Tasting Beer

Tasting Beer

TASTING BEER

How to taste beer ?

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PERFECT POUR

Whether you are pouring beer from a can, bottle, growler or draft system; tilt the glass 45 degrees and pour down the side of the glass until it’s half full, then tilt it to the upright position and finish pouring the beer down the middle of the glass.

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SEE

Raise the glass against a light source and evaluate the appearance. Comment on the clarity of the beer, it’s colour and foam quality.

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SMELL

Swirl the glass to stimulate the aromatics in the beer, bring it close to your nose and inhale. Comment on hop and malt aroma, yeast signature, and any other aromatic qualities of the beer.

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TASTE

Swirl the glass again and take a sip. Spread the beer everywhere in your mouth to reach all your taste buds. Evaluate the acidity, sweetness and bitterness in particular. Other perceptions of saltiness and umami are possible. As beer warms up taste will combine with your olfactory receptors in the back of your nose.

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MOUTHFEEL

Swallow the beer and take notes of the mouthfeel from the front of your mouth to the back of your throat. Is it drying, round, chewy, creamy, warming? How about the carbonation?

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Yeasts and Bacteria's

ALE YEASTS
More intense
Fruity   |   Banana   |   Pear   |  ...
Spicy   |   Clove   |   Smoke   |   Vanilla

LAGER YEASTS
More subtle
Slightly fruity   |   Banana   |   Apple   |   Anis
Floral   |   Rose

WILD YEASTS AND BACTERIA'S

Spicy   |   Woody   |   Mushroom   |   Barnyard
Sour   |   Vinegar

 

Yeasts and Bacteria's
Hops

AMERICAN HOPS
Citrusy   |   Piney   |   Herbal
Resiny   |   Tropical Fruit

ENGLISH HOPS
Woodsy   |   Peppery   |   Earthy   |   Herbal

EUROPEAN HOPS
Floral   |   Minty   |   Grassy   |   Spicy

NEW ZEALAND & AUSTRALIAN HOPS
Passion fruit   |   Litchee   |   Mango

Hops
Malts

PALE MALTS
Biscuity   |   Bread dough   |   Crackers

CRYSTAL MALTS
Caramel   |   Toffee   |   Bread crust

DARK MALTS
Nutty   |   Smoky   |   Coffee
Chocolate   |    Licorice   |   Roast

Malts

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Malts

PALE MALTS
Biscuity   |   Bread dough   |   Crackers

CRYSTAL MALTS
Caramel   |   Toffee   |   Bread crust

DARK MALTS
Nutty   |   Smoky   |   Coffee
Chocolate   |    Licorice   |   Roast

Malts