Outside of taste, which element is most important to you?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Jerk_Store, Mar 17, 2016.


Which element is most important to you?

  1. Appearance

    9 vote(s)
  2. Smell

    166 vote(s)
  3. Mouthfeel

    89 vote(s)
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  1. Jerk_Store

    Jerk_Store Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2015 Canada (QC)

    Sounds like a dumb question, but what makes or breaks a beer more for you? Are you most disappointed when a beer doesn't smell as good as you'd hope, the mouthfeel doesn't deliver or the beer looks bad?

    For me, I take as many whiffs as I take sips, if not more... Mouthfeel has often been quite the letdown, or pleasant surprise, but going with smell
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  2. Ohmmygawd

    Ohmmygawd Initiate (0) Sep 10, 2013 Minnesota

    I could live in the smell of an Oude Gueze.
  3. buckeye1275

    buckeye1275 Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2013 Delaware

    Mouthfeel was never a big thing I noticed until I tried Ten Fidy. It just blew my mind and I am now very aware of how much better that can make a beer.
  4. yuenglingfan101

    yuenglingfan101 Crusader (731) Jul 7, 2010 Ohio

  5. Dravin

    Dravin Initiate (179) Apr 27, 2014 Indiana

    I went with smell. Mouthfeel is undoubtedly important but I think my tolerance for a beer's mouthfeel is looser than it is with smell. Also, there are times I've just spent reveling in the nose of a beer, and while there are beers that have wowed me with their mouthfeel I can't recall a time I've just reveled in it.
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  6. jlsims04

    jlsims04 Initiate (0) Jul 14, 2013 Illinois

    Mouthfeel. Smell and taste are so interconnected its all one thing in my mind.
  7. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Initiate (0) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado

    None of the above. Appearance, smell and mouthfeel don't matter once I've tasted. Price is pretty important.
  8. mwa423

    mwa423 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2007 Ohio

    You completely missed the most important thing other than taste: Price.

    I can't think of many beers that had a great taste and awful aroma (since those things are directly connected). So, I want a great tasting beer that I bought at a price I consider a value for the money, since taste and aroma are pretty much one and the same. Could mostly give a damn about appearance or mouthfeel.
  9. Scott17Taylor

    Scott17Taylor Poo-Bah (1,843) Oct 28, 2013 Iowa
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    Usually mouthfeel, but there are a few beers that have such an amazing aroma that I would have to go with smell.
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  10. GreatStoutman

    GreatStoutman Crusader (779) Jan 5, 2016 Texas

    I would love to say smell, but I did some, uh... damage to my nose back in college that doesn't allow me to really get the more nuanced notes.

    Therefore, I tend to value an excellent mouth feel.
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  11. riotontheroad

    riotontheroad Devotee (460) Apr 7, 2010 California

    its all about the nose! sometimes, if the aroma is compelling, ill smell it for 5 minutes or more before i even take a sip. nothing is more disappointing than a beer that smells amazing and tastes mediocre.
  12. Bearshawks85

    Bearshawks85 Initiate (0) Jun 12, 2014 Illinois

    Good call, I would go with Price too. Mouthfeel out of the 3 options though.
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  13. TheWolf

    TheWolf Disciple (361) May 26, 2015 Delaware

    Oh, but I still smell her, Charlie. Oooooh Ah!
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  14. tillmac62

    tillmac62 Poo-Bah (1,830) Oct 2, 2013 South Carolina

    On balance, mouthfeel, but for certain beers aroma when it really blows me away.
  15. Karnivool1

    Karnivool1 Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2014 Illinois

    Price and freshness could be other options.

    I went with mouthfeel.
  16. Dan_K

    Dan_K Zealot (515) Nov 8, 2013 Colorado

    Aroma. I don't tend to use the word "smell" that much.
  17. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Champion (835) Apr 8, 2010 Illinois

    Why wasn't "hype" an option? Out of the remaining choices I picked smell because I can't really drink a beer if I don't like the smell.
  18. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,803) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
    Society Trader

    My thoughts exactly.
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  19. waitwhatamidrinking

    waitwhatamidrinking Initiate (148) Aug 17, 2014 Illinois

    Turbidity. The more turbid, the better.
  20. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,803) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
    Society Trader

    If it smells I won't drink it.
  21. thepenguin

    thepenguin Devotee (449) Aug 8, 2010 Massachusetts

    Smell. Our olfactory system is such that we're able to gather the greatest amount of information from our sense of smell. As one whisky writer noted, and this may be more relevant to spirits but it's stuck with me, we're only really able to detect a few distinct flavors with accuracy but we're able to tell a lot more about the product from the aroma.
  22. SawDog505

    SawDog505 Poo-Bah (6,630) Apr 9, 2010 New Hampshire

    I love all aspects. First is taste, mouthfeel is next only because I love imperial stouts, smell is so close to 2nd it is almost a tie, and look again is huge, but if I had to give up one it be that.
  23. Oktoberfist

    Oktoberfist Initiate (116) Nov 26, 2014 Pennsylvania

    Price? As some stated earlier.
  24. LordSMAF

    LordSMAF Initiate (0) Mar 5, 2011 New Jersey

    Can/bottle art
  25. TBonez477

    TBonez477 Defender (644) Jan 15, 2015 Vermont

    I had to say mouthfeel because it's the only other sense related to having the beer actually in my mouth. For IPA's I may make an exception and go with smell since basically anything exceptionally dry hopped makes my mouth water.
  26. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Poo-Bah (9,808) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    I voted appearance, but it's actually a tie between appearance and body. Smell is so unimportant to me that it's not really a factor 99.9% of the time. One sniff at the beginning, and then into the belly. But man, I look at beers all glass long, I like rings of lacing, the way sunlight strikes a tulip full of Tripel with a nice white head is a thing of beauty. Have you looked across a room and decide to go talk to someone because they smell good? No, you decide to chat that person up because they look good. Now, if when ya get there, they stink, that's a different thing.:wink:
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  27. StoutElk_92

    StoutElk_92 Poo-Bah (3,264) Oct 30, 2015 Massachusetts

    I chose mouthfeel because a beer can still have a weak smell, but if it tastes and feels great it's a top notch beer. Whereas a beer can smell great, but if it is thin, watery and highly carbed it can be harder to drink and almost ruin the experience.
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  28. vicbrews

    vicbrews Initiate (0) Oct 30, 2015 Illinois

    Price, yo.
  29. Seanem44

    Seanem44 Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2014 Virginia

    Mouthfeel for sure. I love a good smelling beer, but a good smelling beer does not really equate to how it goes down.
  30. CRObighit2

    CRObighit2 Aspirant (277) Mar 2, 2014 Canada (ON)

    Living in Canada where they tax beer into oblivion, price is very important. I'm not a picky drinker and if i could stand the smell and taste of my first homebrew i can quaff pretty much anything.
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  31. greensparkplug

    greensparkplug Initiate (94) Nov 28, 2014 North Carolina

    None of the above.

    The most important thing is how cool it makes you look to other people.
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  32. VashonGuy

    VashonGuy Meyvn (1,274) Mar 7, 2013 Washington

    The three most important factors in real estate are location, location, and location.

    The three most important factors for a beer are taste, taste, and taste.
  33. FFreak

    FFreak Defender (665) Nov 10, 2013 Vermont

    Mouthfeel. As was mentioned above, it's not often you'll have a great tasting beer that smells awful. And really there aren't many beers that look terrible. But mouthfeel varies a lot and IMO can really affect the overall quality of a beer. For example, I can't stand the mouthfeel of session beers.
  34. rjd722

    rjd722 Initiate (0) Nov 17, 2013 Maryland

    I went with mouthfeel, because a majority of the time that's true. The beer could smell out of this world, but if the mouthfeel isn't tolerable or enjoyable then it won't matter to me. I could smell a beer all day, but in the end I'll need to drink it too!
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  35. Ranbot

    Ranbot Defender (668) Nov 27, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Which element is most important to me? Tough call... but I'll say oxygen. Although Hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen are pretty important elements to me too. :wink:
  36. Tonyjenlasc

    Tonyjenlasc Initiate (0) Jul 6, 2015 New Jersey

    Same! Although I believe smell is more important but mouthfeel is HUGE too.
  37. Rhymkeeper

    Rhymkeeper Initiate (0) Aug 31, 2014 Alabama

    Smell (aroma when it's enjoyable) is intertwined and hardly separate from taste. Mouthfeel comes in a bit ( a short bit) later. But as a veteran of mumble mumble years in retail, just as the customer is first, second and third; it's taste, taste, and then taste.
  38. Dingbat1477

    Dingbat1477 Initiate (0) Feb 9, 2016 New York

    Smell for me.
  39. PatrickCT

    PatrickCT Poo-Bah (2,319) Feb 18, 2015 Connecticut

    I voted mouth feel. While we first "eat" with our eyes, and appreciate an enticing aroma, the mouth feel lasts the whole beer.
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  40. scottbrew4u

    scottbrew4u Initiate (0) Feb 2, 2005 Pennsylvania

    The all important taste, followed by price(not listed), then smell with mouthfeel a close runner up.
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