“Europeans drink their beer warm.”

How many times have you heard that statement? How many time have you uttered it? This is one of those misconceptions that drives some of the more…strident beer geeks crazy.

Some ale styles need a higher serving temperature to release all their flavors. By contrast, lagers taste better when served a little colder. American light lagers can be chilled to near freezing if you want…it’s not going to make much difference.

Realbeer.com has a brief guide to proper serving temperatures. Believe me, it makes a difference.


2 thoughts on “Temperature

  1. Completely agree with you and ratebeer, especially about serving stronger, darker beers at warmer temps. My friends mock me for this, but it’s a huge pet peeve to get a porter or stout in a frosty mug!

  2. As a prototypical Amaerican I don’t give a damn about Europeans, so why on earth would I give a crap at what temperature they drink their shitty beer at? Just curious.

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