Beers and Meads

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Re: Beers and Meads

by Tony Schiavone » Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:40 am

My favorite one now is Hacker-Pschorr's Munich Gold. Not too light like Weihenstephaner where it goes down like water and you finish it before it's over.
But light enough I can have it pretty much anytime--like before bed--and it won't feel heavy at all.
Good price and good value.

Re: Beers and Meads

by Kugelfisch » Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:21 am

Aecht Schlenkerla, if we're talking about their Rauchbier, is absolutely worth a shot. I guarantee you that you've never had a beer like that before. Well smoked ham, but in your beer glass and actually really nice. Their other beer is fine as well but the Rauchbier is their unique and stand out product.

I know nothing about St. Bernardus. That's Belgian stuff and I ain't fucking wit dat gay shit.
I'm kidding. Belgian beer is usually really good but has fuck off pricing in Germany as they focus much more on the burger market and for a lack of importers to Germany as "foreign beer" is a really hard sell in the Bier Reich.

Re: Beers and Meads

by Tony Schiavone » Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:05 am

Crazy thing is the local places have the reverse of what I thought they'd more easily have in stock. Only Dansk Mjid here is Viking Blud, but it looks good to me.

How is Aecht Schlenkerla or St. Bernardus? Seeing good value ratings on both for the price.

Re: Beers and Meads

by Kugelfisch » Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:19 pm

Today, Einbecker Mai-Ur-Bock arrived so I'm having that. For those that don't know what a Bock is, the wikipedia site is actually pretty okay. The picture of it is of a Einbecker Winterbock so just imagine that bottle with metallic green labelling instead.
What it doesn't tell is that Einbecker is the original inventor of Bockbier. They produce a beer with the original recipe as well, which is called Ainpökisch Bier. It's one of my absolute favourites and nothing tastes quite like it.

The Mai-Ur-Bock always arrives some time before May. Hence the name. Don't worry about it not being May yet. It's kinda like the Oktoberfest really more taking place in September - nobody cares about inaccurate naming when the beer is good. :lol:
It's got a reddish-amber colour and smells like your regular lager with mostly hops, very slight malt but without any zesty notes.
The taste is like you took a good summertime lager and turned it up to eleven in richness. It's round with hops and just enough malt flavour to not become a malty beer. What's special is the slightly grassy, herbal taste to it. It's also got a hint of honey, especially in mouth feel.

I always look forward to it being around again. During the winter months I like Bockbier at best and it's just the right beer to tune from the heavy, malty and super rich Bock of the deep winter towards lighter and more "refreshing" beer. It's like a last hurrah of winter beer and a preview to spring and summer, where I and almost everybody else prefer lighter and more hops-heavy beer.
Absolutely worth a try for anyone who stumbles upon it. It's a yearly tradition for me and it's rare these days to get a seasonal beer that isn't a Christmas beer.

Re: Beers and Meads

by rabidtictac » Thu Mar 08, 2018 7:23 am

I've had a couple of Dansk Mjod meads and they were all great. I highly recommend them. I had a honey one, which I think was the one I posted, and I had another with a kind of flowery flavor to it. I think I also had the original.

Re: Beers and Meads

by mistermott » Thu Mar 08, 2018 6:57 am

rabidtictac wrote:
Tue Mar 06, 2018 12:17 am
That's why, with Mead, I just buy Dansk Mjod from the specialty shops. It's expensive as SHIT over here, but the product is high-quality and comes in a seriously nice earthenware bottle. I've tried some cheaper meads and didn't care for them. IMO a good mead should have a high alcohol %, and some of the cheaper ones around here are rather low. Dansk Mjod are typically 23%+ ABV.

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Just drink it straight or with a little ice.

Gin and Whiskey are extremely available here, but I'm not a gin man at all. Gin always seemed, like Vodka, one of those drinks for alcoholics to use as a generic mixer. Rum and Brandy are my preferred hard liquors. I've tried sake and every version I tried tasted like some variation of garbage. It's possible I never ran across any good ones, but now I have 3-4 bottles of fucking sake sitting around that I'll probably never drink lol.

MUH SUPERIOR NIPPONESE LIQUOR
I was surprised when I saw, cause we just tried that very brew a few days ago cause my friend is leaving to live in Kuwait for a year. sadly they spilled it over a $75 Board game.

I saw another brew just like that but it was dansk mjod viking blod. would you recommend that one? I would actually open to some recommendations for Mead. my friend and brother enjoyed the stuff.

Re: Beers and Meads

by Kugelfisch » Tue Mar 06, 2018 12:33 am

Sake is trash. There's a good reason why it's the second biggest single malt nation. The moment they started making whisky they realised how shit sake is.
Gin works for me exclusively in Gin and Tonic and I couldn't have many of those anyway. I'll write about the one I currently have in the spirits thread next weekend or so.

Re: Beers and Meads

by rabidtictac » Tue Mar 06, 2018 12:17 am

That's why, with Mead, I just buy Dansk Mjod from the specialty shops. It's expensive as SHIT over here, but the product is high-quality and comes in a seriously nice earthenware bottle. I've tried some cheaper meads and didn't care for them. IMO a good mead should have a high alcohol %, and some of the cheaper ones around here are rather low. Dansk Mjod are typically 23%+ ABV.

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Just drink it straight or with a little ice.

Gin and Whiskey are extremely available here, but I'm not a gin man at all. Gin always seemed, like Vodka, one of those drinks for alcoholics to use as a generic mixer. Rum and Brandy are my preferred hard liquors. I've tried sake and every version I tried tasted like some variation of garbage. It's possible I never ran across any good ones, but now I have 3-4 bottles of fucking sake sitting around that I'll probably never drink lol.

MUH SUPERIOR NIPPONESE LIQUOR

Re: Beers and Meads

by Kugelfisch » Mon Mar 05, 2018 11:45 pm

IPA is not beer. I've got no idea why hipsters think it's the way to go. There's a load of difference between brewing a beer that's hard on the hops side, a North German speciality, and thinking that more is better and throwing all the bags and buckets full of the stuff you have at hand into the mash.
It's undrinkable, sour piss made to withstand currynigger climates and tastes more like spoiled champaign than anything close to beer. I've tried six so far and they were all beyond terrible. Brewed by morons without understanding of balance. Beer is not meant to be so bitter that it tips into being sour.

König Ludwig being more easily available may have something to do with them having a much higher output. Weihenstephaner is even hard to get for me. It's not special at all so it's not worth bothering to find it somewhere. Good but not "drive to some special store an hour away to get it" good.

Good mead is even worse with availability. You either don't get it at all or it's really expensive. There's not much of a demand and it's not easily made on the side with existing equipment. Since there's a boom with gin right now you can get dozens upon dozens of them. All you need are stills so basically every fruit spirit distiller makes gin on the side now to cash in on the boom. They make damn good ones too so I'm all for it.
But mead? You don't just go and make some. The few that make good one know what they have and sell it accordingly for good money. Demand would have to get much, much higher for competition to arise.

Re: Beers and Meads

by Tony Schiavone » Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:19 pm

Appreciate the suggestions! Can vouch for Black Boss Porter. Others I'll look for.

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