Beer Quality: Color and Clarity


Though some may say beauty is only skin deep, appearance is a crucial factor in determining quality in the brewing world. Designed for brewers of all skill levels, this online course is part of a comprehensive series where renowned beer researcher Charlie Bamforth guides you through the key markers of beer quality: flavor, foam, color/clarity, freshness and quality systems.

This course will teach you how to visually appraise the quality of beer through a series of entertaining video lectures. You will explore the significance of beer appearance and learn how to assess it based on color and turbidity, as well as troubleshoot potential brewing issues. By the end of this course, you will be able implement your knowledge to achieve the color and clarity that you desire in your brews.

Students who successfully complete this course will earn a digital badge, demonstrating their proficiency and advanced education in the subject area. The skill-level digital badge represents a mastery of how to measure and control color and clarity in beer.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand why the appearance is important and how it contributes to the overall quality of beer
  • Measure and control the appearance of beer
  • Identify turbidity issues in beer
  • Analyze the factors that impact clarity and how to measure it

Skills You’ll Learn

  • Beer turbidity
  • Beer color and clarity chemistry
  • Beer color measurement
Academic Units
Section Number
Instruction Method
Online class

Section Notes

Enroll now through January 23, 2022. Access to your course will be available on the course start date.

Enrollment Policies

Refunds for this course must be requested within two weeks after the start date. The refund processing fee is $30. View complete enrollment policy information including details on withdrawals and transfers.

Technical Requirements

To ensure your success in this online course, please review our technical requirements page.

Section Course Materials

Beer Quality: Color and Clarity

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