I want beer.
But sadly it is a Thursday morning and I am at work. In London.
We are not usually the biggest fans of beer. We like our stuff more potent – throw a cheap cava or prosecco at us any day, but beer?
It takes too long to have the desired effect and makes you feel a bit like a bloke. Unless…you find yourself at an afterparty at 5am cradling a can of White Stripe – that is totally acceptable behaviour.
BUT…in Berlin there is a Bier so yummy I can make an exception.
Admittedly the one we like is really girly (it is pink) and is an upsettingly low percentage (around 3%). Which is not ideal but, god – if the lower percentage saves us from being those boozed up Brits abroad, so hated by Europeans, then that is fine with us!
This scrumptious Bier is called Berliner Weiße and is found mostly in Northern Germany – namely Berlin and it dates all the way back to the 16th century.
Various dates are suggested for the birth of Berliner Weiße – as early as 1572.
There is even a widespread legend that Napoleon’s troops nicknamed the beverage as “The Champagne of the North” (so it kind of makes sense why we like it then…)
Anyway – back in the day it used to be the most popular alcoholic tipple in Berlin – but now the only brand still produced in Berlin is Berliner Kindl Weiße.
Berlin has a huge range of beers – wander into any shop selling booze and you will be astounded at the vast array.
What’s that we have here? Oh yeah a “Boys Noize Techno Bier”
That would be like having a “Disclosure Garage Beer” back home in Blighty (snigger).
Sadly for the rest of the world the brand Berliner Weiße is protected in Deutschland so it can only be used for Bier made in Berlin.
It is the flavoured syrups added to the Bier that make it so varied – the raspberry pink one is called “Himbeersirup”, the purple blackcurrant one is called “Johannisbeere” and there is some strange one with woodruff in (“Waldmeistersirup”). Ermm. We are still not sure what that is…
Our rating: *** ( 3% = 3 stars )
Photos: Laura Chapman, Danny Baker