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Easily accessible, great German beers in the US?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by jtg5678, Jan 15, 2013.

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  1. BierVogel

    BierVogel Initiate (162) Oct 29, 2012 Minnesota
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    I love a good Kölsch. Sünner has been very easy to find in the upper midwest in recent years. Quite tasty and super cheap.
  2. Redbeerman

    Redbeerman Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2013 Maryland

    Schneider Weisse or Hopfen Weisse
    Ayinger Celebrator
    Weihenstephaner Korbinian
    A lot of good suggestions above.
    If you can find a good pils on tap somewhere, they are always a treat. The bottled stuff is usually oxidized beyond drinkability IMO. Be careful of the age of what you buy. The darker, stronger beers age well, the lighter beers do not.
  3. Jnorton00

    Jnorton00 Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2007 Massachusetts

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  4. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,014) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    I have found and drank it in bottles but I thought the drinking experience wasn’t as good as my experiences with Mahr’s Ungespundet-hefetrüb on cask and draft.

    I and HerrBurgess have recently posted on this beer in the Lagers on cask thread:

    Me: “Mahr’s imports a number of their beers in Firkins. I have had the Ungespundet-hefetrüb (a Kellerbier) and the Bock-Bier on cask (both gravity pour) and I have enjoyed both of those beers.”

    HerrBurgess (in reference to bottled beers I presume): “Mahr's Ungespundet (every one of those I've had here doesn't even remotely resemble the original when fresh...they've just all been in really bad shape).”

    So, you can indeed find this beer but it is much better on draft or cask IMHO.

  5. Inspired

    Inspired Initiate (157) Mar 4, 2008 Maryland

    The Hofbrau beers are pretty accessible and very good. Try the original (Helles Lager) and the Dunkel.
  6. azorie

    azorie Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2006 Florida

    If do not think any are bad beers if fresh. I like 99% of them. I love some more than others.
    I love the hefe, and dark lagers.
  7. Inspired

    Inspired Initiate (157) Mar 4, 2008 Maryland

    Add Beck's to the list of Anheuser Busch InBev owned products.
  8. ChapaTX

    ChapaTX Initiate (0) Jan 14, 2013 Texas

    Warstiener Verym is good German pilsner in my opinion!
  9. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,014) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    And the Beck's we get in the US are brewed in St. Louis to boot!:slight_frown:

  10. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,188) Mar 18, 2010 California

    I believe they leave the malt for this beer in proximity to the smoking process but it's not directly put on smoke.
  11. Droogins

    Droogins Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2012 Massachusetts

    I'm surprised you're the only one so far to mention Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock because that's probably my second favorite German beer right after, what do you know, Kulmbacher Eisbock. Happened upon a dusty old sixer once, enjoyed the absolute hell out of it, and haven't seen it since.
  12. woemad

    woemad Poo-Bah (2,653) Jun 8, 2003 Washington
    Beer Trader

    There are individual German beers I love, like Aventinus and Jever Pilsner, but my go-to German brewery would be Weihenstephaner. ANYTHING from them will be outstanding.
  13. Jimjohson

    Jimjohson Initiate (0) Dec 26, 2012 Georgia

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  14. jtg5678

    jtg5678 Aspirant (210) Nov 27, 2012 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    I am actually from St. Louis. Every time I go back I end up spending an entire afternoon at ucbc. The zwickel is amazing!
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  15. TheSaboteur

    TheSaboteur Initiate (0) Sep 20, 2010 Nebraska

    How nobody has mentioned Vitus is beyond me.
  16. TheSixthRing

    TheSixthRing Poo-Bah (2,369) Sep 24, 2008 California

    IMO, Weihenstephaner, Ayinger, Hacker-Pshorr - almost everything those 3 breweries make are good to world-class.
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  17. TheSixthRing

    TheSixthRing Poo-Bah (2,369) Sep 24, 2008 California

    See reply # 28. highdesertdrinker mentioned it.
  18. basscram

    basscram Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2006 Maine

    Reissdorf Kolsch, Gaffel Kolsch, Kostritzer, Spaten Optimator
  19. superspak

    superspak Poo-Bah (9,066) May 5, 2010 Michigan
    Supporter Beer Trader

    Anything Weihenstephan makes(aside from the O-fest which falls short for the style, but is good) and anything Ayinger makes(which includes a fantastic O-fest). That is all you need to know if you want world class German beer.

    I also have nothing bad to say about Schlenkerla either, the rauchbier masters out there. Even the smoked helles is delicious.

    I was also very impressed with Hacker Pschorr's Hefeweiss and Oktoberfest. Schneider is also very consistent with a great hefeweiss; and Aventinus is world class.
  20. patto1ro

    patto1ro Defender (624) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands

    1909 is unlike a true Berliner Weisse in just about every way. And k
    It's a crap beer.
  21. Crusader

    Crusader Initiate (198) Feb 4, 2011 Sweden

    I bought another Schlenkerla Märzen today and I made sure to check the best before date this time around (once I was back home and remembered to check it :stuck_out_tongue: ), the date is 06/2013 which I have to assume means that the beer was bottled in june of last year (unless Schlenkerla uses a different, shorter best before standard for their dates). Last time I had it, little over a week or so ago, it was a really tasty beer combining the inviting smells of a camp fire with the taste of smoked meats, beechwood smoked meats in particular. This one is no different, despite it being at least 6 months old at this point. I'm gonna make sure to look for as fresh of a bottle as I can find next time around though to see if I can spot any difference. I realize though that it's a beer that's a slow mover and might take a while to go through the current inventory, unless I come across new arrivals in the back of the shelf.

    Though if you have no indication of its age, as seems to be the case in the US, then I can see how it could be a gamble to buy a bottle.
  22. chinabeergeek

    chinabeergeek Meyvn (1,270) Aug 10, 2007 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    just out of curiosity, what is wrong with it? and what is/are your recommendation(s) for a good berlinerweisse?
  23. TheSaboteur

    TheSaboteur Initiate (0) Sep 20, 2010 Nebraska

    Sure enough. Thoght I read every post. Still, 28 posts for it to get a mention...
  24. klaybie

    klaybie Initiate (0) Nov 15, 2009 Illinois

    I know these have been mentioned but it bears emphasis:
    Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier and Vitus
    Franziskaner Hefeweisbier
    Ayinger anything

    Try Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier, just because you'll go "WTF, smoked meat beer!" And then you might even enjoy it.

    Also, Koelsch is under rated IMO, the only ones I know that are available here are Reissdorf and Gaffel. Gaffel is decent, Reissdorf is better. Frueh is even better, so if you see that it's worth grabbing.

    Personally, I am not a fan of Schneider Weiss, every bottle I've had here and in Germany tastes horrible. Schneider-Brooklyn Hopfen Weiss on the other hand is amazing!

  25. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (1,953) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    Considering there has been big love for Weihenstephaner, I think Vitus can be easily included in the group hug. :wink:
  26. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,121) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    Erdinger Pikantus is a bit tough to find, but its a good weizenbock
    Ayinger Weizenbock
    Ayinger Octoberfest
    Weihenstephener Korbinian
    Weihenstephener Hefe
    Hacker Pschorr Hefe
    Kulmbacher Eisbock
    Aventinus Eisbock
  27. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,014) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    “as seems to be the case in the US, then I can see how it could be a gamble to buy a bottle.” Yeah, as we have corresponded on in the past; Schlenkerla made a business decision to not date their bottles for US export.:slight_frown:
  28. frazbri

    frazbri Crusader (733) Oct 29, 2003 Ohio

    The trick with imports, especially lighter lagers, is finding them fresh. Almost all of the German beer is good, as long as it's not really old or skunked.
  29. ShogoKawada

    ShogoKawada Meyvn (1,247) May 31, 2009 Pennsylvania

    the schlenkerla helles is GERMANY TOP # 1 BEER GOOD TIMES
  30. RochefortChris

    RochefortChris Meyvn (1,017) Oct 2, 2012 North Carolina
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    Kulmbacher Eisbock
    Augussteiner Dunkel and Pils
    1684 (I think, I can never remember the year on the bottle.) Berliner Weisse
    Hirschbrau Hefeweizen and Dunkel
    Monschof Schwartzbier
    Zum Ureige Altbier
    Adventious Weizenbock
    Ayinger Marzen and most other stuff they make
    Anything by Schlenkerla
  31. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,014) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    I just gotta ask: have you ever been able to find a fresh bottle of Uerige beer?

    I have had over ½ dozen bottles of imported Uerige beer (the Uerige Altbier (Classic) and Uerige Doppelsticke) and every one of those bottle was mediocre. I have to believe that these beers were mediocre since the bottles were old/beat up.

    Is there a ‘trick’ to getting fresh imported Uerige beers?

  32. RochefortChris

    RochefortChris Meyvn (1,017) Oct 2, 2012 North Carolina
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    I think it was just the bottle shop I got it from. They're really good about making sure the beer they get in is fresh.
  33. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,014) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    You have a great bottleshop near you!

    It has been a few years since I have had an Uerige bottle in my hand. Does Uerige provide a bottled on date on their bottles?

  34. FosterJM

    FosterJM Poo-Bah (2,719) Nov 16, 2009 California
    Beer Trader

    everyone has said the name of the brewer, but i generally love typing


  35. RochefortChris

    RochefortChris Meyvn (1,017) Oct 2, 2012 North Carolina
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    To be honest I'm not exactly sure.
  36. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,278) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    Neck labels have a spot for a "Bottled On" date.
  37. Gutes_Bier

    Gutes_Bier Disciple (390) Jul 31, 2011 Germany

    How old is that photo? In Germany, the regular Alts (not sure about the Sticke, pictured above) have a Bottled On date and a Best Buy date, although I don't have a pic handy. Maybe I'll just have to order some more!
  38. Gutes_Bier

    Gutes_Bier Disciple (390) Jul 31, 2011 Germany

    Looks like we will also start a Send Jack To Düsseldorf fund? That one I might have to consider contributing to...:wink:
  39. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,014) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Woo-Hoo! Dusseldorf here I come!:slight_smile:
  40. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,014) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Do you know whether they label is applicable for beers exported to the US?

    I have corresponded with Crusader concerning Schlenkerla Marzen. When Schlenkerla exports that beer to Sweden they include a date on the bottle. The Schlenkerla Marzen beers that are exported to the US do not have a date.

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