Questions tagged [taste]

Questions about flavor and how it is influenced by various factors such as temperature and glassware.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
67
votes
5answers
5k views

Do different beer glass shapes really make a difference in taste?

I understand the basic distinction for wine glasses: red wine glasses are shaped to help keep some of the aroma inside the glass, whereas whites don't. But shapes for beer glasses, such as pilsner vs ...
25
votes
7answers
6k views

What is the strongest beer?

I've always wondered what the strongest beer in the world is and how would taste. Are there reliable historical records of a very strong beer? What would be the highest % alcohol that's Brewable for ...
23
votes
13answers
201k views

Is beer dangerous to drink past its “sell by” date?

I have a bud light in a friend's refrigerator that has a date of May 14 2007. I have heard of people drinking beer after the posted date, but does it turn harmful after all these years if I drink it?
21
votes
4answers
10k views

Are there any beer styles that are served flat?

I thought of this question when I've read the one about mulled beer. I thought heating the beer would make it lose carbonation, but then I've read somewhere that you have to carbonate the mulled beer ...
18
votes
5answers
5k views

What should I expect from a Belgian triple (tripel)?

I know from this question that doubles and triples are stronger than the "single" version. And from what I've seen, Belgian triple are often closer to be blond and golden while doubles are often ...
17
votes
4answers
19k views

Why would one choose to use Nitro vs CO2 as a beer gas?

Some beers have taste different on Nitro vs CO2. I'm sure there is science behind this. Why choose one over the other?
17
votes
5answers
2k views

How much of an impact does the water have on a beer?

How much of an impact does the water (minerals/quality/distilled) have on a beer?
16
votes
4answers
8k views

What do these “OG” and “RDF” numbers mean?

I recently got a "Gnarly Oak" craft brew package. Three 22 oz beers and a glass. However, on the beers are some abbreviations and numbers I don't understand. they all have a 5.5% ABV, and I get the ...
16
votes
3answers
3k views

Should bottle conditioned beers be consumed quickly after purchase and do they carry on changing taste for a while?

Just wondering how a bottle conditioned beer will change over its life - if at all? And is there a perfect time to drink one? Also do different types change differently?
15
votes
2answers
199 views

How do you properly taste a beer?

If I want to fully appreciate what a beer is offering, how do I properly taste the beer to reveal all the nuances in the aroma, flavor and aftertaste?
14
votes
5answers
1k views

Are Spittoons Used in Beer Tastings?

When tasting wine, it is often suggested that tasters do not swallow the wine, but simply taste as necessary and then spit into a bucket/spittoon of some sort. This, of course, aids in the tasting of ...
14
votes
3answers
1k views

Beer glass cleaning

I've heard it said that you should never use a dish-washer on a proper beer-tasting glass, as it can negatively affect head retention. Is this the case, and if so, what's the best way to keep a ...
14
votes
2answers
2k views

If you are having a beer tasting, what is a good way to clear the palate?

When you are having a wine tasting event, it's customary to clear the palate with water and possibly plain crackers or baguettes. Is it the same concept for a beer tasting where you are serving ...
14
votes
2answers
1k views

How does serving temperature affect the taste of beers?

For example, from the label of Uinta's Crooked Line Labyrinth Black Ale: Flavors are enhanced when served cool, not frigid. How does serving temperature affect the taste of beers? By "How?" I'm ...
14
votes
2answers
588 views

Why do most beers from ex-soviet countries have a honey note?

Almost all beers, especially lager beers I've had in ex-soviet countries have a slight honey taste to them. I'm sure this is not intentional. It could be due to Pentanedione but why in this region? ...
11
votes
5answers
1k views

How can I learn to recognize the flavor and aroma of different varieties of hops?

Background: I was drinking a New Belgium "Tour de Fall" last week and thinking about the hops that I was tasting in the finish. For me, hops in general were a pretty slowly acquired taste, and I didn'...
11
votes
6answers
1k views

Should English/English-style beers be served warmer, since that is how the taste was developed?

Given that the British tend to drink their beer at a higher temperature than those of us in the US, should beer brewed in an English style be consumed that way? The justification I can think of is: ...
11
votes
3answers
1k views

Is Guinness really different in Ireland, compared to what's sold in the US?

I've never liked the taste of Guinness, on tap or from the can. But I have heard that it's much better tasting in Ireland, and the export one is completely different. Is there any truth to this, and ...
11
votes
2answers
10k views

What is the best serving size for a beer tasting?

I saw a comment asking this question here, and became curious. In the context of a tasting panel or competition, what is the appropriate serving size?
11
votes
2answers
18k views

Does re-refrigerating affect the taste of beer? [duplicate]

Some of my college friends like to tell me that refrigerating beer, then taking it out (allowing it to warm up), and re-refrigerating it causes the beer to lose its taste. I've even known some to ...
10
votes
2answers
2k views

Are there any beer styles that are best enjoyed hot?

I'm well aware that beer is commonly enjoyed warm in Europe. However, mulled beer aside, are there any beer styles that fare well when enjoyed hot?
10
votes
2answers
79 views

Does whisky change its taste in an open bottle?

When you open a bottle of whisky and don't finish it, lets say, within a year. Does it change its taste in this time period? If so, which processes lead to this change? I know there are a lot of ...
9
votes
9answers
13k views

What alcohol would go good with tea?

I drink tea. I had a thought about putting something into it. What good alcohol can I think about putting into the tea?
9
votes
3answers
180 views

What's a good way to train your palate?

Everyone knows how to drink beer, but it seems like it's an acquired skill to be able to differentiate (and articulate) different flavors. Whereas someone just turning 21 might say "this beer tastes.....
9
votes
3answers
305 views

Can quick beer cooling have a negative effect on the beer's taste?

Is there a difference if we compare the classical cooling of the whole keg: and the quick flow cooling where the keg is at the ambient temperature? Can the quick cooling have negative effect on the ...
8
votes
5answers
786 views

How can I try a wide variety beers without buying them by the case/spending a lot of money?

Like most of you here, I thoroughly enjoy beer. How can I try a wide variety beers without buying them by the case/spending a lot of money? Aspiring beer enthusiast that is grows tired of the usual, ...
8
votes
3answers
1k views

Why do Double IPAs (aka Imperial IPAs, IIPAs) tend to be sweeter than regular IPAs?

Why do Double IPAs tend to be sweeter than regular IPAs? (I personally have in mind Ninkasi's Tricerahops and Saint Archer's Double IPA.)
8
votes
3answers
258 views

Different Beer with Different food

I was wondering if there are certain combinations of beer and food go perfect together in my own experience I have found that Negra Modelo goes really well with Mexican food do you guys know of any ...
8
votes
3answers
3k views

Why cork a beer?

I have seen a lot of beers that have been corked and I can't really understand what the significance is. When I tried to look it up, most of what I found just related to how to properly store corked ...
8
votes
3answers
274 views

What's a good (neutral) sample beer to spike with a sensory training kit?

I recently ordered a sensory training kit from Siebel Institute. In short, glass vials of liquid isolating flavors (including off-flavors and contamination) commonly found in beer. The instructions ...
8
votes
3answers
756 views

What is the traditional vocabulary to describe the characteristics of beer?

I know there are certain words experts use when they talk about wine. Categories of taste, colour etc. This is of course a matter of creativity and subjectivity, like describing a beer as “chocolaty” ...
8
votes
2answers
4k views

Difference between glass, bottle and can?

I was wondering if there really is a difference in taste when you drink the same beer out of a glass, a bottle and a can. Can anybody please tell me if there is a difference or if this is just a ...
8
votes
1answer
230 views

What is “gruit?” Why aren't there many beers on the market containing it?

I have heard of something called 'gruit' which seems to sometimes be used in brewing beer. What is it? Why are there very few beers on the market containing gruit? What are some of the more popular ...
8
votes
2answers
323 views

Looking for dark but not heavy

I tend to go for darker beers, typically stouts and porters. Guinness is my usual go to when I'm at a bar or restaurant, but as appealing as "a meal in a glass" is, on occasion I find these to be a ...
8
votes
4answers
523 views

Sour Beers for the beginner

What sour beers would be a good starting point for someone that enjoys pale ales and too strong of a flavor profile may turn them off at first?
8
votes
2answers
262 views

What makes sour beers sour?

I like sour beers and am curious what makes them sour. What's the process that results in the range of sourness?
8
votes
3answers
2k views

What should I expect from a Belgian double (dubbel)?

I know dubbels are considered as strong beers, but what should I expect in when I try one of them? What are their defining characteristic? What should I expect in term of taste, foam, color and ...
8
votes
2answers
166 views

Fashionable gins - are they what they claim to be?

I have always enjoyed a G&T. I have my favorite brands, not only of gin, but also of tonic. But I have noticed that there is a whole slew of them now. So, how do I know which ones are made ...
7
votes
3answers
23k views

What characteristics does Becks have, and what are similar beers?

I haven't been drinking for years. And over the last month, I've been trying a small variety of beers, but they all had a taste I can't put my finger on that I didn't like. I was starting to wonder if ...
7
votes
2answers
149 views

What do they judge on at beer competitions?

When you see advertising for beer, some of them advertise awards that they have won at various beer festivals and/or competitions. What are the judging standards at these competitions, and what are ...
7
votes
2answers
367 views

What ingredients leave beer with sugary taste?

I know that exists those beers that uses fruits and then leaving beer with sugary taste, for example Belgian Hoergaaden with orange zest. But there are those without any fruit part and it's yet sweet. ...
7
votes
1answer
119 views

Is there any way that I can discern the IBU of a beer if the bewer doesn't provide that information?

Some brewers are awesome and kind enough to place information like the ABV, IBU, and even SRM right on the label of any beer they distribute. This is rad, because (in theory), it means I know exactly ...
7
votes
1answer
414 views

What steps in the brewing process affect alcohol levels?

Why do some beers have high alcohol levels and some have low ones? Is the alcohol content something that can be changed for any specific brew, and the brewer sets it at a specific level on purpose? Or ...
7
votes
1answer
679 views

Drink from the can?

Why is The Alchemist Heady Topper recommended to "Drink from the can"? Also, are there other beers that "should" also be drank from the can?
6
votes
11answers
1k views

Trying to Find a Good Beer for A Friend

I have a friend who never really got into beer. Something about it just doesn't taste right to her, I guess; regardless, she is still open to trying beer and wants to find some that she actually ...
6
votes
3answers
8k views

Why does Beck's taste more bitter than Heineken?

Why does Beck's taste more bitter than Heineken? Is it due to the sugar content?
6
votes
4answers
450 views

How can I improve the flavor of a cheap bottle of sparkling wine?

How can I improve on a cheap bottle of bubbly wine? I thought of a few ideas myself but instead of wasting it I thought I'd ask. BTW, by improving I mean make it taste better.
6
votes
1answer
339 views

Do wines from grafted vine stock taste different from non-grafted?

The Phylloxera plague of the 19th century devastated the grape stocks of Europe. However, Charles Valentine Riley and J. E. Planchon grafted the vines (Vitis vinifera) onto rootstock of an American ...
6
votes
2answers
548 views

Other stouts to use in a 'Guinness cake'

I've previously had success making a guinness cake (http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/chocolate-guinness-cake-3086), and, whilst it was tasty, I figure there has to be a better stout to flavour it ...
6
votes
1answer
67 views

Is there a widely agreed upon beer ranking or competition?

Is there one beer competition (or ranking) that is widely recognized as the "Superbowl" of beer competitions? In that being the winner or rankings to come out of that competition are the standard to ...