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Beer vs. Wine

There has been a long running debate on which is the better alcoholic beverage overall ‘“ is it beer or wine? However, to determine the answer to this question we need to specify the meaning of the word ‘better’. Nevertheless, both beverages are good. It’s probably just a matter of preference. Both can be used in cooking, and have their respective health contributions. Their alcohol concentrations also vary according to the type of beer or wine.

Foremost, beers are extracted from cereal grains, like malts, wheat, maize and even rice. Hops, actually a form of flower, are also additional components of beers that act as preservatives. On the contrary, wine is also another alcoholic beverage, taken from grapes, and specifically fermented grape juice.

With regard to history, beer is considered to be the oldest form of alcoholic beverage around. It already existed as early as 9,000 BC, opposed to the wines’ much later development sometime in 6,000 BC. Hence, the latter is a newer form of alcoholic beverage when compared to beer.

In terms of class and social value, wine has been attached to a more eloquent stigma, as it is usually the alcohol of choice for formal occasions such as weddings, awards night, gallery openings, balls, and the like. Beers are placed at a level much lower than wines, for they have become the standard drink for the masses. Beers are said to belong to what is termed as common place, as it is often drank in less formal gatherings.

According to variety, many alcoholic drinkers would come to agree that wine is the most diverse drink among the two. Wines generally taste better, smell better, and also have a broad spectrum of flavors. Unlike beers that are more or less the same, regardless of manufacturer, and are regarded as plainly the same old alcoholic beverages extracted from the usual grains, wines are much freer in scope, for there is a plethora of differently flavored wines around. Thousands of different grape blends, fermenting variations and unique styles of flavor extractions lead to the creation of wines with unique tastes and flavors.

1. Beers are the older alcoholic beverages compared to wines.

2. Beers are harnessed from cereal grains, whereas wines are usually taken from fermented grapes.

3. Beers are considered to be the less formal drink compared to wines.

4. Wines have more blends, flavors and tastes compared to beers.


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5 Comments

  1. all the differences are not mentioned

    • both have alcohol
      wine is from grapes and is not carbonated
      beer is from wheat and is carbonated

      • Beer is made primarily from barley, not wheat. Essentially made from 4 ingredients : water, barley (and/or wheat, rye, rice…), hops and yeast. These are the 4 essential ingredient without any of which you cannot make what is called “beer”. In addition spices, fruits, herbs and other ingredients can be added.

        In my experience of a little over 20 years (drinker and brewer) the spectrum of beer tastes and aromas is infinitly larger than wine.

  2. Hello Asalamo alikum Abdulz Malik Here

    both have alcohol
    wine is from grapes and is not carbonated
    beer is from wheat and is carbonated

  3. “Unlike beers that are more or less the same, regardless of manufacturer, and are regarded as plainly the same old alcoholic beverages extracted from the usual grains…”

    This statement is false. True the big commercial beer category might be this way. But Craft Beer has so many varieties and flavors. Differences in aroma, taste, mouthfeel, texture… I mean come on….are you telling me a Dry Stout tastes anything like Hefeweizen or that a bock is remotely similar to Czech Pilsner.

    Google…”why beer is better than wine”.

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