Wednesday, May 18, 2005 AD

Question for the Beer Connoisseurs...

...does a frosty mug affect the beer taste? True or not? I'm a skeptic in almost all things and seek to prove if it is right or wrong. My taste buds aren't the best to perform the experiment myself.

I've had military buddies tell me when they were in Germany (the Germans love Americans BTW despite what the media says) some of them would recieve hot beer. Yes, I said hot beer. One German put two beers in barbeque coal pit, then when they got hot (a minute?), tossed the beer to my military buddy and said, "Here, drink this!" He told me that was surprisely good. I wouldn't mind trying this.

I've also heard they don't refridgerate their beer at all but serve it room temp. True or not?


Blogger John H said...

Don't know about the Germans, but certainly English beer and ale is usually drunk at "cellar temperature" - i.e. not room temperature as such, but certainly not chilled (chilled beer! Oh, the humanity!)

6:50 AM  
Blogger Ron said...

Different beers should actually be served at different temps depending on the style. For example, lagers are generally served colder than ales. If you spend some time on the beer hunter site that you linked to in the next post, you'll probably come across more information than you could ever want, including proper serving temps and glassware.

6:53 AM  
Blogger Ron said...

Since I was curious, (and trying to avoid actually doing any work while I sit in my cube. Thinking about beer is much more fun.) I did a quick search and found this about beer temps.

7:09 AM  
Blogger John H said...

Thinking about the beers I tend to go for, the lighter, "summer beer" drinks tend to be served cold (eg Badger Golden Champion - mmmmm, very nice indeed, that one - Young's Waggledance, Honey Dew etc).

The darker beers and ales tend to specify being served either "cool" or (if they're being really pretentious) "below 13^o C" (eg London Pride, Black Sheep, Abbots etc).

I appreciate most of these beer names will be meaningless to a US audience, but that should just be an incentive for y'all to visit the UK to try them...

7:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The "typical" US beer drinker (as so well defined and controlled by AB) drinks their beer "ice cold" because they generally don't like the taste of the "beer" that the big three put out. The colder the beer the less flavor it will have. Some say that what the big three puts out isn't beer at all but rather an industrial food product. A lot of truth in that statement.

2:28 PM  
Blogger The Terrible Swede said...

Thanks guys.

4:31 AM  
Blogger berenike said...

Hot beer is drunk in Austria in the winter at least: stick a hot poker in the glass (well, it's warm), and in Poland they make a beer equivalent of mulled wine, soudns foul but is rather good. I think the comments about drinking beer cold in the USA are fair, at least in my limited experience: mostly people drink lager, and mostly it's foul, though if you drink it very cold it is not bad.

10:54 AM  

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