ethyl phenylacetate

480 µg per capsule

Honey, like sweet mead or sherry”

Certified beer flavour standard used to train professional beer tasters to recognize and scale the intensity of honey character. Ethyl phenylacetate is an off-flavour formed in beer during ageing. It can also contribute a positive note to honey-flavoured beers.

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

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Technical specification

The best way to evaluate honey flavour in beer is as follows. 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
480 µg per capsule
The flavour threshold of ethyl phenylacetate in beer is 160 µg / l.
Ethyl phenylacetate is formed during ageing of beer. It tends to develop after the appearance of papery, tobacco and leathery notes, and after the loss of banana and bitter notes.
  • Not yet known
Ethyl phenylacetate off-flavour formed during ageing in pack from precursors which are formed during fermentation. It is a positive flavour note in Honey beers.
CAS registry number
The CAS registry number of ethyl phenylacetate is 101-97-3.
Other names
  • benzene acetic acid ethyl ester
  • ethyl 2-phenyl ethanoate
  • ethyl 2-phenylacetate
  • ethyl alpha-toluate
  • ethyl benzene acetate
  • ethyl phenyl ethanoate
  • phenyl acetic acid ethyl ester
  • alpha- toluic acid ethyl ester
Ethyl phenylacetate is also responsible for the sweet, honey-like off-flavours which develop in some white wines. This flavour note is slow to develop on the palate.
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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