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How often do you buy green bottles? Ever not buy a beer because of a green bottle?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by RochefortChris, Dec 27, 2012.

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  1. RochefortChris

    RochefortChris Meyvn (1,017) Oct 2, 2012 North Carolina
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    I've always wondered if anyone does this. I personally shy away from green bottles in most cases. Thoughts, opinions?
  2. hophead247

    hophead247 Disciple (370) Jan 27, 2008 California
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    I buy Trumer Pils on occasion...
  3. PoopChute69

    PoopChute69 Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2012 Poland

    I would buy way more Cantillon if it wasn't for that darn bottle...
  4. Omensetter

    Omensetter Aspirant (256) Nov 24, 2012 Minnesota
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    Green bottles are for fartbrau. I'd be glad to try a green-bottle beer if I heard good things, but when trying something blind, I tend to stay far away.
  5. jRocco2021

    jRocco2021 Disciple (351) Mar 13, 2010 Wisconsin
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    I don't always buy Heineken but when I do I prefer the cans because the bottles are almost always skunky.
  6. HeyJim

    HeyJim Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Only green bottle I've ever bought was Yuengling, and for the most part, those days are past.
  7. Winston_Smith

    Winston_Smith Initiate (0) Oct 25, 2012 Kentucky

    What difference does a green bottle make? Enlighten me.
  8. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,277) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    Only buy closed cases or closed 12 packs, or six-pack I remove from closed cases.
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  9. tjensen3618

    tjensen3618 Initiate (0) Mar 23, 2008 California

    Light skunks beer. Green bottles let in the harmful rays, Brown bottles do not (as much).
  10. Winston_Smith

    Winston_Smith Initiate (0) Oct 25, 2012 Kentucky

    So what's wrong with the heads of those in charge of Newcastle?
  11. glaze3

    glaze3 Initiate (17) Jul 29, 2010 Nevada

    I've almost completely quit buying Saison Dupont after way too many skunked bottles. It's really a shame because when it's good it's really good, but I have been burned too many times now.
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  12. bushycook

    bushycook Aspirant (235) Jan 31, 2011 Virginia
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    Jever Pils fresh outta the case. And Houblon Chouffe if it's been in a dark area of the bottle shop.
  13. Scotchboy

    Scotchboy Meyvn (1,248) Dec 7, 2010 Idaho
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    Ivan 2010 was in a corked and caged green bottle. Tasted great with a year on it.

    Also, Saison Dupont going from green to brown on the 11.2's pretty cool. Now I don't hesitate to pick one up if it sounds good.
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  14. tjensen3618

    tjensen3618 Initiate (0) Mar 23, 2008 California

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  15. luwak

    luwak Aspirant (269) Mar 2, 2010 Arizona
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    Lots of great Belgian stuff comes in green bottles.. Cantillon, 3F, Boon
    i'd prefer darker but not gonna not buy these beers
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  16. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,277) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    That would be these guys... probably not gonna get too far with them with the argument that preventing a beer from becoming lightstruck is more important that brand image.
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  17. chinabeergeek

    chinabeergeek Meyvn (1,270) Aug 10, 2007 Massachusetts
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    like jesskidden, almost always only buy it direct from the case. anything that is on the shelf and exposed to light is a no-go for me. it only takes a few seconds for a green or clear glass bottle to skunk under direct sunlight. indoor lighting varies (could take minutes, hours, even days), but a big misconception is that only UV light is the culprit. in fact, near-UV wavelengths in the blue part of the visible spectrum are also culprits.
  18. od_sf

    od_sf Aspirant (265) Nov 2, 2010 California

    I buy green bottles (Brasserie Dupont, Cantillon, Gueuze Tilquin, etc) ALL the time, and it's never an issue. I have NEVER had a lightstruck bottle, and this is after consuming hundreds of these. Much ado about nothing as far as I'm concerned.

    Edit: I have had skunked cheap adjunct lagers in green or clear bottles though like Heineken, Corona and crap like that. Never good beer though.
  19. philhite

    philhite Initiate (0) Oct 21, 2011 Ohio

    Pilsner Urquell...it now comes in closed 6 and 12pks, Peroni is good as long as its from the 12pk, Heineken too. All of these beers are delicious on draft, I wish they came in brown bottles!
  20. Crusader

    Crusader Initiate (198) Feb 4, 2011 Sweden

    As a Swede I have yet to encounter a skunked green bottled beer. Before I started watching American beer reviews on youtube I wasn't aware of this problem, and I have yet to encounter a bottle which displays this particular issue. Then again the only non-brown bottled American beer that I ever buy is Miller Genuine Draft which supposedly is brewed from light-proof hops. The European green bottled beers here might be too fresh to cause a problem, or are kept in conditions which arent conducive to skunkiness. At least here the brewers are forced to put a best-before date on each bottle or can, which our government monopoly stores respect, you wont find old beers on the store shelves.
  21. chinabeergeek

    chinabeergeek Meyvn (1,270) Aug 10, 2007 Massachusetts
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    lambics are less prone to skunk, if at all, since they use aged hops that apparently don't produce the isohumulones that can become lightstruck.

    as for dupont, you are either amongst the elite group of lucky unicorns to have never experienced it in an off-the-shelf bottle or are confusing the skunk with the other funky aromatics in the beer.
  22. chinabeergeek

    chinabeergeek Meyvn (1,270) Aug 10, 2007 Massachusetts
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    it would seem that northerly latitudes experience the problem far less often, as some UK members have also expressed bewilderment. freshness shouldn't be an issue, since under direct sunlight in the latitudes of most of the USA, a green or clear glass bottle will skunk within seconds.
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  23. Schwantz

    Schwantz Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2012 Florida

  24. Crusader

    Crusader Initiate (198) Feb 4, 2011 Sweden

    That is interesting. Beer sold via the Swedish monopoly is either sold like this:

    Or like this

    The former if the brand is successfull, the latter if the brand is new or a minor brand. Green bottles tend to be Swedish or continental pale lagers. I've often wondered what the shelf-lights do to the beers, but since I've never encountered the skunkiness that American reviewers seem to encounter I've stopped worrying.
  25. Marty91

    Marty91 Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Yuengling is really popular around here.... I'm not sure why. And for some reason their "LAGER" is in green bottles, always thought it was wierd
  26. TomTwanks

    TomTwanks Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2011 Ohio

    I believe the light struck beer involves hops. From what I recall I've never seen an ipa (besides maybe a Belgian triple ipa) in a green bottle.
  27. od_sf

    od_sf Aspirant (265) Nov 2, 2010 California

    There is no mistaking the skunky aroma of a lightstruck beer. It's a pretty unique and rather unpleasant smell, and I would not confuse it with the bretty, very pleasant funk smell of a Saison. I'm from Wallonia in BE and I have been drinking Dupont for a long, long time.
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  28. chinabeergeek

    chinabeergeek Meyvn (1,270) Aug 10, 2007 Massachusetts
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    ok, then you are in the first group i mentioned - one of the extremely lucky.
  29. fuzzylogic

    fuzzylogic Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2008 Pennsylvania

    I'll by Hofbrau beers and sometimes Lowenbrau but only in cases
  30. Crusader

    Crusader Initiate (198) Feb 4, 2011 Sweden

    Hofbräu is sold in 50cl brown bottles here, Löwenbräu in 50cl cans. It's a shame if German brewers have to sell their beers in green bottles in the US if this type of container is succeptible to skunkiness over there, simply due to the expectation of imported beer being sold in green bottles. Here imported beer is sold in both green and brown bottles as well as cans with no clear preference for either and no stigma of skunkiness associated with green bottles.
  31. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,277) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    Well, there was America's longest-lived India Pale Ale:

  32. Immortale25

    Immortale25 Poo-Bah (3,019) May 13, 2011 North Carolina
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    This. I recently bought a bottle of Avec Les Bons Voeux but I was very wary of doing so ever since I bought a bottle of Biere de Miel and it was totally skunked. The Avec Les Bons Voeux was awesome though, so I definitely don't regret it. You just have to be mindful of the location where you're buying. The Biere de Miel was at Whole Foods so it undoubtedly had been sitting for quite some time. The Avec Les Bons Voeux was at a convenience store bottle shop that has a great selection but doesn't get a lot of turnover but I go there quite often and hadn't seen it on the shelf before so I made a gut decision to buy. However, I've totally given up on Chouffe. Everything I've had by them, even on tap, has been skunky.
  33. lucasj82

    lucasj82 Zealot (595) Aug 13, 2009 Indiana
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    I will get some Heinekens from time to time but only in closed boxes (mostly 12 packs).
  34. chinabeergeek

    chinabeergeek Meyvn (1,270) Aug 10, 2007 Massachusetts
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    the only real possibility for skunked keg beer is after it has been poured into a clear glass and exposed to intense light before reaching your lips.
  35. klaybie

    klaybie Initiate (0) Nov 15, 2009 Illinois

    I never buy beer in green bottles anymore. My local stores only sell them out in the open exposed to light...
  36. Immortale25

    Immortale25 Poo-Bah (3,019) May 13, 2011 North Carolina
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    I know. That's why I'm so :confused: but I'm not buying any more of their beer to find out. It's weird because, now that we're on the subject, just about every beer from Kasteel I've had on tap has tasted like straight up wet cardboard to me as well. Once again, not buying anymore of their beer to try to unlock the mystery either. *shrug*
  37. chinabeergeek

    chinabeergeek Meyvn (1,270) Aug 10, 2007 Massachusetts
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    assuming you're not confusing wet cardboard (usually associated with oxidation) with skunk (lightstruck), try and get chouffe directly out of the case. i've never had a problem with them that way. of course, you'll have to be sure to keep it out of the light on your own end. as for kasteel, most of their beers i find overly sweet rather than oxidized, although i think their tripel is decent.
  38. DubbelTrubbel

    DubbelTrubbel Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2012 Georgia

    New Glarus fruit beers- green bottles- amazing
  39. chinabeergeek

    chinabeergeek Meyvn (1,270) Aug 10, 2007 Massachusetts
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    most likely because they barely use any hops, and if any, it's probably aged hops just like lambics. thus minimal to no skunking risk.
  40. decimator

    decimator Zealot (572) Jun 1, 2009 Ontario (Canada)

    I'm glad Pilsner Urquell is readily available in tall cans here otherwise I'd rarely drink it. I've had bottles go skunky on me.
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