The Bad Brew series here on Sommbeer is an extremely entertaining read. It’s a chance for us to wax poetic on some of the worst beers imaginable and makes us appreciate the beers that we actually do like. As a writer for Sommbeer this has been a subject that I have largely been apprehensive about, it seemed unnecessary to put myself through the punishment of such horrible beer. Still, in the name of fun (or something along those lines) I decided to step up to the plate and talk about Bud Light Lime-A-Rita.
“Bud Light Lime-A-Rita has the great taste of a lime margarita with a twist of Bud Light Lime for a delightfully refreshing finish. With Bud Light Lime-Ritas, there’s no need to spend time mixing and blending to prepare a lime-flavored beer margarita. Just pop open, pour over ice and enjoy!”
This is what the good people in the Rita marketing department tell us about Lime-A-Rita, a beer that tastes like a Margarita, what more could a beer lover hope for? Well it left this beer fan wanting a different beer. Lime-A-Rita is a malty hyper sweetened beverage that somehow has forced its way into my local beer section. I really wasn’t sure what the proper glassware would be for a Bud Light Lime-A-Rita so I went with a mason jar, I don’t think the glass I chose affected the brew negatively in any way. Lime-A-Rita pours somewhere between a soda pop and a lemonade. It’s super carbonated and the aroma of irradiated lime and lemon is instantly noticeable, but not in a good way. More like I opened a can that had been infused with plutonium enhanced limes. What head was on this beer dissipated about as quick as you would expect the head on a can of Coke to dilute leaving you with the sweet sticky mouth feel of lemon lime syrup, sugar, and other things that are not so good. There’s just a little bit of a salty after taste on this, I suppose that’s what makes it margarita like but really it’s just unpleasant. Lastly this body-less abomination assaults your palate with unpleasant bitterness, likely from the chemically enhanced citrus, still, true to the Bud Light name the beer is in fact light, unless you find yourself drinking this at a frat party where bad beer flows like water. If you drink enough of Lime-A-Rita I would expect the sugar and sweetness of this beer to make you feel lethargic, but at 8% ABV you might be too drunk at that point to notice or care.
Bud Light Lime-A-Rita might be the worst thing I have ever poured into a glass and consumed willingly. Never has a beer made me long for a PBR more. Luckily I have other options around to help erase the night mare of Lime-A-Rita from my mouth. I would suggest that as a punishment this liquid manure start being served to prisoners throughout the country, however that would likely be considered “Cruel and Unusual Punishment.” Really, I wouldn’t wish this beer on my worst enemy. But such things are not the point of the Bad Brew series. The point of this series is for us to drink some horrible beers so that you don’t have to. This is a horrible beer, and I couldn’t recommend more that you avoid this beer as if it were carrying some sort of plague.
Bud Light Lime-A-Rita Factoids
Calories: 220 ABV: 8% IBUs: please
Available: All Year
Price: $19 / 12-pack