Are nitro beers carbonated?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by doppletheGOAT, Oct 30, 2014.

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  1. doppletheGOAT

    doppletheGOAT Initiate (0) Nov 27, 2012 Texas

    I tried a nitro beer the other day that had a good date on it but it tasted very flat. Do they carbonate these things or what?
     
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  2. frazbri

    frazbri Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2003 Ohio

    Well, they do add a gas to the beer, but not technically carbonated.
     
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  3. Jnashed

    Jnashed Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2014 Virginia

    Carbonated means carbon dioxide added or present. Nitro refers to nitrous oxide added, so to answer your question. No
     
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  4. Jacobier10

    Jacobier10 Poo-Bah (2,401) Feb 23, 2004 New Jersey
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    Yes. Nitro beers are typically pressurized with a mix of ~70% nitrogen and ~30% carbon dioxide.
     
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  5. GameOfBeers

    GameOfBeers Initiate (0) Jul 21, 2014 Pennsylvania

    As above, not carbonated, but gassed.
     
  6. BeerGruber

    BeerGruber Initiate (0) Apr 8, 2011 California

    Nitrogen beers are often carbonated with some CO2, but obviously less than a traditional beer. They also are carbonated with nitrogen at high levels but nitrogen escapes quickly from beer (smaller bubbles, less soluable in beer) which leaves a silky mouthfeel.
     
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  7. flyone

    flyone Initiate (0) Jan 5, 2008 California

    Nitrous oxide is laughing gas.
     
  8. Jnashed

    Jnashed Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2014 Virginia

    Sorry, nitro has N2 not NO...
     
  9. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Defender (653) Mar 28, 2009 California

    He's gone to too many raves.
     
  10. doppletheGOAT

    doppletheGOAT Initiate (0) Nov 27, 2012 Texas

    I understand what everyone is saying but why would a nitro beer taste flat?
     
  11. One1Asterisk

    One1Asterisk Initiate (0) Apr 8, 2014 Florida

    Because the beer is only 30% carbonated compared to a normal brew. Of the remaining 70% of the gas, much of the nitrogen escapes the beer into those many little bubbles that form that creamy head. As stated, nitrogen has a hard time dissolving in beer so you don't end up feeling much on your tongue because it isn't there.
     
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  12. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Defender (653) Mar 28, 2009 California

    Actually you don't understand......haha. Just bustin your balls.
     
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  13. ONovoMexicano

    ONovoMexicano Initiate (0) Jun 14, 2012 New Mexico

    Haha. The guy that posted about nitrous oxide is why even though you're reading shit on a site full of beer nerds, you can't believe everything you read. I read that and was like, yeah, sounds about right. Haha.
     
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  14. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,263) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    It would help if we knew what beer you had. If it was a Left Hand beer in a bottle, you have to pour it a specific way to get proper results.
     
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  15. doppletheGOAT

    doppletheGOAT Initiate (0) Nov 27, 2012 Texas

    Old Chub Nitro. Tasted pretty good but really flat.
     
  16. doppletheGOAT

    doppletheGOAT Initiate (0) Nov 27, 2012 Texas

    The point is, I've never had a nitro beer that tasted like it's already been opened and sitting for two or three days.
     
  17. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Defender (653) Mar 28, 2009 California

    Well the you asked for a reason why a nitro beer is flat do they carb nitro beers and you got multiple answers explaining the reason. You said I understand but why is it flat? Dude you got the answer.

    You never added additional information like I've had multiple nitro beers before and this one tastes flatter than any other one I've had. If it tastes off from every other nitro beer before it's an off bottle.
     
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  18. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,263) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    I think that is supposed to have a widget. I wonder if your can was missing one or had a defective one.
     
  19. Smileitsfreetobehappy

    Smileitsfreetobehappy Initiate (0) Jul 14, 2014 Alaska

    as always people are amazingly dull... CARBONATED= Co2 ,NITRO =nitrogenized...... christ people read a book or something your depressing me. NITRO IS THE WAY TO GO.... so smooth and creamy, god its delicious ever had a Guinness before off tap that would be nitro....
     
  20. LMT

    LMT Initiate (0) Oct 15, 2009 Virginia

    And they do it right. Nitro Milk Stout is awesome...it's like a beer milkshake.
     
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  21. flyone

    flyone Initiate (0) Jan 5, 2008 California

    Nitro beers are supposed to mimic cask ales without having a hand pump etc. Much lower in dissolved co2 makes for a much more drinkable beer ( for some people). Also smooths out the mouth feel and reduces perceived bitterness.
     
  22. Jnashed

    Jnashed Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2014 Virginia

    Lesson learned. Don't respond to BA while drinking beer..:slight_smile:
     
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  23. NickTheGreat

    NickTheGreat Devotee (491) Oct 28, 2010 Iowa
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    That's the only nitro beer I've had outside of a brewery, but I believe the bottle says to pour vigorously. Or abruptly. Or something along those lines.

    The nitro tastes different than CO2 beer, but I'm not sure I'd call it flat. I could see why somebody might say that, though
     
  24. Tut

    Tut Initiate (0) Sep 23, 2004 New York

    True - nitro beers taste even worse than that
     
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  25. Tut

    Tut Initiate (0) Sep 23, 2004 New York

    You haven't been here long enough to know many here consider nitro-dispense one of the worst things that can be done to beer. There have been many threads about it over the years. The British BA's, in particular, think nitro is artificial and an abomination to beer that makes it bland and strips away it's character.

    You also won't find many of us singing the praises of Guinness.
     
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