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When it comes to enhancing the flavors of beer there are a number of tools that you can use to potentially improve the flavor of popular beer or almost any kind of suds you might purchase (or make).

If you are really trying to enhance the flavors in your beer and bring out a greater amount of quality and distinct flavor patterns use some of these following tips to make your beer taste better.

8 Best Ways to Improve the Taste in Beer

1- Getting the right pour

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Beer can actually be improved by pouring it into a glass. Drinking straight from the bottle can lead to some different flavors but by pouring beer into the correct beer glass and making sure to pour correctly, you can really enhance the flavors of a beer. In order to properly pour beer from the bottle or can, hold the glass at an angle of 45° begin to pour the beer at the midpoint of the glass or about halfway down the glass. Continue tilting the glass up right as soon as the beer reaches the halfway point in the pint glass. Finish your poor with at least a half an inch of head on almost any beer. This head will be where you can really get the smell and flavor profile of a beer.

2 - Mix with Salt

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This method might seem a little bit awkward before you implement the technique. Salt makes the beer crisper, and in the long run, this might help you enjoy your beer better. Also, some macro breweries might include salt in the brewing process.

3 - Mix with Soda

This method is also quite common among people. You can make your beer taste better through the incorporation of a light-colored soda. The reason why people prefer the combination is because of the sweet taste, plus it will not make the carbonation in beer disappear. One might also dispense with the rum and try mixing beer with a drink like Coca-Cola. To get the right flavor in lighter beers, you can try mixing with Mountain Dew, Sprite and Ginger Ale for a zesty, spritzy and sweet shandy-like experience. Match the right beer with the right soda, and you will love the outcome.

4 - Mix with Apple Juice

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Photo: The Manual

Apple juice is sweet, and beer is quite bitter. The result you get when you mix the sour beer, and fresh juice is known as a shandy. To make a shandy, add in apple juice to a beer in a 1:1 ratio: you can mix a half glass of your alcoholic drink and then fill the other half of the glass with apple juice. The shandy helps in reducing the gas and also the unwanted tart taste in beer, which will make the beer pretty extremely easy to drink (maybe too easy).

5 - Using the right glass

The glass that you use for each beer variety can actually have an impact on the taste of the beer. American pints for example are designed for showcasing the flavors of American IPA, Pilsner, American ales and light lagers. A beer mug however is designed to reduce heat transfer which is perfect for pilsners, English ales, American largers, German largers and more. These thicker walled and handle bearing glasses will keep your beer colder for longer. Flute style glasses are designed to bring out the fruity quality of beer making them ideal for fruit beers, red ales, Biere Brute and more. A beer goblet or chalice is ideal for beers which have a high alcohol by volume. They are easier to set and the bown can attract extra carbon dioxide ensuring that the beer keeps a good head. This is perfect for Imperial Stout’s, Belgian IPAs, weissbier and more. These are just a few examples of how beer glasses can change the flavor profile of a beer. This is also why so many breweries actually put up their own glassware.

6 - Trying it at a warmer temperature

As much as it might seem a little bit strange to drink beer at warmer temperatures, this can truly have an effect on the taste. Many of us are used to going to a restaurant or an establishment and getting beer served cold. When beer comes to us warm however sometimes we can discern some of the best flavors in that beer. A cold beer is certainly very refreshing but a warm beer can lead to a much more distinct flavor profile.

Keep some of these top ideas in mind for making your beer taste better or trying out some experiments in characterizing some of the extra flavors in your favorite beers.

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7 - Bitters

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Photo: Tastefully Electric

In case you don't know, a bitter is a liquor-based flavored liquid that usually comes in a little bottle with a dropper. This liquid packs a lot of flavor in a drop, so don't add too many drops. Bitters will only make your beer taste better if your beer is kind of good to begin with. This is because bitters bring out the hidden flavors.

Let's say you have some fancy beer guy handing you a glass and he starts going on about how there are hints of smoky flavors or orange zest ... and you taste nothing but beer. Try adding some bitters to you glass and you too can sound pretentious after you notice the hints of paprika or cardamon.

8 - Creamer

I recommend creamers for dark beers only. You can also add Bailey's Irish Cream if you want to make your drink more alcoholic. These both go really well with dark beer similar to creamer in coffee. The creamer lightens up that dark and bitter flavor with creamy goodness.

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