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Three Beer Myths Debunked

I know a lot of you are beer drinkers, and I am also a proud partaker in the occasional brew. So I was tickled to come across Beer 4 Chicks, which takes offense at beer advertisers' seeming assumption that only dudes drink beer. The site, written by beer expert Christina Perozzi, aims to educate drinkers by shattering some of the commonly held myths about ambers, ales, pilsners, and the like. I have to admit that as much as I enjoy beer, I clearly don't know much about it because some of her points really surprised me. Here are three misconceptions about beer:

  • Myth #1: Dark beers are heavy, strong, and/or high in calories. The shade of the suds has nothing to do with how "heavy" a beer is. Darkly-colored beers can taste sweet or bitter depending on the type, and they aren't necessarily stronger or heavier. The color is simply determined by the method used to roast the grains that go into the beer.

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  • Myth #2: Wheat beers should always be served with lemon. Often, when you order a Hefeweizen or other wheat beer, it will come served with a slice of lemon or other citrus fruit. This is by no means necessary and in fact can interfere with the intended flavor balance of the beer.
  • Myth #3: Light beer is the best option for women who aren't huge beer drinkers. This is purely a marketing ploy. If you don't like beer, don't drink it, but if you are going to drink beer, opting for light results in a negligible difference in calories but a big loss of taste. As Beer 4 Chicks points out, "Budweiser is only 33 calories more than Bud Light. And, get this, you burn that amount of calories by sleeping for a half-hour."

Surprised? Got any beer misconceptions that drive you batty? Share them in the comments below.

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MandeeLei MandeeLei 8 years
Unfortunately for me I just don't like alcohol before. Too many bad experiences. However the more I hear about Blue Moon the more I want to try it. I have never liked a beer before in my life but I've only tried cheap ones.
verily verily 8 years
I love beer. My male friends think it's utterly fascinating that I'm into really strong beers like stouts and porters or a really hoppy India Pale Ale. The only type of beer I really don't like are rye-based ales. I always found it a bit disappointing that many of my female friends will only drink fruity malt-based stuff or ciders, claiming that beer is too strong. Ugh.
cperozzi cperozzi 8 years
Hey! Thanks for writing about my site! I love yumsugar and teamsugar and am so excited to see so many beer drinking chicks out there! Beer is Good!
animatedpunk animatedpunk 8 years
I actually PREFER light beer.... not because of the calories.... but because I think it's more refreshing... especially in the summer. Of course, if handed another type of beer, I would drink that too. =)
milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
All those myths surprised me actually. But I'll still put the orange in my Blue Moon. It's the only way to have it. :)
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
it's really funny to think about how we all buy into some of those myths. i like to think that my Blue Moon won't taste nearly as good if i don't have an orangle slice in it - and i'll even go the extra mile and buy an orange if i have the beer at home.
gabiushka gabiushka 8 years
Hate lime with my beer. Hate it.
luxington luxington 8 years
Not surprised at all, actually.
orangek8 orangek8 8 years
I LOVE beer. Beer beer beer beer beer beer beer! Two of my favorites are Franziskaner, and Hoegaarden. Both hefeweizens. Yummm! You Ohio people should come to Ohio Brew Week in Athens in mid July. So many delicious beers to taste!
cmill38 cmill38 8 years
i so glad you mentioned the website. One of my girlfriends and I would rather go to Happy's Pub and drink beer than get a martini or a glass of wine somewhere. Try Abita beers. They're based out of Louisiana and are amazing. I love their unique taste that isn't too strong but has amazing flavor.
CrazySexyCool CrazySexyCool 8 years
I am with you Monday... I am a Yuengling Lager fan too... and now that I have moved to Toledo... NO Lager!!!! WTF Ohio!?!?
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
I miss, oh how I miss, my delicious Yuengling... 2 states out of their distributing area. :( Fat Tire or Blue Moon for me. If I'm going out boozin', I'm probably not overly concerned about calories anyway.
jspeed jspeed 8 years
Sierra Nevada Wheat Beer is my current fave. It's very smooth. Not sure how many calories it has though.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
Sometimes it is hard to tell whether the beer ads are selling beers or boobs. I guess in a man's world they must go together.
Swedeybebe Swedeybebe 8 years
yes, guiness is surprisingly low in calories... i was at a local british pub, and one of the owners told me that in europe some nurses & doctors give women in labor a small glass of guiness if they are iron defficient... not sure if thats true, but sounds like my kind of iron replacement therapy to me!
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 8 years
I've kinda got one for you, Miller Lite isnt too many calories more than Mic Ultra, and Becks Light is the lowest calorie beer I have found so far at about 64 or 67 calories. And yeah Guinness is SO not a heavy beer ;)
sweettea sweettea 8 years
However I would love to know how Spectra knows what an old man taste like. ;)
sweettea sweettea 8 years
Love it. Beer 4 chicks. Awesome
Stacey-Cakes Stacey-Cakes 8 years
i heart beer...it's so much fun to try all different types and brands!
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 8 years
I count myself lucky that my girlfriend doesn't believe that women don't drink beer.
Bettyesque Bettyesque 8 years
Pete's Wicked Ale if Im gonna. Blue Moon is yum too Tam!
ualili ualili 8 years
I've visted this site before and think its great!
Tami715 Tami715 8 years
Mmm... beer. I love my Blue Moon! I feel like the orange slices make it fancy ;)
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Ugh, I hate wheat beers. They taste like old-man. I do enjoy my dark beer though! Guinness is only 125 calories a bottle, which is pretty good for a non-light beer.
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