Article Search

Microbiology and Biotechnology Letters


Fermentation Microbiology  |  Microbial Community

Microbiol. Biotechnol. Lett.

Received: April 5, 2022; Revised: June 21, 2022; Accepted: July 11, 2022

A culture-independent comparison of microbial communities in two maturating craft beers styles

João Costa 1, Isabel Natalia Sierra-Garcia 2 and Angela Cunha 2*

1Department of Chemistry, University of Aveiro, 2CESAM and Department of Biology, University of Aveiro

Correspondence to :
Angela Cunha, Department of Biology [3810-193 Av]
Fax : +351234370784, E-mail :


The manufacturing process of craft beer involves a wide variety of spontaneous microorganisms, acting in different stages of the brewing process, that contribute to the distinctive characteristics of each style. The objective of this work was to compare the structure of microbial communities associated with two different craft beer styles (Doppelbock and Märzen lagers), at a late maturation stage, and to identify discriminative, or style-specific taxa. Bacterial and fungal microbial communities were analyzed by Illumina sequencing of 16S rRNA genes of prokaryotes and the ITS 2 spacer of fungi (eukaryotes). Fungal communities in maturating beer, were dominated by the yeast Dekkera, and by lactic acid (Lactobacillus and Pediococcus) and acetic acid (Acetobacter) bacteria. The Doppelbock barrels presented more rich and diverse fungal communities. The Märzen barrels were more variable terms of structure and composition of fungal and bacterial communities, with occurrence of exclusive taxa of fungi (Aspergillus sp.) and bacteria (L. kimchicus). Minority bacterial taxa, differently represented in the microbiome of each barrel, may underlie the variability between barrels and ultimately, the distinctive traits of each style. The composition of the microbial communities indicates that in addition to differences related to upstream stages of the brewing process, the contact with the wood barrels, may contribute to the definition of style-specific microbiological traits.

Keywords: Acetic acid bacteria, brewing yeasts, Illumina, lactic acid bacteria, microbiomes

Starts of Metrics

Share this article on :

  • mail

Related articles in MBL

Most KeyWord ?

What is Most Keyword?

  • It is most registrated keyword in articles at this journal during for 2 years.