Thursday, 10 September 2009

Beers I hate that everyone else seems to like

And I'm not talking about the Heineken, Miller or Guinness drinkers who clog up the internet with their opinion that their favoured accountant-brewed concoction is the best beer in the world. I mean people who know about beer but favour certain beers that I find nothing special about whatsoever.

Augustiner Edelstoff. I don't actually hate this stuff; it's perfectly acceptable but I don't see how it's any better than the equally dull products of the other big Munich breweries or how it deserves the fanatical devotion to it.

London Pride. Heavy, burnt-sugar beer with no hops to speak of. Why?

Budweiser Budvar. Tedious in the extreme. The dark version is slightly less dull than the pale, but not much.

Porterhouse Wrasslers XXXX. I've only ever been to the London one, and it's a nice bar, but the beer is dull, dull, dull. Better than Guinness of course, but that's damning with faint praise.


  1. With you on the Edelstoff. When Fullers do some stuff which is far better than London Pride, it makes you wonder why it is their flagship beer - in particular thinking about Chiswick Bitter here.

    Budvar, I think a lot of people rave about it because they want to be cool and anti-multinational, but there are better Bohemian pilsners in the Czech Republic - having said that for a mass produced yet still traditionally made lager it does the job.

    Wrasslers XXXX, had it in Dublin and liked it but would like to try it on CO2 or from cask rather than nitro - just because Guinness does it doesn't make it right.

    I would add Orval to that list.

  2. Blimey - Wrasslers dull? Not only dull, but dull, dull, dull. What shite! How many times have yu had it?

    Agree with you about LP though and Budvar doesn't do much for me either.

    Edelstoff, I do like, but I kind of see where you are coming from.

  3. Personally I love Edelstoff, especially from the barrel.

    London Pride and Budvar - with you on them.