A blind tasting event that has stuck with me

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  1. TheFunGuy

    TheFunGuy Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2011 Virginia

    Two years ago my wife and I hosted a beer tasting party. We had glasses of water, crackers and pretzel snacks, and stopped at a restaurant supply company for disposable tasting 4oz cups.

    We had all the standard light lagers. We poured in another room and people rated by serving round numbers. People rated the beers (on paper) and guessed which was which.

    Several attendees were sure they knew the Bud Light, their favorite. They were wrong, they guessed the Busch. Busch was also the highest rated beer of the evening. Thoughts?

    As a side thought, sometimes when I start thinking Two Hearted is much better than (X), I think about the tasting party.
  2. kojevergas

    kojevergas Poo-Bah (7,374) Aug 15, 2010 Texas
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    We did this too with macro-lagers/budget crap beers, but we didn't have Busch. People ended up picking High Life as the best, Steel Reserve as 2nd best, and Tecate as the worst. It was difficult to discern differences between the 12 odd beers in the middle.
  3. gcamparone

    gcamparone Meyvn (1,435) Dec 6, 2011 Rhode Island
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    Shoulda thrown some carbonated piss in there and seen if anyone noticed
  4. loafinaround

    loafinaround Aspirant (296) Jul 16, 2011 New York

    I've never had a blind tasting. I wonder what would happen if me and my stout-loving pal would sample a bunch of unlabeled brews. Would our fav's still be the same? Or are we the victims of marketing/packaging influence?
  5. Daktah

    Daktah Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2011 Illinois

    Did this in business school for a friend's marketing class and missed on every beer. Also put the beers in reverse order of what I thought I preferred.

    Did a blind taste test of bourbon recently and came out with similar results. Not sure what that says about my ability to identify what I supposedly like, but the process is always fun. And I now won't drop $100 plus on bourbon that lost out to a $35 bottle.
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  6. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (1,808) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    Tell me why I should care that people couldn't differentiate between crap #1, 2 &3.
  7. stayclean

    stayclean Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2012 Wisconsin

    Bunch of friends of mine did this during a Packers game last season. I forget how many different kinds they had, but the general consensus was "Boy did I wake up hungover".
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  8. jmckinney2323

    jmckinney2323 Initiate (0) Apr 4, 2012 Ohio

    I think you missed the point man. He's just proving that sometimes it's your preconceived notions about a certain beer or brewery that make you like it more than another one. That's all. Whether it's crap beer or craft beer.
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  9. RPH2327

    RPH2327 Disciple (319) Dec 5, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Wish I would have done a blind reading. Of this thread.
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  10. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (1,808) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    I got his point. My point is crap tastes like crap. Who cares if his friends can't tell the difference?

    More importantly , if they were really friends he wouldn't have served them Bush.
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  11. hudsonvalleyslim

    hudsonvalleyslim Devotee (477) May 29, 2003 Massachusetts

    We did one a few years ago - a Lawnmower blindfold. Everything tended towards the middle, but Narragansett won hands down and Colt 45 was almost unanimously at the bottom. Who knows how fresh any of these beers were. What stuck with me though, and I've since done some field research, is that Narragansett brews good beer.
  12. megamass

    megamass Initiate (0) Oct 30, 2008 New Jersey
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    If that what they like thats what they like. Its not crap to them if thats the kinda beers they like.
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  13. ValleyOfTheSuds

    ValleyOfTheSuds Initiate (0) Oct 19, 2012 Arizona

    Did this with super fresh, hoppy IPAs/DIPAs and was a little surprised by the results, but for the most part it was what I expected. Only big surprise was how well Double Jack did. I know it's a great beer, but I tend to pass it over since it's readily available year round.

    Love doing blind tastings and think most people would be surprised by how they go and how much if beer is expectations, hype, preconceptions, etc...
  14. DaveAnderson

    DaveAnderson Devotee (479) Jan 11, 2011 Minnesota

    I immediately thought of this 1999 Slate article. Busch rated 2nd overall in the blind tasting, and 1st in value-for-money.
  15. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (1,808) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    No Bush is crap. Bud light is crap. It doesn't matter if people like it.
    Just like a McDonalds hamburger is shit. It doesnt matter how many billions of them they sell. They are still shit.
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  16. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,291) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    We did a blind experiment at homebrew club. I was unable to identify the beer I have had more of than any beer in my life, SN Pale Ale. Wasn't even close. Blind tastings, to mix a metaphor, are real eye openers.
  17. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    I'm actually a little scared of trying a blind tasting with my group because as much as I think we know what we're doing....I think it is going to end up a train wreck. But I am sure it would be an eye opener.
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  18. Soneast

    Soneast Crusader (745) May 9, 2008 Wisconsin
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    Uh oh. Don't you know the new "cool" is to defend peoples choice to drink shit beer, and praise BMC for producing a consistently, quality product?
  19. victory4me

    victory4me Zealot (547) Oct 16, 2004 Pennsylvania

    Recently did a blind tasting of the 4 local Pils: Stoudts, Sly Fox, Troegs, and Victory.

    Sly Fox Pikeland won hands down, but everyone was much closer than we expected.
  20. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (3,251) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Taste memory is indeed a funny things (funny peculiar).
  21. CircusBoy

    CircusBoy Initiate (0) Mar 10, 2008 Ohio

    Is it "cool" to hate on people simply because of what they choose to drink? And I don't think anybody is praising bmc.
  22. seeswo

    seeswo Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2010 Ohio
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    I've done many blind tastings and enjoyed all of them. It's where I learned which 'walez' were worth it and which weren't. Also where I learned that 3F OG > Cantillon Classic.
  23. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (1,808) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    I missed that memo.
    God bless AB/InBev!!!!!
  24. ESeab

    ESeab Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 New Jersey

    I've done this before when I was 21 with only B,M,C lights. I was able to identify each one, color is obvious in the coores light. Obviously a lot easier with just three beers.

    I'm going to say this to the haters of the thread(some of which I value their opinions most the time), if we compare good beer to each other and say one is better than the other why can't we do it with 'shitty' beer. If it's in the same catergory, are we not allowed to put it on a scale? If it 'all shit' then I'm going to argue that if a beer I like is 'good', than it's all good, there is no comparison which is better than the other. So we'll never be able to compare good beer. 60 minute is good and so is heady topper, so it's all good and it doesnt matter if one tastes better than the other. So to the person saying 'its all shit' than if 'its all good' 60 minute and heady topper are the same.

    I always say that I think High Life and PBR are superior shitty beers to other shitty beers. I don't think it's a crime to call something the best of the worst.

    On another note, I do want to do more blind tastings with my friends, stouts, ipas, etc., but they never seem to want to 'chip in.' I want to see what would really win between Narwal, FIS, Ten Fidy, Old Rasby, without lables.
  25. skunkpuddle

    skunkpuddle Aspirant (259) Feb 14, 2011 California
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    How did the grass look?
  26. jncastillo87

    jncastillo87 Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2013 Texas

    I hate bud light more than any other beer on the planet. A buddy of mine was having a wedding shower and he had 4 beers in ice.. Miller light bud light coors light and mick light.. He said I couldnt pick the bud light out of the four. He lined up 8 solo cups with beer and he had the answer key. 6 were not bud light and two were .. i picked out the bud light both times.. it taste like a wet dog.
  27. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (1,808) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    Why are you insulting wet dogs?
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  28. jncastillo87

    jncastillo87 Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2013 Texas

  29. megamass

    megamass Initiate (0) Oct 30, 2008 New Jersey
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    you sound like a snotty little brat you should go get your binky. Just because you think something shit doesn't mean it is. We all have differrent tastes.
  30. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (1,808) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    You are completely wrong. Bush is shit. A McDonald's hamburger is shit. The fact that millions are sold to people does not change those facts.
  31. Gotti311

    Gotti311 Crusader (771) Mar 22, 2009 Wisconsin
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    I love the topic of Blind Tastings. This is the only way to really compare beer in my opinion, it is impossible to remove biases any other way. I hate to put in a selfless plug, but I post all my results at http://www.hereforthebeer.com/. We have done DIPAx2, APA, Browns, I even host an annual event where we do this for 5 different categories each year. This last year we did Ambers, American Adjunct, Double/Imperial Stouts, IPAS and Porters. Pretty tough by the end of the evening
  32. megamass

    megamass Initiate (0) Oct 30, 2008 New Jersey
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    Don't eve donate your brain to science because I think you have shit for brains there buddy. There tons of food and and beer that I don't like doesn't mean they are shit. I don't like bush beer but there are people that enjoy it so why do you have to bash them. I like Mcdonalds hamburgers but they are not my favorite.
  33. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (1,808) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    I am not bashing anyone. (Unlike you who can't engage in a discusion without name calling.)
    I am bashing a product. When something is produced without any care for quality (like Bush or McDonald's hamburger) it is shit. The ingrediants used are selected solely to meet a price point. That is what makes those products shit. It has nothing to do with whether or not I like something.

    There are plenty of things that I don't like. I can't stand salmon but I know it is not shit.
    Conversely, despite the fact that I find it tasty, I know that a White Castle Hamburger is shit.
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  34. kevanb

    kevanb Poo-Bah (1,741) Apr 4, 2011 Illinois
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    It doesn't matter how many times people explain the point of this thread, you are still going to be a dick.
  35. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (1,808) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    Excellent retort
  36. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Initiate (0) May 10, 2012 Illinois

    I bet you could do this with Double Jack, Abrasive, Double Trouble, Heady, Dreadnaught, and PtE... and Heady would lose 100% of the time... if you couldn't see the beer.
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  37. StonedTrippin

    StonedTrippin Poo-Bah (11,999) May 28, 2011 Colorado

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  38. JohnSnowNW

    JohnSnowNW Defender (602) Feb 6, 2013 Minnesota
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    It really just goes to show how much price and perceived notoriety factor into your individual taste buds. There is a reason companies spend millions of dollars on advertising. If people paid more attention to the quality of a product, instead of hype, there's be only a handful of AAL's on the market. Same premise could be used for vehicles, and every other consumer product.
  39. Smitty1988

    Smitty1988 Initiate (0) Oct 16, 2012 Arizona
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    Can I ask why you chose Adjunct Lager? Did you do the same thing with other styles? and craft
  40. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (1,808) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    My guess, he didn't really like the people that were coming over. (Maybe they were his wife's friends)
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