Saw a commercial today for Miller Genuine Draft 64. That’s 64 as in 64 calories in the beer. I hadn’t seen the commercial before, and after doing a little research, it appears this beer was introduced in limited markets last summer and is being rolled out this year. According to Miller’s claims, MGD 64 is one of the lightest light beers around. Here are the stats they list on the Web site www.mgd64.com:
-MGD 64: 64 calories
-Amstel Light: 95 calories
-Michelob Ultra: 95 calories
-Heineken Premium Light: 99 calories
-Bud Light: 110 calories
I checked the Web for calories in a Coors Light — there are 102. I also found this link, which gives a pretty thorough listing of low-calorie beers. As you can see, MGD 64 is not the lightest beer out there, but a quick check reveals that all the beers listed as lighter (except for Beck’s Premium Light, which also has 64 calories) are essentially non-alcoholic brews. One significant issue: MGD 64 comes in at 2.8 percent ABV. All that aside, the real question is how does it taste? Miller says it is “satisfying in flavor.” I haven’t had a chance to try it, but if anyone out there has, drop me a note in the comments section. Generally speaking, I can sum up my feelings about light beers by borrowing an expression from a certain former Arizona Cardinals football coach: They are who we thought they were! You know what you’re getting with a light beer. We’re not exactly talking flavor run wild here. But I’m not above determining the best-tasting light beer. There are times (read: Sundays) when that might be all you can choose from. I believe a taste-off may be in order for a future post.