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27
Feb
12

Great American Macro Taste-Off, 2012 edition

Here’s the setup: My so and I have been wanting to do this for a while, taste test a variety of American macro lagers and determine a favorite; a best of the worst if you will. The competition was fierce and limited to what we could buy in 24oz cans that didn’t say ‘light’ on it. The decision was made that the tastings would be blind, we would each take notes, rank, and then compare our rankings to determine a winner. After traveling to several nearby gas stations we had our lineup.

Competitors:

Natural Ice

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Landshark

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Pabst Blue Ribbon

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Budweiser

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Yuengling

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Coors

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Miller High Life

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Method

Predictions were that Yuengling would win followed by PBR with Natty Ice the expected last place finish. Cups were marked, beer was poured, and cups were mixed up.

Tasting Notes

I’ll post some tasting note highlights as most of these beers are remarkably similar.

Landshark: hint of lime in the taste, sweet corn malt

Miller High Life: light funk in the nose and taste, a bit bready, very highly carbed (highest of group)

Yuengling: amber color (the only not yellow colored one), lots of malty biscuit and bread tones, the most flavorful

PBR: very little smell with only wet old bread coming out, watery and old tasting, worst beer of the group

Natty Ice: prominent lager yeast in the nose, one of the cleanest smelling and tasting in the group, some ‘old’ aftertaste

Coors: good amount of lager yeast, lots of sweet corn malt (the sweetest and corniest of them all)

Budweiser: sharp very high carb mouthfeel and watery, otherwise middle of the road

Rankings

  1. Yuengling
  2. Coors
  3. Landshark
  4. Natty Ice
  5. Budweiser
  6. Miller High Life
  7. PBR

Conclusion

First off, this was fun as hell and a bit surprising. Yuengling was easy to pick out in both taste, flavorful all grain malt, and color. Natty Ice scored surprisingly well with nothing terribly wrong about it. The big shocker was PBR’s extremely poor showing. In the past PBR has been my cheap beer of choice until it was replaced about a year ago by Genesee Cream Ale. Blind tasting showed it to be inferior to the other macros with a noticeable funky old taste. I also discovered that I detest super carbed lagers, Budweiser and Miller High Life were the main offenders here.

It should be noted that none of these beers blew the others out of the water and they are all pretty bad beers with the top scoring maybe a C on my rating scale.

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