What are your top 5 beer styles?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by OfficerVZdiver, Mar 28, 2022.

  1. OfficerVZdiver

    OfficerVZdiver Initiate (59) Jan 1, 2022

    With so many different beer styles our their, what particular style gets you real excited when you visit a brewery or go to a store and find? Mine are:
    -Farmhouse Ale
    -Imperial Red
    -West Coast IPA
    -Smoked Porter
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  2. The_Genera_Tsao

    The_Genera_Tsao Initiate (43) Sep 9, 2016 Rhode Island

    Cream ale
    American Lager
  3. Electros

    Electros Poo-Bah (2,521) Feb 20, 2007 Canada (ON)
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    New England IPA
    New England Pale Ale
    Extra Special Bitter
    Californian Common
    Forgein Extra Stout
  4. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (3,565) May 30, 2005 Michigan

    West Coast IPA
  5. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,569) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Let me set my timer to see how long until somebody posts:

    Juicy/Hazy Pale Ale

    Juicy/Hazy Strong Pale Ale

    Juicy/Hazy India Pale Ale

    Juicy/Hazy Imperial India Pale Ale

    Pastry Stout

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  6. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (2,082) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Top 5 styles is rough. How can anyone choose?!

    Lately I've been really stoked about Helles or any less hoppy pale lager, and also intentionally heavily hopped pale lagers. Basically I've accepted that many pilsners just land in a midway point on the hoppy spectrum for me that I don't really love.

    Always into a no frills porter or stout. And their counterpart dark lagers.

    And I guess my true favorite style (at least if I assume that my drinking choices reflect my preferences) is a nice clean wc ipa
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  7. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,959) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    Kentucky Common

    I'm seriously not trying to be a wise-ass here. When I was on my "style quest" a few years ago, the first three of these were styles I thought I'd never find. It took a lot of time, a lot of money, and a bit of luck before I was finally able to tick them. To this day I have seen but one Happoshu on the bottle shop shelf, and I've never seen a Roggenbier. (I had to order that one, and the shipping was three times the cost of the beer. Yes, I'm insane.) The other two aren't listed here as separate styles, but they are rare enough that I'm always happy to find them.
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  8. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Poo-Bah (2,065) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Beers I go out of my way for?
    Maibock. They are few and far between and that's a shame.

    West Coast IPA. Kern River Citra is hitting on all cylinders for me right now.

    Baltic Porter. Less roasty than an imperial stout. I love the clean fermentation with lager yeasts.

    Coffee Stouts both imperial and not. I love coffee, what else can I say?

    Smoked beers. Lagers, ales, light, dark. It doesn't matter. Meaty, bacon, smoked deliciousness.
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  9. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,803) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    Lager times five.
  10. bret27

    bret27 Poo-Bah (1,991) Mar 10, 2009 California
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    don’t know if anyone would actually admit it on this forum though.
  11. Rug

    Rug Poo-Bah (1,898) Aug 20, 2018 Massachusetts
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    As far as what I'm excited to see in stores or taprooms I'd have to say
    Czech Dark Lager
    Wild Ale (including Americanized Lambic and the like)
    Barleywine (English, if I must choose, but I love American as well)
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  12. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (6,263) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    Czech dark lagers
    Czech/German pilsners
    helles lagers
    Non-pastry stouts
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  13. crazyspicychef

    crazyspicychef Disciple (387) Sep 27, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Pretty much anything Belgian, especially Triple and Strong Ale, Flanders Red.
    Pretty much anything German Especially Bocks of the various styles.
    Cream Ale
    Scotch/Scottish Ale
    English style Barleywine
    A good American Lager
    Wheat Wine
    Saison/Farmhouse ales
    Oops, I've gone too far. Too many great brews to narrow it down to 5.
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  14. rudiecantfail

    rudiecantfail Meyvn (1,299) Aug 9, 2011 Pennsylvania

    West Coast IPA
    Belgian Strong Pale Ale
  15. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Poo-Bah (9,812) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Anything not "Hazy", "New England", "Murky", or "Turbid".
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  16. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (2,082) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Ah then you've got try our American style maibock! It's juicy and cloudy with a delightful tropical note from the modern northwest hops...and the mango puree!
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  17. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Poo-Bah (9,812) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    As it happens, I just spent the last couple days a bit south of me. We were at Holy Mountain, and they had a really nice Sticke Alt on that I was very impressed with.
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  18. ChicagoJ

    ChicagoJ Poo-Bah (1,826) Feb 2, 2015 Illinois

    Beer Advocate Styles (Sub-style(s))
    1. India Pale Ales (West Coast IPA)
    2. Stouts (Barrel Aged - No adjuncts)
    3. Pale Ales (Kolsch & American)
    4. Wild/Sour Beers (Gueuze / Flanders)
    5. Strong Ales (Quads & Belgians)
    Bracket Buster: Rye Beers (Rye + Roggenbier)

    @dcotom - Spiteful Brewing regularly releases a Roggenbier which I really like (Norm is a Son of a Bitch). Also love the Rye beers by Revolution (Ryeway to Heaven and Repo Man). All three are typically available in the late Fall and are easily available (for a Chicago trip or a beer trade). That’s what I buy each year, hoping to run into others down the line.
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  19. TheIPAHunter

    TheIPAHunter Poo-Bah (3,538) Aug 12, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    West Coast IPA
    Helles Lager

    HM and 6th Man of the Year award would go to Märzenbier. Cheers.
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  20. beer_beer

    beer_beer Defender (629) Feb 13, 2018 Finland

    NA versions of:
    Pilsner and other lager
    Pale Ale
    West Coast IPA
    #20 beer_beer, Mar 28, 2022
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2022
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  21. MistaRyte

    MistaRyte Defender (677) Jan 14, 2008 Virginia

    WC (D)IPA
    (Imperial) stout
    (Imperial) Porter
  22. thebeers

    thebeers Poo-Bah (4,082) Sep 10, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    Russian Imperial Stout
    English Barleywine
    German Pilsner
    American Brown Ale
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  23. defunksta

    defunksta Poo-Bah (1,716) Jan 18, 2019 North Dakota
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    1. Kellerbier/Zwickel
    2. Helles
    3. Oktoberfest
    4. German or Czech Pilsner
    5. NEIPA (I enjoy them)
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  24. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,792) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado

    American Stout
    English Bitter
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  25. Providence

    Providence Champion (803) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    This is so hard.

    In no particular order, and I'm not even sure this is my top five, but, for sake of discussion....

    Czech Pils
    Vienna Lager
    English Porter
    English Pale Ale
    American IPA
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  26. southdenverhoo

    southdenverhoo Devotee (436) Aug 13, 2004 Colorado

    1. West Coast IPA
    2. Farmhouse Saison
    3. Dortmunder Export
    4. Maibock/Hellerbock
    5. German Pilsner
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  27. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,569) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Boy, winnowing it down to just 5 is a challenge:

    Not specifically in order:
    • Pilsner (I like all kinds - see link below*)
    • Saison
    • Czech Dark Lager
    • Belgian Trappist/Abbey style ales
    • West Coast IPA
    And I have to award an 'honorable mention' to English Bitter Ale (preferably on cask).


    * https://www.morebeer.com/articles/Pilsen_Beer
  28. oneeye

    oneeye Disciple (327) Feb 17, 2007 Pennsylvania

    I was all gung ho when I first joined beeradvocate. I wasn’t so much a “ticker” as I wanted to try as many styles of beer I could get my hands on. If I had the money I spent on Belgians and all styles German that one year? I pretty much know what I like now and these are my top beer styles.

    WCIPA/Pale Ales
    German Pilsner
    Czech Pilsner
    Belgian Tripel
  29. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,569) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Yes, those Belgian beers (especially Trappist beers) are quite pricey.

    Permit me to offer a 'solution' here: homebrewing.

    At the moment I have the following homebrewed Belgian style beers in my basement:
    • Dubbel
    • Saison
    • Quad
    • Clone of Orval
    And as long as you can conduct a proper, healthy fermentation it is really the selected yeast strain which 'does all the work' here.

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  30. oneeye

    oneeye Disciple (327) Feb 17, 2007 Pennsylvania

    That is one impressive tap list you have there! You must be a seasoned home brewer to be able to brew your very own Orval clone. Have you ever been employed as a professional brewer?

    I did attempt to home brew my own beer at one time. Again, right around the time I joined beeradvocate a member suggested to go ahead and try to give home brewing a shot just like you suggested. I bought the John Palmer book How To Brew and attempted to brew the basic pale ale. The DIPA I brewed turned out a lot better. It had a bubble gum taste, not sure why? But it was fun sharing bottles with friends and for the most part I got positive feedback. I ended up giving the home brewing equipment to another BA and he gave it to his dad.

  31. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (14,347) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    I've had all 114 styles, and liked most of them. If I disliked any, I've made it a point to try more examples. I used to despise BA stouts, sours and IPAs now they're favorites.

    Stout - American Imperial 23.18%
    Sour - Fruited Kettle Sour 11.21%
    Stout - Sweet / Milk 5.98%
    IPA - New England 5.53%
    Stout - Russian Imperial 4.85%
  32. Cstamp3084

    Cstamp3084 Initiate (89) May 3, 2020 Maryland

    german pilsner
    czech pilsner
  33. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,569) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Nope. Why turn a perfectly good hobby into work!?! :stuck_out_tongue:
    If he is not using it maybe time to reclaim it!?! :thinking_face:

    Cheers to homebrewing where you can make anything you want! :beers:
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  34. Resistance88

    Resistance88 Devotee (460) Apr 9, 2015 California

    1 Imperial Stout
    2 Imperial Stout
    3 Imperial Stout
    4 Anything Strong
    5 Anything available if 1-4 aren't
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  35. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Crusader (738) Mar 28, 2009 California

    WC IPA
    Czech Pilsner
    Vienna lager
    NE IPA
  36. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,487) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    Stout (I'm gonna cheat and use this as a catch-all for stouts, foreign stouts, milk stouts, imperial stouts and barrel aged stouts)

    Belgian Strong Dark Ale

    Hon. Mention : Saison
  37. CBlack85

    CBlack85 Savant (941) Jul 12, 2009 South Carolina

    It is hard to choose, and changes often. But right now, and in no particular order
    • Maibock
    • Schwarzbier
    • Vienna Lager
    • Rye Pale Ale/IPA
    • Belgian Dark Strong Ale
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  38. Providence

    Providence Champion (803) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    I love this list. It could have been mine.
  39. TWStandley

    TWStandley Crusader (737) Jan 15, 2008 Massachusetts

    • Saison
    • Czech Dark Lager
    • Wild Ale (specifically spontaneous fermentation)
    • Pilsner
    • Tripel
  40. MadMadMike

    MadMadMike Disciple (308) Dec 11, 2020 Florida
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    I like Big Beers, cannot lie.,.

    Imperial Stout
    Triple IPA
    Belgian Quadruple

    I also like a pull from a cask, I’ll try whatever it is.,.
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