Descriptive beef flavor and texture attributes relationships with consumer acceptance of US light beef eaters. Academic Article uri icon


  • Consumer acceptance and overall liking has been shown to be related to beef instrumental and trained sensory attributes related to beef flavor, tenderness, and juiciness. Our objective was to understand the relationships between descriptive beef flavor and texture attributes, Warner-Bratzler shear force (WBSF), and consumer liking attributes for light US beef eaters. It is not known if light beef eaters have different drivers of overall liking. Treatments were created to differ in beef flavor and texture by utilizing different beef cuts (Choice top loin, high pH top loin, Select top sirloin, Choice tenderloin steaks, and Select and Choice bottom rounds roasts) cooked to 58C or 80C. Cooking methods included either a George Forman grill, food-service grill, or crock-pot. Cooking method, cut, and internal temperature impacted beef descriptive flavor and texture attributes, WBSF and consumer liking ratings (P0.05) similarly. Descriptive juiciness and tenderness attributes were highly related to each other and with consumer juiciness and tenderness liking ratings. Consumer overall liking was closely related to descriptive fat-like, overall sweet, sweet and salty attributes. Musty/moldy, liver-like, and sour aromatic attributes were negatively associated with consumer liking. Overall flavor accounted for 85% of the variation in overall liking and tenderness liking contributed an additional 4%. While light beef eaters used different parts of the scale, they rated beef across treatments similarly. When beef flavor and texture descriptive attributes differed, consumer liking was impacted for light beef eaters.

published proceedings

  • Meat Sci

author list (cited authors)

  • Miller, R. K., Luckemeyer, T. J., Kerth, C. R., & Adhikari, K.

complete list of authors

  • Miller, Rhonda K||Luckemeyer, Tanner J||Kerth, Chris R||Adhikari, Koushik

publication date

  • October 2023