What is the best ‘bang for the buck’ beer?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by JackHorzempa, Oct 23, 2022.

  1. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa (964) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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  2. shkin

    shkin (0) Feb 6, 2011 New York

    Besides oddities like Costco selling relatively fresh Stone IPA 24 12oz cans for $12 or Wegmans taking 50% off a bunch of beers including already affordable Jack's Abby beers, my budget go-to beers are German lagers. My absolute favorite was Radeberger Zwickel, but I've only seen it once this year and it was at Willey's in Greensboro VT of all places. Regular Radeberger is not bad either, but lately, I was enjoying Wolters Black. It's a nice unassuming Schwarzbier regardless of the price, but $5/4x.5l cans are hard to beat.
     
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  3. Bishop

    Bishop (163) May 18, 2013 Wisconsin

    I'll echo previous comments about the $10.99 sixers of Lagunitas High West or Waldos.
     
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  4. jageraholic

    jageraholic (430) Sep 16, 2009 Massachusetts
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    I'm a suckered for $19 12 packs of Fiddlehead IPA. I concur with the jacks abby praise too although, finding them fresh is sometimes a challenge but I copper legend with the best of em.
     
  5. DCH

    DCH (508) Jun 12, 2013 New York

    Great YouTube channel, definitely a reliable source IMO
     
  6. DCH

    DCH (508) Jun 12, 2013 New York

    For ales, it’s definitely SNPA or torpedo.

    For lagers, it’s Yuengling lager, Krombacher pils, or MHL 30 packs (for mass consumption).
     
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  7. DarkDragon999

    DarkDragon999 (280) Feb 13, 2013 Rhode Island

    Never had it because they didnt sell it near me but I believe the Schwartzbier was a "winter seasonal" while it lasted and when it went away they didnt replace it with another winter seasonal. They added the Cran Orange Kellerbier after the Schwartzbier went away but that comes out too early to be a winter seasonal.
     
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  8. guinness77

    guinness77 (948) Jan 6, 2014 New York
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    @TongoRad knocked it out the park. Zywiec Porter is by far the best answer. Cheap as hell, pretty widely available, and a great example of the style. I luckily have a shop near me that always has it and always fresh too.
     
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  9. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa (964) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Perhaps if you add "widely available in the NYC area" that would be an accurate statement.

    I no longer can find this beer at my local beer retailers.

    Cheers!
     
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  10. woemad

    woemad (1,573) Jun 8, 2003 Washington
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    That's a helluva deal.
     
  11. DarkDragon999

    DarkDragon999 (280) Feb 13, 2013 Rhode Island

    What kind of shelf space does a beer like that get ? Im not expecting to see it in the cooler or in prime shelf space. Seems like a beer that would get relegated to the bottom shelves with all the imports where its harder to spot and find and collects dust.
     
  12. imtroy703

    imtroy703 (180) Nov 13, 2009 Virginia
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    And almost everywhere else in the USA
     
  13. guinness77

    guinness77 (948) Jan 6, 2014 New York
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    Hmm, it’s pretty easy to find around me and I’m lucky to have that store near me. I assumed it was probably available in most distros around the country.
    The store near me has it both cold and on the shelf. It’s a store that caters to a non-craft crowd and has a decent amount of cheap imports so I assume it’s fairly popular there.
     
  14. NorsemanOne

    NorsemanOne (337) Sep 17, 2021 Utah
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    Shameless plug for Fosters Lager here. $2 for a 25oz, and its my favorite macro.
     
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  15. guinness77

    guinness77 (948) Jan 6, 2014 New York
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    I don’t know about “bang for your buck” and I know @zid mentioned Koenig, but Veltins, Bitburger, DAB, Krombacher, Radeberger, Kostritzer, etc are all bargains and range from decent enough to great (imo of course).
     
  16. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa (964) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Are you regularly able to find those beers in fresh condition?

    The majority of German brewed beers at my local Retail Beer Distributor are > 6 months old.

    Cheers!

    P.S. I purchase most of my packaged German beers as Oktoberfest beers since as seasonals I can find them less than 6 months old.
     
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  17. TongoRad

    TongoRad (1,191) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Konig and Radeberger edge out the rest, imo, but if you ever see Kasztelan unfiltered give it a shot; I'm really fond of that one as well.
     
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  18. TongoRad

    TongoRad (1,191) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    I guess it depends on the store, but my local keeps it refrigerated in two sections. The sixers are with other imports, but the 500 ml bottles are with the other single large format cans and bottles; and those are the ones that have developed their own mystique at $1.99 each.

    Sitting right next to a $3.99 Guinness...which one would you buy? :wink::sunglasses:
     
  19. guinness77

    guinness77 (948) Jan 6, 2014 New York
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    For the most part, I see them between 3 and 6 months. When you’re spending $6 to $8 for a 4-pack of 16.9oz cans, it’s really hard to get too upset about the dates. Obviously, if I see “old” cans, I’m not buying them.
     
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  20. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa (964) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Well, that is exactly me when I see the majority of German brewed beers at my local beer retailers.

    Based upon your input and the many posts by Michael (@TongoRad ) it very much seems that in the NYC area you have a better beer scene when it comes to imported beers. Perhaps a reflection of the demographics of NYC?

    Cheers!
     
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  21. guinness77

    guinness77 (948) Jan 6, 2014 New York
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    Could be. Distribution is something I definitely can’t complain about. Imported or American.
     
  22. jzeilinger

    jzeilinger (2,016) Dec 4, 2004 Pennsylvania
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    At $10.99 / sixer => Victory Prima Pils for this noob.
     
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  23. deanzaZZR

    deanzaZZR (446) Jan 8, 2015 California

    If we are doing domestic pilsner battle, I'll offer up Trumer Pils for $8.99 a six pack in TJs, no more than a dollar more in groceries. Full disclosure, I have not had the pleasure of having any Victory beers outside of Hop Devil 20 years ago in New Jersey.
     
  24. rocdoc1

    rocdoc1 (305) Jan 13, 2006 New Mexico

    In New Mexico I'm gonna go with most anything from Santa Fe Brewing. Sixers are still only $8, and the beers are top notch. Happy Camper is my go to IPA, (sometimes 7K), but their Nut Brown Ale is frequently found in my beer fridge. Unfortunately we don't get their special releases down here but Chicken Killer Barleywine is one I look for when I'm up north.
     
  25. rocdoc1

    rocdoc1 (305) Jan 13, 2006 New Mexico

    When we're in France I can buy the Trappist beers at about 1.5 euros per bottle, while local microbrews run about 2.75 euros per bottle. So I balance my purchase between locals and Belgians, it's a difficult choice.
     
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  26. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa (964) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Corky, you are pretty fortunate with that pricing.

    It will be interesting to see how long Santa Fe will be able to maintain those economical prices.

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    Cheers!
     
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  27. atomicpunk5151

    atomicpunk5151 (499) Jul 25, 2010 California
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    FYI, some Costco's in California have Trumer Pils 24 packs for around $24. Great deal.

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  28. rocdoc1

    rocdoc1 (305) Jan 13, 2006 New Mexico

    They've had consistently lower prices for the 15 years I've been buying their beer. Hopefully it won't change much. It has gone up about a dollar per sixer in the past year but I can live with that.
    Being able to buy their beers at Walmart and gas stations helps.
     
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  29. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa (964) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Corky, are you still homebrewing? My last few batches: Robust Porter (I bottled this today), Ekuanot IPA, Harvest Ale (brewed with wet (fresh) hops), Saison,...The prices for ingredients (i.e., hops, yeast, malt,..) have really gone up for me over the past 6-12 months. I am certain this is the case for commercial brewers as well. And availability of C02, at increased pricing, is a BIG issue for the commercial brewers. I would think that there would be real financial pressures on the brewery businesses to pass on their increased operating costs. I have seen prices increase in my area.

    Cheers!

    P.S. On a related note I recently listened to a podcast with the CEO of BestMalz and he discussed how they had to double their prices for malt to their customers (breweries).
     
  30. budsNpils

    budsNpils (687) Aug 6, 2021 Texas
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    Right now my budget beer is Celebration at 14.99 a 12, I got a few packs stashed back.

    I got 2 cases of beer today for 70$

    2 12rs of Celebration and 2 12rs of Union Lager
     
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  31. budsNpils

    budsNpils (687) Aug 6, 2021 Texas
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    I wish we got that here I'd buy it.
     
  32. AlfromPA

    AlfromPA (187) Dec 9, 2021 Pennsylvania

    Has been my go-to pils, but lately it's been hard to find fresh around here (i.e., it's often past the "best before" date).
     
  33. CentralPABeerDude

    CentralPABeerDude (120) Sep 1, 2022 Pennsylvania

    Forgot about New Trail’s 19.2 oz cans of their Double IPA for ~$2.69. Top notch beer for a top notch price.
     
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  34. rocdoc1

    rocdoc1 (305) Jan 13, 2006 New Mexico

    I brewed a big IPA(OG 1.086) yesterday, first brew since we got back from France. But I'm using malt I bought in 2021 when it was still reasonable-actually I have no idea what a sack of 2 row pale costs right now. And my son in law quit brewing so he dropped off a 20 pound tank and 2 5 pound tanks of CO2, all of them full so I wont have to buy CO2 for a while.
     
  35. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa (964) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    What did you pay for hops?

    Cheers!

    P.S. I brewed a batch of Dubbel this morning. The liquid yeast cost me $10.99. :grimacing: I sure hope this doesn't get any higher.
     
  36. jstout26

    jstout26 (305) May 30, 2013 North Carolina
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    I miss those Lagunitas 22oz bombers for $2.99 or was it $3.99? Either way, Cappuccino Stout, Hop Stoopid, etc. were great deals for "one" beer.
     
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  37. deanzaZZR

    deanzaZZR (446) Jan 8, 2015 California

    @jstout26 Just don't mention the 40 oz Sucks shelf turds. :grin:
     
  38. BruChef

    BruChef (481) Nov 8, 2009 New York

    What does a bottle of Schlenkerla run over there? I assume it’s on what would be considered the expensive side considering it’s usually around $6 for a single bottle stateside. Man, I wish OEC distributed cans where I live. Would be in my fridge all the time.
     
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  39. CentralPABeerDude

    CentralPABeerDude (120) Sep 1, 2022 Pennsylvania

    Not sure if Lionshead still makes them, but their IPA and Belgian White could be found for less than $10 for a 12 pack of cans. They were both decent too.

    To add to that, Lionshead and Lionshead Light are both decent and could be found for $12 a case.
     
  40. muck1979

    muck1979 (0) Jul 3, 2005 Minnesota

    We have plenty of OEC beers where I live in Minnesota. Although the last time I looked at them, they were all canned in early 2022, so there they sit.