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Old 09-30-2010, 04:16 PM   #1
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Hello all.

i am living in Romania for a few months, and have been trying out there beers. so far i have not been too impressed. does has anyone tried romanian beer and wouldnt mind recommending some? (not really known for beer, but whatever)

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Old 09-30-2010, 05:40 PM   #2
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Good luck! Ursus is about the best of all of them. The wine that I tried was not much better. Like grape juice with alcohol added. Proximity to great brewing regions means nothing. Look at France and Poland for examples of that rule.

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Old 09-30-2010, 05:46 PM   #3
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I'd say you'd be better off dabbling in the human trafficking. More their expertise.

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According to wikipedia you should be bathing in good beer (and vampires);

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Beer in Romania comes from the long tradition of Romanian brewing, being introduced in Transylvania by the German colonists (Transylvanian Saxons) and in Moldavia by cultural connections with Poland.

A national association of beer with mititei came into existence during the 1877 Independence War of Romania and after that it saw a spread of beer pubs throughout the Romanian Kingdom. The beer pubs (berării) became a place of social and business meetings for the Romanian urban middle-class. Currently, Romanians are amongst the heaviest beer drinkers in the world, with an annual consumption of over 100 litres per capita in 2007.[1]

Romanian law considers beer and wine to be foodstuffs and therefore they are not subject to the usual tariffs and restrictions imposed upon alcoholic beverages.

The word "beer" in Romanian (bere) is derived from German Bier (itself an early loan from Latin biber), but there is also an obsolete regional word "olovină", of Slavic origin.
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Some of the most appreciated Romanian beers are: Ursus (Latin for "bear"), Timişoreana (named after the city of Timişoara), Stejar (Romanian for "oak") - all owned by SABMiller, Bergenbier - owned by Interbrew, Ciuc (named after Miercurea Ciuc) and Silva (Latin for "forest") - owned by Heineken. Silva and Ursus have also a dark lager variety.

Some international brands are brewed locally, being very popular but sometimes more expensive than the traditional ones: Heineken, Carlsberg, Stella Artois, Beck's, Efes Pilsen,Tuborg and Skol.

Also, there are a large number of beers usually sold in 2-liter PET bottles and targeting the low-end market. Examples are: Ciucaş, Golden Bräu, Bürger, Neumarkt, Bucegi, Gambrinus, Azuga, Noroc.
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* Ursus blond or helles: Brewed in Cluj, where I stayed, founded in 1878. Ursus is a sharp, light-bodied, reasonably hopped for the style, pilsener. It is tasty with a pale color. Between a Czech and a German pils.
* Ursus dark: Very sweet, like a porter or swartzbier. Pruny, burnt caramel flavors, thick and chewy.
* Ciuc: pronounced chook, as in cook. Brewed by a Romanian brewery owned by Heineken. Another pilsener, much maltier than the Ursus, and comparable to Czech Boom.
* Silva blond or helles: A malty pilsener, somewhat sweet, hoppier than the Ciuc, but less than Ursus. More of a straight lager, and slightly darker than Ursus.
* Silva dark: 7% abv. The strongest of the beers sampled. Not as sweet as Ursus dark, drier, grainier, and with perhaps a cherry finish. A nice head after pour, and comparable to a Belgian dubbel.
* Timesoreana: Pilsener style. A pale, light version of the style, not very hoppy or, frankly, memorable. Clearly inferior to the other pilseners sampled and comparable to American mass-market brew.

All beers were extremely inexpensive, ranging from US$.50 for a half liter of Timesoreana to US$.80 for a half liter of the Silva Dark.
Sounds like a beer wasteland actually.
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Old 11-19-2010, 07:39 PM   #5
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well i been sampling beers and have been a sucker for sweet flavored beers. and i found the Ursus Redds to be very similar to a Radler from germany, the style i mean. has anyone had the redds or the radler? i want to know how the Redds is made but i cant find any information on it

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I just stayed in Romania for a week and I much preferred Ciuc to Ursus. In fact, I could not get enough Ciuc. I brought two home. One for now, and one for a chance meeting with a thirsty Romanian.

Are you drinking any Silver Black?

I hated the Redd's. Too lemony.

Any leads on Ciuc in America?

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I thought it was Rumulan.

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My college jazz ensemble did a tour through Romania (and other countries), including playing a beer festival in Timişoara, where the only beer available was Timişoreana. Was about like Bud, maybe a little better, but it was free.

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its true, most of the lagers really resemble a bud taste. a little difference, but not to drastic for at least me. but Ursus black was worth it for sure.

i am not sure what silver black is. is that a reference to the black?

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Old 03-07-2011, 05:08 PM   #10
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You can find good beer in Romania. I liked Bergenbier the most. Ciuc and Stejar were good also. Ursus, average for my taste. Ursus black, good.

The Romanian beer is mostly based on German recipes. The quality depends on the water they brew with, in a certain area. In central and northern Romania, where I lived, I had plenty of great beer.

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