With St. Patricks day looming over the horizon, we can’t help but think about all the delicious brews we’ll be indulging in. And what better way to enjoy those brews than to taste them like a professional? Here at 9 White Deer, we’re all about sharing our love for beer and helping our customers appreciate the unique flavours and aromas that make each beer special. So, whether you’re a seasoned beer taster or a newbie to the game, we’ve got you covered. In this article, we’ll walk you through the steps of how to taste beer like a pro. So, grab a cold one, sit back, and let’s get started!
Step 1: Eye up the beer
First things first, check out the colour, clarity, and head of that beer. Give it the once-over like you’re almost suspicious of it, like a bouncer who’s been given a library card. Is it crystal clear, or does it have a bit of cloudiness to it? Does it have a luscious head, or is it feeling a little bald? These visual cues can give you a good idea of what you’re about to taste.
Step 2: Give it an aul sniff
Now, it’s time to give that beer a good sniff. Take a deep whiff and savour the aroma. Does it smell like a fruity paradise, a hoppy wonderland, or a malty heaven? The aroma can be the best part of the beer foreplay, so let your nostrils do the talking!
Step 3: Sip, sip, hooray!
Alright, let’s taste this bad boy! Take a sip and let it linger in your mouth for a moment. What flavours do you taste? Is it bitter, sweet, sour, or a combination of all three? Can you taste any particular flavours like caramel, chocolate, or fruit? Or does it taste like bog water with a shot of vodka thrown in? This is probably the most important step so be sure to take your time. Often, the flavours can be quite subtle but once you know it’s there, you’ll appreciate the pint even more.
Step 4: Get touchy-feely
Now, let’s talk about the mouthfeel. This is where you get to know the beer on a deeper level. The mouthfeel is like the beer’s personality. Is it smooth and easy-going, or does it have a bit of a bite? Is it light and airy, or heavy and full-bodied? Get in touch with your senses and really feel it out.
Step 5: Say goodbye with a bang
Finally, swallow and let the aftertaste settle in. Does it leave a bitter taste in your mouth, or is it a sweet surprise? Does it stick around for the long haul, or is it just a quick fling? Does it linger like a bad memory, or fade away like a summer breeze? Whatever it is, it’s all about the journey, not the destination.
Now, it’s time to rate the beer! Whether you loved it or hated it, there’s no wrong answer here. It’s all about personal preference and having fun. So, go ahead and grab a pint, gather your crew and start showing off your new in-depth expertise on everything that makes up a solid pint.