Does Your Pee Ever Smell Like Hops?

Here’s a little too much information for you…

…I was having a bathroom break this morning when something entered my “stream” of consciousness.  My back is really bad right now, and I had a few Victory Prima Pils last night to take the edge of the pain.  I chose it because it’s tasty, it isn’t too heavy and it isn’t packed with alcohol, which makes it easier to manage my comfort without falling over and making things worse. 

Anyway, as I was relieving myself this morning, a very familiar scent wafted to my nose.  Hops.  And not just any hops, the German and Czech blend that gives Prima Pils its distinctive flavor.  It was uncanny.

I don’t even know if it’s medically possible to pee hops, but I swear I did just that this morning. I’m not sure if I should see a doctor or just start relieving myself into a corny keg…

Am I nuts, or has this ever happened to you?  Is it even possible?

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19 Comments on “Does Your Pee Ever Smell Like Hops?”

  1. September 13, 2011 at 11:50 am #

    Asparagus yes, hops no.

    • September 13, 2011 at 11:51 am #

      What kind of beers are YOU drinking? :)

  2. September 13, 2011 at 11:51 am #

    My urine wreaks of success.

    • September 13, 2011 at 11:52 am #

      and coffee…

      • September 13, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

        and bear sperm…

        …eww

  3. Amie
    September 13, 2011 at 11:56 am #

    I actually get worried if my pee DOESN’T smell like hops…

    • September 13, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

      Ha ha :)

  4. September 13, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

    A little research reveals that hops are loaded with aromatic compounds–as would be expected of a plant in the same family as marijuana. Many of these are said to be good for bone density, female problems, sleeping disorders, anxiety, appetite stimulation, prostate enlargement, etc. I’ve got to believe, that just as with asparagus, some of these aromatics will present in urine.

    In doing a quick search, I found one (anecdotal) account (on E-Health Forum) addressing the subject as follows:
    “Smelling like plastic or rubber when i pee.
    I started eating a high green diet, and asparagus is definetly a major part of my evening meal. I notice the smell of melting plastic in my urine is really strong afterward, so the asparagus is a go for those that have it regularly in their diets. Also if your drinking beer the hops in the beer are “detoxifiers” just like the anti-oxidants in asparagus, and green tea, especially for the kidneys.”

    And in another–an article called “Things That Can Make Urine Smell Bad” at:
    http://isabellasnow.hubpages.com/hub/Health-Tips—5-Things-That-Can-Make-Urine-Smell-Bad beer was listed.

    A few other sites that had interesting things to say about hops and highly-hopped beers were:
    http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2005/10/18/hops/

    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/174895/why_homebrewing_beer_is_healthy_for.html?cat=5

    http://homebrewandchemistry.blogspot.com/2007/02/hop-chemistry.html

    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/38995/beer_for_the_prevention_of_prostate_pg2.html?cat=5

    Don, you might want share this with your MD next time you go in for a check-up.

    • September 13, 2011 at 1:34 pm #

      Wow, you’re thorough – good work!

      Don should bring this up to his doctor. The good news is that he can do it soon. He goes in once a week for a prostate exam, not because he needs it, he just enjoys the “attention.”

      • September 14, 2011 at 10:01 am #

        Yeah that kind of attention is something I could do without. One time when my Doc was peering up my nether regions w/ a proctoscope, he asked me if I was doing ok. I said yeah, I’m ok, as long as I don’t feel both of your hands on my back!

        • September 14, 2011 at 10:02 am #

          Ha ha!! :D

  5. Jack
    September 13, 2011 at 12:41 pm #

    No, but sometimes my hops smells like pee. I’m on a tight budget.

    • September 13, 2011 at 1:33 pm #

      Lots of folks use Golden hops, Jack. You just added “shower” in the middle there… :)

  6. ScottG
    September 13, 2011 at 12:50 pm #

    Every morning after my coffee. Smells like a Starbucks. The world’s most poorly run Starbucks…but…yeah.

    • September 13, 2011 at 1:32 pm #

      When that happens to me, I always feel like I’m wasting coffee.

      But there’s no way in hell I’m recycling it!

  7. September 13, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

    I believe theres a word for piss in a keg..Coors Light

    • September 13, 2011 at 1:33 pm #

      Zing! Awesome!!!!

  8. September 13, 2011 at 2:55 pm #

    I do find that when I drink a lot of dark beers it has the same effect as drinking a lot of coffee. I do want to test this though. I need to form some type of testing control group. this sounds like a pretty gross experiment.

    • September 13, 2011 at 2:56 pm #

      I recommend a taste test…
      :)

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