There was some good discussion awhile back over at Thank Heaven for Beer about the legitimacy of beer reviews. Are they really worth anything? That got me thinking a bit (I know, unusual) about the beer reviews that I read on other sites, and the beer reviews that we write here at The Brew Club.
When we started The Brew Club waaaay back in April 2008, I didn’t know anything about beer. I mean, anything in a very literal sense. I didn’t know the differences between a lager and an ale, and I thought that Bud Lite Lime was the best beer around. (I kid. I DID know something!)
The original point of this blog was really to keep track of the beers that we all exchanged at work, (The Brew Club manifesto) but I took it upon myself to try learning about the beers I was tasting by thinking about them, and then trying to write about them in a way that other people might also be able to understand.
Its not easy knowing nothing about beer, and trying to write about it. Its only slightly easier now actually. I found it interesting (perhaps shocking even) that other people started to read the posts. Some people take the time to comment, correct me, and suggest different things – and so its become a great learning experience for me. Looking back, I’m very glad I did it!
Which bring me finally to the point of this post. Of the beer reviews that you read online, either here or elsewhere, do they influence you as a consumer? Have you ever gone out and bought a beer specifically because of a good review? Conversely, have you ever specifically avoided buying a beer because of a bad review?
I suppose the answer to that would help answer the question over at THFB if beer reviews are legit. If a review moves you to try a beer you might have otherwise skipped, or avoid a beer you might have otherwise tried, wouldn’t that make the review(er) legit? Just thinking.
Do you take a holistic approach to beer reviews, meaning, do you consider several reviewers opinions, or do you seek out a singular voice on a beer before making a purchase decision?
I know I have done both, but I read a LOT of beer blogs for fun, and my brain is full of potential good purchases and potential ‘no way’ type of beers. But, what about you? Do beer reviews guide your purchasing decisions?
I’m especially curious about the non-beer bloggers out there, the casual readers or seldom-commenters. What’s your take? Do beer reviews influence you or not? Don’t be shy, we know you’re out there! Leave a comment and let us know! 🙂