Thoughts on canned vs. bottled beer?

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  1. ZagZagg

    ZagZagg Initiate (0) May 13, 2008 New Jersey

    I wonder if in a blind tasting I/you could identify (if any) flavor differences. I mean, it could just be a mental thing..But I'm pretty sure theres a few beers I can think of that taste different bottle vs can. Yuengling jumps out in my head. The differences aren't always a bad thing, just.. Noticeable.
  2. Feel_the_Darkness

    Feel_the_Darkness Initiate (0) Oct 17, 2012 Virginia

    I have always, and will always, prefer the can. Easier to store, travels better, doesn't shatter all over your kitchen floor when your drunk dipshit friends commit multiple party fouls in a row, and personally I've always found them much more aesthetically pleasing. Look at SN's Summerfest can and tell me that ain't a work of art. And of course, it doesn't skunk the beer. Which, when you're a Yuengling drinker, is a very big issue at times.

    Do I avoid bottles? Nope. But if a beer is offered in a can, I'm gonna grab the cans first.
  3. BriantheBeerGeek

    BriantheBeerGeek Initiate (0) May 26, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Afterall, the can is pretty much a mini keg. Or as sixpoint calls it a "nano keg".
  4. readyski

    readyski Maven (1,411) Jun 4, 2005 California

    Just thinking about the return trip from the backpack trip
    Only six crushed cans (6 oz?) vs six bottles 3 lbs
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  5. LAD

    LAD Initiate (0) Apr 16, 2008 Texas

    So what you are saying is its a tie. Unless, of course, its a macro in which case the can (and everything else) must totally suck.
  6. wumpshire

    wumpshire Initiate (0) Aug 17, 2015 Oregon

    I wouldn't age a beer in a can, but a hoppy beer that should be drunk soon after canning then yes, its probably superior.
  7. Skywave

    Skywave Pooh-Bah (2,037) Feb 28, 2002 Oklahoma

    Certain styles are great in the can. A pils, APA, wheat and most other moderate to light ABV styles make sense because they are to be consumed within a few months of packaging and are most susceptible to being ruined by poor handling. But anything that one would age I feel better about obtaining in bottle form. Although bottles don't protect from light and O2 as well as cans (supposedly) the long term contact with inert glass sounds more comforting than the thin lacquer lining those cans. For all the everyday beer styles I can drink in a can or bottle, I don't taste any difference.
  8. WesMantooth

    WesMantooth Grand Pooh-Bah (4,748) Jan 8, 2014 Ohio
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    Cellaring beers need to stay in bottles IMO (barelywines, stouts, belgians, old ales...). Can the rest all day, every day. No light, no broken glass, less weight, easy recycling.
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  9. Buschyfor3

    Buschyfor3 Savant (1,083) Jan 4, 2009 Kentucky

    Both cans and bottles are great, but at the end of the day, 99.9% of the time I'm pouring the contents of the can/bottle into the appropriate type of glassware.
  10. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Grand Pooh-Bah (5,669) Aug 25, 2010 New York
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    The BA community prefers cans, per this poll... sway the vote, if you feel misrepresented...
  11. Kramer41609

    Kramer41609 Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2014 New Hampshire

    Personally, I think it depends on the style. I prefer an IPA or IIPA in a can or poured into a glass. Lagers, Hefes, and Wheats I prefer in a bottle.
  12. nc41

    nc41 Initiate (0) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    Love cans, Secure cap , light proof, good at pools and beach, IMO they get colder quicker because the thin aluminum transfers faster than thicker glass, lighter. I usually drink the big Dipas right out of the can even at home no glass needed.
  13. MostlyNorwegian

    MostlyNorwegian Initiate (0) Feb 5, 2013 Illinois

    This, and more of this.
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  14. JackRWatkins

    JackRWatkins Maven (1,426) Nov 3, 2014 Georgia

    I know cans are better but I prefer bottles
  15. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Grand Pooh-Bah (3,142) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    I have 5 year old ten fidy that says your bottles can piss off...
  16. wumpshire

    wumpshire Initiate (0) Aug 17, 2015 Oregon

  17. cmiller4642

    cmiller4642 Initiate (0) Aug 17, 2013 West Virginia

    I love Finch's Beer and they pretty much put it exclusively in cans I believe.
  18. lateralusbeer

    lateralusbeer Savant (1,036) Feb 7, 2010 North Carolina

    One is lined with stainless steel, the other is lined with BPA-containing plastic. Something of a difference.
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  19. mpmcguire11

    mpmcguire11 Savant (1,001) Sep 6, 2014 Rhode Island

    I'm leaning towards cans more and more. I mean I probably can't tell the difference from a taste test (yet), but cans have more practicality. Better for traveling and for the boat.
  20. alucard6679

    alucard6679 Pundit (985) Jul 29, 2012 Arizona

    I'll always love bottles but cans are better for the beer. So, I really don't mind the growing can trend
  21. mungbeans

    mungbeans Initiate (0) May 27, 2007 Massachusetts

    If I am inside and have access to a glass, I prefer bottles. If I am outside wandering around, I prefer a can.
  22. nds76

    nds76 Initiate (0) Mar 11, 2016 Michigan

    I haven't had beer in a can in a very long time,...maybe the 90's? But in anycase I never could tell the difference in taste. But I am thinking about getting some cans for my next beer purchase. Though I will say some beers can be difficult to find in a certain format. Where I am, I can only find Moosehead Lager in bottles. I have never seen them in cans but I know they do exist. As for the bottles I like to save the caps. Like others have said, cans are easier to store in the fridge. Here in Michigan we have a .10 deposit on carbonated beverages to it's easier to return cans than lugging around a bunch of empy glass bottles.
  23. tillmac62

    tillmac62 Pooh-Bah (2,773) Oct 2, 2013 South Carolina

    All things being equal, I'll grab the can every time.
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  24. Dravin

    Dravin Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2014 Indiana

    I prefer cans because of superior light and O2 ingress protection and the smaller form factor for storage in the fridge (I can fit ~18 bottles in my beer minifridge as long as some of aren't long necks but I can easily fit double that if they're all cans). It's not all in favor of cans though, I prefer bottles for the tactile experience, and if I were to buy something with the intention of cellaring it I'd go bottle as my admittedly none scientifically rigorous experience is that bottles age better than cans. I'm not sure if that superior aging aspect is because of the thermal mass of glass mellowing temperature swings, or if it's a case of the lining on the cans giving out eventually.
  25. jssf

    jssf Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2015 California

    There's something pleasurable, mentally, that I derive from cracking open an APA/IPA in a can. It feels like it will be fresher. I also like the pour.
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  26. thepenguin

    thepenguin Savant (1,179) Aug 8, 2010 Massachusetts

    For the longest time I would gravitate towards bottles and for some reason had a mental hangup about dishing out the same amount of money for cans as I would bottles -- I think I liked the aesthetics, tradition and the fact that I could reuse bottles for homebrew.

    Nowadays when I'm perusing the aisles, particularly if I'm looking for a hoppy or lower gravity beer, I find myself drawn to cans. This is mostly due to the well-noted shelf life benefits, but also because I'm often looking for new beers/breweries I've heard good things about, which here in the Northeast often translates to cans :sunglasses:
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  27. nds76

    nds76 Initiate (0) Mar 11, 2016 Michigan

    What exactly are the shelf life comparisons between can and bottled beer?
  28. Autiger30

    Autiger30 Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2015 Alabama

    I wish all breweries were able to use cans.
  29. Klister

    Klister Zealot (584) Oct 27, 2010 Maine

    I notice a metallic taste, but only if I am drinking straight from the can. Pour into a glass and all is good. The only reason I would avoid a can is sitting on the beach/boat drinking straight from the container...which is often when I choose a can anyway.
  30. Masonz223

    Masonz223 Initiate (0) Jul 8, 2015 Michigan

    I prefer a can the beer always taste fresher to me.
  31. drinkin-beeers

    drinkin-beeers Initiate (0) Jan 29, 2014 Montana

    I can't tell the difference. At all.
  32. GregA135

    GregA135 Initiate (0) Mar 25, 2014 Pennsylvania

    I like both, but I prefer cans when trading. I don't have to worry about a glass bottle breaking.
  33. detgfrsh

    detgfrsh Maven (1,271) Jun 20, 2014 Texas

    Either one, I don't really mind. Bottles are nicer to display, and I used to do that in an old apartment which had space on top of the kitchen cabinets. Cans are easier to transport, though.
  34. j111

    j111 Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2016 Canada (ON)

    I prefer cans. Too many times have happened where the foam bursts out after a bottle sip.
  35. matcris

    matcris Initiate (0) Sep 17, 2015 Arizona

    If I want a PBR, Coors, Schlitz, or Stroh's, I'm having these iced down, right out of a can or bottle (don't make a hill of shit which, to me) out at the lake by a roaring bonfire. SN Pale Ale, Two Hearted, Dirty Bastard, Kalamazoo, etc....I'm pouring it into a glass, no matter where I'm drinking it, and no matter what the original vessel was. That being said....Kan'em all!!
  36. 57md

    57md Pooh-Bah (2,587) Aug 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I prefer highly hopped beers in cans.

    If I plan on aging the beer, then I want it in a bottle.
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