10 Budget Beers for Barnyard Boozers

Published: October 5, 2014

There are generally two classes of beer out there in my mind. That is to say, there's a super-genre, at least in the US. There are beers for social functions, and then there are beers if you want to get sloppy. This list is about the second one.

  1. Steel Reserve - Steel Brewing Company

    This beer is notable in the sense that it is 8.1% ABV, cheap and readily available. Then again, it may be a bit too strong for the uniniated.

  2. Natural Ice - Anheuser-Busch InBev

    Ah Natty Ice. A staple in some locations, this 5.9% ABV beer is a decent choice. Clean on the palate, best served chilled. Not going to win awards on flavor, but it can be described as a slighty maltier lager. 

  3. Pabst Blue Ribbon - Pabst Brewing Company

    I'd be remiss in my duties of a beer guy if I did not mention this brew. Pabst Blue Ribbon comes to us from a simpler time, and it's found a fierce fanbase in the hipster community as well as overseas. At 5% ABV, it's as mainstream as you can get in terms of flavor, but it's cheap and good. Very much like a mild Budweiser with a softer mouthfeel. 

  4. Baltika 7 - Baltika Brewery

    Baltika 7 is one of a series of beers produced by Baltika Brewery. This one is excellent - a crisp beer reminiscent of a Heineken. Popular in Brooklyn NY, it can be found with the other bargain-basement beers. 

  5. Miller High Life - Miller Brewing Company

    Miller High Life is a fine choice - a smooth beverage with a very "middle of the road" taste profile. Well within bargain basement range, the only thing that's dissapointing here is the alcohol content (4.6% ABV). Still - you gain that back in the taste profile, which is predominately malty. 

  6. Olde English 800 - Miller Brewing Company

    Olde English is as malt liquor as malt liquor gets. At 5.9% ABV, this is best served chilled. Seriously, do not let it get warm. Stronger people than you have tried to conquer the ass of this particular drink without becoming queasy... all have fallen. On the ground. Next to the toilet. 

  7. Budweiser - Anheuser-Busch InBev

    Ah the King of Beers. And King is it ... of mediocrity. But it's still affordable, still plentiful, and at 5% ABV, it consistently gets the job done. A good beer for the beach, a warm summers day, and outside in general. Flavor profile is very middle of the road - slightly malty. Pairs with almost anything. 

  8. Genesee Cream Ale

    At 5.1% ABV, this middle of the road Cream Ale is cheap and found in some locations. Be forewarned - there is nothing creamy at all about this beer - it can be described as reminiscent of Natural Ice beer, brewed a bit stronger. 

  9. Busch Beer - Anheuser-Busch InBev

    Another of the low budget beers along with Busch Light, this beer has a mild taste profile. The only thing is at 4.6% ABV, this fails slightly in the category. But only slightly. 

  10. Rolling Rock Extra Pale - Anheuser-Busch InBev

    Rolling Rock has a very clean (if malty) taste, and is reasonably cheap. However, at 4.5% ABV, you will need more of them to get drunk. So, you have to balance it out. 

In conclusion, there's beers for enjoying, and then there's beers for getting sloppy. Know the difference and apply accordingly. When we're all millionaires, we can drink the good stuff all the time, right? This collection of Natty light? Oh it's for the rapure.