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Labelling, sensory analysis & quality of mixed beer beverages

Beer is one of the Germans’ favourite drinks and in 2019 the consumption per person was 99.7 litres. In a test 50 different types of shandys were tested and evaluated. A shandy is a mixed beer drink made of 50% beer and 50% lemonade, although the exact mixing ratio is not defined by law.


Missing labelling


For some tested types of shandy no list of ingredients was given on the label, which is, however, a legal requirement for mixed beer drinks.


Traces of glyphosate found


Traces of glyphosate were found in five samples. Glyphosate is a pesticide that is suspected to have been introduced into the drink via grain or malt. Glyphosate is only permitted as a pesticide in the EU until 2022.


It all depends on the taste


As is well known, tastes vary, but a shandy should still have certain sensory characteristics. For example, it should not taste musty. The consumer expects sweetness and acidity to be harmoniously balanced. A sensory analysis can reveal off-flavours and other objective errors.


bilacon supports you in the quality assurance of mixed beer beverages


bilacon supports you with laboratory analyses and sensory tests to ensure that your mixed beer drink is correctly labelled, does not exceed any limit values for harmful substances and has a convincing taste. We provide you with advice and analyse your products according to the relevant legal regulations.


Would you like to learn more about our services or do you have any further questions? Our expert will be happy to help you.

Nicole Schröer
+49 30 206 038 133


Source: Ökotest

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