German chemists identified over 7,700 different chemical formulas in beers

Enlarge / German chemists combined two complementary mass spectrometry techniques to analyze 467 different commercial beers from around the world.Natasha Breen/Getty Images

People have been brewing beer for millennia, and the basic chemistry of fermentation is well understood. But thanks to advanced analytical techniques, scientists continue to learn more about the many different chemical compounds that contribute to the flavor and aroma of different kinds of beer. The latest such analysis comes courtesy of a team of German scientists who analyzed over 400 commercial beers from 40 countries. The scientists identified at least 7,700 different chemical formulas and tens of thousands of unique molecules,

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