Beer challenge accepted!

How much could you tell about a beer without looking at the label? Think you have refined tastes to distinguish between domestic, imported and craft beers? We took four average beer drinkers and put them to the challenge.
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Kwon O-hyun: I drink maybe 10 liter of beer a week? Too many to count, really. I’m not necessarily an expert, but I think I know well enough.

Iain Whyte: Weekdays, I’ll drink whenever there’s band practice or something. On weekends, I’ll have 2, 3 beers an hour. Stay up for 10, 11 hours. You do the math.

Han Hee-jin: Just a Hoegaarden or two at home, four times a week maybe. I like a lot of the imported beers and I think I’m quite average in beer knowledge.

Jennifer Rogers: I’m with Hee-jin. I’ll have a beer about four times a week. My favorites are the Great White or Asahi. I might not know much, but I enjoy it.

blind beer tasting

How much could you tell about a beer without looking at the label? Think you have refined tastes to distinguish between domestic, imported and craft beers? We took four average beer drinkers and put them to the challenge.

Kwon O-hyun: I drink maybe 10 liter of beer a week? Too many to count, really. I’m not necessarily an expert, but I think I know well enough.

Iain Whyte: Weekdays, I’ll drink whenever there’s band practice or something. On weekends, I’ll have 2, 3 beers an hour. Stay up for 10, 11 hours. You do the math.

Han Hee-jin: Just a Hoegaarden or two at home, four times a week maybe. I like a lot of the imported beers and I think I’m quite average in beer knowledge.

Jennifer Rogers: I’m with Hee-jin. I’ll have a beer about four times a week. My favorites are the Great White or Asahi. I might not know much, but I enjoy it.

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Kwon O-hyun: Cass? Miller? I don’t know. Definitely never drank this before.
Iain Whyte: Tastes like grandfather piss. Reminds me of something I used to call the “shitty kitty”.
Han Hee-jin: Hmm. It seems heavier than a Cass or a Hite. A lager maybe?
Jennifer Rogers: This is very fizzy and tastes like champagne a little bit. Kinda bitter, too.
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premier ob

Kwon O-hyun: Feels like there’s a chocolate flavor in this. It’s definitely not Korean.
Iain Whyte: Kind of flat. Tastes like either a pilsner or a Japanese beer. Ichiban? Needs more fizz.
Han Hee-jin: This one’s lighter and fruitier than the others. I guess maybe a Dry Finish?
Jennifer Rogers: Fruity like a Blue Moon? It’s lighter than one. I like it! It’s an Asahi, right? 
Heineken

Kwon O-hyun: Hmm, I can’t tell. Becks? Becks? Please tell me this is a Becks. Oh, if this is a Becks, I’m really an expert. 
Iain Whyte: Eek. Feels familiar. And cheap. I feel like I’ve behaved terribly with this beer before.
Han Hee-jin: This smells a lot like barley and there’s something flat about it. It’s plain but there is something 
Jennifer Rogers: Doesn’t this smell like herbs? And kinda tastes like it too?
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Queen's Ale

Kwon O-hyun: This tastes like an expensive Belgium beer. Umm, can I have some more? 
Iain Whyte: This has to be the Bon Jovi of beer and offends my unique sensibilities.  
Han Hee-jin: Tangerine flavored? An Indica IPA? 
Jennifer Rogers: This one’s too bitter. Maybe hoppy’s the word? I don’t like it.
be high

Kwon O-hyun: Fruity, bitter, heavy. This is Magpie! 
Iain Whyte: I’m so sure this is Magpie. Galmegi, maybe? 
Han Hee-jin: This one tastes like an IPA, too. But it’s way too bitter. 
Jennifer Rogers: It smells good. Like a watermelon wheat beer maybe? But the taste isn’t so great.
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blind beer tasting

Which was your favorite?

Kwon O-hyun: What’s Be High? 
Iain Whyte: Okay, well craft beer. That’s not surprising. 
Han Hee-jin: The more I drank, the more I liked the beers. Maybe I was just getting drunk. 
Jennifer Rogers: I was so off! I can’t believe I picked OB out of all the beers!

Which was your favorite?

blind beer tasting

Kwon O-hyun: What’s Be High? 
Iain Whyte: Okay, well craft beer. That’s not surprising. 
Han Hee-jin: The more I drank, the more I liked the beers. Maybe I was just getting drunk. 
Jennifer Rogers: I was so off! I can’t believe I picked OB out of all the beers!
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