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Ask Bob Brewer: What’s The Best Temperature To Serve Beer?

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What temperature is Anchor Steam best served at? – Jim

Bob: Jim, whatever temperature you find most pleasing is the right temperature for you. There are several schools of thought on the subject, but you should choose for yourself. Taste is subjective. No two persons experience taste exactly the same. There are those who would dictate that certain beers need to be consumed at higher temperatures, around 50 degrees, because there are certain flavor and/or aromatic components that do not become fully developed until the beer has warmed up. Partially true, especially if the beer is lowly-hopped and thin of body. Also partially true if the beer is overly complex and should be enjoyed at several stages of warming, i.e. served cold and allowed to warm up as you drink it.

Others will say that beer should never be allowed to warm up past 45 degrees because it is no longer crisp and refreshing after that. Again, partially true. Especially if you are drinking standard American pilsner style beer in warm weather. I personally believe that one characteristic of a good beer is that it will be enjoyable through a wide range of temperatures. Having said that, I prefer my Anchor Steam Beer to be served at 40 degrees and consumed by the time it reaches 45 in the glass, enjoying it at every step of the way.


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