Sunday, November 18, 2012

Bud Light Lime-A-Rita

I’m not sure this beverage truly qualifies as a "beer." I think Bud Light Lime-A-Rita is more accurately classified as a "flavored malt beverage" like Mike’s Hard Lemonade or Smirnoff Ice (or as I like to call them - "alcopops"). I find it difficult to believe there’s malts and hops in this as it just tastes like liquid candy. In fact, it makes for an extremely challenging review. Yes this tastes good (gimmicky as hell, but good), but at the same time it’s not REALLY a beer. I’m going neutral on this one (and I’m sure I’ll still get ripped for this review).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
Chad9976 (758) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2012
I poured an 8oz can into a snifter (because the glass is essentially the same height as the can and it makes for a better picture that way).

Appearance: By far the palest "beer" I’ve ever seen. Even whiter than a witbier with slight straw yellow hue to it. Quite hazy. Produces a minute coating of white bubbles that fizzle away like a soda and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Surprisingly mild, but discernibly sweet. Spiked lemonade is the predominate scent.

Taste: Oiy. How the hell do I review this? I used to be a fan of alcopops way back in the day, and I’ll still drink them occasionally if there’s absolutely nothing else available. And to be honest I enjoy their candy-like flavor. So, as an alcopop, Bud Light Lime-A-Rita is actually pretty good. It’s similar to Mike’s Hard Lemonade, but with a dash of lime. In fact, I’d criticize it for not having enough lime flavor (I guess "Bud Light Lemon-A-Rita" doesn’t have the same ring). It’s sweet but not cloying. There’s a nice tartness on the finish.

That being said the fact remains this just isn’t a beer. No malt character and definitely no hops. It’s overt in its chemical-forward palate. It just tastes like something made on an assembly line by robots. Even though there’s nothing really off-putting about this beverage, the fact remains that I just can’t honestly give a thumbs up to something that really isn’t even beer (so why am I reviewing it at all?). A truly honest grade for this would be either "incomplete" or "n/a".

Drinkability: Bud Light Lime-A-Rita has the carbonation and mouthfeel of an ale and has no lager qualities at all (I don’t even know what style this would be classified as - malt liquor? fruit ale? light lager?). It’s amazing that at 8% ABV it has such a light body and no alcohol presence at all. It’s refreshing even when drank indoors in the winter. But why spend top dollar for only an 8oz serving when you can get a comparable 12oz product at a better price?
 Grade: 5/10

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