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#32 Beck’s

Beck's

#32 Beck’s

Type: Pale Lager
Container: Bottle
ABV: 5%
Sticker Price: $7.99/6-pack of bottles

I picked this one up as it was the cheapest import at the store that day. Good thing it’s hot out and I’ll probably drink anything within reach. I won’t be reaching for this one again.

  • Rating (5=best): 2
  • Nose: A bit skunky and grassy. Wet hay.
  • Flavor: Bright, watery, unsatisfying bitterness.
  • Finish: Bitter finish, citrus pith. A bit astringent like quinine.
  • Notes: Not very interesting. Refreshing in a watery way but the skunkiness is a turn-off. The bitterness isn’t the pleasant hoppy kind but more the annoying white grapefruit pith kind.
  • Shilpi: “It’s refreshing but a little to bitter for my taste.”

#28 Montejo Cerveza Clara

montejo

#28 Montejo Cerveza Clara

Type: Light Lager
Container: Bottle
ABV: 4.5%
Sticker Price: $5.99/6-pack of bottles

There are so many Mexican beers at the supermarkets here in LA and this is just another one.

  • Rating (5=best): 2
  • Nose: Funky corn.
  • Flavor: Sweet corn syrup, bit of grass. Similar to PBR but without any bitterness.
  • Finish: Disappears quickly, slight cloying sweetness that seems chemically and metallic.
  • Notes: This might be better in al pastor but I won’t be buying this one again.
  • Shilpi: “Is this beer or water?”

#25 Modelo Especial

Modelo Especial

#25 Modelo Especial

Type: Pale Lager
Container: Bottle
ABV: 4.4%
Sticker Price: $6.99/6-pack of bottles

I love Mexican food. I don’t like most Mexican beer but I find it up and down the beer aisle here in southern California. With some homemade tortillas, grilled corn (Mexican-style with crema, cheese and lime) and some steak in adobo this paired beautifully. However, it isn’t so “especial” on its own.

  • Rating (5=best): 2.5
  • Nose: Corn, grain, clean grassy notes. Bread.
  • Flavor: Not overly sweet corn. Quite bubbly in an over-carbonated way: the bubbles almost burn the mouth. Slightest bit of malt, nearly no bitterness at all. Quite clean and washes out the mouth well.
  • Finish: Pleasantly dry but leaving a bit of wet cardboard flavor behind.
  • Notes: Very average. Simple to the point of boring. Great mouth-cleansing counterpoint with food but can’t stand on its own.
  • Shilpi: “Mildly lightly pleasing.”

#21 KCCO Black Lager

KCCO Black Lager

#21 KCCO Black Lager

Type: Black Lager
Container: Bottle
ABV: 5.1%
Sticker Price: $8.99/6-pack of bottles

I really enjoy the Chive. My wife and I look at their cat pictures every Saturday morning like it’s our religion. Being such a fan, I had to try the beer they put their name on. While it will get you through Humpday, it isn’t as tasty as some FLBP.

  • Rating (5=best): 3
  • Nose: Coffee, dark bread, grilled corn.
  • Flavor: Surprisingly light. Roasted malt, chocolate, yeasty. Sweet but not too sweet. Nice carbonation.
  • Finish: Refreshing for a darker beer but not very complex or long-lasting. Tiny bit of bitterness on the end.
  • Notes: Very enjoyable but not much to savor over. Refreshing and drinkable and more interesting than most pale lagers. I wouldn’t pay for it again but if it was at a party I would KCCO!
  • Shilpi: “It’s a full-bodied coffee beer. It’s really not my thing.”

p.s. Check out thechive.com if you’re looking to have some fun and unproductive time on the internets.

#20 Asahi Super Dry

Asahi Super Dry

#20 Asahi Super Dry

Type: Pale Lager
Container: Bottle
ABV: 5%
Sticker Price: $7.99/6-pack of bottles

I thought I hated beer until a British friend of mine brought this over to pair with some Thai green curry. The flavors of the Asahi and curry blended together in a way that surprised me. I’ve been drinking beer ever since. Revisiting this brew shows me how naive I was and how much my tastes have changed.

  • Rating (5=best): 2
  • Nose: Canned vegetables, corn.
  • Flavor: Pleasantly dry. Faint barley flavor with mouthwatering bitterness. Pretty boring.
  • Finish: Refreshing bitterness. Disappears quickly.
  • Notes: Refreshing and great with spicy or char-grilled food (Thai and Indian food especially) but not much on its own.
  • Shilpi: “It’s too bitter and flavorless for me.”

#19 Dos Equis Lager

Dos Equis

#19 Dos Equis Lager

Type: Pale Lager
Container: Bottle
ABV: 4.5%
Sticker Price: $6.99/6-pack of bottles

The Most Interesting Man in the World may be the life of parties that he has never attended, but he doesn’t know beer. This lager is as refreshing as it is uninteresting. I paired this with a very Mexican meal of carnitas tacos, ceviche and grilled corn (con crema y queso) and it did its job: cleanse the palate between bites. So does water.

(p.s. I really do enjoy the marketing campaign though.)

  • Rating (5=best): 2
  • Nose: Lots of sweet corn.
  • Flavor: Pleasantly dry. Not a lot of character. Fairly bland: not too sweet, not much bitterness at all.
  • Finish: Nice faint caramel roasted aftertaste. Disappears quickly.
  • Notes: Very clean and refreshing with mild, palate-cleansing carbonation.
  • Shilpi: “It starts out flat. It’s more light and refreshing than anything else.”

#18 Coors Golden Banquet

Coors Banquet

#18 Coors Golden Banquet

Type: American Adjunct Lager
Container: Bottle
ABV: 5%
Sticker Price: $5.99/6-pack of bottles

I’m going to stop buying anything Coors. This one caught my eye with its retro label promising old-time craft-style flavor. Not a big fan of lagers, I was let down again. Maybe it has its place on a hot day but I’d prefer something with more bitterness and less syrupy sweetness. Or water.

  • Rating (5=best): 2
  • Nose: Yeast, tiny bit of grain, corn, bubblegum.
  • Flavor: Sickly sweet, corn, very watery body. Quite bland.
  • Finish: Tiniest bit of hoppy bitterness that vanishes quickly.
  • Notes: This could be a great thirst-quencher but I would rather just drink water.
  • Shilpi: “Surfbort.” Me: “C’mon, give me something.” Shilpi: “Meh, it’s beer.”