Site Pet Peeves of Reviews

Discussion in 'Support & Suggestions' started by CloudStrife, Feb 14, 2013.

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  1. CloudStrife

    CloudStrife Initiate (0) Nov 20, 2008 New York

    After reading about people and their pet peeves of liquor store practices and bars, I am curious what people get annoyed by when reading a review on this site.

    Are there certain things such as spacing, buzz words, comparisons or randomness that other people do which makes you disregard the review? Would love to be able to improve my reviews and am curious as to what people look for or dont like.

    To start it off I guess I am nit-picky for paragraph breaks between the different categories you are rating.
     
  2. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,380) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff Subscriber

    If you're looking to improve your reviews, why not ask for ways to improve vs. asking others what annoys them?

    You'll get more constructive responses as a result; trust me.
     
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  3. kojevergas

    kojevergas Poo-Bah (6,699) Aug 15, 2010 New York
    Beer Trader

    Pretension in general is bothersome for me. I know it's a vague criticism, but it gets under my skin. I've never seen a pilsner that was "ecru", and it just makes you look like a tool when you describe it as such.

    Lack of length and detail is probably my biggest pet peeve. Granted, there are many beers about which there just isn't much to be said. But short reviews with a lack of detail only signal a tick to me. I think the implementation of "Hads" is greatly helping that problem, though.
     
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  4. loafinaround

    loafinaround Initiate (0) Jul 16, 2011 New York

    honestly, I give props to everyone for taking the time to carefully think about a beer and record their thoughts. I don't care about format or anything else.
     
  5. LMT

    LMT Initiate (0) Oct 15, 2009 Virginia

    This.

    When I drink a beer, my favorite position is on the couch, laptop off, nothing to write with. Just enjoying the beer. That's why I never review beers.

    Really, anyone who does take the time to write reviews of any kind is doing me a service. I really do appreciate them.
     
  6. CloudStrife

    CloudStrife Initiate (0) Nov 20, 2008 New York

    Thats cool you both are grateful for reading the reviews. Must say there is a certain feeling when I have already reviewed a beer and am relaxing on the couch enjoying it again.
     
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  7. Flashy

    Flashy Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2003 Vermont

    "I don't like this style" or "the beer was obviously bad (only an issue if the beer is often
    bad)".
     
  8. RBassSFHOPit2ME

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Meyvn (1,126) Mar 1, 2009 California

    Great timing! I recently read someone's review stating "insert cult favorite DIPA here" was too balanced to be considered World Class.

    Or when someone bashes a brew or gives a poor rating, then goes onto state that they're not a fan of the style or familiar with it.
     
  9. Pahn

    Pahn Meyvn (1,448) Dec 2, 2009 New York
    Beer Trader

    take a random sampling of 10 of my reviews. try to pick out 2~3 attributes of each one, especially those that appear in every review. chances are, those are my major review pet peeves.

    i hate my reviews.
     
  10. BeastLU

    BeastLU Disciple (326) Dec 20, 2012 Virginia

    Clowns that say: from notes, poured into a 2oz sampler.
     
  11. RBassSFHOPit2ME

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Meyvn (1,126) Mar 1, 2009 California

    I lose more brain cells by reading reviews from BA Raulmondesi than I actually do from drinking beer.
     
  12. Buttermilk

    Buttermilk Initiate (0) Jul 9, 2010 Illinois

    ...not sure why people have to tell me the brand name on the glass they are pouring their beer into.
     
  13. BostonHops

    BostonHops Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2011 Massachusetts

    with you on that one. i used to review a lot, but these days i seldom do. i was finding i'd get so wrapped up in the analytical aspect of it - dissecting the beer and all its components - that i'd scarcely remember to just enjoy the damn thing.
     
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  14. Drtfinelli

    Drtfinelli Initiate (0) Jun 7, 2012 New Hampshire

    I find any review helpful in some way...
    even if its just to point out that a certain brewery makes a cool snifter :)
     
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  15. HattedClassic

    HattedClassic Poo-Bah (1,780) Nov 23, 2009 Virginia

    I try to buy at least two of every beer I try to review. One to enjoy and one to try and dissect to the best of my ability. That being said my biggest pet peeve is vagueness. I don't have problems with short descriptions as long as they have detail.
     
  16. lsummers

    lsummers Initiate (0) Jun 21, 2010 California

    This is a tough question for me, I'm definitely not confident that my own reviews are all that great. I think I'm trying to improve on certain things like never comparing the beer I'm tasting to another beer. Doesn't make sense since the reader might not have had that beer either. And you mentioned the breaks between the categories, I actually like them and think when I'm on my phone or tablet it helps me quickly see which category I want to read next.

    I also want to be more descriptive with my flavors. I don't want to use more descriptions in a row to get my point across (unless the profile changes through the taste), just sum up the flavor more accurately. Less is more

    But yes, I am very grateful for anyone who reviews as well. Especially on the lesser known beers that might only have 14 reviews.
     
  17. Envelopes

    Envelopes Initiate (0) Aug 26, 2012 Ohio

    I've certainly skipped to the next one but I haven't ever been annoyed by a review.
    I wish more people specified vintage on certain beers.
     
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  18. jaminjohnson

    jaminjohnson Initiate (189) Jul 3, 2012 Yukon (Canada)

    I don't review but I wish everyone wrote down what vintage or bottled date etc of the beer that they were reviewing
     
  19. Lantern

    Lantern Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2011

    I don't think anyone with 300+ reviews is concerned with this. Was just a simple curiosity.
     
  20. ChefHopMeister

    ChefHopMeister Initiate (0) Aug 3, 2010 Virginia

    Cosign! Should be a requirement!!
     
  21. StArnoldFan

    StArnoldFan Zealot (573) Dec 28, 2012 Texas
    Beer Trader

    I wish I could like this more than once. Perfect response.
     
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  22. TwelveOunces

    TwelveOunces Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2011 Kentucky

    When people say how much they like/dislike the beer without giving any details on the pros/cons of it. An 2 or 3 sentence reviews, why bother at that point?
     
  23. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    I'd have to start reading reviews to have any pet peeves about them.
     
  24. Flight0011

    Flight0011 Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2013 Washington

    It bugs me when someone rates a beer low because they are unfimiliar with the style. Also I dont like when the reviewer writes a book and a laundry list about the beer. Just make it simple and to the point of what stands out as ether a positive or a negative. I like reviews that give me insight to the beer and not insight to ones ignorance.
     
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  25. KVNBGRY

    KVNBGRY Champion (869) Aug 1, 2012 Florida
    Beer Trader

    Here's my 2ยข : I am happy when anyone takes time to review. But! not everyone is on this website everyday. So when I see abbreviations for beers (this generally applies towards forums) I get a little annoyed. I can't tell you how long it took me to figure out what the hell a BCBCS was...
     
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  26. DelMontiac

    DelMontiac Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2010 Oklahoma

    I know all those flavors, but horse blanket. I mean, common...they don't give 'em up that easy. Especially them race horses.
     
  27. Flight0011

    Flight0011 Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2013 Washington

    I want to know who licked the horse blanket and the shoe bottom and then said " hey this beer tastes similar"
     
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  28. BostonHops

    BostonHops Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2011 Massachusetts

    what is this, amateur hour? like anyone would mistake the grainy, peat mossy character of the bottom of an old shoe that's been worn by someone who lives in the pacific northwest for the bottom of an old shoe that's been worn by someone who lives in the mid-atlantic states, which *everyone* knows imparts distinctly chalky, mineral notes. pfft.
     
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  29. TMoney2591

    TMoney2591 Poo-Bah (6,693) Apr 21, 2009 Illinois

    My pet peeve? Not enough people doing reviews...
     
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  30. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (11,910) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Wow, those are life changing.
     
  31. powpig2002

    powpig2002 Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2012 Florida

    exactly. try as i may, i just can't get into imperial stouts or sours. so why would i review them and give shitty ratings. also, can we please give the phrase "pull the trigger" a rest. don't know why, but to me it's worse than nails on a chalkboard.
     
  32. DelMontiac

    DelMontiac Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2010 Oklahoma

    And there's your answer, lol. Whoa, Nellie! (Beer humor...it's not just for breakfast anymore.)
     
  33. Lare453

    Lare453 Meyvn (1,312) Feb 1, 2012 Florida
    Beer Trader

    when people use the words note or notes too often.
     
  34. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Poo-Bah (1,879) Jul 5, 2009 Kansas

    Only in Belgian ales.
     
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  35. mjryan

    mjryan Zealot (565) Dec 22, 2007 Minnesota

    Reviews are people's personnel opinions. Sure, sometimes I scratch my head at some of what is said in them, but I try not to be judgmental because who am I to tell them their beer review is incorrect, or misinformed, etc?
     
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  36. smakawhat

    smakawhat Poo-Bah (5,834) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland
    Subscriber

    Getting worked up about something someone else wrote about a beer, just isnt worth the time. Don't like a review or the reviewer, then dont read it.
     
  37. Onenote81

    Onenote81 Poo-Bah (1,859) May 27, 2008 North Carolina

    I've done that in the past, and I'm not sure why. Noted.
     
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  38. HipsterBrewfus

    HipsterBrewfus Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2012 Maryland

    This x1,000,00
     
  39. DougC123

    DougC123 Devotee (467) Aug 21, 2012 Connecticut
    Subscriber

    I don't review, but what kills me is reading reviews when someone is all over a beer, gives it a black eye and finishes with "I'm not a fan of this style" or "I don't ever drink this style". Then don't review it buddy, drink it in peace and don't tell anyone. I also don't think the information about how much head it poured with is really fair - that is user dependant, but I understand it is commentary on the amount of carbonation present so I can live with that.
     
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  40. Jfriz25

    Jfriz25 Initiate (0) Jun 8, 2012 Wisconsin
    Beer Trader

    1) "This is my first sour, eww that tastes like vinegar". Don't review an extreme or niche style the first time you've tried it. If you must, at least give it a serious try and offer something more constructive than "wow, this is sour".

    2) I like when people write a paragraph for appearance, smell, ect and put a space between them. It is much easier to get multiple opinions on a specific aspect of a beer instead of wading through one long paragraph to pick out taste.

    3). To be allowed to review on the site you should have to go to a training class and submit your certificate for access. (Just kidding)
     
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