There are so many beer types out there that it can be overwhelming trying to decide which one best fits your taste buds. For instance, personally speaking, I’m a light lager guy. I know, it’s the easiest, least-tasting beer type out there, but it goes down easy and helps me enjoy some booze without packing on a ton of calories.
For someone who lives in the Pacific Northwest, one might assume I’m an IPA guy, but, alas, light lagers are the way I go. That said, from ales to stouts to blondes, there are plenty of beer types that tickle the fancy of drinkers everywhere. And, as it turns out, the beer you drink actually says a hell of a lot about who you are; not joking.
A new survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Founders Brewing Company — who looked at 1,000 beer drinkers to see how their beer types impacted their personality — pitted lager drinkers against ale drinkers to see some bonafide results. What they found is pretty interesting, so take a look below to see why the many different beer types actually say more about you than you might think.
According to the study results, lager drinkers tend to be more easygoing and more sociable and goal-oriented. These types of drinkers also describe their ideal Saturday night being something out with friends, but, maybe surprisingly, these drinkers reported higher stress levels than ale drinkers. Finally, lager beer drinkers tend to spend more time worrying about their future. Yep all that from simply ordering a beer, pretty cool, huh?
As for ale drinkers, people who prefer this beer type tend to lean more towards curling up on the couch and Netflix and chilling. The research also reported that ale drinkers are much flirtier and enjoy being the center of attention. The overwhelming difference between ale and lager drinkers, though? Ale drinkers are happier overall.
You might be wondering how all these different beer types have impacted the views of lager and ale drinkers when it comes to the craft beer craze. And, according to the research, the average beer drinker hasn’t only refused to switch up their favorite beer type in four years, but 36 percent say that they’re actually intimidated by craft beers.
Take a look at the graphic below to see some of the major differences between lager and ale drinkers, per the Founders Brewing Company study.
That’s not the only cool information that the study found, though, because there were plenty of other stats that can be found about you based off of your beer type. Here are a few of the interesting habits of beer drinkers.
- The best time to have a beer is officially at 6:31 p.m. on a Friday. And, when it comes to choosing one of the many beer types, taste matters most, with 52 percent ranking taste as the most critical think in making their beer selection.
- For men, 57 percent say conversations with buddies will include sports, while 46 percent say they also talk about TV and movies.
- As for girls, 65 percent reported they gossip about friends, and, unsurprisingly, dating life was the second most popular topic they talked about.
What else do beer types reveal about your personality?
When it comes to ale and lager drinkers, here are some other stats worth noting, which came from the Founders Brewing Company study.
- Average salary: LAGER – $38,017, ALE – $41,318
- Hours of exercise a wee:k LAGER – 4, ALE – 5
- Sports or arts? LAGER – Sports, ALE – Arts
- Cat or dog? LAGER – Dog, ALE – Cat
- TV shows? LAGER – Game of Thrones, Big Bang Theory, Friends, Law & Order, How I Met Your Mother, The Walking Dead ALE – Breaking Bad, True Blood, Parks & Recreation, The Bachelor
Now, the next time you’re looking at all those different beer types on the menu, you might think twice before ordering a lager, an ale or something else — because, deep down, your choice says something about your personality and even how much you earn in a year. Now that’s pretty crazy to think about.