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Old 12-04-2007, 02:48 PM   #1
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Default Where do you rate your beer experience?

There have been number of recent posts about tasting new styles and experiencing different beers...not to mention a number of posts in the sampling threads where folks mention they have never had an ...insert beer name here.

Where do you see your overall experience with styles?

Here is the bjcp list for reference (not including all the subcategories):

1. LIGHT LAGER
2. PILSNER
3. EUROPEAN AMBER LAGER
4. DARK LAGER
5. BOCK
6. LIGHT HYBRID BEER
7. AMBER HYBRID BEER
8. ENGLISH PALE ALE
9. SCOTTISH AND IRISH ALE
10. AMERICAN ALE
11. ENGLISH BROWN ALE
12. PORTER
13. STOUT
14. INDIA PALE ALE (IPA)
15. GERMAN WHEAT AND RYE BEER
16. BELGIAN AND FRENCH ALE
17. SOUR ALE
18. BELGIAN STRONG ALE
19. STRONG ALE
20. FRUIT BEER
21. SPICE / HERB / VEGETABLE BEER
22. SMOKE-FLAVORED AND WOOD-AGED BEER
23. SPECIALTY BEER

http://www.bjcp.org/styles04/


I am lucky enough to live in an area with a large availability of different domestic micro/crafts and imports & have been of age and into beer long enough to have sampled my fair share. Eisenbock, Bière de Garde, Scottish Light 60/-, Scottish Heavy 70/-, Northern German Altbier, Düsseldorf Altbier, Mild, Southern English Brown, & Roggenbier are on my "to do list" if I remember it all correctly.

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Old 12-04-2007, 07:26 PM   #2
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It's difficult to go off that list because most English brewers don't confirm to those style guides.

But I'd say I've drank the following. (All but dark lager) but I may of had it but forgotten.
And I'm not sure what American Ale is.

1. LIGHT LAGER
2. PILSNER
3. EUROPEAN AMBER LAGER
5. BOCK
6. LIGHT HYBRID BEER
7. AMBER HYBRID BEER
8. ENGLISH PALE ALE
9. SCOTTISH AND IRISH ALE
11. ENGLISH BROWN ALE
12. PORTER
13. STOUT
14. INDIA PALE ALE (IPA)
15. GERMAN WHEAT AND RYE BEER
16. BELGIAN AND FRENCH ALE
18. BELGIAN STRONG ALE
19. STRONG ALE
20. FRUIT BEER
21. SPICE / HERB / VEGETABLE BEER
22. SMOKE-FLAVORED AND WOOD-AGED BEER
23. SPECIALTY BEER

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Old 12-04-2007, 07:30 PM   #3
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Ever had a German Schwarzbeir, Orfy? There's a popular one called Kostriker. That's a dark lager.

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Sam Adams makes a fairly crappy black lager, or maybe I just don't like the style.

I would rate my beer experience as follows:

Quite to extremely enjoyable.

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Probably but I don't remember it specifically.
I have tried many many differebt brews. If I see something new I try it.

I can easily try 5 different brews in a week and I have been doing this for many years.

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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug
It's difficult to go off that list because most English brewers don't confirm to those style guides.

But I'd say I've drank the following. (All but dark lager) but I may of had it but forgotten.

1. LIGHT LAGER
2. PILSNER
3. EUROPEAN AMBER LAGER
5. BOCK
6. LIGHT HYBRID BEER
7. AMBER HYBRID BEER
8. ENGLISH PALE ALE
9. SCOTTISH AND IRISH ALE
11. ENGLISH BROWN ALE
12. PORTER
13. STOUT
14. INDIA PALE ALE (IPA)
15. GERMAN WHEAT AND RYE BEER
16. BELGIAN AND FRENCH ALE
18. BELGIAN STRONG ALE
19. STRONG ALE
20. FRUIT BEER
21. SPICE / HERB / VEGETABLE BEER
22. SMOKE-FLAVORED AND WOOD-AGED BEER
23. SPECIALTY BEER
No sour ales........................You've got to give Roddenbach or Duchesse a try.
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Actually I should mention that it is possible to taste a style light years from a "craft beer" store. Nearby homebrewers can be a great way to find new styles. Also, if you have good skills and a good recipe, you can brew something without ever tasting one. I have never had a munich helles, but I have one lagering right now.(maybe not a good example since I probably screwed it up somehow, but you get the point!)

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The only beer style that I haven't had a chance to try at least once yet is Gruit.

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I enjoy single beers quite frequently, but far prefer two-sies. Groups are fine in small numbers, so long as everyone's on the same page...

Oh, wait.

You meant a whole different thing, didn't you?

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1. LIGHT LAGER - havn't like any I've tasted
2. PILSNER - Had a couple decent ones but not my fav
3. EUROPEAN AMBER LAGER - Not bad
4. DARK LAGER - Getting better
5. BOCK - Enjoyable beers
6. LIGHT HYBRID BEER - Had a few don't care for them
7. AMBER HYBRID BEER - Had Anchor Steam but not any of the European styles
8. ENGLISH PALE ALE - Not bad
9. SCOTTISH AND IRISH ALE - Had a couple that were pretty good
10. AMERICAN ALE - Really enjoyed some of these and others that are so-so
11. ENGLISH BROWN ALE - I like Browns
12. PORTER - One of my favs
13. STOUT - Ofcourse
14. INDIA PALE ALE (IPA) - I can be a hop head
15. GERMAN WHEAT AND RYE BEER - Tried a couple but not my style
16. BELGIAN AND FRENCH ALE - Loved some, didn't care for others
17. SOUR ALE - No experience
18. BELGIAN STRONG ALE - Loved some, didn't care for others
19. STRONG ALE - Usually enjoyable sipping beers
20. FRUIT BEER - Not a fan
21. SPICE / HERB / VEGETABLE BEER - Had a few, usually not a fan but there is alot of territory here
22. SMOKE-FLAVORED AND WOOD-AGED BEER - Can't remember an example of this
23. SPECIALTY BEER - Another wide open category

I've Brewed:
10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 18 in my first 15 batches.
I don't plan on making lagers as I have found few I really like and there are so many ales I want to make.
Although I have tried most general styles I can see a few that are lacking. And looking a the sub categories there are many more I need to look for.
I think I need to start looking some more at the import section as that is where many of my holes are. I think I've covered most of the styles represented by American microbrews.

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