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Questions tagged [german-beers]

Relating to peers produced in Germany or beers produced following the German purity laws.

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What is the German Beer Purity Law?

I see some US beers advertising that they brew according to the "German Beer Purity Law." What is that, and is it still relevant today?
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What is Altbier?

Altbier is found in Dusseldorf. Is Altbier "alt" (i.e. "old" in german) because they are aged like wine? Can altbier be found outside of Dusseldorf?
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Commercial beers made using a (triple) decoction mash?

Are there any reasonably common beers that are made using a triple (or other) decoction mash? I'm interested in trying some but have had some trouble finding examples. I would imagine there have to ...
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What characteristics does Becks have, and what are similar beers?

I haven't been drinking for years. And over the last month, I've been trying a small variety of beers, but they all had a taste I can't put my finger on that I didn't like. I was starting to wonder if ...
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In Germany, Out of pale ale

As a person of good beer taste, I have moved to Germany and to my horror I discovered, nobody here considers Indian Pale Ale to be beer. Having looked intensively for Indian Pale Ale for several ...
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Does “ice-cold filtering” have additional value for a beer?

Some German pilsner beers have and "ice-cold filtered" ("eiskalt gefiltert") line on their bottle labels. Is there any difference (regarding the taste first of all) between "normal" filtering and the ...
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What kind or kinds of beer are common in Bavaria, Germany?

I visited Bavaria Germany once and had my first taste of beer ever. It was delicious! I have no idea what beer or even what type of beer it was. I've since "sampled extensively" many beers in my ...
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Is the german “Warsteiner” a Pilsner?

I've heard lately, that the german beer Warsteiner does not fullfill the german Reinheitsgebot and therefore is is not allowed to be called Pilsner, that is why they call it a Premium Verum. Is that ...
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Are Oktoberfest beers available in Germany before the official start of the festival?

In the US where I live, fall brings beers labelled "Oktoberfest", usually Bavarian Märzenbiers. I like this style and look forward to it. This year it happens that I'm going to be passing through ...
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How is it that I sleep well after drinking beer, but I sleep terrible after drinking vodka?

The title is already the question. How is it that I sleep well after drinking beer but I sleep terrible after drinking vodka? I am talking about 2 - 3 German 5,5% beer and about 100 - 200 ml vodka.
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What German beers are similar to Belgian abbey beers?

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 ...
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Why is Frankfurt famous for Apple Cider?

Why is Frankfurt famous for Apple Cider? And is Apple Cider considered a beer? Can any Cider be a beer?
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What is a comparable beer to Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier?

I am trying to think of what US brewed beer tastes most similar to a Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier...
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Craft/micro brewery in Saarland, Luxembourg and Lorraine region?

I found these Beer from Saarland but it looks more like commercial brews. Are there any craft/microbrewery in the tri-country greater region of Saarland (Germany), Luxembourg and Lorraine (France)?
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Why does Trento Itay have such a range of German beer?

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://...
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How fast do I need to finish a Hefe Weissbier Keg?

If I remember correctly, the website of Erdinger states their 'Dunkle Hefe' needs to be finished within just 3 days after opening. I know it isn't pasteurized but I wonder, can we stretch that a ...
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Becks USA AB InBev

Can anyone tell me if the USA market Becks adheres to the current definition of the Reinheitsgebot (aka German Purity Law) and what grains are used? I ask because I swear it tastes "ricey" like all ...
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Brewing: Which temperature should I ferment ale beer at?

I want to brew beer and I wonder which temperature I should ferment it at? I want to brew ales like IPA and Pale Ale. What difference does different fermentation temperatures have on the beer? Are ...