What is your favorite beer style?

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  1. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,043) Oct 7, 2009 New York

    I love a good Dooplebock and I will say my fave within the Style is Korbinian - widely available, reasonably priced (two things that are starting to get harder&harder to come by in craft beer) and oh so delicious!

    I've had the La Rossa, and while good, I find it to be a tad sweeter (almost to the point of cloying) that I don't enjoy it as much as their German counterparts
     
  2. MotoDC

    MotoDC Initiate (0) Apr 24, 2012

    Insanity is so freakin' amazing. Sadly, my local beer shop just sold me their last 4pack. Also sadly, they charged me $26. Ah well, I'd pay it again gladly.

    @OP, if I were being completely objective, I'd be forced to proclaim DIPA/IIPA as my personal favorite. Not that there's anything wrong with that -- I just feel like it's almost cliche in the craft beer world to love hopmonsters. Of those I've had a few, though I've yet to try a couple obvious examples like Hopslam and Heady Topper. I'm always drawn back to my first experience with DIPA, DFH's 90min, and while excellent, there's certainly an element of nostalgia there in addition to an "objective" (haha) taste appreciation.

    These days what gets me the most excited to find on store shelves are barrel aged stouts and barleywines. Of those, my personal drool-inducing examples are Old Raspy XIV and Insanity, respectively.

    Finally, heavy belgians like quads have been making me smile quite a bit of late as well. Haven't tried any Rocheforts yet, but I found a 4pack of ABT12 recently (which was surprisingly subtle) and I always enjoy a Three Philosophers.
     
  3. knightlypint

    knightlypint Initiate (0) Apr 18, 2012 New Jersey

    I just bought 3 Schlenkerlas...Marzen, Urbock, and Doppelbock...have you tried the smoked doppelbock, I've never tried it.
     
  4. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Meyvn (1,295) Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina
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    Either RIS (Siberian Night) or Porter (Edmund Fitzgerald). #3 might be Hefe (which wouldb be Weihenstephan).
     
  5. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Meyvn (1,295) Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina
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    we italians know our stuff!
     
  6. knightlypint

    knightlypint Initiate (0) Apr 18, 2012 New Jersey

    I find the Manabrea beers to be good too, especially their amber.

    For the most part though I see Italian beers with steep price tags and that's usually enough to keep me at bay.
     
  7. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Meyvn (1,295) Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina
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    Moretti and peroni (terrible examples I know) arent bad. Ive found La Rossa (price wise) comparable to low end American craft singles.
     
  8. allouez86

    allouez86 Initiate (198) Jan 24, 2009 Wisconsin

    If I'm talking just about beer that I can get anytime I'm at the bottle shop and not hard to get whales, I'm going to say it's either rocheffort 10 for quads and Great Divide Yeti for just a solid, everyday stout. And I mean "everyday" in a positive way.
     
  9. knightlypint

    knightlypint Initiate (0) Apr 18, 2012 New Jersey

    I agree; however,...

    In NYC both Whole Foods (Houston St) and Mario Battali's Eataly have extensive Italian beer sections, with 16.9s running $15 and up and 750s pushing $30/bottle.

    While the price can be a hurdle I find these high end Italian beers going down the path of many American microbreweries, ie brewing overly complex beers. (DFH influence I think.) From a value perspective I've learned these big complex beers rarely live up to their billing, so I generally avoid them. That's not to say all big complex beers are bad, it's just after a while you lose confidence. For $15 I can get 3 Samuel Smith Imperial Stouts and that stuff is hard to beat.
     
  10. ledzeppelin4

    ledzeppelin4 Initiate (0) May 18, 2011 Illinois

    I've really been enjoying Pale Ales as of late, with Alpha King being my favorite, followed closely by Zombie Dust and Daisy Cutter. I'm gonna drive up to Wisconsin next week to pick up some Moon Man (and other New Glarus brews). Hopefully, I'll enjoy that one too.
     
  11. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (2,799) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    saisons are my style, my likes

    tank 7
    saison brett (BLVD)
    Fantome
     
  12. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,043) Oct 7, 2009 New York

    I've had the Marzen, but not the Dopplebock
     
  13. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Poo-Bah (2,553) Aug 25, 2010 New York
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    Unfair! Too many great styles with great examples, but I'll break it into 4 really broad categories with 2 best of's for each:

    Pales - Gnomegang, Allagash Curieux
    Darks - Pannepot, Alesmith Wee Heavy
    Stouts - Beer Geek Brunch Weasel (Calvados edition), Peche Mortel
    Barleywines - King Henry, Sucaba
     
  14. match1112

    match1112 Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2011 Illinois

    Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter.
     
  15. InVinoVeritas

    InVinoVeritas Devotee (453) Apr 16, 2012 Wisconsin
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    It's just to hard to lock down a favorite. The best I could say is my style preference changes with the season. For example, my favorite is listed as RIS, however entering spring I transitioned to IPA / DIPAs and as summer hits I'll move to Saisons. However, of course even this doesn't always hold true as there's always a fluke.
     
  16. sportscrazed2

    sportscrazed2 Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2010 Indiana

    Pale Ale and Zombie Dust
     
  17. TheCondor

    TheCondor Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2011 Missouri

    Ayinger makes an excellent lots of stuff
     
  18. TheCondor

    TheCondor Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2011 Missouri

    I think my favorite style would have to be American Porter, and man I love Black Butte Porter by Deschutes. Founders Porter is also excellent.

    I also really enjoy wee heavys (Founders Drity Bastard is a good example), and although it isn't one of my "favorite" styles, one my favorite beers is Boulevard Rye-on-Rye. If you've never had it, you gotta get your hands on it.
     
  19. LE_FEESH

    LE_FEESH Initiate (0) Mar 30, 2012 North Carolina

    My favorite thing to seek from the shelves for a good few months now is a good hoppy American Red. It started with St. Rogues Red (I don't buy from Rogue anymore though) and jumped off when I had Green Flash's Hop Head Red. Lagunitas Imperial Red and G'Knight are good examples too. Ironically enough though, I have not yet had the undisputed champion of this sub-style, Nugget Nectar.
     
  20. asustevo

    asustevo Initiate (0) Dec 9, 2011 North Carolina
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    Imperial Stouts - Olde Hickory Imperial sout
    Coffee Stouts - FBS, thunder struck
     
  21. NForr

    NForr Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2011 Quebec (Canada)

    Been loving Belgian IPA's lately - the best out there is Dominus Vobiscum Lupulus by Microbrasserie Charlevoix
     
  22. El_Zilcho

    El_Zilcho Initiate (70) May 3, 2012 Virginia

    I might have to say Imperial Stout: Great Divide Yeti. Founders Imperial is awesome, but Yeti is available year round and also has it's "seasonal" Yetis.
     
  23. GoddamnBrewery

    GoddamnBrewery Initiate (0) Jan 14, 2012 Arizona

    tough question.

    but Belgians are one of my favorites - and i always want to buy KWAK.

    anything bourbon-barreled always gets me wanting to drink too.
     
  24. americajesus

    americajesus Initiate (0) Apr 22, 2011 New Jersey

    bare aged stouts - parabola
    imperial ipa - double jack
    i hate weizenbocks just my own thing. ive done some domestic one that sucked real bad. ayinger's i know is a good one though i dont like it. i do not like vitus either
     
  25. mclaughlindw4

    mclaughlindw4 Initiate (0) Jul 2, 2009 Maine

    Saison- I like Sophie too. The fantome and bruery saison de lente are probably favorite examples.
     
  26. raynmoon

    raynmoon Defender (668) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado
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    I'm sure this has been discussed before, so sorry. It seems that this whole west coast fever has taken over, living in California and all, so the IPA/ IIPA seems to be the first thing I look for.

    But, for some reason, don't quite enjoy some English/ European ales/ lagers. Perhaps its that noble hop taste or the malts they use, or perhaps the lack of hop profile we are so accustomed to. Also, I haven't had very many decent lagers in my time.

    Just throwin' it out there.
     
  27. Horseballs

    Horseballs Initiate (0) Feb 7, 2012 Ohio

    I drink pretty much all styles and want to brew most all styles. My favorites are stout/porter and my least favorite are fruit beers (lambics not included... I love them).
     
  28. lsummers

    lsummers Initiate (0) Jun 21, 2010 California

    My favorite styles rank as...

    1. Hefeweizens/wits
    2. Ipa/DIPA
    3. Stout/Porters
    4. Sours

    I'm going to stop there but the least favorite is by far is spiced beers with a rosemary/cilantro taste. The cinnamon/nutmeg flavors are appealing to me. Although I did like Saison Du Buff and that one had some rosemary to it. I guess I just remember back to Epic's Utah sage saison and remembering how it didn't agree with me. There are often a few holiday beers that don't quite sit well either.
     
  29. BrownAleMale

    BrownAleMale Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2011 Wisconsin
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    Favorites would be Doppelbocks and Russian imperial stouts
    Least favorite is Old Ales and Black Ipas
     
  30. 7clutch

    7clutch Aspirant (209) Sep 14, 2012 Florida
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    Favorite styles: Imperial stouts, sours, and pumpkin beers
    Least favorite: spiced Holiday ales, bitters, and pale lagers. That said I really like any and all beer styles and it was difficult thinking of least favorites since it would be just as easy listing exemplary beers from said least favorite styles.
     
  31. Kelp

    Kelp Defender (694) Mar 6, 2008 New Hampshire

    Favorite two are hefe/wits, and porters. Least Favorite are probably wild and sours
     
  32. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Initiate (0) Jul 5, 2009 Kansas

    Favorite: Marzens, Ambers, Stouts
    Least Fav: Black IPAs, barley wines, strong ales
     
  33. jaminjohnson

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

    Favorites: single-double-triple IPA's, Pale ales, Barleywines, stouts, porters, wild ales

    Dislikes: Rauchbeirs(maybe I do like them but have never had one i did yet), Hefe's and Wits(used to love them but cant stand most of them now..), and not a big fan of Marzen's
     
  34. fx20736

    fx20736 Savant (976) Mar 7, 2009 New York

    Favorite: English Bitter/ English Pale Ale

    least favorite: Pumpkin beer in particular but also any beer with flavoring added such as fruit, spices, etc.
     
  35. FEUO

    FEUO Disciple (325) Jul 24, 2012 Ontario (Canada)

    Favorites: Imperial Stouts, Double IPAs, Quads
    Least favorite: English bitters, Lambics
     
  36. dbrauneis

    dbrauneis Site Editor (5,522) Dec 8, 2007 North Carolina
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    Favorites: American Double Imperial Stout, Russian Imperial Stout, DIPA
    Least Favorites: Kvass, Chile Beer, Black & Tan
     
  37. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (1,762) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    Favorites: Delicious.
    Least Favorite: Pretentious.
     
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  38. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (1,671) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Fave: Rauchbier, Helles, American IPA, English Porter
    Least Fave: Tripel, Belgian IPA, AAL
     
  39. Nightfall

    Nightfall Initiate (0) Aug 16, 2006 Greece

    Favorites:Imp.Stouts&Porters,Lambics&sours,B.Wines,Rauchbier
    Least favorites:Hefe,Wit,Tripel,anything very yeasty
     
  40. MooseBoose

    MooseBoose Zealot (520) Jun 6, 2007 Wisconsin
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    Favorites: Oktoberfests, Bocks of any kind, IPA's, DIPA's and pale ales, scottish Ales, English bitters and Pales, ESB's, German style lagers.

    Least favorites: Hefe's and wits, Belgian anything, anything smoked. Not a big fan of stouts and porters though I like a few.
     
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