Online Beer Tastings - Idea Submission Thread

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by FBarber, Apr 26, 2021.

  1. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (5,274) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    The old thread had been around for 5 years, and was getting unwieldy so we're kicking off a brand new online beer tasting - Idea Submission Thread.

    This thread is where the BA community can come to offer suggestions and input in determining the next online tasting. More recently, these online tastings have been happening roughly every 6-8 weeks here on Beer Advocate (in 2020 we had 7 online tastings throughout the year). The theme or topic of the tasting can be a single beer, a single style, a subset of similar styles, or a particular theme. In recent memory we have had tastings that fit into all of those various parameters. Its a great opportunity for people to hopefully explore beers they may not have been otherwise inclined to explore, to learn more about these beers, to review these beers on BA, and most of all, to have fun and interact with other BAs.

    Although we've tried a couple ways to pick the tasting topics, the current method is just general discussion until a general consensus is reached. So jump in here, offer suggestions, offer thoughts and input, and be part of choosing the next topic. And if your suggestion is not picked? Don't worry, there is always the next tasting.

    Once a tasting topic is chosen, a weekend will be chosen (again, by general consensus) and then a host will set up a separate tasting thread for the specific tasting.
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  2. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (5,274) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    For reference, here is the old tasting - Idea Submission Thread:

    Also, a major, major thank you to @ChicagoJ for tracking the prior tasting threads. Again, for reference, here are the prior tasting threads through the posting of this new Idea Submission Thread, so keep these prior tastings in mind when making suggestions:

    Previously Completed Beer Advocate Online Tasting Events (2015 - April, 2021)

    Bock beers
    (April 23-25) @TongoRad (532 replies)
    Porters (March 12-14) @FBarber (495 replies)
    Barelwyines (January 29-31) @SierraNevallagash (492 replies)

    Holiday Beers (December 18-20) @FBarber (254 Replies)
    Bourbon County Brand Stout (November 26-29) @ChicagoJ (271)
    Lambic (October 30 - November 1) @ChicagoJ (108)
    Oktoberfest II (September 19-20) @TongoRad (421)
    West Coast IPA (August 7-8) @FBarber (339)
    Pilsner (May 29-30) @FBarber (475)
    Saison (April 3-4) @FBarber (256)

    , Doppelbock, Weizenbock, Dunkelweizen (November 30) @FBarber (252)
    Belgian Dubbel (June 15) @zid (214)
    Beers You Inexplicably Haven't Had (February 2) @FBarber (66)

    (October 20) @FBarber (128)
    Irish Dry Stout (March 24) @Riff (212)

    Belgian Christmas Ale
    (December 16) @Scott17Taylor (84)
    Oktoberfest (September 23) @Scott17Taylor (127)
    Berliner Weisse (July 8) @Scott17Taylor (102)
    American Adjunct Lagers (June 3) @TongoRad (221)
    Maibock (April 8) @Harrison8 (256)
    Barleywine (March 4) @Scott17Taylor (277)
    Dopplebock (February 4) @Harrison8 (208)
    Ten FIDY (January 7) @Scott17Taylor (198)

    Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier
    (May 7) @Urk1127 (56)
    Ayinger Celebrator (April 2) @BrewsingBuffalo (74)
    Orval II (March 26) @dcotom (52)
    Bigfoot (March 12) @Scott17Taylor (208)

    Delirium Noel
    (December 18) @SammyJaxxxx (260)
    The Abyss 2014 (November 15) @JayWhitson (119)
    Orval (September 20) @Todd (49)
    St. Bernardus Abt 12 (July 19) @ThisWangsChung (301)
  3. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (5,274) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    To get things rolling with this new thread, when we did that poll for people to vote on the next style, dark lagers was the second highest vote getter (after porters), so that should be in consideration for this next tasting.

    @jonphisher also suggested wheat beers:
    What say you all? Also keep in mind, this would tentatively be in early to mid June ...
  4. oldmankoch

    oldmankoch Devotee (466) Jan 1, 2014 Tennessee

    Wheat Beers Wheat Beers Wheat Beers!!! :beers:

    For the time of year, many wheat beers are a quintessential indulgence. I know I'll come ready with Hefe, Wit and Weizenbock (if I can find Ayinger).
  5. Cstamp3084

    Cstamp3084 Initiate (41) May 3, 2020 Maryland

    munich helles sounds good for early or mid june.
  6. officerbill

    officerbill Champion (829) Feb 9, 2019 New York
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    Just so long as we do a wheat/wit/weizen tasting sometime this summer.
  7. jts211

    jts211 Disciple (319) Aug 5, 2018 Pennsylvania
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    Dark Lagers would be fun! :grin:
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  8. SudsDoctor

    SudsDoctor Defender (647) Nov 23, 2008 New York

    After three straight tastings of darker and/or stronger styles, I'd suggest going with a lighter/milder style for the next. Pale wheat ales or light lagers (but not pilsner).
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  9. Shanex

    Shanex Poo-Bah (1,840) Dec 10, 2015 France
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    Belgian Tripel, please, pretty please with sugar on top?
  10. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (1,882) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    I'll begrudgingly admit that wheat beers seems like a good idea for the next one. As far as I can recall I haven't really enjoyed any wheat beer styles much, but these tastings are a great.excuse to learn about styles and revisit ones ive written off earlier in my beer journey.

    Let's just keep dark lagers on the map for later this year!
  11. MNAle

    MNAle Poo-Bah (2,196) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota

    I like the wheat ale idea for late spring/early summer and pale lager (substyles TBD) for the heat of summer.

    If wheat includes ALL wheat (x-weizen, wit, x-weisse, American pale & dark wheat, ...) that is a tremendous variety - and availability.

    Should be fun.

    A quick head count of what's available for online ordering here shows 70 different beers from 50+ different brewers - of course, that includes Blue Moon and Shock Top :wink:.
  12. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (5,274) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    Id like to do this one as well.
  13. BeerVikingSailor

    BeerVikingSailor Meyvn (1,043) Nov 19, 2009 Ohio

    Wheat beers would be great for the warmer months......

    As would gose's / berlinerweisse, etc too

    How about shandy / radler also for summer?
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  14. MaltyFlannel

    MaltyFlannel Initiate (31) Oct 30, 2020 Iowa

    My vote goes for wheat beers next!
  15. beergoot

    beergoot Poo-Bah (7,525) Oct 11, 2010 Colorado
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    I'll throw in with the wheat / wit / weizen crowd...
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  16. Jack_14

    Jack_14 Aspirant (269) Nov 2, 2019 Italy

    Considering the wide variety of choices within the definition "wheat beers", I agree with this proposal for June.
    In my opinion they would come out nice "bombs" (again).
  17. zid

    zid Poo-Bah (1,637) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    Don't forget lambic. :slight_smile:
  18. sulldaddy

    sulldaddy Poo-Bah (4,129) Apr 6, 2003 Connecticut
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    Wheat beers could be good in about 6 weeks! And a pretty wide range would give good access to almost anyone.

    Bummed i missed that "barelwyines" event, sounds like an awesome beer style!!:grin::grin::grin:
  19. JSullivan

    JSullivan Initiate (87) Aug 18, 2010 Massachusetts

    Trappist Beers
  20. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (5,274) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    How did you miss the barleywine tasting?! :wink:
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  21. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (5,274) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    We did lambics last fall, so I'd exclude those.
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  22. MNAle

    MNAle Poo-Bah (2,196) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota

    And Gose. :slight_smile:
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  23. JHDStein

    JHDStein Initiate (79) Aug 16, 2013 Germany

    I'm all for a wheat beer tasting! I shouldn't have much problem finding a few around here...

    I'd also second a Tripel tasting. A great, often underappreciated style.
  24. psweendogg

    psweendogg Champion (892) Jun 30, 2005 Connecticut
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    I am also in for Wheat Beers. In 2016, the City of Portland, OR declared May 15th as Hefe Day to honor the 30th anniversary of Widmer Brothers Hefeweizen. A tasting thread a few weeks after the 35th anniversary sounds good to me!

    On a side note, I don't know if there is a day dedicated to celebrate Allagash White but there should be. Whenever the Wheat Beer tasting occurs, we should all kick it off with an Allagash White. I'm always more than happy to advocate for that beer!
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  25. thebeers

    thebeers Poo-Bah (3,707) Sep 10, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    I’m down for wheats, but recommend doing it in late July. I like my hefeweizens when it’s HOT out. We could sneak something else in before that.
  26. larryi86

    larryi86 Poo-Bah (4,841) Apr 4, 2010 Delaware
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    I’m liking all wheat beers idea, but I will second a Trappist tasting for the next one
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  27. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (7,881) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming

    Wheat or Fruit beers would be my choices.
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  28. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,809) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    Only if it's candi sugar. :wink:
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  29. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,809) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    BTW, I'm all in on a Tripel tasting. I picked up a new one from New Glarus just today, and I can't wait to get to it.
  30. CB_Michigan

    CB_Michigan Aspirant (222) Sep 4, 2014 Illinois

    And Imperial Stouts aged in Wheated Bourbon barrels???
    Eh, I'll show myself out.
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  31. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (1,882) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    My savior!
    Of course, I'd never imagine cracking a lambic. However, I have a couple of these wonderful Belgian beers made with 40% unmalted wheat. Very traditional. My favorite wheat beer:grin:
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  32. J-legend-K

    J-legend-K Initiate (74) Feb 6, 2021 Colorado

    Smoothie Sours / Pastry Stouts

    Never been done and they seem to be a popular topic on these forums these days :grimacing:
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  33. jonphisher

    jonphisher Defender (634) Aug 9, 2015 New Jersey

    I'll add another plus, mostly standard one drink ABVs for indulgence without ill effect.
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  34. Coronaeus

    Coronaeus Meyvn (1,335) Apr 21, 2014 Canada (ON)

    I actually think that pastry/breakfast/dessert stouts are a great idea, maybe for the fall. So polarizing. It would make for a fun read.

    I think the wheat/wit idea is the obvious choice.

    I think something more pointed would be great too. I’d love a Dortmunder share.
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  35. HoppingMadMonk

    HoppingMadMonk Poo-Bah (2,416) Mar 3, 2017 New Jersey
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    I can go either way,tripel or wheat
  36. SABERG

    SABERG Poo-Bah (2,895) Sep 16, 2007 Massachusetts

    I cast a vote for Wheat beers being next
    Triples in September
    Cheers all
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  37. CB_Michigan

    CB_Michigan Aspirant (222) Sep 4, 2014 Illinois

    Ummm, this is the online TASTING thread. I think you took a wrong turn on the way to the Online Drain Pour thread. :sunglasses:

    Although, with those beers you’ll also need to find the Online Unclog Your Sink thread. :stuck_out_tongue:
  38. cjgiant

    cjgiant Poo-Bah (5,727) Jul 13, 2013 District of Columbia

    I like the idea of wheat beers given the time of year, as many have pointed out. Tripels maybe better for mid-fall?? I’d be curious how many tripels I could find :slight_smile:

    Also, definitely not for next tasting (if any), but I was thinking recently about the Throwback themes I’ve done in the past. I’d throw myself in as willing to host something in the “I Can’t Believe...” vibe where you revisit a beer you used to drink but haven’t had in a while. There could be some tuning of the concept (like just [WC] IPAs?) but something like comparing your initial thoughts/review to what you think now.

    @TongoRad used to do a Turkey Beer theme in years past, so that’s actually not as oddball a theme as you’d think :wink:
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  39. meliscious

    meliscious Initiate (57) Mar 11, 2021 Washington

    Unfiltered Ales/IPAs/other unfiltered

    Belgium Whites


    I “think” all above are subsets of Wheat beers (large category). ...I know I shall be corrected if I am off the mark here. As long as it includes a nice spanking, then I am OK with it. :smile:

    my two cents an initiate, it is more like two pesos. :stuck_out_tongue:

  40. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,945) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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