This week's Sunday Night Suds looks (by special request) at the Silver Bullet - Coors Light.
A staple at many a shalom zachor or backyard barbecue and the subject of what seems like one out of every four commericals during an NFL game, the Silver Bullet has established itself in Americana. This review will briefly examine whether Coors Light truly is a pale imitation of a beer, or something actually worth drinking.
Before looking at any beer, the first question that needs to be asked is - what kind of beer is this supposed to be? Starting with the ultimate beer resource, I turn to Beer Advocate which classifies Coors Light as a light lager, which BA defines as:
a lighter version of a breweries premium lager, some are lower in alcohol but all are lower in calories and carbohydrates compared to other beers. Typically a high amount of cereal adjuncts like rice or corn are used to help lighten the beer as much as possible. Very low in malt flavor with a light and dry body. The hop character is low and should only balance with no signs of flavor or aroma. European versions are about half the alcohol (2.5-3.5% abv) as their regular beer yet show more flavor (some use 100% malt) then the American counterparts. For the most part this style has the least amount of flavor than any other style of beer.
So with that introduction in mind, lets look at Coors Light and ask whether it has earned its reputation. It certainly is low in hops and flavor. It's alcohol content (4.2% abv) is close to the regular Golden Banquet beer. Seems like it fits the category well. So why do people hate it?
The simple answer to the above question is that people hate the Silver Bullet because they want a beer with flavor when they drink. The inverse is true as well. If you give a sold stout to a casual beer drinker, he will probably not finish it. Why, because he has a certain flavor profile for beer in his head and the stout goes too far over the top for his liking.
Which brings us back to Coors Light. Simply stated, if you want a beverage which is light on beer taste and calories, you have found what you are looking for. Just don't drink it if you are looking for a beer.
Coors Light is certified kosher by the Orthodox Union, as is every other beer produced by Coors.
To see what the experts on Beer Advocate think about Coors Light, please follow this link - http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/306/837. As always, please remember to drink responsibly and to never waste good beer unless there is no designated driver.
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