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Beer or Ale

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Beer or Ale

Hi,

Not really a beer/ale drinker, however, I would like to try one at a pub....however, I would drink something that is "light" in taste.....any suggestions as to what I should ask for?

thanks

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1. Re: Beer or Ale

Ask for lager - that is US-style light beer.

Or try a cider like Magners, Bulmers or similar local offering (these ARE alcoholic. I know that cider sometimes means apple juice in the US).

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2. Re: Beer or Ale

Lagers in British pubs are not quite in the same league as those from continental Europe...why not try an I.P.A. (Indian Pale Ale) which is a light and golden beer but with more taste than a lager. Most good pubs would have at least one I.P.A.

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3. Re: Beer or Ale

If you are in London you could try Fuller's Honey Dew (a very light ale), it is delicious!

http://www.fullers.co.uk/rte.asp?id=50

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4. Re: Beer or Ale

IPA's are a good call. Look for one under 5% though or you'll lose that "lightness" - and you may fall over after a few...

But definitely think hops. My top tip is "Dark Star Hophead", which at 3.8% is a great session beer. You can find it in London - try "The Seven Stars" in Carey Street behind the Royal Courts Of Justice.

beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/7898/14297

http://www.fancyapint.com/pubs/pub192.php

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5. Re: Beer or Ale

Beers fit into two main categories - gassy lager type beers similar to draft beers in North America and bitters which are not gassy and usually drawn from the pump by hand. Bitters are generally darker in colour and come from most regions of the UK whilst lager beers tend to be European like Stella Artois, Kronenbourg and Heineken.

A good IPA is hard to beat, especially a Greene King, Fullers or Shepherd Neame which are available in most pubs. Around about 3.5% alcohol, they are a good session beer which will go down well without getting you bloated with gas and chemicals that the lager beers will do to you

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Summer Lightning: hopback.co.uk/beer-shop/summer-lightning.html

and Tanglefoot: http://www.tanglefoot.co.uk/ are also a couple of good ones.

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7. Re: Beer or Ale

Fullers Discovery is quite agreeable to some non-beer-drinkers.

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8. Re: Beer or Ale

For something extremely light you can always ask for a shandy - in the states we call it Coors.

- Pete

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9. Re: Beer or Ale

Isn't a shandy a beer with lemonade? Coors is a normal larger. To answer your question, for a first timer, I would ask for a Stella. Good basic larger.

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> I would ask for a Stella. Good basic ...

... chemical muck made with industrial alcohol produced from maize (corn). Known locally as wife-beater.