This project is finally coming to an end. This isn’t intended to be a full-on review of the beers mentioned in the article but to illustrate a point: the mega-breweries do not produce a unique product. I took nine different cans and compared them visually and by taste to see if any one of them stood out in any way. Read on to learn what I did and didn’t do.
I don’t have a whole lot of notes; I didn’t really take any. I tasted the Natural Light first, as it was simply the first in line. The next, Coors Light, has a distinctly different taste to it than Natural Light, though that difference cannot be described in terms of ingredients. I believe I could only tell this because I tasted them together. The next, Coors, had just the slightest bit more body than the two light beers before, but still had that same old smell that American lagers have.
When I got down to the Bud Light, that familiar yet still indescribable taste was found, right where I left it in 1996.
Old Milwaukee somehow comparatively tasted like some cleaning solvent found in a motorcycle repair shop. Seriously.
After my tasting that included spillage down my beard and onto my shirt, I concluded that the smell of bile is something they all have in common once they begin to get warm (I’m talking low 60s F warm, not room temperature). That is simply something I cannot get over, and was not able to drink them all during the video/photo shoot in my back yard.
I must admit I wasted beer, but it wasn’t really beer to begin with. I’m sure that at some point in the 19th and 20th centuries these breweries, while still separately owned and producing for quality, made something worth drinking. I do not believe that to be the case today. Enjoy craft beer and know where it comes from. Get to know or read about the people who make it and make sure it’s good. If you don’t know where to start, just ask me!