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Your least favorite style of beer

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by raynmoon, Mar 15, 2013.

  1. raynmoon

    raynmoon Aug 13, 2011 Colorado
    Beer Trader

    Mine would have to be a Pumpkin Ale or a Saison.

    It's not that I don't particularly like saisons, it's just that after a few sips, they always seem to be too bready or too boring. I'm sure I'll change my mind on this matter later.

    Just wanted to know what style of beer you'll likely never purchase, besides Adjunct Lager, of course.
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  2. alucard6679

    alucard6679 Jul 29, 2012 Arizona

    Honsetly, probably porter. With the exception of Victory at Sea and Smoking Wood pretty much all porters i've tried have been very bland and watery.
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  3. dar482

    dar482 Mar 9, 2007 New York
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    Can't think of a single one. I try to think that I'm a well rounded beer lover and I think most styles have an amazing example that exemplifies how good the style can be.

    I somewhat agree with above that porters can be a bit less exciting than stouts, although the actual distinction is questionable. Victory at Sea and Hill Farmstead Everett are huge standouts though. I also do love Smuttynose Robust.
  4. atomic

    atomic Sep 22, 2009 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    I guess pilsners. Maybe I've never had a good one...
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  5. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    I would say smoky beers but ive seen so much and read so much about good german rauchbier that i really think that i just haven't had a good one yet? I think some styles are harder to pull off, but I find the more i read and the more I drink the more my palate is open to possibilities.
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  6. TongoRad

    TongoRad Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    There is definitely a threshold to cross- as herrburgess is fond of pointing out, the people at Heller Trum say that you have to consume three in a row before they start to grow on you. Schlenkerla is certainly the best, and underlying all of that smoke are truly stunning base beers, so you can't go wrong with them. The Urbock is maltier, and perhaps a bit more user-friendly, but doing three of those may knock you on your ass- so probably stick with the Marzen if multiples are the way you want to go. ;)

    Either that or just start with a mildly smoked beer like Stone Smoked Porter to acclimate your taste buds.
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  7. iwantmorehops

    iwantmorehops Sep 25, 2010 Vermont
    Beer Trader

    Saisons are also my least favorite style, though the couple I've drank that had spent some time in a wine barrel have been very tasty.
  8. victory4me

    victory4me Oct 16, 2004 Pennsylvania

    Oh sweet! Another thread where "Beer Advocates" can talk negatively about beer!
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  9. tectactoe

    tectactoe Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    Or, you know, have a beer-related discussion that doesn't necessarily involve knob-slobbing all over Hill Farmstead and Cantillon. On a "beer" website. Crazy, right?
    VDubDJ, rjd722, LuskusDelph and 23 others like this.
  10. Circleo12

    Circleo12 Nov 12, 2012 South Carolina
    Beer Trader


    Yes, I'm THAT guy.
  11. SomethingClever

    SomethingClever Feb 22, 2013 Ohio

    I haven't tried all styles yet, but I agree with a lot that is said the couple saisons I have had did not impress me and smoky beers i think are disgusting. Although, I noticed some of the people that have drank craft longer than me like them so maybe my palate will develop into both. I'm probably going to get stoned to death for saying this but I'm not huge fan of BBA beers I just do not enjoy the underlying bourbon flavor. That being said BCBS is astonishingly good.
  12. SomethingClever

    SomethingClever Feb 22, 2013 Ohio

    I don't want to derail the topic but I do have a quick question. Shouldn't BBA stouts and Stouts be seperate categories? It seems to me BBA people are enjoying what the bourbon does to the stout instead of enjoying a stout for a stout. I'd like to see a top stout list not dominated by BBA stouts

    For the Whiney bastards like me who don't care for BBA stouts
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  13. rjniles

    rjniles Aug 30, 2012 South Carolina

    Any wheat beer I have ever tried. They taste yeasty and sweet to me. But I to be fair I am a hop-head, so sweet does not suit me well.
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  14. MarylandPat

    MarylandPat Sep 4, 2012 Maryland

    I'm going with IPA/DIPA. Oh, a new IPA on the market - yawn
  15. Ataraxia

    Ataraxia Sep 20, 2012 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    Sours/lambics/geuzes/saisons/fruit/herb/spice/vegetable are all drainpours for me
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  16. kingofhop

    kingofhop May 9, 2010 Oklahoma

    Hefeweizens. The banana/clove taste is nauseating.
  17. SunDevilBeer

    SunDevilBeer May 9, 2003 Massachusetts

    Berliner Weiss
    Imperial Stouts (particularly BBL aged)
  18. DarkDragon999

    DarkDragon999 Feb 13, 2013 Rhode Island

    DIPA. Just too much of a hop overload. Regular IPA is hoppy enough for me.
  19. nc41

    nc41 Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
    Beer Trader

    Smoked beers, Wild Ale's.
  20. smakawhat

    smakawhat Mar 18, 2008 Maryland

    There's alot more of you around than you think... ;)
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  21. Frankinstiener

    Frankinstiener Jul 28, 2009 Illinois
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    American Pale Wheat Ale. The hopped up versions (Gumballhead & Lil Sumpin Sumpin) are good, but when I think of this style I think of 312 and the fake hefeweizens ( Widmer, Pyramid, & UFO). Oberon I like as well, so I guess I'm 50/50 on the style but when it's bad, it's bad.
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  22. xnicknj

    xnicknj May 25, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Pumpkin Ales are really the only one that I openly discriminate against, although there's a couple of those I enjoyed, typically the less 'traditional' ones. See: La Parcela, Ghoulschip, Rumpkin
  23. BCarder

    BCarder Dec 16, 2011 Massachusetts

    Scotch Ales.
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  24. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    Smoked and Sour
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  25. Dweedlebug

    Dweedlebug Feb 28, 2012 Pennsylvania

  26. fredmugs

    fredmugs Aug 11, 2012 Indiana
    Beer Trader

    Sours but I really haven't had that many.
  27. frazbri

    frazbri Oct 29, 2003 Ohio

    Dopplebock. The ones I've tried have been too sweet for my tastes. (not that I won't keep trying them)
  28. BrettHead

    BrettHead Sep 18, 2010 Nebraska


    edit: hmmm, see I am not allowed to go with AAL. Probably "Ambers" then.
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  29. Mothergoose03

    Mothergoose03 May 30, 2005 Michigan

    Add hefeweizens to this list and you've got my general dislikes.
  30. beerme411

    beerme411 Sep 28, 2010 California

    BSDA, Dubbels, and Quads. Usually I don't like the yeast they use and other tastes in it are off putting. Oddly enough I really like St Bernardus Abt 12. So I'll still keep trying them on occasion.
  31. Aaron58

    Aaron58 Dec 16, 2007 Massachusetts

    I am not a huge fan of the Dubbels, Tripels and Quads. I wish I was, I just havent developed a really good palate for them yet.
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  32. Drew26

    Drew26 Nov 2, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Hefe or any wheats really
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  33. johnyb

    johnyb Aug 11, 2012 Florida
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    I second the motion here...........
  34. CellarGimp

    CellarGimp Sep 14, 2011 Missouri

    American Pale Lager. Give me anything else.
  35. BrettHead

    BrettHead Sep 18, 2010 Nebraska

    To each their own, but I don't see how you can say all saisons because there is quite a lot of variability in that style
  36. loafinaround

    loafinaround Jul 16, 2011 New York

    can't get into that. I have a friend who is actively trying to convert me, though. We'll see if his latest selection will change my mind.
    (To give you an idea of the extent of my palate's rejection of sours, madame rose is a drainpour for me.)

    oh, and many wheat beers are not my thing... so they get honorable mention
  37. Smitty1988

    Smitty1988 Oct 16, 2012 Arizona
    Beer Trader

    Sours, Lambics, Guezes..... Most heavy hitting Belguim style Ales work like Prune juice for me...
  38. BrettHead

    BrettHead Sep 18, 2010 Nebraska

    lol prune juice. Yeah that would be hard to like
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  39. fx20736

    fx20736 Mar 7, 2009 New York

    pumpkin ale
  40. nickapalooza86

    nickapalooza86 Feb 23, 2010 Wisconsin

    Smoked and Rauchbeirs, Can not get into campfire flavor in beer....
    RKing44 likes this.
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