Tonight’s selection is something I purchased out of complete nostalgia. Although I wasn’t of drinking age when this was originally out, I remember all of the commercials and thinking the bottles looked cool. This was finally my opportunity to give it a shot.

ABV: 5%

Style: American Malt Liquor

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Zima means ‘winter’ in Slavic and Polish languages. David Placek, at Lexicon Branding, working with the company’s Russian linguist came up with the name. It was launched nationally in the United States as Zima Clearmalt in 1993 after being test-marketed two years earlier in the cities of Nashville, Sacramento, and Syracuse. The lemon-lime drink was part of the ‘clear craze’ of the 1990s that produced products such as Crystal Pepsi and Tab Clear. The slogans used in early advertisements for Zima were ‘a truly unique alcohol beverage’ and ‘Zomething different.’ Zima offered an alternative to the then-successful wine cooler category, and it became very popular. Coors spent $50 million marketing Zima in its first year, persuading nearly half of American alcohol drinkers to try it. Brandweek magazine reported that at Zima’s peak in 1994, 1.2 million barrels of the beverage were sold. Originally popular among young women, Coors made its first attempt at attracting young men to the brand in 1995 by marketing Zima Gold (an amber-colored beverage that promised a ‘taste of bourbon’). The drink was unpopular and disappeared from store shelves within the year. In describing ‘The Long, Slow, Torturous Death of Zima’, writer Brendan Koerner cited Zima’s perceived reputation as a ‘girly-man’ beverage and its persistent parodying by late-night TV host David Letterman. The Chicago Tribune reported that distributors were asked to stock ‘caffeinated alcoholic beverage Sparks on retail store shelves to make up for Zima’s absence.’ In the late 2000s, the beverage was marketed in three additional flavors: citrus, tangerine, and pineapple citrus. In addition, blackberry and green apple flavors were also marketed. On October 20, 2008, MillerCoors LLC announced that it had discontinued production of Zima in the U.S., choosing instead to focus on other ‘malternative’ beverages. Zima is still sold and marketed in Japan. In February 2017, MillerCoors announced that they are in negotiations to bring Zima back to the U.S. market. On June 2, 2017, it was announced the Zima would have a limited release beginning on July 4th weekend.”

Random: My first beverage like this was a Smirnoff Ice.

This beer poured with absolutely no head on top of a crystal clear body. There was significant carbonation visible. The nose was filled with notes of lemon-lime soda and a syrupy sweetness. It had a citrus candy note as well. The taste was really sweet. It had lemon-lime soda as well, but also had a lot of artificial candy sweetness. There was very light citrus as well. The body was thin with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with artificial sweetener. A bottle of this was $1.50, which broke down to $.12 per ounce. I bought this beer because of the nostalgia, but this was a miss. I don’t think I need one for another 10 years.

Untappd Rating: 1.5/5.0

Redd’s Strawberry Ale

Tonight’s selection is something I picked up for Val. Yes, I realize that it’s a macro product, but Val tends to like strawberry things and this was available as a single, so it came home with me. I have resigned myself to the fact that this may be terrible. I also hate their commercials and find them a bit obnoxious. Well, let’s get this over with.


ABV: 5%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: This only has 165 calories per serving.

Random: A clear bottle is never a good sign.

This beer poured with almost no head. What was there was pure white and dissipated almost instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear amber with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with artificial strawberry syrup and grain. I gave it a few minutes to warm up, thinking that I would get other scents, but I was sadly mistaken. The taste was filled with the same artificial strawberry note. It was ridiculously sweet with nothing to balance it out. It had a white sugar characteristic along with gummy bears. There was a hint of grain at the end, but this was a total sugar bomb. The body on this was on the lighter side with seltzer-like carbonation. The finish was lengthy with strawberry syrup. A bottle of this set me back $1.50 ($.13 per ounce). This reminded me more of a wine cooler than a beer. I can guarantee I won’t be having this one again (willingly).

Untappd Rating: 1.0/5.0

Miller High Life

This was the beer I ordered at brunch. Their draft list was alright, but I had pretty much reviewed every single thing on this. I ordered this one and then asked for a glass and it took 15 minutes to get one. This was already the start of a wonderful meal. Let’s see how I liked this one.


ABV: 4.6%

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “This beer was put on the market in 1903 and is Miller Brewing’s oldest brand. High Life is grouped under the pilsner category of beers and is 4.6% ABV. The prevailing slogan on current packaging is ‘The Champagne of Beers,’ an adaptation of its long standing slogan ‘The Champagne of Bottle Beers.’ Accordingly, this beer is noted for its high level of carbonation, making it a very bubble-filled beverage, like champagne. It was originally available in miniature champagne bottles and was one of the premier high-end beers in the country for many years. Except for a brief period in the 1990s, High Life bottles have always been quite distinctive, as they have a bright gold label and are made of a clear glass that has a tapered neck like a champagne bottle. High Life has brought back its ‘Girl in the Moon’ logo, which features a modestly dressed young lady that, by legend, is company founder Frederick Miller’s granddaughter. The ‘Girl in the Moon’ logo was originally painted in the early 1900s by an unknown artist and has since been re-painted by Nebraskan artist Mike Hagel, who added his own unique touch to it. High Life beat out 17 other contestants to take home the gold medal in ‘American-style Lagers’ category at the 2002 World Beer Cup. High Life has enjoyed a resurgence recently, using its humorous ‘Take Back the High Life’ campaign—which features a common sense-wielding deliveryman (portrayed by Windell Middlebrooks) removing beer from ‘non-High Life locations’ (such as restaurants serving $11.50 hamburgers) to position the brand as ‘a good honest beer at a tasty price.'”

Random: I’ve never had this beer before, even during my macro-drinking days.

This brew poured with a two finger, white head that dissipated slowly. It left some lacing on the pint glass. The body was a clear golden-yellow color with high carbonation visible. The nose was bland with light corn, but nothing offensive. The taste was slightly better with grain and corn and slight malt to it. The body was light with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with corn. Despite the fact that this brew was really bland, it wasn’t that bad. Out of all the macros I’ve had, this was the most pleasant. I wouldn’t rush to have it again, but if this was the only option available, I’d have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Miller Chill

This has officially been a crap week. After dealing with a family death, yesterday, my cat gets sick and he has never, ever, been sick. For those of you who don’t personally know me, my cat (who has made some guest appearances on the blog) is my boy. I got him as a stray and since I was afraid of cats at the time (one of my exes wanted him). I trained him like a dog. He has the best personality of any cat that I’ve ever met. He’s the type of cat that will sit there and meow like a dog and beg for scraps. I put him on a leash and he hangs out while I barbecue. So, I came home yesterday after a rough day at work and I went to clean his box, like I do every day. Then, I noticed that he wasn’t going to the bathroom like he should be, so I started thinking that he had a UTI. In male cats, this is incredibly dangerous and if left untreated, could be fatal. So, I spent last night in the animal ER with him (and my girlfriend). He ended up getting admitted and I had them run every test possible. Well, I got a call this afternoon that he’s doing much better and he can come home tonight, albeit with some meds and slight changes to his diet and that it was crystals in his bladder, nothing like stones or a tumor. Luckily, this is fixed by the diet change. So, after this ordeal, a beer is definitely necessary. This was the next beer in the fridge…no high hopes for this one.

ABV: 4.1%

Style: Light Lager

Trivia: According to wikipedia, “Miller Chill – A chelada-style 4.1% abv pale lager brewed with lime and salt. Introduced successfully in 2007, sales dropped in 2008 after the launch of the rival Bud Light Lime. In response, MillerCoors revamped their recipe from a ‘chelada’ style brew to a light beer with lime, created new packaging which included switching from a green to a clear bottle, and launched a new advertising campaign centered around the slogan ‘How a Light Beer with a Taste of Lime Should Taste.'”

Random: I used to drink this beer constantly when I was about 22 or 23. This was obviously before I had gotten introduced to craft beer.

This would be one of those beers that you have to drink out of the bottle, so no comments on the head. The body of the brew was a clear straw yellow with some visible carbonation. The nose presented only with lime…lots of lime. Although, unlike other lime beers, it didn’t smell like artificial lime. On the taste, it was completely different. It was incredibly carbonated with lots of artificial lime and not much else. The finish was quick with some lime. This is what I would call a simple, one-dimensional brew. This is pretty bad. I really don’t know how I drank it when I was younger. For a lime macro, it wasn’t horrible. But, I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0