Try it, you'll like it: the influence of expectation, consumption, and revelation on preferences for beer

Psychol Sci. 2006 Dec;17(12):1054-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9280.2006.01829.x.


Patrons of a pub evaluated regular beer and "MIT brew" (regular beer plus a few drops of balsamic vinegar) in one of three conditions. One group tasted the samples blind (the secret ingredient was never disclosed). A second group was informed of the contents before tasting. A third group learned of the secret ingredient immediately after tasting, but prior to indicating their preference. Not surprisingly, preference for the MIT brew was higher in the blind condition than in either of the two disclosure conditions. However, the timing of the information mattered substantially. Disclosure of the secret ingredient significantly reduced preference only when the disclosure preceded tasting, suggesting that disclosure affected preferences by influencing the experience itself, rather than by acting as an independent negative input or by modifying retrospective interpretation of the experience.

MeSH terms

  • Acetic Acid / administration & dosage*
  • Alcohol Drinking / psychology*
  • Beer*
  • Choice Behavior / physiology
  • Disclosure
  • Food Preferences / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Perception / physiology
  • Students / psychology
  • Time Factors


  • Acetic Acid