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

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  1. aurorabeerealis

    aurorabeerealis Initiate (159) Jun 9, 2010 California
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    If something smells good i'll try it. If it smells bad forget it.
  2. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Defender (637) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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    Bottles go into glasses.
    Cans go into glasses unless the reason for having the cans is to avoid breakage.
  3. DrLasers

    DrLasers Initiate (160) Apr 18, 2011 California

    This is the future of experiencing beer. You never FULLY experience the nuances of a craft brew until the foam pours out your nose after a good shotgunning.
  4. theCoder

    theCoder Disciple (393) Oct 24, 2011 Minnesota
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    Always pour it...hopefully into a glass and not the drain but hey maybe someone wants to try drinking it straight from the drain pipe...
  5. Grintbrad

    Grintbrad Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Glass always, unless it's PBR or Heady Topper...or I'm at they beach with something from Oskar Blues.
  6. carltjones

    carltjones Initiate (0) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    One example from BYO: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale draft beer is different from its bottled cousin in that the draft form is a little darker and has a lower original gravity compared to the bottled version.
  7. tehzachatak

    tehzachatak Initiate (0) Sep 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    More durian for me!!!!
  8. RandyKemka

    RandyKemka Disciple (332) Dec 13, 2011 New York
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    I always pour into a glass
  9. mecummins

    mecummins Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2012 Illinois

    I pour it into a glass if at all possible. But I'm not overly particular about the glass shape. I pretty much use a pint glass for everything.
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  10. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Poo-Bah (1,760) Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    I tend to like pouring because I can smell while I'm drinking, and that, of course, helps get the most out of the beer. Between a can and bottle though, I'd prefer drinking out of a can ... for whatever reason, I feel like the beer tastes better. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and PBR are better out of a can as opposed to a bottle.
  11. MinorThreat

    MinorThreat Devotee (488) Apr 7, 2008 Nebraska
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    Aside from direct conversations with brewers, brewery reps and a radio interview I heard a few years back from Auggie Busch (I know GASSSP) directly stating that Budweiser's (I know GASSSP again) prefered CO2 serving volume is lower than the volume in the bottle, no. Maybe the word "most" could be replaced with "many". And perhaps a more clear statement would be that many breweries desired CO2 volume in the glass is slightly lower than the volume in the bottle. The desired (lower) volume is achieved during a pour into a serving vessel.
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  12. HipsterBrewfus

    HipsterBrewfus Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2012 Maryland

    This makes ZERO sense.
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  13. HipsterBrewfus

    HipsterBrewfus Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2012 Maryland

    Oh wait, this whole thread is a joke, isn't it?
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  14. MinorThreat

    MinorThreat Devotee (488) Apr 7, 2008 Nebraska
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    a quick search yielded this:
    "While in your Hefeweizen Catcher stance let the pour hit the side of the glass gently and as horizontal as possible. This will maximize the surface of bubbles so they can escape with minimal alcohol abuse"
  15. LeRose

    LeRose Meyvn (1,270) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts
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    OK...Have read five pages of this nonsense, so I will play the innocent noob and say WTF is the freakin' point?

    I'll play.I like mine from a glass usually, but if from the bottle or the can is the only way to drink it, gimme the beer and forget about it. If that makes me a beer heathen or hypocrite, I will get over it. And I like a glass just because I like using a glass, like the feel of it, like the look of the beer in it. Either way, it's beer and I will help it fulfill its destiny to get in my stomach.

    C'mon, man...five pages??? This wound up over something even I have seen beaten to death in the short time I have been here?

    Here is a basic sensory primer from The Ohio State University for those actually interested.


    Short version, taste and smell are different sensory attributes, but both contribute to the sensation of flavor along with temperature and texture. So everybody's right. Yay. A quick search will find quite a few reliable resources on sensory science.

    Carry on...
  16. BelgBeerGeek

    BelgBeerGeek Initiate (0) Nov 11, 2012 Belgium

    Bottle = always into a glass.
    Can = sometimes glass sometimes can, if i've tried it before i have no problems drinking out of the can.
    If i havent had it before then i'll always pour at least a bit into a glass to see what colour it is.
    But for example Heady Topper and Oskar Blues say they want you to drink it out of the can, so i kinda respect the intentions of the brewery :-)
  17. kpodolanko

    kpodolanko Initiate (0) Dec 7, 2012 Texas

    Yes I do!
  18. Porkhustle

    Porkhustle Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2012

    What the fuck does going for a "snoot" mean?

    Does everyone do this?
  19. SanFranJake

    SanFranJake Initiate (0) Nov 2, 2012 California
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    Sometimes you just want to rip it from the bottle.
    yard or house work
    working on your vehicle
    hanging at an outdoor bbq
    I went on a bike ride this past weekend and as soon as a put my bike in the garage, I beelined it straight to the fridge and cranked open a Two Hearted Ale. Once the bottle hit my lips and the sweet nectar hit my mouth, I was a happy guy.
    And sometimes you just want the damn beer and not have to worry about grabbing a glass, waiting for the head to go away.
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  20. BeerNDoggerel

    BeerNDoggerel Disciple (396) Mar 13, 2011 Illinois


    Always. Drink. Beer. From. A. Shoe.

    Preferably a woman's pump. At an over the top party.

    Although, the German place down the street has boots. Made out of glass. Might have to try one of those.
  21. akakii

    akakii Initiate (0) Jun 18, 2009 Virginia

    I drink straight from the bottle/can when I don't care what the beer tastes like.
  22. BeerNFoodDood

    BeerNFoodDood Initiate (0) Jul 7, 2012 Colorado
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    Heady is better in the can, that is it.
  23. LeRose

    LeRose Meyvn (1,270) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts
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    I'm going back to Haffenreffer 40's...wait...CRAP....plastic, paper, or reusable bring yer own bag...dang nothin is easy...
  24. kirbmeist

    kirbmeist Initiate (0) Mar 16, 2012 Florida
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    as the late great michael jackson would say if your not using a glass then you are wasting your money
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  25. tgchief

    tgchief Initiate (57) Nov 30, 2010 Iowa

    Please use proper glassware unless emergency self hydration situation exists. If so, then gulp yourself to safety from any vessel containing beer.
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  26. JoeBloe

    JoeBloe Zealot (526) Nov 16, 2007 New York

    maybe I meant a "snort" - easy does it - cheers!
  27. jacksback

    jacksback Initiate (0) Jul 20, 2011 Massachusetts

  28. jhartley

    jhartley Poo-Bah (2,430) Aug 22, 2010 Florida
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    Amen to that brother!
  29. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    I guess if i was broke and out and forced to drink pbr ( oh the humanity), I would be ok with the can. That is the one and only exception. Well that and corona minis ( somehow the smaller bottle makes it all better).
  30. LAD

    LAD Initiate (0) Apr 16, 2008 Texas

    I don't always drink out of a glass but when I do I prefer Dos Equis.
  31. Casey3236

    Casey3236 Crusader (710) Sep 14, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    I've been buying more cans since the weather got warm. They fit in a cooler better and crush down for less trash. But I can't help but feel the beer tastes better from a glass. I can only assume it's because of the way I can fill my mouth better from a glass, without the "gurgling" for air to replace the liquid in the can as you drink. I have had Sculpin, Big Eye, Union Jack and now Shape of hops to come in cans in the last few weeks and every one was better from a glass. Am I right or crazy?
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  32. TonyLema1

    TonyLema1 Poo-Bah (1,667) Nov 19, 2008 South Carolina
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    If available, I always use a glass...for not Bud Light beers
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  33. headlessparrot

    headlessparrot Savant (902) May 24, 2005 Ontario (Canada)

    It's all context-dependent. You will get more flavour from a glass, in large part because you're also getting more of the smell, and smell actually makes up a pretty big percentage of taste.

    Having said that, there are some beers (and I'm not even talking macro, BMC stuff, but a lot of pale ales, lighter session ales, etc.,) that beg to be crushed from a cold can, and contexts--like a hot summer day--where a can just feels *right*.
  34. hopsputin

    hopsputin Meyvn (1,237) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey

    Glass if I have one.

    In my mind, you no crazy
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  35. JimmyTheDook

    JimmyTheDook Initiate (128) Oct 27, 2011 Texas

    Smell is most of your taste. The small can opening restricts more than a glass.
  36. jhavs

    jhavs Poo-Bah (1,644) Apr 16, 2015 New Hampshire
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    I prefer most poured into a glass, but I do drink HT from the can. The cans tell you it should be enjoyed from the can. I have poured it into a glass before, but I enjoy it more from the can. Not sure if this is in my head or not.
  37. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,493) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Maybe buy Sly Fox canned beer so that you can have a ‘twofer’: can and glass all in one!

  38. ovaltine

    ovaltine Poo-Bah (2,038) Apr 6, 2010 Indiana
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    This beer DEMANDS that you drink it from the can.


    I've had it both ways (from the can and in a glass) and liked it better from a glass, as is my preference for any beer. Let the olfactory senses do their work!!!
  39. Nmelione

    Nmelione Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2014 New Jersey

    always a glass
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  40. Sixpoint

    Sixpoint Poo-Bah (1,696) Jul 25, 2004 New York
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    Beer from a bottle or from a can is always going to taste better when poured properly into clean glassware. But its not just about taste - its about sanitation. The neck of a bottle is rarely clean and/or sanitary, simply because people grab bottles of beer by the neck all the time - and a beer is often handled many times before its finally consumed. That being said, if drinking right from a bottle/can, clean glass is less influential on the taste of beer than a clean can. Putting your mouth on a can will make something taste metallic - however, glass is more neutral.

    Of course, if your beer is unsightly, you may want to drink direct from the bottle or can, as we drink beer with our eyes before our mouths. But the lid of a can is far from sanitary (it has a basin which collects dirt and debris) so any conscious brewer-taster would never recommend that.
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