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Drinking out of bottle/can vs. pouring in to glass

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by happy4hoppybeer, Dec 8, 2012.

  1. Which is your preference, drinking right out of the bottle/can or pouring into glass??

    I almost always drink out of the bottle, because I find pouring into the glass diminishes the flavors and body at least to a certain extent.

    I pour into glass when I write a review or when the beer is so awesome looking in appearance, but that's it.
  2. draheim

    draheim Poobah (1,120) Washington Sep 18, 2010 Beer Trader

    So you want to review beers that have (in your opinion) dimished flavor and body?
    I basically always pour into a glass for exactly the same reason you don't.
  3. I pour into glass if it's the first time I've had it or if it's any size bigger than 12oz. Last night, I drank both Narwhal and Ten Fidy without pouring them first.
  4. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poobah (1,270) Indiana Aug 11, 2012 Beer Trader

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  5. gatornation

    gatornation Poobah (1,285) Minnesota Apr 18, 2007 Beer Trader

    Always pour into glass

  6. When I do reviews, often what I will do is pour one into appropriate glass, and review it's appearance. I review the taste and rest out of the bottle.

    I don't like diminishing my beers, I like experiencing them at their max. Thus, I always consume straight out of the bottle.
  7. LMT

    LMT Savant (375) Virginia Oct 15, 2009

    I can't think of any advantage whatsoever in drinking beer direcetly from the bottle/can...unless a glass just isn't available.

    I even pour AAL's for my garden slugs into a plastic cup first before they drink it.
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  8. draheim

    draheim Poobah (1,120) Washington Sep 18, 2010 Beer Trader

    To each his own, but I doubt you'll find many people who agree with you. When you drink from a glass, are you using an American pint glass? If so, consider trying a tulip instead; that's my most versatile glass.
  9. draheim

    draheim Poobah (1,120) Washington Sep 18, 2010 Beer Trader

    You take humane treatment of animals to a whole new level.
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  11. jtg5678

    jtg5678 Savant (330) Illinois Nov 27, 2012 Beer Trader

    I've always found drinking out of the bottle, at least with higher gravity beers, limits the complexity. The only beers I drink out of bottles or cans are lagers, pilsners, etc.
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  12. I usually use tulips, snifters or something like that.
  13. I prefer pouring into a glass and I have a few different styles of glassware, depending on what I feel like using. Only time I'll drink out of the bottle or can is when a glass isn't available.
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  14. JoeBloe

    JoeBloe Advocate (550) New York Nov 16, 2007

    I likes me a nice glass when I'm sittin' and relaxin' to a good brew - The bottle or the can work when I'm going for a quick quench, snoot , and buzz - When it comes to the Heady Topper stuff I pour half in a glass and drink the rest from the can (as directed) - cheers!
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  15. Localdrinklax

    Localdrinklax Advocate (540) Wisconsin Jul 23, 2010 Beer Trader

    It would be like drinking wine from the bottle, its made to be served in a glass. Always pour into a glass, the only exception I have heard of is Heady Topper, the can says to drink from the can.
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  16. draheim

    draheim Poobah (1,120) Washington Sep 18, 2010 Beer Trader

    So either you think LMT shouldn't be killing his garden slugs, or you think he should be killing them with Rochefort 10.
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  17. I just think the little guys would prefer water.
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  18. kawilliams81

    kawilliams81 Advocate (650) Illinois Feb 27, 2009 Beer Trader

    People drink out of the bottle? ;)
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  19. Gus_13

    Gus_13 Savant (275) Mississippi Jul 2, 2012 Beer Trader

    IMO the best way is to drink out of a glass. That way the beer is agitated properly when tasting. It's just always been my preference to pour into the appropriate glass and go from there.
  20. Why not?? Do people not drink Jack or Wild Turkey out of the bottle??
  21. El_Zilcho

    El_Zilcho Savant (260) Virginia May 3, 2012

    I once drank Brown Shugga out of a straw out of a bottle waiting to get into a parking lot for a concert, tasted just fine
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  22. kingofhop

    kingofhop Advocate (565) Oklahoma May 9, 2010

    I've found that I prefer Pils and AALs from the bottle/can. Everything else is enhanced by the glass, IMHO.
  23. Bitter_Echo

    Bitter_Echo Savant (400) Michigan Apr 13, 2012

    I shouldn't have to say.
  24. Maybe people that are regulars at AA meetings or frat parties
  25. Lordquackingstic

    Lordquackingstic Advocate (560) New York Jun 14, 2011 Beer Trader

    Good point. I'm going to start drinking sandwiches out of bottles now, because apparently every substance is the same and synonymous.
  26. VaTechPhilly

    VaTechPhilly Advocate (510) New York Oct 28, 2010 Beer Trader


  27. Smartass ;)
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  28. chefkevlar

    chefkevlar Savant (460) South Carolina Apr 17, 2010 Beer Trader

    I think it's pretty widely accepted that pouring into a glass helps the flavor since you can actually smell the beer and smell is a huge part of taste. That's not to say you MUST do it however. To each their own.
  29. ALWAYS pour into a glass, unless I am fishing/camping or at a concert.
  30. PsilohsaiBiN

    PsilohsaiBiN Champion (750) New York Aug 10, 2010 Beer Trader

    Use a glass, and get some head!
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  31. Mgm54

    Mgm54 Savant (440) Illinois Apr 7, 2011 Beer Trader

    Glass most of the time for good beers, but some beers feel better to drink out of a can, but I can't say why. The two the come to mind the most are DPA and Revolution Brewing's Anti-Hero IPA
  32. PsilohsaiBiN

    PsilohsaiBiN Champion (750) New York Aug 10, 2010 Beer Trader

    I like Yuengling out of the can...fwiw
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  33. ilovermont

    ilovermont Aficionado (190) Vermont Jul 18, 2012 Beer Trader

    Totally agree! That's why whenever I go to a tasting event and someone offers me glassware, I politely say "No, thanks, I'd prefer to drink my pour directly from the bottle".
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  34. evilcatfish

    evilcatfish Advocate (690) Missouri May 11, 2012 Beer Trader

    Of course its best to drink from proper glassware when possible but I'll say this:

    Better to drink straight from the can/bottle than not at all
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  35. n2185

    n2185 Advocate (715) North Carolina Apr 14, 2008 Beer Trader

    Successful troll is successful.
  36. MinorThreat

    MinorThreat Advocate (625) Nebraska Apr 7, 2008 Beer Trader

    Always from the glass. Most breweries up the CO2 volume of in the bottle so when poured out they are at the desired volume of CO2.
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  37. 19etz55

    19etz55 Savant (430) New Jersey Aug 12, 2007

    Gotta use a pint glass. Want to ck out the color and head. Plus can really get a good nose full of hoppy aroma! Beer on!
  38. MagillaGriller

    MagillaGriller Savant (315) Aug 20, 2012

    How's the nose on that?
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  39. MagillaGriller

    MagillaGriller Savant (315) Aug 20, 2012

    I prefer to listen to disco records on a shitty stereo. I don't want to diminish the vibe.
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  40. TKEbeerman

    TKEbeerman Savant (400) Florida Jun 6, 2009

    I always pour in a glass, but i believe the shape of the bottle allows for a better smell of the beer in some cases. The Heady Topper can says don't pour in a glass, so that gives some credit to not using glassware
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