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I've never had an original German one, but have tried some local offerings. Quite a strange experience. Quite smokey and reminded me of bacon. Not really my thing.
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Fat Old Git wrote: Sat Jan 23, 2021 2:32 am I've never had an original German one, but have tried some local offerings. Quite a strange experience. Quite smokey and reminded me of bacon. Not really my thing.
Yes, the German ones taste like smoked ham. Not for everyone, but I quite like them, although probably wouldn't have too many.

So much good beer in Germany and also Belgium, where I worked a couple of times. You always have to check the label though. Once had a beer that was 13% there, but they don't taste like they are that strong, not like IPAs.
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Really enjoying Brewdog Lost Lager at the moment.

But when back in the motherland it has to be ice cold Castle Lager - shit beer, great memories
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Whatever wrote: Sat Jan 23, 2021 2:51 am
Fat Old Git wrote: Sat Jan 23, 2021 2:32 am I've never had an original German one, but have tried some local offerings. Quite a strange experience. Quite smokey and reminded me of bacon. Not really my thing.
Yes, the German ones taste like smoked ham. Not for everyone, but I quite like them, although probably wouldn't have too many.

So much good beer in Germany and also Belgium, where I worked a couple of times. You always have to check the label though. Once had a beer that was 13% there, but they don't taste like they are that strong, not like IPAs.
It makes you realise how much of the flavour of smoked ham/bacon is actually smoke. I don't buy smoked bacon for that reason.

I had no trouble getting used to the smoked flavour of the beer - just sink a few and you are set. This might be aided by the convivial nature of drinking in Germany.

Under normal circumstances me and a couple of mates do a yearly trip to continental Europe for food and drink related reasons. Belgium & Germany are always included. Italy is usually included. France is often included.
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dinsdale wrote: Sat Jan 23, 2021 4:00 pm
Whatever wrote: Sat Jan 23, 2021 2:51 am
Fat Old Git wrote: Sat Jan 23, 2021 2:32 am I've never had an original German one, but have tried some local offerings. Quite a strange experience. Quite smokey and reminded me of bacon. Not really my thing.
Yes, the German ones taste like smoked ham. Not for everyone, but I quite like them, although probably wouldn't have too many.

So much good beer in Germany and also Belgium, where I worked a couple of times. You always have to check the label though. Once had a beer that was 13% there, but they don't taste like they are that strong, not like IPAs.
It makes you realise how much of the flavour of smoked ham/bacon is actually smoke. I don't buy smoked bacon for that reason.

I had no trouble getting used to the smoked flavour of the beer - just sink a few and you are set. This might be aided by the convivial nature of drinking in Germany.

Under normal circumstances me and a couple of mates do a yearly trip to continental Europe for food and drink related reasons. Belgium & Germany are always included. Italy is usually included. France is often included.
Czech Republic? Another good beer-drinking country.
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BokJock wrote: Sat Jan 23, 2021 9:29 am Really enjoying Brewdog Lost Lager at the moment.

But when back in the motherland it has to be ice cold Castle Lager - shit beer, great memories
For me, in that region, it has to be Tafel!

And not Mainstay Cane Spirit :thumbdown: I did once have some proper Absinthe in a bar in Swakopmund, that was mind-bending stuff.
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Whatever wrote: Sat Jan 23, 2021 4:41 pm
dinsdale wrote: Sat Jan 23, 2021 4:00 pm
Whatever wrote: Sat Jan 23, 2021 2:51 am
Fat Old Git wrote: Sat Jan 23, 2021 2:32 am I've never had an original German one, but have tried some local offerings. Quite a strange experience. Quite smokey and reminded me of bacon. Not really my thing.
Yes, the German ones taste like smoked ham. Not for everyone, but I quite like them, although probably wouldn't have too many.

So much good beer in Germany and also Belgium, where I worked a couple of times. You always have to check the label though. Once had a beer that was 13% there, but they don't taste like they are that strong, not like IPAs.
It makes you realise how much of the flavour of smoked ham/bacon is actually smoke. I don't buy smoked bacon for that reason.

I had no trouble getting used to the smoked flavour of the beer - just sink a few and you are set. This might be aided by the convivial nature of drinking in Germany.

Under normal circumstances me and a couple of mates do a yearly trip to continental Europe for food and drink related reasons. Belgium & Germany are always included. Italy is usually included. France is often included.
Czech Republic? Another good beer-drinking country.
It's on the list for the one of the next couple of trips. It's not a big detour to Pilsen/Prague from Munich. As we have missed a year the next trip might be old favourites - Bologna/Bergamo/Munich/Köln/Gent/Antwerp/Brussels.
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dinsdale wrote: Sat Jan 23, 2021 5:45 pm
Whatever wrote: Sat Jan 23, 2021 4:41 pm
dinsdale wrote: Sat Jan 23, 2021 4:00 pm
Whatever wrote: Sat Jan 23, 2021 2:51 am
Fat Old Git wrote: Sat Jan 23, 2021 2:32 am I've never had an original German one, but have tried some local offerings. Quite a strange experience. Quite smokey and reminded me of bacon. Not really my thing.
Yes, the German ones taste like smoked ham. Not for everyone, but I quite like them, although probably wouldn't have too many.

So much good beer in Germany and also Belgium, where I worked a couple of times. You always have to check the label though. Once had a beer that was 13% there, but they don't taste like they are that strong, not like IPAs.
It makes you realise how much of the flavour of smoked ham/bacon is actually smoke. I don't buy smoked bacon for that reason.

I had no trouble getting used to the smoked flavour of the beer - just sink a few and you are set. This might be aided by the convivial nature of drinking in Germany.

Under normal circumstances me and a couple of mates do a yearly trip to continental Europe for food and drink related reasons. Belgium & Germany are always included. Italy is usually included. France is often included.
Czech Republic? Another good beer-drinking country.
It's on the list for the one of the next couple of trips. It's not a big detour to Pilsen/Prague from Munich. As we have missed a year the next trip might be old favourites - Bologna/Bergamo/Munich/Köln/Gent/Antwerp/Brussels.
Good trip :thumbup:

As I recall the Köln libation is Kolsch in small glasses. My German friend there was quite upset when I switched to Hefeweizen after a bit. :?
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Whatever wrote: Sat Jan 23, 2021 5:53 pm
dinsdale wrote: Sat Jan 23, 2021 5:45 pm
Whatever wrote: Sat Jan 23, 2021 4:41 pm
dinsdale wrote: Sat Jan 23, 2021 4:00 pm
Whatever wrote: Sat Jan 23, 2021 2:51 am
Yes, the German ones taste like smoked ham. Not for everyone, but I quite like them, although probably wouldn't have too many.

So much good beer in Germany and also Belgium, where I worked a couple of times. You always have to check the label though. Once had a beer that was 13% there, but they don't taste like they are that strong, not like IPAs.
It makes you realise how much of the flavour of smoked ham/bacon is actually smoke. I don't buy smoked bacon for that reason.

I had no trouble getting used to the smoked flavour of the beer - just sink a few and you are set. This might be aided by the convivial nature of drinking in Germany.

Under normal circumstances me and a couple of mates do a yearly trip to continental Europe for food and drink related reasons. Belgium & Germany are always included. Italy is usually included. France is often included.
Czech Republic? Another good beer-drinking country.
It's on the list for the one of the next couple of trips. It's not a big detour to Pilsen/Prague from Munich. As we have missed a year the next trip might be old favourites - Bologna/Bergamo/Munich/Köln/Gent/Antwerp/Brussels.
Good trip :thumbup:

As I recall the Köln libation is Kolsch in small glasses. My German friend there was quite upset when I switched to Hefeweizen after a bit. :?
yup, 20cl glasses replaced (very) frequently :lol: Altbier in Düsseldorf has the same serving method. I discovered that the rest of Germany is quite sniffy about Kolsch which may be why the locals are quite protective of it.

I love Kolsch however after drinking it in Köln I realised there's no point drinking it elsewhere. It's VERY freshness dependent. Hence the whole theatre with bringing a new barrel up from the cellar, tapping it and pouring it until empty - circa 40 mins on a busy evening!
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dinsdale wrote: Sat Jan 23, 2021 6:06 pm
Whatever wrote: Sat Jan 23, 2021 5:53 pm
dinsdale wrote: Sat Jan 23, 2021 5:45 pm
Whatever wrote: Sat Jan 23, 2021 4:41 pm
dinsdale wrote: Sat Jan 23, 2021 4:00 pm
It makes you realise how much of the flavour of smoked ham/bacon is actually smoke. I don't buy smoked bacon for that reason.

I had no trouble getting used to the smoked flavour of the beer - just sink a few and you are set. This might be aided by the convivial nature of drinking in Germany.

Under normal circumstances me and a couple of mates do a yearly trip to continental Europe for food and drink related reasons. Belgium & Germany are always included. Italy is usually included. France is often included.
Czech Republic? Another good beer-drinking country.
It's on the list for the one of the next couple of trips. It's not a big detour to Pilsen/Prague from Munich. As we have missed a year the next trip might be old favourites - Bologna/Bergamo/Munich/Köln/Gent/Antwerp/Brussels.
Good trip :thumbup:

As I recall the Köln libation is Kolsch in small glasses. My German friend there was quite upset when I switched to Hefeweizen after a bit. :?
yup, 20cl glasses replaced (very) frequently :lol: Altbier in Düsseldorf has the same serving method. I discovered that the rest of Germany is quite sniffy about Kolsch which may be why the locals are quite protective of it.

I love Kolsch however after drinking it in Köln I realised there's no point drinking it elsewhere. It's VERY freshness dependent. Hence the whole theatre with bringing a new barrel up from the cellar, tapping it and pouring it until empty - circa 40 mins on a busy evening!
I spent a lot of time in Koln so have a love for Kolsch but you're right, has to be fresh. It doesnt travel.

We have Schlenkerla available in my local offie. It's like marmite. Bizarre drink. I cant get enough of the doppelbock
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Boxcar Ira wrote: Tue Feb 23, 2021 5:56 pm
I spent a lot of time in Koln so have a love for Kolsch but you're right, has to be fresh. It doesnt travel.

We have Schlenkerla available in my local offie. It's like marmite. Bizarre drink. I cant get enough of the doppelbock
Marmite you say...I spotted this local brew in my liquor store. I wasn't tempted.

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A local craft brewery, The Urban Growler, does a nice Kölsch during the summer.
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puku wrote: Tue Feb 23, 2021 7:28 pm
Boxcar Ira wrote: Tue Feb 23, 2021 5:56 pm
I spent a lot of time in Koln so have a love for Kolsch but you're right, has to be fresh. It doesnt travel.

We have Schlenkerla available in my local offie. It's like marmite. Bizarre drink. I cant get enough of the doppelbock
Marmite you say...I spotted this local brew in my liquor store. I wasn't tempted.

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A local craft brewery, The Urban Growler, does a nice Kölsch during the summer.
haha - that's going too far!
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Boxcar Ira wrote: Wed Feb 24, 2021 2:04 pm
puku wrote: Tue Feb 23, 2021 7:28 pm
Boxcar Ira wrote: Tue Feb 23, 2021 5:56 pm
I spent a lot of time in Koln so have a love for Kolsch but you're right, has to be fresh. It doesnt travel.

We have Schlenkerla available in my local offie. It's like marmite. Bizarre drink. I cant get enough of the doppelbock
Marmite you say...I spotted this local brew in my liquor store. I wasn't tempted.

Image

A local craft brewery, The Urban Growler, does a nice Kölsch during the summer.
haha - that's going too far!
Disgusting.

Unless Growler means something different in your part of the world.
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Beautiful stuff :smug:
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It might be that I was hot and bothered after a 30 minutes walk to the restaurant on a sticky evening, or that perhaps I'm getting hazy'ed out. But 3 of these evaporated the other evening in no time what so ever.

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Just discovered the Lighthouse Brewery in Chch and enjoying a cracker of a porter.
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Fat Old Git wrote: Sat Jan 23, 2021 2:32 am I've never had an original German one, but have tried some local offerings. Quite a strange experience. Quite smokey and reminded me of bacon. Not really my thing.
I've had the original German ones a few times. It was okay and quite enjoyable. I once had a smoked Mikkeller porter (9%) that tasted like I was drinking coffee flavoured cough syrup from an ashtray. It was truly gross but it cost me an arm and a leg so I persisted.
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Beautiful stuff :smug:
It is indeed. :thumbup:
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Boxcar Ira wrote: Tue Feb 23, 2021 5:56 pm
dinsdale wrote: Sat Jan 23, 2021 6:06 pm
Whatever wrote: Sat Jan 23, 2021 5:53 pm
dinsdale wrote: Sat Jan 23, 2021 5:45 pm
Whatever wrote: Sat Jan 23, 2021 4:41 pm
Czech Republic? Another good beer-drinking country.
It's on the list for the one of the next couple of trips. It's not a big detour to Pilsen/Prague from Munich. As we have missed a year the next trip might be old favourites - Bologna/Bergamo/Munich/Köln/Gent/Antwerp/Brussels.
Good trip :thumbup:

As I recall the Köln libation is Kolsch in small glasses. My German friend there was quite upset when I switched to Hefeweizen after a bit. :?
yup, 20cl glasses replaced (very) frequently :lol: Altbier in Düsseldorf has the same serving method. I discovered that the rest of Germany is quite sniffy about Kolsch which may be why the locals are quite protective of it.

I love Kolsch however after drinking it in Köln I realised there's no point drinking it elsewhere. It's VERY freshness dependent. Hence the whole theatre with bringing a new barrel up from the cellar, tapping it and pouring it until empty - circa 40 mins on a busy evening!
I spent a lot of time in Koln so have a love for Kolsch but you're right, has to be fresh. It doesnt travel.

We have Schlenkerla available in my local offie. It's like marmite. Bizarre drink. I cant get enough of the doppelbock
There's a local brewer just up the road from me who likes to put down the odd Marzen, Kolsch, Altbeir, Dunkel and/or Schwarzbier. All great at source. :thumbup:

I should add that the name of the brewery is Abandoned.
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JPNZ wrote: Mon Jul 20, 2020 12:28 am Garage Project have re-brewed their colab with Other Half brewing in Brooklyn USA. One of the best beers in New Zealand last year and currently the #3 on untappd.

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Absolutely stunning :thumbup:
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MungoMan wrote: Sun Sep 26, 2021 12:00 pm
Garage Project are gods among men. And women.
They really are, best brewers in NZ and consistently produce amazing beer after beer. I would also think they are within the top 10 brewers in the world.
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JPNZ wrote: Sun Sep 26, 2021 10:04 pm
MungoMan wrote: Sun Sep 26, 2021 12:00 pm
Garage Project are gods among men. And women.
They really are, best brewers in NZ and consistently produce amazing beer after beer. I would also think they are within the top 10 brewers in the world.
It does mean they occasionally get away with making beers that really shouldn't be made.

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But yes, mostly they're awesome and their name on the label is usually a guarantee of a good time.
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What ever you drink, stick to it. NEVER get a half dozen of these for a game......Samichlaus........ is brewed just once a year.....and is 14% Alcohol......
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Fat Old Git wrote: Sun Sep 26, 2021 10:29 pm
It does mean they occasionally get away with making beers that really shouldn't be made.
Yes, even the dark choc one of that was terrible too. I bought a 4 pack and gave the other two away.
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