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Trento in Italy has a lot of German influence and especially when it comes to food and beer. They even serve their versions of German Weizenbier. see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trentino and http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurants-g1493737-c21-Province_of_Trento_Trentino_Alto_Adige.html

Why is that so? Does anyone know whether there is a difference between Trento's German style beers and German German style beers?

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To add to Leo's answer... Northern Italy is very much associated with Austro-Bavarian heritage. The province of South Tyrol is predominantly German speaking, and Trento is just south of that province. In addition, Weissbier is to Bavaria/Munich as Pretzels are to Philadelphia or Pizza is to New York.... Hmmm maybe that pretzels analogy was a bad idea since they are a German thing. Oh well, I think you get the point. You've got German people in Northern Italy making German beer. I would trust any Hefeweizen from Trentino over Blue Moon, that's for sure. Cheers!

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It is probably because it is so close to Austria and Germany and because the cold climate is excellent for brewing such beers.

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Is "because local people want to buy it" too glib? Where there's demand there is (or should be) supply. If the Italian versions of German style beers are anything like their British counterparts there will be a flavour difference (just as there is between the different beers that are produced within Germany) but the brewers will tend to (in their own unique fashion) try to be as true to the original style as possible. As this depends on the availability and quality of raw materials there will always be a difference, but that is true even within Germany.

In total: 1) because people like it. 2) not consistently but probably slightly more variation than in Germany.

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