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Beer Flavor Wheel

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by SkeeterBoganski, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. SkeeterBoganski

    SkeeterBoganski Advocate (675) Colorado Feb 25, 2012 Beer Trader

  2. Brunite

    Brunite Savant (430) Illinois Sep 21, 2009

    A great resource, but missing at least one flavor element. When tasting Chelada...the only descriptor I could come up with was vomit.:confused: Don't see that one here.
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  3. SkeeterBoganski

    SkeeterBoganski Advocate (675) Colorado Feb 25, 2012 Beer Trader

    "Baby sick/diapers" is in there!
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  4. Brunite

    Brunite Savant (430) Illinois Sep 21, 2009

    From the attached text:

    OK then.....o_O

    OTOH....that pee flavor wheel might have helped me describe a few of the crappier beers I have tried!
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  5. jesskidden

    jesskidden Champion (810) New Jersey Aug 10, 2005 Subscriber

    There have been many variations of a "beer flavor wheel" (just do a Google for the term). First one I recall seeing was in the 1977 edition of the Master Brewers Association of the America's The Practical Brewer. That one, developed by the MBAA, ASBC (the Brewing Chemists' org.) and the EBC (European brewers' group) , also used a system of numbering the terms to create "...an international flavor vocabulary for beer".
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  6. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Advocate (730) Colorado Dec 9, 2011 Beer Trader

    Oh crap - something else to think about while I'm just trying to enjoy a beer.
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  7. jhartley

    jhartley Poobah (1,330) Florida Aug 22, 2010 Beer Trader

    Why can't I just say, "It tastes good"?
  8. Interesting. Cool post, thanks.

    JAXSON Advocate (510) Pennsylvania Dec 15, 2005 Beer Trader

    I like the idea of this a lot but I don't totally like the way he did it. He's combining categories like "mouthfeel" and "drinking experience" with the flavor descriptors. It's helpful in a way, but not really a pure flavor wheel. I wonder if such a thing could exist.
  10. tectactoe

    tectactoe Champion (870) Michigan Mar 20, 2012

    Vomit? I was getting more of a "bile/stomach acid" taste....
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  11. So, my eyes aren't so great in a dark bar, where I drink most of my beer. Am I supposed to print this favor wheel out world map size to see it? Maybe I'm a dumb dumb, but these wheels or other complicated data charts never make sense to me.

    They make so little sense that I designed and published my own tasting journal. Uber beer geeks will make fun of it, but it's an attempt to simplify and educate about beer tasting. Plus, you can see it in a dark bar! I'm not going hammer you with an ad here, but if you're interested check out my profile. It's my homepage link.
  12. Scotty

    Scotty Savant (255) Maryland Jun 29, 2012

    It's interesting they list 'Sherry' as an undesirable flavor

    Lots of people mention Sherry/Tawny Port characteristics as a positive thing.
  13. Sherry flavors can be indicative of oxidation and is certainly a fault in most beer styles. But for a big barleywine, or old ale, they may actually be quite pleasant. Remember that the flavor wheel has to satisfy the overwhelming majority of beers styles. Kinda like sour beers: lactic/acetic character would not be considered a brewing fault in a lambic or Flemmish Red ale, but they certainly would be if they were in a Dortmunder Export or IIPA.
  14. PJHealy

    PJHealy Aficionado (120) Ohio Jun 14, 2012

    The wheel is missing "Rare".
  15. Very kewl display, makes me thirsty!