Although many people assume that darker beers have a higher alcohol content than lighter beers, the truth is that a beer’s color has nothing to do with its strength. The color of a beer depends on the type of grain it was made from. The alcohol content is determined by the amount of grain. The sugars in the starch (grain) convert to alcohol during fermentation, and thus, the more grain added, the higher the final alcohol content will be.
Is colder beer better beer?
While it’s hard not to be obsessed with ‘ice cold beer’ in our culture, it’s surprisingly not optimal for drinking many kinds of beers - especially finely crafted beers. Ice cold beers tend to numb your taste buds to much of the flavor of beer (malt flavors recede and hop bitterness intensifies to harsher levels). To get all of the flavors the brewers intended by drinking lager beers at around 48 degrees and ales at around 55 degrees.
Originally published in our Micro Brew News' Trivia Time, Foolproof Brewing Company edition.