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Why do drinks taste different in different containers?

Asked by RandomMrdan (7436points) August 13th, 2008

I enjoy drinking pop/soda, and I’ve noticed that depending on what I’m drinking from can change how it tastes.

I prefer coke to be from a 2 liter bottle, rather a 20oz or can. Mountain Dew from a can rather any other source.

Obviously if you put the beverage in ice and a glass it would become diluted and change taste…but why does the drink taste so much different from plastic to aluminum…aside from the obvious “it’s plastic, or it’s aluminum” Because I don’t taste plastic, and I don’t taste aluminum.

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El_Cadejo's avatar

Drinks from a glass bottle always taste the best.For instance a glass bottle of coke always tastes way better than can or aluminum. So really i do think its because its in plastic or its in aluminum. I know you cant taste it directly, but im sure thats what effects the flavor.It does kinda make sense if you think about it, like both plastic and aluminum break down pretty easily. Especially compared to glass.

RandomMrdan's avatar

is it the contact you’re making with the bottle? do you think it would taste the same if you were to keep the container away from your mouth, and tilt the beverage into your mouth? or does the inside of the container effect the taste?

LKidKyle1985's avatar

well remember pop is really acidic. so even if you cant taste the plastic or aluminum when you lick it, when it sits inside the can or bottle for 4 months or what ever, some of that is gonna go into the pop. I guess thats why it taste different.

Randy's avatar

I’ve noticed this to but I don’t really have a clue as to why, but I’ll take a stab at it anyways. Maybe soda companies alter the recipe for each container just a little bit.

I’m sure your saying: “Why, Randy? Why would they do that?”

Then I’d say: “A marketting tact to get you to buy their product in every container”.

Of course, like I said, I really don’t have a clue.

wilhel1812's avatar

Plastic < Alluminium < Glass botle
Also beer tastes a lot better in a glass.

Wild guess, i think it’s the contact wih your lips. Plastic affects the taste a lot, alluminium a little and glass not at all. However i have no idea why beer tastes so good from a glass. anyone know?

shockvalue's avatar

Many people don’t realize that you have to clean a plastic bottle. Even if it is just being used for water, it can become stale very quickly. Over time the buildup wi—Aaah! I’m beginning to sound like an infomercial!

babiturtle36's avatar

I prefer my soda from a fountain. I think it tastes better that way. I won’t drink it from the 20oz bottles, to me it tastes weird. I’ll drink it from a two liter or a can , but it has to be in a cup with ice, even if it’s cold already.

waterskier2007's avatar

i think the main reason that stuff tastes so good from glass bottles is that the glass bottles stay so much colder. i like the cold feeling of the bottle touching my lips when i drink it. mmmm cold milk from a cold glass bottle

RandomMrdan's avatar

So if it is just the surface of the container touching our lips that causes it…would it all taste the same by using a straw?

waterskier2007's avatar

probably, try it

RandomMrdan's avatar

ok I went out and got coke in these forms….Glass bottle, plastic 20oz, 2 liter, and a can.

I picked up some straws…and everything tasted about the same from each source, from the container through the straw. The glass bottle did taste a bit less carbonated…but I did see when I bought it there was a significant amount of dust on the bottles. So maybe the glass bottle was just old.

Then, I proceeded to try a sip from each container using my mouth…it seemed the 2 liter and the 20oz was about the same in taste, the glass bottle did have the most taste in it, but seemed flat still…and the can was definitely a different taste from the sip almost like it held more carbonation.

So, it must be the touch of the mouth on the surface of the container that can change the way it taste…everything I tasted from the straw seemed nearly the same.

marinelife's avatar

Leaching. Hate that. Coffee in a to go container never tastes as good as from a glass mug at home to me.

nephrons's avatar

Chemical reaction between the contents and the type of container.. Like soda in can taste much better with bottled soda.

djray's avatar

I really noticed this when I bought a new blender for making milk smoothies. If I make them in a Breville plastic blender, they don’t taste anywhere near as good as they do if I make them in a glass Kambrook blender. Poured each time into a plastic ‘glass’. Same ingredients both times – A2 milk, raw egg, strawberry, blueberries, passionfruit, protein powder and honey. No idea why, but it’s definitely the case.

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