RANKED: The 15 Best Cheap Old Man Beers

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via Coors.com

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, is perfect for summer or winter, the great outdoors, bonfires, and long convos about life.

The beer you can smell from 10 ft away as it sits in that plastic cup.

I’ve ranked the 15 best cheap beers. The “Old Man” beers, if you will. Let’s do this…

First, a moment of silence for Kirkwood Signature Light.

Costco discontinued the cheap 48-pack. FORTY EIGHT PACK. And it cost $22. RIP.

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Here’s the list…

15. Tie between Bud Light, Miller Lite, and Coors Light.

I know, some people only stick to one religiously, but I drink them all depending on the direction of the wind.

14. Rolling Rock

Really solid, often overlooked. Flying under the radar…

13. Bud Diesel (Budweiser)

Way better than a Bud Light.

12. Heineken

This one might throw you for a loop, but trust me (and I guess it’s not really that cheap, but whatever). These mainstream European beers are the perfect mix of slightly stronger ABV, skunk, and believe it or not, much less of a hangover than the American counterparts (we’ve tested this multiple times on the podcast). Plus, James Bond…

11. Hamm’s

Dads drink this while teaching you what “hard work” means – cutting 100 acres of grass, shingling a roof, or painting an entire house – all while you were 8-years-old.

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10. Milwaukee’s Best

It’s not the “best,” but good.

9. Old Milwaukee

I mean, Will Ferrell did a commercial for them…

8. Pabst Blue Ribbon

Usually based on mood and surroundings, but a big crowd pleaser. Sometimes tastes like melted paper clips. Hipsters claim this beer as their own, but we all know that’s bullshit and old people been drinking this for decades.

7. Miller High Life

Would rather drink than actual champagne.

6. Schlitz

Makes you grow chest hair. Has the perfect amount of skunkiness.

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5. Old Style

A Chicago staple and damn good ice cold. RIP to the Cubs as they continue to shit the bed, and begin to rebuild again.

4. Busch Heavy

Those camo cans push this to the Top 4. A Busch Heavy feels like home.

3. Coors Banquet

This could easily be #1, and is probably the most underrated beer known to man. Sam Elliott, take it away…

2. Natural Light

The King of College beers is one of the best-selling beers in all of America, behind your obvious Buds, Miller, Coors. Nothing better than a game of pong, flip cup, and some Natty Light. Good ol’ days…BUT, still good as a grown adult. Try it.

1. Busch Light

Busch Light is super low carb (aka healthy), tastes like nothing (in a good way), will get you drunk if you drink enough but let’s you keep on keepin’ on all day, goes great with a tailgate, country show, or as you sit by yourself at home watching YouTube videos.

A legend. A friend. A means for survival.

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