I'm currently sampling some, and I must say I'm very partial to it. While I admit its main appeal is that its taste reminds me of being out or at festivals, I can't feel the hatred for it.
I've tried many-a-beer, too. We have a special bar in Burnley that serves thousands of continental beers. I would never choose Carling from their library of wonders, but I don't begrudge drinking it at any other beverage vendor.
Is it REALLY that bad? REALLY?