Originally Posted by m@T
Heineken is kind of my staple beer. Becks I like. When I was in the US, I liked the Sam Adams range. Corona I wont touch, think its so watery and just overrated all round.
Any beer brewed in Germany, as Becks always is, will come under the reinheitgebat (sp?) purity law, Becks, Holsten Pils, Munich brewed Lowenbrau are all good clean dry beers.
I think Heineken is now only brewed in Holand, and of a simmilar standard, though it used to be piss. Grolsch is alright and it comes in that cool bottle which always adds a bit of interest to the life of a drunk.
As a rule, most lager brewed in the UK is horrible, though I do drink Carling it is only as a result of a sort of insidious misplaced patriotism, and I always feel rough the next morning. Belgian brewed Stella is nice, UK brewed Stella is nasty.
I like the Iberian lagers, San Miguel, Super Bock, Estrella Damm, Sagres, are all decent, and I think some are brewed with a touch of corn to give a fuller flavour.
I don't really like Italian, Peroni and Nastro Azzuro both look pretty stylish, but taste pretty pissy, Moretti is a decent budget beer though if you're over there.
French are average, I actually quite like canned Kronenberg 1664, but I have a paranoid fear that the French hate the British to the point of poisoning us, so I always drink it with a faint sense of apprehension.
South and Central American lagers are very watery, Sol, Corona, Dos Equis, Brahma (Brazil) and Cusquena (Peru) are all readily available, but only really drunk by people who still think having lime in your beer is a good thing.
I obviously drink Cobra with Curry, the bloke who founded Cobra Beer was made a Lord fairly recently, we love our curry and beer. The only other Indian-esque beer I can think of is Kingfisher, and it's quite average and very rare.
Of the East Asian variety, the most popular and average is Tiger (obviously brewed in the UK) and it is more a marketing exercise than a drink. Tsing Tsao (sp.) has novelty value if nothing else. The Japanese lagers flit in and out of fashion. Every 5 years or so there will be a big ad campaign for Kirin or Asahi, then after 6 months they dissapear again. They aer both very nice, but unfortunatley brewed in the EU or UK, so like Tiger they feel a touch fake.
Mass produced American Beers are pretty horrible, Coors, Bud, Michelob, Schlitz, and to Canada; Molson, Labatts, all very samey.
I basically think that posh beers are loads better than cheap ones, but will drink pretty much anything when push comes to shove.
Edit; I forgot two whole continents. Castle from SA is very good. I seem to remember hearing from somewhere that it was started by a german and so is brewed in accordance with the purity law, though I may have dreamt that. From Australasia there is the cheap UK brewed stuff, XXXX and Fosters are on a par with Carling and Carlsberg (not really a good thing), but VB and Carlton are both decent lagers.