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Your favorite "cheap quick buzz" beers

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Derranged, Feb 27, 2012.

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  1. nickapalooza86

    nickapalooza86 Feb 23, 2010 Wisconsin

    A 30 of Molson Golden is $15 and it actually does not taste like crap like most macros. They say it is half ale half lager I do not know about all that but either way it is way better then standard american macros.
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  2. RightAJ

    RightAJ May 17, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Boilermakers! I thought I was the only person who drank these! My preference has landed on Rolling Rock and Jim Beam.. still have the fastest time of my group of friends ;)

    But any 6/4 pack of higher abv, less than $10 does the trick. Around here Hop Devil is great for that, and Brooklyn Monster has been a favorite of mine lately. Also any kinda bomber that my local place has on sale I'm willing to try!

    Or just bourbon!

  3. DukeofDouche

    DukeofDouche Mar 6, 2012 Alberta (Canada)

    I'm going to go in a different direction and recommend Icehouse. 5.5% abv, and I always seem to find 3 32oz for about 5 bucks. Speed drinking is critical, as if you cant knock back the first (or second) one fast enough then you arent really getting as much bang for your buck. But if im starting with a nicer bottle ranging in the 7%+ range, having one to three of these afterwards if i need to get a serious drink on never fails me.
  4. sunkistxsudafed

    sunkistxsudafed Apr 30, 2010 New Mexico

    I drink a case of moon shot, that usually does the trick.
  5. mdvatab

    mdvatab Apr 5, 2006 Indiana

    I don't think anyone's really trying to be a dick. It's just that to some of us, the concept of grabbing a cheap quick beer to "get us there" doesn't make much sense. We all have our days, but I don't remember the last time I thought, "I REEAAALLLY wanna get wasted. Now which beer's gonna do that for me?". If I'm in the mood to do some (beer) drinking, I'm usually thinking about what awesome beers I can drink, and how I can keep drinking for as long as possible. If I had a bad day to the point of wanting to get a buzz on NOW!, hard liquor, not beer, is the only thing that comes to mind. (why f'ing waste your time w/ beer?).
  6. youbrewidrink

    youbrewidrink Apr 9, 2009 Vermont
    Beer Trader

    Heady Topper at $11.99 a 4pak does the job quite nicely.
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  7. JoolyGoodFellow

    JoolyGoodFellow Feb 23, 2012

    Still, the guy asked about beers.
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  8. Whiskeyjack

    Whiskeyjack Mar 2, 2012 Arizona

    Given its higher ABV, virtually all economical craft selections provide more buzz for your buck than the BMC/ AAL standbys. The same isn't true of spirits, since there's not as much variation in ABV, but you can still find some very good stuff on the cheap.

    Wanting a "cheap quick buzz" is no excuse for drinking crap.
  9. Aiptasia

    Aiptasia Feb 6, 2011 Florida

    Natty Ice. More power to whatever floats your boat.
  10. hardy008

    hardy008 Jan 12, 2008 Minnesota

    Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. Nice cheap price, high abv, and tasty.
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  11. Steeeve

    Steeeve Nov 16, 2010 Pennsylvania

    In terms of micros it's usually Flying Dog Raging Bitch. If I happen to be in Maryland I'll pick up a case for < $30 and feed my buzz for a few weeks. I find it deliciously disturbing that it's only about $6 more than Bud Light bottles.
  12. Hanzo

    Hanzo Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    Hop Stoopid, $4.99 for a 22oz w/8%abv.
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  13. carteravebrew

    carteravebrew Jan 21, 2010 Colorado

    I understand your (and everyone else's who says this) point, and I'm not arguing it. But for me, personally, a beer buzz is much different than a liquor buzz. I much prefer the beer buzz. I feel it throughout my whole body; when it hits my shoulders, that's when I know I'm feeling nice. It also progresses slower (which technically supports your point as far as speed goes), but even when I'm trying to get a "quick" buzz on, I still like to feel the progression. Liquor, however, feels like a Mac truck smacking me in the forehead; I keep drinking it and drinking it and don't feel anything (so I keep drinking more) until WHAM! It hits (hard) and it's all in my head. No, I much prefer the beer buzz. That's why, even if I want "it" quick, I almost always reach for a few beers.

    To answer the OP, I mostly drink homebrew nowadays, so three or four 6-7% Oktoberfests or Saisons usually do the trick. "My" versions of those two styles go down very quickly and easily.
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  14. SgunnarW

    SgunnarW Jan 11, 2012 California

    When it was available, Schmaltz Jewbelation 15...$5.99 for a bomber at 15% ABV. It's sort of a hot mess, but still really tasty...getting buzzed was pretty much unavoidable. Like others have already said, I don't usually buy beer with the intentions of getting drunk.
  15. tzieser

    tzieser Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey

    hahaha i happen to be enjoying a can of genesee ice as i read this.....3.60/6 pack can't go wrong.

    i saw a 40oz of schaefer too, but i haven't tried it yet some i'm wasn't ready to dip into a 40 just yet.

    but to answer the OPs question; two words: Narragansett Lager

    (half tempted to put Narragansett Porter because it's 7%, but its a tad more expensive than Lager)
  16. ricke49

    ricke49 May 2, 2004 Oregon

    just got back from Bi-Mart (Northwest, employee owned, version of Wal-mart) and couldn't beleive the Lagunitas Imperial Stout (9 % +) at $2.99 per 22 oz. bomber. Can't go wrong.
  17. SgunnarW

    SgunnarW Jan 11, 2012 California

    ha story of my life...can't stand hard liquor now
  18. sportscrazed2

    sportscrazed2 Mar 29, 2010 Indiana

    people reccomending natty ice for a quick buzz are crazy. i like a buzz like everyone else but i like to drink a few higher abv beers at a leisurely pace to get me there. by high abv i mean like 7-8% range get yourself a six pack of any craft beer and you'll have a few to spare.
  19. yourefragile

    yourefragile Dec 16, 2006 District of Columbia
    Beer Trader

    I was just coming into the thread to say that as I work on a few post a rough day at work.
  20. Whiskeyjack

    Whiskeyjack Mar 2, 2012 Arizona

    That's what I was getting at with my earlier post. If you calculate the cost per unit of alcohol, inexpensive craft beer almost always offers a cheaper buzz over AAL. Granted, if you're willing to drink malt liquor or buy the cheapest AAL in bulk, virtually no craft beer will be able to match that "efficiency"; but if you do an apples-to-apples comparison (6-pack v. 6-pack, etc.) craft wins.

    And let's not forget that speed is also a factor in "cheap quick buzz", which favors drinking fewer high-ABV craft beers over multiple low-ABV AALs.
  21. shawnohall

    shawnohall Nov 8, 2009 Texas

    The flaw in your heroin scenario is it's not cheap...or so I've been told. ;)
  22. shawnohall

    shawnohall Nov 8, 2009 Texas

    You can get Raging Bitch for under $30 a case? You lucky bastard.
  23. shawnohall

    shawnohall Nov 8, 2009 Texas

    I concur with several of the responses here. Steel Reserve (High Gravity) Malt Liquor is a great choice. Where I'm at (north of Houston) it's $1.99 for a 40 ounce bottle or $4.45 for a 16-ounce six-pack. Cheapest thing in the store, 8.1% abv, and here's the good thing...it's the best malt liquor out there. Actually tastes good, like it wasn't brewed as an afterthought. Do you know of any other malt liquor that was given a score of 84 by one of the Alstrom Bros? Buzz per dollar for something that's not hideous, it's the one.
  24. RobertColianni

    RobertColianni Nov 4, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Honestly, Hurricane pounders aren't bad at all. $5.00/6. It's sweet, creamy, rosie, tastes like a nice quad once it gets to 50┬░...
  25. shawnohall

    shawnohall Nov 8, 2009 Texas

    ...and if you don't want to go the malt liquor route, Sierra Nevada Torpedo is a good choice. One time I bought a six-pack of Old Chub Scotch Ale (Oskar Blues Brewing Co.) for under $8. Has an abv of 8%, and delicious.
  26. mnguyen281

    mnguyen281 Apr 9, 2009 Texas

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  27. RobertColianni

    RobertColianni Nov 4, 2008 Pennsylvania

  28. Nick1513

    Nick1513 Jan 26, 2013

    Steel Reserve. 8% ABV and cheap.
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  29. Gregfalone

    Gregfalone Sep 5, 2012 California
    Beer Trader

    If i just want to get drunk fast I drink cognac, whiskey, scotch, bourbon, brandy, or other fine spirits. If I want to get beers for cheap, and not stand in front of the cooler for 45 minutes staring at various beers I usually get taddy porter, black butte, anchor porter, yeti, ten fidy, Sierra Nevada PA, mirror pond, or beer 30 light
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  30. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Jul 5, 2009 Kansas

    Hamms! A 12 pack for $7 ... But I never seek cheap quick buzzes, I prefer moderately pricey all-day craft sessions.
  31. fx20736

    fx20736 Mar 7, 2009 New York

    Genesee 12 Horse Ale. About $8/ 12 pack. I keep some in the fridge for those moments when I get home late from work and have to go right back out again. twist top, I slam one, right out of the bottle, there in my garage. Gets the job done until I get back home for the evening.
  32. DovaliHops

    DovaliHops Nov 16, 2009 California
    Beer Trader

    Melange 3... bought a case... so this is my go-to quick buzz for a bit. Very tasty!
  33. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Jan 1, 2011 California
    Beer Trader

    Hop Stoopid.
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  34. Dennoman

    Dennoman Aug 20, 2011 Belgium

    If I just wanted a quick buzz on the cheap, leave alone actually get drunk, I'd probably resort to a somewhat decent wodka or blended scotch. Way better value for money from a "bang for buck" point of view. I'm a big boy, so it takes too long for me to get drunk off beer for it to be of use as a shitfaced drink. I think I'd actually love beer even more if it didn't get me drunk, I drink it for the taste. I'd drink a bottle of mouthwash or vanilla essence before I'd drink beer to get tanked anyways.

    Whenever I just want a cheap beer, I'll result to Schultenbrau or Karlsquell as supermarket offerings here. They're dirt cheap and actually taste okay (hops as opposed to husky boring malt flavor).
  35. LMT

    LMT Oct 15, 2009 Virginia

    Well I haven't been looking for a quick, cheap buzz in a long time.

    But Lagunitas Brown Shugga' provided me with a briskly paced, moderately priced level of tranquility. (9.99% ABV at a cost of $9.50 a sixer)
  36. Cenosillicaphobe

    Cenosillicaphobe Jul 24, 2011 Maine

    Schlitz Bull Ice...slightly less crappy than most malt liquors...better malt character to me...does the job when I'm hating all things...and it's become something of a Friday tradition...4 hours of work on Fridays...then GLUGLUGLUG...etc...
  37. TheBeerAlmanac

    TheBeerAlmanac Mar 3, 2011 Kentucky
    Beer Trader

    Apparently no one's heard of Baltika 9:
    Plastic, shatter proof bottle for repeated drunken drops
    Resealable cap so you can drink it in any number of alleys
    Classic beer bottle design to fit in any slim brown bag
    8% ABV
    51 oz.
    It might as well be called hobo beer
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  38. bunique686

    bunique686 Jan 31, 2013 Michigan

    i like foundrs dirty bastard on 10 bucks for a 6er and 8.5abv
  39. Derranged

    Derranged Mar 7, 2010 New York

    My goodness that looks scary.
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  40. Casedogg43

    Casedogg43 Jan 4, 2012 Indiana
    Beer Trader

    I don't drink for the buzz or chase it like many of us did in our youth.
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