I have heard and read so many beer opinions that I'm convinced that every palate is different, and every beer drinker has slightly different tastes.
One likes what one likes, no? I find that I most enjoy rich, malty, chewy, alcoholic Belgian-style brews. Give me a three-quarter-liter bottle of Unibroue's Trois Pistoles and I am a happy-- tho' tipsy-- fellow.
And then, lord love us, there's even a time and a place for a factory beer like Budweiser (hot, sweaty, thirsty as hell-- an ice cold Bud really can hit the spot). But what do you do when the factory beer giant Anheuser-Busch tries its hand at different beer styles?
Take the Michelob Pale Ale. I confess, I've not read a thing about it-- it landed in my house by mistake, in the hands of my stepson (he's 45 for chrissakes) who was trying to find something I might like. Michelob Light is more his style; and I'm damned if I'll
drink buy anything with the word "light" in its name. (I'm not such a philistine that I wouldn't drink it if someone else paid for it. I won't enjoy it much, though.)
So, in the spirit of experimentation (and Buy American), I cracked one open.
Much to my own shock and surprise, I find I rather like it. It pours (into a pint glass, you philistines!) a lovely amber color, a rather thin head with little lacing. The nose charming, with hints of citrus. The flavor, though-- crisp, with just a bit of hoppy aftertaste.
This stuff thinks its a real pale ale!