Monday, 3 September 2012

Been shopping? No... I've been shopping.

We've got beer-loving visitors coming over next weekend, so I thought I'd quickly stock up on quaffables. Nothing too special yet, as the nearest specialist beer shop's some way away in Hamburg. Just the interesting stuff they keep tucked away at the back of the Getränkemärkte, hidden behind the serried rows of Pils and Radler. Here's a list:

Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel - the 4th best beer in Germany according to Ratebeer users, and the best according to me.
Mönchshof Kellerbier - slightly cloudy, malty and delicious, a classic German bitter (to my mind, anyhow).
Einbecker Ur-Bock Dunkel - the original bock from the home of the style, Einbeck. Malty, chewy and lightly bitter.
Flensburger Dunkel and Dithmarscher Dunkel - two classic north German dunkels. Roasty and malty with a bit of burnt bitterness.
Oettinger Schwartzbier - a pleasant roasty black beer with fruitcakey notes, and absurdly cheap at 45 cents a bottle.

I'll try to get to the bigger Getränkemärkte on the other side of town later in the week, to see if there's anything more unusual there.


  1. Andechser Doppelbock is SO good. It's simply great with it's maltines and taste of vort. Have to agree with you about the sameyness that comes to german beers (massproduced) and not only that. I'm swedish and once now and then visit friends in Remells, Ostfrisen. There I have notice a less and less good variety of beers over the years. Know I hardly find Andechser, Köstritzer, Salvator or these rather massedproduced beer. It's all down to pale lagers that all has the same taste.

  2. Well, Ostfriesland is Jever country, isn't it - and why on earth would you want to drink anything else? (-;

    More seriously, is there no Einbecker, Flensburger or Dithmarscher? I know they're not Ostfrisian, but they are also Nordisch...