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Bud sold 500,000 barrels of Lime-A-Rita in the first 8 months

Discussion in 'Beer News' started by sandiego67, Apr 25, 2013.

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  1. BradtheGreat7

    BradtheGreat7 Savant (340) Ohio Jul 22, 2011

    And we care about this why? Exactly why are we even talking about this? You have to come to terms with the 'other' side of this industry and it's bigger than what we seek out. My wife's friend always buy bud lime or whatever it is, but you don't see me worried about it lol. The way I are it is the more people who buy crap the more good stuff I can get my hands on. I'm not worried about the craft beer industry anymore. There's enough of us spending money to keep the quality stuff on the shelves and I'm in a small populated area. The only time Bud should be mentioned on this site is when discussing Goose Island, and that's only if they leave the product quality alone. Everything that company has achieved has been on the shoulders of someone else's hard work. Budweiser doesn't make Goose Island good. It was a few men from Chicago and the people of Chicago. Now AB benefits from their long history and rep? Anyone who claims to love craft beer and give AB any sort of props need to reconsider. I'm just sick of seeing the name Bud/Budweiser/InBev/AB so on.

  2. I think you may be more interested in the Craft Beer Advocate website.
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  3. This is "Beer Advocate" not "Only beer snobs love Advocate". Whether you love or hate a brew/brewery it's fair game for discussion on this site. If you don't want to talk about it don't click on the thread. If you don't even want to see the name, disconnect your computer from the Internet and stay at home surrounded by only the beer you think is worthy of encountering.
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  4. beerindaglass

    beerindaglass Savant (380) Florida Feb 20, 2013 Beer Trader

    Sadly, I'm not sure Lennon would win that fight. It would be interesting to see for sure.
  5. fox227

    fox227 Advocate (610) California Nov 19, 2010

    Also in the news, people with no taste like things that suck. :)
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  6. I had some of the lime-a-ritas when they first came out. I remember thinking it was basically adult lime-ade. If you expect it to be beer, you'll be disappointed. Same for expecting margarita. As with most things in life, if you have no expectations going in, you can't be disappointed.
  7. John_M

    John_M Moderator (1,215) Oregon Oct 25, 2003 Staff Member Beer Trader

    Your math is probably OK, but I agree your thinking is maybe a bit fuzzy on this one.

    "like only one beer?"

    I guess that depends. A bottle or can of Bud select 55 clocks in at 2.4%, while the end of history clocks in at 55% abv. Both come in a 12 ounce container (end of history comes in a 12 ounce dead squirrel), but I think that's fairly irrelevant in terms of the effect the two beers will have on you.

    It's the same with the new strawberry flavored swill from AB-InBev. The fact it somes in an 8 ounce serving size doesn't make it any less potent. Maybe that's the suggested serving size, but of course that doesn't mean consumers are going to stop at just one or drink the "beer" any more slowly.

    That being said, I think I get the point you're trying to make, and I tend to agree. It seems a bit odd that anyone would suggest there's anything particularly extreme about an 8% beer, when craft breweries are making IPA's, DIPA's, barleywines and DIPA's that routinely exceed that abv. level, and often by quite a lot. Whether it's this new swill from AB-InBev or PtE from RR. If you knock back one or two 8 ounce serviings, that's probably not going to be much of a problem (unless you're topping off an already fairly lengthy evening of drinking). However, if you knock back 10 or 15 of those 8 ounce servings, I think the results are fairly predictable.

    PLOTHIKENS Aspirant (25) California Apr 29, 2013

    well said....
  9. MMM..."K-ALE-A-RITA"!
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  10. I heard an advertisement for this broadcasted over the loud speaker at the grocery store this morning. I can't imagine a strawberry margherita flavored malt beverage tasting good.

    In other news why have K-cups risen 15%?!
  11. I can attest to seeing it happen to my friends.
  12. Brad007

    Brad007 Advocate (690) Vermont Mar 28, 2007

    Is this the basis of trolling or are you genuinely impressed?

    All it does to me is prove P.T Barnum's thoughts on suckers.
  13. mudbug

    mudbug Advocate (595) Oregon Mar 27, 2009

    This is why I have almost no enthusiasm for the future of mankind. Cockroaches wouldn't touch this swill.
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  14. John_M

    John_M Moderator (1,215) Oregon Oct 25, 2003 Staff Member Beer Trader

    Not that I expect any sort of integrity from the folks who make and market this swill at AB, but I would be curious as to why they even include the word "lite" on the label. At 8% per abv., and a whopping 200 calories per 8 ounce serving, there's nothing "lite" about this beer. Even if bud lite is the base beer for this swill, there's nothing lite whatsoever about the end product.
  15. I am 99.99% sure I know why the word “Light” is used in the naming/packaging of the –rita beverages: because it sells!

    The fact that an 8 ounce beverage has 200 calories is not going to stop the AB InBev marketing folks from attempting to sell a product.


    P.S. FWIW, Bud Light Platinum has 137 calories vs. 'regular' Bud Light having 110 calories.

  16. I'm very impressed. It has taken 20+ years for 3 different craft brewers to crack 500,000 barrels (Boston Beer Company, Sierra Nevada and New Belgium). They produce dozens of beers each to get to these numbers.

    It takes 8 months for ABInBev to produce and sell 500,000 barrels of a single-label, offshoot beer.
  17. John_M

    John_M Moderator (1,215) Oregon Oct 25, 2003 Staff Member Beer Trader

    Of that, I have no doubt.

    If Sam C. were making beer at InBev-AB, I'm sure the CEO would insist that he either rebrand the 120 IPA as a light beer, or insist that Sam make a "lite" variant.

    As your example of bud light platinum indicates I think, there is pretty much no rhyme or reason for why AB designates a beer as a "light" product, other than the effect the expression will (hopefully) have on buyers.
  18. RangnaR

    RangnaR Savant (425) California Dec 17, 2012

    Apparently, you can skirt such issues with labeling as long as you mispell the word (lite instead of light)...
  19. Can you see the "light"?
  20. This cracks me up. I have a 12 (actually it's an "11" now...) in the kegarator. Wifey loves 'em... (Along with every other female between 13 and 75.)
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  21. No... Four Loko lost its crown as soon as it lost the caffeine!
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  22. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Advocate (625) Ohio Jul 4, 2008

    EXACTLY, women are the biggest demo for the big guys when it comes to light or flavored beers. For that matter any one who "doesn't like the taste of beer" or what they know is beer from the mass marketed BMC stuff that's out there. Good for the big guys, keep on, keeping on another job well done...and another wasted thread on this stuff, not that I mind, it is BEER advocate. Just that it's always the same tired pile on session...and here I am adding to it :rolleyes:
  23. DelMontiac

    DelMontiac Advocate (745) Oklahoma Oct 22, 2010

    Amazing. How do they do it? I tasted that shit and I figured it would go down like Titanic.
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  24. zac16125

    zac16125 Poobah (1,025) South Carolina Jan 26, 2010 Beer Trader

    If they did, I would honestly but them at least once.
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  25. yeah...no. my wife doesn't like this shit.
  26. Brad007

    Brad007 Advocate (690) Vermont Mar 28, 2007

    And it amazes me that people want to buy this product in the first place.
  27. beergurujr

    beergurujr Savant (435) Illinois Oct 27, 2003

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  28. i get one every night after work...kawinkiedink i work at a liqueur store:eek:
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  29. HugeBulge

    HugeBulge Advocate (585) New York Dec 31, 2012 Beer Trader

    more great beer on the shelf for us
  30. PieOhMy

    PieOhMy Advocate (560) Minnesota Feb 23, 2013

    Honestly, this is what they should be doing. People like it. And their beer sucks. Why not?
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  31. One time, I went on vacation with the father in law.
    He wanted to buy me a six-pack and asked if I liked Bud Lite Lime?

    This whole conversation reminds of my response.
  32. Uncleserg

    Uncleserg Savant (270) California Sep 19, 2009

    Ha! Love that response. I think pee was aged in those barrels. That's were they get the sourness out of the uric acid.
  33. 3 pages, and 113 responses talking about Bud Lime-a-Rita.
    4 pages, and 135 responses talking abut Budweiser's bow tie shaped cans

    We need some better news posted in this joint. lol
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  34. I wouldn't drink it if they were giving it out for free....
  35. terrapinfan88

    terrapinfan88 Savant (320) Virginia Nov 15, 2009

    ...to distributors who give them away to warehouse employees or discount the shit out of them to get em on the shelf when they go out of code.
  36. jcb7472

    jcb7472 Advocate (545) Florida Jul 13, 2011 Beer Trader

    Walked into the Winn-Dixie grocery store near my house in Florida today and sitting in the bins where they put BOGO and cheap specials were a bunch of small cans, priced at $1 each I think. At first I thought it was V8 juice, then I noticed it was this Bud-a-rita stuff. I guess the same people that buy wine coolers/Bartles & James, JD Tennessee Tea, etc will buy these. LOL, I probably would have drank this in high school too.
  37. Gespenst

    Gespenst Aspirant (25) Texas May 18, 2013

    I decided to try the lime-a-rita to see what all the hype was about when it first came out. I could literally only take one sip. I'm surprised I didn't get diabetes from that one sip. It's sad people are that damn lazy to make an actual margarita.
  38. ohiobeer29

    ohiobeer29 Advocate (675) Ohio Feb 2, 2013 Beer Trader

    I got some of this for free from a friend wasn't bad not something I'd pay for
  39. lic217

    lic217 Advocate (630) Connecticut Aug 10, 2010 Beer Trader

    First she brings in tons of clothes and shoes. I can handle it.
    Then she brings in tampons. I can handle it.
    Now she brings in strawberry lime a rita. I cant handle it.
    She is great, but I think she needs to go. if only divorces weren't so expensive.

    Glad I have a separate beer fridge. I would be embarrassed to put those things next to my glorious beer.

    The kicker is I took a sip and it tastes like chemicals.

    Not that it matters, but my wife hated it too. Looks like we are bringing lime a ritas to the next party we attend....
  40. “Looks like we are bringing lime a ritas to the next party we attend....”

    I am glad that I am not your friend!;)

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