Beers you had low expectations for but were pleasantly surpised

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  1. djrn2

    djrn2 Poo-Bah (1,922) Nov 4, 2009 New Jersey
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    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 Defender (603) Mar 27, 2009 Oregon

    Coors Batch19. Surprisingly good
  3. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    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. SanFranJake

    SanFranJake Initiate (0) Nov 2, 2012 California
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    Green Flash Barley Wine
  5. Mitchster

    Mitchster Poo-Bah (2,442) Dec 25, 2002 Michigan

    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) Dec 15, 2006 New York

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  7. PeterJ

    PeterJ Initiate (69) Dec 5, 2012 California

    Temptress from Lakewood Brewing. Amazing beer.
  8. mountsnow1010

    mountsnow1010 Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2009 Vermont

    Harpoon Summer Beer (Kolsch). Super refreshing.
  9. miwestcoaster

    miwestcoaster Crusader (740) Jan 19, 2013 Michigan

    Dundee mix pack. Good beer and great value.
  10. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (3,422) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    New Albion Beer and SA Double Agent
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  11. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (5,341) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    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. JamesShoemaker

    JamesShoemaker Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2012 Michigan
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    Snowdrift Vanilla Porter. Totally decent (I've only ever had it on tap, though).
  13. Chaney

    Chaney Initiate (0) Apr 20, 2006 District of Columbia

    Sam Adams Triple Bock. I personally love it.
  14. CoachC

    CoachC Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2012 Florida

    Utica Club
  15. VelvetExtract

    VelvetExtract Poo-Bah (3,180) Jan 10, 2010 Massachusetts

    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. hoparoundnw2337

    hoparoundnw2337 Initiate (55) Aug 6, 2011 Washington
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    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....
  17. allouez86

    allouez86 Aspirant (200) Jan 24, 2009 Wisconsin

    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 Meyvn (1,228) Jan 14, 2007 Illinois
    Subscriber Beer Trader

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

    STEG Initiate (0) Jun 29, 2009 New York

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

    Resuin Meyvn (1,287) Jun 18, 2012 Massachusetts
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    Hop Henge Experimental IPA. Not that my expectations were super low, but this one definitely well-surpassed my expectations. A really tasty beer.
  21. ShreddedThumb

    ShreddedThumb Initiate (0) Nov 5, 2012 Michigan

    Killian's Irish Red. Amazing on tap, especially during bowling league.
  22. mscott1975

    mscott1975 Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2011 Pennsylvania

    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 Initiate (0) Nov 18, 2012 Michigan
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    Dark horse thirsty trout
  24. GardenWaters

    GardenWaters Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2012 Illinois

    Samuel Adams Merry Mischief Gingerbread Stout.... a whole lot better than I expected.
  25. alucard6679

    alucard6679 Aspirant (259) Jul 29, 2012 Arizona

    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. Mediczod

    Mediczod Initiate (0) Aug 2, 2012 New York

    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 Initiate (0) Oct 15, 2009 Virginia

    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 Initiate (0) Aug 3, 2011 California

    Frangelic mountain brown
  29. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2013 New York

    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 Crusader (748) Oct 24, 2007 Ohio
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    Upland Bad Elmer's Porter

    An excellent Porter.
  31. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,138) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

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

    ThickNStout Poo-Bah (2,121) Mar 8, 2011 Georgia
    Subscriber Beer Trader

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

    Andygirl Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 Michigan

    Dragonmead Killer Bee. I expected over sweet syrup, I got a summer day.
  34. craft_shannie

    craft_shannie Devotee (480) Nov 9, 2012 Indiana
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    Key West Southernmost Wheat - Florida Beer Company.
  35. nc41

    nc41 Meyvn (1,494) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    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. reverseapachemaster

    reverseapachemaster Aspirant (244) Sep 21, 2012 Texas
    Beer Trader

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

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2013 New York

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