For the most part, beers are popular because they taste delicious. However, some beers that are otherwise middle of the road become popular because they have a massive marketing campaign behind them. Consumers are bombarded nonstop by commercials and advertisements, and as such, the names of these brands are tattooed on the minds of the beer-drinking public. The elevated levels of commonality of these beers and the number of people who drink them may lead you to believe they’re overrated. But the opposite is true—for example, IPAs and sour beers may seem underrated because they’re more peculiar when in reality, they’re awful.
Rather than copying a list from some beer snob that is shilling for his favorite breweries, we are going to list some great American beers that are being pushed aside in favor of craft beers.
The Banquet Beer
Coors Light gathers a lot of attention and headlines due to the slick ad campaigns and catchy taglines such as “silver bullet.” However, at the core of this brand is something much more substantial. Many find it to be the perfect beer for when you gather with a large group. This is because it fulfills the needs of brand-oriented drinkers, such as Budweiser and Miller. Also known as The Banquet Beer, Coors has a full-bodied flavor and distinct yellow color that has been bringing people together since 1978.
O.G. Bud Heavy
Budweiser is one of the most sold beers in the world. How could it be underrated then, you might ask? It’s the subject of derision and jokes all over America. And because many people don’t view it as a serious choice when it comes to picking out beer, it can easily go overlooked. The truth is, however, that it’s not that bad and packs a punch on a hot day. Nothing beats an ice-cold Bud on a hot summer day—certainly not a light beer.
The Champagne of Beers
Miller High Life suggests a better way of life—it says so right on the can. Even though it’s a recognizable name, many take the tagline to heart. That’s why we know it as the champagne of beers. Forget your troubles, whatever they may be, with a classic American lager. Use the champagne of beers to transport yourself into a better life, if only until you run out of beer.
Now that you’re aware of the most underrated beers in America, it’s time to get down to business. Even though baseball season may have been put on hold, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the game with an ice-cold beer. So put on your patriotic baseball jersey, grab a case of underrated beer, and watch an old game from 1997—because that’s all that is on TV right now.