Sunday, August 7, 2011
Budweiser / Coors Light / Corona / Molson Dry
I love going back to Montreal to visit my family. This time was absolutely fantastic, mainly because we were able to celebrate my wife Teri's Birthday, and just about my entire family were able to be in one spot for an awesome BBQ at my cousin Richard's house. I have a great family that truly believes in supporting one another no matter what. I love and miss them all and this last vacation was truly awesome.
It also gave me an opportunity to review some of the more popular brands. You knew that sooner or later, I was going to get around these more mainstream brands...this was going to cover the bigger ones. I also figured that I would review all of them under one post, due to their widespread consumption.
Budweiser - The King of Beers
I guess if mass advertising makes you chase a specific brand, then the King may be for you. As for me...I know that I can do better. As long as it's cold...it's drinkable. Clearly meant to be drank in large quantities with little to no regard for taste.
Bland...with little to no flavor. Since it's a lager and not an Ale, it's meant to be served cold...but this should be obvious. It does have a refreshing and quenching finish...so it's a good bet for that big BBQ.
4/10 - Serve at large gatherings...and cold
Again with the mass advertising...the "Cold Activated Brew"...whatever! Keep it cold and you should be safe...let it get warm and you're done. What did the website have to say...NOTHING. No explanation of how it's brewed...not even an apology.
I guess if you were in a pinch, you could serve this one...but there's plenty of other beers to choose from. I tasted no flavor and it left me hoping there was something else in the fridge.
3/10 - Keep looking
Ahh, the Island beer...sort of. It is refreshing and it is easy to drink. Here's what the website had to say:
The unmistakable color.
The one-of-a-kind taste.
The unparalleled flavor of relaxation.
All in one of the most recognizable bottles in the world.
There's something about drinking a Corona Extra that's different from drinking any other beer. Nothing else seems to set the same mood. Nothing else lets the conversation flow so easily between friends. Nothing else brings such a natural energy to an occasion.
And it's been that way since we started brewing it in 1925.
From the beginning, Corona has been about connections - people coming together, strangers becoming friends, and old friends becoming even closer. Because Corona is more than just a beer. It represents a philosophy of living in the moment that has been embraced around the world.
We try not to complicate things. That's why we made Corona so easy to drink. It's why we use a clear, see-through bottle. Because when you use only the finest ingredients, you've got nothing to hide.
In the end, there are beers, and then there's Corona.
Others may try to copy it, or look like it, but there is only one original.
And for some moments, only a Corona will do.
Well, they don't really say very much about it, but on a hot summer day...it'll do. It's not quite as good as a sweet Summertime Ale, but it's a pretty good substitute.
I know what you're saying...finally a Canadian Beer. I like the Dry as a mass-produced beer. Here's what the website had to say:
An easy-drinking beer of superior character, Molson Dry has won numerous international brewing awards. This extra dry brew imparts a subtle impression of hops with no residual bitterness. Launched in 1989, Molson Dry was awarded the North American Specialty Lager gold medal by the 2002 World Beer Cup.
Not bad. Considering the size and influence of the Brewery...the Dry has a lot to offer. It's refreshing but no watered down. You can taste the hops and it's pretty solid on flavor.
5/10 - A BBQ favorite
Posted by RallyPoint/6 at 2:48 PM