Examples: Bud Light, Miller Light, Sam Adams Light
Serving Temp: 35°- 40°
Aroma: Grainy, husky with just a hint malt; sweet corn aroma covers up any hops that are present.
Appearance: Pale golden and crystal clear. Short lived white head with tight small to medium bubbles.
Flavor: Crisp and dry with slight corn like sweetness. Little hop flavor, bitterness and aftertaste. Even balanced and no faults for the style.
Mouthfeel: Refreshing carbonation, very much like carbonated water with a slight carbonic bite and light body.
Food Pairings: Anything. These beers are so bland that you would be better off drinking seltzer water and save yourself the calories. They are good for washing the savory flavors off the palate.
HopHeadSaid: It probably comes as no surprise that this is a Budmiloors love fest. The beers in this category have very little hop or malt aroma. When poured into a glass there may be a white frothy head but it quickly dissipates. The color ranges from pale straw to light yellow. There may be a slight corn-like sweetness present from the use of adjunct grains – corn or rice. The adjuncts also lighten the body and dry out the finish for a “refreshing or thirst quenching” quality. Lite American lagers are highly carbonated which produces a “carbonic bite” and adds to the light finish and perceived bitterness. Because these beers are generally lower in alcohol and calories they may seem watery.