THAT'S what a beer should taste like.

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by crytion, Dec 22, 2012.

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  1. crytion

    crytion Initiate (0) Jun 24, 2010 Ohio

    Every one has their own beer that they measure other beers up against, I think. I doubt that it is some obscure brewery, but rather a very common one that is widely produced. Ive had many many beers and many different kinds but still when I think of beers as they were meant to be, at their very core, I never think of the best i've ever had. so.... what beer is "what a beer should taste like", for you?
  2. Oneinchaway

    Oneinchaway Initiate (121) Jun 12, 2011 California
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    Non-commercial: Zombie Dust is up there. Light, crisp, good hop nose and flavor. Easily drinkable.
    More commercial: I''d say Fat Tire. I can drink that with almost anything.
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  3. nickapalooza86

    nickapalooza86 Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2010 Wisconsin

    If we are talking about that "beer flavor" that the masses think of I would say New Glarus Spotted Cow is about as high up their as you can get in that regard.

    For my self, when I sip a beer the first beer that makes me think that is NG Moon Man.
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  4. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Poo-Bah (2,482) Jun 18, 2002 Arizona

    I only think this way within STYLES, and within styles I have a small handful of ones that are reasonable candidates for the exemplar of that style.
  5. PatrickBeebe

    PatrickBeebe Initiate (0) Sep 27, 2012 Florida
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    I compare everything to sierra nevada. I find them to be completely average. anything better than them is usually a good beer
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  6. Casedogg43

    Casedogg43 Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2012 Indiana
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    I have to 2nd Zombie Dust.
    It's just that much of a game changer!
  7. emyers

    emyers Zealot (513) Jan 11, 2009 Illinois

    Definitely depends on the style.
    Imperial stout - Old Rasputin
    IPA - Two Hearted
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  8. Oneinchaway

    Oneinchaway Initiate (121) Jun 12, 2011 California
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    Barrel aged stout pedestal: BCBS hands down for me. It's just that damn perfect and I've had tons of others in this style.
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  9. Zach136

    Zach136 Meyvn (1,453) Jun 17, 2012 Georgia

    Gumball Head - APWAs
    Weinstephaner - Hefes
    KBS - Bourbon Aged Stouts (to be fair I've never had it fresh or BCBS with some age on it)
    Ballast Point Sculpin - American IPA

    ETA: Just realized how boring this list is, I think all but KBS are the top beer of their style as ranked on this site... All well I stand by it!
  10. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,433) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Anchor Steam. Good balance between malt and hops. Great example of a craft beer.
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  11. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Champion (849) Apr 8, 2010 Illinois
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    I could name a few off the top of my head: New Glarus Dancing Man Wheat, Rochefort 10, & Duvel
  12. SanFranJake

    SanFranJake Initiate (0) Nov 2, 2012 California
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    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
  13. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poo-Bah (1,547) Aug 11, 2012 Indiana
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    I couldn't disagree more with most of you. Barrel aged beers are exactly that - beer placed in a barrel to taste like something else. Fat Tire is gimmicky; Anchor Steam steamed the taste right out of the beer, Spotted Cow is a train wreck.

    Personally I'm going for the West Coast IPA style with a big hop aroma where the taste matches the smell.
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  14. frazbri

    frazbri Crusader (740) Oct 29, 2003 Ohio

    I don't think there is one "this is what beer should taste like" beer.
  15. Brunite

    Brunite Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2009 Illinois

    Could be any of these:

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  16. antilite

    antilite Initiate (159) Jan 1, 2012 Florida

    Here in Florida, we are trying to get our grapefruit to taste like bittered barley malt and yeast.
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  17. thebigredone

    thebigredone Champion (811) Dec 19, 2011 Wisconsin
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    Please explain: How is Fat Tire gimmicky, how does Anchor "steam" the taste out of the beer, and how is Spotted Cow (one of the most inoffensive gateway beers around) a train wreck? Just curious.
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  18. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Initiate (0) May 10, 2012 Illinois

    Wayyy too many different beers... but in terms of Quaffability, price, flavor, alcohol content, and all around badassery... Zombie Dust and Hop Stoopid are hard to beat.
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  19. marquis

    marquis Crusader (758) Nov 20, 2005 United Kingdom (England)

    When I was very young indeed, probably in the 1950s , I took a swig from a bottle of my Dad's beer.Probably Bass (which was nothing like today's Bass) and it stunned me with its "beeriness" for want of a better word.
    I still like to find beeriness like this in my drinks.I don't want my beer to taste of grapefruit or coffee, I want it to taste of beer :slight_smile:
  20. gshak

    gshak Zealot (522) Feb 20, 2011 Texas

    Rochefort 10 is what I'd imagined a beer might taste like when I was a kid...
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  21. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poo-Bah (1,547) Aug 11, 2012 Indiana
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    Fat Tire: Sweet, fruity tasting beer that I'm guessing they made for women. Beer for the pretentious.
    Anchor Steam: A clear taste of nothing. Better than Miller Lite I guess.
    Spotted Cow: It's a cream beer. I don't put milk in my coffee and I certainly don't want to taste it in beer. Same reason I love most of Bell's stouts but hate their double cream version. Beer shouldn't taste like that.

    The topic is what a beer SHOULD taste like. IMO not fruity, not creamy, not like a shot of bourbon, and not bland.
  22. thebigredone

    thebigredone Champion (811) Dec 19, 2011 Wisconsin
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    LOL, never thought anyone would be considered pretentious for drinking an easily obtainable craft beer on a website full of people who spend ungodly amounts of money trying to tick the rarest of beers.

    To each their own, I guess.
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  23. alelover

    alelover Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2012 Michigan

    why not start off by telling us what yours is?
  24. EdTheEdge

    EdTheEdge Disciple (392) Mar 26, 2011 California

    For me it's a toss up. Either Dale's Pale or Alpha King.
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  25. musicman7070

    musicman7070 Disciple (357) Aug 26, 2012 New Jersey
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    I think beer should taste like whatever brewers want it to taste like and whatever they think people would like. The brewer that comes to mind in this case is Dogfish Head. The only thing it shouldn't taste like is watered down trash with crappy cheap ingredients. I think the sky should be the limit with beer.

    And for the record, why shouldn't beer taste like "cream in your coffee"? This is only your opinion and I'm sure there are plenty of people out there that love this being me. I just don't think one person should tell us what beer should and shouldn't taste like (besides like watered down beer with cheap ingredients).
  26. Oneinchaway

    Oneinchaway Initiate (121) Jun 12, 2011 California
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    Not to bad mouth West Coast IPA's, but being from the west coast & like anything else, they get old and the same real fast. What are some of your personal favorites?
  27. RBassSFHOPit2ME

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

    Pliny the Elder
    Happy Hops (New recent recipe)
    Hoppy Birthday
    Ted Fidy
    2008 BCBS
    Celebration Ale
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  28. ThisWangsChung

    ThisWangsChung Poo-Bah (2,755) Oct 15, 2011 Maryland
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    Skunked bottles aside, I feel like Pilsner Urquell - if not the best lager around - is the benchmark for ultra-light, chuggable pilsners.
  29. frazbri

    frazbri Crusader (740) Oct 29, 2003 Ohio

    I did a facepalm after reading your Spotted Cow description. The style has nothing to do with dairy products. (some cream & milk stouts are brewed with some lactose for sweetness)
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  30. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poo-Bah (1,547) Aug 11, 2012 Indiana
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    Pliny, Union and Double Jack, Hopsickle, Alpine Duet, Myrcenary, Stone IPA and Arrogant Bastard. My non west coast favs are Hopslam, Heady, Double Trouble, Flower Power, Zombie Dust, Double Simcoe, Schlafly A and T-IPA.
  31. TheTinDoor

    TheTinDoor Aspirant (277) Aug 12, 2012 Maryland

    For my favorite styles, it seems my go-to comparison point is Sierra Nevada.
    IPA - Torpedo. Very rarely do I try a new IPA and think "Yeah, I'd buy this at (x%) markup over Torpedo"
    Imperial Stout - Narwhal. Same idea. If you make a stout better than Narwhal, you're really doing something right, and probably charging a lot more for it.
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  32. IamMe90

    IamMe90 Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2012 Wisconsin

    Fat Tire: Fruity? It's an amber with obvious malt flavors and a nutty aftertaste. Sure, it's sweet, most ambers are. Also lololo only women like sweet beverages dumb bitchez lollolo cheap gateway craft beers are soooo pretentious

    Spotted Cow: There is no cream in it and I always thought the cream ale label was surprising because I hardly detect any of it. It's not an amazing beer but it is very drinkable and responsible for getting a lot of people into craft and I respect that.
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  33. stayclean

    stayclean Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2012 Wisconsin

  34. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Initiate (0) May 10, 2012 Illinois

    annnnnd fred mugs is lonely.
  35. dsigmon

    dsigmon Devotee (436) Jun 20, 2007 Florida
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    I have to agree with Fat Tire. I LOVE all styles of beer and have found what I consider the best of the best of those styles however, I can never enjoy more than 2-3 of those in a row. Fat Tire, I could drink all day and enjoy every drop (only on draft though lol).
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  36. BladeRunner

    BladeRunner Aspirant (210) Apr 4, 2007 Illinois
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    Founders Porter, Zombie Dust, Duvel and St Bernardus 12. I would probably be happy only drinking those four brews for the rest of my life.
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  37. IamMe90

    IamMe90 Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2012 Wisconsin

    also, for my votes, bcbs, breakfast stout, allagash white, zombie dust
  38. aminobutyricacid

    aminobutyricacid Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2011 Pennsylvania

  39. Fish

    Fish Initiate (0) Dec 19, 2012 Oregon

    Had an Old Rasputin on Christmas Eve. On the first drink I said, "THAT'S what a beer should taste like."
  40. xsouldriverx

    xsouldriverx Initiate (0) Aug 5, 2006 New York

    for a stout: Stone RIS. had my first one the other night and yeah.... no frills but one of the best RIS beers ive had.
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