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Love Magic Hat #9, Blue Moon, Hoegaarden, but need something new!

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  • bocce Dec 19, 2006 06:57 PM

I love these three beers, and am looking for something new to try. Any suggestions?

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  1. You seem to be attracted to lighter fruity ales. If I were you my next stop would be German Weissbier (wheat beer). They have subtle flavors of clove and banana. You might find them to be similar to Hoegaarden but without the herbal character.

    1. Since you like witbier, I'd suggest Avery White Rascal, Ommegang Witte, Unibroue Blanche de Chambly, and Hitachino Nest White Ale. All are exemplary witbiers.

      1. Abita's "Purple Haze"
        Grant's HefeWeizen

        Hacker Pschorr dunkel weiss (for darker days)
        Brooklyn Blanche
        Victory Golden Monkey

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        1. re: MaspethMaven

          Golden Monkey might be a bit strong but I love that stuff...if OP likes it, a world of Belgian beers awaits...

        2. Arrogant Bastard would certainly be something new!

          (ducking for cover)

          Seriously now, I'd echo the Ommegang Witte, as well as the Unibroue Éphemère. Oh, and Dogfish Head's ApriHop is quite tasty, though it might have a bit more of a hop bite than you'd like.

          1. UFO HefeWeizen and Long Trail Hibernator would be two choices you may enjoy.

            1. Try out some German Hefeweizens. My top choice is Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen. After you have embarked down the hefeweizen trail try somee dunkelweizens(dark) and some krystalweizens(filtered). This style is something American brewers have a hard time getting right so my suggestion would be to stick with the German ones.

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              1. re: MVNYC

                As an aside I once brought a couple of Erdinger krystalweizen 6ers to a football party. Now admittedly the other guys there were adjunct lager drinkers but most made there way through it (and one guy actually liked it). But one fellah inparticular took one sip and stated that he couldn't finish the beer. Not wanting to waste the beer he began offering it to the other guys. Could it has possibly tasted that bad to anyone's taste buds? I will never, never, never, ever understand that.

                1. re: MVNYC

                  Any beer by Weihensyephaner would be a good choice.

                2. Try Great Lakes Holy Moses White Ale if you can find it in your area.

                  1. Bell's Oberon, if available.

                    1. Try Dogfish Head Aprihop! A real step up from #9

                      1. How about Leffe?

                        1. Find some place to buy one beer at a time and try many. Some you will like others you will hate. There are so many beers out there and some are so unusual that unless you try them you will never know what you are missing.

                          1. de koninck

                            bellhaven st. andrews

                            sea dog blue paw or apricot

                            maisels weisse if you could find any

                            1. How about; "Belgium's Best" at Costco are not, but are bargain none the less? :-)

                              1. I agree with the Hitachino Nest White Ale suggestion