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What is the worst item you bought at the LCBO in 2014?

Often my wife and I will buy new products at the LCBO that we have not read about, just to try them out. Very rarely have we ever had something we just didn't like until last week. We we picked up many cans of various beers, some that we had not tried, and since we like Stiegl Grapefruit Radler, I picked up a few cans of "Wernesgruner Radler". You can find it's description and picture here: http://www.lcbo.com/lcbo/product/wern...

I had one sip and thought it was nasty, so told Mrs fD she could have the rest of the can. Well, the whole can went down the sink 2 minutes after it was opened! It has zero body and is very sweet, with not even a hint of hops. I also realised after tasting it that it has sucralose in it! WTF? I never buy anything with artificial sweeteners as I can't handle the weird taste. I didn't think to check the ingredients as I would not have expected that in a German product.

Has anyone else tried this product and if so, what did you think?

What is the worst thing you bought at the LCBO this year?

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  1. Ewwww. I do like Waterloo's Radler quite a bit, I've switched from Stiegl. No real fails to report - I don't get very experimental.

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    1. re: julesrules

      You like the Waterloo one better than Stiegl? I'll have to try it out then. I wonder if anyone regularly buys the Wernesgruner Radler as it is terrible. I would not buy it if it was 10 cans for $1 !

      1. re: foodyDudey

        Yeah I do like Waterloo. They taste pretty similar. I think Waterloo has slightly more alcohol than Stiegl, and slightly more grapefruit flavour. But I did not do a side-by-side tasting and I do have a bias for local. I believe Stiegl includes other citrus juices and Waterloo is just grapefruit.
        Maybe the Wernesgruner is a diet thing for Germans? Sounds nasty. You won't catch me trying Skinny Girl cocktails either!

        1. re: julesrules

          I like the Waterloo one too but it has high fructose corn syrup listed as an ingredient which is putting me off buying it again.

          1. re: mariecollins

            I guess I selectively chose not to notice that!

      2. re: julesrules

        Ha, I clicked on this thread just to post about the Wernesgruner Radler! My husband and I took one sip each and agreed that it resembled sweetened bathroom cleanser. We poured it down the sink and hoped it might clean out the pipes. Blech!

        1. re: betsy

          Hi betsy,

          I haven't tried the products that the others have mentioned, but I highly doubt they are anywhere near as bad as the Radler! I really have to wonder what the people at the LCBO were thinking when they decided to stock this one.

      3. Since I have a basement full of wine, I never buy anything on spec, but if I do it is usually white wine. Over the past few years my clunkers (in single digits) have always been VQA whites. But there has been nothing physically wrong with them, so I don't return them...

        1. I bought a Sue Ann Staff Baco Noir which was vile - I don't remember what was so bad about it, I think it was very jammy and not much else, but we threw it away and I made a strong mental note not to buy again. I think it was about $9.95 so I probably brought it on myself.

          We had a delicious Baco Noir at Peller's restaurant (the first time we had ever heard of the grape, I've never seen it sold in the UK) but none of the LCBO's offerings have matched up.

          1. Unquestionably the Clamato Bacon Caesar that they sell in cans. It was just so potently vile, with the strongest fake bacon taste you could ever imagine. It’s the worst thing I’ve ever had -- not just the worst alcoholic beverage I’ve had, or the worst drink I’ve had, but the worst thing I’ve ever ingested.

            Unspeakably bad.

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            1. re: Michael N

              That almost makes the 14 year old boy in me want to try it. Kinda like smelling bad farts, ya know?

              1. re: LexiFirefly

                Ha! I get the impulse. And it’s almost worth trying if only to marvel at how a product so blatantly terrible was able to make its way through the development process and onto the shelves. Almost.

              1. Hands down: Trafalgar Mead Braggot.

                http://www.lcbo.com/lcbo/product/traf...

                I've had mead and I've enjoyed it. I've had ale and I've enjoyed it. So something that expertly combines the best of mead and ale should be good, right? Maybe a nice malty beer with a hint of honey? No. Make that a disgusting sour concoction with a strong medicinal alcohol aftertaste. No sweetness from the mead, no maltiness from the beer, just... ugh.

                I drank a tiny bit of it, coerced my wife try a sip so she'd understand how ludicrously horrible it was, and then dumped the rest down the sink. I have no idea if this was what the product was supposed to taste like or whether the bottle had somehow gone off, but I wasn't about to try it a second time to find out.

                The only worthwhile thing I got for my $10 was the fact that after I scraped off the label I was left with a kind of cool brown ceramic jug to put on a shelf next to our plants. Consolation prize.

                1. CALABAZA BLANCA ARTISAN
                  $9.20 for 750ml, tried hard to drink it, just too funky, wife spat it out right away, down the sink it went, sigh.

                  1. Absolut pepper. Man i find that stuff vile. I ended up pouring it down the sink. Had all the nasty elements of hot peppers and none of the good....

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                    1. re: elrik

                      Did you drink it on it's own or mixed it? I'd think it would be better in a caesar or marguerita.

                      There are some recipes that look interesting here, but I guess it's too late for you to try them now.

                      http://www.pinterest.com/recipes/abso...

                      1. re: foodyDudey

                        Both. What I expected with it was heat, what I got was a mouthful of caustic. I enjoy harsh tasting alcohols, i.e. I am quite happy sipping mezcal, but this stuff was just nasty, and anyone I tortured into trying it agreed.

                        1. re: elrik

                          I'm thinking of buying some of the other "bad" items mention in this thread to see which is the worst. I'll invite some friends over and do a taste test and vote on the worst. I wonder how some of these products ever made it to the market.

                          1. re: foodyDudey

                            There's no need to: the result of your quest will always be T-Bird or Night Train.

                    2. Frozen Palm Bay. Tastes like a 7/11 slurpee.