This is the first of occasional posts about a product that there is no second rate version of and maybe it’s a good thing. I first saw this product called “Chelada” last month at a drug store and did a double take. Budweiser and…Clamato?? Why? How?…Why? The curiosity stuck in my mind though, so while I’m visiting my sister and brother-in-law, I had them test this out with me.
I have to admit I did not have high hopes for this but tried to go into it thinking maybe the folks at Am-Busch know what they’re doing and as the can states it’s “The Perfect Combination” of beer, clam, tomato, salt and lime.
Everyone got their own little tasting cup of the pale, pinkish-redish bubbly liquid.
It was hard to describe the taste of this. I could first taste the tomato and the beer was almost undetectable except for the bubbles and just a hint of hop flavor and a little brine. My sister Elaine said it tasted kind of like soup and bad beer. Zac said while it wasn’t disgusting enough to spit out, that only someone who spent time in a Turkish prison would be glad to drink this.
As we sat around trying to describe this we all agreed on summing it up as “Wrong in a can”. A few minutes later Elaine wasn’t feeling so good and got a headache. Coincidence or…Chelada?