Carbonation Levels For Different Beer Styles

Under-carbonated beer is not called “flat” for nothing! You want your beer to sparkle, but without carbonation it tastes thin, watery, dull, and lifeless. It’s hardly beer unless you can feel the bubbles dancing on your tongue. Perhaps it has the slow, graceful, waltzing tingle of a brown ale or the hyperactive, cleated tap-dance of an effervescent wheat beer, but bubbles there must be.


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