Best beer to convert a non beer drinker. Suggestions?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Mattyb79, Jan 10, 2013.

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  1. phildo7pt9

    phildo7pt9 Initiate (0) May 1, 2011 California

    Very true :-)
  2. DrBrule

    DrBrule Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2013 Michigan

    Give me heady topper!!
  3. DrBrule

    DrBrule Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2013 Michigan

    Something on the light side either way. I'm a Michigan man so I'm maybe Oberon, or lager of the lakes etc. idk if they don't have a taste for brew it may just be a lost cause.
  4. YumYumGumGum

    YumYumGumGum Initiate (0) Jul 25, 2011 Virginia
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    Old Rasputin
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  5. CircusBoy

    CircusBoy Initiate (0) Mar 10, 2008 Ohio

    Founders Cerise
    Leinenkugel Shandy/Berry stuff

    My wife who doesn't really like beer loves these.
  6. oya1time

    oya1time Initiate (121) Dec 23, 2010 California

    My girl likes Lindemans stuff, Peche, Pomme, and Frambois. Id have any normal jackoff try Sierra Nevada.
  7. avalonct

    avalonct Initiate (0) Oct 11, 2012 Michigan

    Nice call on the Oberon. I got my wife into beer with that tasty orange sun.
  8. cjoc83

    cjoc83 Aspirant (282) Jul 31, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    Maybe something light, like a wit or a pale ale. Nothing too hoppy or too high of an abv. I remember the first time I had a Sierra Nevada Pale ale, I thought it was a hop explosion. Now I'm all about the DIPA's. Some beers that come to mind...
    Allagash White
    Magic Hat #9
    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
    Victory Lager
    Founders Centennial IPA..more malt forward and not too bitter.
    Flying Dog Gonzo Porter
    Flying Fish ESB
    DfH Aprihop (although that's a fall offering I believe)
    Stone Pale Ale

    I tended to like lighter, sweeter fruit beers when I first got into craft, so also (although I'm not too much a fan of these beers now) Ithica Apricot Wheat, Lancaster Strawberry Wheat, Magic Hat never know what style someone is going to take to, so I tried to provide a variety of accessible beers in varying styles. Hope this helps!
  9. kdb150

    kdb150 Devotee (472) Mar 8, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    To all you naysayers, my wife now enjoys many a hefeweizen, tripel, quad, and Belgian blonde on my account. Even better, she's now starting to get into barrel-aged barleywines and strong ales, with Backwoods Bastard acting as the gateway beer to barrel-aged stuff (and is her absolute favorite). Why just the other day, she pulled a Dulle Teve out of the fridge and enjoyed the hell out of it.

    You of course can't make someone like beer. But I find that starting with weak and fruity is not a good way to go. Franzi makes a decent gateway beer to craft, but I think the better way to go is to go big. My mom loves wine and (claims that she) hates beer. I gave her a sip of Rochefort 10 and she was shocked that she actually liked it, and I think it's a beer that a wine lover would really appreciate. Show people what beer can be and they might want to give it a serious look.
  10. gueuzegeek

    gueuzegeek Initiate (0) Aug 11, 2003 New Jersey

    If they like coffee, then a coffee porter/stout is an obvious choice; that worked for my mom. I have seen wine drinkers REALLY like Victory Golden Monkey. I know the latter is a high gravity beer, but for some reason, non-beer drinkers seem to really dig it. I also agree fruity beers are a good suggestion. IF she likes champagne, you could probably hit her with a more tart lambic like Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus (sp).
  11. jatut

    jatut Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2012 Minnesota
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    Any fruit beer from New Glarus.
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  12. AlaskanYoung

    AlaskanYoung Disciple (379) Dec 1, 2011 Arkansas

    Blah. Had this yesterday. Was not a fan
  13. jjchristiano

    jjchristiano Aspirant (259) Sep 24, 2009 New Jersey

    Magic Hat #9. Subtle Apricot flavor. My wife's go-to craft beer. Otherwise she'd be drinking Corona lights with a lime. I buy a case and serve #9 every Thanksgiving. Everyone seems to enjoy.
  14. jelpernw

    jelpernw Initiate (0) Dec 26, 2009 New York
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    @Mattyb79 - just stopped and thought that if we're going to really help we should be asking more questions about your wife's tastes rather than just throwing ideas at you. I made a potentially off-base statement that if your wife mostly likes sweet fruity wines that she doesn't have sophisticated taste, but maybe you could talk more about her palette? Is she a real wine lover, or are these simply the wines that she picks when she has to pick something? What is her reaction to drier, more complex wine styles? How does she generally approach eating? Does she like to savor her food and seek out new tastes, or does she see it as something that you have to do but not much more. Etc.

    THANAT0PSIS Defender (682) Aug 3, 2010 Wisconsin
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    I agree that he shouldn't force it on anyone, but trying to help her enjoy his hobby is not something to frown upon. I always offer a sip up to anyone, if they refuse that's the end of that, but if they are open to give it a shot and don't like it, nothing is lost. If she looks down upon his hobby and would not do so if she understood it better, then I think he should definitely try to help her in that process.
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  16. dertyd

    dertyd Champion (865) Mar 23, 2010 California
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    Try shock top orange or sam adams cherry wheat
  17. seplo

    seplo Disciple (376) Sep 8, 2009 Connecticut
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    Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale. Its light and crisp, perfect for a BMC drinker...CHEERS
  18. dumpman

    dumpman Disciple (312) Feb 6, 2010 Rhode Island

    give em bigfoot ale..
  19. RobertColianni

    RobertColianni Zealot (524) Nov 4, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Mascato's are not sweet, fruity wines. They're dry, sugar wines. Cheap as hell. Dessert wines are Porto, fortified, English wines from Portugal. They are everything from dry and light to thick, tannin filled messes. You have to give us a better lead or just stop buying her beer.
  20. TheSSG

    TheSSG Crusader (798) Jul 27, 2008 Illinois

    Women are typically more sensitive to bitter, so darker styles like bocks can be nice (so long as you can get Midwest lagers).
    As for ales, hefes are hard to beat!
    If she drinks coffee; coffee biers!
    If she loves fruit, and you can get some, New Glarus lambics are my go-to for converting the most diehard bier "haters" into lovers. NG lambics blow minds.
  21. Kunstman

    Kunstman Devotee (409) Apr 18, 2012 Wisconsin

    Right on! Of all the beers I have tried with concern to 'segway' beers on friends, sours seem to work! This is my go to. INteresting that it took me a while to fet into sours. Intesting thesis for a foor science PhD major interested in beer if you ask me. Best of luck.
  22. Flight0011

    Flight0011 Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2013 Washington

    My Husband was lucky, I converted myself when I was looking for the perfect flavor for a beer batter. Im an ingredients person so I went on the search for the right flavor beer to make a batter with. Knowing nothing on the subject I sampled alittle bit of everything, being a lover of red wines I was sold when I discovered barley wine ales and chocolate stouts. For the batter though I was sold on Pauliner. Like how alot of flavors go, to me beer was an acquired taste and I have learned to love almost everything but sours.... I still can't get in to those... Ether way from my own personal experiences it will have to be something she wants to do and getting a response of "thats not too bad" is at least a start. You never know till you try everything.
    Hogardden Belgian-Wit
    Chimay Tripple
    Allagash Curieux
    Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
    Old Rasputin
    She may not like any of them but getting feedback of what tastes alright is a start.
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