Low-Calorie Brews Also Low on Flavor

by David Lauterbach
2009 August 30

You’ve heard the hype about low calorie counts, but how do these new beers taste? What happens when you drastically reduce calories?

The Chicago Tribune did what we here at Brian’s Belly wanted to do… assembled a panel of taste testers. Of course, we could not find anyone willing to actually drink the diet beers… so we have to thank the brave souls in Chicago who risked their palettes to bring us this beer review.

They pitted MGD 64 against Budweiser’s new Select 55, and threw in the reigning sex-in-a-canoe beer Michelob Ultra as a comparison.

Not surprisingly, all three beers scored below average with one taster calling them “more like near-beers” and “inoffensive but also fairly unsubstantial.”

That said, Select 55 was the clear favorite, with MGD 64 coming in a distant second, just edging out Michelob Ultra. I guess I’m very surprised to hear that Ultra, at 95 calories–and Bud brother to Select 55–could come in last.  Did the Belgian buyout of Anheuser-Busch bring some black magic beer taste infusion trickery from overseas?

You can read the comments of the reviewers and get the full story at the Chicago Tribune.

Pardon us please, while we pay for beer...

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