The Non-Beer Drinker’s Guide To Beer

The Non-Beer Drinker’s Guide To Beer

The beer world can be tricky to navigate when your only exposure to beer has been the cheap gas-station beer you used to drink in college. If you’re reading this, odds are you’ve grown tired of looking at craft beer lists without knowing what any of their descriptions mean.

To help you get a better understanding of different types of beer and to help you find types you like without having to try-and-fail, here’s your ultimate guide to beer drinking for the non-beer drinker.

What can you expect from the taste?

There are three common ingredients that are used when making beer. These ingredients include yeast, hops, and barley. The flavor of the beer will be different depending on the balance of ingredients in the beverage.

Here’s a simple guide to these ingredients so you know what each one tastes like:


  • Yeast. Yeast provides spicy, fruity, or neutral flavors.


  • Hops. Hops come in different types and provide flavors like citrus, herbal, piney, earthy, floral, or tropical.


  • Barley. Barley creates the sugar that yeast turns into alcohol during the fermentation process. It creates grainy flavors like coffee, chocolate, caramel, and dark fruit.


You may have heard that “hoppy” beers are bitter, but this isn’t always the case. Hops make a beer bitter if it’s added before the fermentation process. Something else that’s important to know is that “malt” is the term used for barley that’s specially prepared to be used in the brewhouse.

What are the different types of beer and what do they mean?

You may know about the different types of beer, but you might not know what their names mean in terms of how they’re going to taste. That said, here’s a simple breakdown of the different types of beer so you know what to enjoy with your future burgers:


  • Pale ales. Typically light in color with hoppy bitterness and flavor.


  • Amber ales. Usually amber in color with barley flavors.


  • Brown ales. Also known as porters, these beers have deep barley flavors and low alcohol content. They aren’t often bitter.


  • Stouts. Similar to porters, but usually have a roasty flavor. They can range from moderately sweet to bitter.


  • Wheat beers. Similar to pale ales, wheat beers can either be fruity, spicy, or have a fresh bread-like aroma.



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