Beer Info FAQ

What is the skunky taste in beer?

What is the skunky taste in beer?

When hops are boiled down to make beer, they release chemical compounds called Iso-Alpha Acids. They're bitter on their own, but when exposed to sunlight they break down and interact with other molecules in the beer to produce a molecule that's almost identical to the one in a skunk's smelly spray.

Does Corona intentionally Skunk their beer?

We're exaggerating, but Corona and other beers bottled in clear or green glass have developed a reputation as smelling “skunky” or spoiled. The leftover chemicals hook up with sulfur-packed proteins, and produce a chemical compound that's structurally (and smellably) similar to a skunk's defense spray.

Is it bad to drink skunky beer?

A beer becomes “skunked” or “lightstruck” when it has been exposed to light for a period of time. While it is not dangerous to drink a skunked beer, it's pretty disgusting to smell and taste. You were meant to enjoy beer, so don't drink skunk your beer!