How to Taste Beer Like an Expert

By Brian Lemay 100 comments


Elizabeth Demske

Jun 6, 2016, 1:20 am Reply

When I am old enough to drink beer, I will definitely go looking for a Cicerone. But what happened to all the other beers we see in the final shots? Is there a description for those?


Jun 6, 2016, 9:17 pm Reply

Belhaven best


Jun 6, 2016, 2:04 am Reply

That is one of the best ipas in the world.


Jun 6, 2016, 4:54 am Reply

I've always thought beer was gross, I think it's because I don't really like bitter flavors, I'm used to sweeter things. I couldn't drink coffee until I discovered all kinds of flavored latte's (I'm probably a Starbucks snob but I'm growing out of it).

It's really interesting to know, even on this simple level that's in this video, that hops is the more bitter taste, and the difference between an IPA and a lager. It makes me want to learn more about different kinds and see if there might be one that I might actually like but haven't tasted before because I didn't know any better.

You should make another video about more different types of beer!

Pile of carbon

Jun 6, 2016, 4:49 pm Reply

Great video! We need a more in depth interview with Ray.

Favourite beer? That's a really hard one. I'm a fan of IPA because of the refreshing hoppy flavour, but my over all favourite brewery is BrewDog from Scotland and their ales, so I guess it'll have to be some kind of Scottish ale.

While watching this, I drank a Swedish Mango Feber DIPA from Brewski. =D

Eamon Burke

Jun 6, 2016, 9:45 pm Reply

Wheezy…have more fun man. You look bummed in this one.


Jun 6, 2016, 1:59 am Reply

omg i so agree with the IPA thing. there's a place in my college town that's right next to campus, has 2 pints for $5 every day, good burgers and sandwiches and stuff… but every other time i go in there, out of like 15 taps, a couple aren't being used, one is angry orchard, one is blue moon, almost 10 are IPAs, and the remaining few might as well be IPAs.

but i still go there because the other times they have a macademia nut porter from 6 rivers brewery that is like the greatest thing ever.

also Untappd is a great app btw

Michael Plooy

Jun 6, 2016, 2:34 am Reply

I really like copper and red ales. I like that IPA's are fading some. Gives coppers and reds a chance to shine. 🙂


Jun 6, 2016, 7:56 am Reply

I like IPAs, a lot, but my favourite type of beer has to be Red Ale. Red Ale reminds me of stout in it's silky texture but has gorgeous fruity tones that I find difficult to get in other beers.


Jun 6, 2016, 2:25 am Reply

my favorite beer was an IPA but now i'm thinking i need to expand my horizons even more!

John Schoolfield

Jun 6, 2016, 3:20 am Reply

I've got bad news for you Craig. Austin is a malt desert. Prepare to drown in IPA.

John O’Brien

Jun 6, 2016, 12:14 am Reply

Just got to say it as a proud Irishman, where's the shout? Give me some Guinness god damn it!!!

christian johnston

Jun 6, 2016, 3:05 am Reply

As a chef, I respect the range of beer as I do the range of wines. Sadly, the food in most pubs and bars are so chocked with fats and salt and sugar, that only a highly hopped IPA will cut through all the fore mentioned. Find out if your favorite chef or restaurant offers a "beer pairing menu" to truly experience beer and food together. (And possibly justify your favs.)


Jun 6, 2016, 10:33 am Reply

What happened to our beloved Dutch and Belgium beers? Nothing on the old abbey brewed beers of all colors up to dark as ebony?


Jun 6, 2016, 1:18 am Reply

You bleeped crappy?


Jun 6, 2016, 9:46 am Reply

Westmalle or triple karmeliet would be my favorite I think 🙂

Scott Mason

Jun 6, 2016, 12:37 pm Reply

The production quality that you guys brink to the table here is much appreciated. A LOT of other beer reviewers pale in comparison. Their videos are just not full-bodied. Would love to see more, or even have this turn into a series…


Jun 6, 2016, 10:21 pm Reply

Very curious to know what the main differences are between Cicerone and the BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program). I am an avid home brewer so don't be shy with details.


Jul 7, 2016, 10:18 pm Reply

why do I habe to use my left hand to taste beer, does it make the beer better?


Jul 7, 2016, 7:13 am Reply

Respect the freakin' beer!

Sarah Kearns

Jul 7, 2016, 2:13 am Reply

would have been nice to know more of the names of the beers you drank (there were more glasses at the end than were addressed in the video). cicerone founder has a great passion. kicking back a scotish ale as i watched :p

but i think that IPAs have become so popular because the hoppy taste is really easy to create (good starting beer for a home brewer or microbrewery) and the hops would hide any flaws in the beer making process.


Aug 8, 2016, 3:06 pm Reply

Beer isn't an acquired taste. It's more like Stockholm Syndrome for your tastebuds!

Daniel Lear

Aug 8, 2016, 8:58 pm Reply

Great video. Wish he would do more vsauce though 😉 and he looks better with glasses 😉

jonathan berg

Aug 8, 2016, 8:55 am Reply

Damn that guys tolerance must be incredible. x

Rahil Sethi

Aug 8, 2016, 5:57 pm Reply

Guinness is the best for me! Repeat after me, "There's no beer like Guinness. There's no beer like Guinness…"

geiler hengst

Sep 9, 2016, 8:24 pm Reply

Daumen hoch für helles!


Sep 9, 2016, 6:28 pm Reply

I was on a 2 year long IPA kick. Now I am all about the Stouts and Porters!!! Dragons Milk from New Holland Brewing Co. out of Michigan is my favorite (for now).

Don’t Even Bother

Oct 10, 2016, 12:23 am Reply

His glasses are crooked

Mr man

Oct 10, 2016, 12:54 pm Reply

what is he trying to say ? too much beer like him and he cannot even answer a simple question…what is a Good BEER?>

Usman Khan

Oct 10, 2016, 4:32 am Reply

this old guy seems so cool. id love to hang out with him drinking exotic beers lol

The Robot

Dec 12, 2016, 4:07 pm Reply

Thumbs up for using Two Hearted Ale!

The Robot

Dec 12, 2016, 4:13 pm Reply

I gravitate towards coffee stouts, Russian Imperial Stouts, and Hefes. I wish you guys would have shown more than three styles of beer 🙁

Una Johansen

Jan 1, 2017, 11:26 pm Reply

dark beer <3

Rob Cooper

Feb 2, 2017, 6:39 pm Reply

If you can replace piss water larger with quality hoppy ipa's, I'd say plenty has been achieved in 30 years.

A Beer in Review

Mar 3, 2017, 7:29 pm Reply

The Black O'Lantern Pumpkin Stout from Wasatch Brewery is pretty darn good, but then again I'm a stout fan, never really got into IPA's

Elvis bo

Apr 4, 2017, 12:50 am Reply

Two hearted ale my personal fav. Good choice.


Apr 4, 2017, 6:25 pm Reply

I'm a frequent beer drinker at bars and I hunt some of the best craft beers. No difficulty for me. Basically I find the list of stouts, read the description if they have it, check the alcohol percentage generally higher is better. Then I get samples on the best few I might like. Once you find beers you like you can just order them again whenever they have them.

She Doesn’t Drink Light Beer

Apr 4, 2017, 4:28 am Reply

Great content! Beautiful filming too. How about a dark beer edition.


May 5, 2017, 9:52 pm Reply


B. Henderson

May 5, 2017, 3:11 am Reply

What I've learned is that beer experts waste more beer than anyone.

Alo Valentini

Jun 6, 2017, 12:12 am Reply

the young guy looks like he's not even interested…. I'll replace him incase he gets fired lol


Jun 6, 2017, 3:38 pm Reply

Mouth-watering SOUR BEER!! :O

Sip and Stroll – Craft Beer Runner

Jun 6, 2017, 8:33 pm Reply

You mean…. How to evaluate beer, we all taste beers loved the intro haha. Also agreed, malt is the soul of beers, Bell's Two Hearted is such a solid beer, always a go to in my books.

Bobby Siecker

Aug 8, 2017, 10:45 am Reply

I'm watching this, and I'm a lifelong teetotaler.

Teacher Liew

Aug 8, 2017, 7:18 am Reply

Woah… respect that old guy!

Sep 9, 2017, 5:41 pm Reply

that guy is class, good video

Abel Feltes

Sep 9, 2017, 4:10 am Reply

I've always hated IPA. Don't know why people like it.

Steve G

Sep 9, 2017, 7:11 pm Reply

I'd say the US and Belgium are the top two countries. Belgium kicked everyone's ass for a long time, but I think the US can hold its own now.


Oct 10, 2017, 2:23 am Reply

my favorite beer is cause and effect from nickel brook brewing in Ontario

Daniel Dulu

Oct 10, 2017, 4:05 pm Reply

I love IPA's, they rule my beer world. Having said that you have to vary your beer consumption to appreciate it all the more. Lake Of Bays makes a really good red beer and I love a good Porter and Beau's makes a good one all organic and the water comes locally through a spring. It also sells in the USA if you want to try it. The bottom line though is variety and I just discovered in doing a little research here that there are even more breweries popping up locally so more to explore is always good.


Oct 10, 2017, 5:30 am Reply

i still like ipas alot and always will

Joshua Saija

Oct 10, 2017, 9:55 am Reply

My favorate beer are tripples!

Scott Johnstone

Nov 11, 2017, 9:10 pm Reply

That second beer they used their right hands then the camera switched and the glasses were in their left! Sneaky!!


D. Wrye

Nov 11, 2017, 4:04 pm Reply

Much like wine tasters….this is all completely subjective bullshit. Do real bind taste tests without seeing prices if you want to find your actual favorite beer/wine/liquor.

Devyn Mintaka

Nov 11, 2017, 9:45 pm Reply

My favourite beer is a Belgian cherry beer. Phenomenal.

Sam Vegas

Dec 12, 2017, 12:49 am Reply

I can't taste the difference between any of them. Just taste like… Beer…


Dec 12, 2017, 5:18 am Reply

Just got my hands on a New Belgium: Reserve Sour Saison and I must say it has probably taken my spot for #1 in terms of bottled beer. From the tap, a local California brewery by the name of Moonraker, offers some of the best beer I've had so far so that one is tough to choose for a specific flavor.

Chevonne Staton

Dec 12, 2017, 11:12 pm Reply

My husband is happy being under the tyranny of IPA’s where I am over it.


Mar 3, 2018, 3:25 am Reply

IPA is a favorite

der Baus

Mar 3, 2018, 8:09 pm Reply

that "beer" looks like piss

i asimov

May 5, 2018, 6:59 pm Reply

The hardest thing about going into a bar for me is finding a priest and a rabbi to go with me.

Jesse James

May 5, 2018, 9:01 am Reply

Why I'm here?

Yoni The K

May 5, 2018, 2:08 pm Reply

my first beer was the Israeli 'Goldstar'
Dark Lager
typical mass produced beer not bad but not good either
my favorite beer for summer is the 'Nege' 'Oasis' a fogy ale 4.7
for winter is the 'Shapiro' winter edition (Jack's Winter Ale) which is different every time but usually around 6.8% sometime with little bit of whisky in the mix
but my regular favorite is 'Isis's wheat beer (yeah i know the name is problematic today but its from before 2010 and we call that group Daesh in Israel so it doesn't matter)

SSJ Carl

May 5, 2018, 3:19 pm Reply

is this cunt really drinking beer out of a wine glass?

Tobias Eklund

May 5, 2018, 9:34 pm Reply

What else is there to be concerned about when going into a bar?

Ryan Liu

May 5, 2018, 2:30 am Reply

I really enjoy listening to the guest

Sazy Plew

May 5, 2018, 6:21 pm Reply

9 minutes of nothing; cicerone my ass, there was nothing of value to learn here!


May 5, 2018, 3:53 pm Reply

Well, my most favorite beer type is Vienna Malt.


Jun 6, 2018, 8:30 am Reply

I learned about bet from a great book "Brewmaster's Art: The History and Science of Beermaking" by Charles W. Bamforth, which I highly recommend.

I like weissbeir and some stouts. I don't like beer either very bitter or sour, I like it to have fragrance and some taste other than bitter and sour. And I like my beer thick, unfiltered, I like it to feel nourishing like a type of food, not like a type of mildly alcoholic sour water.

I think beer should be considered very feminine drink. It's tasty, it doesn't colour your teeth, and it's low on alcohol, which means, you can drink a lot before getting drunk, and you control the situation more precisely, it's safer ?

Chris Henderson

Jun 6, 2018, 9:59 am Reply

New England ipas are my favorite at the moment… fucken yummmm

Anonymous Anonymous

Jun 6, 2018, 7:56 am Reply

An expert tastes the beer in all its phases, from ingredients to matured.


Jul 7, 2018, 2:45 pm Reply

I like very hoppy beers but only when the focus is on hop aroma and taste, NOT on bittering. There are some IPA's and APA's like that and they are absolutely delicious but most of them are a bitter mess, tons of hops but all of the taste and aroma are boiled away and what is left is bittering that wreaks havoc on your palate.

Also, AFAIK, originally IPA's were highly hopped to make sure they stay fresh for long time (hop works as a preservative) when shipped overseas to India and beyond, but hop taste also fades and mildens over time so what the beer was at the end of the shipping destination is no longer the same bitter mess as it was when made. So I think IPA fans are kinda missing the point when they drink young and fresh super bitter IPA's. But if you like bitter IPA's that is fine. Everybody has different taste.

Savi You

Jul 7, 2018, 5:56 pm Reply

IPA became popular because American lagers suck. Americans want AMERICAN beers with more beer flavor.

Mike Jeffery

Jul 7, 2018, 10:49 pm Reply

Great video. I agree on the IPA fad. There's so much out there in the US and it's starting to limit the choices of fantastic beers. I like IPAs but I hope it starts to level out a bit.

Himanshu Mehta

Aug 8, 2018, 10:56 pm Reply

This guy is fuckin drunk !


Aug 8, 2018, 3:42 pm Reply

Beer. Stockholm Syndrome in beverage form.


Aug 8, 2018, 7:26 am Reply

I hope that beer didn't go to waste

charlie renegade

Sep 9, 2018, 5:42 am Reply

Umm no…hops are canibanoids and have a life of thier own..


Oct 10, 2018, 3:48 pm Reply

Lol i love how he trolled him at the start ?

Crooked Level

Oct 10, 2018, 6:33 pm Reply

Hello..My name is Alex and I’m an Alcoholic.


Oct 10, 2018, 12:35 am Reply

I could never understand the rage of IPA`S. A beer should be well balanced, an IPA is far from that. As was said in the video, it`s going overboard on hops!! What was not mentioned in the video is this. Way back in the day before refrigeration was available, the IPA was overly hopped as a means of preservation for exporting. Unless you like being punched in the nose with hops, and nothing but hops, then the IPA is for you. As for myself, I believe the soul of the beer is malt, and hops should be secondary. That`s why I like Sam Adams, when I want a good lager. I also enjoy, porters, stouts, and ales. Drinking an IPA is like biting into a grapefruit, and that`s not for me.

Jeremy Andruski

Oct 10, 2018, 3:59 pm Reply

I like to start an evening at a bar with a heavy hitting beer like a porter or stout, followed by something hoppy before graduating to an easy-drinking ale (or dark lager)


Nov 11, 2018, 12:46 pm Reply

Great vid, that guy was fun to listen to, an authentic passion came through… What's his website !?

Jonny Brackney

Nov 11, 2018, 2:16 am Reply

Would be nice to see the labels of the beer you’re tasting so we know exactly what you’re drinking.

Grizzly Country

Dec 12, 2018, 2:41 am Reply

What was the IPA he said he drank daily that you tasted (3rd beer)?


Jan 1, 2019, 6:17 pm Reply

drink Duvel !

20 points

Jan 1, 2019, 7:05 am Reply

I work at a draft house
I can definitely get up level 3 at least

El rincón de Ninkasi

Jan 1, 2019, 2:51 pm Reply

I love seeing people passionate about what they do. I don't think I like certifications and titles taking over beer world so much.

(I have Randy Mosher's book tho so, what the hell am I saying?).

skate dd

Feb 2, 2019, 1:59 am Reply

What gives you the right.. to promote this garbage.. tell people it's good stuff… you are a horrible person.. you are a drug dealer selling you're filthy drug.. scum of the earth

Optimist 35

Feb 2, 2019, 8:19 pm Reply

Beer and brewing have been around since at least 5000bc, now we need someone to tell us how to taste the stuff!
Really is very simple, try some, if you like it – good, if you don’t like it – try another brew.

Eddie Hoare

Mar 3, 2019, 10:09 pm Reply

Mass market American beer is like Maiden's water when compared with a good, strong and complex IPA or other darker beers that are not lagers. I dislike 'Light Lagers' the most, as they invariably taste watery and we're asked to drink this stuff chilled, or on ice! This is to cover up and mask any flavours inferior, and what can a more inferior beer be than one which uses the bare minimum of ingredients? Look to Britain for an absolute mass of great beers at great prices. – Balanced malt and hops which can be tasted in a 'cool', not ice cold bottle! – Scotland and Ireland have some special stuff, and not to forget Wales, – where my favourite brew originates! – And Please don't think that 'Old Speckled Hen' is one of our better beers! Love Ya. Steve. X.

Greg Camp

Apr 4, 2019, 6:24 pm Reply

American lager–like sex in a canoe, as Monty Python said.

Greg Camp

Apr 4, 2019, 6:28 pm Reply

You had to beep "crappy"? Are you sure you're old enough to drink beer?

PBR Streetgang

Apr 4, 2019, 9:23 pm Reply

Respect the freaking beer. Right. Look out when you're in a bar and the bartender is pouring a beer into the same pint glasses that they are using for Long Island Iced Teas, Bloody Marys and Coca-Cola's! That is beer sacrilege. Nothing goes into a beer class but beer. If there's a particular bar you like to hang out in and that is their practice then it's best to bring your own beer glass or mug. Got it, good. Keep it.

The Shoreham Boy

May 5, 2019, 3:27 pm Reply

Americans shouldn’t be able to drink or speak about beer. This goes threw me.

Sameera Ekanayaka

Jun 6, 2019, 12:57 pm Reply

am i the only one hear anthony bourdain's voice?


Aug 8, 2019, 2:18 pm Reply

There wasn't much about technique to evaluating beer, relative to the wine taster

Kerry Adams

Sep 9, 2019, 3:28 pm Reply

I like most beer from ipa to stout if I get a buzz iam happy

Jose J

Oct 10, 2019, 7:41 pm Reply

Lol that “how do u taste beer” bit in the beginning was so dry how could u not roll your eyes?

gaat jeniksaan

Nov 11, 2019, 11:58 am Reply

0:46 that is not called ''beer'' hahaha

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