Drinking out of bottle/can vs. pouring in to glass

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by happy4hoppybeer, Dec 8, 2012.

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  1. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,139) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    I like the last little bit of a good bottle. Nothing like a yeast slurry to chase off hangovers.
  2. MagillaGriller

    MagillaGriller Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2012

    Heady.. As great as it tastes.. Freaks some folks out with the floaties in the beer.... Visually unappealing to many. The smell of shitty smelling beer is indeed complemented by the bottle/can. Harder to smell how shitty it is. Glasses, snifters in particular are shaped that way for an actual function. Some don't care.... But most of them drink through a funnel.
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  3. MagillaGriller

    MagillaGriller Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2012

    Get a better glass
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  4. happy4hoppybeer

    happy4hoppybeer Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2009 Pennsylvania

    OK, this hasn't gone as well as I had hoped. I seriously can't believe how many think it's mandatory or proper to pour into glass. Like another poster said, to each their own.
  5. Ford

    Ford Defender (693) Sep 8, 2012 Texas
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    They need to quit telling me what to do! :grinning:
  6. MagillaGriller

    MagillaGriller Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2012

    You might be missing the point brother. Certainly to each their own. Most folks, if given a choice, however, would simply like to engage their sense of smell and sight as part of the "experience". If its just as good to you without it, enjoy. Cheers.
  7. Immortale25

    Immortale25 Poo-Bah (3,031) May 13, 2011 North Carolina
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    On what grounds do you base this? I agree, to each their own, but you haven't explained why you feel this way.
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  8. darkandhoppy

    darkandhoppy Aspirant (297) Dec 26, 2008 Connecticut

    it never ceases to amaze the lengths some will go to rationalize laziness
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  9. RochefortChris

    RochefortChris Meyvn (1,236) Oct 2, 2012 North Carolina
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    You drink out of the bottle? What's that like?
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  10. LostTraveler

    LostTraveler Initiate (0) Oct 28, 2011 Maine

    I honestly drink most canned beers (except Ten Fidy) out of the can, esp IPAs. Always have, prob always will.... I dont want to hear the nose or anything like that, look at Headys can- they tell you to.
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  11. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Meyvn (1,417) Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina
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    I have too many glasses that I use. Im starting to dwindle my collection, but I always use like 5 glasses for every beer.
  12. kawilliams81

    kawilliams81 Meyvn (1,248) Feb 27, 2009 Illinois
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    Touché sir.
  13. happy4hoppybeer

    happy4hoppybeer Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Laziness?? How??? Cause I see nothing but pretentiousness from the always-pour-into-glass crowd.
  14. happy4hoppybeer

    happy4hoppybeer Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2009 Pennsylvania

    It's great. Best way to enjoy beer, IMO.
  15. happy4hoppybeer

    happy4hoppybeer Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I have always gotten more flavor, body and overall character drinking straight from the bottle. I have always, for some unexplained reason, experienced less of that when poured into glass. Maybe it's the oxygen and light.
  16. 5thOhio

    5thOhio Zealot (506) May 13, 2007 South Carolina

    Glass always.
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  17. Immortale25

    Immortale25 Poo-Bah (3,031) May 13, 2011 North Carolina
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    Then you must be one of those "super tasters" because the instantaneous effects light and oxygen have on a beer that's transferred from bottle to glass are minute. Yet, if it's detectable to you, maybe there will be a new wave of experimentation where people do two different reviews for every beer: one in the glass and one in the bottle/can. I guess anything's possible. I just couldn't imagine drinking an effervescent saison out of the bottle when the aroma is half the delight. Same thing with a beautiful IPA like Zombie Dust: the bouquet is one of the main reasons I enjoy it so thoroughly. *shrug*
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  18. DelMontiac

    DelMontiac Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2010 Oklahoma

    Glass. Always. Well, not when I'm fishing or camping.
  19. LiquidCourage

    LiquidCourage Initiate (158) Nov 1, 2012 Rhode Island
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    I always do glass. The visual aspect is a big part of the beer drinking experience IMO. I dont care what it says on the Heady Topper can
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  20. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Who cares what I regard as proper?
    If you really care though, I always choose to pour into appropriate stemware.

    Step 1 : Take 2 bottles/cans of the same brew.
    Step 2 : Pour one into glass of choice.
    Step 3 : Drink one from glass, the other from bottle/can.
    Step 4 : Decide for yourself.
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  21. paulys55

    paulys55 Zealot (587) Aug 2, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    Can you explain how 'the shape of the bottle allows for a better smell of the beer'? This is a serious question.
  22. paulys55

    paulys55 Zealot (587) Aug 2, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    I'll start drinking out of the bottle/can the day I can fit my nose in them while drinking.
  23. Schwerzpunkt

    Schwerzpunkt Initiate (0) Oct 9, 2012

    If at home, always into glassware...snifter, tulip, or whatever is appropriate for the style. If i'm out somewhere, out of the bottle or whatever is available. However, I've found that the experience is always better when poured into proper glassware.
  24. antilite

    antilite Initiate (159) Jan 1, 2012 Florida

    Glassware needs to be washed. What a pain. I sold my Duvel at a garage sale and picked up a case of red Solo cups. They work great for halving the Wild Turkey and Old Milwaukee. Alone, beer, milk, orange juice, and ice cream are best consumed from the original container. Mothers' milk, as well.
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  25. goodbetterbestbested

    goodbetterbestbested Initiate (0) May 10, 2012 California

    glasses are unequivocally superior. it's not a matter of opinion, drinking out of the bottle limits flavor.
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  26. WYVYRN527

    WYVYRN527 Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2007 Minnesota

    I'm just going to beer bong the rest of this Darkness.
  27. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,433) Mar 18, 2010 California

    New tick - glass. Beer staples - usually bottle.
  28. TheHomebrewerSD

    TheHomebrewerSD Initiate (0) Mar 26, 2012 California

    Have to +1,000 on most other sentiments here. You'll find the BJCP and Cicerone literature encourage pouring. Taste is largely a component of smell, so you might want to experiment with how you smell out of the glass. Sommeliers don't drink wine from the bottle for the same reason.

    True, aroma is the first to dissipate, which is why BJCP judges often focus on aroma first, then take a look at aroma, then taste, then go back through the cycle a few times.

    It feels wrong telling someone that what they are tasting/experiencing is wrong, so I won't go that far. You're certainly entitled to do what you please. But I'm willing to bet that the brewers, judges, beer writers, etc that you respect the most will argue that beer out of a glass is better practically as a scientific matter. But many of them will also tell you that we all have different perceptions of taste... so if it tastes good to you, then rock on.

    You'll practically never find me drinking from a bottle... just sayin'

  29. sir-knifes-alot

    sir-knifes-alot Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2012 Colorado

    Always from a bottle...even when i go out, I like to bring an empty bottle and have them fill it up from the tap.
    Really enhances the aroma.
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  30. Azzy

    Azzy Initiate (0) Jul 16, 2012 Texas
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  31. MagillaGriller

    MagillaGriller Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2012

    More than a little douchey, belittling those responding to a largely ignorant claim. Ive wasted enough key strokes trying to be sensible with an argument that resembles something from the shallow end of the gene pool. Wear two condoms - perhaps it will increase your sensitivity durin sex. Next time you want to have an informed discussion you might want ensure your final point isn't
    "Alls I know is" ....
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  32. MagillaGriller

    MagillaGriller Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2012

    Some folks also live in mud huts
  33. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2011 California
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    Drinking out of a tulip glass is a fucking must.
  34. Zimbo

    Zimbo Initiate (0) Aug 7, 2010 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    The slippery slope is getting slippier all the time here.
  35. superspak

    superspak Poo-Bah (13,369) May 5, 2010 Michigan
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    I never drink from the can/bottle. EVER. Even if I'm at some crappy bowling alley bar with 1 craft bottle in stock, I will have it in a highball glass. I can make it work.
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  36. fx20736

    fx20736 Meyvn (1,026) Mar 7, 2009 New York

    Aren't there gases trapped in the bottle/ can (Co2 and others) that adversely affect the drinking experience if the beer is not poured into a glass?
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  37. ColinStClaire

    ColinStClaire Initiate (0) Jul 31, 2012 Washington

    Almost always in a glass. Like 98% of the time. Only time I don't is at parties where glassware isn't available, outdoor bbqs, etc. Drinking from a glass enhances the experience for me in every way. Except if I'm just getting a buzz at a party. Less likely to spill that way. :wink:
  38. deathevocation

    deathevocation Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2008 Australia

    Depends what sort of beer it is. Currently drinking a lot of pilsner, straight from the bottle.
  39. JonnyBeers

    JonnyBeers Disciple (333) Oct 24, 2012 British Columbia (Canada)
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    Drinking right from the bottle or can, you're going to swallow all that CO2 and be burping or gassy all night....

    Also, how do you smell from a bottle or can while you are drinking it? Unless you've invented some weird tube so you can smell while taking a swig. SMELL enhances taste! FACT
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  40. Genuine

    Genuine Devotee (463) May 7, 2009 Connecticut

    haha, I can't say that I've done that but I have the classic pint glass, the nonic, the tulip, some southern tier and sam adams glasses, and a couple 32oz mugs when I don't want to go for refill so often.
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