Without further ado, let’s drink in yet another chapter in our series, “What the Hell is an Altbier?” The Basics: Once again the wheel of beer styles sends us back to the fertile grounds of historic Germany. The Altbier or Alt style is a unique animal that, unbeknownst to many, exists in two different styles.
Quite simply one of the best lagers in the world. Made according to the German Purity law its made with all Bavarian hops and malt, then given a long secondary fermentation to make for a crisp, smooth beer with a lightly hoppy finish. It's the ultimate summer beer and absurdly drinkable.
The high amount of alcohol typically keeps the head of the beer quite low, while the color can range from a pale brown to a dark amber and even near black. But if you think a doppelbock is heavy, you may want to avoid the eisbock. However, if you like a good challenge, this extremely heavy and dark beer is for you.
Bavaria’s Erdinger brewery has produced yet another classically beautiful German wheat ale with its Kristall weissbier. Whilst brewed much like other wheat beers, this speciality wheat beer is different in that it goes through a long “fine filtration” process that renders the beer sparkling clear.
Gaffel Kölsch is a Kölsch style beer brewed by Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co. in Köln, Germany. 3.67 average with 880 ratings, reviews and opinions. Gaffel Kölsch is a Kölsch style beer brewed by Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co. in Köln, Germany. 3.67 average with 880 ratings, reviews and opinions.
Bock is a strong lager of German origin. Several substyles exist, including maibock (helles bock, heller bock), a paler, more hopped version generally made for consumption at spring festivals; doppelbock (double bock), a stronger and maltier version; and eisbock, a much stronger version made by partially freezing the beer and removing the ice that forms.
Eisbock is a stunning little bottle of supercharged Aventinus that was created by accident while regular Aventinus was shipped across chilly Bavaria in containers lacking temperature control. Occasionally the beer partially froze and this concentrated the brew as water turned to ice leaving a stronger, more complex liquid behind.
Schwarzbier ("shvahrts-beer"), is simply German for black beer. It doesn t mean that it s necessarily heavy or light in body, although they tend to lean towards light. Unlike other dark beers, like porters or stouts, they are not overly bitter with burnt and roasted malt characteristics that the others tend to depend on.
This classic German wheat beer glass is tall, curving from a larger bulbous area at the top to a narrow gripping area above the base to a slightly wider base. The shape supports a larger head shape and allows more light to pass through cloudy areas of wheat beers to create a glowing effect.
It’s German law that a weizenbier, or wheat beer, be made up of at least 50% wheat. Wheat beer has much higher proportions of wheat than other beer. This makes it extremely light and refreshing – great for spring and summer drinking. Thanks to the traditional German yeast strains, many wheat beers also taste wonderfully fruity, featuring vanilla, bubblegum, clove and classic banana notes.