Tasting Tips

  • Light beers first
  • Less hoppy or roasty beers first
  • Have an idea of what to expect (ask brewery to describe beer)
  • Concentrate when tasting, then discuss
  • Take breaks
  • Don’t drink too much; dump excess

Tasting Techniques

1. Aroma – Experience the Aroma.

  • Many aromas escape rapidly.
  • Take short little sniffs (don’t try too hard).
  • Swirl your glass to revive aromas.
  • What does the aroma remind you of?
  • Try to tease out single scents.
  • Come back to it.

2. Appearance – Examine Clarity, Carbonation and the Beer Head.

3. Flavor – Enjoy a Taste!

  • Taste is by far the most subjective and important factor when evaluating a beer.
  • Take special notice of the orchestration of balance between hop bitterness and malt sweetness:
  • Hop Bitterness
    • Herbal
    • Flowery (roses, geraniums)
    • Piney
    • Spicy
    • Resiny
    • Lemon
    • Grapefruit
  • Malt Sweetness
    • Caramel
    • Toffee
    • Nutty
    • Roasty
    • Toasty
    • Grainy
    • Malty
    • Coffee
    • Chocolate

Finally … note the overall beer body, texture, finish and aftertaste.

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