9. Monterrey Cerveza
Mexican lager, 4.5%
Nothing super groundbreaking here, just a standard Vienna-style lager, and a solid one not far off from Modelo or Corona, really. Sadovnick notes that there’s very little aftertaste to the beer. It’s in your mouth, then it’s gone. And that’s kind of the point. “This is a great lawnmower beer,” he says, or one for the beach. Basically, this is a solid choice for an all-day beer for the fizzy yellow set.
8. Holland 1839
Right off the bat, Sadovnick noted that this one reminded him a bit of Heineken, but without that very Heineken aftertaste (the one that us plebs liken to skunkiness). And sure enough, this is kinda sorta the Aldi equivalent of Heineken: a straightforward lager designed to be crisp, clean, and ultra-drinkable. But wait! Holland has been around since, you guessed it, 1839, meaning the brewery that Aldi exclusively distributes to US palates is actually older than Heineken. It’s the kind of thing that blows your mind in the same way finding out Hydrox predates Oreos does, except when you make this discovery, it’s likely you’ve had a few drinks. Either way, this is a perfectly fine, but Aldi, as you’ll soon learn, rolls deep on the lagers, and has better choices up its sleeve.
After the disappointment of the Boot Tread, Belgian brewery Martens rebounds pretty spectacularly with this relatively mellow take on the German-style bock. It’s not as roasty as many of its brethren, but the classic malt flavor is still plenty present, without the big alcohol blast that can come with more frisky versions of the bock. It’s not a best in show, but it’s a beer Sadovnick found himself enjoying more each time he revisited it, positively likening it to Shiner Bock ("It's like a great Shiner Bock cover band"). Even though it ranks lower for drinking, Sadovnick says it's hands-down the best beer for cooking. "If I was at Aldi and looking to cook something with beer, I would pick the Broegel. You're not getting any bitterness, but it comes with a lot of richness, so you can actually extract a lot of flavors. It's the best cooking beer out of all of them."