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Yuengling Traditional Lager

Day 172 of 365: "Yuengling Traditional Lager"


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The Importance of the POUR:


Why pour a beer into a glass rather than drink straight from the bottle? There are many reasons. First, drinking from the bottle never allows you to see the true color and look of the beer. The darker the hue, the darker roasted the malts are, which means more of those roasted, toasted, chocolaty flavors. And the cloudier the beer, the more likely yeast from fermentation is present in the beer (which can be a good thing or bad thing, depending on the style of the beer… hefeweizens are meant to have lots of yeast, but a pilsner should be clear and golden).


Pouring the beer also helps to release the aroma. Plus you can’t fit your nose into a bottle very easily! Aroma contributes much more to taste than one might think. Our taste buds can only simply taste these four flavors: sweet, sour, bitter and salty. Flavors such as toasted, spicy, earthy, or floral all come from a combination of both taste and smell. So, if you can’t smell your beer, you’re missing a big aspect of the flavor.


And lastly, pouring a beer provides the opportunity for the head to form. And certain styles just lend themselves to having a good head. What would a pint of Guinness be without its characteristic creamy tan head? And without its foamy white head, a pilsner would just seem downright flat. So, if you want the full experience of your beer, be sure to pour before you drink!


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Taken on June 22, 2011