The Aromas Of Beer

Do you have trouble putting names on the scent of aromas that rise to your nose when you smell a craft beer? To help you find the words, I show you the scents that are often found in beer. This is anon-exhaustive list.

There are so many different types of beer that it is difficult to make a real complete list, but after this article you will be able to progress and better understand where these flavors come from.

  • Cereal: Bread, biscuit
  • Caramel: Caramel, toasted bread, toasted almond
  • Roasting: Coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa
  • Smoke: Wood fire, ash, smoked grain, peat
  • Fruits: Red fruit, exotic fruit, stone fruit, pome fruit, citrus fruit, dried fruit,nuts
  • Flower: Rose, acacia, violet
  • Grass: Cut grass, dry grass, hay, foliage, lemongrass, mint, parsley, tea
  • Wood: Fresh wood, pine, resin
  • Spice: Coriander, pepper, ginger, cinnamon, caraway, clove, vanilla

If you have others in mind write a comment below and it will be my pleasure to update the list with your suggestions.

Bananas in craft beers?

That’s crazy! I did not think there was so much ingredient in a beer! And no, most beers have only four ingredients: water, barley malt, hops and yeast. But where do these aromas come from?

The aromas of cereals, caramel, roast and smoke come mainly from barley malt.

The color of the beer is a good clue to the tastes that we will potentially find in our glass, because the color is closely related to the malt used.

  • A light lager will have aromas of bread.
  • An amber beer will have a caramelized taste.
  • A black beer will have coffee aromas.

This is not an absolute law, currently the highly hopped beers are everywhere, and the malts are less put forward. But for the malted beer it will give you a good idea of the taste it may have.

The aromas of fruits, flowers and spices come from hops and yeasts.

To be more precise the hops will offer rather a smell of exotic fruit (melon, lychee) or citrus (lemon, grapefruit) as well as grass and flowers.

There is a lot of yeast, but in a type of German white beer you will often find a taste of banana. With other fermenting yeast at high temperature you will have a smell of green apple.

Of course, there are beers flavored with red fruits and sometimes we will even find red fruits in it. I hope so anyway.Some brewers add spices to their beer, ginger, coriander, and so on. If in doubt, check the label. You may be surprised.

Strange ingredients in beer

Know that everyone has different nasal sensors, and no one has had the same olfactory story in his life. In my case, I know someone who loves to eat sweets and when I made him taste certain beers, they always took out stuff like “it makes me think too much Tagada strawberries” or “but if! They have the taste of Haribo Teddy Bears”. I never found that because I was never too sweet.And what are the aromas that surprised you or surprised your friends in a beer? Please share them in comment box below.

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