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DolphinFace

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Re: BEERS
« Reply #2220 on: January 06, 2019, 08:21:30 PM »
Anyone ever bought nice LAGER from Aldi or Lidl? I bought a couple of Rheinbacher pilsner and they slipped right down. They're probably the German equivalent of Fosters but I really enjoyed them before dinner this afternoon.

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« Reply #2221 on: January 06, 2019, 08:38:09 PM »
In my opinion acceptable German pilsner for the price - better than Becks, maybe not as good as Veltins. The bottled stuff seems to be nicer than the cans (as so often).

The real value is with the Rheinbacher Hefeweizen though - about the best price/performance you can get in supermarkets.

DolphinFace

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« Reply #2222 on: January 06, 2019, 08:39:12 PM »
Which supermarket?

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« Reply #2223 on: January 07, 2019, 06:53:16 AM »
Which supermarket?

Rheinbacher is an Aldi brand. I believe it's actually rebadged Krombacher which is Germany's best-selling beer brand, so you're probably not far off with the Fosters comparison.

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« Reply #2224 on: January 07, 2019, 07:40:37 AM »
http://www.general-anzeiger-bonn.de/ga-english/Rheinbacher-Premium-Pilsner-at-Aldi-UK-article3841204.html

I see. Doesn't taste as crisp as Krombacher in my opinion, but either way, very harsh comparing these beers to Fosters.

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« Reply #2225 on: January 07, 2019, 07:58:45 AM »
My first ever visit to an Aldi was to buy their £1 Schofferhoffers. Sadly, they stopped doing them a few months later.

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« Reply #2226 on: January 07, 2019, 11:50:11 AM »
I see. Doesn't taste as crisp as Krombacher in my opinion, but either way, very harsh comparing these beers to Fosters.

Yeah...that was a bit cruel. Any mass-produced German Piβwasser will be better than the crap lager we Brits chuck down our necks. I agree that the Rheinbacher Hefeweizen is surprisingly good (although it's pretty hard to find anything but Erdinger in most supermarkets, so it doesn't have much in the way of competition).

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« Reply #2227 on: January 07, 2019, 01:37:12 PM »
Funnily enough, over the last two years I've found an almost unnecessary choice of Hefeweizens in Tesco and Sainsbury's, even the small ones. The latter in particular has Erdinger, Franziskaner & Weihenstephaner all sold for the same price. Obviously I opt for Weihenstephaner but I don't get why you would use up all that shelf-space on the same style, at least chuck in a dunkelweizen.

On the subject I'm off to Nuremberg on Friday and looking forward to a bottle of Sebaldus dunkelweizen in Bierwerk. Hausbrauerei Altstadthof do a red wheatbeer which I have rarely encountered. Lovely beer.

The local Schanzenbrau brewery do a really nice rotbier, a Franconian speciality.

I would highly recommend any beer fans head to this part of Germany. Cheaper beer, better beer. Nuremberg is by a distance the best city-sized settlement I've visited in Germany. It's £20 each way from Manchester to Nuremberg as well. This will be visit #5 in just over two years.

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« Reply #2228 on: January 07, 2019, 02:45:30 PM »
Funnily enough, over the last two years I've found an almost unnecessary choice of Hefeweizens in Tesco and Sainsbury's, even the small ones. The latter in particular has Erdinger, Franziskaner & Weihenstephaner all sold for the same price. Obviously I opt for Weihenstephaner but I don't get why you would use up all that shelf-space on the same style, at least chuck in a dunkelweizen

Yeah, that's always puzzled me. At least it gives me an excuse to buy three bottles when I only went to get one.

Last time I was in a Waitrose they had the Weihenstephaner dunkel.

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« Reply #2229 on: January 14, 2019, 04:15:04 PM »
In Krakow for a couple of nights - very much looking forward to sampling some Baltic porters.

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Re: BEERS
« Reply #2230 on: January 14, 2019, 05:12:20 PM »
In Krakow for a couple of nights - very much looking forward to sampling some Baltic porters.

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« Reply #2231 on: January 14, 2019, 05:16:34 PM »
In Krakow for a couple of nights - very much looking forward to sampling some Baltic porters.

You'll be wading through Polish/Czech lagers, craft stouts, wits and IPAs to find them. More chance of finding baltic porters in Gdansk than down south.

You may have already checked out my recommendations:

https://theeuropeanbarguide.com/poland/

Kazimierz is still where to go for nightlife but fyi there is a new craft beer complex west of the old town border park called Wezze Krafta (sp?) that has a London-type atmosphere and may be up your street.

Omerta and Strefa Piwa in Kazimierz have a great beer range and are friendly, Eszewaria, Alchemia and Singer have great atmosphere.



mrlizard

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« Reply #2232 on: January 15, 2019, 03:05:31 PM »
In Krakow for a couple of nights - very much looking forward to sampling some Baltic porters.

I enjoyed House of Beer in the Old Town when I was there. Managed to get there twice a couple of years ago, despite the Mrs pulling the old "I'm tired now" nonsense. She's gone now.

In Amsterdam with work again and client has recommended this place - Bier Fabriek. Anyone been? Not too keen on the 'pour your own' side of it, but hopefully the home-brewed stuff is decent...

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« Reply #2233 on: January 15, 2019, 03:27:52 PM »
Nope, but I've been to a few pour your own bars. They are usually based around that gimmick, and the business model is therefore around big groups enjoying the novelty. Issues with amount of head/freshness can arise too.

Edit. Yep having read dozens of reviews it looks pretty bland, expensive, cookie cutter hipster decor, big crowds and the predictably poor service you get when that's around and overrated food of a kind you could get anywhere.

So great brown cafés with good beer instead of there.


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« Reply #2234 on: January 15, 2019, 03:29:36 PM »
De Prael Houthavens Brouwerij
Nieuwe Hemweg 2, 1013 BG Amsterdam, Netherlands
+31 20 408 4469
https://maps.app.goo.gl/vCEf6

This seems to be a better brew pub with a similar concept

This is simply better beer and a better venue as the reviews attest to:

Brouwerij 't IJ
Funenkade 7, 1018 AL Amsterdam, Netherlands
+31 20 261 9800
https://maps.app.goo.gl/jdo4J

mrlizard

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« Reply #2235 on: January 16, 2019, 11:28:55 AM »
Cheers, mate. We've mentioned the latter as somewhere to go next time.

It's looking like dinner and then that pour-your-own place tonight. Not got high hopes but I'll report back. I'm sure there are other places in Haarlem if it's supershite.

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« Reply #2236 on: January 16, 2019, 11:55:11 AM »
Yeah, the BierFabriek is OK but it's really nothing special. The other breweries mentioned above are miles better, though it's worth noting that Brouwerij 't IJ closes at 8pm as they only have a license as a tasting outlet for the brewery as opposed to a regular café license.

If you're in Haarlem you should check out the Jopenkerk. It's a Jopen brewery/grand café/restaurant inside an old church. They make some nice beers. Big fan of their Extra Stout, Mooie Nel IPA and Ongelovige Thomas (quadrupel - dangerous stuff). https://www.jopenkerk.nl/haarlem/fotos/

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« Reply #2237 on: January 16, 2019, 12:00:52 PM »
Haarlem?

Proeflokaal In den Uiver - a beautiful historic jenever tasting house (that also serves nice beer)
Café Briljant - a funky but quite relaxed pub with brown cafe features and a wicked selection of beers


mrlizard

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« Reply #2238 on: January 17, 2019, 09:29:44 AM »
Ended up in Jopenkerk and Uiltje Brewery & Taproom - fantastic stuff and highly recommended.

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« Reply #2239 on: January 17, 2019, 12:14:07 PM »
On the subject, in my opinion there aren't too many brewery taps I can think of that are fantastic pubs/bars as well as doing decent beer. Often a bit by-the-numbers, and these days very generic industrial chic.

Even the Cantillon brewery in Brussels which is in a traditional building doesn't quite make use of the available space to create somewhere you want to hang around in and..sheesh, transfer your money to them in exchange for beer.

However I can highly recommend Schlenkerla's pub room in Bamberg. It's so damn good. Communal tables and communal conversation, not too big so it feels like a standard pub. Blackened beams and hooks everywhere (hooks are good), a serving hatch, slightly off-angle door frames, a beautiful little courtyard. And beer direct from the barrel.

I was there last Sunday after taking my partner to Franconia. She enjoys smoke beer especially so Bamberg was a compulsory visit. Beautiful town centre too.


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« Reply #2240 on: January 17, 2019, 12:42:53 PM »
The last time I was in Cantillon the fella with the tâche who speaks about 9 languages actively refused to take money. Shut the bar an hour early and kicked everyone out. It was rammed mind.

A good shout for a brewery Tap is The Rat and Ratchet in Huddersfield. I think the beer is brewed on site (though TBF Im not sure where) and it’s cheap, lush and is a nice old-school boozer).