The Five Most Overrated Beers

If people want to drink cheap, badly made beer, fine. This is America, and they're free to make poor decisions about beer. Frankly, it's none of my business. When I see some poor sap placing a twelve-pack of an American adjunct lager that tastes like the water out of a can of expired corn into his grocery cart, I keep my comments to myself. However, when people rave about their favorite bad beer as if it's on par with a delicious Bell's Two Hearted Ale or a Founders Breakfast Stout (two of my go-to beers) I feel compelled to speak up. In the spirit of keeping bad beer drinkers honest, I've ranked the five most overrated beers below. To be clear, beers exist that are worse than the five below. But people who drink Molson Ice do not generally rave about its flavor. In contrast, the people who prefer the beers listed below tend to talk ad nauseam about how great their favorite beer is. They, of course, are wrong.

5. Sour Beers (every stinkin' one of 'em in this beer style)

After over a decade of making a mini-hobby out of seeking and touring craft breweries as well as trying the ever-expanding list of craft beer offerings, over the last couple of years I've settled into a comfortable rut with my beer drinking. My beer fridge is usually filled with my standby beers. For example, I've found an IPA that I love, and having tried hundreds of IPAs all over this country, I do not feel the need to waste my time trying any more (if I'm traveling, I still try local brews). All that to say, I'm not entirely sure if the sour beer craze is over or not. I do know that every once in a while, well-meaning yet wrongheaded friends will ply me with the latest sour that they claim is great. And, without exception, every single one tastes like Sour Patch Kids candy. I want my beer to taste like beer and not like a gimmicky candy. For the record, I've had all but two of the sour beers on this list.

4. Heineken

Friends have told me that Heineken is much better in the Netherlands. However, those friends aren't friends whose opinions about beer I rank very highly; they like Heineken, after all. Also, never mind that Heineken International has breweries all around the world. It's the second largest brewery in the world, after all. And like its mass-produced lager counterparts, Heineken is woefully short on flavor, body, and aroma. However, unlike many of its mass-produced lager counterparts, Heineken has the extra annoying dimension of its fans believing that they're drinking a superior beer. Spoiler alert: they're not.