Friday, May 18, 2007
Why does my beer smell like skunk?
My most recent article for Chow.com, on why beer gets skunked, was just posted here. Check it out.
And, according to my research, pilsners in and of themselves are not more susceptible to skunking (that was added in the edit). Charlie Bamforth, professor of brewing science and chair of the Food Sciences and Technology dept. at UC-Davis, indicated that there aren't any particular hops or types of beer that skunk more easily. It really just boils down to the color of glass used in the bottle. Although I'd guess that since pilsners and lagers have a more delicate taste, it's easier to detect the skunked flavor in them.