Best beer with buffalo wings

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  1. Hdredfern

    Hdredfern Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2012 Texas

    What's the best style to pair with buffalo wings?
  2. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Zealot (514) Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    I like ambers/reds and not-too-hoppy pale ales. Sometimes a cold porter hits the spot. Not a fan of hoppy IPAs with Buffalo wings. The bitterness of the IPA with the spicy wings is not good IMO.
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  3. Groomsy

    Groomsy Initiate (0) Sep 23, 2010 Kentucky

    I'm also a fan of using amber ales with wings. While hoppy beers can cut the heat, the bitterness doesn't always blend well with the spices and sauces of wings.

    I usually tend to go for stronger lagers - Maibocks have just enough clean hoppy notes to cleanse the palate but have a nice inherent sweetness. A well-done Vienna lager or even a more sturdy pilsner balances nicely too. I lean toward more balanced beers that can cut through some of the heat without being too overwhelming.
  4. inchrisin

    inchrisin Defender (654) Sep 25, 2008 Indiana

    Something light and bubbly that burns the tongue. A middle of the road amber would help get the heat down, if you're into that sort of thing. :confused:
  5. Genuine

    Genuine Devotee (460) May 7, 2009 Connecticut

    anything that is not too hoppy and bitter. Lighter beers, wheats, etc is what I would pair to go with it.
  6. SmoothHoosier

    SmoothHoosier Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2013 Indiana

    Just had some hot wings with a stout. Not the best combo. Next time i'll try a wheat brew.
  7. KS1297

    KS1297 Initiate (0) Apr 14, 2013 Wisconsin

    i usually just go with the cheapest AAL they got. sometimes a shit bmc lager with spicy food really hits the spot.
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  8. NickThePyro

    NickThePyro Champion (823) Dec 24, 2012 Washington

    I use Ayinger Ur-Weisse or likewise beers. The banana/yeasty flavors seem to help sooth the heat from the buffalo sauce.
  9. eatabagofbooger

    eatabagofbooger Initiate (60) Mar 27, 2009 Oregon
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    It seems like IPAs and spicy food are a combo that most people love or hate. Stone IPA and wings is one of my favorite pairings. I suspect a Maibock (as has been suggested) or a Maerzen would work well-I'll have to try those soon.
  10. DmanGTR

    DmanGTR Meyvn (1,143) Feb 19, 2008 Florida
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    I'm a fan of Fuller's London Porter with my hot wings. It kind of gives a chile-chocolate flavor that I enjoy. However, a nice Sierra Nevada Pale Ale works as well.
  11. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Zealot (514) Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    I think it's more a reflection of the popularity of IPAs. If you look through this forum, you will see that at least one person suggests an IPA for nearly every pairing request. No other beer style is consistently suggested as a great pairing for food.
  12. eatabagofbooger

    eatabagofbooger Initiate (60) Mar 27, 2009 Oregon
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    Maybe, but I think for a lot of people it's not just a matter of IPAs being the best beer for spicy food, but more a matter of spicy food being the ideal pairing for an IPA. The particular intensity of a hop bomb ans the intensity of spicy food play off each other in a way that is enjoyable to some and over the top for others.

    For my part, I'm pretty burnt out on IPAs, and even when I was really into them would rarely pair them with food, as they tend to overpower whatever you're eating. Wings are the main exception to that rule for me.
  13. scurvy311

    scurvy311 Disciple (343) Dec 3, 2005 Louisiana

    For BWW mango habinero I go to Bass pale ale. Smooth, cleansing, not too malty/hoppy
  14. BeerSingh

    BeerSingh Initiate (0) Jul 25, 2009 India

    Try Kolsch.
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  15. imbrue001

    imbrue001 Aspirant (213) Aug 6, 2010 Pennsylvania

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  16. jwheeler87

    jwheeler87 Aspirant (226) Oct 27, 2011 Massachusetts

    Lighter flavored lagers and wheat beers. Nothing too hoppy.
  17. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Crusader (736) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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    Since milk is supposed to cool the taste buds after spicy foods, how about a milk stout?
  18. TheGoof

    TheGoof Initiate (134) Apr 10, 2013 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    The hoppier the better. The hops help add to the sting from the heat.
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  19. dbrauneis

    dbrauneis Site Editor (5,979) Dec 8, 2007 North Carolina
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    I generally go for a Pilsener or a Kolsch.
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  20. JesseMurdock

    JesseMurdock Initiate (0) Apr 14, 2013 Hawaii

    English Bitter
  21. kmatlack

    kmatlack Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2010 California
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    Any distilled Brew Dog "beer". i.e. Tactical Nuclear Penguin, Sink the Bismarck, End of History....

    But seriously: When I lived in TX, my favorite was Live Oak Hef with some spicy wings. Solid combo.
  22. ufmj

    ufmj Initiate (168) Feb 15, 2013 Florida
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  23. TNGabe

    TNGabe Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2012 Tennessee

    Same style that goes best with almost all foods - saison.
  24. ZAP

    ZAP Poo-Bah (3,401) Dec 1, 2001 Minnesota

    I agree 100%..the same reason I do not like IPA's with Pizza...even a simple beer like Killians Red works better
  25. mugs1789

    mugs1789 Initiate (184) Dec 6, 2005 Maryland

    SNPA. If not available, Corona or a premium American lager and preferably ice cold. Focus on the wings, not the beer.
  26. mpalestino

    mpalestino Initiate (0) May 28, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    i will generally go for a pale ale or a black lager
  27. joelwlcx

    joelwlcx Initiate (198) Apr 23, 2007 Minnesota

    I happen to like hoppy beers with spicy foods.
  28. Chinon01

    Chinon01 Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Which of your most favorite foods do you not like a hoppy beer w/?
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  29. joelwlcx

    joelwlcx Initiate (198) Apr 23, 2007 Minnesota

    I honestly have no idea...
  30. joelwlcx

    joelwlcx Initiate (198) Apr 23, 2007 Minnesota

    Probably anything sweet, particularly chocolate.
  31. bulletrain76

    bulletrain76 Zealot (579) Nov 6, 2007 California

    I tend to also like hoppy with spicy and think that salads, especially caesar, are awful with an IPA. Ditto with sushi and and most fish.
  32. paymerick

    paymerick Initiate (134) Feb 24, 2013 Texas
    Beer Trader

    I eat spicier foods quite a bit and prefer lighter, not incredibley hoppy beers if I'm drinking beer with my meal. Amber Ales, lagers, kolsches, even Dos Xs and an AAL depending on how spicy.

    I've tried doing IPAs and stouts with my spicy food and it's not for me, but i can where there's something there someone could like about the reactions.
  33. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Zealot (514) Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    It's not just this BA. Look at every thread where someone is asking for a beer for a food pairing. At least one person suggests an IPA, regardless of the fact that IPAs are renowned palate wreckers. Go figure.
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