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Explaination of what is Skunked Beer

Maybe Pepe Le Pew would like “skunked” beer, but most beer lovers think it stinks.

“Oh that brand beer always has a skunky taste,” says a woman to her boyfriend as she points to the Heineken beer he’s selected to buy.


Heineken beer does not have a whiff of skunk in its canned or keg beer, only the bottled beer can sometimes assault nostrils and taste buds with that smell that’s gone from aroma to odor; and most likely you’ve paid dearly for the privilege of drinking skunked beer too!

The next time you are pushing a slice of lime through the neck of a Corona, it’s not because Corona tastes so much better with a lime bobbing in it, but because the lime can disguise that P U flavor of a skunked beer. Corona is also susceptible to a visit from the skunk, though fewer people are aware of it due to the popularity of dropping a lime slice into the beer.

So what is causing this stinky situation with beers that are upscale and pricey?

Don’t guess it’s because the beers were subjected to alterations in temperatures.

Sure drastic alterations in temperature can and will affect the quality of beer but that doesn’t cause the skunking of the brew in any way.

Beer that’s been very cold then put into a hot car and then put back into the cold can lose some flavor but not noticeable to the average beer drinker, even the average, savvy beer drinker.

What causes skunky beer is the use of clear or green bottles by the brewery. These bottles let in light which can skunk a beer faster than you can run away from one – a skunk that is.

Oh, if you choose not to take the name of skunks in vain, you can call this beer light-struck like the brewers do.

Less that one minute in the sun and your brew can become pew. So what do you do if you really love Heineken or Corona beer, minus the skunk of course?

Check out the cooler of your local liquor store. Is it brightly lit and stacked to the ceiling with cases of beer? If so don’t buy your Heineken or Corona there.

Maybe you want to grab a 12 pack from the display in the window. Don’t do it. Too much light has already skunked either beer and there’s no remedy to bring it back to its pre-skunked self.

Get your clear or green-bottled beers from the darkest place you can find it stored, and hope it hasn’t been sitting outside for a couple of hours in the sun before it was brought into the store.

Or completely forget the bottles and go with cans and mini kegs. Or switch to any beer that comes in a brown bottle. The brown glass keeps the light out and the pure flavor in – and you don’t have to fret whether or not it’s been exposed to light.

Remember some beers are made to have a mild sulfur characteristic or a particularly pungent hop characteristic to their taste: these beers aren’t skunked just an acquired taste.

Now that I’ve shed some light on skunked beer be sure to keep your beer in the dark!