Germans put soda in beer?

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  1. LambicPentameter

    LambicPentameter Meyvn (1,478) Aug 29, 2012 Michigan
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    Radlers and Shandys have their place. For example, they are good for a morning or brunch beer.

    Steigl's grapefruit radler is pretty refreshing, but has a bit more bite than just grapefruit juice. There's also a place I go to for brunch here in Kansas City that makes a shandy using Boulevard Tank 7 and lemonade. It's incredibly tasty and works great for a little hair of the dog.
  2. fx20736

    fx20736 Meyvn (1,017) Mar 7, 2009 New York

    I started drinking beer every day when I quit drinking soda. I never and I mean never drink soda.

    But I drink beer like it were soda, often and always when I can.
  3. Jeffo

    Jeffo Poo-Bah (2,738) Sep 7, 2008 Netherlands

    In my three years living in Hamburg, it was common to mix Sprite with a lager beer in the summer. Several companies also produced and canned this stuff, selling it as Alsterwasser. Radler in the rest of the country. Quite refreshing on a warm day actually.

    Otherwise, nobody I knew or hung around with mixed their beer with soda. This was not very common among twenty-somethings in Hamburg and the surrounding areas. People mostly drank pilsner, lager or weizen when we were out. Alcohol coolers were also popular.

  4. Kelp

    Kelp Defender (694) Mar 6, 2008 New Hampshire

    A friend brought on of these home from Germany and it actually wasn't bad. I don't think I would drink it very often, but on occasion I could deal.
  5. Parrotshake

    Parrotshake Initiate (0) Nov 29, 2008 Australia

    Hefeweizen topped up with Coke is pretty great on a really hot day. Friend came back from teaching in Germany for a few years and turned me onto it. Another friend's of Dad regularly drinks Coopers Sparkling Ale cut with ginger beer and after reluctantly trying it I had to admit that it was pretty good.
  6. DovaliHops

    DovaliHops Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2009 California
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    I love me some chocolates soda at local 50's burger joints. This thread is tempting mr to try Black Tuesday with club soda.
  7. bmmortale

    bmmortale Disciple (321) Apr 6, 2012 California
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    After riding your bike for miles around Munich on a hot summer's day, drinking a Radler or Dunkelradler at a Biergarten is fantastic.
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  8. Douberd

    Douberd Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2012 Netherlands

    And apparently the new thing is beer with energy drink. :confused:
  9. Gutes_Bier

    Gutes_Bier Disciple (391) Jul 31, 2011 Germany

    If Heidelberg used to be on the Rhine back then things have changed quite a bit! :grinning: Sorry for the nitpick, Heidelberg is of course on the Neckar river, not the Rhine.

    To the OP, yes the cola drinks are very popular here as you can probably tell by the responses. I don't drink them myself but they are everywhere.
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  10. rocdoc1

    rocdoc1 Aspirant (272) Jan 13, 2006 New Mexico

    50/50 Seven up or Sprite with a decent low-moderately hopped lager is a great hangover cure. There's just enough alcohol to put your system on the right track and plenty of sugar to give you a little energy. In France it's not even considered alcoholic and you can buy them from vending machines.
  11. dbrauneis

    dbrauneis Site Editor (6,718) Dec 8, 2007 North Carolina
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    I have also had these when in Germany, in a variety of different cities including Munich, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Berlin, and Dusseldorf... I have had radlers in all of the places but the only place I experienced the beer and cola was in Dusseldorf.
  12. ItsLaTrappe

    ItsLaTrappe Initiate (0) May 15, 2012 Pennsylvania

    The only sin here is linking ratebeer on beer advocate. :astonished:
  13. Lordkrystic

    Lordkrystic Initiate (0) Jul 18, 2012 Washington

    Steigl Grapefuit Radler....yum, yum, yum.
  14. GRPunk

    GRPunk Meyvn (1,197) Apr 5, 2007 Michigan

    My bad. Late night post got my converging rivers flipped.
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  15. smokinyodas

    smokinyodas Initiate (0) Oct 21, 2012 Florida

    This is making me want a cold Hansa beer right about now. Not sure if I'll be adding soda.
  16. HOP_KING

    HOP_KING Initiate (170) Jan 30, 2013 Illinois

    Germans were sipping and brewing beer long before us Americans. They can do what they want.
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  17. JohnSnowNW

    JohnSnowNW Defender (609) Feb 6, 2013 Minnesota
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    My German ex-gf used to put banana juice in her hefeweizen. She said it was a common additive. *shrugs*
  18. woemad

    woemad Poo-Bah (2,719) Jun 8, 2003 Washington
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    In 1999, I spent a month in and around Lübeck, on the Baltic coast. Radlers and other odd combos were in evidence then, though they called the Radler an Alsterwasser in northern Germany, apparently after the supposed color of the River Alster. I sipped from the glass of a friend, and while I found it a tad refreshing (not as refreshing as ice water, which couldn't be found for blood or money), it was not my cup of tea.

    What really found nasty was Malzbier. Some brands actually add chocolate flavoring to them!
  19. woemad

    woemad Poo-Bah (2,719) Jun 8, 2003 Washington
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    As a regular Vitus drinker, I think I just slightly threw up in my mouth.
  20. schopenhauerale

    schopenhauerale Devotee (493) Dec 6, 2011 British Columbia (Canada)

    In the rural corner of southern Germany I grew up in, it was fairly typical for teenagers and non-drinkers to drink Radlers (lemon club soda and beer, as explained before), which you could get premixed in a bottle from the Rothaus Staatsbrauerei. I think they were using their Pils as the base beer, which is good stuff (, and the result was refreshing and mild if not very exciting.
  21. loafinaround

    loafinaround Aspirant (296) Jul 16, 2011 New York

    ok, you got me there. I actually don't trust rate beer for much of anything, but it WAS one of the only linkouts provided by google on the subject. I promise not to sully the BA site again :wink:
  22. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (1,999) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    Germans put lemonade in beer, the English add lime juice, I've seen Americans add ice cubes or salt -- there are oddities the world over... not that we have to follow them!
  23. BrettHead

    BrettHead Devotee (479) Sep 18, 2010 Nebraska

    Not exactly...You do know that the first non-natives in the Americas were you know European and they made this stuff called beer? Right?
  24. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,149) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    I honestly really like russ'n mixers with the fruitier weissbiers like Paulaner and HB. While most mixes tend to be 60/40'ish beer to soda, a 70/30 mix is even better. Radlers are okay, too, although I definitely prefer the russ.

    Diesel/Colabier is another animal, though. That is one foul concoction.
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  25. CellarGimp

    CellarGimp Disciple (335) Sep 14, 2011 Missouri

    Not everyone there has great taste. Lest we forget this is the land of the shizer vid.
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  26. Haydn-Juby

    Haydn-Juby Initiate (0) Dec 30, 2012 Vermont

    Personally, its not really something I would do.

    That being said beer is a drink that is meant to be enjoyed and fun and if putting some lemonade or sprite in it makes you enjoy it more go for it. Almost nothing is blasphemous to me as long as it tastes good.
  27. JMS1512

    JMS1512 Champion (835) Feb 18, 2013 New Jersey

    I've had Guinness mixed with coke. It's called a Trojan, and not too bad. I'm really big on coke mixed with a cheap Cabernet. It's a Hungarian thing, and if I have my facts straight, quite common over there. Someone tell me if I'm wrong.
  28. HOP_KING

    HOP_KING Initiate (170) Jan 30, 2013 Illinois

    Come again. I think you just answered to my point.
  29. LambicPentameter

    LambicPentameter Meyvn (1,478) Aug 29, 2012 Michigan
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    Dude. The Germans reportedly started brewing beer in the 14th Century (1300s). At the very least, they were certainly brewing at the time of the Reinheitsgebot (purity law), which was enacted in 1516.

    Brewing in the new world started around the beginning of the 17th Century (1600s) when Jamestown colonists sent inquiries back to England for some brewers to join them in the colony.
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  30. BrettHead

    BrettHead Devotee (479) Sep 18, 2010 Nebraska


    Did I say anything about brewing in the new world...As someone who can trace their genealogy back to 1630's America and beyond (back to the UK, Normandy before that, and the Nordic countries before that) I just meant there is a long line of brewing tradition that goes back before "America" was America and before those people decided to come over and become "Americans".
  31. GuzzLah

    GuzzLah Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2013 Illinois

    I tried a sixer of Steigl Radler and decided I would have a glass of Squirt the next time I get a hankering for a Radler.
  32. LambicPentameter

    LambicPentameter Meyvn (1,478) Aug 29, 2012 Michigan
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    No, you didn't. And I can understand your point... but I think you're missing the forest for the trees here.

    I think the original comparison was between German brewing tradition and American brewing tradition, and I don't think you can really count the ancestral histories of the colonists' brewing traditions as part of that American tradition. The American brewing tradition proper is something that came about and evolved *in America*, after the colonists had arrived here.

    My interpretation of the original comment was that Germans were working with beer long before any consolidated brewing tradition had even begun in what would eventually become the United States.
  33. HOP_KING

    HOP_KING Initiate (170) Jan 30, 2013 Illinois

    Brett Head will backtrack his words with the best of them. But at end of the day he is dead wrong.
  34. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Initiate (0) May 10, 2012 Illinois

    Steigl Radler is frigging awesome.
  35. Stevedore

    Stevedore Poo-Bah (3,990) Nov 16, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Anyway I spent a summer in Munich and I liked to mix it up with a maß of radler after work on a hot day in a biergarten. Its simply excellent.
  36. boddhitree

    boddhitree Devotee (486) Apr 13, 2008 Germany

    I'm sorry, but these drinks are considered chick-drinks here in Germany. No man here I've ever met would drink that without feeling shame and turn in their Man-card. Also, these drinks are now ubiquitously produced in a somewhat unsuccessful attempt at reaching the youth/female market. The German brewers are grasping at straws by selling this crap; however, it won't stop their steady decline in sales, especially among the youth. These Gemischtgetränke (mixed drinks) are frightful. Please do not perpetuate this horror further on society.
  37. DelMontiac

    DelMontiac Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2010 Oklahoma

    Those silly Germans! Why would you put crazy flavors and stuff in beer? :rolling_eyes:
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  38. CoverMePorkins

    CoverMePorkins Initiate (0) Sep 17, 2012 Delaware
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    My wife and I are currently living in Germany and our best friends here are locals. We are in our 30's and they are in their late 40's and have 2 sons. The mom usually drinks radlers and bier cola mix. The dad is either a pils or a hefe. He also drinks a hefe/grapefruit mix.

    A few months ago we were talking beers. I was in Belgium the day before and we talked Belgian beers and US beers. The older son was bragging about German beers and putting down US beers. All he knows of US beers is Bud. I point out to him for talking down US beers as he is drinking this.

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  39. boddhitree

    boddhitree Devotee (486) Apr 13, 2008 Germany

    Please, why don't you join us in the German forum, where our discussions are very lively and spirited about the German beer scene. Surprised you've not posted there.
  40. CoverMePorkins

    CoverMePorkins Initiate (0) Sep 17, 2012 Delaware
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    I never get past the beer talk and beer news forums. I will check out the German forum when I wake up tomorrow.

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