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Old 03-02-2009, 01:31 AM   #1
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My wife doesn't like beer, but she wants to help me come up with a brew that she'd like for a party we're going to have over the summer (so other non-beer drinkers may enjoy it too).

She likes sweet wines (Moscatto d'Asti and Bully Hill's Sweet Walter Red are her favorites). She also likes malternative beverages, especially Smirnoff's Green Apple flavored one.

I brew extract with steeping grains, although I plan to try all-grain some time within the next year or so (not likely to happen for this brew, though).

I'm thinking something relatively light-bodied without a strong hop character. She's suggested something with a fruit addition. I've never done a fruited beer, but I'd be up for trying it.

So basically, I'm looking for suggestions. I'm hoping that if it's good, she may open up to trying a few other beers and maybe start liking my brews (and therefore be more supportive).

Has anyone else found a brew for people who don't like beer?

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Old 03-02-2009, 01:38 AM   #2
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My wife doesnt like beer but loves an orange infused hefe weizen. Especially when I top it off witha wedge of orange.

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Old 03-02-2009, 01:39 AM   #3
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Ed Wort's Bee Cave Brewery Haus Pale

BierMuncher's SWMBO Slayer Belgian Blonde (extract version is a few posts down from the top)
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Old 03-02-2009, 01:44 AM   #4
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Maybe try a Dogfish Head Midas Touch clone - that beer is sweet and tastes like a hybrid between wine, mead and beer. It's not exactly light-bodied though. Pick some up in the store if it's available in your area and see what she thinks.

My wife's favorite beer is Chimay Blue - again, the opposite of a light-bodied beer, but it's wonderfully complex and somewhat fruity from the yeast character, and not at all hoppy. It's pretty widely available for about $9 per 750 ml bottle if you want to try it out before setting out to clone it.

For actual fruit beers, hybrids (cream ale, Koelsch, blonde) make a pretty good base, but a balanced fruit addition can be pretty tricky to pull off properly.

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Old 03-02-2009, 02:04 AM   #5
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I've heard good things about EdWort's Haus Pale Ale, but pale ales are probably too hoppy and bitter for her tastes. The SWMBO Slayer looks promising, though...
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This stuff was really popular and it couldn't be any easier to brew http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f75/coas...2/#post1168137

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This stuff was really popular and it couldn't be any easier to brew http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f75/coas...2/#post1168137
Thanks, that looks really good!
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One of the Sam Adam's Longshot winners this year is a Cranberry Wit. The recipe is in BYO. This might have a lot of the characteristics you are looking for.

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A good belgian wit usually keeps the "non beer drinkers" that I know happy.

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I am in the same situation with SWMBO and she has really taken to the fruit Wheats.

She really likes a raspberry hefeweizen as well as hefeweizen with lemon. It brings some of the flavor she likes into a lighter beer.

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