If you’re looking for a new brew to try, or just want to expand your palate a little bit, Beer Viz asks you a couple of questions about the beer you already enjoy and presents you with a plethora of alternatives that might suit you nicely. It’s kind of like Pandora for beer.
To get started, select the strength of beer you’re interested in (light, medium, dark), and select whether you’d like to explore similar beers by aroma, taste, appearance, or overall (selected by default, and takes them all into consideration). From there, you’re presented with a map to various beers in the category, organized by color and family so you can see which ones are like each other by type, and then with lines connecting the ones that are similar by taste, aroma, or the other parameters you selected. The size of the dot next to the beer’s name indicates its popularity among beer drinkers, and you can hover over a beer’s name with your mouse to read details about it, including its percent alcohol-by-volume, and its overall rating.
The site uses data collected over 10 years by BeerAdvocate (and organized by Stanford University), so while it’s not a complete list of every beer ever, it’s pretty robust and includes beers popular with beer drinkers and fans. You won’t find Budweiser, but you will find an interesting craft beer to try instead.
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Beer Viz Suggests New Beers to Try Based on What You Already Like