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Old 04-23-2013, 01:32 AM   #1
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My boss(who is an arsehole) says the best beers in the world are the ones from Germany and they drink their beer warm. He says the beer comes from the cellar where it is cool and then they put a vial of warm water in your glass to warm it up. Is this true? He also says a Pilsner takes almost 10 minutes to draw or you'll have a glass half full of foam. Is this true? And yes a Pilsner is not German

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Old 04-23-2013, 01:36 AM   #2
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no, the Brits are the people who drink warm beer. Actually I don't think anyone drinks beer warm. they just drink it less cold than the average American. I've never heard of anyone warming a beer up with a vial of warm water. As for taking a long time to pour a beer, I think there is some truth to that one, but it depends on the carbonation level. highly carbed beer would foam more, and need to be poured slow.

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Clearly, Ahole Boss never drank a beer in Germany...

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My boss has been an A-hole for 35 years.

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I've read (many years ago) of some beers being warmed on a stove before drinking. same with some meads. but I think your boss is blowing smoke.

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Old 04-23-2013, 02:34 AM   #6
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Been to Germany. A couple of times. Drank lots of beer there. Never seen warm beer or beer that takes 10 minutes to poor.

Not only is your boss an a-hole, but he may also be on crack.

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I told him I would post these questions on the forum and I would let him know what I found out. Think I'll tell him, "nobody responded"

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It used to be that beers took that long to pour in Germany. They had the CO2 up pretty high on the taps. There was a joke that it took 7 minutes to pour a beer that involved Helmut Kohl, Ron Reagan, and Maggie Thatcher. However, this has changed and there are very few bars that pour pilsners in the traditional way with a high CO2. They are pouring at more US levels of CO2, so can pull a beer in a single or a couple of draws.

Anyone that "heats up" their beer is nuts. I've seen Germans put ice in beer but that drew stares of distain. I cannot even imagine the venom that would come from warming a beer.

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When I lived in Germany, I never drank warm beer. Except for one year, Licher had a "Christmas beer" that was like a thick doppleback. It wasn't warm, exactly, but more of a warmer cellar temperature. I didn't care for it, but I tried it. I was pretty young then, and don't really recall the particulars of that.

Otherwise, the beers are cold. Pilsner is a wonderful German beer, and there is a nice version that is more Czech called "Bohemian pilsner". They are very similar, with the BoPils being a little "spicier" from saaz hops.

I never spent more than a couple of minutes waiting for a beer, and there wasn't excessive foaming at all. Germans do know how to do beer, you know!

I learned how to drink beer in Germany. All throughout the countryside there were microbreweries supplying the gasthauses. You generally had two choices- "pilsner" or "export". The pilsners were firmly bitter and the exports were less so. When I came to the US, the beer options surprised me as there weren't microbreweries or little places with good beer.

I had cellar temperature beers when I visited England, but even so most beers were cold and not "warm".

I've never actually heard a European talk about warm beer- only those in North American who tell it as if they know what they are talking about.

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My boss(who is an arsehole) says the best beers in the world are the ones from Germany and they drink their beer warm. He says the beer comes from the cellar where it is cool and then they put a vial of warm water in your glass to warm it up. Is this true? He also says a Pilsner takes almost 10 minutes to draw or you'll have a glass half full of foam. Is this true? And yes a Pilsner is not German
I've drank beer all over, including many whistle stops in Germany. No warm beer.

Pils comes from Czechoslovakia, but the germans made if famous.
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