Smirnoff is Vodka, isn't it? I know they make Vodka...
My dad found an Amstel Light at the Pro Player parking lot after one of the football games...he drives around and says they leave a kinds of sh*t laying around.
So we split it, and it wasn't bad...
I don't think beer tastes that good, I prefer wine or a cranberry/vodka...etc.
Drinks like Smirnoff Ice, Mike's Hard Lemonade, Skyy Blue, and Zima are flavored Malt beverages. They are actually a new type of alcoholic beverage called an "alcopop." They are classified as beer b/c they follow a similar process to obtain the alcohol that is later infused into the flavored syrup as opposed to distilled alocohol - like most liquors.
As you know, the broadcast industry has banned liquor advertisements. Sp, to be honest, the only reason these alcopops are classified as a beer is so that the alcohol industry can get around the ad and sales limitations of liquors.
Are these things beer? This is an argument without answer - like asking if Golf is a sport.
I personally don't consider these to be beers. I also don't consider Saki to be beer [Saki is REALLY a rice wine]. But, to each their own.
I like UFO Hefeweizen from Harpoon. I'm also a fan of a couple of beers from local brew pubs