ethyl acetate

15 mg per capsule

Ethyl acetate, like nail varnish remover”

Certified beer flavour standard used to train professional beer tasters to recognize and scale the intensity of ethyl acetate character. Ethyl acetate is produced by both ale and lager yeasts during fermentation. It imparts a desirable estery note to beer.

Food grade | free from sensory impurities | extensively tested | safe to smell and taste.

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Flavour standard information

Technical specification

The best way to taste ethyl acetate in beer is as follow. Cover the beer with your hand and swirl the glass to release the aroma. Remove your hand and take a single long sniff. Repeat as necessary.
Amount of flavour per capsule
15 mg per capsule
The flavour threshold of ethyl acetate in beer is 5 - 10 mg / l.
Ethyl acetate is produced by both ale and lager yeasts in the brewery during fermentation. The amount of ethyl acetate produced depends on several variables, including wort composition, yeast strain and fermentation conditions. Wild yeasts produce high levels of ethyl acetate.

Ethyl acetate can be confused by tasters with the following flavours in beer

  • Acetaldehyde
  • Ethyl hexanoate
  • Ethyl butyrate
Ethyl acetate is present in all beers, and is the ester found in greatest amounts in beer. Its high flavour threshold means that it makes a bigger contribution to the flavour of ales - and especially strong ales - than it does to lagers.
CAS registry number
The CAS registry number of ethyl acetate is 141-78-6.
Other names
  • acetic acid ethyl ester
  • acetic ether
  • acetoxyethane
  • methyl trithiomethane
  • methylsulfanyldisulfanylmethane
  • methyltrithiomethane
  • 2,3,4-trithiapentane
  • methylsulfanyldisulfanylmethane
Use two capsules of ethyl acetate flavour standard in each litre of beer to achieve a similar flavour intensity to that achieved using other flavour standards.
Threshold distribution
Capsules per pot
Legal notices
This product is protected by the following trade marks and patents:
  • US Patent no. D679900
  • European Community Trade Mark
    Registration no. 009937574
  • European Community Trade Mark
    Registration no. 009856527
  • US Trade Mark Registration no. 4345057
  • US Trade Mark Registration no. 4345056
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