The Beerists Podcast – Episode 12 – CAN You Taste the Difference?

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Episode 12- CAN You Taste the Difference?

Does a beer that was canned taste different than the same beer from a bottle? This week, we put ourselves through a blind tasting to see if there we could detect a difference. Check out our results below.

Heineken
Avery White Rascal
Magic Hat #9
Paulaner Hefe-Weizen
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
New Belgium Ranger IPA

Results:

After being poured in another room, samples were presented in glasses labeled A and B. We were aware of the beer brand/type being served, but not which of our glasses contained the can sample or bottle sample. Our job was to try to determine which samples were poured from a bottle, and which were poured from a can.

John
Heineken Correct
Avery White Rascal Correct
Magic Hat #9 Correct
Paulaner Hefe-Weizen Correct
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Correct
New Belgium Ranger IPA Correct

Anastacia
Heineken Correct
Avery White Rascal Incorrect
Magic Hat #9 Correct
Paulaner Hefe-Weizen Incorrect
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Correct
New Belgium Ranger IPA  Correct

Grant
Heineken Correct
Avery White Rascal Correct
Magic Hat #9 Correct
Paulaner Hefe-Weizen Incorrect
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Correct
New Belgium Ranger IPA Incorrect

Mike
Heineken Incorrect
Avery White Rascal Correct
Magic Hat #9 Correct
Paulaner Hefe-Weizen Correct
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Correct
New Belgium Ranger IPA Correct

Ryan
Heineken Correct
Avery White Rascal Incorrect
Magic Hat #9 Incorrect
Paulaner Hefe-Weizen Correct
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Correct
New Belgium Ranger IPA Correct

In conclusion, we were all able to reliably guess correctly more than 50% of the time. We also thought that the samples that came from cans most often displayed the more favorable characteristics. Additionally, the canned samples displayed fewer flaws or off-flavors in our opinions.

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The Beerists are: John Rubio, Anastacia Kelly, and Grant Davis. With Mike Lambert and guest Ryan Mesch.

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