to understand why they would stop making the one product in their range that was distinctive...especially at a time when consumers were becoming more tuned in to more flavorful beers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. I come from a long line of beer drinkers. I have had it all from just about every country in the world. I cannot remember any that I can say is the worst, since they are all unique in character, each to his own. But I think I can say that one I was most disappointed in would have to have been one called Yuengling Lager, the very first time I had it. Now, in regards, every beer after a while can begin to grow on you. Since then I have gotten used to the Yuengling beers, as I have the Guiness Irish Stout since my first time with it. Now it is one of my favorites of all time the Guiness is. And my wallet does not argue with my taste buds, as I am not the wealthiest man in America.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Sam Adams Cranberry Lambic and Leignenkugels (sp?) Sunset Wheat, the only two beers that I have ever poured down the drain...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: MattInNJ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Leinenkugel's

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                While I (perhaps) have everyone's attention, I suggest giving specific reasons why we don't like these beers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Cave Creek Chili beer is by far the worst beer I have ever tasted. Stay away. Far, far away.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Scott in FL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I believe that brewery recently went out of business.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Ohh boy Natty Ice and Keystone Light, and I'll still throw back a few when my friends and I go back to our college. Old English 40oz too, not sure how I ever drank them or why?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. I've become a bit of a beer snob, so the bud light, miller light, coors light - all that stuff is not sufficient for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Anyways, the worst beer in the world was a beer I forget the name of. My friend and I, a number of years ago, got a 6 pack of the cheapest beer in a deli late one night. It was a Hispanic beer, possibly Mexican, that was the worst tasting thing I've ever had. Literally undrinkable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. We have 5 kids aged 19-29 visiting during this summer. I saw mixed 12 packs of Sam Adams beers on a very god sale and bought 8. I was cleaning up after a some mores camp fire last night and reordering the empty bottles and refilling the fridge and noticed all the beer is now gone except a 12 pack of rejects---- all Cherry Wheat Ale. I've raised a bunch of good beer drinkers w/ good taste.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Congratulations! Kids at a campfire and not a 'suitcase' in sight...good job.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cherry Wheat is the one reason I've passed up all those good sales on Sam Adams mixed packs. Vacationland and Best Brown are the two reasons I don't buy Gritty's mixed packs. (do they sell Black Fly Stout by the 12? Never seen it, wish I had.) I do like Red Hook's Greatest Hits, especially when the box includes Blonde Ale or Copper Hook as the seasonal. This month I've been in luck: $13.99 ++ Geary's at the supermarket. We're drinking up the Summer Ale before it's gone--I expect to see autumn brews on the shelves any day now. Pity.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. MIckey's Big Mouth Brew. Disgusting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. there was one called generically beer many years back, it was truly awful and got flat about a minute after you opened it

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: chuckl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I remember a local grocery store chain, Price Chopper, had one called Valupak at .99 / 6 pack. Truly awful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: TonyO

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Miller Lite is surprisingly not bad at all. It almost tastes like a full American-style lager rather than a light beer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bud Light, on the other hand, tastes like cat piss. It's really awful tasting. I don't know why anybody drinks this stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: dchan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I demand a Bud Light/cat urine blind taste test.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. I had to chuckle when I saw Old Speckled Hen in your post....during a trip through Jolly Old England twenty years ago, after getting used to warm beer, the one beer that epitomized truly undrinkable beer was that one. The wide and I agreed it was the absolute worst beer in the world (siad with a Keith Olbermann emphasis).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It was many years before I saw it again (after the sale of liquor in this province became privitized) and I had the same reaction...a sort of involutary desire to vomit. LOL.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Truly the worst big label beer I have had lately is Brahma from Brazil...blech. All the big boys make below average brew, but Brahma makes my mouth scream uncle. Oh and McEwans Strong (9%)...I brought it to a party in my University days ...I thought I might get a bigger bang for the few bucks I had as a student and instead had in hand 6 bottles of turpentine. Made a sober, poor student wanna cry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Southern Tier Creme Brulee. Dessert topping? Maybe. Beer? I don't think so.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: lsrider

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I only had a few sips of this beer, but found it quite rich and interesting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Jim Dorsch

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Funny because the first couple of sips were, as you put it, rich and interesting. By the end of the six ounc pour I had, I felt it was just a cloying mess. Again, I believe it would go well over ice cream but is quite awful on its own in a glass.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: lsrider

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That's a good example of why it's generally good to live with a beer through an entire glass to get a more accurate evaluation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Jim Dorsch

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I have mixed feelings about it. I don't think a beer should taste like a coffee drink, but the first sips were actually interesting and rich and, maybe, good. I think it shouldn't be served in pint glasses -- this is really a small glass kind of beer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. I've had Southern Tier Creme Brulee and I don't like it however I can't call it the worst or even call it a bad beer because they executed it so well. They accomplished their goal of making a beer that tastes like a creme brulee. The bigger question for me is: was it a good idea in the first place.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Now I previously mentioned Dixie White Moose which again was a white chocolate beer. Now we have some outstanding Chocolate stouts out there, but Dixie White Moose was so poorly executed (e.g. they used artificial white chocolate flavoring) that it was truly abominable.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Chinon00

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm retracting my statement about Soutrhern Tier Creme Brulee. Tonight I actually ordered one (rather that merely taking a sip) and it was one of the most cloying and uncomplex beers I've ever tasted save the roasted stout flavor in the finish. Completely unimaginative. A disaster. It doesn't taste like a creme brulee, it just tastes like a bottle of vanilla extract. Equally bad as Dixie Whiet Moose.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My apologies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. There have really been only a few beers that I haven't been able to finish and they would be Sam Adams Triple Bock, Sam Adams Cranberry Lambic, and St. Pauli girl dark.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: scubahood10

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ha, Sam Adams Triple Bock is one of my least favorite beers ever as well. That was pretty early in my beer drinking days so today I'm not sure if it was bad or if I wasn't ready for it yet, but it was horrible at the time. Tasted like drinking a bad port.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: scubahood10

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I thought the SA Cherry Wheat was worse than the "Triple Bock" or "Cranberry Lambic." The fruit flavor in the so-called CL at least tasted as if it derived from fruit or fruit juice. The "cherry" in the CW tasted like bad cough drops!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. A beer called arrogant bastard was the worst I ever had. The funny thing is that on the label it even says "you will probably hate this beer". I guess it's an aquired taste but no one in my group of friends was willing to finish it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: hudsonvalleyfoodblog

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I think Arrogant Bastard is an ok brew, far better than ANY of the macro brews but that said, I recently had 2 versions of Stone Brewing Co. Double Bastard, both barrel aged, one in bourbon/whiskey barrels and the other in cognac/brandy barrels. Now those were world class brews but alas they are not bottled so hard to get!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: hudsonvalleyfoodblog

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The label also states: “Arrogant Bastard Ale: This is an aggressive beer. You probably won’t like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to be able to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth. We would suggest that you stick to safer and more familiar territory . . .”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            So it's sort of a tongue-in-cheek thing to go along with the name of the beer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Chinon00

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I think hudsonvalleyfoodblog is sensitive to the issue of 'worst beer' vs 'the beer I least like'.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm a huge fan of Arrogant Bastard, by the way, although I must admit that I once had it on a hot day and really didn't care for it; I should have ordered something lighter, and in fact, I ordered Pilsner Urquell after that and enjoyed it much more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Jim Dorsch

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It's all about personal preference. I didn't enjoy it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you want to talk about worse beer then I think Bud takes the cake.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: hudsonvalleyfoodblog

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I believe a great philosopher once said,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "Now, the world don't move to the beat of just one drum,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              What might be right for you, may not be right for some."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Arrogant Bastard, to ME, is the definition of what "beer" should taste like. Not saying it's the best, not saying anyone else should think the same, definitely not saying I'm not surprised some people don't like it. I just know that when I first ran across it, I realized this what what I was looking for, even if I didn't know I was looking. Always keep at least one bomber of AB in the fridge, and I can't imagine a world without it...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: healthyscratch

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Never cared for any of the Bastards. I've tried the regular Bastard, the Double Bastard and the Oaked Bastard, each more than once, and to my taste they (especially the last two) were nothing more than a boozy syrupy mess, almost like a cough syrup on steroids. Nothing complex about them, just a sweet, thick brew with a heavy alcohol taste. To each his own of course, and I'm glad so many people enjoy them but IMO there's a ton of better balanced and better tasting beers out there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Whisper

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I really appreciate a fleshed out opinion such as what you left us above. I really enjoy AB but did not like Double Bastard. Just seemed to gild the lilly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Chinon00

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Funny thing is, tonight I shared my first bottle of Stone's Double Bastard Ale and thought that it had a deeper and more balanced flavor than any of their regularily available brews, we really enjoyed it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: Whisper

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    >>IMO there's a ton of better balanced and better tasting beers out there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh, I don't disagree at all. But I'm not sure if Arrogant Bastard is intended to be either.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Certainly one of the most polarizing beers among the micro-drinker community.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: healthyscratch

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You're right, it probably isn't intended to be very balanced and I should have mentioned that. Thanks for pointing that out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You're right again, it does seem to be a real "love it or hate it" brew among beer aficionados.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. re: healthyscratch

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm with you. My first such beer was Dremo Tibetan Sasquatch at Bardo Rodeo in Arlington, VA. That's long gone, but I have AB, and also Gordon from Oskar Blues, to keep me going.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Jim Dorsch

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wow, I used to hang at the Bardo! Outside tables, the sandbox, the projection screen... I liked most of their beers a lot (esp. a super-hoppy IPA!) but all of their wheat beers failed, imo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: healthyscratch

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Beer and Food for that matter is about personal preference. I'm simply sharing my own personal experience. I just didn't enjoy AB, that's all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  4. "mabel, black label"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. I believe it was discontinued years ago, It was Brew 102, I think it was based in los angeles, 4 of us roomates used to get it at the navy exchange in long beach, CAlif. we were young and dumb, it was all that was in our fridge, haha. A close second was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Rainier Ale, tasted like what makes snow yellow. Nowadays I would have to rate Bud as the worst.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. 2 words: Lucky Lager

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This is brewed to be as cheap as possible to satisfy that crucial 50 cent/can demographic. Worst beer ever. In fact, I blame this and other super cheap lagers for me taking so long to appreciate beer. I don't think that I ever had an ale until I moved provinces.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. ever try Old Frothingslosh from Western PA...?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. well, i confess that I have *not* read all 242 replies to this post (before my 2), but i note (with a chuckle) this post on a *blog* within chow.com just today: http://www.chow.com/grinder/6338 ('blizzard of beer')

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Schlitz, Olympia, Mickey's Big Mouth and anything with light or (worse yet) lite in the name.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. I think the worst beer I had where I really had to FORCE myself to drink it was a Kaiserdome Rauchbier from Germany that I drank for a "round the world of beer" promotion at a local restaurant. I know that rauchbiers have their place in beer society, but it was like drinking runoff from a chimney scrubbing. Ruined my whole meal.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: podunkboy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I love rauchbier, with its wonderful beech smoke flavors.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Jim Dorsch

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ditto here.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    With a lot of "specialty" beers (like Rauch, Barleywine, Dopplebocks, the Sam Adams Triple and Utopias, etc) , I think some folks get turned off because they try to drink them like a Budweiser....although since individual tastes do vary there are some folks that really just don't like certain flavors in beer (I have pretty eclectic taste, but there are a few beers that I generally don't like even, if I appreciate the craft that goes into making them).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Rauchbier may be a somewhat acquired taste, but once acquired, it's a nice "sipping" beer.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It also makes for a very good and interesting braising liquid in cooking.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Jim Dorsch

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I just tried my first Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen, after learning about it in Jackson's books and TV series decades ago. What a beautiful beer. I've got to find some of the same brewery's smoked Ur-bock.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Rauchbier is a style that a lot of people seem incapable of "getting"; the smoked malt seems to rub some palates the wrong way. Some people can't handle even the subtler smoked beers, Alaska's Smoked Porter, Oskar Blues' Old Chub, etc. Yet I find these some of the tastiest beers around. The smoke flavor really adds something beautiful to the other malt tastes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Kenji

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The first one I ever tried was Kaiserdom (a very long time ago- at the original location of the Peculiar Pub for those keeping score at home...) - it was a chore to get through and I was pretty put off on the style for a while. The beer that brought me around was the Rauchenfels Steinbeer, then Alaskan smoked Porter and now it is among my favorite types of beer. I adore the Schlenkerla beers. Oddly enough, I've never revisited the Kaiserdom, so I don't even know if it was the style that put me off at first or a not so good rendition of it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Fascinating thread and, while I am no expert, I learned the hard way to avoid: Ballantine's, Blatz, Carling Black Label, Colt .45, Country Club Malt Liquor, Falstaff, Genesee Cream Ale, Icehouse, Keystone, PBR, Olde English, Old Milwaukee, Mickey's Big Mouth, Milwaukee's Best, Moosehead, Natural Ice, Pearl, Rolling Rock, Schaeffer, Schlitz, Steel Reserve 211 and Strohs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I am rather surprised that Yuengling Lager and Newcastle Brown Ale were mentioned. I like both of those with dark chocolate. Budweiser, Miller, Coors and Michelob may not appeal to the avid beerophile, but they are far from the worst in my humble uneducated opinion.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Lapis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ballantine is decidedly not what it once was (it was in its day a very distinctive and well regarded beer)...but it is still several notches above most other beers of its type. For the price, it's a real bargain.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I do wish though that the current makers of that brand would do a little more homework and go back to the original formula. I know that I'm not the only one that misses it; it was once a truly great beer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: The Professor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The current Ballantine Ale has some hop flavors -- offset, unfortunately, by some cheap grain tastes. It's just barely a notch better than Bud, Coors, and the beers of that ilk.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I remember occasionally coming across a fairly robustly hoppy Ballantine IPA in the late 80s and early 90s.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Kenji

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ballantine IPA was a beer that you really had to experience before 1980 and preferably before 1972. Experts agree that this beer defined the word "craft" and that it remains unmatched to this day.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It _was_ an expensive beer to produce, and that was certainly reflected in the price of a six-pack.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          But damn, it was good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: The Professor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Even a bit later than that, BIPA was a wonderful thing on the east coast, where few craft brews were available. In the early to mid-'80s there wasn't a whole lot of choice. (Prior Double Dark comes to mind ...)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Lapis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hey! Yuengling used to be a cheap coal miners' beer( my grandfather was a cheap coal miner) until it was "discovered". Genny Cream Ale may be next.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I think what was discovered was the amber lager, whereas you might refer to their regular lager.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Jim Dorsch

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yuengling always had a toe in the proto-"good beer" market in the US as craft brewing started up, in that they were still brewing a porter, a somewhat hoppy ale (both bottom fermented, however, like many other US brewers' at the time) and a US-style "bock". OTOH, they seemed not interested at all in contract-brewing, something that helped save the few local and regional brewers left, nor have they ever strayed into an all-malt beer (which keeps them off the "craft" list of the Brewers Association).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            As I recall the chronology, their first "hit", in the mid-80's, was their Black & Tan, which in itself was a "dumbed down" version of the somewhat popular "Half and Half" that was made at local bars with their Porter and Chesterfield. The "pre-made" B& T substituted their "Premium Beer" for the Chesterfield - thus, eliminating most of the hop flavor- essentially just making "Porter Light" in my mind.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Yuengling Black and Tan was so popular for a time, they even had to contract it out to the Stroh-owned Schaefer brewery down the road in PA. Only after that, did they come out with what was then called "Traditional Lager" which seemed to me to be somewhat influenced by SA's Boston Lager - in color, at least ("lager" in the US long meant "light yellow" beer previously), tho' it was still a corn-adjunct beer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            What to me is somewhat interesting is how the good beer internet crowd talks about "Yuengling" as a beer, rather than a brewery, seemingly ignoring their other products. (Granted, even more amusing is that "Lager" in PA often *means* Yuengling Trad. Lager.) Those other brands seemed to have been also forgotten by the brewery themselves- I was shocked when they dropped their returnable bottles, dropped the Chesterfield kegs (recently revived) and seemingly "dumbed" that beer down, as well (gone is the great hop nose it once had). As Jim notes, they still make the their version of "US light lager" (what they called "Yuengling Premium"). I see it ocasionally (and think that some folks may buy it by "mistake" and be somewhat shocked) and, IIRC, in NJ it's priced the same as the other Yuengling product. I wonder if the pricing is the same in the Pottsville area or is it still a "less than BMC" alternative there?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "Genny Cream Ale may be next."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Genesee Cream Ale already *had* it's "fifteen minutes" of popularity- back during the great "cream ale" scare of the late 70's-early 80's. They expanded their distribution to most of the Northeast and near mid-West, taking enough market share from the other regional brewers that a number of other brewers revived their old cream ales (Ortlieb's Neuweiler, Schmidt's Kodiak, Pittsburgh's Robin Hood) or came out with new ones (Schaefer, Falstaff's Narragansett, Pearl & Ballantine cream ales, Heileman's Blatz), etc. Also, Schoenling Little Kings expanded it's own market east at the same time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Unfortunately, that was still in the era before "craft beer pricing" and the normal method of entering a new regional market was to underprice the nationals and strong regionals, so Genesee was left with the "cheap beer" and "college kegger" tags, something that's pretty hard to overcome when trying to revive an older label.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Seems as if the brewery, now itself called High Falls, is putting it's money into the Dundee line (and a pretty nice "gateway" line-up it is), with the Genesee branded beers seemingly shrinking to a NY state local, cheap brand. OTOH, they *did* revive the Genesee Bock last spring, so anything can happen in this modern beer market.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: JessKidden

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              JK, thanks for the cream ale info. I left New Mexico the the lat 70's and was overseas until the early 90"s. there are big gaps in my knowledge of American "culture" during that period.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              In Heaven there is No Beer.(A polka from the Polish Falcons, South River, NJ)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hey- let's give credit where credit is due: that song is likely taken from a Frankie Yankovic album (though Yankovic himself didn't write that one), and it's a classic indeed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                As to the beer, I haven't had a Genny Screamer in a long time myself, but it did have a ceretain cache back in the day- not at the level that PBR seems to enjoy these days, but the same sort of thing on a smaller scale. I don't personally see it getting any better than that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I like Dundee better, anyway.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This polka is played by the University of Iowa Band after each Hawkeye victory ...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "In heaven there is no beer. That's why we drink it here (Right Here!) When we're gone from here, all our friends will be drinking all our beer!"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: JessKidden

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I use to realy like Genny's 12 Horse Ale. IMO the best beer to come from that brewery and they discontinued it. There was a time before the craft beer movement that I would search out bars that had it on tap. Maybe they should consider bringing it back

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Worst ever would be BEER (someone's got to remember that generic garbage). Close second Red, White & Blue. Genny Cream Ale had its' place if you were an upstate NY college student.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Although I tend to steer clear of beer in clear glass bottles - Old Speckled Hen was a pleasant surprise to me when I first had it. I have had it numerous times since. Nothing special, but solid.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Worst beer ever for me - GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY - used to have to drink it warm in college since we couldn't put it in the fridge due to my double secret probation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. I think I have two winners:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1) Bad Frog: a beer brewed only so they had something to put in the bottle while actually marketting their distinctive and slightly risqué label (frog with middle "finger" extended).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2) And, although I only had this once on a trip to Paris a few years ago, I am sure that Desperados, a tequila flavored beer from Fischer has to be the worst beer ever brewed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. I recently reviewed Orval on another website. I really enjoyed it. I described its as having "brett twang in there with spice, bubble gum and green apple".
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    But I recalled not liking it at all in my twenties. And I swore then that I would never order that beer again because it was the worst beer ever. If this string can teach us anything it is to keep an open mind and to always be curious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Chinon00

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I totally agree. I've had similar experiences with music.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Miller, Coors, Budweiser in the States, in that order of heinousness.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'd settle for alcoholized ditchwater first.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: girobike

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Miller High Life + salt + lime = indistinguishable from Corona and half the price.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. The worst beer I've ever had is Red, White and Blue. About 20 years ago it was sold for $2 a case. And, to kill the flavor you had to drink nearly frozen.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Chinika. I bet nobody's heard of that one actually. Two points for anybody that has tried this.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. I'm not saying it's the worst beer ever, but in my opinion, the worst beer that people pay a lot of money for and think is great is Heineken in bottles (in the US). It always tastes skunky to me and gives me a headache. Beck's is another one. That being said, I did drink quite a bit of Heineken on tap in Bonaire (Netherlands Antilles) and it tasted WAAAYYYY better and I enjoyed it more than I ever expected.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. You need to realize that just because "you" don't like a style of beer, that it is not always a bad beer. I dont care for Belgians. Doesn't mean the Belgians I drank are "bad". They just were not my style.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Get to know the style and then do an un-biased eval.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Horlachers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You don't care for any style of Belgians? There are a number of different styles of Belgian beer (as I'm sure you must already know, but from your post it seems you are lumping them all into one) and I'm surprised you don't like a single one of them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Horlachers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Horlacher, I remember Horlacher Beer in Allentown, Pa. Any connection?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. I'd say most of the American massmarket beers are pretty foul compared to the european brews..

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: adrian

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Which european brews? Heineken, Stella, Amstel . . .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Chinon00

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Becks, Carlsberg, Moretti...? the list of European beers no better than (or inferior to) BUD goes on.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Chinon00

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          While typically not all that distinctive, I'd say that these international-style lagers have a bit more body and hoppiness than Bud. Of course, the hoppiness can combine with a green bottle to produce a skunky beer, in which case I'd certainly prefer the Bud.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Much of the bottled microbrewery stuff in the SF Bay Area is so hideous it makes you wonder what they were thinking (Anchor Steam, of course, is an exception). But my prize winner is Good Old Guckenheimer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Golden Eagle (an Indian brew) -- had a nasty smoky/musty/spoiled vegetable flavor. I should have listen to the waiter when he said I wouldn't like it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Among US beers, a tossup between Mich Ultra and Iron City.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: al b. darned

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Agreed. That was the absolute worst beer I ever tasted. We were re-doing the basement and the other 5 cans got put behind the panelling....never to be dug up again!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. My nominees for the Beer Hall of Shame:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Domestic Swill: Olympia, Hamms, Buckhorn, Perl, Knickerbocker, Haffenreffer Private Stock, Narragansett, Iron City, Carling Black Label

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Craft beers: Anything by Long Trail, Otter Creek Copper Ale

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Foreign: Anything Italian or Greek.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: al b. darned

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Heh, don't know how I missed this one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Anything Italian?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You seriously need to upgrade your knowledge.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Josh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              My Italian beer experience was on their home turf. Barffo...I mean Raffo and Peroni have to be two of the worst beers I have tasted. Unless the stuff they sell here is different than the swill they sell in Italia, I don't see why anyone would buy it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              But back then there were no "craft brews."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: al b. darned

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I think that many more of us might have agreed with you if you would have limited your scope to one or two Italian beer (as you have above) and stated as well that your experience with Italian beer was during the "pre-craft" era from the start.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I personally wouldn't consider Italy to be a beer destination yet but they are making progress. And as for Greece, most of the beer (e.g. "Mythos) is pretty standard euro lager. However (and this is probably an exception) I enjoyed a pilsner at a cafe in front of the The National Archaeology Museum of Athens. It was brewed by a Greek brewery named 'Craft". Surprisingly good.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: al b. darned

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Al your beerdar is way off if you didn't at least find Birra Moretti... not Chowhound material but certainly in the Sam Adams, Newcastle, Modelo league.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: al b. darned

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Italy's craft brew industry is significant, and their beers are some of the most highly regarded, and unusual, in the world of craft beer. They incorporate native ingredients like chestnuts, grapes, herbs, resulting in really complex Belgian-influenced beers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Italian macro-lager is hardly representative of the state of Italian brewing. That's like judging American beer based on Bud Light and Schaefer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: al b. darned

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Anything Korean. That's why they drink So Ju, which is pretty bad too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. That would be Pink Killer (Brasserie Silly). What is that all about?! Tastes like cherry cough syrup with Vicks mixed in it...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. To my surprise, I seem to be the only poster whose least favorite beer is Corona. I find it lacking in flavor, even when compared to other common pale lagers. But the little flavor I do perceive is unpleasant to me. Even it's fans seem to agree that a healthy squeeze of lime is needed to cover the off flavors.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: juantanamera

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A little lime and salt can hide a multitude of sins, regardless of the beer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I read it was originally used to hide the taste of solder (?!) in the first canned beers, the kind you opened with a can opener, like a can of V8 juice. The practice stuck even when they switched to bottles.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Now, Corona and V8 juice with a little hot sauce, lime, worcestershire, and salt. There's a good post-lawnmowing drink for you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Corona is OK with some good hot, spicey South or Central American food!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Sam at Novas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            So is a Miller w/ a slice of lime for half the price!