The Top 10 Worst Beers in America

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Did you know that in an average year, the amount of beer drunk in the United States works out to around 28 gallons per person? Not every American drinks beer regularly (and maybe some really could drink 28 gallons a day on their own…), but most of them have a strong opinion about which beer is best — and worst.

Here is a look at the beers that are considered to be the worst-tasting brews in America according to a recent survey from Eat This, Not That, so you can know which ones to avoid.

Bud Light

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Up until recently, with the whole Dylan Mulvaney controversy, Bud Light was the most popular light beer in the U.S. In fact, it was the most popular beer brand of them all, hands down. But as much love as Bud Light gets, it also gets a lot of hate, with some beer enthusiasts comparing the taste to a “mineral.”

Milwaukee’s Best Light

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Similar to Bud Light, Milwaikee’s Best Light is described as smelling like “mineral water” by beer advocates on Perhaps the “Best” in this beer’s name is unwarranted, as many of its reviews are lukewarm at best, with many complaining that it is too flat.

Miller 64

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Another entry from Milwaukee’s Miller Brewing Company comes in at number eight. While the 64 calories touted in the name might sound good for those on a diet, the flavor is just not there. There is such a thing as TOO light of a beer, and this, according to reviewers, is one of them.

Beer 30 Light

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If you haven’t heard of this one, don’t worry: Beer 30 comes from a small brewery called the Melanie Brewing Company in Wisconsin and apparently, it is so bad that it needed to make the list with its bigger-named competitors. Beer advocates describe this one as smelling like “grain, sugar, and metal.” Yum.

Natural Ice

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This beer from Anheuser-Busch has a higher alcohol content than the others on the list and is considered to be one of the higher-end beers in terms of cost and quality. Unfortunately, though, fans give this icy beer the cold shoulder with tepid reviews and recommendations that it is at its best when served as cold as humanly possible.

Keystone Light

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We’ve got another light beer on our hands with Keystone Light. This offering from the Coors Brewing Company is known for being easy on the wallet but bland on the tastebuds. Some reviewers have described it as tasting like “beer-flavored mineral water.”


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Okay, this one is a bit of a cheat. Sharp’s is a non-alcoholic beer from Miller Brewing Company, but people hate it so much that it made the list along with the other beers that have an alcohol content. This one is known for having even less flavor than Keystone Light and tasting just like colored water. Not exactly what you’re looking for in a beer, alcoholic or otherwise.

Natural Light

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Anheuser-Busch’s Natural Light is a point of contention among light beers, as it has as many fans as it does detractors. The detractors, though, really paint a picture with words, with one particularly poetic connoisseur saying that it “literally tastes like what a damp basement smells like.”

Budweiser Select 55

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Budweiser Select 55 is so named for its 55 calories. It is made to be a “diet beer,” but seemingly, the removal of the carbs and calories also removed the taste, with some beer fans saying that it is just plain awful and that its sour flavor makes them feel sick.

Miller Genuine Draft 64

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Coming in at number one on our worst beers list is Miller Genuine Draft 64. Like Miller 64, this beer also has just 64 calories, but even those trying to watch their figure recommend drinking literally any other beer, as this one simply has zero flavor or appeal.


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