Tequila or Beer? Neither
By biconews On 8 Feb, 2000 At 05:00 AM | Categorized As Archives | With 0 Comments

By Sean Armour

Welcome back, beer compatriots. This week we will explore a beer that is a rather new and interesting idea, but unfortunately falls very short of expectations … or does it? Brewed and bottled by Anheuser-Busch Inc., in St. Louis, Missouri, Tequiza is the newest attempt by the beer giant to crash the market of easy-to-drink yet rather repulsive Mexican beers, mainly Corona. One of the largest beer distributors in the world, Anheuser-Busch owns almost every cheap brand of beer there is, and this beer is no exception: cheap and putrid.

As you open the clear bottle, it is no mystery that they have chosen to brew this beer as they do all others: with as little malt as possible, giving the brew the distinctive American yellow color. It creates the typical white soapy head that most American macro brews produce, which also disappears as quickly as it formed.

Tequiza is supposedly brewed with blue agave nectar and given the flavor of imported tequila and lime; however, I truly doubt that they use good quality tequila, and the lime flavor overpowers the blue agave nectar. With the amount the blue agave cactus has been used in recent years by Snapple, GNC, and now Anheuser-Busch, I would not be surprised if it slowly moves onto the endangered species list.

Tequiza has no noticeable hop flavors or even malt tastes; instead it tastes vaguely of extremely stale Hint of Lime Tostitos, which is not supposed to he the flavor of a good beer. One would never know that this beer is 4.9 percent alcohol by volume, because it lacks the bite that other beers with a decent alcohol content retain. Perhaps their goal was to produce something that would have a high alcohol content and no taste.

And by no means is this a light beer, with over 170 calories per bottle. Tequiza has no body, flavor or character - just lime and an overall unpleasantness not associated with many other beers.

The bottle is clear, leaving you no imagination of its lack of color. And they truly tried to make this one look slightly Mexican, and even placed a blue agave cactus on the front label. The name Tequiza apparently comes from the word Tequila when mixed with cerveza, the Spanish word for beer. Ingenuity is a quality of Anheuser-Busch, but only for marketing, and definitely not for brewing.

Barely potable, Tequiza really is not worth your time, or mine, and I would advise you skip this one at all costs. As it is rank and unimpressive, you should spend more time with quality beers, and stay away from anything with the words Anheuser-Busch on the label. At about $25 a case, “The King of Beers” really knows how to rip you off, too. So pass up an offer for a Tequiza and check out next week’s Bi-Co for another beer, which I am sure you’ll enjoy. Cheers.

About - Founded over 100 years ago we are the shared newspaper of Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges. From campus happenings to global news, we've got you covered.

Leave a comment

XHTML: You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>