Oct 20 2010

What are ice beers? How are they created?

Category: Beer, Wine, & Liquor


Ice beers are created using a freezing process called fractional freezing where ice crystals form around certain flavor producing agents which are filtered out leaving a brew with a higher concentration of alcohol but ultimately less flavor than a traditionally brewed beer.

Eisbocks were the first ice beers created and it happened by accident. During one extremely cold year in Germany some of the beer barrels froze. The liquid that remained had a new taste that was well received during one Oktoberfest.

The key distinction between domestic ice beers and German brewed eisbocks is the taste. Most traditional German eisbocks have much more flavor than any ice beer brewed in the US.

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