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German beer -- any recommendations?

Discussion in 'Ask the Meister' started by bridgehajen, Jun 20, 2005.

    Jun 20, 2005
  1. bridgehajen

    bridgehajen Dormant account

    Occupation:
    Software Engineer
    Location:
    DK
    Hi there cmeister

    I seek advice on German beer :)

    I live in Denmark and, thus, every once in a while I drive across the border to shop a few things in Germany. Beer is usually on the list, partly because it is cheaper, partly because if I take it across the border, I am exempt from all "Pfand", both Danish and German. I usually go for a Danish brand because that's pretty much all they have right across the border. However, if I venture a bit further, into Flensburg, I guess they would have a larger variety.

    Now, there is nothing wrong with Carlsberg and Tuborg, they are decent pilsener type beers for large scale consumption. Still, they are a monoculture.

    Foreign beer is available in Denmark but at outrageous prices. For instance, a Leffe or a Hoegarden may be bought for one Euro in Belgium and for the equivalent of three euros in Denmark. This pattern applies to pretty much every foreign brand.

    But an idea has hatched. Maybe I could save a bundle by buying some interesting beers the next time that I'm in Germany.

    I thus ask the meister:

    Which brands should I go for? And how are the prices of, say, Belgian or Czech beers in Germany?
     
  2. Jun 20, 2005
  3. Casinomeister

    Casinomeister Forum Cheermeister Staff Member

    Occupation:
    Homemaker
    Location:
    Bierland
    Hi bridgehajen,

    And welcome to Bierland :cheers:

    Where I live, there are quite a few local breweries - I'd guess about 30-40 in a 45 km radius. So the grocery stores here are hard pressed to stock foreign beer. Even though I'm sort of close to the Czech border, I've only seen Pilsner Urqell - that's it, and maybe Budweiser.

    As for pricing - it's much cheaper than what you're paying. Bier comes in 20 bottle cases - 1/2 liter each - 10 liter's total, and I pay between 6 to 12 Euros a case. So that's 30 to 60 cents a bottle.

    Yes, life is good. :D

    Which beer would I recommend? It depends on what you are looking for. Pilsners - I'd recomend the following:

    EKU Kulmbacher Pils - it's local, but I think it has a good distribution. One of the best Pilsners on the planet IMO
    Gampertbru - excellent Pilsner and Hefe Wiessen - very local
    Franken Bru - excellent Pilsner - very local
    Weismainer Pils and Hefe Weissen - very local but good distribution
    Leikeim Pils - very local

    As for Hefe Weissen, you can't go wrong with Erdinger Heffe Weissen. This is the best Hefe Weissen (a Bavarian specialty) ever. I hardly ever stray from this, but when I do I choose Gampertbru.

    Damn, I'm getting thirsty.
     
  4. Jun 21, 2005
  5. bridgehajen

    bridgehajen Dormant account

    Occupation:
    Software Engineer
    Location:
    DK
    Hi meister,

    Thanks for the advice -- I'll keep my eye open for those beers the next time I go south. I suppose since some of the beers are Bavarian specialties they may be hard to come by in Schleswig-Holstein, which is pretty much as far away from Bavaria as one gets.

    Anyway, there is bound to be some place in Flensburg where I can get it .. just need to figure out where.

    I am familiar with Erdinger Weissbier, it's available even in DK, so that should be possible to find.

    Mmmh .. weissbier!

    Dang, I'm getting thirsty too, it's 9.30 in the morning and I'm at work :p
     
  6. Jun 22, 2005
  7. kelvinlym

    kelvinlym Dormant account

    Occupation:
    Student
    Location:
    Ulm, Germany
    Best I've ever sampled: Pilsner Urquell and Hofbruhaus (helles Bier)

    Recommended also: Beck's Gold
     
  8. Jul 1, 2005
  9. thelawnet

    thelawnet Dormant account

    Occupation:
    programmer
    Location:
    UK
    Weissbier is gut.....

    If you are going to get an Erdinger, I recommend the dunkel. It looks really stunning in an Erdinger glass, rich and chocolatey.

    I like Paulaner on tap, Weihenstephan is pretty nice bottled, easy to drink almost like bananas.
     
  10. Jul 1, 2005
  11. Casinomeister

    Casinomeister Forum Cheermeister Staff Member

    Occupation:
    Homemaker
    Location:
    Bierland
    The dark is good for winter....

    ...and in the summer, when it's hot and sweaty - Radlers are good (beer and Limo combination).
     
  12. Jul 1, 2005
  13. dominique

    dominique Dormant account

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    webmistress
    Location:
    The Boonies
    I vote for the Erdinger Hefe Weisse - but I like the light.

    I will drink the dark sometimes - but it seems to me to be very hearty - more like a meal than a drink.

    Actually, that is how dark beer originated - or so the tale goes. A group of monks who had to fast for a period every year was experimenting with nutritional drinks. Dark Hefe Beer emerged as a favorite - heavy on malt, wheat and brewer's yeast - that'll be the complete vitamin B complex and all kinds of other nutritious gooddies.

    Dark Hefe Weizen is good for you!
     
  14. Jul 4, 2005
  15. thelawnet

    thelawnet Dormant account

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    I hope by 'light' you don't mean Erdinger leicht?

    Reduced alcohol, reduced calories, reduced taste.

    But I'll drink to the dunkel being good for you...

    BTW, as an aside anyone who likes weissbier, Erdinger has their fanshop, which delivers beer and other merchandise by mail.

    I ordered four glasses and a few crates of Erdinger from them. One of the bottles arrived broken due to poor handling, and they sent me two free cases to compensate.

    Now that's German service!

    Here's the website: You must register/login in order to see the link.

    Unfortunately they don't sell the regular or dunkel Erdinger on its own - you can either by the assorted selection of 6 (of which the alkoholfrei and leicht aren't all that nice) for 5.9 euros (which is pretty damn cheap), or the Exclusiv carton for 6.9 Euros, which includes a regular, a dunkel, and two of the gorgeous glasses. The glasses are 2.70 anyway, so it's 1.50 for two very nice bottles, so pretty good deal.

    If you order enough it's actually cheaper than buying it from the shop here in the UK.

    Postage is 13 Euros to UK, 5 within Germany, and 35 Euros to the USA for up to 31.5kg.
     
  16. Jul 4, 2005
  17. dominique

    dominique Dormant account

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    No, I mean "light" as in "hell", the color. For some reason in the States the equivalent of "leicht" would be (the misspelled) "lite".

    Dang, now I want beer. :eek2:
     
  18. Jul 5, 2005
  19. kelvinlym

    kelvinlym Dormant account

    Occupation:
    Student
    Location:
    Ulm, Germany
    I had a Gnzburger Hefe Weizen yesterday.

    Was great too.

    There's a Bier Akademie where I live. Anyone dropping by here? We'll go sample some.
     
  20. Jul 2, 2008
  21. kakata

    kakata Banned User - hyper flamming PABnonaccred PABnoaccred PABaccred

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    what about a "Peroni Nastro Azzurro"?:D Italian Bier:oops:
     
  22. Jul 2, 2008
  23. Slotster!

    Slotster! I predict a riot. CAG

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    I've not been over for a while, but I always try and grab one (twenty) of these when I am:

    You must register/login in order to see the link.
     
  24. Jul 2, 2008
  25. GrandMaster

    GrandMaster Ueber Meister CAG

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    Sorry, but Italian beer is just not in the same league as German, Czech or English beers.
     
  26. Jul 2, 2008
  27. Casinomeister

    Casinomeister Forum Cheermeister Staff Member

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    Location:
    Bierland
    Italians need to stick to wines, fast cars, and pasta dishes. :D

    Since I've recently moved, I should include a couple more:

    Faust Krusen Naturtrb
    Schlappeseppel Keller Bier
     
  28. Sep 9, 2008
  29. polli123

    polli123 Webmaster CAG webmeister

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    Germany
    Well, i think Warsteiner is the famous one in Russia. Take it, its great!
     

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