Beer & It's Color Myth

What does the color of a beer actually have to do with the way it tastes? Do darker beers taste darker?...heavier?...stronger?...

Beer styles fall on a spectrum of flavor intensity from lighter to stronger. Contrary to common beliefs....

lighter to darker {in color}


lighter to stronger {in flavor}

As strange as this may seem to believe.. it's true.  We promise.  The history of beer makers promise... Just because a beer is as dark as mud and you can't see through it does not mean it has 5 billion calories and/or that you have to chew it.  This is worth repeating: the flavor intensity, heaviness, and/or strength of a beer DO NOT directly correspond to its color. 

We've already covered the main ingredients in beer - water, hops, yeast, malt....

MALT... roasted,.. toasted... malt.  

Here is not only a surprisingly simple explanation, but one that puts up a tough fight... one that logic itself can't argue with.

Many think that flavor intensity directly correlates to color which would mean this: light colored beers are light and darker beers are heavy but this IS NOT TRUE!  When it comes down to the science of it all, the  color of a beer actually tells you little about the intensity of it's flavor. 

What it does tell you is this:

Here is a very simple, straightforward explanation followed by a source link for more information:

"The cooking process for malted grains is similar to roasting a coffee bean, which changes in color the longer you cook it. The same principle stands for malts: It's initial color, and how it is roasted, will end up influencing the final pigmentation of the beer. In simple terms, a caramel-colored malt is going to produce a caramel-colored beer"...