Unlike weed, you can't become intoxicated from smoking hops. All you get is a very distinct flavor, or "mouthfeel" as weirdos say, that tastes—for lack of a better phrase—incredibly bizarre.
Hops are the green cone-shaped flowers, or “inflorescence,” of the Humulus lupulus plant. They're a climbing perennial with a distinct jackpot for craft brewers. Hidden inside each cone are tiny yellow pods or glands called lupulin—the source of bitterness, aroma, and flavor in beer.
Every single beer on the market today contains hops. If they didn't, they would be a “gruit” which is basically a beer that, instead of hops, uses witches-brew-sounding herbs like bog myrtle, yarrow, heather, or juniper. Sidenote: bitterness can also come from fruits, herbs, and even vegetables added to the beer.
Hops are the flowers (also called seed cones or strobiles) of the hop plant - Humulus lupulus - and are not considered a grain.
The vegetable part of beer is the hops. Hops are the flowers of the hop plant, Humulus lupulus. The plant is a climbing, herbaceous perennial grown on trellises of string or wire. Important commercial growing areas are found in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
But there is a portion of your question I can answer: Yes, there are beers made without hops! They're called gruits (GROO-its), and they're a historical category of beers that isn't terribly common anymore. That said, some brewers are reviving the hops-less style, and you might be able to find one you like.
According to Sinebrychoff, a Finnish company owned by the Carlsberg Group, Corona Extra contains barley malt, corn, hops, yeast, antioxidants (ascorbic acid), and propylene glycol alginate as a stabilizer.
Hops are one of the four basic ingredients of beer. So even a beer that doesn't taste “hoppy” still has hops in it. Without hops, beer would be overly sweet. It is the balance between bitterness and sweetness that most seek in a quality beer.
Mouthfeel. Heineken has a tingly, highly carbonated light to medium body. There is a distinct sweetness from the malt, which is nicely balanced with a crisp, clean finish. The aftertaste is slightly hoppy, but it doesn't linger.
Gruit (alternately grut or gruyt) is a herb mixture used for bittering and flavouring beer, popular before the extensive use of hops.
Guinness has a malty sweetness and a hoppy bitterness, with notes of coffee and chocolate. A roasted flavor also comes through, courtesy of the roasted unmalted barley that goes into its brewing. It has a sweet nose, with hints of malt breaking through, and its palate is smooth, creamy, and balanced.
Amstel Wheat Bier is a deep golden color with orange and amber hues. The aroma is rich with fruit and floral notes and a subtle tease of freshly baked bread while the taste is slightly fruity with soft hoppy undertones.
GUINNESS cans hide a secret - a weird plastic ball that helps to give your beer the creamy head typical to the dry Irish stout. The plastic devices called widgets blast the stout beer with nitrogen gas to aerate the head, making it taste as though it was just poured fresh from the tap.
Stouts are a boldly flavored ale. That means they are made with top-fermenting yeast, like an IPA, but are defined largely by a small portion of their malt bill that includes roasted barley.
pale Mexican lager
Corona is a light and crisp pale Mexican lager that's wildly popular in the U.S. Its flavor profile is not overly complex, with sweet notes and a bit of hoppy skunkiness on the palate that places it squarely between mass-produced light American lagers and heavier, more complex beer from Europe.
Guinness Stout—to name just one dark brew consistently dismissed as engine oil by novices—is a actually a light-bodied, low-alcohol ale of around 4.2 to 5.0%ABV, depending on the version you're drinking.
What exactly is the difference between ales and lagers? The basic difference between these two major beer classifications is how they are fermented. Ales are fermented with top-fermenting yeast at warm temperatures (60˚–70˚F), and lagers are fermented with bottom-fermenting yeast at cold temperatures (35˚–50˚F).
Heineken is a lager style of beer so it is heavier than other types. It has more of a stronger taste to it. Heineken is a 5% ABV beer made without any additives. The yeast and barley make the beer thicker to have a great taste when you drink it.
Ales and beers were probably the most plentiful drink for the Vikings. Ale is principally brewed from grains boiled in water (which makes a syrupy mixture called wort). The grain was usually barley, though all manner of grain may be used.