Pleasing the taste buds of beer lovers has been the momentum that impelled breweries in adding flavor to the beer's bitter, tart kick. Beer lovers usually identify with flavors they are familiar with; some stick to the classic, homey taste while others explore what other flavors can their palates sense from these bubbling, carbonated drinks.
Today we will guide you on which things to consider when popping that flavored beer bottle. Check out the list we made especially for you where we have narrowed down the palatable beers available nearest you or online.
Beers which taste had been changed or tweaked to yield a taste other than the usual bitter wort are naturally categorized as flavored. Yet most of the time, flavored beers referred to as those which have added ingredients. This is done is in order to cater to a specific demographic of young adults or women who might find the classic beer taste revolting to the senses.
Some decades ago, people were taken aback by this revamping of the beer – even calling the flavored beer bastardized and that anyone who consumes such as not true beer lovers. To the brewers' defense, the typical ingredients can only do them so much.
The experimentation they do with the beers is not a product of blindly tossing any fruits that come their way. Brewers are constantly in a quest to continue broadening their horizons. Every step they take is calculated risks.
Gladly today, the reception towards flavored beer has widened. Beer drinkers came to embrace the sweet dance of fruit in their taste buds as they gulp their beer bottle empty. This is a testament not only of our abilities to adapt to new stuff but that our palate has truly evolved.
Beers may look quite the same across the board and that might have contributed to your indecisiveness. But worry not because we've narrowed down the things which should lead you to the best beer ever.
The taste of beer is bottle-deep but that shouldn't stop you from judging it by its color. Check the clarity of the beer and distinguish its taste according to these color categories.
The technical way of looking at the colors of beers is to refer to the Standard Reference Method (SRM) developed by modern brewers to specify beer color. Normally the darker the beer, the richer the alcohol content is.
Color can be influenced by how much time malt was dried and other several brewing conditions such as longer mashing of malt kernels.
Clarity, on the other hand, is defined as the state of the brightness of beer or wort – the liquid which is produced from the mashing process during the brewing of the beer. Yet the lack of clarity in most beers is caused by the so-called 'break' which translates to yeast cells or protein which either floats or sinks to the bottom of the bottle.
The aroma of beers can make or break the taste and it's a tie-in with the taste. However, the primary and secondary scent should naturally come from malt or hops - where the former gives rise to a roasty smell while the latter to a perfumy, floral aroma. More on this in the next section.
As a general rule, beers should smell sweet and a little fruity. So sweet to a fault that it should attract fruit flies and this is by no joke. The relationship of yeast and fruit flies is that of mutualism where the flies consume yeast to create more of it.
Flies are attached to this smell present in beers, thereby, letting you know that the beer can/bottle you have is well-made. Like you, fruit flies know their beer.
After the look comes the taste. As we have said before, beers are usually brewed from malt and other cereal grains. Flavored beers are not entirely of a different concoction as their base is still the bitter wort taste form the malt. So how does a pint of beer achieve a taste different from the usual go-to ones?
The non-bitter taste in beers is usually attributed to hops – the flowers from the Humulus Lupulus plant which contain over 250 essential oils – which affects the beer's aroma, flavor, bitterness, and sweetness.
Other brewers skip the drying process to capture all the essential aromas, and their flavors are incorporated in the beer.
If you like your beer fruity, you have yeast to thank for that. The ester that develops from ale yeasts at high temperatures yields a fruity flavor.
A simple malt does not run out of magic to wow us. When roasted at high temperatures, malt turns to a darker color, resulting in a toffee and caramel flavor profile. So for chocolate lovers reading this, the thing to remember is the darker the roasted malt, the more chocolatey the taste.
Other agents such as apples, oatmeal, chocolate, milk, and cucumber are specifically added to the beer. Even stranger relishes – bacon, adobo, ube, and sili (hot pepper) – can be peppered into your pint of beer.
All these flavors are just waiting to be stomached by you. This is pretty much common to craft beers whose brewers' limit as to which flavor to explore depends purely on his imagination. Tweaking the taste of the beer is only a matter to adding more of this ingredient, mashing the malt longer, and the like. Unless there's really an extra flavor.
A study centered on the texture of beers conducted in the 90s narrowed the mouthfeels into 3 major groups, namely carbonation, fullness, and afterfeel.
Most people like their beer carbonated as it leaves the mouth a prickling sensation that has a refreshing kick, as opposed to lower levels that feel flat and dull in the palate. Check the beer for foam volume, bubble size, and sting, as these equate to adequate carbonation in the product.
Viscosity and density describe the fullness of a pint of beer. When beer is consumed, any drinker should feel its body, weight, and flow resistance as it runs its course. This signifies the unfermentable dextrin, a complex sugar, content in the beer, in the same way wine contains glycerol and other compounds that produce the feeling of fullness in the palate.
The presence of the said sugar adds to the overall fullness without increasing the perceptible sweetness, even sometimes leading the beer to taste a little syrupy with every gulp.
Lastly is afterfeel or the "beer finish". Any beer lovers who have sampled every beer there is should be able to attribute these adjectives to the ones they love most: mouth-coating, dryness, astringency, stickiness, bitterness, and oiliness.
To any beer connoisseur, these feelings linger in both their mouths and their memory. Here, we have given you our best shot of a fine discussion in the beer department. Cheers to making your drinking sessions as enjoyable as ever.
Stop drowning yourself in the sorrow of indecision in your beer purchases. Here, we have collated the best beers which will quench the beer thirst only waiting for your 'Add To Cart' muscle reflex.
|Flavor||Citrus and Chocolate|
|Flavor||Spices and Caramel|
San Miguel Beer
San Miguel Beer
San Miguel Flavored Beer - Lemon
San Miguel Flavored Beer - Lychee
Original Irish Cider Beer - Apple
Brew Kettle Beer
Original Irish Cider Beer Berry
Blue Belgian Beer
Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer
Just the Right Citrusy Feel for the Right Beer
A Sweeter Twist to the Classic Taste
A Refreshing Apple Zest You'll Love
Rich and Tasty Without the Heavy Feel
A Belgian Legacy Your Taste Buds Will Approve
Citrus and Chocolate Combo is Better than Ever
The Purest and Finest Berry Essences in One Bottle
Liven Up Your Taste Buds with a Dash of Pink
Making Your Every Sip Feel Like Christmas In the Mouth
Spice Up Your Comfort Food with a Ginger Beer
|Price Starts at||₱41||₱32||₱2,980||₱944||₱150||₱944||₱999||₱715||₱1,224||₱879|
|Flavor||Lemon||Lychee||Apple||Caramel||Orange Spice||Citrus and Chocolate||Berries||Fruity||Spices and Caramel||Ginger|
Take it out of the freezer, leave it at room temperature, and, voila, drink. That way, the beer is just warm enough to create an explosion of flavors in your mouth. Transfer it in a wine glass and allow its aroma to invade the recesses of your olfactory.
Also, prepare some crackers or any other food and water at an arm's reach. Munching and drinking them, respectively, cleanses the palate.
Some off-flavor in beers are not as planned as the others. When it tastes different to how it is advertised, something is really up.
If your beer leaves a metallic tang at the back of your mouth, there is a reason for you to be alarmed.
A metallic taste a smell is not something a brewer might want his product to taste like. The presence of ferrous sulfate in the beer occurs when the raw materials come into contact with poor quality metal pipework, especially when the wort was processed in unprocessed metals, is the common suspect for this taint.
The metallic taste can also be credited to the packaging can. Either way, when it smells like metal and taste like metal, it can only be metal. Even your dog cannot drink it.
Other people may have, for once in their drinking days, downed a beer tasting like cardboard. Yep, it happens. And your tongue was right in telling you it does feel as feel a sheet of paper is resting in the upper palate.
The occurrence of this fault in beers is due to too much oxidation introduced to the wort when it’s still very warm or after fermentation is complete during bottling. Wort's unwanted exposure to air causes it, too.
If your beer smells like an old person, it's because it is old. In both wine and beer, age matters. We drink the former when aged, we drink beers when it is fresh and young.
Another catastrophe to watch out for is a beer tasting like mouthwash. As per usual practice, we rinse in the morning with mouthwashes, not swallow it. The same thing should be done for beers with this kind of aberration.
This occurs when the water used in cleansing the brewing equipment is chlorinated or the overall absence of a thorough rinsing process before and after the brewing procedures.
Lastly, but certainly not the worst out there, is a beer tasting like baby sick. You may smell like the most eligible bachelor or bachelorette in town, but this type of beer fuming your breath is a no-no for your tummy's sake.
Butyric acid – highly noticeable in the stink of baby's vomit – is a bacteria that is produced when beer becomes spoiled once it's been packaged.
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In beer, as in life, what seems questionable to your sight and smell may not be what's best for you. As an array of beer pints colored and flavored according to what tickles your fancy simply await your impeccable sense of judgment, the choice of beers has gone from one-taste-one-beer simple to confusing-bacon-in-beer complicated. Either way, every decision you make takes a lot of thinking time. And for that, bottoms up!
Author: A. Ugay
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