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Factors that affect the flavor of beer

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The earliest records of this drink date back some six thousand years, making it one of the most popular drinks in history. However, some people never drink a beer for various reasons. If you're one of them, you're probably wondering how beer tastes like.


There is no easy answer to this question. Beers come in a wide range of flavors, from bitter to sour or sweet.


Factors Affecting Beer Flavor

The taste of beer primarily depends on its ingredients. The largest percentage of this drink is water, so its influence on beer quality is significant. In addition to water, beer contains, depending on the recipe, hops, yeast, and malt (barley). Necessary ingredients’ quantities depend on the specific brand and recipe and include:


  • Hops – It adds a trace of bitterness to beer that goes well with citrus and floral additives.

  • Yeast – It gives a neutral, sugary taste to beer and emphasizes fruit and spicy notes in its aroma.

  • Malt – It contributes to grainy beer flavors, including caramel and coffee.


Some brewers also add fruits, spices, or other additives to their beers to give them a specific taste.


Next, the fermentation temperature significantly affects the taste. Beer connoisseurs point out that the vital separation of beer is into two types, including lager beers and ale that differ in fermentation methods.


Brew masters state that beer temperature can change your experience connected to its taste. Thus, the rule is to consume light beers chilled while dark, strong beers should have room temperature. In other words, you won’t taste the right flavor if you drink a lukewarm pilsner or a too cold porter.


The choice of beer container is one of the vital factors, but the storage method before sale counts, as well. Beer standing in wooden barrels will always have a different taste than the one stored in metal containers.


Some people prefer drinking beer from a glass bottle, while others always choose to buy a canned beer. Believe it or not, those details give the final impression of beer aftertaste.


Alcohol Percentage In Beer

Although there is an alcohol-free labeled beer on the market, the truth is that it is practically impossible to produce it. However, companies use different methods, from vacuum distillation to reverse osmosis, to keep this percentage as low as possible.


Nowadays, you can determine four groups of beers, depending on the amount of alcohol they contain.


Beer type

ABV (alcohol by volume)
Alcoholic

More than 1.2%

Low-alcohol

0.5 to.2%
Dealcoholized

Less than 0.5%

Alcohol-free

Less than 0.05%


As you probably expect, there is a significant difference in beer taste between these four categories. The reason is a different ethanol level that provides a sweet flavor and smell that is impossible to replace with artificial additives.


Therefore, regular beer drinkers can feel the difference between alcoholic and alcohol-free beer in an aftertaste and aroma. At the same time, the underlying yeast and grain taste remain unchanged, maintaining an original flavor.


Various Beer Flavors

In addition to the division into ale and lager, beers are also divided into light, medium, and dark. These categories also differ in the specificity of taste, color, foam, and way of serving.


Light Beer

This type of beer is characterized by an extremely mild, almost neutral taste. Many people define it as diluted and watery. So, most light beers are used to prepare cocktails or served with a citrus slice that improves the taste.


Wheat Beer

They can be yellow or orange, depending on the brand. All wheat beers have rich bread flavor and bitterness, but some have fruity and spicy fermentation flavors.


Amber Ales

Drinking amber ales feel like having a liquid meal. The taste is specific, bready, similar to wheat beer but much bitter at the same time. Sometimes, these beers have additional aromas of caramel, nougat, or dark fruit.


Porter/Stouts

If you enjoy the roasted coffee flavor, porter beer is the right choice for you. It has a dark brown color and a thick texture. You can also sense the notes of chocolate, caramel, or spices, depending on the brand.


Dark Beer

Finally, dark beers have a thick, rich foam, creamy texture, and the darkest color. They are served at room temperature and have a rich, unusual taste. Sometimes you can feel some wooden aroma or a coffee aftertaste while drinking it.


Summary

Many factors affect the beer taste, including the alcohol percentage and added ingredients. Light beers tend to have a clearer and mild aroma than dark, porter, and stout ones, characterized by a rich and intense taste. Cheers!



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