A while back the BBC posted a feature titled “50 things to eat before you die” and I thought at the time that this would make a good topic for beer. So in the spirit of adventure and living life to the fullest, etc. etc., I’m coming up with the 50 beers to drink before you die, in ten weekly installments listing five beers each (in no particular order, other than whatever theme I fit them into).
This week’s theme is German beers. Like the Belgian beer theme a couple of weeks ago, you simply can’t consider the world of beer complete without acknowledging the huge influence Germany has had.
Now, I have to admit that for this bunch, I cheated a little bit. I wanted to cover several of the broad styles of German beers (other styles are touched upon elsewhere in this series), but my knowledge of actual German-from-Germany beers is on the sparse side. So, I relied exclusively on BeerAdvocate and pulled this week’s recommended beers from their top-rated list in those categories.
BeerAdvocate score: 91/100, 100% approval.
At 4.8% alcohol, this light, golden German ale is the perfect session beer.
BeerAdvocate score: 84/100, 94% approval.
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen
Our dark, bottom fermented speciality since 1678, brewed with Original Schlenkerla Smokemalt from our maltings and tapped according to old tradition directly from the gravity-fed oakwood cask.
Rauchbier is definitely an acquired taste, and certainly not everyone will like it. But everyone should at least try it once.
BeerAdvocate score: 87/100, 95% approval.
BeerAdvocate score: 86/100, 97% approval.
Dark-ruby, almost black-colored and streaked with fine top-fermenting yeast, this beer has a compact and persistent head. This is a very intense wheat doppelbock with a complex spicy chocolate-like arome with a hint of banana and raisins. On the palate, you experience a soft touch and on the tongue it is very rich and complex, though fresh with a hint of caramel. It finishes in a rich soft and lightly bitter impression.
If you want to treat yourself to a great beer, this is the beer to do it.
BeerAdvocate score: 91/100, 99% approval.