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Beers you had low expectations for but were pleasantly surpised

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by djrn2, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. djrn2

    djrn2 Member

    Location:
    New Jersey
    Wether the beer is highly rated or not, I've had a few beers that I didn't think would be to good, only to be pleasantly surpised. For me it was

    Guinness Foreign Extra Stout

    Saranac Blood Orange Porter

    All the Long Trail Brewmaster Series

    Magic Hat Burnpile
  2. mudbug

    mudbug Member

    Location:
    Oregon
    Coors Batch19. Surprisingly good
  3. Providence

    Providence Member

    Location:
    Rhode Island
    Good call on the Long Trail Brewmaster series, I have loved that stuff as well.

    Bitburger. Didn't expect much, but it was awesome! Perfect "lawn-mower" type beer, especially out of a 16 oz. can!
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  4. SanFranJake

    SanFranJake Member

    Location:
    California
    Green Flash Barley Wine
  5. Mitchster

    Mitchster Member

    Location:
    Michigan
    Michelob Dunkel Weizen. It's absolutely killer. It's the best dunkel weizen I've ever had, and I've had alot. Oh, and it's usually only $6.99/6'er when you can find it.
  6. JoeyBeerBelly

    JoeyBeerBelly Member

    Location:
    New York
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  7. PeterJ

    PeterJ Member

    Location:
    California
    Temptress from Lakewood Brewing. Amazing beer.
  8. mountsnow1010

    mountsnow1010 Member

    Location:
    Vermont
    Harpoon Summer Beer (Kolsch). Super refreshing.
  9. miwestcoaster

    miwestcoaster Member

    Location:
    Michigan
    Dundee mix pack. Good beer and great value.
  10. gatornation

    gatornation Member

    Location:
    Minnesota
    New Albion Beer and SA Double Agent
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  11. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Member

    Location:
    Wyoming
    It's kind of funny, I guess, but I didn't have low expectations when I bought some from an online store. Maybe it was because I used to live in CT?
  12. JamesShoemaker

    JamesShoemaker Member

    Location:
    Michigan
    Snowdrift Vanilla Porter. Totally decent (I've only ever had it on tap, though).
  13. Chaney

    Chaney Member

    Sam Adams Triple Bock. I personally love it.
  14. CoachC

    CoachC Member

    Location:
    Florida
    Utica Club
  15. VelvetExtract

    VelvetExtract Member

    Location:
    Massachusetts
    I expected to hate Festina Peche (usually very skeptical of most DFH beers) and as a result, I avoided it for quite a while. Tried it on tap and ended up really enjoying it.
  16. hoparoundnw2337

    hoparoundnw2337 Member

    Location:
    Washington
    I received an extra - Columbus IPA last year. I am originally from Ohio and thought this will be a quick taste and pour. I did not look at BA on it. When I tasted I was very shocked. I actually have since traded for it. Brewery only I believe....
    http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/341/33215
  17. allouez86

    allouez86 Member

    Location:
    Wisconsin
    This just entered Wisconsin in the last 8 months or so and damn, talk about the best shitty beer ever. I like to think it's what Ward Cleaver would've drank. And +1 to boobies.
  18. MrMcGibblets

    MrMcGibblets Member

    Location:
    Illinois
    sun king cream ale, not my style of beer generally but loved it
  19. STEG

    STEG Member

    Location:
    New York
    Green Flash Saison Diego
    Captain Lawrence Saison
    Captain Lawrence Brown Bird Ale
    CCB Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale
  20. Resuin

    Resuin Member

    Location:
    Massachusetts
    Hop Henge Experimental IPA. Not that my expectations were super low, but this one definitely well-surpassed my expectations. A really tasty beer.
  21. ShreddedThumb

    ShreddedThumb Member

    Location:
    Michigan
    Killian's Irish Red. Amazing on tap, especially during bowling league.
  22. mscott1975

    mscott1975 Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Old Forge Overbite IPA for those in PA. Floored by how much I liked it. And, about $10 for a 6'er of 16 oz cans. Reminds me of Torpedo. Great Value.
  23. GR_Beer_Nut

    GR_Beer_Nut Member

    Location:
    Michigan
    Dark horse thirsty trout
  24. GardenWaters

    GardenWaters Member

    Location:
    Illinois
    Samuel Adams Merry Mischief Gingerbread Stout.... a whole lot better than I expected.
  25. alucard6679

    alucard6679 Member

    Location:
    Arizona
    Clown Shoes Blaecorn Unidragon and Clown Shoes Pimp. My friend drinks a lot of their beers, and I've just never been that interested in trying them, but he let me try those and they were not too bad at all IMO.
  26. Mediczod

    Mediczod Member

    Location:
    New York
    Genesee Bock. By no means a great beer, but when I think Genny, I think cheap, barely drinkable beer. I went to a friends house the other night and this is what he had. Much better than I was expecting it to be.
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  27. LMT

    LMT Member

    Location:
    Virginia
    Almost anything from Sam Adams.

    For some reason, I never buy much SA stuff myself...there's always more tempting options at my shops. But everytime I have one of just about any of their beers, I'm satisfied. Although, maybe that's because someone else has purchased them.
  28. MykelJH

    MykelJH Member

    Location:
    California
    Frangelic mountain brown
  29. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Member

    Location:
    New York
    Saranac Belgium Pale Ale - you have to try it to believe it.
    Narragansett Summer Ale - the ultimate summer session
    Widmer Bros Citra Summer Ale
    The Shed Mountain Ale
    Sam Adams Double Agent
    Saranac Black Diamond Bock
    Abita Turbodog
    Anchor Foghorn
  30. Brew33

    Brew33 Member

    Location:
    Ohio
    Upland Bad Elmer's Porter

    An excellent Porter.
  31. keithmurray

    keithmurray Member

    Location:
    New York
    Zyweic porter
    Baltika #6
    Bornem Dubbel
    Heart Of Darkness by Magic Hat
    Anchor Bock
  32. ThickNStout

    ThickNStout Member

    Location:
    Georgia
    Samuel Smith Organic Chocolate Stout
    And I'll second the nod to Samuel Adams Merry Michief.
  33. Andygirl

    Andygirl Member

    Location:
    Michigan
    Dragonmead Killer Bee. I expected over sweet syrup, I got a summer day.
  34. craft_shannie

    craft_shannie Member

    Location:
    Indiana
    Key West Southernmost Wheat - Florida Beer Company.
  35. nc41

    nc41 Member

    Location:
    North Carolina
    Dortmunder Gold. Not really a Pils/Lager style guy, but it was great, I was expecting an American kinda lager, but it's not.
  36. reverseapachemaster

    reverseapachemaster Member

    Location:
    Texas
    Jester King Gotslandricka. I had heard nothing but terrible things about it but it's actually quite good.
  37. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Member

    Location:
    New York
    Guess you skipped right over the "Dortmunder" bit. ; )

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