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Can You Describe The Taste Of Beer In Another Language?

Updated: Jan 17, 2023

The beer world is vast, and it’s not just limited to the kinds of beers you can buy at your local grocery store. There are hundreds of different varieties, each with their unique flavor profiles—and if you want to talk about them with any sort of authority, you need to know how they taste.

But there’s a problem: when you try to describe the taste of a beer in English, it often sounds like you’re describing fruits. “Citrus and pineapple” is a pretty common descriptor—but that doesn’t mean it applies equally well to every style of beer!

The problem is that we have no way of communicating these subtleties outside of our own language. If you want someone who speaks another language to understand what you mean by “citrus and pineapple” in a beer context, there are only two options: tell them all about the fruit (which may or may not be relevant), or teach them what citrus and pineapple taste like on their own tongue.

We think there should be another option: translating these flavors into meaningful words across cultures. More information is here at


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