The Huffington Post’s Kitchen Daily just posted about a panel they assembled to compare canned and bottled beer in a blind taste-test, and while the results were not particularly decisive, they were interesting.
The panel tasted 3 macro-lagers (Bud, Heineken, and Sapporo) and 1 craft beer (Sierra Nevada Torpedo) from both bottles and cans and rated the flavor. In all the tests except for the Budweiser the panel preferred the canned versions of the beer, though it was usually by a slim margin. Check out their results for the detailed analysis and methods. Their choice of beers is somewhat odd considering only a single craft beer was used, and the other three beers are anything but full-flavored.
We actually held our own simple blind taste-test using the Sierra Nevada Torpedo a few weeks ago, but the results were not particularly definitive. The canned sample scored slightly higher, with the biggest difference being a nicer head and better mouth-feel. While we’d like to do some further research and testing, it is safe to say that the taste of canned beer is extremely close to that of bottled beer. The differences may only show over the shelf-life of a particular beer and, like everything else in craft beer, in personal preferences.
Have you compared a bottled beer to its canned counterpart? Could you taste a difference?
- Source: Huffington Post Kitchen Daily – Canned vs. Bottled Beer: Can You Really Taste The Difference?