Star Anis, a popular spice used in beer brewing, adds a unique and distinct flavor profile to the final product. With its strong licorice-like taste and aromatic qualities, Star Anis brings a rich sweetness and complexity to the beer. It influences the taste by imparting notes of black licorice, fennel, and subtle hints of clove. This ingredient is commonly utilized in winter warmers, stouts, porters, Belgian-style beers, or any brew that aims for a spiced character.
Apart from enhancing the flavor profile of beer styles mentioned above, Star Anis also possesses various beneficial properties. Known for its antiviral and antibacterial properties as well as digestive benefits due to its high levels of antioxidants such as linalool and trans-anethole compounds present in it. These properties make it not only desirable for brewers but also contribute positively to overall health when consumed moderately with beer.