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Old 08-05-2008, 11:51 PM   #1
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When it comes to classic German beers, I can only think of lagers. Hmmm I guess they mostly like lagers just like the rest of the world- but do you know of any classic German ales?
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Old 08-06-2008, 12:06 AM   #2
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Wow, there's a whole freaking pile of them. Octoberfest, Marzan, Weisse,....

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Dortmunder Export, Altbier, Hefe, Kristal, Kolsch, Sticke, Rauchbier,... I'm sure there's got to be more.

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He's looking only for ales.

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But Oktoberfest and Marzen are lagers.

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And Dortmunder export is a lager too!

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Old 08-06-2008, 12:15 AM   #7
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The funny thing about this forum is that when we are "on our game", there is a good chance we've also had a few too many - I think he maybe misread your question... heh

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Old 08-06-2008, 01:12 AM   #8
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German ales are all kinda funky... Weizen, Gose, Berliner Weiss, and a raft of deprecated styles with crazy names like Peeterman. Germany settled on lager as its primary style... you've gotta be looking for something really out of the ordinary to be looking for a german ale...

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I like you...you want to wander off the beaten path in your brewing...

Dusseddorf Altbier is one...here's an article on them http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/...raveller/46320

ANd Michael Jackson's write up http://www.beerhunter.com/documents/19133-000838.html

I even found you a recipe....

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Altimate Nullifier (all grain)
4 lbs Cargill 2-row Pale
3 lbs Cargill europils
.5 lbs Cargill red wheat
2 lb mussedorfer munich
1.5 lbs Weyerman caramunich
0.1 lbs Bairds chololate

2 oz Tettnang (60 minutes)
1 oz tettnang (45 minutes)
1 oz saaz (30 minutes)
1 saaz (0 minutes)

SG: 1.056
IBUs: 52
abv: 6.2%


And I'm surprised that no one mentioned that old stand by Kolsch...

Here's some info from Wikipedia...
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German ales tend to be fermented at a somewhat lower temperature, and have more body than British or Belgian ales due to differences in mashing process; the traditional German decoction mash tends to create more oligosaccharides to provide body to the beer. The best-known varieties are Kölsch, a very pale ale from Cologne, and altbier (most associated with Düsseldorf but made in other parts of western Germany as well); wheat beers such as Hefeweizen and Berliner Weisse are also technically ales, though they may have different flavours, particularly the pronounced banana-like estery flavour of hefeweizen.
Here's a buch of different Kolsch recipes...http://www.bodensatz.com/staticpages...20510221215114

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German ales are all kinda funky... Weizen, Gose, Berliner Weiss, and a raft of deprecated styles with crazy names like Peeterman. Germany settled on lager as its primary style... you've gotta be looking for something really out of the ordinary to be looking for a german ale...
Peetermann is from Louvain, but you're right about older styles of German ale being wheaty and weird (and ****ing awesome).
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