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Most Canadians pride in our beer being better then American beer, but it was recently explained to me that most of that praise is based on a myth. From what I was told the myth was born out of misconstrued mathematics. American alcohol content in beer is measured in weight, not volume (as in Canada). When American beer is converted into alcohol % by volume, it's still lighter but by way less then a percent. So technically, the beer may taste bad, but it's roughly the same alcohol content.

That's all fine and dandy, but.....

This doesn't explain why I can drink American beer so much easier. When I drink American beer, I drink more, get less drunk, and spend most of the time taking bathroom breaks. On rare occasions, I even sobber up WHILE I'm drinking American beer.

Can anyone help enlighten me?

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well, I'm not sure of the science behind it but I know that I'll take a Molson Ex over a Budweiser any day of the week and thrice a period on saturday night while watching the habs.

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Most Canadians pride in our beer being better then American beer, but it was recently explained to me that most of that praise is based on a myth. From what I was told the myth was born out of misconstrued mathematics. American alcohol content in beer is measured in weight, not volume (as in Canada). When American beer is converted into alcohol % by volume, it's still lighter but by way less then a percent. So technically, the beer may taste bad, but it's roughly the same alcohol content.

I dont buy it. American beers brewed in america are WAAAAY lower in alcohol content than canadian beers. American beers brewed up here are marginally less - but this is also documented on the labels.

At any rate, alcohol content has little bearing on me - i drink beer because I like the taste & most canadian beers taste better than american to me. Although my favorites are still Tiger (Singapore), Hoeggarden (Belgium) and Corona (Mexico).

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I don't understand this thread...

5% beer has the same amount of alcohol no matter where you brew it.

Canadian Beer has a higher alcohol content, american beer just sucks.

plus Bud has a bad after taste, while Molson Ex does not.

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Canadian Beer has a higher alcohol content, american beer just sucks.

plus Bud has a bad after taste, while Molson Ex does not.

Budweiser is 5%, the same for Molson Ex. The taste might be different but they have the same amount of alcohol.

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Budweiser is 5%, the same for Molson Ex. The taste might be different but they have the same amount of alcohol.

thats american beer brewed in canada, and they measure the percentages differently in the states, so it ends up being slightly less in the states....i don't care either way tho, Canadian Beer has a better taste :)

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Budweiser is 5%, the same for Molson Ex. The taste might be different but they have the same amount of alcohol.

maybe so, but Budweiser still tastes like tepid dishwater and for some reason, it's always as flat as a 12 year old boy.

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one forum I found online when I was trying to find an answer posted a comment which kind of made sense. The general public in America prefers a beer that is light in color and taste. Thats why Guinness will probably never be the #1 beer in America ;) Canadian beer for the most part has a richer flavor and a darker color.

The other issue is the general lightness of American mainstream beer. For various reasons both historical and cultural, Americans have come to like their beer lighter in body and lower in bitterness than Europe and Canada. This seems to be a lighter beer overall, but the alcohol is not lower. In fact, the average beer in the U.S. is actually stronger than many a heavier, more bitter beer in England. Big flavor does not mean big alcohol. Case in point: Guinness Stout is under 4.2% ABV. If that doesn’t convince you, nothing will!
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I find that too. We'll get beer from the states and it takes almost double of it to feel anything from it. Not sure why, but it tastes very watered down too.

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thats american beer brewed in canada, and they measure the percentages differently in the states, so it ends up being slightly less in the states....i don't care either way tho, Canadian Beer has a better taste :)

Wrong. Alcohol % is a scientific calculation and its worldwide the same thing. What is this "Canadian Beer" you people speak of....Molson Ex, Dry, XXX, Golden, Labatt, Moosehead....are there any other big name Canadian Beers or is that it....because if so, yes I do like them and they are better than Coors, Michelob, Miller and Bud. But you are talking about the giant breweries. Sorry to be a snob but Molson Ex might be better than these big brewed American beers but it pales in comparison to dozens and dozens of micros...oh and Molson is no stronger than your average bud, bud light is lighter, but Budweiser and Molson are both 5% alcohol.

one forum I found online when I was trying to find an answer posted a comment which kind of made sense. The general public in America prefers a beer that is light in color and taste. Thats why Guinness will probably never be the #1 beer in America ;)Canadian beer for the most part has a richer flavor and a darker color.

"one forum" -- source please. "richer flavor"....what? I mean sure labatts and molson are great and they are richer than the yellow water frat kids call beer and drink over at Nebraska University, so if you want to get into a pissing contest over what frat kids in america vs. frat kids in canada drink, I'll give it to you, I'd rather have a keg party full of Molson than of Coors. In NYC you'll find 5 beers on tap at every decent bar --Guinness, Heineken/Stella, Bud, a light beer figure Coors Light, Amstel Light or Bud Light, and then a micro local. I promise you we drink more guinness than you'd imagine down here, or atleast I do.

I find that too. We'll get beer from the states and it takes almost double of it to feel anything from it. Not sure why, but it tastes very watered down too.

If you are in the Northeast you should be able to find Magic Hat, Harpoon, Sams Smith, Sam Adams, or Brooklyn Lager.....sorry for being defensive everyone, but from one beer lover to many others, I dont like hearing my country's beers ragged on....either specify you are talking about the massive breweries or acknowledge the fact that plenty good dark beer is brewed and drank in the states.

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Guest Brisebois

Coming from and living in a beer country, Germany, I guess I'm a neutral judge. ;) American beer doesn't taste good to me. Except for some small brewerys. I like Canadian beer way more. But actually neither American or Canadian beer is as good as european beer.

The american Budweiser for example tastes like crap. If you try the "original" czech Budweiser however you'll get one of the best beers.

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I ususally drink Molson Canadian or Labatt Blue. Its almost $6.50 a 6pk, but I just cant drink budweiser. Tastes like water to me. Just wish these beers were more prevelant down here. Only place to get them is at the Lightning games ($10 a can) or stores like walmart. Only been to 1 bar that had Molson or Labatt (besides the Canadian expo in Disney's Epcot) and that was a hockey themed bar near the Forum

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Larry: I pm'd you the site. Some of the other stuff on there wasn't fit to post on here ;) as for the forums I just typed in "american beer versus canadian beer and sifted through the pages :P yahoo answers had a few explnations but can I find them right now? of course not <_<

As for my comment on flavor I should have been more specific and told you that is from my own personal experience. Since you have brought up micro breweries I would recommand if your ever in Moncton N.B. to check out the Pump House. They make alot of different ales and they are quite good :)

To all members in this topic: The original question was why can the poster drink so much American beer and not feel drunk. From all reports from the different posters we have established there is a difference in taste and color. But that alone is really no different from beer to beer. If I buy a Keith red ale and buy a Pump House red ale there will be small differences BUT the question is what makes an american beer taste so much different then a canadian? If anyone can post a source as to why the difference, be it process, ingredients etc etc it would be a great help.

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Larry: I pm'd you the site. Some of the other stuff on there wasn't fit to post on here ;) as for the forums I just typed in "american beer versus canadian beer and sifted through the pages :P yahoo answers had a few explnations but can I find them right now? of course not <_<

Thanks Kindred. Sorry if I took us off topic, I'd imagine the answer to the O.P.'s question deals with hops and temperatures and other brewery mechanics. Random question....what is that beer, I recall it most from partying with my sister when she was at McGill, its got a yellow bear/lion on the can, I think its fairly cheap and disgusting? any ideas.

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If you are in the Northeast you should be able to find Magic Hat, Harpoon, Sams Smith, Sam Adams, or Brooklyn Lager.....sorry for being defensive everyone, but from one beer lover to many others, I dont like hearing my country's beers ragged on....either specify you are talking about the massive breweries or acknowledge the fact that plenty good dark beer is brewed and drank in the states.

I've bought beer from both Buffalo (when I lived in Ontario) and now North Dakota (because I live in Sask). I've never heard of Magic Hat or Harpoon, but I've had Sams Smith and Sam Adams, and I thought both of them were watered down. I've heard of Brooklyn Lager, but I've never tried it. I don't think this is an issue about "ragging on the States" about anything. The states have lots of things that are supieror to Canada, but I don't think beer is one of them.

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Most Canadians pride in our beer being better then American beer, but it was recently explained to me that most of that praise is based on a myth. From what I was told the myth was born out of misconstrued mathematics. American alcohol content in beer is measured in weight, not volume (as in Canada). When American beer is converted into alcohol % by volume, it's still lighter but by way less then a percent. So technically, the beer may taste bad, but it's roughly the same alcohol content.

That's all fine and dandy, but.....

This doesn't explain why I can drink American beer so much easier. When I drink American beer, I drink more, get less drunk, and spend most of the time taking bathroom breaks. On rare occasions, I even sobber up WHILE I'm drinking American beer.

Can anyone help enlighten me?

I have several American friends who pretty much all agree with your statement. I like bugging them in saying that "they don't like getting drunk, they just like to pee often." :lol:

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If you try the "original" czech Budweiser however you'll get one of the best beers.

amen to that!

i had it when i was in prague, in sparta's ice arena...

oh boy, did it feel good...

and it was less than 1 euro per pint...

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