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(Fark)   A question uniquely suited for Fark: subby has never been a beer drinker, preferring "fruity" alcohols - ciders, ports, et cetera Trying to better "fit in" in general, he's going to try to develop a taste for beer - where would Fark suggest he start?   (fark.com) divider line
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2021-07-18 7:28:14 AM  
You should drink what you like, subby. Why try to force your palate to fit in? That said, maybe you don't like heavily hopped beers? A nice hefeweiss might be something you would like. This is one of my favorites:
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2021-07-18 7:28:52 AM  
There are fruity beers such as Samuel Adams' cherry wheat beer.
 
2021-07-18 7:43:38 AM  
What Hubris Boy said.
Also, try Gose or sours.
The nice part about the current environment is if you go to a good beer place, you should have the ability to find something you like.

If you are in the MI area, try here: https://hopcat.com/
 
2021-07-18 7:45:30 AM  
The wall of beer at your liquor store (if they have one).  It's a section of cooler space with a bunch of single bottles available for a mix-n-match six pack. In my area Woodman's has a section that's close to forty feet long with hundreds of varieties.  Just look for the bottles of beer with fruit on the labels.  There should be a bunch of them.
 
2021-07-18 7:48:03 AM  
Start by not caring whether you "fit in".

De gustibus non disputandum est.
 
2021-07-18 7:48:31 AM  
I'll second Hubris with the Weihenstephaner Hefe. Also, check out wit beers, Wittekerke is a good start, as is Hitachino brewery.
Saisons from Allagash and Hennepin breweries. As well, Saison Dupont or their (IMHO, better) organic version, Foret.

It would also help to know where Subby approximately lives. Then we can direct you towards more local brewed tipples for you. Feel free to email me with more questions. I used to run massive beer sections at a few liquor stores for a couple years.
 
2021-07-18 7:55:41 AM  
You should start with Coors.  It's close to water.
 
2021-07-18 8:05:01 AM  
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2021-07-18 8:25:47 AM  
Zima.
 
2021-07-18 8:29:09 AM  
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2021-07-18 8:31:35 AM  

Kegovitch: Zima.


Might have to wait a few centuries to find it again.

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2021-07-18 8:59:17 AM  
Fruity drinks?

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2021-07-18 9:11:57 AM  

Hubris Boy: You should drink what you like, subby. Why try to force your palate to fit in? That said, maybe you don't like heavily hopped beers? A nice hefeweiss might be something you would like. This is one of my favorites:
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I agree, mostly. However, any place that serves alcohol serves beer, so it's just easier.
To further risk the wrath of this thread, most of your mass marketed (Bud, Coors, Miller) beers don't have strong flavors and are easy to drink, especially if they are cold which numbs the taste buds.
 
2021-07-18 9:16:49 AM  
don't. hop-based beer is nasty.
try a lambic like Kriek

Liefman's is good, as is Mort Subité
 
2021-07-18 9:20:20 AM  
It's been my experience you cannot develop a taste for beer.

It's either the nectar of the gods  or horse piss.

I know because, to be  sociable with my beer-loving friend, I drank two beers four-five times a week for an entire summer.  First sip to last, I just wanted to spit it out.

Must be genetic, like cilantro tasting like soap to some people.
 
2021-07-18 9:27:15 AM  
"Trying to better "fit in" in general, he's going to try to develop a taste for beer - where would Fark suggest he start?"

Behind the gym in Middle school like my sister?

Wait. That was the first time for something else..


\sorry
 
2021-07-18 9:30:38 AM  
Beer is like wine. If your pallette isn't ready for whatever you're about to imbibe, it's going to taste like orange juice after you've brushed your teeth. Then there's the added trouble of what's better for the weather. Double milk stouts aren't awesome when you're boiling hot and just want something to guzzle.

Find your nearest alcoholic friend and ask them what they drink when they don't want to get drunk. It'll probably be some gut rotting light beer, but start there.
 
2021-07-18 9:31:45 AM  

moulderx1: "Trying to better "fit in" in general, he's going to try to develop a taste for beer - where would Fark suggest he start?"

Behind the gym in Middle school like my sister?

Wait. That was the first time for something else..


\sorry


Don't be sorry, your sister sounds awesome.
 
2021-07-18 9:49:09 AM  

Sgygus: You should start with Coors.  It's close to water.


I've heard good things about Natty Lite. Might want to give that a try.
 
2021-07-18 10:19:00 AM  
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This is just delicious.
 
2021-07-18 11:08:50 AM  
Lambics are nice, and if you can find Rubeus, I would recommend that. I'm more of a cider drinker too.
 
2021-07-18 11:12:02 AM  
But a cold Guinness in a Phoenix sunset is not a bad choice either.

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2021-07-18 11:14:36 AM  

claytonemery: It's been my experience you cannot develop a taste for beer.

It's either the nectar of the gods  or horse piss.

I know because, to be  sociable with my beer-loving friend, I drank two beers four-five times a week for an entire summer.  First sip to last, I just wanted to spit it out.

Must be genetic, like cilantro tasting like soap to some people.


IMHO beer tastes like horse piss.
 
2021-07-18 11:15:34 AM  

Hubris Boy: You should drink what you like, subby. Why try to force your palate to fit in? That said, maybe you don't like heavily hopped beers? A nice hefeweiss might be something you would like. This is one of my favorites:
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This. I can't imagine anyone judging you for what you choose to drink.

Have you considered cider
 
2021-07-18 11:29:26 AM  
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2021-07-18 11:30:31 AM  

Gubbo: This. I can't imagine anyone judging you for what you choose to drink.


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2021-07-18 11:33:25 AM  
With all the hard seltzers crowding out the beer coolers all across America's convenient stores and gas stations, just go with that. Seriously. They come in cans so you get to use a coozie and drinkly safely around the pool/beach/river.
 
2021-07-18 11:33:26 AM  
Negroni.,,,use good gin
 
2021-07-18 11:34:08 AM  
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Something about Fat Tire has always stood apart from other beer for me, like "would drink it even without the alcohol" good.
 
2021-07-18 11:34:09 AM  
Keep it simple. Most places that have taps will have a cider. Looks like beer, has the flavor you want.

Also, if you're trying to cultivate friendships around liking beer, don't. Too many beer snobs out there already, don't become one of them.
 
2021-07-18 11:36:17 AM  
I'd suggest starting with any radler, assuming you're not there subby.  Then just slowly cut down the fruit part.  A quick step down plan would be a full radler, like schofferhofer grapefruit or pomegranate, then going to something like a Kronenbourg Fruits Rouges, then a Kronenbourg Blanc, then a regular Kronenbourg (as an example of progressing through beers)

You could also skip steps and go to a schofferhofer radler then to their wheat beers.

/of course, you can also just drink what you like and to hell with anyone who complains
 
2021-07-18 11:37:50 AM  

Charles of York: Negroni.,,,use good gin


Gah, the only good negroni I've ever had needed double gin to be viable, but it went from "bleh" to "delicious" with just that one extra shot of gin
 
2021-07-18 11:38:51 AM  

BizarreMan: claytonemery: It's been my experience you cannot develop a taste for beer.

It's either the nectar of the gods  or horse piss.

I know because, to be  sociable with my beer-loving friend, I drank two beers four-five times a week for an entire summer.  First sip to last, I just wanted to spit it out.

Must be genetic, like cilantro tasting like soap to some people.

IMHO beer tastes like horse piss.


How much horse piss have you had to drink?

/I'm with you, beer is gross.
//I've had enough of it to know that I just don't like it.
///except a very light beer on a hot day can be refreshing.
 
2021-07-18 11:48:40 AM  
Don't try and ease into be able to drink beer.. Make it like a band-aid and use one big rip.

So I'm going to suggest a case of warm Black Label. Power through that and all other beer will taste like honey.
 
2021-07-18 11:50:44 AM  
A red beer (beer with tomato juice).

If you're feeling brave, use Clamato.
 
2021-07-18 11:51:54 AM  
Just get straight cranberry juice.

If you happen to be in South Boston at the time, remember to beat the crap out of a few people.

It gets a little more complicated after that.
 
2021-07-18 11:52:09 AM  
If you can find white rascal, that's a good place to start: https://www.averybrewing.com/b​eers/whi​te-rascal
 
2021-07-18 11:52:57 AM  

bostonguy: Gubbo: This. I can't imagine anyone judging you for what you choose to drink.

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I've had those. Delicious
 
2021-07-18 11:54:26 AM  

wax_on: How much horse piss have you had to drink?

///except a very light beer on a hot day can be refreshing.


If you can find a honey blonde (Firestone 805 is good), otherwise, look south of the border. It usually comes with a lemon or lime, so you can pretend it's watered down lemonade if necessary, and most people give Mexican beer a pass on "not knowing your beer".

Traditional German style beers will be a little more fruity and flavorful. Weihenstephaner is fine, but so is Beck's. Hefeweizens will be more fruity, and look for beers without an ABV (means it is under 5%), as those will have less "beery" flavors. The lower the ABV , generally the more approachable the beer will be for someone who likes fruity drinks.

Beware of Sours. Make sure you're prepared for them, but it is a style that you might like, since a lot of them taste like pungent fruit concoctions.

Beer snobbery starts with the glass - If it's in a bottle, make sure the bottle is brown. Green is okay, but sunlight messes with the taste of beer, avoid clear bottle beers unless you know its provenance.
 
2021-07-18 11:57:00 AM  
Don't apologize for who you are and what you do or do not like.

But start with a light lager.  Modelo, Miller Lite, Mic Ultra.  If you don't like them, give up.
 
2021-07-18 12:01:22 PM  
If fruity is what you like, Lindemans Framboise might be worth a try.   Some people think it is too sweet, but if you like raspberry, it is pretty great.
 
2021-07-18 12:02:13 PM  
The first commercial beer I ever had and liked and didn't taste like every other commercial beer I'd ever had was Newcastle Brown Ale. It had enough flavor to differentiate itself and was pleasant.

Caution: beer has never been a drink I can't get enough of.
 
2021-07-18 12:08:25 PM  
Start with PBR and work your way up from there.

Seriously tho, just drink what you like, who cares what other people think
 
2021-07-18 12:10:49 PM  
Try a shandy. I like Leinenkugel's watermelon shandy, but it's hard to find.
 
2021-07-18 12:11:20 PM  
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The shandy is fine too.

Here's what Beer Advocate says

It goes down like soda
 
2021-07-18 12:14:11 PM  
Just find an Oktoberfest-style beer tasting event.
 
2021-07-18 12:17:44 PM  
Skip all that nonsense.

Get a stout. It's like a cake in a bottle.

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2021-07-18 12:22:23 PM  
I'm with you, subby. I've always preferred sweeter drinks. There aren't many beers I like. However, I have enjoyed Killian's Red and Guinness Draught (it has a creamy texture).

In my experience, most of the beers that claim to have fruit essence only have as much of that flavor as the picture on the label. It's a trick.
 
2021-07-18 12:23:20 PM  

Slow To Return: Just find an Oktoberfest-style beer tasting event.


Oh, and if you can't find a non-judgmental friend who will go with you to such an event, just hit your local grocery store and buy a make-your-own sixer.
 
2021-07-18 12:24:35 PM  

casual disregard: Skip all that nonsense.

Get a stout. It's like a cake in a bottle.

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I haven't had that one, but I can agree with the sentiment.  Young's Double Chocolate Stout for me.
 
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