Late last year, I began to review lime flavored beers and had some very mixed results. These included: Rising Moon, the "oldest" of the kosher lime flavored beers (reviewed here); the New Belgium Skinny Dip (reviewed here) and Brick Brewery's Red Baron Lime (reviewed here ).
While I can't speak for brewmasters, my rule of thumb is that if the fruit flavor is over the top, the beer isn't worth drinking. When the first thing that you taste in the beer is strawberry or cranberry or cherry, the beer simply isn't beer, its alcopop or worse.
From my perspective, it seems that the recent trend towards lime flavored beers is an attempt by brewers to capture the casual drinker who would not normally buy a beer. It is for this reason that the lime flavored beers are usually light beers (the Miller Lime Chill claims to be 100 calories) where the beer already has a weak taste. By adding in the lime juice (or chemically induced lime flavor) to a light beer, the resulting beverage will not be an unbalanced clash of flavors - it will just be a lime flavored alcoholic beverage.
The Miller Lime Chill easily slips into the above definition. The beer poured a very pale yellow and a had a good deal of sticky white foam. The first and last taste was of lime, although not sickeningly sweet lime lollypop - just lime flavor. I was unable to drink the entire beer and would not recommend it for anyone looking to pair it with food. Still, it beats Slivovitz as it will not wear a hole in the stomach as far as I can tell.
Miller Lime Chill is certified kosher by the Orthodox Union, although like many of the Miller family of beers, there is no kosher certification on the label. If you would like to see the OU's letter of certification, please e-mail me at your convenience.
For the experts take on Miller Lime Chill, please click here http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/105/35735. (Grades range from D to F).
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