Ive tried a few of the fruity beers and just dont enjoy them but I like my coffee Black and bitter also. I spent a couple years in Germany in the early 80's and that refined my Beer tastes in ways I cant forget. Me and a couple of my buddies would head out to any small town we could reach with my crappy little car every chance we could. Our goal was to try every beer in Deutchland, I think it was a noble attempt but impossible because every town made its own brew and there must of been a thousand of them. I still have the coasters in my footlocker form a couple hundred different brews.
My guess is things have changed since then but "Reinheitsgebot" (water, barley and hops) and the "Provisional German Beer Laws" (allowed Wheat, Yeast and a few other items), (beer purity laws) were still followed closely for the most part. They didnt have flavors, just styles and I learned to love them all!
Ive always lived about 20 minutes from one of he oldest Breweries in the Nation, The West End Brewery in Utica NY. They have produced hundreds of different brews for well over a century. Utica Club, Matts and Saranac are a few of their more famous Barly Pops but they also produce for a bunch of labels for others. The tour is a must do and often! The brewhause is a magnificent relic with giant ages old copper brew pots and a tasting at the end of the tour is yummy.
Ive decided that if I win the lottery or somehow strike it rich, I will move near Boston and work part time at Sam Adams and part time catching giant Tuna! That sounds like the perfect life to me!