Drug info - Is it true: Typical American Beer only 3%?

Discussion in 'Alcohol' started by Nature Boy, Sep 3, 2005.

  1. Nature Boy

    Nature Boy Gold Member

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    Is it true that the standard volume of alcohol in the typical American beer is only 3%?! Someone told me this a few days ago and I simply couldn't believe it. Is it true?!
     
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    Well in England, the average is about that. Whats the typical % in ireland?
     
  3. MrJim

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    I think that the standard american "schwag" beers are about 3.5 to 4% alc by volume. It's something Canadians like to make fun of America for.[​IMG]
     
  4. Nature Boy

    Nature Boy Gold Member

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    I've been to England and their beer is the exact same strength as it is here. Usually 4-5%.

    Anytime I see a beer under 4%, I automatically ignore it simply because it's not worth going through my stomach if it's piss-water weak.
     
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    here full strength is 4.5 - 5.5%


    mids ~3.8%


    light 2.8%
     
  6. sands of time

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    Yea, bud and miller are around 4-5 % ABV. America has some decent beers like Sam Adams and such, but I typically don't buy American beer.
     
  7. Pinkavvy

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    there's some decent micro-brew regional beers in the states that are 6-7% and malts going as high as 9% in some regions... but the standard Budlight, coors, "national brands" in the states are 3.5-4.5%
     
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    yeah, i usually go for 211 steel reserve, which is around 7-7.5%, and really cheap.
     
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    Anyone hear about that Sam Adams Millennium? I think its like 20% ABV.!!! I also heard it sells for an insane price.
     
  10. Woodman

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    Sands,

    I heard a report about that several weeks ago.

    Can't remember the details, but I do remember that
    the price was so high there's no fucking way I'ld even
    bother to try it.

    I'ld be better off buying a 1/2 gm of coke.
     
  11. hpierce301

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    its 2005 and North Carolina (usa) just passed a law that we can legally buy beer that has over 6% alcohol content.


    just a little behind the times here in the South
     
  12. red pill

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    Its around 2-3% in Brazil. Thats why l hate beer, id rather drink water
    or orange juice instead. I usually drink nothing less than 15%
    (vermouths are my favorite).
     
  13. Benga

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    here in france and in many european countries, for the past15 years these cheap "superstrong" beers have popped up, like 8,6 ( 8° alcohol), amsterdam navigator etc...they go up to 10° or more, and are usually sold by 50cl cans for 1 or 2 euros. Bums love them, and and the "drink a 8,6 smoking a joint of hash" combohas beenpart of suburban ghetto culture for sometime now...





    the beers themsleves are not that great. I guess the Bavaria Red is kind of better, but really i'd take a shot of cachaça, my favorite liquor, over that anytime.


    average blond beer is 5° otherwise, and not great as france isn't really a beer country like the UK belgium (aahhhh) or germany.


    I've been drinking Asahi a lot, which goes great with food, japanese tradition...
     
  14. drugs-bunny

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    here in holland average is 5%, but you can buy stronger beers: 11.5%
     
  15. boredINbuffalo

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    SWIM sees 5%-6% for the stuff he usually drinks, but admits that he rather
    infrequently buys actual beer beer, and almost never domestics.
     
  16. cannabis man

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    i like to buy stella artois or kronenburg both 5% i know wat ur saying like also when i went to america i found it odd the had no 500ml cans just little ones like coke cans. i was like sort it out wal-mart.
     
  17. bonghed

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    i, think it's nearer to five(think , there are a few beers around 3 but most are 4-5 and some go up 2 13.5% (that i no of)