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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Gut Check Taste Test: Bud Light Mang-O-Rita and Raz-Ber-Rita

Posted By on Wed, Mar 5, 2014 at 6:00 AM

       The lineup. | Nancy Stiles
  •        The lineup. | Nancy Stiles

Bud Light Lime debuted the newest flavors of its popular Lime-A-Rita malt beverage this week, and we tasted it so you don't have to. In addition to Lime-A-Rita and Straw-Ber-Rita, there is now Mang-O-Rita and Raz-Ber-Rita, which are mango and raspberry flavored, respectively. The carbonated alcoholic drinks are more appropriate for warm weather, but we're looking ahead with optimism.

See also: Bud Light Straw-Ber-Rita vs. Bud Light Lime-A-Rita: The Gut Check Taste Test

We valiantly taste tested the lime and strawberry flavors for y'all this time last year, and we're here for you again. As usual, our tasting panel had some vocal opinions.

Bud Light suggests pouring the drinks over ice, so we pulled out our super fancy plastic Champagne flutes just for the occasion. This also allowed us to examine the color which was mildly alarming. The mango was, of course, not just orange, but neon orange.

       The Mang-O-Rita, left, and Raz-Ber-Rita, right. Aren't our glasses fancy? | Nancy Stiles
  •        The Mang-O-Rita, left, and Raz-Ber-Rita, right. Aren't our glasses fancy? | Nancy Stiles

"It's palatable -- as if it's based on some sort of fruit," one tester said of the Mang-O-Rita. Most people liked it the best, though one compared it to a fruity air freshener. The Raz-Ber-Rita had a strong taste; we appreciated the fact that it did not have an aftertaste.

We thought we were being really clever by mixing all the 'ritas together to make a Super-Rita, but Bud Light actually encourages that. There are an endless number of combinations! OK, maybe not endless, but you get the idea. We combined all four, and the Raz-Ber-Rita shined through, color- and taste-wise.

       One tester's reaction to our Super-Rita. | Nancy Stiles
  •        One tester's reaction to our Super-Rita. | Nancy Stiles

"I just drank a gummy bear," said one tester, delighted. Another was not so sure: "I feel like my insides are sticky." The 'ritas do have a lot of sugar, and not enough (read: none) tequila, but they're also 8 percent alcohol by volume. Light beer is generally around 4 or 5 percent, so we can get on board with that.

But everyone agreed that the Raz-Ber-Rita was the one to rule them all.

       The Super-Rita, in a very Pinterest-y glass. | Nancy Stiles
  •        The Super-Rita, in a very Pinterest-y glass. | Nancy Stiles

Gut Check is always hungry for tips and feedback. E-mail the author at nancy.stiles@riverfronttimes.com or follow her on Twitter.


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