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Updated 2010-06-15 17:36

Summary

Memorize facts about beer, and how it is brewed.

Basic beer facts

Some background facts about beer.

 

Question Answer
Main categories of beerAle, Lager, Lambic, Hybrid
Most beer consumed today islager (pale lager)
Top beer-consuming countries (in order)Czech Republic, Ireland, Germany, Austrailia, United Kingdom, Belgium
Popularity of beerthird most popular drink (after water and tea)
Beer is made bybrewing and fermentation starches (mainly derived from cereal grains)
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Beer types - lager or ale

Almost all beers fall in the category of ale or lager, but each has many types (subcategories).

 

TypeLager or Ale
PorterAle
StoutAle
PilsenerLager
BelgianAle
DunkelLager
PaleLager or Ale
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TypeLager or Ale
English BitterAle
BockLager
Dortmunder ExportLager
ScottishAle
IPAAle (India Pale Ale)
Oktoberfest/MarzenLager
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Types of well-known brands

Question Answer
BudweiserAmerican lager
BassPale Ale
Beck'sPale Lager
Miller High LifePilsner
Smithwick'sIrish red ale
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Question Answer
Miller Genuine DraftAmerican lager
HeinekenPale Lager
GuinessIrish Dry Stout (Ale)
Killian'sIrish red lager
St. Pauli GirlPilsner
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About ale beers

Question Answer
Most ales containhops
Ale yeast ferments (temperature)relatively warmer temperatures (around 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit)
Ale yeasts are called ___-fermenting yeaststop
Ale yeasts foam formson the surface
Ales are technically ready to drinkthree weeks after fermentation begins
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About lager beers

Question Answer
Lager yeast ferments (temperature)relatively lower temperatures (around 50 degrees Fahrenheit)
Lager yeasts are called ___-fermenting yeastsbottom
Lager yeasts foam formsat the bottom
Lager yeast can process a chemical compound calledraffinose
raffinose is acomplex sugar created during fermentation
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About lambic beers and hybrid beers

Question Answer
Lambic are also calledbeers of spontaneous fermentation
Hybrid are also calledbeers of mixed origin
Lambic beer availabilityvery hard to come by
Lambic beer produced wheremajority are produced in Belgium
Yeast used for lambic beerswild strains of yeast
Hybrid beers can belambic beers, or ales and lagers (that have also been fermented by wild strains of yeast)
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Elements of beer style

Question Answer
All characteristicsAppearance, Aroma, Flavor, Mouthfeel, Strength
Appearancecolor, clarity, nature of head
Aromasmell
Flavortaste characteristics
Mouthfeelfeel of beer in mouth
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Question Answer
Strengthamount of alcohol
Yeast typetop-fermenting or bottom-fermenting (affects flavor and aroma)
Grainsthe grain type affects beer flavor (barley, wheat, rice, rye, oatmeal)
Grain most beers usebarley malt
Hopscontributes to bitterness
Waterchemistry of water can influence the taste
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Sources

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beer_style
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_beer_consumption_per_capita

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