The best affordable beers

Published: December 3, 2013

In this list I'll be rating beers on taste, look, price, availability, and packaging. This list will include common domestic beers as well as lesser known imports. Beer styling will also vary such as lagers, Ales, Stouts, etc.

Each beer will also be scored on a scale of 1 to 100.

  1. Guinness Extra Stout


    I haven't been able to find this particular Stout in any other packaging besides 6 packs of 12 ounce bottles. The labeling itself is pretty unique, as well as the short green bottles the brew comes in. The creamy liquid inside the bottle itself is actually black and thick. The first taste reminds me of a bitter baker's chocolate, definitely in a good way. The pour is excellent, with a thick creamy head and almost a syrupy thickness, definitely one of the thicker beers on the market.

    The availabillity differs from place to place, though most large super markets and carryouts will have Guinness in stock. Price is a little on the high side, a six pack averaging around ten dollars. All around it's a great quality beer, definitely exceeding domestic standards.

    Overall score :100


  2. Budweiser


    Budweiser itself is a house hold name and self proclaimed "King of Beers". It's popularity and notoriety was even furthered after "Bud Light" was introduced in 1982. Budweiser comes in a variety of packaging including 6 packs, 12 packs, 18 packs, 20 packs, and 24 packs. 

    It is described as an American style Lager and is very available, sold at virtually any gas station or grocery store in America. It's packaging is always slightly being modified, though red, white, and blue seem to stay the theme colors. It is fairly priced at or around 10 dollars per 12 pack, roughly half the price of Guinness.

    The beer itself pours a light amber color which could also be considered a very underwhelming gold. The taste is very crisp and packs a punch on the first sip. Definitely a good beer to enjoy after a hot day of work outside.

    Overall score : 99


  3. Budweiser Project 12 Vanilla Bourbon Cask


    Vanilla Bourbon Cask is described as a "Light Amber Lager" and is still in the developmental marketing stages. The bottle labeling itself resembles a lab experiment with "Batch 23185" printed on the front face.

    The beer itself is a light gold color with little to no head after settling. The first sip is absolutely wonderful, high notes a vanilla bean and a very subtle hint of whiskey. It definitely could be considered a dessert beer taking into account the sweetness and lack of bitterness most Budweiser products have.

    Availability varies, it comes in an experimental variety pack called "Project 12". Price is slightly higher than standard Budweiser, even out to a 50 percent increase. All things considered Vanilla Bourbon Cask is definitely a great and delicious beer of high quality.

    Overall rating : 97

Overall each beer is unique and different in it's own way. Guinness is quality when price isn't a concern, a nice balance when eating a sugary snack or dessert. Budweiser is good fairly priced brew to enjoy after a hard days work, the Vanilla Bourbon Cask is a great beer when you love beer but need a little sweetness added and your looking for that one of a kind taste.

All the beers on this list are definitely worth a try, and surely at least one will likely become your favorite for years to come.