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Old 03-01-2007, 02:31 AM   #1
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i don't understand what i like, and don't like about beer. i've been sheltered my whole beer life, and had very few brands/styles of beer untill about the last month.
and i've found that i really don't like the majority of the beers i've tried.

i tried a chocolate stout-hated it. tasted like i was drinking month old coffe grounds.

i tried a beer called hopslam-hated it. tasted like i was eating a tree.

i tried alpha kings three floyds pale ale-hated it. tasted very bitter, also like coffee.

i tried a local micro called gnaw bone pale ale-hated it. had the same bitter coffe nasty taste.

now on to what i liked, and why.

tried sam adams hefeweizen. i really liked it. very smooth, and easy to drink.

tried hoegarrden. i loved it. it was like blue moon, but a little bit better to me.

tired some india pale ale, forgot what brand. i really liked it. it was also smooth, and easy to drink.

tried a local micro called razzwheat and really liked it. kind of fruity, and good to drink.

tried red stripe and i really liked it. tasted what i would call "normal".

so am i just a *pu$$y? i really want to get into different beers, i have always just drank pbr, dos equis amber, blue moon, high life, etc.

i was very interested in homebrewing, just because i'm a diy kind of guy, and i love learning new things, and taking pride in things, but i'm beginning to wonder now if i made a mistake, because i'm having trouble finding beers that i like, and what it is that i like about the ones i do like, etc.
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Old 03-01-2007, 02:33 AM   #2
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Outside of the one IPA you liked, it sounds like you enjoy beers with very low levels of hopping. You would probably like English brown ales (such as Newcastle or Sam Smith), but not many American brown ales which often have higher levels of hopping.

If you like Blue Moon, then there are a ton of Belgian beers you might like...just start working your way down that shelf at your beer store.

 
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Old 03-01-2007, 02:34 AM   #3
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Nothing wrong with brewing hefes and wheats and the like if that's what you enjoy. Keep trying different things - it could be that you like real malty brews like Oktoberfests and maybe some different brown ales. Plus, your tastes may well change over time - hell, I think everybody's do. It took a while for me to really appreciate hops, but now I love nothing more than a good IPA.

For now, brew what you like - things like the Hoegarrden - and keep trying commercial versions of different styles. No one says you have to like (or brew) everything - hell, there's a good number of people here who would rather choke on vomit than drink a hefe
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Old 03-01-2007, 02:37 AM   #4
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Just because a beer is a micro doesn't necessarily make it good, there are a lot of micros out there that suck. It sounds to me like you DO know what you like, just do more research (drinking lots of different beers). Once you have a few favorites, get the clone recipes and brew those. You can expand your own list of favorites from there.


Keep drinking and you'll find something you'll like.
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Old 03-01-2007, 02:40 AM   #5
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I also prefer sweeter belgians over hoppy ales, but sometimes I get sick of the sweetness. You'd probably like a lot of the brews in my signature.
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Old 03-01-2007, 03:00 AM   #6
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You probably aren't going to like every type of beer. There are alot of homebrewers that only brew certain styles and are content with that. Personally, I haven't tried any style yet that I haven't liked, although I can only handle about one IPA at a time because I can only take so many hops at once.

Brew what you like boss.
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Old 03-01-2007, 03:42 AM   #7
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thanks for the reasurrance! so is the sam adams hefeweizen remotely close to a german hefeweizen?
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Old 03-01-2007, 03:52 AM   #8
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that's one of the great things about homebrewing: you can make whatever you like.
My tastes are just the opposite of Cheesefood's. I like the bitter, hoppy styles and dislike the Belgian styles.
It's like cooking, in a way. Think of how many recipes there are out there that aren't being made in local restaurants. That's what is at your disposal here.

 
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Old 03-01-2007, 04:02 AM   #9
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Nothing wrong with brewing hefes and wheats - hell, there's a good number of people here who would rather choke on vomit than drink a hefe
Translation: If you brew wheat beer you won't have to worry about me drinking up all your production.
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Old 03-01-2007, 04:11 AM   #10
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What you described is finding your own taste. Hefes were what turned me onto how a beer could be totally different, but damned enjoyable. It just kind of went from there.

Keep sampling!
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