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What beer opened your eyes?
« on: December 03, 2011, 04:52:50 PM »
The first beer that let me know there was more to the world that the standard lagers and a few stouts was Edelweiss wheat beer from Austria.  It had a banana flavor that just intrigued me.  (It also made me feel really tipsy after 2 bottles but I found out later that some wheat beers do that to me.)  After that I started looking for that taste again and in the process found a world of different flavors.

What beer did that to you?

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Re: What beer opened your eyes?
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2011, 05:45:08 PM »
I had been dissatisfied with the basic beer selection for quite some time, but never had the courage to try much else. Was stuck on honey browns and Guiness for a while.  Then my brother gave me a bottle of Koeningshoven Dubbel. Changed my entire perception of beer right then and there.
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Re: What beer opened your eyes?
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2011, 05:58:01 PM »
Bell's Amber Ale soon after it hit the market. Had drunk more NAILs than I care to remember before then. Soon after, I discovered hoppy IPAs and the rest is history...  ;D
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Re: What beer opened your eyes?
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2011, 06:11:28 PM »
Paulaner Hefe-wiezen. Before that I was a Busch light drinker.
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Re: What beer opened your eyes?
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2011, 06:17:41 PM »
Other than my obvious one (1969-70 ish, Ballantine India Pale),   I'd say the other real eye opener for me... maybe even a bigger eye opener...came a number of years later.  
It was my first taste of Traquair House ale in the early 80's.  After 12+ years of focusing on hoppier brews (both commercial and homebrewed), tasting the Traquair with its incredibly hefty malt character (and surprisingly subdued sweetness despite that massive malty goodness) was nothing short of a revelation.
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Re: What beer opened your eyes?
« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2011, 06:59:57 PM »
For me it was more like the Year that opened my eyes, 1991; McMennamin's Terminator Stout, Sheaf Stout, Sierra Nevada Pale, Porter  & Stout, Widmer Hefeweizen, Bridgeport Blue Heron & Coho Pales, Portland Ale...
Before that it was mosty Henry's, Blitz & Rainier

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Re: What beer opened your eyes?
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2011, 07:38:22 PM »
I honestly can't remember.  I think it was more like I found homebrewing and then started looking around for good beer.
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Re: What beer opened your eyes?
« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2011, 09:18:12 PM »
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Re: What beer opened your eyes?
« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2011, 09:20:07 PM »
Seems so middle of the road now, but my "gateway" beer was Fat Tire in 96-97. I remember being amazed by how much flavor it had. Sierra Pale Ale came next. Then the quest for hops began!
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Re: What beer opened your eyes?
« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2011, 10:21:18 PM »
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Re: What beer opened your eyes?
« Reply #10 on: December 03, 2011, 10:53:59 PM »
I don't remember either.  I used to get together with some friends in college, we would get a case of something not-crappy (you could only buy by the case in PA) and kill it while we wrote down comments about the beer.  It was my earliest beer judging experience, if commenting on how foiled necks feel on your lips counts as beer judging. ;)

We would do it at least once a month, we tried a lot of good beers (and some not-so-good ones).  it was a far cry from the Old Mil and Beast we used to get by the keg.
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Re: What beer opened your eyes?
« Reply #11 on: December 03, 2011, 11:04:05 PM »
Saranac IPA. Had one after I did my second extract batch. Until that time, I hated IPA's. One swig of this, I was sold on Brewing, IPA's, and brewing the perfect IPA.
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Re: What beer opened your eyes?
« Reply #12 on: December 04, 2011, 04:31:40 AM »
Probably Pete's Wicked Ale, it's the first craft beer I remember drinking.

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Re: What beer opened your eyes?
« Reply #13 on: December 04, 2011, 05:03:13 AM »
A Stout at the now defunct Greenshields in Raleigh. It was an Oatmeal Stout and was chewy and excellent. That had to be about 24 years ago...
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Re: What beer opened your eyes?
« Reply #14 on: December 04, 2011, 08:52:18 AM »
Dinkle Acker dark. And I was sixteen years old. Not that I didn't have my fling with macro lagers. For years I was a miller light drinker and a big fan of MGD. But I always liked local PA beers as well like yuengling and rolling rock. My dad always kept a case of Gennessee cream ale in the basement.

I also like Petes Wicked and after I moved to Alabama that was one of the few craft type beers I could get my hands on along with Sam Adams and imports. That's what got me into brewing - not being able to get my hands on beers I wanted. I also owe a huge debt to Charlie Papazian.
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