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Anyone get a "fishy" taste from certain breweries?

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

  1. mtlasley

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    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?
     
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    Did you take a fish oil caplet previous?
     
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    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.
     
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    i got it from new belgium ranger before, maybe just a fluke....a..fluke...but seriously i did.
     
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  5. mtlasley

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    Never had them.
     
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    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.
     
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    oh yeah dogfiish head and flying fish. and guess what Flying Dogs brew taste like?
     
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    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.
     
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    Were you guys at Red Lobster when you had these experiences?
     
  10. HarrySTruman

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    "There was a fish.... IN the percolator"...
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    I think some fish taste mineraly as do some beers. Could that be the "fishy" flavor?
     
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    Sounds like you don't like wheat.

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

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

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    Devil's Dancer doesn't come out until next month this year.
     
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    Hmm.. was expecting a dirty joke here and there. Stay classy BA!
     
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  20. jbck109

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

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    Awwww, yeaaahhhh. Thanks man, I had no clue.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    Yeah! I noticed a fishy taste in the Ranger IPA too.
     
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    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.
     
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    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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    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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    I'm drinking a Rampant Imperial IPA and I'm getting a fishy taste. Weird.
     
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    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.
     
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    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....

    http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/691/1989/

    Edit* Tag didn't' name the beer

    Blackstone Brewery and Restaurant Nut Brown
     
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    Haha...You are all about Twin Peaks.
     
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    All the time when I am ice fishing.
    Dropped a minnow in my beer once.
     
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    No fishy taste in my experience, but if I start tasting fish in beer, I am going to blame this thread.
     
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    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. :(
     
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    Ranger for sure...i always thought it was just me. Phew!
     
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    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.
     
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