How to Identify Malt Flavor in Beer: Specialty Grains
Looking to learn more about the brews you're downing? Specialty grains give craft beer their unique flavor profile and color, even in small quantities. Lucky for us beer-lovers, Serious Eats has delved into each specific grain, and what they bring to each beer.
When it comes to malt flavor in beer, it's helpful to think of your grist (the sum of all grains used in the beer's mash) as a choir. The base grain fills out the risers—the core of the choir's sound—but fades into the background as bold soloists strut their stuff. Specialty grains are those soloists. And what a delicious song they sing.