Friday, May 13, 2011

Budweiser & Clamato Chelada

No, this is NOT a re-review. I did indeed review the Bud Light & Clamato Chelada product last September and it was terrible. I said in that review I've never been able to find the Budweiser version. Well, I recently made a trek to Half Time Beverage in Poughkeepsie and not surprisingly, they had it there. If you saw my review of the Bud Light version you know that "beer" was vile - so why torture myself with the Budweiser version? A few reasons, actually:

1) It's technically a different product and I've often said EVERY beer is deserving of a review no matter what its reputation.
2) Since it's a different product and not a re-review it can count towards the worst of the year list.
3) I'm here to entertain and the Bud Light Chelada was definitely the funniest episode to date. I really wanted to be able to top that.
4) I wanted to force myself to drink the entire 24oz can to make for a somewhat lengthier, funnier review. I shot the review outside because I figured I'd be puking a lot during the review. Plus I wanted to use the boot stein so I could get the entire can all in one glass at the same time. SPOILER: I didn't get through the entire thing (not even close!)

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Chad9976 (627) - Albany, USA - MAY 12, 2011
I didn’t think it was possible to find a beer worse than Bud Light and Clamato Chelada, but I finally found it - the Budweiser version of the same beer. I really do not understand the appeal to these drinks at all. Their entire premise is like something the drunkest, highest person in the world would come up with - take tomato juice and add clam broth to it, then infuse it with salt and lime and add Budweiser to make it alcoholic. The result is a beer that tastes like ocean water with tomato flavoring. I do realize this beer and others like it are aimed at a very specific, niche audience (mostly Hispanics), but considering how it actually tastes - who could possibly find this appealing?

I poured a 24oz can into a 1 liter boot stein.

Appearance: Hazy dark red with pinkish hue. Forms a pink, soapy head which fizzles away in seconds. Leaves large, noticeable salt granules around the glass.

Smell: Absolutely disgusting! Vomit mixed with tomato sauce while inside a fish market. The smell alone had me gagging.

Taste: The best way to describe the flavor would be the aftertaste of vomited Spaghetti-O’s chased with a glass of saltwater from the dirtiest possible fish tank. The taste here is simply vile. I’m not sure what’s worse - the bile-like flavor, the saltwater flavor or the fish feces flavor. They all combine to form one potent palate of swill to the nth power. The ironic part is if it had actually tasted like Budweiser it would be an improvement of massive exponential powers. I think this is the worst-tasting thing I’ve ever put in my mouth.

Mouthfeel: Saltwater.

Drinkability: Undrinkable.

Overall, the worst "beer" I’ve ever had in my life. Why this is still in production I have no idea, and how people can actually drink it is a mystery. Keep it away from me and no one gets hurt.

Grade: 0/10


  1. Funny! I saw someone drinking this at our hotel over the weekend out by the pool.
    I didn't ask about it but they seemed to enjoy it?

  2. yeah I don't get it. Cheladas have a cult following in the Southwest and they are huge in Central American countries. Must be a genetic thing. :)