Reading beer assessment, you can see its characteristics such as fruit flavor. But what is the origin of this flavor? With the fruits it will be a totally different drink. There is an explanation to this phenomenon. Often, you won’t find a fruit mentioned on the bottle label. Is it an advantage that the smell of beer conveys you a fruit flavor and what results manufacturers hope to achieve? Let’s consider the most famous flavors which can be found in hop drink.
Let’s start with pineapple. This element ethyl butyrate may give pineapple flavor. Naturally, it’s not the element itself but the process of its fermentation. The flavor can be more or less concentrated depending on strain of yeast used for brewing. But this is not the only source of pleasant smell. Using the fruit smell hop, brewers can also achieve such result. Usually, pineapple flavor can be felt in the varieties of American beer such as Citra, Centennial, Columbus, Chinook etc. The point is that Americans enjoy a sweet-smell beer that at same time is sour.
Lemon flavor can only be obtained through using a variety of hops. The lemon smell fans will be disappointed if the fermentation process fails. Aldehyde producing is a problem in case of fermentation process failure. In this case, the beer acquires a strong lemon smell and its taste is spoiled. Of course it’s better to avoid drinking such beer because it may harm your health. To be completely honest, the presence of a pronounced fruity smell in beer should be alerted.
Lemon flavor can be found in many beer brands produced in different countries like Japanese Sorachi Ace, Slovak Styrian Golding or New Zealand Motueka, for instance. It should be noted that unlike pineapple, the lemon is an international flavor in beer.
Quite a rare flavor that fans can discover is banana flavor. If you are interested in such flavor, you can find it in German wheat beer. Illogical, isn’t it? The point is this flavor is achieved through isoamyl fusion or yeast. This process takes place when the beverage is in the process of fermentation. In any case, whatever your favorite flavor is, remember it should not interrupt the main beer flavor.