Easiest labels to remove (New Belgium gets my vote!) - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Bottling/Kegging > Easiest labels to remove (New Belgium gets my vote!)

Thread Tools
Old 05-18-2011, 03:33 AM   #1
Mar 2011
Denver, CO
Posts: 65
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

In my experience of reusing commercial bottles I've come to the conclusion that New Belgium bottles are by far the easiest of all the bottles to scrub clean. The label peels right off when soaked and the glue is nothing for a sponge to quickly handle. Plus, they don't have a label on the neck, one less thing to scrub!

Odell's isn't bad either. Same goes for Avery's.

Great Divide, on the other hand, is a bitch. They must use some kind of water resistant super glue on their lables.

These, of course, are all local beers here on the front range. What are some other bottles you guys have come across around the country that are easy to clean?

Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2011, 03:39 AM   #2
Oct 2010
Portland, OR
Posts: 33

I made note of that as well for New Belgium. Even after several times through the dishwasher, Deschutes bottles just never want to come clean. I think I have a lot of Bridgeports that just peeled right off after being washed. Can't say I've made any notes on any of the bigger names, though.
Primary: Simcoe/Amarillo IPA, Pumpkin Ale
Bottled: Blueberry Cream Ale
Keg: American Red, English Brown
Up Next: ???

Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2011, 09:19 AM   #3
Apr 2011
Concord, Vermont
Posts: 452
Liked 10 Times on 7 Posts

I've been chugging away on a few Sierra Nevada's lately as my pipeline is up to snuff yet and I gotta say, if you look at the labels cross-eyed, they seem to fall right off. Just a 10 minute soak and they are laying in the bottom of the sink. Doesn't get much easier than that and I like the stubby bottles too

Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2011, 12:29 PM   #4
AmandaK's Avatar
Feb 2010
Posts: 1,498
Liked 143 Times on 106 Posts

Schlafly is my favorite.
BJCP Master Beer Judge

Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2011, 12:45 PM   #5
lastsecondapex's Avatar
Sep 2010
Greenville, South Carolina
Posts: 392
Liked 13 Times on 12 Posts

Highland, FTW!

The labels can be peeled without soaking and leave no glue. Plus, unlike Samuel Adams or New Belgium, the bottles aren't embossed.

Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2011, 12:50 PM   #6
sivdrinks's Avatar
Apr 2011
Lebanon, PA, PA
Posts: 809
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts

I use mostly Troegs and Bells. Have found Blue Point to be pretty nice also.

Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2011, 01:35 PM   #7
Sep 2010
Posts: 1,689
Liked 42 Times on 39 Posts

DFH doesn't have the neck labels and the main label just falls right off.

Worst is Amstel Light. Got a case of empties from someone. You have to peel 4 stickers off (two main, two neck) and then soak them to loosen adhesive. Then scrub them with the rough side of a sponge.

Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2011, 01:45 PM   #8
smakudwn's Avatar
Mar 2009
St.Charles, MO
Posts: 1,046
Liked 59 Times on 43 Posts

Originally Posted by Braufguss View Post
Schlafly is my favorite.
Completely agree, a little hot water and they just slide right off!

Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2011, 02:03 PM   #9

Half Pints labels peel off easily, no hot water or anything else required!
2012 Canadian Brewer of the Year
2013 Canadian Brewer of the Year
2015 Canadian Brewer of the Year


Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2011, 02:57 PM   #10
heferly's Avatar
Apr 2011
Westbrook, CT
Posts: 743
Liked 12 Times on 12 Posts

any goose island beers...labels come off just soaking while sanitizing! easiest i've had
Basement Cafe Brewery

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Forum Jump