The functionality of bioactive molecules sensitively depends on their structure. For the investigation of intrinsic structural properties, molecular beam experiments combined with laser spectroscopy have proven to be a suitable tool. Herein we present an analysis of the two isolated tripeptide model systems Ac-Phe-Tyr(Me)-NHMe and Boc-Phe-Tyr(Me)-NHMe. For this purpose, mass-selective combined IR/UV spectroscopy is applied to both substances in a molecular beam experiment. The comparison of the experimental data with DFT calculations, including different functionals as well as dispersion corrections, allows an assignment of both tripeptide models to β-turns formed independently from the protection groups and supported by the interaction of the two aromatic chromophores.