I've made a cream ale with 7 lbs of 2-row, a pound of corn, and about an ounce of hops I had in the freezer (I think it was 1/2 Saaz and 1/2 Tettnanger). It's SWMBO's favorite, and she's not a huge beer drinker. (Thankfully, she's not a huge anything -- heyoohhhhh!). It's light and crisp, but I think next time I'll replace a pound of grain with a pound of corn to make it even lighter.
The way I see it, your friends love the Light American Lager style for the same reason a lot of us loved it at one point -- that's all we could get our underage hands on, so that's what we started with ... and now that's what they are used to. Lucky for us, by some fortunate series of events, we came to know and love more styles as our palates improved. So hopefully this will turn them on to home-brewed beer in general, and with any luck you'll be able to win at least one or two converts in the process.