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>> No. 11640 Anonymous
29th July 2015
Wednesday 3:46 am
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I'm betraying my northern working-class roots bybeimg a cider supping fairy. I want to get into beer but so far I've tasted nothing that I wanted to drink more than a sip of. What would .gs recommend as a beer to get me into beer? Price isn't an issue, but I do need to be able to get it easily in a supermarket.

Thanks lads.

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>> No. 11641 Anonymous
29th July 2015
Wednesday 3:55 am
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Don't worry, it'll come in time. I find chilled bottles of coors or fosters gold to be rather nice. And available. No point being arty farty about lager.

The Fursty Ferret or Hopping Hare stuff is nice too, the golden coloured one.
>> No. 11642 Anonymous
29th July 2015
Wednesday 7:13 am
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Some of the Asian beers, like Chang and Asahi, are like drinking water so you could try that. Maybe even one of those Desperado's style ones.

As always, I recommended Riggwelter by Black Sheep and Old Peculier by Theakston.
>> No. 11643 Anonymous
29th July 2015
Wednesday 10:19 am
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Cider is the classy option?
>> No. 11644 Anonymous
29th July 2015
Wednesday 4:20 pm
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What is it about the taste of beer that you don't like? Beer is a very diverse drink.

Maybe a wheat beer like Hoegaarden might suit you if you're looking for something fruity and fresh. If you don't like hops and prefer a malty flavour, you might like stout or bock. If it's malt you don't like and you prefer a crisp hoppy flavour, then perhaps a pale ale or an IPA. A number of breweries make good fruit-flavoured beer, including Floris and Lindemans.
>> No. 11645 Anonymous
29th July 2015
Wednesday 4:44 pm
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There are cheap variations of everything. You don't exactly see the chavs supping £2.75 a bottle stuff, just as you don't see them supping real ale.

I can't really explain, other than every beer I've tried has tasted like shit to the point where I visibly cringe trying to drink it. I sound like a teenlad here but that point most people get to where they can drink beer hasn't come for me yet.
>> No. 11646 Anonymous
29th July 2015
Wednesday 6:44 pm
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Stouts and porters by the bucketful. If you get the lactose-heavy ones then they often just taste like beery milk, and there are a lot of people doing some interesting things with adding chilli and all manners of things to the mix. It truly is a platform of its own among beers.
>> No. 11647 Anonymous
29th July 2015
Wednesday 6:58 pm
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You're a traitor, lad. What's next? Cyclists wanting to learn how to drive? Brits wanting to be American? Sliced bread wanting to become whole?
>> No. 11648 Anonymous
29th July 2015
Wednesday 8:09 pm
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Can you at least name the kinds of beer you've tried so far that you didn't like? Even broad descriptions like 'various lagers' or 'just the standard canned lagers and bitters' would give us something to work with.
>> No. 11649 Anonymous
29th July 2015
Wednesday 8:34 pm
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Some of the pale Badger's are very drinkable - Hopping Hare, Fursty Ferret etc.
>> No. 11650 Anonymous
29th July 2015
Wednesday 8:36 pm
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Everything from bitters, to stouts, to IPAs, from cheap tinnies of fosters to expensive craft beer (ticketybrew was the last I tried). I've yet to try the Asian ones, but I'll get a bottle or two when I finish work this morning.

>> No. 11651 Anonymous
29th July 2015
Wednesday 8:39 pm
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I should add the last fill pint of beer I drank was some free Super-bock in Portugal. It was unpleasant, but watery enough to neck (because it was free).
>> No. 11652 Anonymous
29th July 2015
Wednesday 8:56 pm
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We could train the floating drinkers to down cider. One day cider could dominate the taps. One day people could encourage others to drink cider else resign themselves to inconvenience at house parties. But no, you anticipate an imagined defeat and seek to defect to the enemy. Choke on your Stella, traitor.
>> No. 11653 Anonymous
29th July 2015
Wednesday 9:22 pm
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We don't have enough apples. It takes twenty or thirty years to establish an orchard. The mainstream cider brands are already using crap imported apple concentrate because they can't buy enough real cider apples.
>> No. 11654 Anonymous
29th July 2015
Wednesday 9:28 pm
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Do any of you lads know someone with a dog called Rover or is it a lie by the mainstream media that people actually call dogs Rover?
>> No. 11655 Anonymous
29th July 2015
Wednesday 9:31 pm
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I reckon I'd call a dog Rover if I ever got one and he looked like a Rover. Also, I'd call one Bruno if he looked like a bit of a Bruno.
>> No. 11656 Anonymous
29th July 2015
Wednesday 9:32 pm
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Does this one count?
>> No. 11658 Anonymous
29th July 2015
Wednesday 10:03 pm
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Try this one, lad. It's tasty enough and strong enough to cater to everyone's needs. Gets me through my shit life at least.
>> No. 11659 Anonymous
30th July 2015
Thursday 6:26 am
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Defect? Who says I can't drink both?
>> No. 11660 Anonymous
30th July 2015
Thursday 6:28 am
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About to try Asahi now, also have a bottle of Tsingtao.
Smells like... beer.
First sip is... not as bad as I imagined, but not particularly pleasant.
Aftertaste is... the worst bit, a sort of acidic linger.

Will report back after the whole bottle.
>> No. 11661 Anonymous
30th July 2015
Thursday 7:19 am
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It's not nice, but I powered through it. I shall be repeating this act later today.

By about 1/2 way down every sip was followed by an involuntary cringe.

I will learn to like it.
>> No. 11662 Anonymous
30th July 2015
Thursday 1:47 pm
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If it helps, I've always noticed that every alcoholic beverage tastes 10x more interesting and flavourful when I'm already slightly pissed. If that happens for you then save the stronger flavoured beers for the second or third bottle, and start off on a bottle of flavourless piss and give it 20 minutes to let the buzz set in before drinking anything else.
>> No. 11663 Anonymous
30th July 2015
Thursday 6:15 pm
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Yeah. I think I'll 'prime' myself with something I like.
>> No. 11664 Anonymous
30th July 2015
Thursday 6:18 pm
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Why do you have to drink it if you don't like it? I gave up on it ages ago. I could never get used to the taste.
>> No. 11665 Anonymous
30th July 2015
Thursday 7:20 pm
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You might just not like beer, nothing wrong with that although as a beer drinker I would say you're missing out on some lovely drinks if you don't get the taste for it. Could also be that you're still youngish? I think your tastebuds change as you get older and you start to enjoy stuff that's bitterer (is that a proper word?). I think it's science or something, or I could just be talking out my arse. I have personally found it to be the case though and as I approached 30 found myself enjoying loads of stuff I previously hated, and starting to dislike sweeter stuff.

Fuck knows, I'd personally recommend something like a London Pride or Youngs Bitter. Just decent but nothing special ales that don't have a particularly strong flavour.
>> No. 11666 Anonymous
30th July 2015
Thursday 8:42 pm
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Adults have different tastes from kids and even teens and what you find you like when you are younger doesn't always necessarily translate to adulthood. Similarly, things like beer and wine tend to be drunk by older people while younger people tend to drink things which are sugary and/or naturally sweet. This is why ciders and alcopops are popular among younger people.

Unless you're sitting at 30 not really understanding why everyone likes this and you don't, I wouldn't worry about it too much. You need to experiment with different bottles and draughts until you find one that is palatable and then move on from there. I use to hate stout, but now it my favourite drink simply because I drunk pale ale for a while and got used to more bitter acidic flavour on the tongue than lager.

Your tastes will change over time anyway, so just experiment.
>> No. 11667 Anonymous
30th July 2015
Thursday 10:41 pm
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Not OP, but I've ran out of new beers to try in Asda, so for the sake of checking in something new on Untappd I am sitting here with a big bottle of Kingfisher. The Indians make a pretty good lager, in fairness. Cobra is also pretty decent. I still struggle to see the point in beer that I can see through, though.
>> No. 11668 Anonymous
30th July 2015
Thursday 10:47 pm
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Do you mean can't see through? Cobra and Kingfisher are pretty translucent.
>> No. 11669 Anonymous
30th July 2015
Thursday 10:49 pm
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The point I was getting at is that I do not want to be drinking lager.
>> No. 11670 Anonymous
30th July 2015
Thursday 10:53 pm
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I see.
Fancy ales seem to be quite popular at the moment, if you go to a bar they'll usually oblige you by pouring a taster of any of the ones you like the look of.
>> No. 11671 Anonymous
30th July 2015
Thursday 10:55 pm
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The other point that I was getting at is that I have drank a lot of beers.
>> No. 11672 Anonymous
30th July 2015
Thursday 11:01 pm
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It might help OP anyway.
>> No. 11673 Anonymous
30th July 2015
Thursday 11:48 pm
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I'm not a teenlad -- I'm going I to my 3rd year if uni and pretty much everyone else I know likes the taste. I don't drink sweet cider anyway, IMO the drier the better. It's not the bitterness that I don't like, particularly, but rather the sourness. As I say I'll keep drinking for a week or two and see if anything changes -- I didn't like anything that wasn't sweet cider at first.
>> No. 11674 Anonymous
31st July 2015
Friday 12:18 am
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Since we're talking about ale, I've taken a liking to Tribute recently. As an ale it isn't particularly revolutionary but it's very easy drinking.

I've always been a beer-drinker, sweeter drinks like cider and wine are nice for a glass or two but they become sickly after a while, beer I can keep drinking for ages.

I'd say the key to enjoying beer is to work out what constituent flavours you like/dislike and aim for beers that suit your tastes. Beers tend to fall somewhere on a spectrum mainly malty, hoppy, or a bit of both. The malts is what makes a beer bitter, and roasted malts give a coffee-like taste to stouts, porters and milds. Hops on the other hand are much more aromatic and give a lighter flavour. Mainstream lagers have almost no hop taste, though many craft lagers can be more hoppy.

Beer shouldn't taste sour, that's a sign of it going off (properly off beer will taste like vinegar).
>> No. 11675 Anonymous
31st July 2015
Friday 12:26 am
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Following on from this, if you want to get into beer I'd recommend trying a range. Most decent pubs will be happy to let you try multiple beers before ordering, so don't be afraid to do so. If you like coffee then I'd recommend a stout or porter, especially if it has coffee in the name. Otherwise I'd recommend either a pale ale or golden ale.
>> No. 11676 Anonymous
31st July 2015
Friday 5:03 am
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Speaking of Badger, their seasonal one now is great - forget the name of it. TBH most of their ales are superb.
>> No. 11677 Anonymous
31st July 2015
Friday 1:08 pm
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>beer shouldn't taste sour
Unless it's a sour beer.
>> No. 11678 Anonymous
31st July 2015
Friday 1:37 pm
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>If you like coffee then I'd recommend a stout or porter

Am I going mad, or can someone confirm that there is a Stout called Titanic or something that has a lovely creamy hint of cappuccino? Or are those two different things entirely?
>> No. 11679 Anonymous
31st July 2015
Friday 2:00 pm
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There's a brewery called Titanic Brewery, who appear to make a few stouts that might be the one you mean. Stout in general can be quite cream, but not always. Best one I ever had was called Café Phoenix by the Welsh brewery, Brains. They didn't ever release it in a bottle, though, and they don't make it any more. It was like someone had melted caramel into a shot of espresso and then topped the lot up with booze.
>> No. 11680 Anonymous
31st July 2015
Friday 8:28 pm
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This was on offer for 99p a bottle in Aldi's so it's tonight's accompaniment to bemoaning my lot in life and crywanking myself to sleep. It doesn't taste even mildly of pumpkin or the mace which it is allegedly brewed with, but for 99p and an otherwise very palatable hoppy flavour I'll stop complaining.
>> No. 11681 Anonymous
31st July 2015
Friday 9:08 pm
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I'm sure the quality of Wychwood beers really went downhill around about the time they started selling in Aldi.
>> No. 11682 Anonymous
31st July 2015
Friday 9:09 pm
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I can't profess to have drunk any of Wychwood's beers enough or consistently to note any difference in quality either pre- or post-Aldi, but at least it's not fucking Corona and that'll do for me.
>> No. 11683 Anonymous
1st August 2015
Saturday 12:50 am
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Best label artwork in the business, though, by a long shot. Sat here with a Bombardier at the minute, I've no idea why it's taken me so long to indulge, I'm thoroughly enjoying it. Tastes superbly clean for something so dark.
>> No. 11684 Anonymous
1st August 2015
Saturday 6:28 am
11684 OP
I managed to make it through a bottle of Tsingtao, so for my second haul I've got some Fursty Ferret and some Ossett Brewery ale.

Going to drink them at a m7's tonight, will report back.
>> No. 11685 Anonymous
1st August 2015
Saturday 3:24 pm
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Godspeed, OP, yours is a noble mission.
>> No. 11686 Anonymous
1st August 2015
Saturday 7:23 pm
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I'm drinking wychwood bewery stuff right now. It's my fave. King Goblin is the best they do, but Hobgoblin isn't bad.
>> No. 11687 Anonymous
1st August 2015
Saturday 8:01 pm
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You've all been spiting your own gobs with hot beer piss, juniorbeerlads

Fuck me if your above posts relate to proper alestry

try this
>> No. 11688 Anonymous
1st August 2015
Saturday 8:03 pm
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>> No. 11689 Anonymous
1st August 2015
Saturday 8:12 pm
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Oh, Down's brother.
>> No. 11690 Anonymous
2nd August 2015
Sunday 8:14 pm
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Ah, beer snobbery. No way to show how superior you are to others than through how are prepared to pay £9.60 a pint.

The Fursty Ferret was awful and I couldn't make it through a whole bottle. The Ossett brewery stuff was just... beer. Not nice. Maybe I just can't get into it. I'll try again in a couple of weeks.
>> No. 11691 Anonymous
2nd August 2015
Sunday 8:30 pm
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In fairness, mate, there's a higher tier of beer snobbery reserved for people who look down on those who pay the extortionate prices for one-dimensional Americanised craft beers when there's real ale going for a few bob.
>> No. 11692 Anonymous
2nd August 2015
Sunday 10:42 pm
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I don't think that really counts as snobbery. To me, that seems like a perfectly reasonable regard for one's own wallet.
>> No. 11693 Anonymous
3rd August 2015
Monday 8:55 am
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All the ale that isn't real ale... What is it? Fantasy ale? Complex ale that is part real and part imaginary? Is there an ale argand diagram?
>> No. 11694 Anonymous
3rd August 2015
Monday 9:25 am
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Don't be silly, ladmate. Of course your body is only possible of experiencing through sight, smell, touch and taste the real part of the ale, that's why it's called real ale. The imaginary part is obviously there, but it just falls right through you like when a skeleton tries to drink something.
>> No. 11695 Anonymous
3rd August 2015
Monday 9:36 am
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Is that why the floors in such places end up so sticky?
>> No. 11696 Anonymous
3rd August 2015
Monday 9:40 am
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>All the ale that isn't real ale... What is it?


Seriously, it's keg beer. Ale is only ale if it's allowed to continue fermenting in the cask or bottle.
>> No. 11697 Anonymous
3rd August 2015
Monday 2:17 pm
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That's not true though lad. I respect what CAMRA does but their definition of Real Ale is very narrow and excludes a great many decent beers (most notably craft beers). Simply racking a Real Ale bright or bottling it without sediment is enough to cease being 'Real', and this does not magically turn it into a pressurised keg beer.

To reiterate, CAMRA as an organisation put on some great events but they are extremely conservative. Which is great if all you care about is making a perfect bitter, but not if you want to do something completely different. Unfortunately when it comes to more experimental beers the Americans have us firmly beat.
>> No. 11698 Anonymous
3rd August 2015
Monday 2:23 pm
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I think the Belgians have everyone beat in that department, to be honest. American craft beers are mostly quite bitter and have an acidic aroma. I like a few of them, but Belgian craft beer is leap years ahead.

The Yanks have a habit of using sulphuric acid to clean everything, and I think it passes on a taste in the same way it does to wine fermented in tanks cleaned in the same manner (which is why so many California wines are total piss.)
>> No. 11699 Anonymous
4th August 2015
Tuesday 1:16 am
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I have drunk a _LOT_ of beer in my life and I have to say that the Belgian ales top the lot. If I ever go back to Bruges or Brussels again I am quite likely to die of cirrhosis before I can even catch my Eurostar home that night.
>> No. 11700 Anonymous
12th August 2015
Wednesday 11:31 am
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pic-related is Belgian, and a personal favourite. flavoured beer sounds like a poncy novelty, but it tastes amazing in a dignified, subtle kind of way.
Blue Moon is good, but I imagine actual 'ale snobs' look down on the fact it comes with a slice of orange.
Punk IPA stands out, it's fruity as fuck.
Chocolate stout is a winner.

as you can tell, I am not a serious drinker in any way.

Incidentally, my mate is thinking of jumping into the craft beer game, so if any beer aficionados [beerlads?] have an 'ideal beer' that they yearn for, but no one has yet made and can describe it then that would be good.
>> No. 11701 Anonymous
12th August 2015
Wednesday 3:17 pm
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A bit of a beer related /101/, but the Nottingham Beer Festival is £19 this year and only comes with 10 tokens!! They have tasted the sweet nectar of fast cash and are getting greedy; by booking a group of tickets, you get charged a booking fee for each ticket, instead of a group which is ridiculous.
I'm honestly considering not going this year.
>> No. 11702 Anonymous
12th August 2015
Wednesday 3:36 pm
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God, this. I had the best beers I've ever had in Bruges, and on top of that it's a fairytale town.
>> No. 11749 Anonymous
18th August 2015
Tuesday 12:53 am
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Found it lads. This is the one.

It's Belgian, and really sour. Asked the guy in the local craft beer shop ( strange that we have one really, because it's a small Northern town) for recommendations and this is perfect.

Sadly, it's very expensive.
>> No. 11750 Anonymous
18th August 2015
Tuesday 1:00 am
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>> No. 11752 Anonymous
18th August 2015
Tuesday 2:19 am
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Cheers bruv. Looks like they are all expensive, but you get what you pay for.
>> No. 11753 Anonymous
18th August 2015
Tuesday 3:13 am
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It's a beautiful place. I have so many memories of the alcoves of the Koningin Astridpark.

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