American Beer: Love It or Hate It?

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  1. Unspeaked macrumors 68020

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    Based on some posts I've seen floating around MR in the past (either in various beer threads or OT posts in non-beer threads) it seems American beer is sorely underrated by non-Americans.

    I think there's a slew of great beers in the US - and even better beer bars - and this reputation is incredibly unfair.

    So what's your take on beer brewed in the good ol' US of A?

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    EDIT - Here's some suggested American beers to try. They're listed in the following format:

    Beer, Brewer (STATE):


    Anything, Portsmouth Brewery (NH)

    Anything, Magic Hat (VT)

    Oktoberfest, Samuel Adams (MA)

    Sam Summer, Samuel Adams (MA)

    Anything, Saranac Brewing Co. (NY)

    Brooklyn Lager, Brooklyn Brewing (NY)

    Anything, Southern Tier (NY)

    Dogfish Head, 90 Minute IPA (DE)

    Spotted Cow, New Glarus (WI)

    Most Things, Leinenkugels (WI)

    Two Hearted Ale, Bell's Brewery (MI)

    Anything, Great Lakes Brewing Co. (OH)

    Columbus Pale Ale, Columbus Brewing Co. (OH)

    Unfiltered Wheat, Boulevard (KS)

    Shiner Bock, Spoetzel Brewery (TX)

    Blue Moon, Blue Moon Brewing/Molson-Coors (CO)

    Fat Tire, New Belgium (CO)

    Ruination IPA, Stone Brewing (CA)

    Arrogant Bastard, Stone Brewing (CA)

    Anything, The Lost Abbey (CA)

    Anything, Russian River (CA)

    Anchor Steam, Anchor Brewing (CA)

    Dead Guy Ale, Rouge (OR)

    Pyramid Hefeweizen, Pyramid (WA)
     
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  3. gibbz macrumors 68030

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    I visited Germany this summer and U.S. beer couldn't come close to the various beers I tried there. Not to say U.S. beer is bad, I just found some that was much better.
     
  4. Unspeaked thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Where would the Pacific Northwest music scene be without PBR?

    Do you really want to deny everyone their Death Cab For Cutie, Modest Mouse and Decemberists albums??


    Just out of curiosity, what kind of domestic beers do you normally drink?
     
  5. Bargsbeer macrumors member

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    I drink mainly domestic and some imports, Michelob amberbock,Grolsch,Warsteiner,Sam Adams,Bud light,Becks and Miller lite Bottles only I can't stand draught beer.
     
  6. bassproguy07 macrumors 6502a

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    I like Shiner bock, actually anything from the spoetzel brewery in shiner texas is good. I LOVE LOVE LOVE blue moon, had my first taste of it saturday and fell in love. I prefer miller lite over budlight, but budweiser over MGD. Bud select is my favorite of the AB beers, and coors original is good too. Shoot, I'll drink any beer!!!
     
  7. Unspeaked thread starter macrumors 68020

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    You're not really helping our cause, fellow American ;)
     
  8. bassproguy07 macrumors 6502a

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    I'll drink any beer, but I buy american beers!! The beer I drink the most is Shiner Bock, made in Shiner, Texas, USA....that better?
     
  9. bartelby macrumors Core

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    Don't tempt me.
     
  10. Unspeaked thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Be careful for what you wish for - Panic At The Disco and Fall Out Boy would no doubt step in and take their place...
     
  11. teflon macrumors 6502a

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    Hate some, dislike some, don't mind a few, don't love any.
    Canadian beer all the way :p!
     
  12. dubhe macrumors 65816

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    I have worked in America and could never get on with the beer, so many chemicals, such a hangover!

    I only drink two types of beer when I can, proper British draught beer, and European lager like Heineken, Stella and Becks.
     
  13. Surely Guest

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    This thread is all my fault, isn't it? :eek: :D

    I just haven't found an American beer that I could love. And that's after living in Chicago as a student for 4 years and now living in Los Angeles since the beginning of this year.

    I mean, I would even go for a canned Labatt 50 (fitty) over some of the American beers I've had before.

    Creemore, Sleeman's, Keith's, and so many amazing Canadian microbrews. I just haven't found anything that compares here.

    Please.... for the love of all things beery.... give me some suggestions and I'll be happy to try them.

    Cheers, eh.
     
  14. CorvusCamenarum macrumors 65816

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    'Liquified used bread that tastes of diseased horse urine' pretty much sums up my experiences with beer.
     
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    Stella is the premium "full of crap and additives" beer if ever there was one.

    I think that the Americans should stick to making Jack.

    The larger is OK, but anything with "light" at the end of it makes me laugh.

    And there is a huge difference between Beer and Larger.

    Bud, becks, hiny, stella = larger = crap.

    "Pint of Old Spitfire please, room temperature with bits in it."

    Fox
     
  17. Unspeaked thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Yes.

    :p


    I don't think either of those places are necessarily beer meccas. LA is more of a cocktail town, and Chicago (and the midwest in general) is more of a watered down domestic beer kind of area (no offense to the midwesterners out there!).


    I wouldn't know where to begin without knowing the styles you prefer, but a few generally amazing domestic beers are Ruination IPA from Stone (really, anything Stone brews is excellent), Dogfish Head's 90 Minute IPA and nearly anything brewed by The Lost Abbey in California...


    Is that American beer or beer in general?
     
  18. Aea macrumors 6502a

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    Sums up my thoughts of beer, and yes I've tried all sorts. More of a hard liquor guy. Germany Included.
     
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    The best beer I've ever had is a microbrew from New Glarus, Wisconsin named "Spotted Cow". I believe it was voted the number one microbrew in the country in 2004 by an established competition committee. I don't think they export, but if you can get your hands on it (those of you in Chicago are not far from Wisconsin) I highly recommend it.
     
  20. DZ/015 macrumors 6502a

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    If you have had bad luck with American beer, try Sam Adams. Its great. Or try anything by the Magic Hat guys in Vermont. There are a number of great beers being brewed here in the States, you just have to search them out.
     
  21. Mord macrumors G4

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    Most american commercial beer is plain vile at worst and bland at worst, I've tasted a couple of counter examples which are rather nice, Sam Adams is one of them.

    My best beer experiences come down a trip I took to Germany and a real ale festival here in the uk, my memories of the latter are somewhat hazy though as I had a valid card for 12x half pints and a "half pint" was really about 2/3 of a pint.
     
  22. Unspeaked thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I think the problem many non-Americans have with American beers is that they think of Bud, Miller and Coors.

    That would be the equivalent of assuming all European beer was Carling, Stella and Heineken or all Australian beer was Fosters (none of which are very good)...
     
  23. Peterkro macrumors 68020

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    Most American beers are like making love in a canoe.


    (f*c*ing close to water)
     
  24. Cromulent macrumors 603

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    What do you expect when most non-Americans think of American beer as being Budweiser or Miller? I'd rather drink Fosters than that and Fosters is just piss in a can.
     
  25. Mord macrumors G4

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    Being brutally honest I'd rather drink the millers/bud you get over here over fosters or carling. The latter leave a foul taste in my mouth, the former are just a bit devoid of flavour.
     

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