This bottle of Krombacher (4.8% abv) helped wash down a nice slice of pizza! The beer itself is a refreshing and hoppy pils that is a decent example of a Dortmunder style Pilsener. The brewery is located in Krombach, which is a suburb of Kreuztal near Siegen, a small city in a part of Germany called Siegerland. Siegerland is located in the south east of the German state of North Rhine Westphalia. The small town of Krombach is located at the foot of the Rothaargebirge hills where locally sourced natural spring water is used to produce the beer. Anyhow that side, the weather was warm and the self proclaimed ‘Number 1 Premium Beer of Germany’ lived up to its name while I ate my lunch at Berlin’s Potzdamer Platz. Potzdamer Platz itself is really interesting as it was basically the ‘no mans land’ between East and West Berlin. Now it houses an IMAX cinema, an Australian themed bar and numerous highrise buildings. Anyhow, Krombacher has a website here.
Coming towards the end of my Berlin adventure I bought a bottle of Radeberger Pils (4.8% abv). I won’t harp on about the beer too much as it was pretty standard compared to some of the other beers I had in Berlin. Basically it’s gassy, straw coloured weak malt profile, noble hop aroima with a slightly spicy aftertaste, but nothing to write home about. Impressive looking bottle though, lots of shiny foil! German website here
Ok, another beer that I have had already this year. Erdinger tastes the same the world over! Its no diferrent in Germany either! Ok for what it is, but it is still the worlds most mass produced wheat beer. It was one of my first postings to this blog, read about it here.
Yes, I did manage to find Bitburger during my travels. It actually seems to be everywhere in Berlin and I couldnt avoid it forever! I think its actually a bit nicer in the bottle than from draught, but then maybe its because I ordered it in a restaurant rather than in a dedicated pub where the lines would be cleaned regularly. Over all my opinion hasn’t changed since I last blogged about it. It still gets the job done!
Prater is an institution in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg. A beer garden built in an old ampitheatre that could mistake you for being in the heart of Bavaria. This place is literally huge and has a low key social almost family like vibe about it, and its reputation as the place to be on a Sunday afternoon led me down there to enjoy a nice sampling of Weihenstephan Hefeweissbier (5.4% abv). This beer pours to an orange/tan color with a cloudy body and a large head of foam. The foam settles into place rather quickly, but it maintains a thin, white layer throughout the drinking experience. The nose of this beer is yeasty, with a little bit of fruit and hop spiciness/dryness. To be honest I am not really into wheat beers that much as I generally can’t distinguish a lot between different brands and even different wheat beer styles. So lets keep it simple and just say that it was no better or worse than any others I have tried and went down rather nicely in the warmth of the sun whilst eating a Pretzal!
When in Berlin there is one culinary delight that should not be missed ‘Currywurst!‘ Street side vendors selling this simple delicious delight are everywhere around the German captital and most of them sell a pale pils called ‘Berliner kindl’ (5.1% abv). The beer is good, but not exceptional and is the perfect companion alongside a plate of currywurst. My favourite currywurst vendor/beer garden happens to be the Berliner Kindl setup just down the street from Checkpoint Charlie. Its simple, urban and allows you to take in some of the best communist era architecture in Germany. I think the beer may be new to the market as there is not a great deal of information in regards. The official website is written completely in German and I find that when in Germany, its best to let pictures do the explaining as illustrated on this small cubicle like building below! What exactly does City Pissoir mean anyway?
The second Schwarzbier I had on my trip was Köstritzer (4.8%), a dark black lager of exteremely high standard. This beer is particularly remarkable espcially the feat of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who sustained himself on black beer from Köstritz when he was unable to eat during a period of illness. The brewery has a long history after being founded in 1543 and it is one of the oldest producers of Schwarzbier (black beer) in Germany. The brewery is now owned by Bitburger.
Ok, I am not going to spend much time on this beer, as basically it was terrible and tasted like cats piss. Basically this forum comment sums it up nicely when it describes the beer as ‘the beer of choice for construction workers around Berlin’……. just think the Berliner version of Carling. there is an official site here. Also the worlds dodgiest TV ad.
Holsten Pils is a well-known ‘quality’ mass-market beer which has a white, loose, thin yet lasting head and an aroma of stewed hops with a touch of malt. Hops are also apparent in the mouth (Saaz, but with occasional Goldings-like notes). Again there is a little malt. There is also a slightly tinny taste, perhaps due to overstewing of the hops. It is very lively, fizzy and belch-inducing. Towards the finish there is a cloying, slightly caramelly malt flavour. Overall this isn’t too horrendous or too bland – both common failings of this market segment. More flavour than your standard ubiquitous pilsner-clone, but still well short of being an interesting beer. In light of this I could pretty much blog exactly the same stuff as Weinhenstephan Pils for Holsten Pils (5.5% abv) however the circumstances surrounding the beer are much more noteworthy! I can’t remember the name of the cafe/bar, except that it is directly across the market square from the Weinhenstephan brauhaus. The staff in this bar were exteremely rude also! Anyhow after ordering my Holsten, I decided it was time to have a snack and ordered a weiner schnitzel. The half pig in the picture below is what I was served – lovely!
The second beer I ordered at the Weinhenstephan Brauhaus was their Pilsner (5.1% abv). The beer is a typical bavarial style pilsner. Its a little plain an not as good as other pilsners from the region and was a little dissapointing, although it did remind me of my last trip to Munich 2 years ago. Its a clean tasting beer with both malt and hop character, but not as bitter as it probably should be. This leaves the beer a little unbalanced in my opinion. Website