Sorry, guys. I know that it's been a while, but I'm back with plenty of tales from my Euro-beercation. First stop on the trip: Berlin! While a series of unfortunate events led the Eurotrip off to a shortened start in the German capitol, my cousin, Marissa, and I explored as much of the city as we could.
The first beer I tried was, of course, the first Berliner Weisse I came across: Berliner Kindl Weisse. I ordered it "ein rotes" (a red one) and my cousin ordered "ein grune" (a green one). Unfortunately, these beers came out nearly glowing. The bright neon drinks smelled and tasted very strongly like jolly ranchers. Being someone who doesn't like sweet things to begin with, I was not a fan. It really wasn't a beer at all. The next time I tried it, I asked for the bartender to put only a very little bit of syrup. It was less sweet than the first, but still too sweet. I just barely tasted the essence of beer through it.
The second beer was the classic Berliner Pilsner. Pilsner was the most common type of beer that I found on any German menu, which was expected. However, I didn't foresee that many of the menus would ONLY really offer pilsners, with maybe three other beers on the list. The Berliner Pilsner was very classic, clean and crisp, a popular amongst the natives. Bitburger and Radeburger were some other pilsners I had in Germany. I must say, I'm really not much of a pilsner girl, though I do appreciate it for what it is. While Berliner was my favorite of the pilsners, they all paired well with the local cuisine. The bitter pilsner taste and the clean, crispness cut through a lot of the heavy, salty dishes (schnitzel, salted herring, etc..) that I found myself attracted to.
The next beer type was schwarzbier. Kostritzer schwarzbier was pleasant. It poured, obviously, near black in color. It smelled roasty and malty. It tasted bready sweet/pumpernickel & malty at first with a bitterness at the end, which balanced it out. The body was on the lighter side of medium and actually was pretty refreshing. I wish I had seen more schwarzbiers on the menus!
The only kolsch I saw was Scion Kolsch, which didn't stand out much to me. I was disappointed because I do like kolsches and hoped to come across some really good ones.
Like I said, time was limited and I did not get the chance to really go to "craft beer bars," as there weren't many nearby. There were simply bars that served German beer. Due to plenty of unforeseen circumstances, I did not get to go to some of the places I had wanted to, which were much further away. Next time.
We did get to go to Berliner Republik, a cool restaurant that was set up like a beer stock market. TVs lined the walls around the bar and a timer would count down 30 seconds. At the end of the count down, the screen lit up in red and green, which signaled which beers went up in price and which beers dropped. It was fun trying to get your beer at the cheapest price. The food was also pretty good!
Notes about Berlin:
- You can smoke everywhere, including in closed restaurants. Needless to say, tasting beer was difficult in these situations. I recommend sitting outside, if you can.
- Dogs are allowed in some bars, but it's okay. The dogs in Berlin are weirdly well behaved. They don't even use leashes on the city streets.
- Nightlife starts super late. The craft beer bar that I wanted to check out didn't even open until 12am and closed at 8am. I ended up not making it to the bar at that time..
- Berlin Wall
- Brandenburg Gate
- Maxxim's (lol, checking out the night scene..)
More soon on my beercation in Europe!
Until then, hoppy drinking!
- One Hoppy Lady