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We tried the best 'cheap' beers from the grocery store — here's the only brand you should buy

Beer Comparison 5

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Sure, America is home to incredible craft beer, but when you don't want a fancy brew, you can head to your local grocery store and pick up a reliable, easy to drink, mass-market US beer.

But which brand should you go with? Bud, Miller, Coors, and PBR are all staples, but which one actually tastes the best?

I, along with five of my coworkers, put seven 'cheap' beers to the test to see which one goes down easiest as part of an ongoing INSIDER taste test series. In the past, we've compared everything from iced coffee and chocolate chip cookies to fried chicken. 

We bought all seven cans in New York City and spent anywhere from $2.29 to $3.99 per tallboy can. We performed our taste test blind to ensure that our ranking was not influenced by brand loyalty.

The brands we tried included:

  • Pabst Blue Ribbon
  • Keystone
  • Coors Light
  • Rolling Rock
  • Yuengling Lager
  • Miller Lite
  • Bud Light

Keep scrolling to read our thoughts and to see the complete ranking.

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First up was PBR. We were immediately impressed by this beer's refreshing and crisp taste. It's smooth and simple with a just a little bite; the kind of beer you could easily drink a lot of.

After one sip of the PBR, one colleague said he felt like he was sitting in a dive bar. It's the quintessential cheap beer that appeals to many and is just as good to use in a game of flip cup as it is to drink at a bar with friends. In other words, you can drink a lot of it.

Price: $2.99

Rating: 8/10 



Keystone has long been the beer of choice for frat parties and kegs. That's because although it lacks any sort of flavor, it's light and easy to drink. We weren't huge fans of the slightly bitter aftertaste though.

Although some of us noticed a little bit of bitterness to this beer, there's not much else to say about its taste because it doesn't have much of one. Not many people drink Keystone for its taste; it's drunk more for its effect. If you're looking for cheap, Keystone is the way to go, as it was the cheapest beer we sampled.

Price: $1.99 

Rating: 4/10



If there's one way to describe Coors Light, it's watered down. That said, it can still be refreshing if it's served super cold on a hot day.

One colleague found Coors Light to have a dryer taste than the other beers. Granted, it is a light beer, but we all agreed that it had a light taste — almost too light.

Price: $2.29

Rating: 6/10



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