Maybe you’ve already tried many of these Pilsner-style beers while on holiday abroad or at a restaurant serving international cuisine. These beers have a moderate flavour intensity and mildly hoppy and fruity notes. They’re also low in bitterness and the flavour is accessible and refreshing. Try Birra Ichnusa, Bintang or Tiger. Cheers!
These beers often have subtle hoppy or fruity flavours. The carbonation creates a refreshing tingling sensation in the mouth. This makes the beers crisp and refined. The flavours are familiar and not too intense, and the beers have an average-length aftertaste. Beers in the Fresh & Crisp taste segment are therefore very accessible. The recipes often bear similarities to the original Czech Pilsners. Brand UP and Brooklyn Lager are great examples of this taste segment.
Floral and fruity flavours characterise this taste segment. Sweet, sour and bitter flavours may feature to varying degrees. The fruity flavours may hint at yellow, red and tropical fruit. Sweet malty notes may also be noticeable. The flavour intensity is therefore moderate to strong and the aftertaste may be average to long. For many people, these beers are a great introduction to the world of craft beer. Examples include Brand Saison, Blanche De Namur Wit or De Prael Weizen.
These beers have hoppy and bitter flavours with a moderate to strong flavour intensity and a long aftertaste. This is often combined with grassy or plant-like aromas and floral notes to create a round flavour profile. The IPA is the foremost example of this taste segment. Brand IPA is a safe choice. Try Kompaan Handlanger for a greater explosion of flavours.
The sweetness of the grains and the slightly roasted malt create a bouquet of caramel and honey notes. The flavour intensity is moderate to strong and the aftertaste is average to long. This creates a full mouthfeel. The somewhat sweet flavours make this segment appealing to a broad audience. This segment includes famous Amber beers such as Palmand Koninck, as well as many of the bock beers.
The Herbal & Spicy taste segment is very diverse. It includes beers with and without added herbs and spices. The beers are low to average in bitterness and a warm mouthfeel is typical of beers in this taste segment. The flavour intensity is strong and the aftertaste is average to long. The increasingly popular Saison fits into this segment well. Saison Dupont, Iki Yuzu and Kees Farmhouse IPA are good examples.
Beers in this segment have a surprisingly full-bodied and almost herbal character. The fruity notes of dried or dark fruit and a higher alcohol content give these beers a rich mouthfeel. The flavours are full-bodied and moderate in intensity and aftertaste. The famous Belgian Triples are excellent examples of this taste segment. Specific examples include Brugge Tripel, De Prael Barleywine or Duvel.
This segment contains beers of varying bitterness. The bitterness is created using hops or strongly roasted ingredients. Toffee, coffee, chocolate and smoky notes dominate. The beers have a strong intensity and a long aftertaste. The heavier bock beers, in addition to porters and stouts belong to the Dark & Rich taste segment. Try an Emelisse Espresso Stout.
Beers in this taste segment often have a full body and notes of vanilla and cinnamon. If the beer is darker, you will detect notes of chocolate or coffee. These beers are aged in old wooden barrels which were previously used for rum, whiskey or tequila. That is why you will often taste hints of rum or whiskey in your beer. The beers Hel & Verdoemnis and Hemel & Aarde by De Molen are well worth a try.
Beers in the Wild Fermentation taste segment have a complex flavour that sometimes consists of several layers. They may be unusually dry, sour or similar to wine. The sour flavours vary from lemony to vinegary. Wild yeast and bacteria give these beers an earthy, leathery taste. The Belgian Geuze beers (Boon Oude Geuze), Lindemans Faro and Bacchus Framboos are good examples of beers in this segment.