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Offline Phil_M

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Bananas and Stale Beer?
« on: July 14, 2017, 11:45:50 AM »
Ok, so this has been bugging me for a while. Many times, with stale but not totally oxidized beer (it doesn't taste like cardboard or sherry yet) I get a definite banana flavor.

I find it's more common in pale lagers, but I do get the same thing from some ales, SNPA being a definite one.

Anyone else ever get this? Or am I just mis-identifying another flavor? We aren't talking WeiƟbier levels of banana, just kinda enough to know it's there.
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Offline pete b

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Re: Bananas and Stale Beer?
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2017, 12:23:58 PM »
In a beer that's supposed to be hoppy that isn't fresh or is improperly stored I get a more general fruity sweetness sometimes. I could see this presenting as mild banana for sure. I chalk it up to loss of hops aroma through oxidation unmasking a combination of not perfectly clean fermentation and specialty malts coming to the forefront. I once had a Bell's Two-day Hearted that someone brought me from the Midwest that had this.
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