In a Consumer Reports blind taste test of 10 lagers and light beers, the taste test panel preferred Coors in the regular category and chose Miller Lite number one among the light brews.
The taste test results were published in the February issue of the magazine, on newsstands now.
Budweiser, the self-declared “King of Beers,” was not rated royally by the taste panel. Bud was ranked at the bottom of the barrel among the six regular beers tasted. Tasters found “slight off notes of tin and sulfur,” calling its flavor “a bit astringent.”
Two private-label brews—Trader Joe’s Name Tag Classic Lager and Walgreens Big Flats 1901 Lager—came in second and third respectively behind Coors in the regular beer category. Consumer Reports gave that trio, as well as Miller High Life a rating of “very good,” while Budweiser and Corona Extra were ranked “good.”
Miller Lite, Bud Light and Coors Light finished in the top three spots in the light beer category, but were only judged “good” by the tasters. The panelists mentioned the “clean” flavor of Miller Lite, which they noted had “more flavor” and was “a little fruitier than most.” Bud Light was called “simple and straightforward.”
The Consumer Reports taste panel also reported that they preferred the taste of cans over bottles, noting cans’ ability to keep light away from beer. “Light can react with beer within weeks or even days to create compounds similar to those a skunk uses to defend itself,” the panel said.
Well, I’ve tasted beer that’s been sitting in my fridge too long…that had a “skunky” taste. I never realized there was skunk-related science behind it. I mean, who knew?
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