I visit Germany a lot (Augsburg, Bavaria) and I can't seem to find a beer that would be similar to Belgian beers, for example to Grimbergen blonde.

So far the closest I've come is kellerbier but still it's nothing like a Belgian beer.

Is there some beer type or specific brand that manufactures beer similar to Belgian ones?

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    Can you elaborate what characteristics of Belgian blondes you miss in German Keller- and Weizenbeers? Commented Sep 12, 2018 at 13:21
  • @AltbierisnotOldBeer it’s hard for me to explain but I guess some kind of fruity flavor. German beer is too bland for me in comparison to Belgian beers
    – Yos
    Commented Sep 12, 2018 at 13:24
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    There might be some beers which would resemble Belgians. I remember Ayinger Frühlingsbier was very fresh but it's only available in the spring. Commented Sep 13, 2018 at 8:16
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    In Germany most beers are brewed according to the so called German Purity law which does not allow to use anything except water, barley, hops and yeast. And in Belgian they are allowed put everything in the beer (f.e. Hoegaarden Witbier is made with coriander and orange peel - unthinkable heresy in Germany). And different hops may play a role too. Commented Sep 13, 2018 at 8:21

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You can't find a German-style beer that is similar to Belgian beer (as Germany-style beers are low fermented ones, while Belgian beer are top fermented ones). But recently it has become easy to find a German brewery that brews a Belgian beer, e.g. Camba, as well as some IPAs and stouts.

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    What do you call German style beers? Pilsener? Weizen (which is somewhat similar to Belgian witbiers) is top-fermented, Altbier is top-fermented, Kölsch is top-fermented. And the question is btw not about a German-style beers but about German beers. Commented Oct 30, 2018 at 17:46
  • @ Altbier is not Old Beer You are right. But when I think about German-style beers, I start thinking about helles, dunkel, keller, bock,... Commented Nov 5, 2018 at 8:15

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