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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 Champion (780) New Jersey Nov 4, 2009

    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 Savant (490) Oregon Mar 27, 2009

    Coors Batch19. Surprisingly good
  3. 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. Green Flash Barley Wine
  5. Mitchster

    Mitchster Advocate (585) Michigan Dec 25, 2002

    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 Initiate (0) New York Dec 15, 2006

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  7. Temptress from Lakewood Brewing. Amazing beer.
  8. mountsnow1010

    mountsnow1010 Savant (355) Vermont Jan 23, 2009

    Harpoon Summer Beer (Kolsch). Super refreshing.
  9. Dundee mix pack. Good beer and great value.
  10. New Albion Beer and SA Double Agent
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  11. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poobah (1,125) Wyoming Sep 14, 2002

    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. Snowdrift Vanilla Porter. Totally decent (I've only ever had it on tap, though).
  13. Sam Adams Triple Bock. I personally love it.
  14. CoachC

    CoachC Aficionado (165) Florida Nov 25, 2012

    Utica Club
  15. 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. 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 Savant (340) Wisconsin Jan 24, 2009

    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 Savant (455) Illinois Jan 14, 2007

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

    STEG Savant (255) New York Jun 29, 2009

    Green Flash Saison Diego
    Captain Lawrence Saison
    Captain Lawrence Brown Bird Ale
    CCB Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale
  20. Resuin

    Resuin Champion (760) Massachusetts Jun 18, 2012

    Hop Henge Experimental IPA. Not that my expectations were super low, but this one definitely well-surpassed my expectations. A really tasty beer.
  21. Killian's Irish Red. Amazing on tap, especially during bowling league.
  22. 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 Savant (355) Michigan Nov 18, 2012

    Dark horse thirsty trout
  24. Samuel Adams Merry Mischief Gingerbread Stout.... a whole lot better than I expected.
  25. alucard6679

    alucard6679 Savant (250) Arizona Jul 29, 2012

    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. 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 Savant (305) Virginia Oct 15, 2009

    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 Savant (280) California Aug 3, 2011

    Frangelic mountain brown
  29. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) New York Jan 11, 2013

    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 Advocate (610) Ohio Oct 24, 2007

    Upland Bad Elmer's Porter

    An excellent Porter.
  31. Zyweic porter
    Baltika #6
    Bornem Dubbel
    Heart Of Darkness by Magic Hat
    Anchor Bock
  32. ThickNStout

    ThickNStout Savant (495) Georgia Mar 8, 2011

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

    Andygirl Savant (280) Michigan Jan 3, 2013

    Dragonmead Killer Bee. I expected over sweet syrup, I got a summer day.
  34. Key West Southernmost Wheat - Florida Beer Company.
  35. nc41

    nc41 Advocate (600) North Carolina Sep 25, 2008

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

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) New York Jan 11, 2013

    Guess you skipped right over the "Dortmunder" bit. ; )

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