Despite how many cans of Budweiser you’ve seen your uncle slam, it turns out the U.S. isn’t the world’s biggest beer market: China is, according to the National Beer Wholesalers Association.
About a quarter of the Chinese market drinks a “Euro Pale Lager” called Snow, and if you listen to the armchair cicerones at BeerAdvocate.com, you might as well drink actual snow.
We’re not supporting beer-jingoism here, especially when American guys have been pounding Heineken and Newcastle for decades (Budweiser actually ranks lower on the site), but the reviews of China Resources’ mass offering speak for themselves. A few gems:
“Good for washing down the food.”
“Faint whiffs of vegetables and… soap again? What flavors are present are less than pleasant: cooked veggies, grass and a lingering aftertaste... I want to say ‘soap’ again.”
“Like the bottle says: Relax, it’s fine.”
“Overall, a very poor beer that accomplishes the purpose if you want to drink something that isn’t water but tastes like water.”
If there’s one silver lining, Snow’s 120 calories won’t hurt your physique as much as an IPA. But thankfully, the Men’s Health Low-Calorie Beer Awards is here to make your low-cal happy hour a lot tastier.
And it’s not just internet critics—the folks at Fortune said, “The world’s best selling beer is a forgettable pale lager that doesn’t taste like much.”
Research covered by MH shows that beer can actually protect existing memories, so this brew must have been a real snoozer.
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