Like most folks, I have decided to start putting a star rating on each beer I drink. It will be pretty simple and probably not much different than the other ratings systems, but I will basically base this rating on whether I would buy the beer and how often. I'm not so much concerned with "true-to-style", though I have commented on that in the past, just where is the great beer.
Definition: Beer that is so bad I probably would prefer not swallowing it. This is beer that will make you think about NOT drinking beer ever again. It will be rare for a beer to make this list, but I can already think of one: St. Pauli Girl NA, Colt 45, Desperados. Another strong candidate is the Bud Light Lime.
Defintion: Beer that is okay. Nothing to write home about and not much in the way of flavor. Kinda like a beer that will only work if I'm thirsty or hot as hell, or if I'm trying to get a girl drunk (in my younger days) and I don't have much money. If you are just trying to get drunk, then please just get a couple shots of well vodka. Life is too short to be drinking crappy beer. You are going to see a lot of your macrobrewed beer on here, and that is by design. The people who make them are not bad brewers, they are just using old fashioned capitalism. Just like the rap music the masses listened to is just a watered down version of the true grit of hip-hop, that's how these beer are.
Some Beers on this list: Bud Light, Budweiser, Tecate, Corona, you get the idea.
Defintion: Now we are getting to beers that are pretty good. Will I get them every time I'm at the bar, only if two star stuff is the only other option. But many places like Hooters and whatnot will only have the macro-stuff, and then maybe a beer or two from this list. There are some macros on here as well. Lots of these beer are moderately flavored stuff. Nothing too harsh one way or the other, just good tasting that will work with bar food mostly. A lot of these beers will probably end up on my Tailgating series.
Some Beers on this list: New Belgium Fat Tire, Shiner Bock (most Shiners), Heineken Dark, Amstel Light, St. Arnolds Amber, Abita Amber
Definition: These are basically beers that if they are on the menu, I'm getting them unless there is something on the menu or chalkboard that I've never had before. After I try a couple new ones, I'm getting these EVERYTIME. These are where more of my IPAs and whatnot come on the list. Lots of flavor, great nose, great body for the conditions.
Some Beers on this list: Rogue's Dead Guy, Stone IPA, Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, Blue Moon (and all the seasonals but Spring), Jockamo IPA, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Northcoast Scrimshaw Pils, Big Rock Traditional, you get the idea. I'm into something with bigger body.
Definition: Basically these are beers that define beer for me. It's hard for a beer to stay on this list as I grow more into the beer world, but these are the beers that I think are the whole point of the industry. These are beers where I'll say: This is why we do what we do. Plain and simple.
Some Beers on this list: St. Arnolds Divine Reserve #6 (on it's way down), Northcoast's Brother Thelonious, Avery Maharajah IPA, Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, the END.