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Canned Beer Vs. Bottled Beer – Is there a difference?

Can Vs. BottleThere has been a lot of debate on the beer boards about whether beer is negatively affected if it is packaged in a can. The truth is, despite what some know-it-alls say, once you pour it into a glass you can’t tell the difference.

In fact, if anything cans are better than bottles for three reasons. First, cans are less prone to breakage. Secondly, they are lighter – so it costs less to move them around. Thirdly, cans protect beer from harmful UV rays better than glass. And fourthly … well, cans are just better ok?!

Ok, ok, so in the name of science I got a six-pack of bottled Pilsner Urquell and a four-pack of canned Pilsner Urquell. I poured them into glasses and tasted them both.

The result? They taste the same. I drank one, then the other. Then I tried it again. And again. And then one more time, just to be really sure.

My wife was walking by while I was doing this, and asked me what on Earth I was doing. I explained it to her, and she graciously volunteered to help taste. She drank my beer until it was gone and confidently announced there was no difference.

A part of me suspects she was just thirsty and wasn’t really all that interested in my little experiment. Sometimes she doesn’t share my zeal for this stuff.

Of course, there is another side to this. Glass is more enjoyable to drink out of than metal. Since many people drink out of whatever the beer is packaged in, this might also explain why many beer snobs prefer bottles to cans.

Not us. We’re civilized Drunks, so we pour our beer into a glass the way we’re supposed to.

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April 22, 2008 - Posted by | beer | , ,

2 Comments »

  1. The Wives just don’t get it do they? My Wife did not understand my triple Gin challenge experiment at all. She complained that I took over the kitchen with all the bottles and glassware.

    This reminds me of a funny story. Before we were married, my side of the family asked me what I thought we could use to start our new life together. I gave them my thoughts and forgot about it.

    When I arrived at the end of the party my Bride-to-Be, with a questioning glance shows me a set of eight Pilsner glasses. My response was “Excellent!, just what we needed!”

    That was over 16 years ago. To this day my Wife still shakes her head whenever I enjoy a cold beer in my wonderful Pilsner glassware.

    Comment by CigarSmokingMan | April 25, 2008 | Reply

  2. I have wanted to try this for a long time. But I just can’t get myself to buy beer in a can. It is usually a little difficult to find a quality microbrew in a can anyway. Good idea! Good post!

    Comment by Good Burp | October 27, 2008 | Reply


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