Easy-drinking craft beers

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  1. HugoTheSavant

    HugoTheSavant Initiate (0) May 26, 2011 Ontario (Canada)

    From your experience, which craft beers are the easiest to drink for those not accustomed to the taste of beer?

    I have found the following results:

    1. Dieu Du Ciel - Rosee D'hibiscus: Very sweet, no bitterness, and absolutely unorthodox for a beer. The only downside to this beer is that it is so fragrant, that any room you drink it in will smell overwhelmingly like hibiscus flowers. It actually overpowered the smell of my pot-head, cigarette smoking friend!

    2. Ayinger - Celebrator: My mother absolutely hates beer, both in taste and smell. Yet she really liked the coffee-like aroma on this one, and the flavour was absolutely inoffensive to her, as there was no bitterness, and it tasted much like a non-alcoholic malt drink to her, something which she enjoyed as a child.

    3. La Trappe - Quadrupel: Low bitterness, very sweet and wine-like, appealing color and smell. Nothing offensive other than a very subtle metallic note in the flavour.

    4. Sour ales, especially gueuzes and fruit lambics. This only applies if the individual is tolerant to sourness.

    5. Hefeweizens and Witbiers. Schneider Weiss and Hoegaarden make very easy drinking wheats.
  2. marquis

    marquis Crusader (762) Nov 20, 2005 United Kingdom (England)

    Milds.Slip down fantastically easily, no hard edges.Goes better with food than any other style I've tried bar none.
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  3. Reagan1984

    Reagan1984 Poo-Bah (2,161) May 15, 2008 Massachusetts
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    Sour Ales? Wow, I would not say I've seen that translate to non-craft drinkers. But hey, what do I know?

    I'd say Wit's and Pale Ales.... I have found that you do get a very positive response with women (wives of my beer geek clan) to Imperial Stouts. Especially chocolate, coffee etc. We usually pull one out with dessert and they are a big hit. Small pours are always essential.
  4. MN_Beerticker

    MN_Beerticker Initiate (0) Jul 10, 2012 Minnesota

    Brown Ales & Mild Ales.
    As far as Brand I try and steer as many by O'Dell 90 Schilling as an example of a well balanced easier drinking beer.
  5. Mothergoose03

    Mothergoose03 Poo-Bah (2,189) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    Fruit beers and summer wheat ales.
  6. DaveAnderson

    DaveAnderson Devotee (479) Jan 11, 2011 Minnesota

    I brought The Dissident and The Meddler to a party I knew would be mostly non-beer drinkers, and both were big hits with people who like wine.
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  7. Chinon01

    Chinon01 Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Low hop and low bitterness: Hefeweizen, Witbier, Mild, fruit Lambic
  8. rocdoc1

    rocdoc1 Aspirant (272) Jan 13, 2006 New Mexico

    We do a big homebrew Oktoberfest every year and it's fun to watch my non-beer geek friends try the 6 or 7 beers on tap. 3 years ago my pecan smoked hellles lager was the most popular, especially with non geeks. eople kept asking for another glass of bacon beer. Last year it was the alt I brewed-smooth, clean with a nice hop edge to it. But almost always my hefeweizen and wit are the first kegs killed. This year we went through 2 kegs of the hefeweizen.
    In general I think non beer drinkers are turned off initially by color, they consider dark beers thick and heavy. My wife(a wine drinker mostly) used to like Imperial stouts, but only if served in a ceramic mug so she couldn't see the color of it.
  9. NickMunford

    NickMunford Savant (978) Oct 2, 2006 Wyoming

    Any Hefeweizen.
  10. ShogoKawada

    ShogoKawada Meyvn (1,247) May 31, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Lagers and cream ales!
  11. RJP_1

    RJP_1 Initiate (0) Dec 23, 2012

    Anything from Breckenridge Brewing especially their Vanilla Porter and Amber Lager.
  12. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,446) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Anchor Steam. Great balance between malt and hops.
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  13. litheum94

    litheum94 Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2008 California

    I can see why you would think that, but Russian River sour beers are how I got my wife into craft beer. I am of course, somewhat regretting it, since I got her hooked on the most expensive type of beer. Oh well.

    To answer the OP, I have a lot of experience with this, as my dad is a diehard Bud drinker. You really have to stay away from anything that has more than a subtle hop profile. I've gotten him to drink Smithwicks, Hobgoblin, Longboard Lager and Fireside Chat.
  14. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (3,722) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    wheat beers
    Cream Ales
  15. hopsputin

    hopsputin Meyvn (1,235) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey

    Something like a celebrator or troegenator (in addition to the wit/wheats)
  16. shamrock1343

    shamrock1343 Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2010 New Jersey

    SN Pale Ale
    Anchor Steam
    Allagash White
  17. shamrock1343

    shamrock1343 Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2010 New Jersey

    Victory Prima Pils
    Nodding Head Monkey Knifefight
  18. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    Good witbier, wiessbier, the less sour krieks, Milk stouts such as youngs double chocolate, pretty much any fruit lambic or fruit infused beer, etc. It's all pretty much like drinking soda. Minimal hops, bitterness, smoother on the palate.
  19. Nutwood

    Nutwood Aspirant (232) Jun 30, 2012 Kentucky

    I find many of Schlafly's offerings to be very easy drinking, seems like they carry a moderate abv in most year-rounds and seasonals.
  20. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (2,188) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    I love that name
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