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What do you prefer, lagers or ales? Are women more inclined to drink ales? I prefer ales and Belgians. You?
11 Months out of the year I prefer ales. But when October rolls around I love a good Oktoberfest. Particularly Boulevard's Bob's 47 or Sam Adams Oktoberfest.
99% ales here. Irish stouts, Imperial stouts, porters, IPA/pale ale, English bitters, Belgians tripel and dubbels, amber ales.
Lagers are good when mowing the grass or when it's time to sober up. Just kidding but ales are my personal preference.
I'm going to have to say lagers. Although we brew a red ale that, if i say so myself, is delicious!
Well now that i think about it i probably drink more ales than lagers. This supports the idea that women drink more ales but i'll try just about any beer.
What i see more than anything else is a lot women staying away from overly hopped beers. saying this i realize that there are plenty of women who drink the hoppy stuff but within my circle of friends the majority do not.
I do plan on a few guiness followed by a few smithwicks tomorrow!
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I drink Stouts and porters mostly in colder months. Pilsners and lagers in warmer months. IPA's just about any time. I love an IPA right after a long run!
I agree that, in my experience, women are less inclined towards the more robust styles. Of course, there are always exceptions.
Not be overly technical, well this is a beer connoisseur site so I think may be able to get away with with being overly technical, but almost all Belgian beers are ales, ales are not particularly a style as much a broad type of beer, mostly categorized by the type of yeast used to make it, the temperature it is fermented at, and length of time it is lagered (stored at cool temperatures).
For me, I don't prefer either one, each has its appeal and place for me. As far as if women are more inclined to drink ales or lagers, from what I've seen a vast majority prefer light styles, not necessarily ales or lagers, but lighter beers. For example cream ale, fruit beers, blonde ales, German Pilsners, wheat beers, all seem to appeal more to women in general than a roasty stout or rich barleywine. Maybe it's just because I live in Wisconsin, but I also know quite a few women who enjoy just about every beer style out there. So I wonder how much of a role gender really plays.
I know you drank it, but did you experience the beer?
I agree, I don't have a preference, it depends on: season, temperature, time of day, where I am, my mood, etc. So on any given day I might have a preference for dark creamy ale or maybe a crisp refreshing lager. it just depends, I like em all. I've yet to meet a beer I didn't like. (I should make that my signature).
Craft beer drinking women are sadly still a minority. It is wonderful to see more and more women drinking a number of beer styles. I love the fact that many women have become beer drinkers and enjoy a good beer, be it ale or lager. In my experience, unless you are going to a "beercentric" place or event, the majority of women will be drinking wine or a mixed drink. Craft beer bars, beer festivals, are seeing more and more women, but for the most part, is still a sausage fest.
This is a great subject from an American Beer Revolution angle. I'm probably going to instigate some good discussion, so here goes. Ales from a commercial standpoint are easier and cheaper to produce. That is why you will find a majority of craft breweries creating unique ales. That's why you see so many diverse ales on the market. Lagers do have a lot to offer, but when you are producting a seasonal beer . . . it's most likely going to be an ale. Profit margin is in Ales. Faster turn around on conditioning tanks means more $$$. That's just how it is. Peace & Beer!
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Personally Ales are much more interesting to me and there aren't many Lagers I'm a fan of. The women I know that love beer are no different than the men I know...some love Lagers some love Ales. I see no real gender-bias with my friends...at least not so far.
Lagers, though good and interesting beer is good and interesting beer no matter the style.