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Old 11-17-2008, 11:52 PM   #1
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Default Are lagers more "refreshing" than ales?

I brought some of my homebrewed ales to a social gathering and got many kudos and praises but as the evening progressed I kept noticing that some were going back to the commercial lagers and saying that they now wanted a "more refreshing beer" While they liked my ale, they said that they thought that ales were "thick,heavy,viscous,chewy" and the like. Some said that they like a beer to be "refreshing" and I guess my ales,while good, just did not have what they want in a beer. I guess that's why most all commercial beers are lagers eh?

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Old 11-17-2008, 11:58 PM   #2
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A lot of them just don't really appreciate good beer. I love lagers as well and brew them constantly, but they seem to just be more flavourable than most BMC brews.

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Old 11-18-2008, 12:20 AM   #3
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that happens sometimes. sometimes people just won't like it. i wouldn't say the lagers are inherently more refreshing - i'm sure if you made a munich lager they'd be saying that was "chewy" too! they just like the light lagers popular in the US - you can lead a horse to homebrew but you can't make it drink.

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Old 11-18-2008, 12:32 AM   #4
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Depending on the type of beer, I can see why they would want a lager. After about 6 homemade, or not even homemade, just stronger flavored, thicker, basically BETTER beer, people do turn to lighter flavored beers.

I made a very crisp and refreshing IPA but after about 6 of them, you A. are pretty buzzed and need something lighter, or B. need a lighter flavor.

I wouldn't take it as an insult, but with a grain of American Vienna!

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Old 11-18-2008, 12:32 AM   #5
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I work with a bunch that are strictly into mass produced light beer. Had one of the fellows over and gave him a Goose Harvest Ale. He took a sip and promptly put the bottle down saying it tasted like sun-tan lotion. I do find lawn mower brew refreshing when I'm out, well, mowing the lawn on a hot day.

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Old 11-18-2008, 12:54 AM   #6
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Water is the most refreshing beverage. As a beverage approaches water, it becomes more refreshing. Compare and contrast: strawberry milkshake vs. Gatorade.

In general, lagers are crisper in body and lighter in flavor than the average ale, but after mowing the lawn, I know I'd rather have a pale ale than a rauchbier.

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I don't think it's lager vs. ales, per se. Most Americans are so used to drinking BMC and this is a hard habit for people to break. Until someone has "the awakening", they'll always revert to what they're used to.

However, BMC has an FG of what 1.008 max? Your ale was probably at somewhere between 1.010-1.014... plus it hasn't had all the nutrients, suspended yeast, and flavor stripped from it by filtering. I have a Helles right now that finished at 1.012 and while it is delicious and refreshing to me, the average BMCer would probably find it thicker than they're used to.

They can drink all the BMC they want, they'll just have a bigger headache/hangover the next day than if they stuck to your delicious, nutricious homebrew.

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Old 11-18-2008, 10:58 PM   #9
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compared to the average homebrewed Ale, yeah...a bottle of budweiser is much much lighter. it is an American light lager after all...more corn than barley, so no mouthfeel beyond the massive carbonation, and an ultra low final gravity.

my dad bitches that Blvd Wheat is 'too heavy' for him...and sticks to Bud Light...

take no offense, you were offering caviar to cod lovers. they lack the experience to know better.

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take no offense, you were offering caviar to cod lovers. they lack the experience to know better.
Hey, nothing wrong with Cod. Good old Nfld currency for a long while.

I prefer to compare it to offering barley to corn lovers
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