1.4 mg per capsule

Vanilla, like ice cream or custard”

Certified beer flavour standard used to train professional beer tasters to recognize and scale the intensity of vanilla character. Vanilla notes in beer can arise from ageing of beer on wood; addition of flavour essences to beer; the action of contaminant wild yeasts; and breakdown of certain phenolic compounds during beer storage. Vanillin is generally perceived as a positive flavour note in ales and stouts.

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 evaluate vanilla flavours 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
1.4 mg per capsule
The flavour threshold of vanillin in beer is 200 µg / l.
Vanilla flavour notes arise in beer in several ways - ageing on wood; addition of flavour essences; the action of wild yeasts; and breakdown of certain phenolic compounds during beer storage.

Professional beer tasters sometimes confuse vanilla flavour notes with the following:

  • 4-Vinyl guaiacol
  • Benzaldehyde
  • 2,3-Butanedione
Vanilla is a positive flavour note found in some speciality ales and stouts. It imparts a creamy aroma and contributes to a smooth mouthfeel, reducing the harshness of components derived from roasted malts.
CAS registry number
The CAS registry number for vanillin is 121-33-5.
Other names
  • 4-formyl-2-methoxyphenol
  • 4-hydroxy-3-methoxybenzaldehyde
  • 4-hydroxy-5-methoxybenzaldehyde
  • 4-hydroxy-meta-anisaldehyde
  • para-hydroxy-meta-methoxybenzaldehyde
  • 2-methoxy-4-formyl phenol
  • 3-methoxy-4-hydroxybenzaldehyde
  • methyl protocatechuic aldehyde
  • protocatechualdehyde-3-methyl ether
  • vanillaldehyde
  • vanillic aldehyde
  • para-vanillin
  • p- vanillin
Vanillin can be found as an ageing character in wheat beers and in beers which have been contaminated with wild yeasts.
Threshold distribution
Capsules per pot
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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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Vanillin beer flavour standard
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