Welcome, fellow beer lovers and curious readers! Today, we embark on a slightly different kind of beer journey. While many articles celebrate the best in brewing, we’re flipping the script to explore the other end of the spectrum: the 20 worst-rated beers. These are the beers that have garnered a less-than-stellar reputation among enthusiasts and casual drinkers alike.
Grab your favorite pint glass (filled with anything but these selections), and let’s dive into this intriguing world of beer misadventures.
1. Natural Light
Oh, Natural Light, a beer that’s infamous for its lackluster taste. If you’ve ever craved something watery with a hint of beer flavor, this is your go-to. Natural Light is the epitome of “beer on a budget”, and it shows. Every sip leaves you wondering if they forgot to add the hops, malt, and everything that makes beer enjoyable. It’s the perfect choice if you want to hydrate more than celebrate.
2. Camo Genuine Ale
Camo Genuine Ale: This is a beer that’s as forgettable as its flavor. It’s the kind of beer that makes you question your life choices. The taste is overwhelmingly bitter, but not in a good, hoppy way. It’s more like they accidentally spilled bitterness into the brew and decided to roll with it. Each gulp is a reminder that not all beers are created equal — or even close.
3. Sleeman Clear 2.0
Sleeman Clear 2.0 tastes like an attempt at a light beer gone completely wrong; like they started on the right track but had the awesome idea to strip away all the flavor. What you’re left with is a beer that’s so light, you might as well be drinking carbonated water. It’s perfect if you’re into beer that doesn’t taste anything like beer.
4. Michelob Ultra
Michelob Ultra is a popular choice for those watching their waistline, but unfortunately, it’s also a top contender in the lack of taste department. It’s the kind of beer you drink when you want to feel like you’re having a beer, without actually enjoying one. I’ll be honest, when I know the in-laws are visiting, this is the beer that I stock my fridge with.
5. Budweiser Select 55
Budweiser Select 55 is another low-calorie option, but it sacrifices (all of its) flavor for fewer calories. Drinking it feels like a compromise you didn’t want to make. Don’t get me wrong, I want to lose weight like everyone else. But that doesn’t mean I want to strip every once of enjoyment out of my life.
6. Miller Genuine Draft MGD Light 64
MGD Light 64 is Miller’s answer to the ultra-light beer trend, but it’s an answer that leaves us with more questions than satisfaction. The beer is so watered down that it’s like the brewery burnt down before they could finish making the beer.
7. Milwaukee’s Best Light
Milwaukee’s Best Light, ironically, might be Milwaukee’s worst. It’s a beer that’s trying so hard to be light, it ends up being almost nonexistent. The flavor is so faint, you’ll wonder if your taste buds are on a break. It’s the kind of beer you drink when you’ve given up on trying to be happy.
8. Keystone Premium
Keystone Premium might be premium in name, but it’s certainly not in taste. It’s a beer that seems to have an identity crisis — it’s not quite light, not quite flavorful, just a middle-of-the-road forgettable experience. Each sip is a reminder that sometimes “premium” is just a word on a label.
9. Bud Light Chelada
Bud Light Chelada is an interesting concoction — beer meets clamato juice. Unfortunately, this combination doesn’t do either component any favors. The result is a confusing mix of flavors that might leave you wondering why you didn’t just have a Bloody Mary instead. It really is a beer cocktail gone awry.
10. Beer 30 Light
Beer 30 Light is as generic as its name suggests. It’s the type of beer you buy when you’re not looking to savor the flavor, but just have something cold and mildly alcoholic in your hand. The taste is so nondescript, it’s like the beer version of background noise.
11. B-40 Bull Max
B-40 Bull Max tries to bring something different to the table, but I (and many others!) think it misses the mark. The taste is an odd mix of overly sweet and strangely bitter notes that clash more than they complement. It’s like someone threw a bunch of beer ingredients into a vat and hoped for the best.
12. Bud Light
Bud Light is an extremely well-known name, but its fame doesn’t translate to flavor. It’s the beer you choose when you’re not looking for anything special — just something cold and easy, but somehow worse than water. The taste is so subtle, it’s almost an afterthought. It’s the quintessential easy-drinking beer, but it will definitely leave you wanting more — of literally anything so that you feel something inside.
13. Olde English 800 3.2
Olde English 800 3.2 is a malt liquor that’s often associated with strong flavors, but this version seems to have lost its way. The taste is a confusing blend of sweetness and alcohol, with none of the robustness you might expect. For reasons beyond me, it’s like they watered down the essence of malt liquor.
14. Busch Light
Busch Light is another beer that falls into the ‘why bother?’ category. It’s so light on flavor, it’s almost a tease. Each sip is a reminder that you could be enjoying something with more substance. It’s the kind of beer you drink when you’ve given up on finding something tasty.
15. Icehouse Light
Icehouse Light tries to be a lighter version of a decent beer, but in the process, it loses what makes beer good. The taste is a diluted version of what you might hope for, leaving you longing for the original. It’s like getting a photocopy of a famous painting — recognizable, but lacking the depth.
16. Busch Beer
Busch Beer is a staple in many households, but don’t let familiarity fool you. It feels like it should be comforting, but it’s honestly the kind of beer you drink when you’re not in the mood to think, or feel, or taste. It’s simple, straightforward, and depressingly bland. But hey, it’s not much more expensive than water, so I guess it has that going for it?
17. Camo 900 High Gravity Lager 25
Camo 900 High Gravity Lager 25 is a high-alcohol beer that seems to focus more on the alcohol content than the taste. It’s like they prioritized strength over subtlety, and the result is a beer that’s hard to enjoy. I guess if you’re looking for a quick buzz and don’t care about how you get there, this beer is a good contender.
18. Gordon XplosioN Gin Spices
Gordon XplosioN Gin Spices is an attempt to fuse beer with the flavors of gin. However, the combination ends up being more confusing than innovative. The gin spices overpower the beer, leaving you with a drink that’s unsure if it wants to be a beer or a gin cocktail. I’ve got my own identity crisis to contend with, so I’ll leave this one on the table.
19. Miller Lite Ice
Miller Lite Ice is a variant that tries to be cooler than the original but ends up falling short. The taste is a watered-down version of what might have been a decent light beer. It’s like they took the concept of “ice beer” a bit too literally — it absolutely tastes like melted ice cubes.
20. Pabst Ice
Pabst Ice is another ice beer that falls flat. The attempt to increase its alcohol content seems to have diluted the flavor profile. It’s trying to be bold and strong, but ends up being neither here nor there. It’s like a movie that can’t decide if it’s a comedy or a drama, so you get bored and fall asleep half-way through.