I agree almost to the letter in likes/dislikes. What you said about pumpkin beers could also be said about other styles/flavors: too many of them, but there are always some good ones in there and as you said the fun is in finding them. Also true that there is a style for every palate and not all will appeal to everyone; that’s the beauty of the craft brew explosion, we no longer have to settle for mainstream beer meant for non-discerning, lowest-common-denominator palates (if that makes me a “beer snob,” so be it! ). But when we get *too much* proflieration of obscure styles, it seems a paradox to the whole concept.
Anyway, I have similar likes/dislikes of particular styles as you. I also enjoy the Marzen / Oktoberfest styles, particularly the ones that actually come from Germany - Ayinger is a favorite. They certainly go better with food than pumpkin beers. Every fall I look forward to a nice Oktoberfest style sausage plate with an Oktoberfest beer. Perfect transitional beer - too heavy for summer, too light for winter. Speaking of food/beer pairings, a pumpkin beer with pumpkin pie is awesome Speaking of pumpkin beer, Vault brewing in Yardley had a nice twist with a sweet potato beer, and it was a nitro IIRC. Hope they have it again this year.
Otherwise, I generally gravitate toward lagers, maybe some lighter ales in summer, particularly 21st Amendment watermelon and Leinenkugel summer shandy. I like pilsners, Kolsch or Helles styles, some wheat beers if not too fizzy/citrusy. In the winter I like Harpoon Winter Warmer and similar beers. I like Guinness stout and enjoy trying nitro stouts at brewpubs but not a big fan of most other stouts that come in bottles. I particularly enjoy trying nitro versions of beers other than stouts; sometimes a brewpub will have a nitro porter etc. Like you, I am not a big fan of IPAs and don’t like the way they have seemed to dominate over the past few years, but will occasionally have one of the lower alcohol versions; the hoppy bitterness helps slow me down. Not too big on red or brown ales (except Yards Brawler) but do enjoy the occasional Scottish.
Having written all my beer snob stuff, there are times when a basic mainstream lager is the best thing - something to quaff with a BBQ or pizza. For me that would often be a Yuengling or even a PBR (yes, I got hooked when it first came back around as an “ironic” retro beer among all the craft brews). Also, I find that certain beers make me gassy and bloated - not sure if it’s a gluten thing, or if it’s just beers that use too much corn or other particular ingredients; I haven’t paid enough attention to see if there’s a pattern to it. I’m not a “gluten free” guy, but if I’m just having beer with pizza and it’s not an interesting enough beer to risk any gastrointestinal distress, I will often turn to Omission gluten-free lager, which in my opinion still tastes better than any mainstream lager.
Is it bad to be writing about beer before 7am??? 🤔