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What beer should she try?

Asked by DesireeCassandra (1135points) May 19th, 2009

My girlfriend doesn’t like beer, at most if given one she can only drink about a third of it and thinks its gross. Is there a beer out there you think she’ll be able to drink? Something not too bitter, something girly…

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Aethelwine's avatar

You either like beer or you don’t. There’s no in between.

DesireeCassandra's avatar

Well, I like some beers but hate others. hmm..

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

If she doesn’t like beer, you just have to deal.
You can’t just put a 12 oz beer in front of someone who doesn’t like beer and expect a positive response.

A better option might be to get her a drink she likes while you have a beer.

DesireeCassandra's avatar

Ok people. She wants to try a beer she might like! I don’t care if she likes beer. I just couldn’t think of any for her to try.

jrpowell's avatar

What about something like Mikes Hard Lemonade? It doesn’t really taste like beer.

This is when people will laugh. Try PBR (Pabst) it doesn’t really taste like anything.

DesireeCassandra's avatar

@johnpowell Yeah she loves mikes haha!

Aethelwine's avatar

Try a lite beer. Tastes like water.

piss water

Likeradar's avatar

I’m not much of a beer-y beer person. I’d suggest Miller High Life. It’s the closest beer to water I can find. :)

Since010501's avatar

I can’t stand beer either. The closest I get is Smirnoff.

buster's avatar

Try a wheat beer like Blue Moon with a slice of orange to squeeze in it. It will be orangey tasting as it already has orange peel and some spice brewed in it.

knitfroggy's avatar

I’m not a big beer drinker rum is a different story I don’t care for lager at all. I can drink Guiness though, it’s not bad at all. To me it’s not bitter and pissy tasting.

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

I got an idea, you can try getting her to drinking beer by introducing it in smaller quantities. Maybe a share a beer with her by splitting one into 2 rocks glasses. Then it becomes a couple-thing.

wundayatta's avatar

Maybe she should try a Chimay Rouge from the Scourmont Abbey, in Belgium. If Belgian beer don’t do it, I don’t know what will.

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

@daloon That’s going to be harsh for a woman who doesn’t like beer. In a similar situation, I would go the other direction toward something light maybe along the lines of Tsing-Tao or Red Stripe. Go to strong too quick and you’re just going to end up holding back someones hair.

NaturalMineralWater's avatar

There’s always Zima. (shudder)

Aethelwine's avatar

@The_Compassionate_Heretic I completely agree with you. Rolling Rock is a good choice too.

knitfroggy's avatar

@NaturalMineralWater be sure to drop a Jolly Rancher candy in that Zima lol that’s what we used to do!

NaturalMineralWater's avatar

@knitfroggy I can’t stand beers that are too sweet. Jolly rancher or otherwise. xD I love the look on my friends’ face when I tell them I prefer a beer that tastes like it has dirt in it. =D

Aethelwine's avatar

@NaturalMineralWater You need new friends! :) Beer should not be sweet.

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

@knitfroggy A Jolly Rancher in a Zima? That’s coming really close to SkittlebraĆ¼.

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

@knitfroggy Simpson’s reference.
Homer: “I’m feeling kinda low Apu, got any of that beer with candy floating in it? You know, SkittlebraĆ¼?”
Apu: The brew you describe does not exist.”
Homer: “Well alright then. Just gimme a six pack and a bag of Skittles.”

wundayatta's avatar

@The_Compassionate_Heretic and @jonsblond I really disagree. Why serve moosepiss? What are we trying to prove here? That beer is innocuous? I think a sweet beer would be fine. Most people like sweetness. It is the hoppy bitterness that turns them off, or so I guess.

I think most people are afraid to show others the real thing, and I don’t just mean beer. I mean food, as well. To serve Rolling Rock is like serving a fast food hamburger. Sure, they are innocuous, so most people can down them without barfing, but at the same time, they have no character. And character, it seems to me, is ultimately what wins the heart, whether in food, beer, or love.

Obviously, we disagree on this, and we have different strategies, but I don’t think we should hide from experience. Go for the gusto, but it ain’t American Beer. At least, not the mass produced moose piss.

(Even the idea of drinking a Miller or a Bud makes me gag, and I only go to Micky D’s when I’m depressed (and I don’t care if I kill myself). The rest of the time, the thought of that food sends me to pray to the porcelain god.

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

@daloon She already doesn’t like beer and rarely drinks it. Chimay is a great beer (actually approaches hard liquor for sheer alcohol content), as I had a few myself (not tonight), however introducing Chimay to someone who doesn’t drink much beer is going to a shock. I mean that’s coming out with the heavyweights right out of the gate there. There’s some quality pilsners, and lagers out there that are far from “moosepiss”. You gotta ease in to that one. I’m totally with you on the idea that MGD, Pabst, Modelo, Budweiser, and anything-“lite”, have all got to go.

Blondesjon's avatar

@daloon…Should you be drinking beer with all of your meds?

Aethelwine's avatar

@daloon If you like sweetness, you shouldn’t be drinking beer. I only mentioned the “moose piss” because it’s an easy transition.

Drinking Steinlager as we speak.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Smithwick’s Ale. That stuff is so smooth and creamy. Mmmm. There’s only four beers I drink: Newcastle Brown Ale (UK), Old Speckled Hen (UK), Anchor Steam (US/SF) and Smithwick’s (Erin).

Blondesjon's avatar

@aprilsimnelyou should try a new glarus spotted cow.

IBERnineD's avatar

you should get her a good pale ale. I like Magic Hat #9 or a white ale might be nice, Sam Adams has a good one!

aprilsimnel's avatar

@Blondesjon – Oh yah? I’ll see if I can buy it where I am.

Blondesjon's avatar

@aprilsimnel…Hope this helps. It’s worth trying.

wundayatta's avatar

@jonsblond They say that, with these meds, alcohol affects me more quickly. I rarely drink more than one, so I think I’m safe from that. I also rarely drink, so when I go out with my fellow crazies, and they’ve got Belgian beer on tap, I’m there!

Blondesjon's avatar

@daloon…@Blondesjon said that. I’m over here.

Aethelwine's avatar

@daloon ^^ That’s Blondesjon up there.

I’ve got a vagina.

shilolo's avatar

Pilsner Urquell is a mild but tasty beer

wundayatta's avatar

@jonsblond and @Blondesjon That’s funny. I could have sworn you were the same person. I bet you do this deliberately to fool poor, unsuspecting nice guys like me.

Aethelwine's avatar

@daloon It’s not in our nature to fool anyone.

Garebo's avatar

@aprilsimnel you have great taste, may I also suggest Sammy Smiths Oatmeal Stout UK, or Belhaven-Belgium, lastly my favorite Double Diamond-UK.
I have to admit no one competes with the Brits in good brew, Americans may try.

Darwin's avatar

I first started with Amstel Light, which was a pleasant beer.

whatthefluther's avatar

Have her do a stiff shot of tequila…she’ll down two beers (any brand) just to put the fire out…wtf

RareDenver's avatar

A sweet lager might do the trick, something like a modello

augustlan's avatar

<< Is a girl. Likes Rolling Rock.

madcapper's avatar

Pete’s Wicked Strawberry Blonde. Good stuff…

augustlan's avatar

@madcapper Mmm, that sounds yummy!

madcapper's avatar

check it! Also Seadog Bluepaw Blueberry Wheat would be another good suggestion.

augustlan's avatar

I recently had some Sam Adams Cherry Wheat… it was delicious.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Well, boo!, @Blondesjon, it’s only sold in Wisconsin!

Stocky's avatar

Carona with a lime is usually a beer non beer drinkers will drink.
I Also agree with the petes strawberry blonde ive seen alot of female non beer drinkers slug those down

brettvdb's avatar

When I bartended, there were two beers that women loved. The first is Strongbow, which is a cider beer (tastes similar to apple juice), and second was Rickard’s White which you probably can’t get where you are, but it’s a wheat beer that tastes kind of citrusy. Both of those options don’t taste like “normal” beer so they are good places to start.

If you can find a microbrewery that makes a raspberry beer, that will probably be a good bet also.

nayeight's avatar

I had a funk-nasty experience with beer (milwaukees best) & haven’t touched the stuff ever since. I prefer rum. :)

aprilsimnel's avatar

@nayeight- I daresay that was an awful introduction to beer. There’s many, many, many beers, even mainstream ones, that don’t take like pisswater. And Milwaukee’s Best is pisswater. I hope you try a good one someday. :D

nayeight's avatar

Yea what’s worse is I had a roommate that drank alot of “pisswater beer” (whatever was cheap at the gas station) and after she threw parties in our apartment, there would be cans of old beer everywhere. I will never forget that smell.

EmpressPixie's avatar

First of all, you may wish to take her to a beer tasting if she is interested in finding one she likes.

Second: Abita makes a Strawberry beer this time of year that is lovely. They also make Purple Haze, a Raspberry Wheat beer that was one of my first beers and very good. Pilsner (@shilolo mentioned) is a GREAT learner beer and very good with greasy foods. @augustlan mentioned the Sam Adams Cherry Wheat which is also very good.

In general I find fruit-wheat beers are light, fruity, a tad sweet, and perfect for learning to like beer. She might also be interested in hard ciders.

Alternately, you could practice your mixology skills and make her some great, tasty cocktails until she finds a drink she really likes.

amoreno06's avatar

@daloon i might be a bit late, but yea, i just recently tried framboise and it is DELICIOUS.
also belgian, it’s raspberry flavored and does NOT taste like beer at all.

i recently got SO tired of beer after drinking it weekend after weekend.
i couldn’t even stand the smell of it.
but this beer, you can hardly smell the alcohol in it(which turns me off most beer)
but it tastes so good, you just keep drinking it!

also, red stripe. and guinness are good choices.
i can still drink those just fine!

amoreno06's avatar

oh yea!
another really good beer…
stella artois.
super good.
as well as blue moon honey moon summer ale.
real good. tastes like honey!

Strauss's avatar

Interesting thing about Miller High Life—It was originally marketed in the late 1930’s as a beer for women.

You might try to find a beer with a more fruity flavor… something like a Strawberry Wheat.There are several microbreweries in the US that have a pretty good offering. Usually the strawberry flavor, while not overpowering, is more on the nose than on the palate.

RareDenver's avatar

@amoreno06

I can’t drink too much Stella, there’s a reason they call it ‘Wife Beater’

amoreno06's avatar

@RareDenver hm, i’ve never heard that before.
i’ll have to look that up.
but i really enjoy it nonetheless.

RareDenver's avatar

@amoreno06

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stella_Artois

During 2007, the “reassuringly expensive” slogan was dropped, and the word “Stella” has been avoided in the advertisements. This has been seen as a reaction to the lager’s perceived connection with aggression and binge-drinking in the United Kingdom, where it is nicknamed “wife beater”.[3][4]

amoreno06's avatar

@RareDenver yea, i just finished reading another article on it.
maybe my boyfriend should stop drinking it…
but somehow i think he’ll be the same no matter what kind of beer he drinks..

evander's avatar

Try Apricot Ale from Pyramid Brewing. My partner had a similar relationship with beer but Apricot Ale went down smooth. I even like it occasionally although I’m usually an IPA drinker. It is not overwhelmingly fruity or sweet, and is recognizable as a beer.

shf84's avatar

why drink at all? I don’t drink any alcohol. Those beverages contain it because they are spoiled, that’s why they make you sick.

Strauss's avatar

@shf84 Interesting observation. I have had many hangovers, most of them in my twenties and thirties. The eye-opener for me was the time I got got salmonella. I wasn’t sure what was happening. The symptoms reminded me of the worst hangover one could imagine, but I knew I had done nothing to deserve it!

ItsAHabit's avatar

She might like wheat beer because it is only lightly hopped.

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