The 12 Best Cheap American Beers

I love a good, cheap beer. The marathon beers. The beer that slowly gets you drunk, but keeps you going. The beer that won’t break the bank, and that’s perfect for summer, games, and your crap palate. The American beer.

I’ve ranked the 12 best cheap beers. Cheap as in cheaper than Bud, Miller, Coors – level down. So, let the debate begin.

12. Natural Ice

Anything with “ice” in it will have you yacking up a lung after one too many, and maybe living under a bridge. Fun costume idea, though.

11. Kirkwood Signature Light

The beer of Costco comes in a 48-pack. Super boring shit packaging. Gotta love it.

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10. Milwaukee’s Best


9. Busch

Those camo cans push this to the Top 5, but a respectable Top 10 nonetheless.

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8. Old Milwaukee

I mean, Will Ferrell did a commercial for them…

7. Pabst Blue Ribbon

Usually based on mood and surroundings, but a big crowd pleaser. Sometimes tastes like melted paper clips.

6. Miller High Life

Would rather drink than champagne.

5. Schlitz

Makes you grow chest hair. King of “old man” beers.

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4. Rolling Rock

Really solid, often overlooked. Flying under the radar…

3. Keystone Light

Back during the spring break days, you could go through 60 of these a day (per person) and still feel good. Thank you Keystone.

2. Natural Light

The King of College beers is like the 5th best selling beer in all of America, behind your obvious Buds, Miller, Coors. Nothing better than a game of pong, flip cup, and some Natty Light – lawd that is the nectar of the Gods.

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1. Busch Light

For personal reasons, Busch Light takes the top spot. Back about 8 years ago in college, Wes and I would split a 30 of Busch Light prior to embarking on our night of drinking. It was our pregame, 15 beers each, maybe a surprise yack from too much, but it’s cool, Busch Light lets you yack and then come right back on the offensive and keep drinking without missing a beat. A true legend.

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