Appreciate your beer
Beerʼs prominence and popularity comes by its age: it’s the earliest form of alcohol ever made. The formula for beer has remained unchanged: yeast, hops, water and barley are brewed and then left to ferment, before being bottled. To most people, beerʼs just the most convenient drink to have, but connoisseurs appreciate its variety and quality around the world, much like a dark spirit.
LAGER OR ALE
The two main categories of beer are lager and ale. Palette-wise, lagers are crisp and clean while ales tend to be flavourful. This is primarily due to a different type of yeast used in fermentation, at different temperatures and lengths. All of the differences between the two arise from this one point. Within the two families, there are sub categories – pale ales, brown ales, stouts and pilsners and dark lagers.
Beer is generally measured in three main categories: bitterness, strength and final gravity. Bitterness is determined by the use of hops. Strength indicates alcohol content.
PALELAGER straw to golden colours, crisp, generally sweet with some hints of bitterness. A good example of a pale lager would be the popular Heineken, Kirin or Tiger.
PILSNER light yellow to golden, with a foamy presence with greater bitterness than pale lagers. Bintang Beer or Amstel are typical pilsners.
PALEALE produced using pale malt, it has a lighter colour than other beers, and are generally bitter and hoppy (aromatic with plant flavours) with crisp notes. Commonly found in craft breweries such as Archipelago.
WHEATBEER Top-fermented, it comes under the broad class of ales, brewed with a large proportion of wheat. Characteristics generally include a malty flavour, low hop bitterness,
and fruitiness. One of the more popular labels in this category would be Erdinger.
STOUT Made with roasted malt or barley, they have a roasted flavor with sweetness and bitter finish. A well-known stout would be Guinness. Guinness Draught uses nitrogen for smaller bubbles for a creamier head, whereas the Foreign Extra Stout uses double hops for its bittersweet taste.
A Stout Flavour
Stouts are typically seen as heavier beer due to the colour, but in fact it is due to the roasting of the barely. The roasted barley also accentuates its flavours, making it ideal for connoisseurs. Stouts such as Guinness Foreign Extra Stout were traditionally brewed in Ireland and shipped all over the world, therefore it is brewed with extra hops and higher alcohol content to withstand the long shipping duration.