Estranged Brew Review: Bud Light Lime’s Lime-A-Rita
Quaffable in question
- Anheuser-Busch, sub-brand Bud Light Lime, www.budlightlime.com
- Flavored ale: “malt beverage with natural flavors and caramel color added”
- 1 pint, 8 fluid ounces
- 8% ABV
- Tag line: “Margarita with a twist”
On the first swig, I thought: hey, it’s not so bad; it captures the spirit of a margarita, down to the spicy bite of tequila. As Bud advises on the can, add ice and a salt-rimed margarita glass and you got yourself a mostly passable substitute. Mostly.
After six or so sips, it all goes downhill from there. I found myself thinking of that time I got plumb fuckered on Shopper’s Village tequila years ago. At least I had thirty-two more ABV percentage points to earn that soul-crushing hangover. Plus, after that long-ago bevvy session, I decorated my roommate’s bunk with my lady-friend’s undergarments while he slept the sleep of beer. All I got for my present-day efforts was a shitty sugar high, with no reward (as Jack Donaghy says it) in blurry sight. Oh yeah: Lime-A-Rita gave me the sour-belly pronto.
Don’t waste away in Lime-A-Ritaville (I’m more of a “passed-out-flat-on-my-ass-in-Pina- Coladaburg” type). Okay in small doses, but no Lovely Rita. Like that lady-friend, sweet, but cloying after a while. Like that roommate, decent for hanging your company’s panties on, but don’t think that he’ll notice afterward.
Grab a real margarita, cocktail, beer, or what-have-you, but pass on Lime-A-Rita.