Why does beer make you burp?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “why does beer make you burp” with an in-depth analysis of why beer makes you burp. Moreover, we are going to discuss why beer foams when you hit it and how can you avoid burping after drinking beer.

So without much ado, let’s dive in and figure out more about it.

Why does beer make you burp?

The beer contains carbon dioxide, the gas that is not only responsible for that foamy structure of the beer but is the one that makes you burp. Different variants of the beer have different carbon dioxide content. For instance, in the case of the German varieties of the beer or the Belgian beer, more carbon dioxide content is present that makes these beers fizzy and you feel that sensation with every sip of the beer. 

On the other hand, if we talk about the American keg or draft beer has low carbon dioxide content as compared to the German beer. Moreover in the case of the keg beer what we are opting for is a richer mouthfeel and a silky smooth texture.

Moreover, this very carbonation of the beer is also responsible for that foamy layer on the top of the beer. Now you would have noticed that whenever you drink the beer in a glass you can see and feel that foamy layer on top of the pint glass of beer while when it comes to can or bottled beer, the foamy layer just isn’t there.

Now what happens is that when you are drinking the beer straight out of the can or the bottle the carbon dioxide mixed with the beer goes directly to your stomach. When carbon dioxide reaches the stomach, it reacts with the gastric juices, expands in size, and gives you the feeling of fullness. That is why you feel full after drinking a can or bottle of beer. But that is not the end of the story if, on one hand, this expanded gas makes you feel full and a bit tight, it also tries to escape the stomach, and when it succeeds in escaping the stomach, it reaches the esophagus and afterward you burp. 

Now there can be another reason apart from just the carbonation and that’s the way you are drinking beer. So when you quickly gulp down the beer, the amount of the air that you are taking along with the beer in your stomach also increases, now when this air along with the beer movies into your esophagus, it creates small air pockets on its way into the esophagus. So this air builds some pressure in your chest or abdominal region and you burp to get rid of it.

Why does beer foam when you hit it?

The carbonation of the beer is responsible for the formation of foam when you hit the beer. You can notice this same phenomenon taking place when you pour a beer in the glass and as soon as the beer hits the glass it foams. So what happens is that the beer hits the glass, the carbon dioxide present in it releases and that very carbon dioxide is responsible for the foam formation.

Moreover, the temperature change is also responsible for a foamy beer. So what happens is that as soon as the beer moves from an area of cold temperature to an area of warm temperature, the carbon dioxide present in the beer releases at a faster pace, thus, you can see that rich, smooth foam on the surface of the beer. Thus, when you transfer your beer from the cold bottle to the warm glass (room temperature), this temperature difference makes the carbon dioxide released at a faster pace, resulting in the formation of that smooth foam head.

How to avoid burping after drinking beer?

Beer is a carbonated drink so it will make you burp but what you can do is to try to minimize the extent to which you burp and you can do that by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide that is entering your stomach. Now what you can do is that instead of drinking starlight out of the bottle or the can of the beer, it is recommended that you first transfer the beer to a pint glass and drink the beer from the glass.

The reason behind it is very simple, as soon as the beer touches the glass, carbon dioxides start getting released. Moreover, due to the temperature difference between the cold bottle and the warm glass, the release of carbon dioxide will be at a faster pace, thus more will be the foam and this will reduce the amount of carbon dioxide going straight into your stomach. 

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “why does beer make you burp” with an in-depth analysis of why beer makes you burp. Moreover, we discussed why beer foams when you hit it and how can you avoid burping after drinking beer.

Citations

https://tbn.ethershaft.engineering/why-beer-makes-you-burp/

Mahnoor Asghar is a Clinical Nutritionist with a bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is compassionate and dedicated to playing her part in the well-being of the masses. She wants to play a fruitful role in creating nutrition and health-related awareness among the general public. Additionally, she has a keen eye for detail and loves to create content related to food, nutrition, health, and wellness.

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