Does a Beer's Serving Temperature Really Matter?

28 June 2021

Does Beer Temperature Really Matter?

Controlling the temperature of your beer is a really simple way to get the best from your drinking experience at home.

Different types of beer will be better when served at a certain temperature. The following will describe a few styles of our beer, and the temperature that we think will bring out their best flavour.

Our brewers spend a lot of time crafting beers with qualities in mind such as flavour, aroma, mouthfeel, body and carbonation (fizziness) to create a particular drinking experience. The beer will be at its optimum when all qualities are at their best, and temperature can play a big part in this.

Beer served cold will feel more refreshing, with more bitterness and carbonation (fizz), however the cold will supress the subtle hop and malt flavours, reduce its aroma and body, and it will feel thinner. As beer warms it will have more body, more aroma, more malty sweetness and more flavour however, the higher temperature will decrease the bitterness, carbonation and lessen refreshing qualities.

So, depending on what you're drinking and personal preferences, temperature is likely to make a difference to your drinking enjoyment.

 

The Best Serving Temperature.

Our traditional British ales are best served at a cellar temperature, around 10-12°C. At this sweet spot, you will get a refreshing beer without supressing all those lovely hop flavours and aromas.

Lagers are designed to be crisp, refreshing with little hop or malt flavours, therefore a cold serving temperature will keep that clean, crisp mouthfeel you are after. On the other end of the beer spectrum, porters and stouts are full of rich, complex malt and hop flavours which would be killed off if served too cold. By serving these dark beers slightly warmer, you will get the full impact of the beer as the subtleties are allowed to develop.

Hoppy beers like American pale ales, will benefit from cooler serving temperatures. If you were to drink our 24 Carat warm, you will likely be overpowered by the hop flavours that will linger in your mouth, without the refreshing crispness to balance them out.

 

Store Beer at the Correct Temperature.

Planning is everything and keeping your beer at the correct drinking temperature means it's always ready to enjoy. Your fridge will likely be around 4-5°C, a perfect place to keep refreshing bottled beers like lager and Witbier. For draught take-away beers, like our 1,3 and 5 litres, a garage that will probably be around 8-12°C is great. You can buy a thermometer to find out the temperature accurately and decide what to keep where.

If you think your beer is slightly too warm, pop it in your fridge to chill for a short while. If it is too cold, move your beer to a warmer spot for 30 minutes or so before drinking.

It is worth mentioning that, while its good to warm up or cool down your beer to the appropriate serving temperature before drinking, repeated heating and cooling should be avoided. These temperature swings will accelerate aging and decrease shelf-life.

Fresh beer will taste better so enjoy within 3 months for bottled beers and as fresh as possible for our draught take-away sizes.

 

Extreme temperatures

Beers don't react well from being warmed and cooled to extremes. If you keep an ale in a very cold fridge for too long, there is a chance that a "chill haze" may develop. This is where the proteins within the beer destabilise and cause a reduction in clarity, a haze. It won't affect the beer's taste; it just looks a bit cloudy.

Common sense, but since we're talking about extreme temperatures, if your beer freezes, it should still retain its flavours once thawed, although it will lose some of its carbonation and therefore it's mouthfeel will change. Also, frozen bottles are an exploding hazard! At the other extreme, if your beer gets too hot (like when it's left in a hot car) it accelerates oxidation, which will make your beer go stale more quickly and again it has the potential to explode.

 

Suggestions for our beers...

Lager (Lager)  4-7°C

Porter (Black) 10-13°C

Copper to dark malty English Ales (IPA, Roasted Nuts) 10-13°C

Golden to copper Hoppy Ales (Overthrow, Smuggler) 8-10°C

American style pale ale (24 Carat) 4-7°C (Fridge temp)

Witbier (White) beer 4-7°C (Fridge temp)

 

Try it for yourself, two of the same beers, one served as it is suggested the other not. Can you tell the difference? Does one taste better?

Hope this helps you enjoy your beer even more!

Cheers.

 

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