5 beers Americans aren't drinking

Traditional favorites fall out of favor as Americans choose beers that are lighter or have a higher alcohol content.

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Jan 2, 2013 7:46PM

Budweiser used to be the Number 1 beer - but now they have competition. The micro-brews have better and stronger taste....Bud, Coors, Miller all taste watered down.


It's like the domestic cars....in the 1960's GM alone had over 65% market share...now they have 23%....the imports are killing them. Same with beer...the micro-brews and imported beers taste real and are selling.


The only thing good about Budweiser are the great commercials!

Jan 2, 2013 7:43PM

My perspective on beer is from the retail end.  Been on plenty of liquor stores in over 20 years, and beer is definitely split into two camps.  You have people who drink beer to enjoy the taste of the ingredients and you have people who drink beer for a cheap drunk.  There's a reason why a good 4-pack or 6-pack costs as much as a 30-pack of Natty Ice:  you are paying for ingredients.


Let's degenerate for a moment into "ghetto blasters" like Steel Reserve, King Cobra (aka Bling Cobra), Olde English, Colt 45 (aka Dolt 45), et al.  You buy a 40 of this crap for one reason, and one reason only:  twice the legal limit for half the price.


Some more nicknames.  Miller High Life (aka Miller Low Life).  Keystone (aka Peestone).  Milwaukee's Best (aka Milwaukee's Beast).  Ice House (aka outhouse).  Red Dog (aka Dead Dog).

Stroh's (aka Shmoe's).

Jan 2, 2013 7:43PM

This article  tells me nothing I didn't know. Good beer requires good ingredients, craftsmanship, and time honored traditions. If a brewer spends millions on advertising product, something is going to suffer.


Jan 2, 2013 7:40PM
All you morons telling everyone else what to drink are just that, morons. Drink what you like and I won't effing worry about it.
Jan 2, 2013 7:17PM
I am surprised to not to see Rolling Rock on the list,, everybody I knew including my self stopped drinking it as soon Budwieser announced it was no longer going to made in Latrobe, Pa.  There was a big drop off in flavor and taste ,
Jan 2, 2013 6:43PM
as a home beer maker and lover I must comment.  One should not knock all american beer, quite simply they are regulated by evry county and state as to how much alchol vs water content my be sold in that region.  Hence tn beer in one couty my be different from a georgia beer 1 or 2 counties away.  That being said good strong german beer dous bring a lot to the table.  There again one must consider climate to.  Germany beer is usually warm and drank as so.  Most americans will prefer a cold beer and in the south it is mandatory, Hence a higher water content is somtimes more desirable,  most southern beer drinkers work in the heat and will consume high amounts of any cold beverage, beer after work.  That all being said, We all like beer and it is like levi"s  it never goes out of style
Jan 2, 2013 6:37PM
Michelob has been brewed since 1896, not 1986.
Jan 2, 2013 6:14PM

This article makes me laugh- Most American's don't know what a good beer is. I'm American, born and raised here in Chicago, and I wouldn't touch the tasteless crap that this country has to offer, unless it's perhaps from a micro brewery. The best thing about Bud and Miller is the commercials, that's all. And if it has a "Lite" in front of it I'd rather be drinking a Diet Coke!

 I am mainly a single malt Scotch drinker but when I do have a beer I prefer the dark beers like Becks Dark, Negro Modelo, Dos Equis Dark etc, but my favorite for the last 30 years has been Guinness, even before most people ever heard about it.

Bottom line- if you're going to drink, DRINK!

Jan 2, 2013 5:57PM
How in the world anyone can drink the dreck beers that are popular in America is beyond me. Thank goodness for the brewpubs and imports.
Jan 2, 2013 5:35PM
Jan 2, 2013 4:34PM
The WORST American beer I have ever had the displeasure of drinking is Coors light. I can't understand how anyone can even stand it! It actually just tastes like water with some sort of taint.
Jan 2, 2013 4:31PM
Only beer worth drinking is  HAMMS!
Jan 2, 2013 4:07PM
I drink lite beer on occasion. I do it because I drink alot of beer and if I didn't drink the lite stuff, I'd be fatter than I already am. It's not for the flavor.
Jan 2, 2013 4:05PM
It's not American beer in general, it's the main stream American beer that people are no longer drinking.  There are plenty of American micro or artisan beers that people are realizing taste so much better and by the way, some of them have ABVs of 6-12%, which will stand up to most European beers.  Samuel Adams, Dogfish Head, Bells, Dominion... I could go on and on.  There are so many great American beers that even my English husband prefers to English beer.  We have developed a more sophisticated palate in recent years. :)
Jan 2, 2013 3:58PM
....most mass-market American beers are produced for crowds that like to "slam" drink their brews...served ice cold ....and flavorless.  I often challenge people to try a beer like Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, or Victory Hop Devil, or Stone's Arrogant Bastard Ale.  If they gave it an honest try, and were interested in flavor and quality ....I doubt they'd go back to the watered down stuff.
Jan 2, 2013 3:39PM
want a great american beer--- batch 19 hands down.and keep america employed
Jan 2, 2013 3:33PM
Steel Reserve is the way to go if you want lager with a kick.  Whatever happened to Henry Weinhards?
Jan 2, 2013 3:19PM

Get used to these five cheap, nasty swills - in Obamaville they'll be all that we can afford.

Jan 2, 2013 3:04PM
You need to hire older editors.   Maybe someone who recognizes that Michelob was founded a while before 1986.  Try 1896.
Jan 2, 2013 2:53PM

For those of you that remember, Falstaff was very good beer.

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