Drinking beer at very cold temperatures isn’t uncommon. However, drinking all beer at these icy temperatures can harm the full experience of drinking craft beer. That’s because not all craft beer should be served at cold temperatures.
Good thing that the brewmasters at our favorite breweries along the Flagstaff-Grand Canyon Ale Trail know how to serve your pint at its best temperature. But what temperature is that? How cold should beer be served?
It all comes down to the style of beer.
No lower than 41 degrees Fahrenheit
This serving temperature is best for the lightest styles of craft beer. Examples include American Pale Lagers, Pilsners, German-style Helles Lager, lighter American Wheat Beer, light summer seasonal beers, sweet fruit-flavored Lambics, Kolsch, and Belgian-style white ales.
No lower than 46 degrees Fahrenheit
Most craft beers are best served at this temperature. It’s also the best temperature to store white wines. Examples include Pale Ales, Amber Ales, Brown Ales, Blonde Ales, Golden Ales, Hefeweizen, Stout, Porter, Dunkel, dark Wheat Beer, Tripel, dark sour ales, Amber lagers and darker lagers.
Around 53 degrees Fahrenheit
Is your beer high in alcohol content or richly flavored? If so, this is the best serving temperature for your beer. It’s also the best temperature to store red wines. Examples include English Ales & Bitters, India Pale Ales & double IPAs, most beer labeled Imperial, dark Abbye beers, Dubbel, Barleywine, Baltic Porter, Bock, and Doublebock.
The best temperature for drinking a beer truly depends on your personal preference. Which beer temperature category fits your beer drinking preference?