Don’t Like the Taste of Beer?

By on February 14, 2011 @ 10 PM (4 Comments)

If you don’t like that taste of beer and therefore don’t want to try beer ever again, we’re here to help.

Tell us what you don’t like about beer in general or specifically about whatever beer someone gave you to try that turned you off beer forever.

What we’ll do is offer up two recommendations:

  1. One will be our best recommendation of a specialty craft beer from our experience of drinking hundreds and hundreds of craft beers.
  2. The other will be our best recommendation of a more common beer that is widely available mass market style that you should be able to find in most grocery stores.

Now for your part don’t hide behind “I don’t like the taste” – that’s not going to help us guide you anywhere. Tell us what beer(s) you’ve tried and be as specific as you can about why it didn’t take – “I didn’t like it because it was too sweet” or “It was too bitter” or “It tasted like corn” – statements like this will help us help you. Also if you can tell us what you do like in other drinks – if you like coffee or chocolate or mixed fruity drinks or sweet whiskey, etc. You can even tell us if there are certain foods you like better than others. That will help us get you to a beer that suits your tastes.

So if you don’t like the taste of beer, this is your chance – think of it as a “Stump the Chumps” ala Car Talk. We feel confident we can find you two beers you’ll like. Leave your comments below and we’ll take care of the rest.

4 Comments (Add Your Comments)

  1. Travis Lewis says:

    I cant seem to find a beer that I like. Some I’ve tried are coors, new castle, bud light, blue moon, and busch. They all seem too bitter or it’s something else turning me off to it.

  2. John says:

    Travis – first off, thanks for reaching out to us. It looks like you’ve tried a good variety of beers there and we commend you for that. Dad and I have talked it over and your clues pose a challenge for us. Blue Moon isn’t that hoppy, for instance. New Castle is pretty mild in the scheme of craft beer, but has some good color to it.

    We’re going to offer up a few recommendations here, but want you to consider trying to pour these into a glass and drink them that way. As snobby as it sounds there is a difference drinking from the bottle versus a glass. Just like a wine, you can let the beer “breathe” and start to experience the aromas much better. That said our recommendations are:

    Specialty Craft Beer – We want to offer you a few here – these aren’t technically craft beers, per se, but they’re not American mass market beers, so we’ll call them craft beers. We want you try a German hefeweizen. We recommend Paulaner Hefe-Weizen or Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse personally. Pour about 2/3 into a glass, then swirl the bottle a few times, then you’ll pour a nice creamy head on top of the beer. Read the reviews we linked to so you can see what you’ll experience with it – if the notes you see don’t sound like something you’ll like, tell us and we can steer you in a different direction.

    Common Mass Market Beer – We’ll give you a few options here as well. First, we’d like you to try a Shiner Bock, if you can find it. If you can’t then try a Michelob Amber Bock. Those two are fairly close in style – a bock is a lager, so though it’s darker it doesn’t pack the punch that an ale can carry. Second, try a Sierra Nevada Kellerweis. It’s an American hefeweizen that’s very good. Same rules as above on that – pour 2/3 into a glass, then swirl the bottle a few times before you pour the rest.

    After you try some of these, reach back out to us and let us know what you think. We’ve been able to find all 5 beers listed here in our local grocery store, so hopefully you’ll have a similar finding. Not sure where you’re located, but our local grocery stores are Albertson’s and Harris Teeter.

    Cheers Travis!

    -John and Dad

  3. Jacob says:

    I’ve tried Heinekin(sp), guiness, blue moon, Coors, and quite a few others. I have the same problem as Travis ^. Are there any flavored mass market beers that taste good and not like beer? Haha

  4. Budd says:

    I have tried the CMBs, Sam Adams lager, Stella, XX, XX amber, Long Trail Bluebeary Wheat, Blue Moon Belgium White, Newton’s Folly, Guiness Black, Troegs oatmeal stout, and a different stout that tasted of burnt coffee.

    My top three of that list would be

    1. Newton’s Folly
    2. Guiness Black
    3. XX
    Also had a local pumpkin beer that wasn’t bad.

    Don’t really like the bitter taste. Didn’t like the coffee taste in the Troegs. I know to stay away from the IPAs.

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