|Source: Consumer Reports|
When they turn their attention to subjective measures like the flavors of beer ... not so much. The magazine took 23 beers, apparently at random, and put them through their rigorous--if wholly clueless--tasting regime. What did the hardy band of untrained, eager tasters discover? Oh, things like:
- "The best ales have intense, complex, and balanced flavors" but
- "The best lagers are very tasty but not quite complex or intense enough to be excellent"
- The worst beers "are decent but not as balanced, complex, or intense as the others, and some have off-flavors—hinting of cheese, soda water, or even paint." One of those worst beers? Sierra Nevada Kellerweis. One wonders which off-flavor in that beer caused it to be downgraded.
Context matters. If you don't understand why a beer tastes the way it does, you're not going to appreciate the flavors you apprehend. If all you're looking for is complexity and intensity, you're only going to like a small percentage of the beers out there. But that doesn't mean those are the only good ones.