MGD 64 versus Bud Select 55 – The Ultra Light Battle

This past weekend, I decided to determine what the best ultra light beer was. Miller Genuine Draft 64, with a puny 65 calories and Bud Select 55, with a minuscule 55 calories. I will not delve into how they got the calorie content so low, but I will comment on the effect of these low calories. And it is not a good affect.

MGD 64 and Bud Select 55 ready to duel.

I picked up the beer at Wal-Mart for around five or six dollars for a six pack. Took it home, flipped on the TV to watch a little football, threw the sixers in fridge. About an hour later, I popped the top on the MGD 64, and poured it into my mug. It poured with a slight head, a pea color and a water consistency. I would describe the smell as that of a sink that has not been cleaned in recent days.

When I started drinking, I realized it needed to be a lot colder, so I threw one in the freezer to help out. The taste is unremarkable. It had almost no taste at all. It was like drinking water and about as alcoholic. The alcohol content is just 2.8 percent. Compared to around 4.5 percent for a typically light beer, 6 percent for a darker beer, 12-15 percent for wine and 40 percent for liquor.

I started double fisting the twang into the beer to elicit some flavor. That helped somewhat, but there is no way I would buy this beer again. I give MGD 64 a 1 out of 5.

Twang adds some flavor to MGD 64.

After the MGD 64, I was curious to see how the Bud Select 55 stacked up. I grabbed a bottle from the freezer and poured it out. Immediately, I knew this could be rough. It poured a little darker than MGD 64 and had no head. I would describe the smell as “rubberish”. Not the best adjective when describing beer, but this was not a good beer.

Bud Select 55 had a similarly low alcohol content, with 2.4 percent, but actually had flavor. Now, this was not to say the flavor was good. I would describe the flavor somewhat skunky and reminiscent of trashcans. Drinking it made me feel like I was jogging behind a garbage truck. Not a good time. I could barely finish one of these lightweight beasts. After finishing it, I still had a lingering aftertaste in my mouth. Not a good beer. I give Bud Select 55 a .5 out of 5.

Drinking Bud Select 55 is not an enjoyable experience.

In conclusion, I would not recommend any ultra low calorie beers. MGD 64 is my favorite of the two however, because no flavor is better than bad flavor.

Bill Bowman


17 Responses to “MGD 64 versus Bud Select 55 – The Ultra Light Battle”

  1. Erin Harris Says:

    Thanks for posting this, Bill. I’m sorry to have put you through such agony. Running behind a garbage truck? Gross! I cracked up throughout the post! Great description!

  2. Bill I can’t believe you gave the beer a .5 out of 5. You must of really hated the ultra low calorie beer. But I think anything that’s low in calories is always pretty nasty.

  3. Wow Bill,

    I’m sorry you had to endure such beer agony! Our group blog will be luch better tomorrow! Kudos on the usage of Twang though, I’m a big fan when used on dos xx.

  4. I did a similiar test myself, since it’s a new year and all…gotta keep those resolutions. And I can say with gusto, I had the same results. The Bud 55 is absolutely awful, worse than MGD 64. I never ever thought I would vote a Budweiser product BELOW an MGD…but congrats InBev you bastarded the diet beer and are making Americans pay dearly for it.

    I can’t just pick on Bud, BOTH acheieved the low calories by WATERING down regular light beer and charging nearly DOUBLE what they would for their corresponding light beer. So, save yourself $3 and grab some Bud Light and some MGD and simply pour halfway into two glasses and then fill with water for the same effect.

    It would also help if the glasses had some sort of soap residue on them that way the taste can really be replicated.

    Or, just grab a Miller Lite which is cheaper than most beers anyways and enjoy the 96 calories and 3.2 carbs and work out a little harder. If you’d like to get drunk on a diet, upgrade to light colored rum and diet soda for 64-67 calories.

  5. I would agree with you %100.

  6. BRAD HARRIS Says:


  7. My Question: Why in the world did you waste your time and money? I would assume the low-carb beers would taste light. That is how they present the beer. You seem surprised.

    If you want a full-body beer buy a full-body beer. I’m glad there are lighter beers out there. There are times when I want less. And evidently, lots of beer buyers feel that way.

    To buy a product that is marketed for what it is, then insult it over and over. That’s your fault and not very mature.

    I love 64 when I want a less heavy beer. And I look forward to trying 55. I’m glad the market is responding.

    • This is a beer blog, so I felt covering all facets of the beer world would make sense. I acknowledge the post came from the point of view or a fan of darker beer and I cannot help that. I think the post could help people who come from a similar POV. I did not try to insult the beers in any way, but give my honest opinion.

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  9. Funny post. I consider myself a craft beer lover and I still drink these beers on a fairly regularly basis. While I don’t particularly like the taste (whatever taste there is) I find them both refreshing and they allow me to drink pretty constantly without becoming overly intoxicated. This is something I pick up almost exclusively in the summer for backyard bbq’s or a card game (when I want to keep my wits and money).

    The thing to remember when reviewing beers, I think, is to compare the brew you’re trying with its “class” or style. Personally, I find the 64 and 55 to be no worse than a miller light or a bud light. So, if you’re at a place where they only have Miller or Bud…these ultra lights can be a “good” option.

  10. w/a choice of all full flavored,beers and 55 or 64 in front of me ,i have better results after 10- 55s or 64s its all about choices . thanx miller and bud . the price is the same as full flavored.

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  12. I’ve tried MGD 64 now and then and absolutely can’t stomach it because of the smell and taste. So I eventually tried Bud Select 55 and I now have been drinking it for about 6 years! There’s no stinky smell like the 64 and the Select 55 taste is great! Plus, because of the alcohol content only being 2.4 I can drink 2 beers for every one beer my friends drink (other than MGD 64). Believe me, if we each drink 5 beers and the police pull us both over guess who’s going to jail for drunk driving? Moral of the story: If you want to be a sociable drinker stick to Select 55, and if you just drink to get drunk drink the highest alcohol proof you can find and enjoy paying $8,000 to stay out of jail.

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