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  • I can tell the difference so do not drink canned beer.

  • I cannot tell the difference so buy both.


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obscure

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I too can def tell the difference with some styles. OSH for example or hobgoblin tastes noticeably better when packaged from the glass than the tin.
One thing to bare in mind is that it is not always the same beer in cans, in the case of Hobgoblin the bottled version is 5.2% while the cans are 4.5%. Likewise with Hobgoblin Gold, in a bottle 4.5% in a can 4.2%.

OSH is the same though so I will concede the point on that.
 

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One thing to bare in mind is that it is not always the same beer in cans, in the case of Hobgoblin the bottled version is 5.2% while the cans are 4.5%. Likewise with Hobgoblin Gold, in a bottle 4.5% in a can 4.2%.

OSH is the same though so I will concede the point on that.
Yep, I have seen that. I just think in general the flavours are flatter and less clean and prominent for me.. Not saying they are bad but to me the bottles are superior.
 

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You casn get a semi auto machine for £700 but as Worf says they are slow to use and expensive compared to bottles.
They should sack their designer - price would not be a problem if it was made of nice shiny stainless steel...
 

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I think I CAN tell the difference, But these days ALL the beers I buy are in cans.
I gave up pubs a few years back,(mainly for cost reasons.) But I do miss it.
 

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For my sins, I like the occasional McEwen's Export. I've had this, on the same evening, from a can and a bottle, and couldn't detect any difference. Likewise Tanglefoot, McEwen's Champion - both taste identical in cans v bottles to me.
 

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I discussed this with someone from St Austell's management recently and he was convinced Proper Job in cans tastes more like the cask version than the bottles do. I've never tried can snd bottle side by side but think I may prefer the cans.
 

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Here's something that will send your mind in knots Chippy. Last week I tried the Guinness no alcohol beer (the new one) comes in a tin with a blue emblem on it. The lady in the pub poured it and by god! I couldn't tell the difference if it was pump poured or whether there was no alcohol in it. Head was great, body superb, and it had extremely good schtick too. Go figure!
 

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I used to think cans were inferior, but hat could have been me comparing macro lagers in cans with premium lagers in bottles (which may well still be a thing)

But right now, the heavily flavoured stouts that I like taste just smashing out of cans or bottles.
 

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I never drink beer out of a can unless abroad on holiday and have no choice, I think I can tell the difference though it could be psychological I suppose as I have never done a side by side comparison.
Likewise Coca Cola which I never drink in the UK but occasionally on holiday and the bars often serve it in the original green tinted glass bottles which tastes much better than out of cans to me.
 

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Here's something that will send your mind in knots Chippy. Last week I tried the Guinness no alcohol beer (the new one) comes in a tin with a blue emblem on it. The lady in the pub poured it and by god! I couldn't tell the difference if it was pump poured or whether there was no alcohol in it. Head was great, body superb, and it had extremely good schtick too. Go figure!

Do you still pebbledash the bog in the morning? :laugh8:
 

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Likewise Coca Cola which I never drink in the UK but occasionally on holiday and the bars often serve it in the original green tinted glass bottles which tastes much better than out of cans to me.
I prefer Coca Cola out of a bottle it does taste better.
 

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I prefer Coca Cola out of a bottle it does taste better
Coke from Canada tastes better than what's made here (as do the Oreos). It's made in Mexico too if I'm not mistaken.
I haven't had one in a very long time but it sure is good.
I was never a fan of Pepsi since it always tasted like there was wax in it or something.
 

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Please don't get me started on Oreo BUT IF YOU CARE
Par for the course. I'll add it to the list.
I may have made it sound like I eat them. I have had them. Last one was 15 or more years ago but Orangutans weren't the reason I rarely eat Oreos.
Thank you for the sadness.
Edit: Just thought of something--we do 95% of our shopping on the perimeter of the grocery store (skipping the middle aisles) so there's a good chance we aren't overly contributing to murdering wildlife or causing them to go extinct.
 
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Edit: Just thought of something--we do 95% of our shopping on the perimeter of the grocery store (skipping the middle aisles) so there's a good chance we aren't overly contributing to murdering wildlife or causing them to go extinct.
I have no idea what the relevance of the middle aisles is, it's not a UK thing I guess.
I'm not lecturing you on whether you should or should not eat Oreo or any other of the myriad of foods that contain Palm Oil and not questioning your integrity, I was just linking to why I won't eat it or anything with palm oil if I can avoid it, which is not easy. Incidentally though Palm oil has recently been linked to Cancer
 

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I have no idea what the relevance of the middle aisles is, it's not a UK thing I guess.
In large places, meats, fruits, dairy and vegetables are on or near the perimeter and most all the packaged junk is in the middle. It appears to be more a matter of function than culture as placing refrigeration is easier to do around the perimeter where the chances that the food is better are higher.
I'm not lecturing....
If you don't want it to appear that way, then you shouldn't "shout" with a vague hyperlink ("BUT IF YOU CARE") especially in response to a bland post about cookies in the US versus Canada.
We're aware of every ingredient we take in and make much of our food from scratch.
I don't mind being informed. I apparently do mind how it's presented.
 

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If you don't want it to appear that way, then you shouldn't "shout" with a vague hyperlink ("BUT IF YOU CARE")
That's a fair point, I typed in capitals to make it clear it was a link and was not intended as a SHOUT and I should perhaps of made it "But if you care to read about it" or something like that, it was not meant to suggest you don't care.
 

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In a bit of a brain break from my usual work.. thought I'd share this
Bottled vs. Canned Beer: Do They Really Taste Different? which shows a definite preference for bottled beer with taste, but that the preference and taste perception difference is lost if you can't see the packaging or it being poured.
and this https://www.proquest.com/docview/2428111662?accountid=10673&pq-origsite=primo
which is more up to date from 2020 that summarised:
Findings and implications - The results of the experiment show that beer consumer behavior can be influenced by the beer packaging material. If consumers knew that the beer had been poured from a glass bottle, they assessed its taste better than if they had no information on the type of beer packaging. Similarly, the opposite was found to be true of the plastic bottle - if consumers knew that the beer had been poured from a plastic bottle, they said it tasted worse than if they had no such information. No statistically significant difference was found in the tasting of canned beer with or without the knowledge of the packaging material.​
The more recent paper had a fairly rigorous methodology but was it seems limited to only one type of Czech beer, which does leave the question of whether there is a difference between some beers and not others.

Overall both these studies show that bottled beer really does taste different and is preferred - providing you can see it came from a bottle. That perception in taste appears lost if you don't see or know it came from a bottle. Importantly that doesn't mean it's wrong that beer tastes better from a bottle, since the experience of taste is more than the objective liquid consumed. It does of course mean that you can argue either way in this thread and be equally correct 😄.

Ok back to imatter action plans...

Anna
 
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