Originally Posted by Darrell
This will surprise you. I prefer simple basic BECKS beer. I find it has the clean refreshing taste of olympia and the bite of a gulp of pepsi, yet satisfies as a robust hopsy beer. It is a beer that I especially enjoy with the head on (in a mug). And btw, I like their octoberfest version this year. It has very little of the horehound candy after taste that I loath.
When young, I preferred heinekin (sp?), followed by lowenbrau -- though for cost drank mainly pabst and coors. Infrequently I drank more exotic brews like carlsburg dark and san francisco anchor steam beer. BTW, I no longer care much for heinekin since it acquired a soapy after taste and think that lowenbrau has actually improved. Grosch is okay, but again a slightly soapy taste. Molson ale is okay, but it bothers my sinuses afterward.
I do occassionally try some of the micro brewery products that come out of Boston under the sam adams brand. Most are relatively decent and pricey, but I keep returning to BECKS.
Worst beers/ales to me are balantine ale, miller, busch, budwiser, weidamans, ... the list is nearly endless.
So my definition of a good beer: PHYSICAL/GERMAN/REAL/COLD/FRESH/PLENTIFUL (preferably BECKS) with a clean hops after taste.
Where to start? There are so many good beers these days.
Like most I began with the typical 'yellow' (lagers and pilsners) beers like Bud, Strohs, Pabst, Coors, Miller..etc. In college I discovered Heineken, Grolsch, Becks, Molson Golden, Bass Ale, then Newcastle. I still drink Newcastle now and then but haven't had a Becks or Molson for sometime but they are both ok. Anchor Steam makes a decent brew but never really liked Grolsch.
These days I drink mostly micro brews since there are so many fantastic ones around: Bells, Rogue, Dogfish, Sierra Nevada, New Belgium, etc. Currently my favorites are by a micro brewery in my local area called Three Floyds. They make several bown ales, stouts, and IPA's that are really interesting. Their Scottish style brown ale called Robert The Bruce is my favorite.
I also like Guinness on occasion and Young's Double Chocolate stout as well as a great black lager called 1554 by New Belgium.
In the end I prefer medium brown ales (or Irish red ales) with malt, and hints of chocolate and caramel but I'll drink any well brewed ale or lager with amber colors.
cheers.....and bottoms up.