Your favorite German beer

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  1. pro45

    pro45 Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2016 New York

    Mine is Mary from Hill Farmstead. I've tried almost all the other styles. But as a lover of good pilsners, this was superior. What are yours?? BTW, I had this both on tap, and canned, and they were equally as great..
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  2. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,416) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    Still seeking, figure I'm a few hundred behind.
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  3. MNAle

    MNAle Poo-Bah (1,998) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota

    I didn't realize that Hill Farmstead Brewery was German! :sunglasses:
  4. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,851) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    Ah -- the old "pick your favorite child" thread. :grin:

    I currently have 5 different German beers and 6 different German-style beers in rotation in my stock -- no favorites, just whatever tickles my fancy when it's time for a beer.
  5. Reemer686

    Reemer686 Initiate (0) Oct 13, 2014 Maryland

    I LOVE Ayinger's dunkel. Go to German beer.
  6. Ranbot

    Ranbot Defender (648) Nov 27, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Just one? Nah... not doing that.

    Jever Pilsener (of course)
    Schlenkerla Marzen
    Schneider Aventinus

    Which is best depends on my mood.
  7. taxandbeerguy

    taxandbeerguy Poo-Bah (2,891) Jul 12, 2013 Canada (ON)

    C'Mon. This is easy. You could never go wrong with:

    Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier
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  8. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,685) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado

    When I have access to it, Keesmann Herren Pils.
    As a more realistic favorite, Andechser Doppelbock.
  9. Smakawhat

    Smakawhat Poo-Bah (7,639) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland

    Too many to mention

    Many of the Heller Trum brews really rock for me.
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  10. pro45

    pro45 Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2016 New York

    Jever... Yes.
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    DISKORD Initiate (0) Feb 28, 2017 South Carolina

    "You favorite German beer" But you're talking about Hill Farmstead, which is American. Perhaps you should change the title to "Your favorite German-style beer". My favorite German beer is Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock ( And any wheat beer by Weihenstephaner.

    My favorite German-style, American-made beer is Sierra Nevada Kellerweis.
  12. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    I don’t have a favorite German beer but my favorite German style is Hefeweissbier.
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  13. ypsifly

    ypsifly Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2004 Michigan

  14. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (13,040) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan, aka Weihenstaphaner
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  15. Uniobrew31

    Uniobrew31 Zealot (520) Jan 16, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Ayinger Jarhindert (or however the hell its spelled) maybe Paulaner Oktoberfest Weisn' Its a close call.
  16. rgordon

    rgordon Meyvn (1,091) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    Munich Lowenbrau for nostalgic reality, Aventinus just because, Aecht Schlenkerla "Original", Spaten Oktoberfest because it's a time-worn habit, and Sunner Kolsch. There are many more that I could cite. Americans are definitely getting better at many of the German styles.
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    THANAT0PSIS Initiate (0) Aug 3, 2010 Wisconsin

    This is a very ambiguously-titled thread, so I'll give answers to a few of the ways it can be interpreted.

    Favorite German Style: German Pilsner

    Favorite German Beer: This is really tough. Bitburger Pils, Weihenstephan Original, Weihenstephan Hefeweizen, Ayinger Celebrator, Ayinger Jahrhundert, Ayinger Pils, Andechs Doppelbock, Andechs Hell, Mahrs Ungespundet, Aecht Schlenkerla Urbock, Reissdorf Koelsch, and, of course, Jever

    Favorite German-Style Beer (Implying Outside Germany): Hill Farmstead Mary, New Glarus Zwickel, New Glarus Hometown Blonde, Von Trapp Helles, Von Trapp Pilsner, Von Trapp Vienna Lager, Dovetail Lager, Dovetail Vienna Lager, Dovetail Rauchbier, COAST 32/50, Metropolitan Arc Welder, Heater Allen Pils, and way too many more to mention.
  18. seth27

    seth27 Initiate (0) Mar 16, 2015 Pennsylvania

    Either Ayinger dopplebock or Weihenstephner Heffe
  19. rgordon

    rgordon Meyvn (1,091) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    You worked your way around the original query very nicely! Prost.
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  20. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (2,906) May 30, 2005 Michigan

    I feel so lonely. No one yet has mentioned Maibock as a favorite beer style, which is my favorite style from whichever German brewery that I can get it.
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  21. NeroFiddled

    NeroFiddled Poo-Bah (11,819) Jul 8, 2002 Pennsylvania
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    Loaded question. Schlenkerla Urbock comes to mind. Ayinger Bräu Weiss as well, probably my favorite all-around beer. Plenty of different Münich helles. But I mainly responded to this to say that I think Hill Farmstead's "Mary" is over-rated, probably based on the quality of their other brews. It's very good but I don't think it tops the best German pilsners.
  22. drtth

    drtth Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Having had the chance to have both Mary fresh on tap and the Rothaus Pils Tannen Zapfle fresh on tap in the same evening, I definitely agree with this. For me, the Tannen Zapfle was noticably more complex and more enjoyable than the Mary.
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  23. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,858) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Yeah, it's nice enough, but I don't even put it in the top tier of American brewed Pilsners (which are, admittedly, pretty top notch ).
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  24. OKbrew89

    OKbrew89 Initiate (0) May 13, 2013 Oklahoma

    Favorite beer from a German brewer is Weihenstephaner Vitus.
    German style is another question.
  25. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,858) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    If I had to pick one it would be Schlenkerla Urbock. There are plenty of Honorable Mentions, however, including :

    Andechs Doppelbock
    Traunsteiner Helles
    all the other Schlenkerla beers:wink:
  26. Bryan12345

    Bryan12345 Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2016 Texas

    The one in front of me at the time
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  27. Malt_Man

    Malt_Man Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2014 England

    When in Rome:
    Herren Pils, Spezial Lager, Augustiner Edelstoff 'Bayerisch Anstich'; any Kolsch, any Altbier from Dusseldorf.

    Bottled bier commonly available:
    Augustiner Helles, Schneider Weisse Tap 7, Boltens Altbier.
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  28. Haybeerman

    Haybeerman Poo-Bah (2,383) May 21, 2008 Colorado

    Konig Pils and Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbie - I'm never without
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  29. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Initiate (0) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona

    OP are you talking German Style or actually made in Germany?
  30. NextBestThing

    NextBestThing Initiate (157) Apr 5, 2008 New York

  31. 25Comical

    25Comical Initiate (32) Oct 3, 2017 Illinois

    Favorites in the day:

    Kitzmann Jubi
    Carolus der Starke
    Ettal doppelbock fresh from town
    Kirner pilsner
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  32. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Initiate (0) Jul 5, 2009 Kansas

    I suppose it's equal to Coors Light in Germany but I love Paulaner Oktoberfest-Marzen
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  33. Ozzylizard

    Ozzylizard Poo-Bah (4,275) Oct 5, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    I didn't know they imported Herran Pils - I had it on tap at Keesman last June and would like to find it here.
  34. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,685) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado

    They don't. "When I have access to it" means when I'm at Keesmann...every 2-3 years :grin:
  35. rgordon

    rgordon Meyvn (1,091) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    Einbeck Maibock was always a sturdy brew that I admired. Sweet and dry at once!
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  36. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,870) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Sly Fox Tettnang Keller Pils.

    I would recommend that others try this beer when it come available - it is a rotating beer at the Sly Fox Brewpub and Sly Fox Tasting Room.


    @drtth @Ranbot @rotsaruch @Seacoastbrewer
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  37. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,263) Feb 15, 2010 New York

    I had the exact same experience and reaction.
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  38. MFMB

    MFMB Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2015 Idaho

    Ayinger Celebrator
    Game Over:stuck_out_tongue:
    #38 MFMB, Oct 14, 2017
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2017
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  39. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,263) Feb 15, 2010 New York

    I would have a hard enough time just figuring out my favorite German beer from what I drank yesterday.

    I did such a double take when I saw the first post considering the thread title.

    Here are some favorites:

    Schlenkerla Fastenbier
    Muhlen Kolsch
    Ganstaller Brau Zoigl
    Traunsteiner Festbier

    Unfortunately, I can't just go to the store and buy any of these though (but the Fastenbier comes the closest to that by far).
  40. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (4,338) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    Oh tough question - uh, boy .. I guess if I had to go with one I'd pick Ayinger Bavarian pils. BUT I also love Celebrator, Weihenstephaner festbier, Fritz Briem 1809, Grevensteiner ... the list goes on.

    That being said - OP, how you going to ask what someone's favorite German beer is and then give an American beer??? :thinking_face:
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