5 Common Homebrew Off-Flavors and How to Fix Them

off-flavor-featured-imageHaving the ability to critique your beer and identify homebrew off-flavors is an invaluable skill when pursuing the highest quality beer.

Let’s take a look at the basics of off-flavors and some of the more common ones that plague homebrews.

A Few things about Off-Flavors

Off-flavors are perceived flaws in flavor, aroma and/or sensation (otherwise known as mouth feel) of beer that are typically caused by some aspect of the brewing, fermentation or packaging process. These are not to be confused with “faults” when analyzing a beer based on specific style parameters.

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Beer Profile: El Sully by 21st Amendment Brewing

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Profiled by Maria Devan

Pours yellow , hazy and with a creamy head of white foam. Very pale straw color. Slight haze does not detract. Soft color.

Nose is malty with a little toasty biscuit from the Vienna malt. The pils malt is breaddy and golden. The corn is earthy on the nose and pretty light. Mild with n a very light hop presence. Hops are earthy too and are cool to the background. Their perfume combines with the light corn scent and is not fruity but rather bright. Taste is malty and creamier than I expected but still tingles with carbonation. Light flavors all combine well with the Vienna malt to lend a dimension that the average aal does not have. It accents the hop in a way and brings the maltiness form the pils to the forefront even though corn was used. The corn is a little sweet but it’s refreshing because it’s not too much. Hops don’t really show too much on the nose just a dandelion type spice. I really like that. That has to be the magnum hop. On the palate the hops are soft and present but no real flavor. Their bitterness is a compliment. Excellent! carbonation is not biting. it has a small bite. Again perfect to expand flavors. Those softer bubbles rather than fizz will show you malt that is really there.

This is the light flavors of the all with a lot more body. The Vienna malt really brings the beer together so that the flavors are deep and mellow but fun. There is a little residual sweetness in the finish, no dms, no diacetyl, no fruity esters from yeast, no fruity or strong flavors from hops. Mild sulfur develops ont he nose and enhances the finish. Crisp, light hearted and a touch sweet with complimentary bitterness.

Really outstanding and I enjoyed drinking the entire sixer of this beer. I think this brewer stood up to the AAL and said ” we could make this style good.”

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Welcome to the PGA beer rating system: one beer “Don’t bother.” Two: Eh, if someone gives it to you, drink. Three: very good, go ahead and seek it out, but be aware there is at least one problem. Four: seek it out. Five: pretty much “perfecto.”

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mdMaria Devan lives in Ithaca, NY. That’s right Ithaca. Practically mid state. Lots of hills. Never been there? You should go… and buy Maria a beer while you’re there.An interesting beer. With a good fresh date. Do it. You’ll feel good about yourself afterwards.