I’m not exactly what you’d call a beer snob, but there’s a lot of stuff out there that I don’t like. On the other hand, there’s a lot of beers that I’ll happily drink that would give me “social pariah” status if I ever owned up to drinking them.
In any case, I’m partial to dark, German style beers — bocks and doppelbocks in particular. I stay away from anything ever described as “hoppy” or “fruity,” and strongly beleive that the brewer who invented IPA (George Hodgson, for what it’s worth) should have died an unnatural death. (Yes, I know the story: they were brewing beer to ship to India, and wanted to make it as foul tasting as humanly possible so that the thorough heat skunking it received on its journey wouldn’t make a difference — but I digress).
Recently, I discovered Bootlegger Brown Ale, made by Independence Brewing Company out of Austin; I think it’s really good. It has much more of the sweet malty taste that I associate with dark German beers. While it’s a bit heavier, the taste is similar to a Warsteiner Dunkel. In Dallas, you can find six-packs at Central market for about $7.00.