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#36003 - 03/01/10 08:35 AM Beer, the good stuff
Wake Offline
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I myself am a huge fan of beer. I have sampled many different brands, brews, and styles.

I am curious as to which beer is you favourite?
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#36028 - 03/02/10 07:41 AM Re: Beer, the good stuff [Re: Wake]
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I tend to like medium-bodied beers, lagers and ales. So far, Samuel Adams has made the best-tasting beer I've yet to quaff. I also like their variety of seasonal brews, and think their Oktoberfest is delicious. However, some of their really dark beers like the Scotch Ale and Black Lager, were too bitter for my taste.

I'm also a fan of Hefeweizen, made by several breweries. Wheat ales go down smooth, are light yet have lots of flavor.

Newcastle Brown Ale and Guinness is also tasty.

I refuse to drink classic American beers like Budweiser, Miller, Coors and Heineken, because they all taste like piss. If those are the only beers offered, I will drink water instead!

I'm not particularly knowledgeable about beer and it's many styles and regional varieties, but I do know what I like. I get odd looks on occasion when I order a dark beer. I guess women are supposed to stick with Corona or Michelob Ultra Lite when it comes to beer. Bleah.
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#36033 - 03/02/10 03:16 PM Re: Beer, the good stuff [Re: Nemesis]
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Like the commercial says... "I don't always drink beer, but when I do, I prefer..."

I seldom drink much of anything, but when I do, I like:

Efes Beer from Turkey
Touborg Beer from Denmark
Lowenbrau (Export, not the US Domestic) from Germany
Moosehead Beer from Canada

If I do drink an American beer, I usually gravitate toward some of the microbrews. There are some EXCELLENT ones in the Cleveland area. If you ever get into a Winking Lizard, try several.
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#36037 - 03/02/10 05:11 PM Re: Beer, the good stuff [Re: Jake999]
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If you get a chance, and there are 'upscale' liquor stores in your area, try asking for a 'barley wine'. I have become hooked on the stuff. It's basically beer/ale on steroids, i.e. excessive fermentation jacks to alcohol content over 12.5%, usually, or into wine-country...Usually the taste is smooth, generally with no lasting aftertaste, and the buzz comes on smooth and strong. And re:Nemesis, I love Guinness, especially black and tans (1 layer guinness/1 layer Bass or Harp). Try one of those! Happy Motoring \:\)
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#36042 - 03/02/10 08:55 PM Re: Beer, the good stuff [Re: GillesdeRais]
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I really have a taste for the Belgian stuff. D - where are you brother?

Try some of the Belgian fruit lambics.

For true beer, try Duvel - http://www.duvelusa.com/

Of course, Stella Artois (thats "are-twa" for those not versed in French) is quite good and available most anywhere these days thanks to the global Belgian distributor InBev. InBev also now owns the American beer icon Anheuser-Busch.
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#36046 - 03/03/10 03:25 AM Re: Beer, the good stuff [Re: Wake]
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Pilsner Urquell is a lovely thing. Stella, of course...and the occasional success with homebrew.
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#36047 - 03/03/10 06:11 AM Re: Beer, the good stuff [Re: Simon Jester]
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Most ales are good. I prefer the darker ales as opposed to the pales (like IPA). Newcastle is tasty,and is wonderful at room temperature. Believe it or not,Budweiser has an "American Ale" that is surprisingly good!

All of the New Belgium stuff is awesome,with the exception of 1554. Fat Tire is king. Blue Paddle,Mothership,and Sunshine Wheat are nice also.

Sometimes,I enjoy a really cloudy wheat beer like Shiner Hefeweizen or Pyramid. Blue Moon is pretty good too.

Shiner Bock and Ziegenbock are great,although I'm not sure if you can get these outside of Texas.

I don't usually drink the domestic stuff,but Killians' Irish Red is just too damn tasty!

My all-time favorite is Chimay Premiere Trappist Ale.
$11.50 for 22 ounces. Believe me,it's THAT good.

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#36050 - 03/03/10 07:23 AM Re: Beer, the good stuff [Re: CanisMajor]
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Ah, almost forgot about Killian's...yes, they ARE good!

It's nice to read others' favorites, one of these days I'll hit the Total Wine store and hopefully find some of these brews and try them for myself.

Gilles: The Black & Tan concoction sounds interesting, I'll have to give that a try \:\)
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#36053 - 03/03/10 09:08 AM Re: Beer, the good stuff [Re: Wake]
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I'm a fan too...

Recently I tried something called Arrogant Bastard Ale which, at first try, was kind of like a bitter smack in the mouth. Later though I started wondering about the underlying flavors and had to get some more. It's grown on me but it's definitely an acquired taste (not for Miller Lite drinkers).

I like Shiner Black, Shiner Bock and I really like Shiner's Hefeweizen with lemon slices.

I'll to give some of the others mentioned a go.
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#36056 - 03/03/10 02:22 PM Re: Beer, the good stuff [Re: Fist]
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I think this could have ended with Duvel as it is a perfect example of a Belgian strong.

I am really digging the Rogue Chipotle Ale right now. Samuel Smith's oatmeal stout ranks right up there with laughter and orgasms in my opinion.

I'm trying to phase drinking out of my life for a while as it really tends to slow me down (which I think IS the point of it) and as I am writing and thinking about these wonderful creations my nipples are getting hard which I think is a sign that a person is drinking too much...

Echigo does a stout that is really nice in that it is not too heavy. Plus it is just cool to drink Japanese stout when they are known for so many OTHER things.

Scary topic…

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#36059 - 03/04/10 02:11 AM Re: Beer, the good stuff [Re: delusion]
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How did I forget about Bass Ale?
I'm definitely going to give the Black n Tan a whack.

I really wasn't a big fan of Guinness until a few years back,when I discovered these.
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#36072 - 03/04/10 11:35 AM Re: Beer, the good stuff [Re: CanisMajor]
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I have to- I am Canadian~ well the passport says so anyway...

Yukon Red-Amber Ale
Becks
Kokanee
Guinness-best in Ireland though
Dead Guy Ale-Oregon I think
Lead Dog- another Yukon Brewing Co. product, Dark Ale-will kick your ass around the block 7.8%

Mead- In Ca. staying with friends who made this stuff- that was damn fine! but apparently takes a while to make.

I will do any micro-brewed beer at least once and have....
the older I get the less I drink so I'm making time while I can but I'm a cheap date 5-8 beers and I'm done and headed for a comfortable chair for a nap.

Now good scotch is another story altogether.....
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#36073 - 03/04/10 11:50 AM Re: Beer, the good stuff [Re: Sireal]
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In no particular order:

PBR
Coors (Original, Coors Light is for women)
Becks
Heineken
Rolling Rock
Guiness
Arrogant Bastard
Dead Guy
Newcastle
Red Stripe
Tsing Tao
Kokanee
Stella Artois
St. Pauli Girl
Sam Adams

I could keep going but I will stop there.
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#36074 - 03/04/10 11:54 AM Re: Beer, the good stuff [Re: CanisMajor]
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There are two kinds of beer; Belgian beer and all those other things they call beer too.

The only foreign beer I used to drink in the past was Carlsberg. Often for the practical reason that they have that one in about all pubs around the country. I tend to dislike mixing beers when going pub-hopping during an all-nighter. Sadly they changed their bottle into something which reminds me of a Sprite bottle so I quit ordering it. Beer should not only taste good, it should look good too.

Duvel, as Fist recommended, is indeed good. Jupiler, part of Inbev, has a new beer out called Tauro which isn't too bad either. To a degree it reminds me of Duvel.
Another beer I recently discovered here is La Chouffe ( http://www.achouffe.be) which is quite good if you fancy the taste. The only thing I have against it, is that it goes down so well, you'll be drunk faster than you hoped for. That's a common problem with most stronger Belgian beers. Most of them you won't drink all night. Make that "can't" drink all night. They knock you out quite fast if you're not used to them. In many cases even when you're used to them.

The Trappists of Belgium are also something to try but most have a somewhat special taste. I especially fancy the Orval. On average, you can't go wrong when ordering Belgian beer. Beer is in our genes. There are very few that are rubbish and the only thing that might trigger a dislike is a flavor that doesn't go well with some.

At this moment I'm mostly drinking Ops-ale, a beer brewed about five minutes from here. Not the best around but occasionally one should support their local brewery. Unless, of course, you do not live in Belgium.

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#36105 - 03/05/10 09:56 PM Re: Beer, the good stuff [Re: SkaffenAmtiskaw]
Wake Offline
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Wow.
I'm feeling rather 'inadequate' now.

As exquisite as those beers sound, I don't think I have seen barely any of them at my local grog shop.

The ones I have tried though include:

Corona
Sol
Becks
Calsberg Elephant
Some form of 'black' beer
Matilda bay Fat Yak
Stella Artois
Kirin
Grolchs
Budweiser
Miller Genuine Draft
Toohey's new

As well as many Asutralian brewed beers which I'm guessing (many of) you haven't heard of.

My favourite though out of all of those I have named is probably the japanese beer: Kirin.
To my despair, I found out it is actually brewed here in Australia, and is only Japanese style.
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#36109 - 03/06/10 01:31 AM Re: Beer, the good stuff [Re: Wake]
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I wonder how many folk here have tried UK Real Ale? It's typically around 4.3% by VOL, smooth and not gassy. I rarely drink alcohol now but have sampled the delights of these beverages from time to time. Very popular with the pagan crowd, there are hundreds of brands from Merlin's Cave, through Wobbly Bob to Son of a Bitch! Some Real Ale pubs have their own micro-brewery and customers can see the ale being created on the premises. Here is a link to the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) http://www.camra.org.uk.
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#36127 - 03/06/10 02:43 PM Re: Beer, the good stuff [Re: felixgarnet]
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For those interested in Belgian beer, here's a web page that contains some info.

A Beginner's Guide to Belgian Beer

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#37725 - 04/17/10 06:15 AM Re: Beer, the good stuff [Re: SkaffenAmtiskaw]
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Heavy drinker here, so beer doesn't hardly ever do jumping jacks for me. I'm usually spending close to an hour in the liquor store just browsing through things I've never tried, so I guess you can say I'm an alcoholic entreprenuer. sweet tea vodka, that was a kick. the new captain morgans coming out are killer, like tattoo. schnapps frequent favorites of mine, absinthe a once a week thing... But if it's in a can I would have to say the malty stuff, Old English.
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#38042 - 04/23/10 08:43 PM Re: Beer, the good stuff [Re: Mardi Gras]
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Now, I'm home at last! I respect beer, especially lagers, as alcohol has played an important role in my life. Yes, I'm an alcoholic. LOL After all, that's the first step in a 'twelve step' program. Correct? No mater how small-medium-large the beer imbiber drinks, they have someone else who enjoys cracking open a brew as much as they do.
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#38192 - 04/30/10 05:37 PM Re: Beer, the good stuff [Re: paolo sette]
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Beer is one of the nicer things life has to offer. As for brands I am not that picky, although Bud and Corona, for instance, is a bit bland for my taste. As I post, I drink Waldemar’s Pale Ale. Soothing bitterness. Simple, but without being boring. Czech beers are often nice, Urquel being the one easiest to find in the stores around here. Erdinger Weiss and Paulaner are good German beers, if you’re into yeasty richness. If you haven’t tried, try. There are some really worthy micro-breweries pulling along locally, and I have gladly given them some business. Don’t think they sell internationally, though. For those of you who’re near Washington DC, there is (or was, possibly) a place called the Brickskeller near Dupont circle that can serve you a thousand different beers. Nice place to go… uh… exploring.

One un-missable beer-experience that ought to be tried by everyone is wearing oneself completely out, say a 12 hrs march with a heavy pack through mountains, and then having a cold one. I’ll never forget the first beer I had after coming down from Kilimanjaro. Should you go to Tanzania, I recommend the brands Serengeti, Tusker, Kilimanjaro and Safari, in that order. Safari was unforgivably malty for my taste, but often the only alternative.
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#38195 - 04/30/10 07:01 PM Re: Beer, the good stuff [Re: SkaffenAmtiskaw]
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This was after the bush pig incident, but before the dolphin-on-the beach debacle. For those who are interested, me and my travelling companion got a bush pig into our tent in the middle of the African night. The bush pig is the somewhat larger cousin of the warthog. And it doesn't take a cent for ripping the outer tent open, dragging 40 pound backpacks out, throwing the contents about, chewing them a bit, and covering everything in sticky, smelly bush pig saliva. The Lonely Planet guide from the trip, ironically warning us of such dangers, has bite-marks.

Oh yes, that very same night I also shared my sleeping bag with soldier ants, and African buffalos was so near the tent that you could hear them farting. I am not kidding. For getting close to nature, don't miss the Ngorogoro-crater.

They don't import to Norway, AFAIK, altough I for one would like to taste Tusker and Serengeti again. Africa is hardly notably for beer, but I would expect the ex-german and ex-UK African countries to have decent brews. In Egypt, however, they serve mostly donkey's piss. Islam is to blame, if you ask me, as well as a cheerful contempt of openness and quality control in the business granted the beer-producing commission.

@Maw's earlier post: Guinness and stouts - yes, good stuff. I think they are supposed to be served cold, but not fridge-cold. 10 deg C, perhaps?


Edited by Wijesin (04/30/10 07:08 PM)
Edit Reason: Two 'although's in a row.
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#41465 - 08/05/10 11:05 AM Re: Beer, the good stuff [Re: Wijesin]
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A headline from AOL/Time Warner news:

Forget Exercise, Beer Best for Fighting Fat

Ladies and Gentlemen, I'd consider that your engraved invitation to indulge at will ;\)
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#41535 - 08/06/10 08:14 PM Re: Beer, the good stuff [Re: Fnord]
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 Originally Posted By: Fnord
A headline from AOL/Time Warner news:

Forget Exercise, Beer Best for Fighting Fat

Ladies and Gentlemen, I'd consider that your engraved invitation to indulge at will ;\)


The alleged selling point is that beer has less calories than other alcoholic drinks because it contains less alcohol. I think I'll hit the treadmill and go for something a little stronger.

Still, I'll bet that news will be received well by these guys.
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#41543 - 08/06/10 11:16 PM Re: Beer, the good stuff [Re: XiaoGui17]
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Yeah, I got the point. I was just trying to slant my argument in the direction of my proclivities. I'll do the same with peanut butter \:\)

I'm glad I haven't been as drunk as some of them fellers in quite some time. I doubt my old beat up body would react favorably and it'd probably take me longer to recover than it did back in the day.

There are some great micro breweries up your way, by the way. If you ever develop a taste for a good beer you're in the best proximity for it in the state.
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#41976 - 08/16/10 06:34 PM Re: Beer, the good stuff [Re: Fnord]
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Recently I tried something called Arrogant Bastard Ale which, at first try, was kind of like a bitter smack in the mouth. Later though I started wondering about the underlying flavors and had to get some more. It's grown on me but it's definitely an acquired taste (not for Miller Lite drinkers).


LOL I've had AB once, and I quite enjoyed it. I never would have thought that I'd find others who thought something of it as well.

One of my hobbies is to try a new beer whenever I go to a bar (not always a possibility, depending on what they have available) or a liquor store (ditto).

Currently in my fridge's "beer playlist" is Stella Artois. It has become one of my favorites.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with it (and I'm assuming you are as no one has mentioned it), you might give Greek beer a try. I'm not sure how known they are for their beer, but FIX 1864 is pretty good. It's not "Greek", as it is a lager brewed in the Bavarian tradition. Oh, well.

Another from Greece you might try is Mythos.
They've only been around since about 1997, but it's a pretty smooth lager.

I recently went to a German "beer hall" in DC, Biergarten Haus, where I tried Köstritzer. The description on the beer menu says: "Deep black color with a thin tan head. Light in body and carbonation with hints of coffee and bitter sweet chocolate. Finishes light with a slight coffee finish." Tasty goodness.

Oh, and a word about domestic: one of my favorite domestic beers is Michelob Amber Bock. It's got a wonderful flavor, and goes down smooth.

I'd also like to give a mention to Pete's Wicked .
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