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Discussion in 'Europe' started by spartan1979, Aug 31, 2013.

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  1. UncleJimbo

    UncleJimbo Sep 11, 2002 Massachusetts
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    Nope.
     
  2. boddhitree

    boddhitree Apr 13, 2008 Germany

    He obviously doesn't want y'all looking at his pics. He wants his privacy, which I can understand.
     
  3. herrburgess

    herrburgess Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina
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    It's a quick video of the line to get into the Bockbieranstich wrapping all the way around the block. Doubt he would have a problem with people watching it. Although Germans can be weird about Datenschutz....
     
  4. Gutes_Bier

    Gutes_Bier Jul 31, 2011 Germany

    It's on the official Mahr's FB page now for those interested.
     
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  5. UncleJimbo

    UncleJimbo Sep 11, 2002 Massachusetts
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    I am friends with him on FB, so that is not the issue.
     
  6. UncleJimbo

    UncleJimbo Sep 11, 2002 Massachusetts
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    I still can't find a video of the line to get in, but there are these videos of the crowd at the Bockbieranstich:



     
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  7. herrburgess

    herrburgess Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina
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    Sorry if I "pollute" this thread more with broken links, but...trying again:

     
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  8. UncleJimbo

    UncleJimbo Sep 11, 2002 Massachusetts
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    Success! Thanks.

    On a side note, people really need to learn to hold their phones in landscape mode (horizontally) when shooting videos (and pictures). :eek:
     
  9. spartan1979

    spartan1979 Dec 29, 2005 Missouri

    Okay, it's the end of day 2, or day 1, depending on how you count the loss of 7 hours, and almost no sleep. We made it to Miltenberg and decided on Zum Reisen for lunch. I had brewed a Schwarzviertler earlier in the year so I had to make that my first official beer. It was a lot smokier than mine and thinner. I attribute the smokiness to the age of the raunch aka compared to what I can get. I'll have to bump mine up. My wife had the Pils and thought it was the best she has had. Without question, Faust has to be considered a world class brewery. During the course of the day, we ended up trying 7 different Faust beers and all were good.

    I"m writing from my wife's iPad and haven't figured out yet how to paste links.

    Gute Nacht,

    [​IMG]
     
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  10. boddhitree

    boddhitree Apr 13, 2008 Germany

    Now that you're in-country, welcome. I'm glad someone else finally is getting around to my point of view that Brauerei Faust makes some great beers. Try the Kräusen, it's also top notch. How was the food at zum Reisen? Miltenberg is also a beautiful town, isn't it? I hope you post pics, but take your time and enjoy yourself and the beer, first.
     
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  11. Gutes_Bier

    Gutes_Bier Jul 31, 2011 Germany

    Welcome and have fun. I don't remember the Schwarzvietler being smoky, that's odd. I do remember it being pretty darn delicious, though. Glad you're off to a good start!
     
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  12. spartan1979

    spartan1979 Dec 29, 2005 Missouri

    My wife had the Kräusen. I tasted it and thought t was good. I may have to order my own glass today. The food at zum Reisen was good. We had some kind of meatballs with potatoes and leeks. Very nice place. If I can't figure out how to post pics on the iPad, I will when I get home.
     
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  13. spartan1979

    spartan1979 Dec 29, 2005 Missouri

    Well, according to the recipe in Brew Your Own, IIRC it has about 5% Rauchmalz. I'm learning the the age of the malt impacts the smokiness. I'm sure that Faust is using much fresher malt than I can get so I will have to increase the amount I use to get the same results. I have two bottles so Schwarzviertler to bring home to compare my next batch to.

    BTW, I know that Horst Dornbush is regarded here with some disdain, but I probably would not have come here except for his article.
     
  14. boddhitree

    boddhitree Apr 13, 2008 Germany

    I just checked the weather report for this week. We're having and will have all week virtually summer weather all this week, between 17 and 20 C every day, with next week cooler at around 14 C, and no rain in sight. For fall in Germany, this is quite unusual and you should be thanking your lucky stars.

    Don't worry about posting pics til after your trip. Just enjoy and since you're finding time to post, keep us informed. When I tried the Schwartzviertler this year in January, I mentioned a "hint of smoke," but that was from a bottle, and if you had it @ zum Riesen, it was probably from a keg that was filled very very recently, and maybe the batch you had was also smokier, or… they upped the Rauchmalz percentage in the recipe. Were you able to try to the Auswanderer, which is basically an DIPA? I loved that beer since it reminded me of being exactly like a 3 Floyds Alpha King. Happy drinking.

    This sounds like what you ordered:
    Original "Miltenberger Rossäpfel" – Leberknödel mit einer
    Dunkelbiersoße, Speck (15), Sauerkraut und Kartoffelbrei
    Liver Dumplings with Bacon Sauce, Sauerkraut and Mashed Potatoes
    Bierempfehlung: Hefeweizen Dunkel oder Doppelbock

    Or this:
    Hausgemachte Semmelknödel mit frischen Champignons in Rahm
    Homemade Dumplings in Mushrooms Cream Sauce
    Bierempfehlung: Riesen Spezial oder Hefeweizen Hell

    I love that they empfehelen (recommend) beers to accompany each dish on their online menu. Did they do it on their physical menus, too? They didn't do this when I visited 3 years ago.

    I hadn't ever seen the Riesen Spezial beer ever before. Were you able to try it and if so, how was it?

    finally… did yo stay at the inn at zum Riesen?
     
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  15. Gutes_Bier

    Gutes_Bier Jul 31, 2011 Germany

    Glad you decided to go somewhere a little off the tourist-beaten path, and even more glad you seem to be enjoying it!
     
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  16. boddhitree

    boddhitree Apr 13, 2008 Germany

    After being in the quaint medieval town of Miltenberg, Bamberg, though beautiful, will seem like a tourist death trap.
     
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  17. herrburgess

    herrburgess Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina
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    Hey, them's fightin' words! ;)
     
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  18. Gutes_Bier

    Gutes_Bier Jul 31, 2011 Germany

    I've never gotten that impression from Bamberg, although I live in Heidelberg so my exposure to tourists is pretty high. I was only in Miltenberg for a brief time although it was a cute little town. Maybe I'll head back there one of these days.
     
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  19. spartan1979

    spartan1979 Dec 29, 2005 Missouri

    Sie hatten recht. Ich sollte mehr als einen Tag in der schönen Stadt von Regensburg geplant haben. Ich werde diesen Fehler das nächtse Mal nicht machen, wenn ich besuche.
     
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  20. Gutes_Bier

    Gutes_Bier Jul 31, 2011 Germany

    Either you were sandbagging us on your German knowledge or you have been a very fast learner!

    Or Google Translate. ;)
     
  21. spartan1979

    spartan1979 Dec 29, 2005 Missouri

    This was Reverso.net translation. I'm very proud that I was able to communicate entirely in German in a couple of situations this week. Probably very poor German but I did get my message across.
     
  22. spartan1979

    spartan1979 Dec 29, 2005 Missouri

    We have left Miltenberg and went to Regensburg. Very lovely city. We took a city tour and had dinner at Kneitinger. Their Bock and Dunkel are fantastic. The Bock was one of the best I've ever had. Yesterday morning we left to go to Bamberg. Since we had to change trains in Nürnberg we decided to stash our bags and get lunch. We went to the Hausbrauerei Altstadt. The wurst was great. We also found the hotel serving Andechs and had a beer there. After arriving in Bamberg we stopped at Spezial and Schenkerla. Heading back to the hotel, wee passed Fâssla, which just happened to be having their Bockbieranstich. Had to have one although it was probably one too many.

    More later. I will post pics when I get home.
     
  23. patto1ro

    patto1ro Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands
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    Kneitinger is a great brewery that often gets overlooked. Lovely brewery tap, too.

    Knowing the sort of people you find in Fässla at 9 AM, I'd love to see their Bockbieranstich. I have a feeling I'd feel right at home.
     
  24. herrburgess

    herrburgess Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina
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    I dunno. I went to the Faessla 350 year anniversary celebration -- where they were selling a Mass for DM3.50 -- and even I was shocked at the clientele. When they started playing Wolfgang Petry, and the crowd started "dancing," I knew it was time to go! Still, got to keep the cool Masskrug.

    [​IMG]
     
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  25. Stahlsturm

    Stahlsturm Mar 21, 2005 Germany

    You were in Regensburg a full day and you only hit 1 of the 5 brewing spots even though all 5 are within less than 10 minutes from the Cathedral ?!?! o_O
     
  26. boddhitree

    boddhitree Apr 13, 2008 Germany

    Kneitinger is still my all time favorite Pils I've ever had, though it was only in a bottle.

    Also, having stayed a night at Fäßle's inn, I saw the types at 8 am when we went to breakfast. "Savory," as in "well marinated," is how I would describe the old guys who populate the place in the mornings and evenings.
     
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  27. Bierman9

    Bierman9 Dec 20, 2001 New Hampshire
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    Uh-oh! Add another name to Stahls shit-list!! :eek:
     
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  28. spartan1979

    spartan1979 Dec 29, 2005 Missouri

    No, also hit Spital. We had lunch at the Wusrtküche and had the Jakob bier. I only mentioned Kneitinger because it was so good!
     
  29. spartan1979

    spartan1979 Dec 29, 2005 Missouri

    Yesterday we rented bikes and rode to Memmelsdorf and Merkendorf hitting four breweries along the way. We had a nice talk with the brewer at Drei Kronen and lunch at Wagner. Hummel is my idea of what a small local brauerei should be.

    In the evening, we went to Klosterbrau for their Bockbieranstich. We found a spot in the upstairs room and enjoyed several Bocks.

    Today we ventured out to Weißenohe and did the Fünf Seidla Steig. We had a bit of trouble finding the start of the trail but once we did, we managed to get to all five brauereis. We liked the biers at Hoffmann the best. A fun day, but maybe a bit too far to go from Bamberg.

    We really enjoyed our little adventures and the chance to see parts of Germany most tourists never see.

    Tomorrow, Griefenklau and zum Sonne's Bockbieranstich.
     
  30. herrburgess

    herrburgess Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina
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    Voll neidisch! Hummel is indeed great. Did you have their Rauchbier? Any favorite beers so far?

    Keep in mind that Greifenklau is only open until 2 pm Sundays. Still, great little brunch spot. Prost!
     
  31. Bierman9

    Bierman9 Dec 20, 2001 New Hampshire
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    Yeah, the brewer at Drei Kronen (Herr Straub) is a good egg... Chatted with him on my visit a few years ago.... Their Rauch was nice, and the Käsespätzle was killer..... How did you like Höhn, if you went?

    Prosit!
     
  32. spartan1979

    spartan1979 Dec 29, 2005 Missouri

    Favorite bees, Faust Schwarzviertler, Kneitinger Bock and Dunkel, Kolsterbrau Bock, Hoffmann Dunkel.

    My wife had the Hummel Rauchbier and I tasted hers. It was good. We are thinking of going back there tomorrow for lunch.
     
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  33. spartan1979

    spartan1979 Dec 29, 2005 Missouri

    We stopped at Höhn on our way back thru Memmelsdorf. It was too new inside! The beer was good but nothing special. I understand that the brewery is wood fired. I may have to try and see the brewery.
     
  34. Stahlsturm

    Stahlsturm Mar 21, 2005 Germany

    Good. Not perfect but you're off the shit-list :D
     
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  35. spartan1979

    spartan1979 Dec 29, 2005 Missouri

    I will sleep better tonight.
     
  36. Stahlsturm

    Stahlsturm Mar 21, 2005 Germany

    After all the beer you're reporting about I most certainly hope you will :)
     
  37. spartan1979

    spartan1979 Dec 29, 2005 Missouri

    We finished our stay in Bamberg. On Sunday we had lunch at Griefenklau. We forgot about the time change and arrived an hour before we had planned to. It was worth going to but there are better places in Bamberg. Since we were finished with lunch an hour earlier than planned, we ventured back to Klosterbrau so I could try the Braunbier. Very good! My wife had the "Hefe Braun." She liked it so much that she wants me to try and brew it. I'm thinking a standard Hefe with Munich replacing much of the Pils malt and a touch of crystal fermented at a temp the inhibits the banana esters.

    That evening we took the bus out to zur Sonne. I was expecting a Bockbieranstich, but the place was quiet. We stayed for dinner. The food was excellent and the Hell was very good.

    We finished the night at Cafe Abseits. It was okay, but I'd rather drink at the Brauereis.

    Monday included Mahrs and Keesmann. I liked the tap at Mahrs quite a bit and thought the U was good, but my wife is much more sensitive to diacetyl than I am and didn't care for the beers. We ventured over to Keesmann and had dinner. The Herrin Pils was very good as was the Sternla. We finished the night at Spezial. We were there three times. Definitely our pub of choice!

    Today was traveling. First to Köln to visit the Dom. Malzmuehle for lunch and a couple beers at Fruh. Finally on to Dusseldorf and Schumacher for dinner. Since our last visit here, I've brewed several Alts and wanted to compare mine to the real thing. My malt profile is close but their's is more bitter and crisper. The bitter part is easy, the crispness I have to think about.

    Tomorrow is our last day before flying home on Thursday.
     
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  38. spartan1979

    spartan1979 Dec 29, 2005 Missouri

    I forgot to mention the reason zur Sonne was dead was that the Bockbieranstich had been the night before. I'm guessing that somewhere along the line I picked up last year's date. Oh well, it was still worth the trip.
     
  39. Domingo

    Domingo Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    I felt that the best thing about Greifenklau was the view. It's quite the trek up that hill, though. Of the breweries in town, theirs has the closest thing to a large Munich-style biergarten. I can imagine their Lagerbier might be a favorite for some folks, though.
    Your wife isn't the first person to get diacetyl from Mahrs' U. Bill Eye (from Prost) told me he got it the last time he was there. I'm usually a butter-tasting fanatic, but I've never tasted any. I think that would crush me as it's one of my favorite beers on the planet. Having that beer and Herren Pils 50 yards apart = win.
     
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  40. spartan1979

    spartan1979 Dec 29, 2005 Missouri

    Checking to see if this works.

    [​IMG]

    Yea!
     
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