To some degree at least I can relate. I'm not a fan of "pastry" beers - willing to taste one as a novelty but not going to buy a 6-pack. Occasional fruit beer at a brewery can be refreshing, but again, I'm unlikely to purchase one, with the exception being I enjoy fruited sours. I've found myself being repeatedly disappointed when I grab a new NEIPA or other IPA or APA that's touted as being very hop-flavor-forward. I've find I can't strongly distinguish most from each other. There's the occasional one that really pops because I enjoy the particular hops utilized. For me to enjoy a chocolate, coffee, or whiskey barrel aged stout the added flavor element needs to be subtle, not a kick in the side of the head. And yes, my fall back for a consistently enjoyable beer is often a crisp clean lager with great pils malt character. I gravitate toward buying German or Czech lagers when going for this style at the bottle shop because I know that I'm going to get the crackery pils flavor and balance I crave (freshness can be an issue then, right?). I do think that beery beers, lagers, have been making inroads with American craft brewers. I've seen more of these in pubs and on shelves the past few years. That said, I'll whine a bit here. I feel they're often not extremely well done. There's something missing in the flavor that I do love about a high quality import lager. I suspect that lagering time, or lack thereof, is a contributing factor for some. And the better quality of American craft lagers that I've run across typically have been "Americanized" meaning they're too bitter, too hoppy, for my tastes - I'm looking for classic balance like old world traditional lagers. These of course are my personal tastes, but I would like to see more places putting some focus on balanced, crisp, beery lagers. So where's this put me? - - I'm working on perfecting my home brewed pilsners. A work in progress.