Friday, January 12, 2007

What is the worst beer you have ever tried?

Sometimes I can be a bit of a beer snob. What can I say, give me the choice between a hand-crafted beer and crappy mass-produced swill and I opt for the former. I like to say that "I have never met a beer that I didn't like." What I mean by that is I would choose beer over just about any other beverage. So, when given the choice between Milwaukee's Best Light in a 16oz can or soda or water, I would generally take the beer.

However, three beers standout as the worst I have ever tasted. The first was called Sweet China. I doubt they even make this beer anymore. It was 95% lager and 5% pineapple juice. Now why in the hell would someone go putting pineapple juice into a beer.

The second is Cave Creek Chili Beer. Ok, picture a Corona Light (which is bad enough) with a chili pepper crammed inside the bottle. It tasted like the juice inside a jar of jalapeno peppers. I love spicy food, but this beer was completely unappealing.

The third worst beer is Southend Brewery Blonde Light from the Southend Brewery in Charlotte, NC. I am hoping that I got a bad batch, but I don't think that was the case. Here was the review I gave it:

“ This beer gets a whopping 0.2! - virtually no hop or malt taste at all – flat – no smell, but has a strange cheese doodle aftertaste – not a winning combination – they get .2 points for successfully making a beer that tastes like an artificial cheese product – that must be hard to do”

There are a bunch of beers tied for fourth and I bet many of you can guess which American companies make those beers. Now let me know the worst you have tried...

10 comments:

bostonbeerman said...

It is ok if the worst beer you ever had was one of the beers featured in this class. I know some of you hated Rodenbach Grand Cru, so go ahead and post it...we all have different tastes and opinions.

Jeff said...

I believe Sweet China was taken off the shelves for violating the man-law known as; "fruiting the beer"

Edison is the worst swill I've had in a while.

bostonbeerman said...

Edison is pretty bad - it is like watered down light beer.

I can see it now. Penalty on brewer 81 on the offense. 15 yards for "fruiting the beer."

Andrew said...

Worst beers I've ever had are Michelob Ultra, Sam Adams Cranberry Lambic, and Coors Light. The good thing about these beers is that they make you appreciate the good ones more!

bostonbeerman said...

Good call. Sam's Cranberry Lambic is an ugly beer. No, it is a fugly beer. The beer isn't even a true lambic. Whenever I buy the holiday pack, I have to think about what to do with those damn cranberry lambics. I refuse to dump beer, so I have to wait for a visitor who likes the stuff.

Vinnie said...

I can't say I ever had a beer I really disliked until I tried a Magic Hat Saint Gootz the winter of 05-06. It's burnt taste was not to my liking and I had a hard time finishing the bottle (can't throw beer away).
Vinnie

bostonbeerman said...

Vinnie,

Interesting choice for the worst beer. I can see why you would say that. The Saint Gootz was a rather sourish Dark Wheat beer. Here is an excerpt from my notes on the beer:
"sweet and sour at the same time - clove, pear, and sourish rye tastes - not especially drinkable."

I didn't give it an awful rating because I sometimes like sourish beers, but I can totally see where you were coming from. This beer may have had one of the most distinct smells I have ever encountered. It first smelled sweet, then sour, then sweet...

I am glad to see that you can't dump beers either. Even if it is awful, I have to finish them. Bad beer is so much better than so many other beverages. I have had beers that I have cellared gone completely flat and I feel obligated to drink them sometimes, but I would never drink a beer that has gone vinegary - that could get you pretty sick.

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GaragePunk66 said...

Actually I loved Sweet China, too bad they don't make it anymore. Different strokes for different folks I suppose.

Anonymous said...

We would put a floater of Myers in Sweet China and it made a fantastic lixer