There are a lot of questionable products out there–many of which come from the country’s biggest breweries–which try and pass themselves off as beer, but I have to say that this one takes the cake. Budweiser has begun to market its own “chelada style” concoction (think Miller Chill but worse) of its own beer and Clamato (the disgusting sounding, although popular, mixture of tomato and clam juice). And don’t worry, if you’re watching your calories the beer is also available in a “light” style.
According to a review in the New York Press,
“The red beer-and-fish mixture is both thin and thick at the same time. The beer part tastes watered-down from the Clamato, but there is still the thickness of the Clamato throughout the beer. It has a taste and smell similar to a Bloody Mary at first glance, but that quickly disappears the more you drink.
Imagine your vomit after an evening of Bud and seafood pizza. That’s the feeling you get here. Disgusting.
As I’m sure everyone knows by now, Miller also markets a new “chelada style” beer, Miller Chill, but it doesn’t include any clam or tomato juice, just salt and lime – the way a chelada is made in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. In southern Mexico, however, I’m told that you either mix in Clamato or you don’t make a Chelada at all.
The beer, despite sounding downright putrid, is apparently wildly popular with west coast Latinos. Since I’ve never seen it on this side of the country, I guess it doesn’t have any crossover appeal in the east. Thank God…