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Old 07-22-2009, 02:42 AM   #1
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Default How to get into beer tasting..

I started to brew before I even had 9 micro brews and just now started to taste new beers. My problem is most prem beers taste good to me and I cannot seem to understand the beer. When other people taste them they can write a papargrah on what they taste but with me. I am like. This tastes great, a little sweet with a bitter finish while other people can describe the flavors of the beer. Taste what has been put into it...

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Old 07-22-2009, 02:50 AM   #2
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Here is a really good place to start:

http://www.bjcp.org/docs/2008_stylebook.pdf

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Old 07-22-2009, 03:17 AM   #3
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Old 07-22-2009, 04:47 AM   #4
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I would suggest Tasting Beer by Randy Mosher. Great resource on beer tasting. It also helps to find someone near you who knows a bit more about beer and then maybe go somewhere with them and offer to buy them a beer to pick their brain on what you are smelling and tasting.

Also, get yourself a good tasting glass. Something like a tulip offers a great shape for being able to stick your nose in there and really get the aroma down. While you're tasting, read some reviews and see if you can pick out some of the consistent flavors and aromas.

There are SO many variables, it is nice to take it one step at a time. Starting with something with less complexity can allow you to pick out flavors little by little, until you work up to the rest. You'll get there. I can write paragraphs about beer I've tasted. I don't write reviews, but I think I have a pretty discernible palate. It just takes time.

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It takes time and plenty of beer.

The way I started (and I am by no means a tasting expert) was to try a beer and write down my impressions on a standard BJCP scoresheet doing my best to describe every flavor I thought I picked up. The next thing I do is read reviews on a site like Beer Advocate, RateBeer, or one of the many other sites.

I compare what I have to what a group of people perceived to see what I might have missed.

You can work this the opposite way, but it tends to skew results. If even one or two people taste something in a beer and you read it, you are likely to perceive it even if it's not really there.

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I have the same questions. I want to learn to taste beer, but I am afraid I just don't have a good sense of taste. I started on the BJCP stuff and is very confusing. It's hard to understand the flavor without having someone actually say, "Taste this, can you notice the XXXX in there?"

I have also ready Randy Mosher's Tasting Beer, and it is easily the most entertaining book about beer I've ever read. Even if you already know how to taste beer, buy this book! He is an excellent writer and this book is very enlightening and well written.

I brewed a blonde the other day and just got it carbed. I am not sure if I can taste fusels or if it's just young. Would be nice to know. I brewed while camping in my RV, so the ferm temp could be an issue. I'm starting to get good enough in brewing to have to start worrying about that stuff, but not good enough that I don't!

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Plus it's ALL subjective. No two people will pick out all the same flavors on a beer. Taste and smell are like snowflakes, no two are the same. And some people like to taste beer so they can ramble on and sound educated. The best way to develop your taste is to dive in and drink a crap load of craft beers.

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I really like this place in town and it is by far much cheaper than this other place. However, I soon found out quickly that these beers will break you. The avrg price is 4-6 bucks which is low compared to other place in town.

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I really like this place in town and it is by far much cheaper than this other place. However, I soon found out quickly that these beers will break you. The avrg price is 4-6 bucks which is low compared to other place in town.
Where abouts do you live?

Some craft beer is expensive. I buy 4 or 5 bottles a month that are anywhere from 12-40 dollars and I deal with it because I know I will get something great.
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I was excited to try DFH 120 which just came in to my beer store.


$10 a bottle... 12 ozer.

No thanks. I'll save it for when I have a bunch of extra cash laying around. I really want to try it, but for that price, I would expect a 750ml bottle!

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