Beers of Europe: Germany

Keeping Oktoberfest in mind, I decide to sample all of the German beers offered at the Systembolaget for the month of October.  To my utter disappointment, the Almhult Systembolaget only carries four German beers.  Nonetheless, I have sampled and rated them here for you.  As a refresher, this is the rating system that I am using.

A = Avoid, I would probably prefer water over drinking this again.

AA = Average, a decent beer, but nothing really remarkable to make this non-beer drinker want to stock up on it.

AAA = Awesome, this is something that I really enjoyed drinking, I would recommend it to friends, and you will probably find it stocked in my fridge.

Beers of Europe:  Germany

Franziskaner Weissbier Naturtrub:  Brewed in Munich since 1397 and in accordance with the Bravarian Purity Law of 1516, the FWN “is a natural and elegant white protagonist beer from Bavaria with a luxuriant white foam. The coppery golden wheat beer with hefetrüber opalescence unfolds an aromatic scent with harmonious fruit in the banana and citrus fruits their regards.

Due to the higher content of carbon dioxide, it is particularly lively and sparkling. Particularly its distinctive fresh, subtly spicy and fruity flavor with mildly sweet ending Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier Naturtrüb unfolds when enjoyable swallowing.

The unfiltered Franziskaner is just right for the enjoyable and relaxing time after work in the bar, in the restaurant for dinner or at home. Independent, honest and likeable. “ (Description courtesy of Translation courtesy of Alcohol content: 5.0%

The FWN earned a AAA for me due to its smoothness and fruity character, while being an unfiltered beer it is still quite light.

Weihenstephan Hefeweissbier:  Since 1040 from the world’s oldest brewery. “Nothing refreshes more than this naturally cloudy weissbeer with its wonderfully rish yeasty taste.  Goes very well with light meals, which are not too strongly flavoured – veal sausage in particular.” Bitter Value: 14 Alcohol content: 5.4% (Description courtesy of

This Hefeweissbier, while very similar to the Franziskaner Weissbier Naturtrub, earned a AA.  While it was similar, it left me wanting to have another FWN, not a Weihenstephan Hefeweissbier.

Spaten Munchen:  An Original Munich Beer, it is a protected geographical indication.  Well, that is all the bottle says and there is no website listed; so for this one you will have to settle for my very non-beer terminology description.  The Spaten is a golden beer that is light and nice.  It is a beer that I would enjoy drinking all night at a pub; but, probably not one I would stock up on at home.  So, the Spaten Munchen earned a AA.  Alcohol content: 5.2%

Erdinger Weissbier:  “At the world’s largest wheat beer brewery, tradition and progress go hand in hand: our beer is brewed according to traditional recipes, but using state-of-the-art technology. Today, beer connoisseurs in Germany and around the world regard our traditional specialty beers from Erding, Bavaria, as the ultimate in wheat beer enjoyment.”

“Erdinger Weissbier is not only the undisputed classic in the Erdinger product range, it is also quite simply the wheat beer par excellence.  It is brewed using fine yeast according to a traditional recipe and, of course, in strict accordance with the Bavarian Purity Law. Even today, the beer is still bottle-fermented in the traditional way; it takes three to four weeks for Erdinger Weissbier ‘with fine yeast’ to mature.  Only the finest ingredients are used in its production. Years of experience and constant quality checks guarantee the beer’s unmistakable flavor. A wheat beer for those who love outstanding and unforgettable wheat beer flavor. ” (Description courtesy of

Okay, as you can read above, Erdinger talks very highly of itself; but for me, it just did not add up to a good beer.  The Erdinger Weissbier earned an A on my scale, it was just a plain tasteless beer.

Germany Final Score:  AAA = 1          AA = 2          A = 1

To read about the other countries already covered in this series, please click below.

Beers of Europe:  England

If you have any reviews or additions to make to this Germany list, please feel free to leave a comment.

And thanks for reading.


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