What's the worst beer that you've ever had?

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  1. TheIPAHunter

    TheIPAHunter Poo-Bah (3,657) Aug 12, 2007 California
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    I didn't think it was that bad, but I can respect it.
     
  2. Phoodcritic

    Phoodcritic Crusader (797) Jul 3, 2014 Michigan

    Corona Light is the worst beer I've tried, that is, if you can really call it beer.
     
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  3. Eamonn-Cummings3

    Eamonn-Cummings3 Poo-Bah (1,990) Jan 23, 2014 New York
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    I recently choked back a sip of Mobcraft Fruit Loops I opened in their beer advent calendar, so bad.
     
  4. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Crusader (754) Mar 28, 2009 California

    Stone smoked old guardian. Tasted like salmon.
     
  5. chipawayboy

    chipawayboy Devotee (474) Oct 26, 2007 Massachusetts
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    Anything brewed with Ringwood.
     
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  6. GoGurty

    GoGurty Initiate (16) Dec 16, 2020 California

    I'm more of a fan of mosaics and east coast ipa's so when I tried my first stout I almost spit it out haha. I had a Thundera from Modern Times Beer located in San Diego which wasn't terrible but it wasn't that great either.

    Still somewhat new to trying other beers so I don't have a "worst" beer yet.
     
  7. Singlefinpin

    Singlefinpin Poo-Bah (1,814) Jul 17, 2018 North Carolina
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    Number one terrible beers are nasty tap lines, too many to count. But I will say this, these days this seems to be less of a problem than it once was.
     
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  8. Sludgeman

    Sludgeman Poo-Bah (2,676) Aug 17, 2012 District of Columbia
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    OMG!

    An obscure beer and an absolutely awful one.

    Notes: This Belgian-Style unfiltered wheat ale is brewed with honey, caramel malt, and aged on bourbon cask staves for the perfect balance of flavor and refreshment all year round.

    It goes without saying - not so perfect.
     
  9. moodenba

    moodenba Defender (625) Feb 2, 2015 New York

    Another candidate for worst beer: Taiwan Alcohol Monopoly Beer (about 1972) was given to me and my roommate by an ex-Marine friend. This prompts a memory unrelated to this forum. The ex-Marine once took us on a tour of the Asian-themed bars of downtown San Diego. The downtown area was scruffier in those days.
     
  10. Singlefinpin

    Singlefinpin Poo-Bah (1,814) Jul 17, 2018 North Carolina
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    Sorry to say, but pretty much all Sours.
    Sours, it's not you, it's me. I just don't get you. You are beautiful but it's not meant for us to be together.
     
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  11. 57md

    57md Poo-Bah (3,479) Aug 22, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    I probably responded to this thread when it was first circulating, but I'll give it another go because it's fun.

    My lowest rated beer is Michelob Ultra. I gave myseld chuckle when I went back to read my review.

    Here it is: "Anyone so concerned about their weight that they might stoop to drinking this should just give up and drink a shot of vodka mixed in seltzer or diet tonic water."

    Short and to the point.
     
  12. 57md

    57md Poo-Bah (3,479) Aug 22, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    I'm with you.

    There are a few sours that I enjoy. But, if you offered me an above average stout or barleywine or the best sour in existence, I'd probably pick the former.
     
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  13. 57md

    57md Poo-Bah (3,479) Aug 22, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    I loved it.

    But, I can also easily see that it was a polarizing variant.
     
  14. JrGtr

    JrGtr Devotee (473) Apr 13, 2006 Massachusetts

    I had samples of both of those at a tasting a ways back. Solo they were both rough. However, I could see they could be excellent with the right food pairings. I've run across a few of those. Cambridge (Mass) Brewing Co. did one they called Sgt Peppers, brewed with pink, green and white peppercorns. I had that at a fest and it was tough to finish. However, I was at the restaurant a couple weeks later and they had that as a suggested pairing to the dish I was having (I wish I remember what that was...) and it was a great match.


    Another tough one to get through, though not WORST beer ever, was |Southern Tier's Creme Brulee stout. Again, in small doses, paired with a not-too-sweet dessert, it was great, but solo, way too much, and at one time, only sold in bombers. One of the few drain pours I've ever had. |Just couldn;t get past the first 6 oz or so.
     
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  15. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Crusader (754) Mar 28, 2009 California

    based on reviews it’s not a bad beer but not for me. I’ve learned that Smoked beer or heavy peet scotch reminds me of salmon, which isn’t something that I want in my drink. I do enjoy a touch of smoke or peet.
     
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  16. nomisugitai

    nomisugitai Devotee (436) Mar 11, 2006 New Jersey
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    I had a San Miguel Dark that was so bad that it had to be years old. A Hoffmann Helles that had to have something bad and not a helles in the bottles. My friend agreed and said that it was just fucked up.
    Check the Mid-Atlantic forum for the Cranford, NJ Yale Terrace Brewery. I think that they make the beers and then decide what to call them. I had a black IPA that was black and sour that I spit out. The other one that I had was not quite as bad.
     
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  17. zeff80

    zeff80 Poo-Bah (15,563) Feb 6, 2006 Missouri
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    Not going to name names, but never age a beer in Scotch barrels. Never had a good one.

    Also, never add watermelon or cucumber. Those are so awful. Will not buy even it's a brewery that I love.
     
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  18. mschrei

    mschrei Poo-Bah (3,465) Jul 4, 2014 Illinois
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    When Pipeworks wants to make a shit beer, they go all out. Imperial End of Days was too spicy for me. If anybody finished a bomber of that, I’d hate to see what came out the other end. Recently, I had Rudolph vs Unicorn. I don’t know who won, but I knew I was the loser. Peppermint in a beer is not the best idea.
     
  19. BrewmanCapote

    BrewmanCapote Aspirant (280) Feb 3, 2013 Illinois

  20. Dweedlebug

    Dweedlebug Disciple (347) Feb 28, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Sorry, it was terrible and I stand by my opinion of it.
     
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  21. PatKorn

    PatKorn Aspirant (203) Aug 30, 2007 Hawaii

    Star Bar
     
  22. PatKorn

    PatKorn Aspirant (203) Aug 30, 2007 Hawaii

    Green Flash/St Feuiillien Friendship Brew by far
     
  23. V1leOne

    V1leOne Initiate (26) Jul 25, 2020 Michigan

    My worst Untappd ratings are New Planet's Brown Ale (gluten free) 0/5 and a orange honey wheat from some local joint 1/5. But I knew those would be awful going in and tried them anyway.

    My worst rating for something I was looking forward to was Founder's DKML. I don't know why I thought I'd enjoy it but I definitely did not.
     
  24. ChristopherCurtis

    ChristopherCurtis Initiate (90) Nov 25, 2020 New York
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    Bud light Platinum. Take a can of tuna, pour the water into a glass, add a rotten banana peel, some frat bro sweat and voila!!
     
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  25. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,771) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Not shitty just the burn on the back of the throat. For me alone it’s simply not drinkable because it’s too hot, so I mix it with Grapefruit Sculpin. Never had Ghost Face Killa, but I saw a guy on you tube do 5 back to back before he puked.
     
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  26. Junior

    Junior Champion (853) May 23, 2015 Michigan
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    I just had a few sips of Founders Big Luscious. It looked great and smelled OK. But man the taste and feel were not good at all. I let it warm a bit and tried a few more sips, it did not improve. And it just leaves a horrible aftertaste. I was suspicious about this one but was willing to give Founders the benefit of the doubt. Glad I only picked up a single.
     
  27. RochefortChris

    RochefortChris Poo-Bah (1,848) Oct 2, 2012 North Carolina
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    I judge a lot of homebrew competitions but I won't count some of those experiences. On occasion I judge commercial competitions and I have had some real turds. One that comes to mind is a tripel from a "professional" brewer (the competition was blind) that tasted like someone tried to flavor rubbing alcohol with bananas....no lie. I have other horror stories from commercial comps but this one stands out.

    The worst beer I have paid for is might be a hefe from an Italian brewery whose name escapes me. It was a peated sour, and mind you I love a properly peated beer. It was $13 for an 11.3 oz bottle but I splurged.... unfortunately it tasted like I was drinking soured bandaids. I tried to choke it down but I just couldn't. Brewers need to learn that the tiniest bit of peated malt goes a looooong way
     
  28. TrashMax

    TrashMax Initiate (37) Jun 6, 2020 New Jersey

    Precisely. I wanted to see what's so special about a beer that expensive.

    * Also, I might have been a bit hammered by then.
     
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  29. moodenba

    moodenba Defender (625) Feb 2, 2015 New York

    Not familiar with the Star Bar. In the early 70s we saw Tom Courtney at a folk club in OB. He told us he was playing the next night at Zebra Club downtown. Tom Cat Blues Band that night. The place was hopping. Like a Chicago Blues Bar dropped in Downtown San Diego. By the way, where is the gaslight district???
     
  30. KentT

    KentT Aspirant (252) Oct 15, 2008 Tennessee

    My thoughts to the word. You express it better. There's better bad beer, and it's cheaper. This makes Steel Reserve seem like Duvel by comparison and makes King Cobra look like Westy 12.
     
  31. dlcarst

    dlcarst Initiate (158) Aug 21, 2015 Missouri
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  32. Pegasus

    Pegasus Poo-Bah (3,031) Mar 20, 2002 Texas
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    The only beer that I have ever drain-poured - Crazy Ed's Cave Creek Chili Beer. Its was not the peppers, I enjoy hot, spicy food, it was simply dreadful. Like drinking liquid fire.
     
  33. Benish

    Benish Meyvn (1,327) Mar 13, 2013 Utah
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    Founders Frootwood comes to mind. Awful.
     
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  34. ChristopherCurtis

    ChristopherCurtis Initiate (90) Nov 25, 2020 New York
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    I used to love reading the reviews of that beer. Nothing but confused agony.
     
  35. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (3,108) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    I have a bottle that has been aged 14 years. Oops, maybe shouldn't have mentioned that. I hope I my mailbox doesn't blow up with trade offers now.
     
  36. Scrapss

    Scrapss Crusader (776) Nov 15, 2008 Pennsylvania

    IIRC the format was 42 7oz bottles in a wood or heavy duty cardboard/corrugated crate. Schaeffer's, RR and my personal favorite bowel flusher/cleaner, Stoney's, all did it IIRC. Pony bottles were fun....never got a chance to go cold. It is a bottle format that for craft beer I kinda wish would come back.... if there's a recyclable supply of them sitting around, especially so.

    As for worst beers, I posted earlier in here, but after COVID started it would probably be any vinegary tap line that COVID induced from places not being able to keep up with line maintenance.
     
  37. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (2,543) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Unlike other size bottles, there was no industry standard "case" for the 7 oz. returnable bottles - Rolling Rock was pretty well-known for their small cases of 7 X 24. Schaefer (below left, from a 1964 price list) offered two different size cases of nips/splits/ponies and there were also brewers who packed them at 35 and, as you note, 42 bottles per case. (Might have been some 48s, too).

    (Up in the Southern Tier of NY there's a barn with a 42 bottle case of Esquire (Stoney's premium brand) painted label empties that I could never get any north central PA distributors near me to accept. :grimacing:)

    PA (below right) even changed their case law to allow the Rolling Rock 24's.
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  38. southdenverhoo

    southdenverhoo Devotee (439) Aug 13, 2004 Colorado

    and==predictive of the entire alcoholic seltzer phenomenon...
     
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  39. Scrapss

    Scrapss Crusader (776) Nov 15, 2008 Pennsylvania

    I was going to "@" you for your vast knowledge on that post, but decided not to... thank you for the most epic memory in beer history!
     
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  40. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,771) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    We liked the 7 oz case because you could get the beers colder faster and that heavy cardboard would allow us to put a bag of ice on it. Relatively cheap too, two of us workforce split s case on the night we “went drinking” seemed that was a weekly think and all summer. We went to Trenton to a little place on Hamilton Ave that didn’t care if your were 12 if you had money.
     
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