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The Beer Guide

The Beer Guide

The Beer Guide

Recently updated, this is most comprehensive guide to ales and lagers sold in the United States: More than 2,700 beers are described and rated, based on tens of thousands of reviews on, the country’s foremost beer judging website. ‘We found RateBeer to be the most reliable,’ says Men’s Journal. Includes bonus food-pairing guide by award-winning beer writer Stan Hieronymus, as well as descriptions of major beer styles. Makes a perfect — and highly affordable — gift for the beer gee

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  1. 14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A Handy Reference Guide for Speciality Beer Shops, November 26, 2006
    J. Furiosi (Poconos, PA) –

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    This review is from: The Beer Guide (Paperback)

    This is exactly what I need when I go to a beer store which has an extensive selection or see something at a local beer distributor which I have not recognized before. Before I printed out pages from the RateBeer web site of top beers but never had something I could hold in my hand. Now I have what is an exhaustive guide of what purports to have “2,700 domestic and imported beers” “sold in America.”

    Except for sections on types of beers, beers widely distributed in the US, beer rating and beer-food pairing, this is pretty much a graphic-less bare bones guide to beers that have been rated on [...] with selected quotes of descriptions from members and a star system instead of the numerical system used on the site.

    Personally, I prefer the numerical system rather than the star system but I find the descriptions helpful. The introduction, however, seems misleading when it states that these ratings reflect the consensus of the whole community on each beer because there are many beers which have less than 100 ratings in this guide. Yes, the community claims over 30,000 visitors but I think they should have mentioned how many people rated each beer.

    Distribution seems to be another issue as the cover states these reflect imported beers and the Westvleteren beers are mentioned. The monks prohibit the sale of this beer outside of their abbey. Why not just create a guide that lists all the site’s beers instead? Most of the beers are available at specialty beer shops from what I can see. Another minor glitch I saw was the listing of Wagner Valley as in Lodi, NJ instead of NY. One other criticism I have is that sometimes beers are listed by the name and sometimes by brewery.

    But other than my nit-picking, Josh Oakes did a fine job of locating select quotes which describe the beers in this guide. Beer lovers who prefer major beers like Bud, Miller and Coors will not like a guide which slams these macro beers but the beer aficionado folks will love having this for reference and casual reading. I’ve purchased beer rating guides in the past and have never seen one more exhaustive and packed with beers as this.

    This is a must have gift for any beer lovers that you know!

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  2. Arch Llewellyn "arch-l"
    9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Unbeatable Dictionary of Beer, February 4, 2007
    This review is from: The Beer Guide (Paperback)

    In case you haven’t heard, beer’s the new wine, and RateBeer’s been guiding drinkers of Milwaukee’s finest through the microbrew revolution for seven blurry years. “The Beer Guide” basically puts the best of the website in your pocket, with reviews of nearly 3,000 brews that range from Bud Ice to Zywiec Porter. Everything’s ranked alphabetically, with an easy (if brutally honest) five-star rating system, listing of alcohol content, and short descriptions that are as funny as they are informative.

    I especially liked the section in front with brief, helpful definitions of the different styles of beer (a crash course on learning your lagers from your lambics) and a Food-to-Beer pairing guide in the back that suggests, wine-style, what brews go best with which meals. There’s also a Judging Sheet in the back to help get your own tasting chops up–you too could be a RateBeer star. Sized to fit in the palm of one hand (presumably with a pint in the other), it’s the ideal guide for sudsers of any level looking to elevate their game.

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