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What Cheeses Go with Beer? A Beer and Cheese Pairing Guide

The simplest rule when combining beers and cheeses is to choose ones with similar characteristics, but if you are an expert taster, you can play with contrasting flavors and discover new combinations. Here are our suggestions.

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Pairing beer and cheese is not always easy. We have already talked about combining cheese and dry wine, cheese and dessert wine, and cheese and champagne. Yet, a beer and cheese tasting is a wonderful idea for an original aperitif.

Beer has the ability to "clean" the mouth thanks to the bitter notes left by the hops, which also counteracts the cheese’s fat. The drink’s freshness and effervescence can draw out the strong taste of some cheeses.

So, how to pair beer and cheese?

Beer and cheese are similar: both are produced through a fermentation process. The simplest rule when combining beers and cheeses is to choose ones with similar characteristics. This way, you won’t overpower the features of one or the other, but complement them.

Yet, if you are an expert taster, you can play with contrasting flavors and discover new combinations and balances.

What Cheese Goes with Beer?

The most famous combination for a cheese and beer pairing is blue cheese with Belgian abbey beers. In this match, the pungent blue cheese flavor combines perfectly with the red fruits and caramel notes of the beer.

But it’s just one classic Belgian beer and cheese pairing. It’s possible to try and experiment with other interesting combinations. Let's see some together.

Lager Beer and Cheese Pairing

Fresh and delicate cheese pairs well with a lighter and less aromatic beer. Try tasting a lager with buffalo mozzarella.

You can also pair a lager beer with hard cheeses like Grana padano and Parmigiano Reggiano, since the freshness of this beer balances the dry and tasty flavor of hard mature cheeses.

A strong lager is perfect with Pecorino di Pienza.

Weiss/Blanche and Cheese Pairing

 

Fresh cheeses with a stronger taste, like goat cheese, are perfect with a Belgian Blanche, which is a light beer with citrus notes.

Sweeter cheeses like Ricotta, Robiola and Burrata combine well with the intense flavor of a Weiss beer.

Pils and Cheese Pairing

 

You can combine Pils with cheeses characterized by stronger flavors such as Taleggio or provolone but also with fatty and creamy cheeses such as Comtè or two-milk Robiola delle Langhe.

Ale and Cheese Pairing

English Pale Ale can have a great deal of combinations, especially with spreadable cheeses like Brescianella.

Strong ale goes perfectly with the flavor of Castelmagno.

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