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Serving Beer: Temperature

Beer appreciation is enabled by the proper serving temperature. The colder the beer is, the less you can distinguish and appreciate its range of aromas and flavors. Here are some general guidelines. Here are some general guidelines.

If refrigerated, the beer can be left out to warm slightly to appropriate temperature. In any case, if the beer is any colder than 42 F (6 C), the head is smaller, the released aroma is lessened, and flavor distinctions are small to none. In other words, to the taster’s palate ice-cold beer approaches cold water in character, so why not substitute something else less expensive!

Serving Beer: Temperature