Germany Beer Scene in Feuerbach-Stuttgart

Discussion in 'Europe' started by raverjames, Sep 25, 2013.

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  1. danfue

    danfue Initiate (0) Sep 16, 2012 Germany

    Because they confuse people. Same beer, different bottle, different name?! Nobody else does this. The best is the Eiszäpfle which is called Märzen Export in the big bottle. Here they can't even settle for just one style. :wink:
  2. Stahlsturm

    Stahlsturm Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2005 Germany

    But "Tannenzäpfle" is a loving nickname for those tiny .33 liter bottles, it has nothing to do with what's in it.
  3. Stahlsturm

    Stahlsturm Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2005 Germany

    Einheitsbierbewegung ? :slight_smile:
    We jokingly call these beers "VEB Bier". "VEB" is an East German abbrevation vor Volkseigener Betrieb which was the designation all those communist conglomerates would carry back in the day. After state foreced consolidation there were 2 breweries left to water the thirst of 17 million East Germans. Over here it's more of a capitalist movement but the result is the same. Everything tastes the same and crappy at that.
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  4. danfue

    danfue Initiate (0) Sep 16, 2012 Germany

    I know that. But it wouldn't surprise me if Rothaus' PR-department had to answer a few hundred mails each month explaining that there is no difference. On the other hand, it might drive up their sales with people thinking they actually drink a Tannenzäpfle, not just a disdainful Pils.
  5. Gutes_Bier

    Gutes_Bier Disciple (390) Jul 31, 2011 Germany

    The Tannenzäpfle is more expensive per ml, too, if I'm remembering correctly. Although I will say, if you're having a party or bringing beer to a party, the 330 ml serving size is perfect. Not sure why they need to name them different things, but it must be working for them!
  6. raverjames

    raverjames Initiate (0) Dec 11, 2003 Virginia
    Beer Trader

    Yeah, I don't get the attachment to Becks around here. They stock it by the case at work. There are many other cheaper beers at Edeka and Markauf that I prefer over Becks.
  7. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (1,933) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    Answers the question I wanted to ask. But it doesn't explain the confusion a the BA list for Rothaus...
  8. Stahlsturm

    Stahlsturm Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2005 Germany

    This statement elevates Becks to the rank of beer. I would like to dispute that :grinning:
  9. einhorn

    einhorn Aspirant (293) Nov 3, 2005 California
    Beer Trader

    Einheitsbrei war schon gemeint :wink:

    I had the "pleasure" of drinking a few VEB beers, which I think were brewed in Radeberg and Köstritz (maybe Lübzer?) and they hit the spot at the time. I remember that we had no refrigerator so we cooled them in the bathtub - from 70 degrees down to 55 degrees.
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  10. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (1,933) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    At least what you can get is still brewed in Germany. Maybe, that is. :confused:
  11. patto1ro

    patto1ro Defender (622) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands

    I hope you're joking, because there were a lot more than two breweries in the DDR. They weren't even all state owned. There were about half a dozen very small, privately-owned breweries.

    And it's definitely not true that all the beers in the DDR tasted the same. There were some cracking breweruies in Thüringen, whose beer knocked the socks off most of that from breweries in the North of West Germany. Mühlhausener Pilsator is one of the best bottom-fermented beers I've ever had. Not forgetting the Berliner Weisse from the Schultheiss brewery on Schönhauser Allee - way better than either of the West Berlin ones. I cried when those bastards at Kindl bought the brewery just so they could close it.

    I really get pissed off at people who drank fuck all beer from the DDR but slag it off based on assumptions.
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  12. herrburgess

    herrburgess Meyvn (1,016) Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina
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    Speaking of excellent DDR/Thuringian breweries, check out this film from 1990. Brauerei Schmitt is in my top 10 German breweries anywhere -- and may even be top 5.

    Their pils is my absolute favorite pils bar none. Reminds me of pre-1994 Urquell. Just delicious.

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  13. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (1,933) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    That brewery looks smaller than a lot of US micros I've been to!

    Die Krug sind wunderschön.
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  14. patto1ro

    patto1ro Defender (622) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands

    That's one of the breweries that always stayed in private hands. And I agree, their beer is dead good.
  15. patto1ro

    patto1ro Defender (622) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands

    It's a lovely little brewery, still powered by a little steam engine. The only breweries I've seen that were as old-fashioned and still in operation are communal Zoigl breweries.
  16. Stahlsturm

    Stahlsturm Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2005 Germany

    I was semi-joking. I have no clue how many breweries actually existed during DDR-times and I'm sure the number changed significantly between 1949 and 1990.

    They were all state owned after 1972. That's a historical fact.

    I wouldn't know. Unless you had relatives in the East it was pretty impossible to even get a permit to go there unless you were transiting to West Berlin.
  17. Stahlsturm

    Stahlsturm Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2005 Germany

    Hmmm, I stand corrected. So there were some tiny family businesses that escaped the wrath of the all seeing eye of the central planning comitte in East Berlin.
  18. patto1ro

    patto1ro Defender (622) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands

    There were 152 breweries in the DDR in 1980:

    Brauerei Schmitt, mentioned above, was a brewery that was always privately owned. As were these three:

    Brauerei Reizlein "Zur goldenen Henne" in Jüchsen.
    Brauerei Christian Fiedler in Scheibenberg.
    Privatbrauerei Specht in Ehrensfriedersdorf.

    I think in total between 6 and a dozen breweries were never nationalised.

    I married an East German. I went there dozens of times. It wasn't that difficult to get in, you just had to apply for a visa. Unless you were going to East Berlin. Then you could just turn up and get a 24-hour pass at Friedrichstrasse.
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