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(NPR)   NPR tests say Budweiser is not watered down, just tastes that way   (npr.org) divider line 70
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rka
2013-03-02 02:56:23 PM  

NightOwl2255: r1niceboy: At Thunderhead brewery in Kearney, nebraska, they used to have a Russian barman. When anyone would ask him if they had Bud light, he'd dip a glass into the rinse water, and give them that. The man was a hero.

A man enters an establishment that sells a product, and orders a brand of that product, the largest selling band of that product in the country and the worker tries to humiliate that man, and that's the actions of a hero?

Here's a link to a pic of the taps at Thunderhead.
http://i.imgur.com/1yEH1.jpg

Notice the tap 7th from the right? Yeah, that's Coors Light. Either your story is, shall we say, an embellishment, or the bar man is an ass.


I've been the Thunderhead. Stopped in once on a road trip from Denver to the Twin Cities.

Sucked ass. They may think they are doing interesting things with corn as an adjunct but it still sucks to drink something that tastes like it brewed in an old can of creamed corn.
 
2013-03-02 03:00:17 PM  
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2013-03-02 03:06:15 PM  

duffblue: cptjeff: NightOwl2255: r1niceboy: At Thunderhead brewery in Kearney, nebraska, they used to have a Russian barman. When anyone would ask him if they had Bud light, he'd dip a glass into the rinse water, and give them that. The man was a hero.

A man enters an establishment that sells a product, and orders a brand of that product, the largest selling band of that product in the country and the worker tries to humiliate that man, and that's the actions of a hero?

Here's a link to a pic of the taps at Thunderhead.
http://i.imgur.com/1yEH1.jpg

Notice the tap 7th from the right? Yeah, that's Coors Light. Either your story is, shall we say, an embellishment, or the bar man is an ass.

Yes. Working to save the nation from the scourge of crappy beer, however popular, is an act of heroism. If you want an easygoing, refreshing lager... well, that's what Yuengling is for. If you don't care about taste and just want to get hammered, well, that's what rail vodka is for, but please go to the next bar over instead, I don't want you puking on my floor.

I would not say yuengling is easy going but it's a better choice than bud on most days. however if it's 100 degrees out I'm grabbing bud or landshark.


Compared to other things in the class of "real beer" it's easygoing. But no, it's not easygoing and mild when you compare it to watered down horsepiss. Which is kind of the point.
 
2013-03-02 03:08:45 PM  

garumph: I remember from reading back in my heavy home brew days that all the majors brewed a stronger beer (around 9% abv) then cut it at bottling to the proper strength. It saved them millions on brewing space and distribution brewing and distributing to the bottlers a "concentrated" brew. I think it was from an old copy of Zymurgy.


There was a fluff some years ago when Coor's had been advertizing "Brewed With Pure Rocky Mountain Spring Water".  People got bent out of shape to learn that the strong-brewed beer was shipped to bottlers in far flung places and topped off with water that wasn't from a Rocky Mountain spring.
 
2013-03-02 03:16:35 PM  
Compare the hangover from Natural Light to Dogfishhead 90 minute IPA, then tell me what you're paying for.
 
2013-03-02 03:18:02 PM  

RatOmeter: garumph: I remember from reading back in my heavy home brew days that all the majors brewed a stronger beer (around 9% abv) then cut it at bottling to the proper strength. It saved them millions on brewing space and distribution brewing and distributing to the bottlers a "concentrated" brew. I think it was from an old copy of Zymurgy.

There was a fluff some years ago when Coor's had been advertizing "Brewed With Pure Rocky Mountain Spring Water".  People got bent out of shape to learn that the strong-brewed beer was shipped to bottlers in far flung places and topped off with water that wasn't from a Rocky Mountain spring.


"Brewed with Pure Rocky Mountain Spring Water then Watered Down with a Municipal Water Source" doesn't have quite the same ring to it, does it?
 
2013-03-02 03:18:21 PM  
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2013-03-02 03:39:38 PM  
There seems to be two seperate discussions going on here. Bud may be as strong as or stranger than, this or that other beer which is fine if all your after is getting hammered. However it tastes like crap next to many other imports or craft beers. I drink beer for the way it tastes. If I want to get Hammered I'll have a Martini. I also love the flavor of good gin so that's a two-fer in my case.
 
2013-03-02 03:55:36 PM  

Kermit The Toad: There seems to be two seperate discussions going on here. Bud may be as strong as or stranger than, this or that other beer which is fine if all your after is getting hammered. However it tastes like crap next to many other imports or craft beers. I drink beer for the way it tastes. If I want to get Hammered I'll have a Martini. I also love the flavor of good gin so that's a two-fer in my case.


If I want to get hammered, I'll drink a Martini, followed by a Manhattan, probably followed by something obscure in one of my cocktail books that looks like a good idea at the time.

Actually, I can't do that right now- I desperately need to buy sweet vermouth. I've wanted to make something calling for it at least 5 or 6 times now before realizing I hadn't gotten by the liquor store to buy some yet- the grocery store I usually go to these days has a pitiful wine section, and the only fortified anything they stock is cheap cooking sherry.
\Sometimes I start off with the obscure drink.
 
rka
2013-03-02 04:13:53 PM  

Kermit The Toad: Bud may be as strong as or stranger than, this or that other beer which is fine if all your after is getting hammered. However it tastes like crap next to many other imports or craft beers.


1) Taste is subjective. No one gives a crap about your taste, my taste or anyone else's taste but their own. It's purely internet ego stroking to even talk about it. We all indulge in it, but it means nothing.

2) Bud (or any other US macro brew) being as strong or stronger than many others sort of makes the sort of person who thinks the "Why is American beer like a canoe" joke is accurate (or funny) look pretty damn stupid.
 
2013-03-02 04:29:29 PM  
Budweiser and most large brewers brew 'heavy'. That is they brew a strong beer and add water before canning to meet the labeled ABV. This is just efficient use of their equipment. I suspect most people who drink Bud would not like it straight from the lagering tanks.
 
2013-03-02 04:54:29 PM  
Has the percent of alcohol in beer gone down over the years?
I thought Bud was 7.2%  here in Florida at one time?
And I know we went across the river from W.Va. into Ohio because they had stronger beer.
 
2013-03-02 05:04:14 PM  

LewDux: Tried DNA test yet?


Your horse has diabetes.
 
2013-03-02 05:05:23 PM  

rka: 1) Taste is subjective. No one gives a crap about your taste, my taste or anyone else's taste but their own. It's purely internet ego stroking to even talk about it. We all indulge in it, but it means nothing.


i could not agree with you more. bud may not be everybodies cup of tea, but its a matter of taste. for a light american lager, its not bad at all.

/but it gives me awful, awful, AWFUL farts
 
2013-03-02 06:15:04 PM  
Isn't NPR run by a bunch of Brits? Who in ther right mind would take their opinion about what taste good?
 
2013-03-02 06:50:16 PM  
When told that a lab commission by NPR had tested several Budweiser samples and found them to match their labeled alcohol content, Boxer dismissed our test results, confident that when he gets his hands on Anheuser-Busch's internal testing, he'll still have a strong case.

What a damn idiot this guy is.  The end product was tested legitimately, give it up.
I have no problem believing that Bud is at full alcoholic strength.  The thing is, that's not what I care about.
I care about what it tastes like, and to me it still tastes like skunky ass.
 
2013-03-03 12:26:08 AM  
maybe I'm misintepretating the entire thing altogether but wouldn;t this actually be a  further negative for Bud? I would've prefered if the test had shown that it was indeed watered down.. at least we know  the reason.. but now they are saying budweiser taste like it's watered down beer even though it really isn't.. HUH?

so WTF makes it taste watered down then?
 
2013-03-03 09:27:19 AM  

xsarien: From TFA
"How would you feel if you paid premium prices for premium gas and were told that in fact, they were giving you the low-grade gas?"

Friend, when you're talking about Budweiser there are just some metaphors that you should think more carefully about using...


I came here to say this.  This guy is a moron and I hope the judge is a craft beer drinker, but a home brewing judge would make for a real interesting case.
 
2013-03-03 10:23:40 AM  
Yuengling is only 4.4... I drink it because sometimes trippel at 7.8 just isn't in the budget or the schedule
 
2013-03-03 10:05:35 PM  
I've been travelling today and spent much of my time reading a free from Kindle book written by Samuel McHarry and published by John Wyeth in 1809. Title: The Practical Distiller: OR An Introduction To Making Whiskey, Gin, Brandy, Spirits, etc, etc, of Better Quality, and in Larger Quantities, Than Produced by the Present Mode Of Distilling, From the Produce of the United States.

On beer, even in 1809, the author mentions brewing strong and watering (at least some of it) down to be "less heavy".

He has a couple of nice rants on the vileness of coffee in the book too.  Quite an interesting read.

/likes coffee
//hates bad coffee
/hates paying too much for good coffee
 
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