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Re: The thread for talking about Beer
« Reply #50 on: 24 Dec 2007, 02:26 »

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Harp is a bit grim really but San Miguel is decent. The reason you enjoy Amstel is because it's a good beer, there's nothing wrong with lager when it's done well. It definitely deserves better than to be mentioned in the same breath as Heineken, which although drinkable is more a tool for getting battered than a tasty beverage.

I really hate all this extra cold nonsense though, it's so vile and the stuff always gives me a horrendous headache.

Oh really? Harp is our thing, as the advert says. I love the stuff, and I generally don't love fizzy lager. As for extra cold, it's all I drink in England as it prevents me tasting how dirty (as they quite often are) the pipes are. As for Heinekin. the export stuff out of a tap is sublime but I wouldn't drink it from a can.
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Re: The thread for talking about Beer
« Reply #51 on: 24 Dec 2007, 08:13 »

The only beer I've had that I've really like is Sam Adams, but it's only been recently that I've discovered that beer doesn't always taste like cat piss. Although I feel like something of a traitor when I say I'm not THAT impressed with Qingdao/Tsingtao beer, considering the first time I got drunk it was on that beer.
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Re: The thread for talking about Beer
« Reply #52 on: 24 Dec 2007, 09:28 »

I'm a big fan of the Samuel Smith brewery in Yorkshire. Their pale ales and lagers are good, and I'm even partial to their organic cider, despite not generally being a big cider fan. Ayingerbräu is also a nice lager that they sell in a pub near me, very nice stuff.

Also, can't go wrong with ales produced by Woodforde's, especially Wherry.
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Re: The thread for talking about Beer
« Reply #53 on: 24 Dec 2007, 10:02 »

Although I feel like something of a traitor when I say I'm not THAT impressed with Qingdao/Tsingtao beer, considering the first time I got drunk it was on that beer.

My favourite beer in the 'stuff you're forced to drink at Chinese restaurants' selection is Tiger.
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Re: The thread for talking about Beer
« Reply #54 on: 24 Dec 2007, 16:15 »

I'm quite a fan of hoegaarden, a Belgian wheat beer, tastes great, magic to just chill out with not really a party beer.
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Re: The thread for talking about Beer
« Reply #55 on: 24 Dec 2007, 16:18 »

God I hate Hoegaraden
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Re: The thread for talking about Beer
« Reply #56 on: 24 Dec 2007, 16:29 »

Not as bad as Kronenburg Blanc. Now that is a bad wheat beer.
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Re: The thread for talking about Beer
« Reply #57 on: 24 Dec 2007, 17:18 »

I got two of these glasses for christmas.

Apparently they enhance the whole beer experience. I don't know about that, but they do look cool.

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Re: The thread for talking about Beer
« Reply #58 on: 24 Dec 2007, 19:34 »

Not as bad as Kronenburg Blanc. Now that is a bad wheat beer.

God that stuff is awful. And expensive. My friend insisted on getting them when I bought a round, and basically I paid a stupid amount to have my taste buds assaulted by his complete lack of sense. Dick.
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Re: The thread for talking about Beer
« Reply #59 on: 24 Dec 2007, 23:58 »

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Re: The thread for talking about Beer
« Reply #60 on: 25 Dec 2007, 02:54 »

The Belgians make wonderful beers, but I don't know that I've ever had a good Belgian wheat beer.  My experience is limitedto Blue Moon and one or two others though, so I'm not really in the know as it were.

Beers I have had tonight that were excellent:

Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen  (The original)

Weihenstephaner Korbinian (A wonderful doppelbock with hints of orange, saffron,and chocolate)

Bers I have had tonight that were not excellent:

Blue Moon (Somone bought me a bottle right after the Korbinian. Could not taste it at all)

Budweiser (Self-explanatory, but free)

Tusker (May be good, but, as a rule, I do not like lagers)

Pilsner Urquell (All the flavor of a New York City sewer, now with less alligator)
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Re: The thread for talking about Beer
« Reply #61 on: 25 Dec 2007, 03:32 »

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Re: The thread for talking about Beer
« Reply #62 on: 25 Dec 2007, 09:51 »

Gulden Draak is the first barleywine I ever had, and I love it dearly for that.

Also it is so fucking good.
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Re: The thread for talking about Beer
« Reply #63 on: 25 Dec 2007, 10:31 »

I had some of that Miller Chill Lime and Salt monstrosity thing-o today. It tastes like fucking cordial.
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Re: The thread for talking about Beer
« Reply #64 on: 25 Dec 2007, 12:01 »

I went home early from work today because I was feeling a bit sick ;)

not before i picked up some more sierra nevada celebration and Anchor christmas ale though
merry xmas to me
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Re: The thread for talking about Beer
« Reply #65 on: 25 Dec 2007, 15:06 »

Hmmm, belgian beers are divine! Incidentally, the first party i went to when i returned from oz, was a Duvel party. It was divine (and i got a cool hat out of it!)

Also, if we are showing off beerglasses, then take a look at this. (unfortunately, its all boxed up now, but, 95% of those glasses are mine, of which i maybe bought 20% :))

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Re: The thread for talking about Beer
« Reply #66 on: 25 Dec 2007, 16:04 »

The only beer glasses I have are from Birra Tirana's Oktoberfest parties last year and this year.

I've got a 13-hour layover in Munich going back to Albania though, so I will most certainly drink me some beer (and probably steal the glass).
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Re: The thread for talking about Beer
« Reply #67 on: 25 Dec 2007, 22:22 »

I am a slave to advertising.  A buddy of mine showed me this ad and I must try this beer:
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Re: The thread for talking about Beer
« Reply #68 on: 25 Dec 2007, 22:25 »

If you go to the beginning of the thread, you'll see I've been drinking it and it is fucking delicious!

Most of the stuff Stone does is.
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Re: The thread for talking about Beer
« Reply #69 on: 26 Dec 2007, 07:42 »

I hope to god, that Arrogant Bastard can be available in Europe..

Even if it tasted horrid, I'd pour it down, just for the sake of the name, and that utterly fantastic ad. Insulting advertising is SUCH an underrated form of advertising!
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Re: The thread for talking about Beer
« Reply #70 on: 26 Dec 2007, 09:56 »

And you will have less then a thousand customers, but they will buy nothing but your product, and you will still be a millionaire.
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Re: The thread for talking about Beer
« Reply #71 on: 26 Dec 2007, 10:52 »

My advertising campaign would consist of an army chanting Rangers anti-Celtic football songs and firing into schoolyards while waving my beer's banner.

If that isn't offensive advertising I don't know what is.
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Re: The thread for talking about Beer
« Reply #72 on: 26 Dec 2007, 11:06 »

If you could find audio of those Rangers bastards booing during the moment of silence they had when JFK was murdered, that'd be more offensive.

I SUPPOSE I HATE RANGERS.
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Re: The thread for talking about Beer
« Reply #73 on: 26 Dec 2007, 11:29 »

Guys,


We don't get a lot of beers down here so this is petty much it.
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Re: The thread for talking about Beer
« Reply #74 on: 26 Dec 2007, 11:37 »

If you could find audio of those Rangers bastards booing during the moment of silence they had when JFK was murdered, that'd be more offensive.

I SUPPOSE I HATE RANGERS.

Well it was JFK's fault for being a dirty taig.
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Re: The thread for talking about Beer
« Reply #75 on: 26 Dec 2007, 11:38 »

Too far?
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Re: The thread for talking about Beer
« Reply #76 on: 26 Dec 2007, 11:52 »

Not at all. Try again. :laugh:

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Re: The thread for talking about Beer
« Reply #77 on: 26 Dec 2007, 12:09 »

I won't. I'm Northern Irish I know far too many extremely insulting things to say about Catholics, believe me.
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Re: The thread for talking about Beer
« Reply #78 on: 26 Dec 2007, 12:18 »

This is wavering off topic now, shit, my fault.

New topic: beers to drink at football games!
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Re: The thread for talking about Beer
« Reply #79 on: 26 Dec 2007, 12:28 »

Best thing about living in rural Ireland: the ready availability of some of the tastiest pints of Guinness one will ever find, all for under €3.50 (compared to a fiver in Dublin.)

The Porterhouse, which has about fifteen of their own beers on tap and maybe 4-500 fancy bottled beers, is quite a nice place, and probably the closest pub to college for me. However, I'm not a huge one for the specialty beers. I really should remedy that.
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Re: The thread for talking about Beer
« Reply #80 on: 26 Dec 2007, 12:46 »

I hope to god, that Arrogant Bastard can be available in Europe..

Even if it tasted horrid, I'd pour it down, just for the sake of the name, and that utterly fantastic ad. Insulting advertising is SUCH an underrated form of advertising!

Not that I know of, but I'll ship you some in a swap for a delicious beer you have that I can't get.
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Re: The thread for talking about Beer
« Reply #81 on: 26 Dec 2007, 16:22 »

Oh really? Harp is our thing, as the advert says. I love the stuff, and I generally don't love fizzy lager. As for extra cold, it's all I drink in England as it prevents me tasting how dirty (as they quite often are) the pipes are. As for Heinekin. the export stuff out of a tap is sublime but I wouldn't drink it from a can.

Yeah, England's terrible for that. It takes ages to find pubs where they know what they're doing, helpfully my smoking-battered tastebuds make me a little more immune to it than some. You can really tell the morning after if they were dirty pipes though, it makes hangovers particularly nasty. The draught Heineken export has never grabbed me much more than the canned variety, but it is definitely a superior beer. I'd still go for San Miguel over it though.

I definitely second the Sam Smith's recommendation made above. Not only do they brew a good beer they're also pretty ethical, everything's vegan and they take away the used bottles for recycling. Well, they usually do. The place I volunteer at has a small mountain of used bottles sitting outside for collection now, but they're still good. There's a nice pub in Leeds called the Angel where all they have on tap is Sam Smith's, you can still get a pint for less than £2 and there's no sodding music drowning out the conversation.
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Re: The thread for talking about Beer
« Reply #82 on: 26 Dec 2007, 17:56 »

My palate isn't that refined, so I generally can't taste too much difference between bottle or can once the beer's been poured into a glass, but Heineken is one that I definitely do.  I usually prefer darker beers, but Heinie is drinkable from a bottle.  From a can, it's just not enjoyable at all. 

I am impressed by some of the beverage vessels you guys have.  I was proud of myself because I finally have both pint glasses and wine glasses, in addition to cups and mugs.  Most people I know just drink out of coffee mugs or straight from the container.  College kids are not very classy. 

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Re: The thread for talking about Beer
« Reply #83 on: 26 Dec 2007, 19:18 »

Some college kids are classy.

I bought a case of the Sam Adams Winter Collection or whatever its called to try the Cranberry Lambic (my cousin talked it up). I can honestly say I have never been more dissapointed in a beer. Why do they even call it lambic when it fails to come anywhere close? Terrible beer.
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Re: The thread for talking about Beer
« Reply #84 on: 26 Dec 2007, 19:45 »

There's a nice pub in Leeds called the Angel where all they have on tap is Sam Smith's, you can still get a pint for less than £2 and there's no sodding music drowning out the conversation.

Yeah, they've got a couple of pubs in London too, really reasonably priced, especially for the centre of London - around here a pint is going to cost you something not far off £3 at least in most places, but they tend to be closer to £2 in Sam Smith's pubs. I think the music thing is to avoid unnecessary overheads on rights and stuff, but it certainly makes having a conversation much more pleasant.
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Re: The thread for talking about Beer
« Reply #85 on: 27 Dec 2007, 09:24 »

Most people I know just drink out of coffee mugs or straight from the container.  College kids are not very classy. 
I know a dude who went to college with a can of Spam. After he ate the Spam, he drank out of the can for an entire semester. Coffee, water, beer, whiskey, anything into ths Spam can. It was horrid to watch.

I have a nice pint glass I keep absolutely sparkling, polished clean especially for good beer. I can't even stand water spots on the thing. I know I probably can't taste how it would change the beer, but I just KNOW it's interfering in some subtle way, and my crazy-assed brain can't take that.

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Re: The thread for talking about Beer
« Reply #86 on: 27 Dec 2007, 10:09 »

I hope the motherfucker washed it frequently/had a BITCHIN' immune system.
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Re: The thread for talking about Beer
« Reply #87 on: 27 Dec 2007, 11:55 »

I hope to god, that Arrogant Bastard can be available in Europe..

Even if it tasted horrid, I'd pour it down, just for the sake of the name, and that utterly fantastic ad. Insulting advertising is SUCH an underrated form of advertising!

Not that I know of, but I'll ship you some in a swap for a delicious beer you have that I can't get.


I say Sir, that is one hell of an idea!!
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Re: The thread for talking about Beer
« Reply #88 on: 27 Dec 2007, 15:04 »

Unfortunately, I'm mildly allergic to hops and barley. Therefore, anything other than "normal crappy" beer upsets my stomach. Fat Tire and Newcastle are as amber as I can get, I can drink Guiness but not Stout, and I abhor any pale ales or IPAs.

'Tis a shame, too, 'cause I had $30 of 'found' money that I blew on a few bottles of different microbrews. By the end of them I was sick as a dog. (They all tasted great, though.)
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Re: The thread for talking about Beer
« Reply #89 on: 27 Dec 2007, 17:08 »

For my 21st, two of my friends took me out and one of the places we went was the Hofbrauhaus. I didn't like either of the beers I tried (Munich Weizen and Dunkel) and I felt very guilty at the end of our little adventure at this particular restaurant, because I just did not like the beer. The only other beers I've had have been Heineken (bottle and keg), Miller High Life (bottle), Rolling Rock (can and fucking disgusting), Killians (tap) and Guinness (tap). The only beer I've ever found enjoyable were the Guinness (especially) and the Killians and the others were either boring or disgusting.

My point being - Recommend me beers, because so far I've been pretty hopeless at finding things I like!
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« Reply #90 on: 28 Dec 2007, 13:26 »

Hoegaarden is my favorite, then again - I'm not really a connoisseur of beer and haven't tried out many.

Received a basket of various beer brands today from my mother, I guess I'll get to know a few more the next few days.
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« Reply #91 on: 28 Dec 2007, 13:51 »

The only beer I've ever found enjoyable were the Guinness (especially) and the Killians

Young's Double Chocolate Stout. Its the chocolate milkshake to Guiness' vanilla.
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« Reply #92 on: 28 Dec 2007, 16:32 »

So I just used my Amazon christmas money to buy myself a Mr. Beer kit. :P
Eventually I will stop using the extract kits and just use the plastic "keg" it comes with for primary fermentation of real brews, but it's a start.
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Re: The thread for talking about Beer
« Reply #93 on: 28 Dec 2007, 18:11 »

haha, apparently Anheuser-Busch is suing a local microbrew in my hometown for using the phrase "America's #1 Rated Brewery," an award they won at the Beverage Testing Institute's World Beer Championships. I guess since Budweiser can't claim to be the #1 rated brewery, no one else should be able to? And why do they even care about a regional microbrew that's not really even a concern to such a huge company?

Last night I tried their "Autumnal Fire," a really strong (~10 % ABV or so) doppelbock, it's one of the best beers I've had in a really long time.
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Re: The thread for talking about Beer
« Reply #94 on: 28 Dec 2007, 19:06 »

Capital Brewery is pretty good.  They're not even my favorite local brewery, but that's because they have some very stiff competition.  Wisconsin has seriously good microbreweries.  I think it's to make up for producing Milwaukee's Best.  Spotted Cow is an apology in beer form. 

Fuck Anheuser-Busch.  What do they brew?  Bud?  Busch?  Fucking NATTY ICE?  Any judge involved in the case should just have the jury taste test various samples from both companies. 

Too bad most people have shitty taste.  Never mind.  Bad idea. 
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« Reply #95 on: 29 Dec 2007, 07:36 »

I  had the first DFH beer I didn't really like last night! The Shelter Pale Ale! It tasted more like grape juice than beer, just not delicious.
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Re: The thread for talking about Beer
« Reply #96 on: 29 Dec 2007, 14:25 »

I had a Weissbär Weissbier and it was good but kindof light on the flavor and not as strong as it could've been. I should've gone for the Dunkelbier that the restaurant offered, fuck.
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« Reply #97 on: 29 Dec 2007, 16:16 »

I bought a case of the Sam Adams Winter Collection or whatever its called to try the Cranberry Lambic (my cousin talked it up). I can honestly say I have never been more dissapointed in a beer. Why do they even call it lambic when it fails to come anywhere close? Terrible beer.

I am drinking a Cranberry Lambic right now!  I was actually pretty pleased with it, but I generally don't like fruity beers at all, so I didn't expect much.  I am a whore for all things cranberry though, so I gave it a try despite my reservations.  It's dry and has stronger beer flavor than all the berry brews I've had before, so that's probably why I like it better.  I do not care for sweet beer.  Ech. 
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Re: The thread for talking about Beer
« Reply #98 on: 29 Dec 2007, 19:42 »

Its the audacity to call it a lambic that bothers me. Compared to even a mass produced lambic like Lindeman's Framboise or Kreik it just falls waaayyyyyyy short. I can't really describe what belgian lambic is like, but I'll give it a try. Framboise is Raspberry, and when you pour it into a glass it has the absolute darkest red color with a beautiful pink foam. When you pull the cork out of the bottle (fermentation continues in a bottle of lambic after bottling, which results in higher pressures than normal beers. Lambic bottles tend to be heavier and have a cork) the smell of raspberry immediately greets you. The first taste is sour, and the carbonation reminds you more of champagne than beer, there is a malt flavor, but raspberry is still the main sensation...I love real lambic. Technically its a beer, but unlike anything else. Try a bottle of Framboise or Kreik sometime, and you'll understand why the Sam Adams Cranberry was dissapointing to me. It doesn't even have the Brettanomyces Lambicus yeast.
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Re: The thread for talking about Beer
« Reply #99 on: 29 Dec 2007, 20:07 »

I really hate all this extra cold nonsense though

The whole notion of "extra cold" and "best served ice-cold" is complete bullshit served up by breweries who can only produce a sub-standard product and P.R. people who are trying to market their beer to ignorant yobbos. When you chill beer too much you completely dull all the flavour that it might have. If you truly want to enjoy your beer, don't drink it ice-cold. If it's an excessively hot day and you want to drink a refreshing beer, there are some styles that are perfectly suited, in particular wheat beer (for super-hot days) and I.P.A.s (for the merely "very hot). Put them in the fridge so they're cool but not "extra cold", pop 'em open, and enjoy.
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