Welcome to BeerAdvocate!

Looking to talk, rate or trade beer? Join today by creating your free account.

Dismiss Notice
Curious about recent updates to the site and app? Check the Announcements forum for updates.
Dismiss Notice
Love Belgian Beer?

Join us Sep 17 in Portland, Maine for Return of the Belgian Beer Fest, featuring hundreds of authentic Belgian beers and Belgian-inspired offerings.

Tickets + more: beeradvocate.com/belgian

Are there any styles you find yourself having a hard time appreciating?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by devlishdamsel, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. Circleo12

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2012
    Posts:
    1,590
    Likes Received:
    4,907
    Location:
    South Carolina
    IPAs of any type...





    Yeah, I'm THAT guy.
     
  2. fredmugs

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2012
    Posts:
    3,593
    Likes Received:
    18,234
    Location:
    Indiana
    Sours for sure and I don't see that ever changing.
    High ABV barrel aged beers and that could possibly change.
     
  3. Derranged

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2010
    Posts:
    1,253
    Likes Received:
    1,376
    Location:
    New York
    English Barleywine, Black IPA, Old Ale, Scotch Ale and Cream Ale.

    I also don't see myself ever getting into Rauchbiers. Even though I've only had one, which wasn't bad, I can't picture it being something I'd really want to drink much of.
     
  4. Dennoman

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2011
    Posts:
    1,077
    Likes Received:
    1,823
    Location:
    Belgium
    I think I've pretty much ticked all the boxes over the past two years. Every time I thought there was a style I hated, I had my beer buddies intervene and let me try something that blew my mind.

    I had serious reservations towards bocks, but have since tried so many good ones that I've learned to accept the fact that it's not because a beer/brewer is crap, that you should reject the style in its entirety.

    I honestly can't think of a single style now where I haven't at least tried one amazing example of. Then again: if I have to name something: most pilsners I've liked have been so heavily hopped they were heading more towards the IPA side of the flavor spectrum. Then again, a friend of mine says he has an authentic Czech pilsner for me that's supposed to be amazing. I'll do as I always do: keep an open mind and dive in for the ride!
     
  5. Levich

    Subscriber

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2011
    Posts:
    58
    Likes Received:
    73
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    I haven't been able to get into Gruits. They just seem to taste like cough syrup to me. That being said, I have found that any style done well can be very good, so maybe I just need to find a great Gruit.
     
  6. fujindemon74

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2012
    Posts:
    3,120
    Likes Received:
    10,118
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    I'm happy to take them for proper disposal.
     
    jhartley likes this.
  7. Porkhustle

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2012
    Posts:
    222
    Likes Received:
    222
    Nope. I mean I won't ever seek a Euro Lager, but I can easily neck one back.

    I cringe when people make introductory recommendations to a style, as if drinking a beer is some sort of challenge. Beer is delicious and I haven't met one yet that was a chore.
     
  8. dennis3951

    Subscriber Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2008
    Posts:
    4,274
    Likes Received:
    9,616
    Location:
    New Jersey
    Smoked beers, sours and stouts with adjunts like coffee and chocolate.
     
  9. smakawhat

    Subscriber

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2008
    Posts:
    6,455
    Likes Received:
    50,091
    Location:
    Maryland
    Pumpkin ales, milk stouts, "American blonde ales", had plenty of these and fine I just dont get excited for them for numerous reasons.
     
  10. FEUO

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2012
    Posts:
    1,452
    Likes Received:
    1,559
    Location:
    Ontario (Canada)
    Sours. But I haven't given up.
    I have a few at home that I will give another go before I completely throw in the towel.
     
  11. taxman

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2012
    Posts:
    260
    Likes Received:
    422
    Location:
    Illinois
    Light beer. Oh wait, someone already said water!
     
    doppletheGOAT likes this.
  12. Drucifer

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2012
    Posts:
    594
    Likes Received:
    588
    Location:
    Illinois
    Kolsch and chili beers. I've only had a few of each, but they were hard to choke down.
     
  13. Thorpe429

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2008
    Posts:
    420
    Likes Received:
    365
    Location:
    Illinois
    Wheatwine. Maybe White Chocolate will be good.
     
    Chaney likes this.
  14. zach60614

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    May 1, 2012
    Posts:
    441
    Likes Received:
    501
    Location:
    Illinois
    Not a big fan of most rye's, I have had a few enjoyable ones, but on the whole I just can't get into them.

    Altbier, never had one that I enjoyed. Just can't stand the style and have completely given up on even trying them.
     
  15. Gutes_Bier

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2011
    Posts:
    2,434
    Likes Received:
    3,158
    Location:
    Germany
    I had a sweet stout once.

    Once.
     
  16. Ricelikesbeer

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2006
    Posts:
    737
    Likes Received:
    331
    Location:
    Colorado
    For some reason I really can't get into standard brown ales, (English or American) amber ales, and most porters. They bore me. I've found a few porters (Especially baltic and stonger American versions) that are pretty awesome, but the others bore me to death. I'd take a hoppy american pale ale any day over the other styles.
     
  17. Ricelikesbeer

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2006
    Posts:
    737
    Likes Received:
    331
    Location:
    Colorado
    I used to think the same thing... but today I love those styles. It took a lot of trying and buying, but now I'm a big fan of ipas and sours. (Not all of them) There are still plenty of sours out there that I'm not crazy about, but others, like Oro de Calabaza from Jolly pumpkin are outstanding, and fairly approachable to get into. I'd highly recommend that one for starters, as well as a few of brett type saisons like Sofie from Goose Island or Rayon vert from Green flash.
     
  18. FUNKPhD

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2010
    Posts:
    2,056
    Likes Received:
    1,966
    Location:
    Texas
    BIPA's; what a silly style.
     
    harrymel and yamar68 like this.
  19. WassailWilly

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2007
    Posts:
    1,544
    Likes Received:
    908
    Location:
    New York
    Lagers and sours... I dont drink a lot of either just dont care for the styles.
     
  20. LeRose

    Subscriber

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2011
    Posts:
    2,333
    Likes Received:
    5,924
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    Porter. i just seem to be missing some understanding. Haven't tried sours yet.
     
  21. RichardMNixon

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2012
    Posts:
    1,367
    Likes Received:
    1,523
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Wheats/Wits, Tripels, and Belgian Golden/Pale Ales. Too much banana.
     
  22. HipsterBrewfus

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2012
    Posts:
    457
    Likes Received:
    416
    Location:
    Maryland
    I generally pass on barleywines, they don't do much for me
     
  23. tcanaday

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2012
    Posts:
    126
    Likes Received:
    199
    Location:
    California
    Not a big hef guy.
     
    jhartley likes this.
  24. ColinStClaire

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2012
    Posts:
    270
    Likes Received:
    182
    Location:
    Washington
    I haven't been able to enjoy saisons. Also, most "Belgian _____'s" haven't made me go "ahhhhhh" the same way a good IPA, stout, or PA does. The sweet, musty funk kind of turns me off. But I'm still open to trying them for sure. Also, white IPA. I actually really enjoy black IPAs so far, or "Cascadian Dark Ale" if you prefer.
     
  25. 2beerdogs

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2005
    Posts:
    3,018
    Likes Received:
    9,092
    Location:
    California
    Hefs, super-sours, and some of the belgians (particularly yeasty goldens, pales, and doubles). And all the really light ones.
     
  26. Andygirl

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2013
    Posts:
    503
    Likes Received:
    613
    Location:
    Michigan
    Anything that has a lemonaid taste in it, like Porch Rocker or All Day IPA.
     
  27. jglowe77

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2011
    Posts:
    165
    Likes Received:
    168
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    Sours and smoked beers. Especially sours. I don't understand the desire to drink a spoiled beer.
     
  28. FUNKPhD

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2010
    Posts:
    2,056
    Likes Received:
    1,966
    Location:
    Texas
    Matured, is what I believe you meant.
     
    HipsterBrewfus likes this.
  29. JohnnyHopps

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2010
    Posts:
    758
    Likes Received:
    868
    Location:
    Indiana
    Farmhouse ales and Saisons.

    I think the only one I would ever buy again is Zes Zes Zes by FFF.
     
    cyraschris likes this.
  30. ChanChan

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2009
    Posts:
    1,253
    Likes Received:
    1,836
    Location:
    California
    Wheat based fruit beer, please kill it!!!
     
    WassailWilly likes this.
  31. nogophers

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2011
    Posts:
    255
    Likes Received:
    204
    Location:
    Minnesota
    Sours, smoked, some Belgians.
     
  32. JBogan

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2007
    Posts:
    175
    Likes Received:
    171
    Location:
    Nevada
    IPAs, DIPAs, Imperial IPAs ... basically anything with the letters I, P and A in that order. I take a sniff and appreciate the nice aromas. Nice enough to wear behind your ears actually. But the taste?... No, I don't taste any mango, papaya, and all those other exotic flavors others claim they pick up. All I taste is a one dimensional "bitter". Once in a rare while "bitter" is ok with me, but not very often. When bad things happen, it's said they leave a bitter taste in your mouth. That's for a reason.
     
  33. HipsterBrewfus

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2012
    Posts:
    457
    Likes Received:
    416
    Location:
    Maryland
    I think a lot of the reviews that say they taste those flavors are fucking liars and they should feel bad.
     
    weonfire and JBogan like this.
  34. ncaudle

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    May 28, 2010
    Posts:
    1,390
    Likes Received:
    835
    Location:
    Virginia
    wits, hefes, smoked/rauch, kolchs and non-sour fruit ales
     
  35. MADPolo

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2012
    Posts:
    521
    Likes Received:
    1,050
    Location:
    Alabama
    I'll keep an eye out for those. I haven't written off any of those styles off completely. I just haven't found one that really grabbed me. I'll add those recommendations to the list!
     
  36. Grintbrad

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2007
    Posts:
    8
    Likes Received:
    7
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Smoked beers taste like beef jerky. Nearly all of them, unless it's mild.

    Most wheat beers just bore me.
     
  37. BigCheese

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2009
    Posts:
    800
    Likes Received:
    669
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    Brown Ales, Lambics, Scotch Ales, Marzens, Irish Red.
     
  38. yamar68

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2011
    Posts:
    3,823
    Likes Received:
    19,565
    Location:
    Minnesota
    Gose, rauchbier, sahti and kvass.
     
  39. yamar68

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2011
    Posts:
    3,823
    Likes Received:
    19,565
    Location:
    Minnesota
    I think you maybe just wish that you could taste those flavors.
     
    Azzy, superspak, BierGartenok and 5 others like this.
  40. jhartley

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2010
    Posts:
    7,036
    Likes Received:
    54,454
    Location:
    Florida
    I won't typically turn down any style. I keep trying hefes but I just can't get past that banana/clove combination.
     
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.

    Subscribe