REVIEW: Bud Light & Clamato Chelada

(Editor’s Note: Today’s review is based on the popular Bud Light Real Men of Genius ads. If you’ve never heard or seen these ads, check out this site to get a taste of them.)

Bud Light presents Real Men of Genius

(Real Men of Genius)

Today we salute you, Mr. Bud Light & Clamato Chelada Inventor.

(Mr. Bud Light & Clamato Chelada Inventor)

Combining the watery goodness of Bud Light with the tomato clam juiciness of Clamato is usually only done by mad scientists and really, really, really, really, really drunk people. You also added salt and lime, but those don’t help the fact that you probably created the most ghetto bloody mary ever. Dr. Frankenstein used scavenged body parts to create his monster, but your hodgepodge creation would probably make him squirm.

(I ain’t going to drink that!)

Those who have balls big enough to drink it may not be able to smell and taste the clams or the beer, but the tomato is there punching their senses with a salty tomato soup look, smell and taste that only hobos can love. It’s somewhat tolerable, didn’t make me gag too much and I might’ve been able to nurse it until it was gone, except you weren’t kind enough to put it in a regular 12-ounce can.

Oh no.

Instead you decided to put your clammy concoction in a huge 24-ounce aluminum jug, making it impossible to finish without it getting warm, which makes the Chelada feel like someone rinsed their mouth with it and spit it back into the can.

(You sadistic bastard!)

So crack open an ice cold Bud Light, Champion of the Clamato and Backer of the Bud Light, because you’re going to find out if it mixes well with Grey Poupon.

(Mr. Bud Light & Clamato Chelada Inventor)

(Nutrition Facts – 12 ounces – 151 calories, 0 grams of fat, 15.6 grams of carbohydrates, 1.9 grams of protein, and 4.2% alcohol/volume.)

(Editor’s Note: Thanks to the dozen or so people who recommended the Chelada. You are all sadistic bastards. Also, Second Rate Snacks reviewed the Budweiser version of the Chelada. And here’s another review.)

Item: Bud Light & Clamato Chelada
Price: $2.49
Size: 24 ounces
Purchased at: Wal-Mart
Rating: 1 out of 10
Pros: Didn’t make me gag too much. It contains alcohol. Bud Light Real Men of Genius ads.
Cons: Tomato punching your senses. Mixing Bud Light & Clamato. It comes in a 24-ounce can. Tastes much worse when warm. Would make Dr. Frankenstein squirm. Bud Light mixed with Grey Poupon.

42 thoughts on “REVIEW: Bud Light & Clamato Chelada

  1. @govtdrone – I’m going to say brave.

    @dranktank – I don’t need inspiration to buy something like this. I need inspiration to drink something like this.

    @Chuck – I don’t think people buy it, I think the cans you see are the same cans that have been there for months.

    @Rick – You’re welcome!

    @Heidi – It would be even more frightening if people were able to buy a keg of it.

    @angry bob – Sadly, I have put worse things in my mouth.

    @lex – See reply above.

    @grinder – We Americans are pretty crazy. We go crazy over The Hills and we turn people who don’t deserve it into celebrities.

    @Taikog – Thanks for suggesting it, you sadistic bastard!

    @Frenchman – You’re kind of a masochist, aren’t you?

  2. @Scott – I have five dollars.

    @Neil – Thanks for passing that memory on. Now I’ll have bad memories.

    @Mike – I guess it’s an acquired taste, but the way you describe how you make your own makes it sound good.

    @bionic bunny! – If you do happen to see this product, remember to support your hobo population by buying your favorite hobo one.

    @Red Icculus – I’d buy them…for a penny and then turn around and make a four cent profit by recycling the cans…and giving the Chelada to my favorite hobo.

    @chris – Yes, it is. I feel like the Red Cross should be involved somehow.

    @cjwsbg – I’m glad everything is balanced.

    @luckinflux – Why didn’t you warn me? Actually, if you did warn me, I would’ve wanted to try it even more.

    @Anonymous – I bet you do.

    1. For me it’s 8/10 – i can drink them all night if they’re ice cold, and fast – so the big can doesn’t warm up. The Clam part of Clamato is Canadian. We’re just a little north of you guys, remember? We’re as close to the USA as Mexico is to theUSA but you don’t seem to know anything about us. It’s not supposed to be a Bloody Mary. It’s Clam – and it was obviously good enough to make it south of our border to the USA because now you stock Clamato in your stores (though really expensive) and you (the US) created Cheladas. And we thank you. It only took a year or two to get them up here. But yours taste better – something about the lime that we don’t have in ours.

  3. I live in Texas, and this stuff is incredibly popular here, particularly with a certain segment of the Spanish-speaking population. It’s sold everywhere. It’s not the idea of tomato juice and beer that bothers me — it’s the Clamato part.

    I might try it just to see what it’s like, but I’ll definitely serve it over ice with a lime wedge or something.

  4. Isn’t this whats wrong with Canada? Who the hell likes clam juice? Gross… I prefer my light beer with beefamato, thank you..

  5. I just tried it and I really like it. I think most people don’t like it just because of the name. Get over it and actually try it without a prejudice view.

  6. To the guy who bought one but kept it in his fridge for months then said it was bad… Wtf, go tell me one beer that does not taste bad after storing it for months. That was one poor thoughtout idea.

  7. Good stuff Closed minded people won’t like cause they won’t try it. Don’t knock it till you try it. Don’t let it sit in fridge forever then drink. Buy it serve in glass with ice

  8. I tried these for the first time in Arizona last month. They were awesome! Up here in Canada we drink beer and clam! Have Caesars which I might add in the states no one knows how to make a good Caesar. The only thing here in Canada they are too expensive for what you get, I can make my own beer and clam for 3/4 of the price. 18 pack in Saskatchewan was $60.00 – not worth it!

  9. I never tried this beer even tho we’ve been selling it in our store for almost 4 years now. Ive noticed a lot of asians and latinos buy it. Not sure if clamato and budweiser sounds appealing to me at least. I’d take a Michelada instead.

  10. I’m not Asian nor Spanish, but there’s nothing I like more than this amazing cocktail! I’m very disappointed that it’s impossible to find it in some cities in the US. Anyone has an idea where I can get it in Honolulu?

  11. I personally believe that Budweiser Cheladas are yummy. I know that there are plenty of beer snobs out there that turn their noses to macro-brewery, but there are also regular people out there that find the taste of this beverage very comforting. I wouldn’t called it an “acquired taste”, because that makes it sound like I went through years of puckering my mouth beer sampling to finally appreciate the taste. This is more of just something that is just yummy to those that already like the tomato/clam/beer combination.
    Call me cheap and tasteless, but I still enjoy these.

  12. Both myself and my best friend love this!!!!! We actually made these 40 some years ago with a 6 pack of beer & a bottle of clamato juice….its been our summer go to cocktail…. now more convenient to purchase a 6 pack of “budlight & clamato CHILADA. In fact I am enjoying one as I type

  13. This is the greatest I used to mix bud lite and MR and MRS T”S blooded mary mix but this make a great drink by it self but like some of the others have wrote it is hard to find not all Wal Marts have it.

  14. Drink bud light clamato, it’s tasty. I prefer it over the regular budweiser clamato because those can run very soupy. Anyway, you just convinced me to go get a few tall cans!

  15. I love this stuff….and…its great for a hangover too :) I just wish it wasn’t so damn expensive. Very hard to get out here in New England, I have to special order @ $54.00 a case :( … so can’t buy as often as I would like.

  16. kickin back in southern ks with two. love’em. only wish they had a little more than a 4.2 kick. $2.54 a piece as singles here, and no, the second one doesnt get warm before i am done.

  17. You HAVE TO put it in a big glass with ice! If you drink it straight out of the can, it’s thick and a little nasty….but, in ice, it’s refreshing and seriously addicting! I tried my first Michelada in Mexico…Beer, Clamato, spices, fresh limes, a little hot sauce…so delicious. The Bud Light version is pretty good, but you have to, have to, HAVE TO put it in ice!! Try it, you like!!!

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