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How to Taste Beer

Learn how to taste beer from expert Katherine Kyle in this Howcast video.


How to taste beer. The first thing you want to do when you taste your beer is to get it in your glass, give it a little smell. Swirl it around, because what you're trying to do with that is you're trying to release the aromatics. And it's going to give you a good idea as to what's going to follow. When you smell it, in a certain way you just want your brain to take in any associations that you might have. Is there any sweetness to the smell? Is there any bitterness to the smell? Do you get any pine? There are many different smells that you might get.

And once you feel like you're familiar with that smell, then you're ready to actually taste it. And when you taste it, again, it's nice to have the aromatics going because as we all know, smell is a huge part of your taste. So then you take a little sip and you let it linger in your mouth. Part of what you're trying to do there, is you're trying to see how does that beer start? Is there a beginning, middle, and an end to the beer?

And you'll be surprised. Many beers do have this. You'll notice maybe a floral beginning and then kind of a wide, round middle where there's just a ton of malty flavor that is really delicious. And then in the end maybe you'll get some dryness for the hops and it'll sort of clean your palette right up, which is sort of a perfect way to end a beer, because once your palette get's dried and cleaned, the thing that you want to do right after that is take another sip. So that's pretty much how to taste beer.

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