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Old 11-16-2012, 03:51 PM   #11
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In her mind, the less head, the better
This seems to be a fairly common opinion amongst women. Not really surprising it carrys over to beer. I should grow up and get back to work


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Old 11-16-2012, 04:01 PM   #12
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All the little bubbles hold the aroma of the beer. The longer head holds the longer you get to enjoy it.


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Old 11-16-2012, 04:09 PM   #13
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As above I would think the foam brings more aromas into play. Personally, I dont care much for the foam, less is better. I do like to have some carbonation in the beer itself but not overkill, aka BMC.
Tradition could be another reason. The style of beer has always had, or never had, or whatever, this or that amount of foam.
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:50 PM   #14
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to the best of my knowledge, helps to prevent oxidation as the foam keeps oxygen at bay
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:12 PM   #15
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All the little bubbles hold the aroma of the beer. The longer head holds the longer you get to enjoy it.
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:24 PM   #16
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to the best of my knowledge, helps to prevent oxidation as the foam keeps oxygen at bay
Oxidation in the glass? Are you joking???
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:32 PM   #17
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The real answer is that your wife was feelin' frisky (offering head and to dress up in something lacy for you).

The beer answer, to me is the same reason that clear beer >>> cloudy beer; appearance does count for something. The same reason that chefs are meticulous about the plating of their meals. A beer's "prettiness" (great color, great clarity, good head, nice lacing) is virtuous by itself - it's not more important than taste, but it is important.
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Old 11-17-2012, 01:40 PM   #18
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The lacing thing thing I never understood?
To me all it means is I have to rinse my glass before I pour another beer.
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Old 11-17-2012, 05:33 PM   #19
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The lacing thing thing I never understood?
IMO at least...It just looks better! So does a beer with a nice head. Whether you admit it or not, we all drink with our eyes.


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