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Was trinken Sie? The beer from the Deutschland!
June 18, 2014
Ever since my return from England, I have been afflicted with a bit of wanderlust. Of course I want to return to the UK (and perhaps just pack up the dogs and head there permanently when that is feasible) but I also want to experience other parts of the world. As a reward to myself for surviving the difficulties of the past year to the extent that I could, I’ve decided to plan another trip for my birthday this fall (way to plan ahead self….thanks buddy). One place that has peaked my interest since childhood is Germany. That fascination was amplified when I had my first beer made in Germany, and has remained so ever since. And with that, this November I plan to board a plane to Munich for my next adventure abroad.
Of course part of the preparation for that journey will involve trying as many German beers as possible before I go, so when I stroll into a beer hall I can say “Ich würde ein Bier bitte” with confidence (oh that’s right, I’ve been learning German). Most people have had a Paulaner and/or Spaten at least once, so I’d like to focus the remainder of this post on some lesser known but amazing beers from Deutschland
EKU 28 by Kulmbacher: I imagine this doppelbock was the inspiration for the magic recipe in Beerfest (if you haven’t seen that movie you should make that the next thing you do after reading this….seriously) This beer has a pleasantly sweet undertone and displays complex aromas and flavors of wood and cherries. These aspects also do a good job of hiding the 11% ABV which is only evident in the back of the pallet and when you stand up after drinking EKU 28. This is an indulgence I highly recommend if you can find it.
Augustiner Bräu Edelstoff by Augustiner Bräu Wagner KC – This is the quintessential example of a German lager in my opinion. One of the qualities that make it so amazing is the “breadiness” that comes from the perfect marriage of grains and yeast. That isn’t to say that Edelstoff is heavy or overpowering, quite the opposite. Just as one would expect of any good Helles or Pilsner, this beer remains light and crisp while still retaining the perfect level of malt flavors and aromas. If you can find this, I recommend savoring one and admiring the beautiful art on the label.
Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel by Erdinger Weissbräu: Generally speaking Weizens and wheat beers in general are not high on my list, mainly because I’ve had far too many that were brewed poorly. Erdinger’s beers are a very clear exception to that. The Hefe-Weizen Dunkel in particular is quite good, because it is about as “un-weizeny” as it can get while still being in that family of beers. This dunkel is characterized by nutty and spicy tastes with subtle flavors of clove and dark chocolate. The weissbier that is the foundation of this Dunkel and the flagship of Erdinger is also present, providing a pleasant undertone to some of this beers more heavy qualities. If you are in the mood for something a little more dark and heavy, I would suggest picking up a four pack of Weissbier Dunkel and rocking some lederhosen.
Most of these beers can be found in liquor stores with good international selections, and a few can even be found on tap in German restaurants. Of course Germany is practically made from beer (and Schnitzel, we can’t forget the Schnitzel!) so there are a great many amazing beers that didn’t make this list. If you have any favorites or suggestions on things for me to do on my trip, let me know on the Twitter. I’m off to have a stein of something good and practice yodeling, Prost everyone!