Malt Flavours

Characteristics by malt type

Caramalt Crystal up to colour 110 EBC, Caramalt
Chocolate Chocolate, Black
Coffee Very dark Crystal
Treacle Crystal over 240 EBC colour
Smoky Smoked/Peated
Phenolic Peated
Cereal Wheat, Ale
Sweet Ale, Amber, Munich
Burnt Black, Roasted Barley or Malt
Nutty Caramalt, Ale
Green Lager, High Enzyme, Diastatic
Sulphury DMS, Lager, Sulphitic and Sulphidic
Solvent Should not be present in any malt type
Toffee Crystal up to colour 240 EBC

Flavour Wheel

Malt sensory analysis

Although malt tasting is not currently any part of the malt specification, it does offer possibilities to differentiate both positive and negative flavours. Conventional malt analysis may suggest that malts are identical however their flavours could well differ significantly.

We use a method to fully describe the profile of malt using a ‘porridge’ made by grinding whole malts with a small amount of water which helps in the tasting process.

The malt flavour wheel has allowed us to create distinct flavour profiles for the wide range of malts and malted ingredients we produce.

Available pack sizes

Toasted Barley Flakes

Muntons Flakes are lightly toasted and pre-gelatinised. They can be used in a wide variety of brewing applications. The light toasting of our flakes brings an interesting complexity to the flavour and aroma of beers, whilst also adding depth, although they are predominantly used because of the benefits they bring to mouthfeel and body. Our malted flakes will impart an amber to copper colour hue if used in high amounts. 


Suitable for Stouts, Cream Ales and NEIPAs due to their balanced cereal-forward taste. We would recommend an inclusion rate of 2 - 7% for Stouts and Cream Ales and up to 15% for NEIPAs. This should be varied depending on the style of beer and the desired body – use a little less for lighter beer styles. It works particularly well in hop-forward beers because of its clean and balanced flavour profile. 

Typical Analysis:

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Muntons’ worldwide Agents & Distributors

All of Muntons grains are available ex stock, ready packed in 55lbs (25kg) lined polypropylene sacks, in whole or crushed format. The are made to the highest standards from premium grade, locally sourced, raw materials. Larger pack sizes are also available for brewers with a greater requirement tonnes of malt annually to the world's brewing, distilling and food industries. The Company is independently owned and one of five major maltsters located in the UK.

Meet the brewing and distilling team

Joseph Fifield
Brewing & Distilling Malt Sales Manager
London, Southern England & Wales
“If I were a beer, I’d be a milk chocolate stout, full bodied and sweet, but with a rugged appearance.”
Adam Darnes
Brewing & Distilling Malt Sales Manager
Midlands, Yorkshire & Lancashire
“If I were a beer, I’d be called Sunday Session – A Lively, fun and hoppy Saison. Bold and Zesty, a very sessionable, laid back and easy drinking beer.”
David Hannah
Brewing & Distilling Malt Sales Manager
Scotland & Northern England
“If I were a beer, I would be a straight up, flagship IPA. It would be reliable, consistent, full of flavour and probably a little louder than other beers”

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