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Anyone get a "fishy" taste from certain breweries?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by mtlasley, Jun 25, 2012.

  1. mtlasley

    mtlasley Initiate (0) Illinois Mar 27, 2012

    It seems that in the lighter brews from certain breweries, I find a fishy taste throughout. My best examples are Oberon from Bell's and Festina Peche from Dogfish Head. My question is; Is this something in the beer making or is it just a flavor inside the water?
  2. Did you take a fish oil caplet previous?
  3. modern

    modern Aficionado (230) Ohio May 31, 2012

    I don't drink much from DFH but IPA's (60/90) which taste like nothing but delicious IPA's, so I don't know about Festina Peche. I spent much of the summer of 2011 with an Oberon in hand, and had it on more than a few occasions this year and don't have even the slightest idea of what you might think is fishy.
  4. C2H5

    C2H5 Savant (470) Illinois Jan 7, 2012 Verified

    i got it from new belgium ranger before, maybe just a fluke....a..fluke...but seriously i did.
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  5. mtlasley

    mtlasley Initiate (0) Illinois Mar 27, 2012

    Never had them.
  6. Was drinking little sumpin wild with my brother once and we both agreed it had a strange salmon flavor to it. One of the strangest beer experiences I've had.
  7. sfsean28

    sfsean28 Savant (425) New Jersey Dec 17, 2008

    oh yeah dogfiish head and flying fish. and guess what Flying Dogs brew taste like?
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  8. nc41

    nc41 Champion (855) North Carolina Sep 25, 2008 Verified

    I saw a TV bit years ago about an English brewery adding ladles of fishy stuff to the barrels, I'm thinking it was Bateman's. It was a show about competition in the UK between breweries. I love Bateman's and there's nothing weird about it.
  9. Hanzo

    Hanzo Champion (965) Virginia Feb 27, 2012

    Were you guys at Red Lobster when you had these experiences?
  10. HarrySTruman

    HarrySTruman Savant (265) Michigan May 16, 2012

    "There was a fish.... IN the percolator"...
  11. JrGtr

    JrGtr Savant (450) Massachusetts Apr 13, 2006 Verified

    Sounds like it could have been isinglass as timings, usually done for cask ale, but could be used in kettle for clarity. This does not impart any flavor/ aroma at all to the brew.
  12. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Advocate (735) Illinois Apr 8, 2010

    I've gotten this flavor from a couple of homebrews I've made. It is much more evident if you drink another beer first. Not sure if it is from an ingredient or a flaw in the brewing process.
  13. MaineMike

    MaineMike Savant (300) Maine Jan 22, 2011

    I think some fish taste mineraly as do some beers. Could that be the "fishy" flavor?
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  14. MaxSpang

    MaxSpang Advocate (515) Ohio Jan 28, 2011

    Sounds like you don't like wheat.

    But why else do you think it's called DogFISH head?
  15. mtlasley

    mtlasley Initiate (0) Illinois Mar 27, 2012

    Vitus, ZON, Mothership Wit all don't have this flavor.
  16. BrownNut

    BrownNut Savant (345) Florida Jul 11, 2011

    Never noticed it in a beer, but I have noticed it sometimes when drinking water from a glass. Strangest thing. Google it - I'm not alone. A test would be to take the same beer you taste this fish taste in and try that beer out of a ceramic stein or mug and see if you still taste it. Also try it out of a glass from someone else's house.
  17. jbck109

    jbck109 Savant (400) Michigan May 30, 2010 Verified

    Only a guess, but maybe some hop varieties taste that way to your palate, taste is subjective and many people perceive flavors differently. I have gotten onion flavors from beer before(devil dancer last year), but other people I was with thought it had a weed flavor. This year they used different hops and it is delicious, and more of a piney malty flavor.
  18. mtlasley

    mtlasley Initiate (0) Illinois Mar 27, 2012

    Devil's Dancer doesn't come out until next month this year.
  19. Rollzroyce21

    Rollzroyce21 Champion (870) California Oct 24, 2009 Verified

    Hmm.. was expecting a dirty joke here and there. Stay classy BA!
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  20. jbck109

    jbck109 Savant (400) Michigan May 30, 2010 Verified

    Its been on tap at the brewery, bottles are out July 1.
  21. mtlasley

    mtlasley Initiate (0) Illinois Mar 27, 2012

    Awwww, yeaaahhhh. Thanks man, I had no clue.
  22. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Advocate (570) Colorado Dec 9, 2011 Verified

    If the brewery gets its water from a stream or lake, perhaps some fish material was taken with the water. And we all know what fish do in the water.
  23. Steeeve

    Steeeve Savant (265) Pennsylvania Nov 16, 2010

    I got it from Butternuts Snapperhead IPA, but I think that's just because there's a picture of a fish on the can and that was the only adjective I could muster up to describe the vomit-inducing flavor lurking inside.
  24. prsplayer

    prsplayer Initiate (20) Feb 18, 2013

    Yeah! I noticed a fishy taste in the Ranger IPA too.
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  25. nc41

    nc41 Champion (855) North Carolina Sep 25, 2008 Verified

    I saw a TV show years ago and I believe it was Batemans ladling in some fishy concoction into the barrels, can't remember what he said it was. This show was kinda a documentary leading up to some Great Britain beer fest and how competitive it was vying for top awards.
  26. crytion

    crytion Savant (255) Ohio Jun 24, 2010

    I drank a beer once that had a strong fishy taste and smell. I kept sipping thinking it was a weird sensory misfire of some kind. It was very strong and over powered all other flavors completely. The next day I tried another and it tasted the same. it was not just minerals and there were no subtleties about. It tasted like fish water. I have had the beer since and i was fine. I decided that it must have gone bad or something. because the one that I got somewhere else tasted great. I decided that the lids didnt seal properly but thats a guess
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  28. About 15 years ago, I had a past date/old bubba keg of Warsteiner that tasted just like stale fish. When I checked why with the profs at brew school, the answer was oxidized lipids. Apparently the oxygen reacts over time with the small amounts of oils in the grains/malts used in brewing.

    The real kicker is if you ever smell a bag of grain that has gone rancid from poor storage conditions - just nasty and oily fish stinky.
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  29. cuauhtemoc9

    cuauhtemoc9 Zealot (75) Texas Nov 27, 2008

    I'm drinking a Rampant Imperial IPA and I'm getting a fishy taste. Weird.
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  30. counciloak

    counciloak Aficionado (115) Indiana Aug 28, 2015 Verified

    Irish moss and whirlflock tabs are used by homebrewers to help clarify beer. These are dried additives derived from seaweed. I'm not sure if large breweries use these products, and I doubt that any of that seaweed/fishy flavor would still be present anyway.
  31. gopens44

    gopens44 Poobah (1,025) Virginia Aug 9, 2010 Verified

    Had a beer not too long ago that tasted like I was drinking straight from a stream, and not in a good refreshing mountain hike kind of way....


    Edit* Tag didn't' name the beer

    Blackstone Brewery and Restaurant Nut Brown
  32. PatrickCT

    PatrickCT Champion (805) Connecticut Feb 18, 2015 Verified

    Haha...You are all about Twin Peaks.
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  33. Dr_Bahmbay13

    Dr_Bahmbay13 Advocate (745) Michigan Mar 10, 2013 Verified

    All the time when I am ice fishing.
    Dropped a minnow in my beer once.
  34. msscott1973

    msscott1973 Advocate (570) North Carolina Dec 28, 2013 Verified

    No fishy taste in my experience, but if I start tasting fish in beer, I am going to blame this thread.
    Lucular likes this.
  35. PatrickCT

    PatrickCT Champion (805) Connecticut Feb 18, 2015 Verified

    I had my share of both Oberon and Festina Peche (underrated in my opinion) this summer and I never noticed anything. And after I had Choc Lobster from DFH I realized just how sensitive to the combination of fish/shellfish and beer I was so I am certain I would have noticed. :(
    Caesars0331 likes this.
  36. Ranger for sure...i always thought it was just me. Phew!
  37. MistaRyte

    MistaRyte Savant (445) Virginia Jan 14, 2008 Verified

    Holy thread resurrection, batman!

    Only "fishy" taste I get in beers is the tinny/metallic taste I get from stouts, esp. (obviously) from oyster stouts.