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Old 11-01-2012, 02:38 AM   #1
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As I'm getting into homebrewing now, I've realized I don't really know what many types of beer taste like. I see lots of recipe kits and read the descriptions, but don't really know what they really mean. AND, if I make a specific type, I don't really know whether I've done well or not.
So, What I'm thinking I need to do is some 'research' (some might call it indulging).
Does anyone have a list of commercially available craft brews that would be good examples of various styles? The local Wegman's has lots of options.
Or is there some other way I should go about this?
Or, am I just nuts?! LOL
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Old 11-01-2012, 02:51 AM   #2
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http://www.bjcp.org/styles04/

At the end of each style description is a list of commercial examples

 
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Old 11-01-2012, 03:09 AM   #3
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http://www.bjcp.org/styles04/

At the end of each style description is a list of commercial examples
Perfect! Thanks!

 
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Old 11-01-2012, 03:21 AM   #4
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Double thanks! I've been in the same boat.
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Old 11-01-2012, 03:32 AM   #5
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If you find some commercial beers you like you can also search to see if someone has a clone recipe - lots of those on this forum and elsewhere. Then you have an idea what your brew should taste like if done well.

 
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Old 11-01-2012, 04:16 AM   #6
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There's no getting out of doing your "research." Man up and start drinkin' those commercial beers!

 
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Old 11-01-2012, 11:53 PM   #7
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There's no getting out of doing your "research." Man up and start drinkin' those commercial beers!
HAHAHAH! What a great response... and a great hobby!!!
Love it!

 
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Old 11-02-2012, 02:24 AM   #8
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If you have a bar that offers "flights" of beers, that is a really fast way to do side-by-side comparisons. Better yet - any beerfests in your area?

 
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Old 11-02-2012, 02:41 AM   #9
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Some of those examples are pretty drastic. Take Blue Moon and Hoegaardan as an example. I've had both of those, and they taste completely different from one another. I know they shouldn't taste identical, but if you told me they were completely different beers, I'd believe you.


Don't get me wrong, the link is a great starting point (thanks for posting it btw), but I still feel like I'm "brewing blind" and that's what worries me as a noob in this hobby. A lot of those beers I've never had before and/or just not available in my area. But what do you do if there is a style you're curious about, but have no way to compare it to a brand you're familiar with, or have no comparisons at all?
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Old 11-02-2012, 02:53 AM   #10
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Dude, you need to chill out and grab a beer.

You aren't going to learn everything in a day, month, or even year. Start tasting styles and building your knowledge base. If you learn everything about the beer within 100 miles of you, you can start ordering online or take a day trip to your nearest "real" city.

 
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