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In tests of beer, which include ales and lagers, we found that with intensely flavored, bitter beer, it's best to eat bold, fatty foods. Fat helps to temper a beer’s bitterness. A steak, ripened cheese, or a flavorful dessert works well. Lighter, simpler beers pair well with a wide range of foods. Keep any beer cold and out of light as even fluorescent light can create an off-flavor. If you're looking for information about beer, Consumer Reports is your best resource. Consumer Reports' beer reviews will give you honest buying advice that you can trust. Use our beer buying guide to discover the types of beer that appeal to you and the most important brewer, fermentation, ingredient, and flavor characteristics to consider. We also provide unbiased beer ratings and beer reviews to help you choose the best beer for your needs.

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