Drei Jubel für sieben Biere!
Beer is a huge part of German culture and history; luckily for me I inherited my Daddy’s affinity and appreciation for a nice, cold beer. Prior to moving to Germany, I had a couple of beers that I would keep stocked in my refrigerator at home or would opt for when at a bar or grabbing a drink with dinner. Since moving to Germany, those beers that I would bounce between back home are no longer available here so, I’ve had to branch out and try some new beers. Today I thought I would review seven different beers that I’ve tried since moving here…
Some of these beers I had tried before I decided to write this blog post, some of these were picked at complete random at the grocery store when I impulsively decided to buy seven beers, drink them and then write my thoughts out about them. Keep in mind - I know virtually nothing about beer; before this post I didn't know what 'Pilsner' meant.
Carlsberg: 0.5L/€0.95/3.8% Alcohol Content
Carlsberg is a Pilsner-style lager that came from Denmark; it is an all-malt recipe with a yeast strain. Carlsberg is one of those beers that I had sampled previously to this post; on more than one occasion I have grabbed a Carlsberg to sip on my walk home. I think it’s a pretty easy beer to drink, as long as you drink it while it’s still cold. Otherwise, I find it starts to taste a little bit bitter.
Stiftungsbier Helles Vollbier: 0.5L/€0.89/5.1% Alcohol Content
Stiftungsbier Helles Vollbier is something that I picked up at random for this taste test. This beer originated from Bavaria and contains hops and malt. Some people claim that this beer has a spice to it, but I didn’t find that to be the case. This beer went down fairly easy; I found that it tasted relatively light and simple.
Feldschlößchen Pilsner: 0.5L/€0.59/4.9% Alcohol Content
Feldschlößchen Pilsner is a pale lager that originated in Germany. This beer has less than favourable reviews online; many people claim that it’s a weak beer with a flat taste. Some comparisons say that it tastes like, “Budweiser flavoured fizzy water.”
I didn’t find this beer to taste as offensive as some others did online, but I also have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to professional beer drinking. I thought it was a simple, straight-shooter beer!
Faxe: 1L/€1.29/10% Alcohol Content
Faxe is an aptly named beer that originated from a Danish Brewery in the town of Faxe in 1901. It has been widely popular in Germany since it was introduced; largely due to the low cost for a 1L can of beer. Faxe is available in 1L cans with both 5% and 10% alcohol content, but for the purpose of this post I decided to use the 10% beer. I have tried and enjoyed both variations of this beer but, be warned - they are sneaky. It looks, tastes and smells like a normal beer but, after one beer you do not feel like you've consumed only one beer, if you know what I’m saying. I have nicknamed the 10% version of this beer, “The Creeper”. The buzz just creeps up on you!
Berliner Pilsner: 0.5L/€0.59/5% Alcohol Content
Berliner Pilsner is a beer that came directly from Berlin, Germany; and is debatably one of the more popular beer choices amongst the locals. You see the empty cans or caps from the bottles all over the streets here! After conducting this experiment, I feel like more or less all Pilsner’s taste pretty similar. Maybe my palate is underdeveloped and I’ll need to extend my experiment so I’ll be better equipped for detecting all the hidden flavours, ingredients, and aromas.
Sternquell Bürgerbräu Vollbier: 0.5L/€0.65/5.4% Alcohol Content
Sternquell Bürgerbräu Vollbier is a lower-fermented full beer that is brewed with water, barley, hops and yeast. It tastes like your normal, average pilsner at first but, unfortunately has a black-peppery aftertaste, which I hate. When Nick and I were visiting New York City for New Years Eve last year, I was trying a bunch of random beers in a flight, and literally every single one tasted like it had peppercorns in it. Now I am bitter towards those types of beers. They’ve ruined a good thing. The Sternquell Bürgerbräu Vollbier also gave me the hiccups. Not a winning beer in my books.
Insel Kreide: 0.33L/€2.49/5.6% Alchohol Content
Finally we have, Insel Kreide. Insel Kreide tastes like where dreams go to die. It is very reminiscent of a retired old man that has been binge drinking and chain smoking for six hours at a dive bar on a Tuesday. Do not recommend.
I hope you enjoyed my idle musings about beer tasting here in Germany! Maybe down the road I could make a part two to this post when I’ve tried another variety of beers?
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