What beer tastes most similar to Rheingold?


Um, Rheingold?
It's still around in NY as far as I know, so apparently you aren't around NY. But telling you any suitable replacement is going to be damn difficult without knowing where you are beyond "not New York," as a lot of beers have very limited geographical distribution.
-Steve
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Steve Jackson

Evian? Poland Springs? Aquafina?
If those don't float your boat, how about Schaefer or PBR?
Phil
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Phil

Shouldn't that be "re-re-re-introduce" it?
I don't know, seems to me that the concept of reviving a once popular beer brand hasn't really worked in most cases. There've been a number of attempts (Frank Jones, Ortlieb, one in the DC area (?), Lemp, Sheridan in Mt., etc.) Maybe North Coast's Acme line is the exception but I don't really think Acme is being marketed to or bought by old Acme beer drinkers. The new Narrangansett's supposedly doing OK in New England but time will tell.
It seems to me that most of the old regional brewers lost their market and their loyal fans to the Big 5 (eventually the Big 3) long ago and that's WHY they went under in the first place. And most beer drinkers (both BMC-ers and the new micro fans) STILL love to redicule the little local and regionals, whether they still exist or not.
If you make a good, all malt pre-prohibition "new" version of a beer, you'll certainly get a response of "that ain't what XXXXXX beer used to taste like!" from the old-timers (who've been drinking Miller Lite for the past two decades anyway). Make a typical ILL and...well, what's the point? (Besides learning that A-B has better advertising than some start-up outfit.) And that seems to be what this coming new version from Drinks America (marketer of Trump Vodka!) of Rheingold
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seems to be- less calories than Corona? Oh, boy....
Now I'm in the minority of most of craft beer drinkers in that I still do miss *some* of those old beers- Rheingold on tap (rare in it's adopted home state of NJ by the 70's when I started getting into beer) WAS a lot richer and creamier than Bud (hey, I liked Schaefer draft, too - 25 cents a glass- put down a dollar and you could get 2 glasses, play three games of pinball and still leave a quarter tip).
I remember walking into an "old man's bar" near Rutgers University in the early 70's, getting a lot of stares (long hair and all that...) but ignored them when I saw three tap handles- all Rheingold!- and broke out into a big grin. I could take or leave the bottles (well, the Chug-a-Mug was fun package) tho' I still have nostalgic feelings for Rheingold out of New Bedford MA that we bought in 16 oz. deposit bottles that came in plastic bag 6 packs, that we'd keep cool in the bay as we built a cabin in Maine one summer.
And the Rheingold brewed McSorley's was a real nice rare find on draft and was one of the best US ales when they finally started bottling it again in the 70's. (The current version owned by Pabst is nothing like the "real" thing.)
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jesskidden

Both are available in NC according to Pabst's website
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click on "our beers" click on the brand for a map with availability) but since the next "new" Rheingold is made, according it's to Drinks America owner, "Upstate", you'll probably be "closer" to Rheingold by drinking a Utica Club or a Genesee since both Matts (Saranac, UC) and High Falls (Genesee) are big contract brewers. The last Rheingold was from Matts (altho' wasn't some draft coming from Brooklyn's Six Point?). I doubt either Matt or UC makes it to NC, tho'- Genesee might (?) but the point is the "new" Rheingold seems to be just another industrial light lager, indistinguishable from the stuff in 30 packs sitting on your local store's floor save for the label on the package.
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jesskidden

Yea..actually it should be re-re-re-introduced! My friend said it didn't taste like it did many years ago but I din't have it back then so I didn't know. That web page link you pointed to...do you think that is a current page?
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Saucer Man

No date on that page, but here's the press release, dated July, '06.
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The actual Rheingold website (previous owners?) is 2 years old.
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jesskidden

Interesting. I only new of the 2 year old website and I have been visiting that for updates. The press release describes "amber" bottles which appear what is in the Drink Americas site from the other link you posted. Hopefully it will be re-re-re-re-launched soon so I can try it out.
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Saucer Man

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