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Thirty packs of beer carry a certain negative connotation. The cashier might scoff as you plop the heavy arsenal of cheap beer on the counter. It suggests a night of debauchery and shenanigans. However, there are several alternatives that satisfy your good taste, fill your refrigerator, and conserve your account balance.

My housemates and I devised a not so intricate blind taste test that compared Coors Original, Pabst Blue Ribbon and Genesee Cream Ale. Although the decision was split, we agreed that Coors Original and Pabst ranked higher than Cream Ale. The criteria responsible for this decision were body, taste, and aroma. We all agreed that Coors had the most pleasant aroma and body, however, one of the tasters insisted that Pabst had the best taste. I was surprised to find that, when poured into a pint glass, Pabst displayed the best head. Although I chose Genesee Cream Ale as my “last resort,” I do applaud it for its price and taste.

The only “light” thing about these beers is the price. At $16.00 to $23.00 per thirty pack, you can certainly afford to drink good American beer. I am aware, however, that college ladies who drink beer usually prefer light beer. Therefore, when it comes to bingeability, these beers don’t fit into the “party friendly” category.

I rate Coors Original above the others. Pabst is a close second, and Genesee is also close, but definitely third. If you can get over the Hipster stigma that is inextricably associated with Pabst, try it out for price and taste. If you’re willing to spend a bit more, go for Coors Original. Colorado is one of the best brewing states and it certainly shows in each sip.

You can get Coors Original and Pabst at Fairfield Wine and Spirits. Genesee Cream Ale is more difficult to find around these parts, but it’s worth the search. The only place I’ve found that carries it around here is Harry’s on Post Road. So, if you can afford the extra calories but not the higher price, these thirties are great choices and a good change of pace.

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