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Old 03-12-2008, 04:25 PM   #1
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Is this tradition, or is just something that Americans did to screw up good German beer? I know it is served with Hefe's like Widmer, but the other day I went to a bar with Franziskaner Hefe on tap and he wanted to give me a lemon with it. I hate fruit in bar, so I was just wondering if I was missing something? Thanks!

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Every hefe weizen I drank in Germany had a full slice of lemon dropped in after the pour.


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Old 03-12-2008, 04:30 PM   #3
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Every hefe weizen I drank in Germany had a full slice of lemon dropped in after the pour.
Good to know, thanks!
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Lemon ruins a hefe. I think the only reason they throw lemon in it in Germany is because they figure tourists expect it since American bars do it. Lemon in a hefe is an insult to the brewer.

Just say NO to lemon in a hefe.

Orange in a witbier, on the other hand, is a whole different subject. Witbier has orange peel in it to begin with.
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I think the only reason they throw lemon in it in Germany is because they figure tourists expect it since American bars do it.
I think they do it there more for that reason. Lived in Germany for 3 years (and trying desparately to go back!) and I never saw a lemon slice in a Hefe while i was there.
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Old 03-12-2008, 05:11 PM   #6
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Don't fruit the beer! Manlaw.
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Old 03-12-2008, 05:17 PM   #7
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I personally like the lemon id a Hefe. I just don't like the slice in my glass getting in the way of my drinking. For that reason I boiled a pound of lemons for the last 10 minutes in my Belgian Wheat. You get just a hint as it goes down. Great thirst quencher.
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Old 03-12-2008, 05:26 PM   #8
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I lived in Germany fro 9 years and never saw a lemon slice until I hit the States.

I figured it's an American Bartender trick of some sort..."that's the way they taught us a bartender school" or it's "fashionable" crap...

I don't fruit my beers, but I may recommend it for American Wheat beer, but not a German Hefe Weizenor should I say "eine Deutsches Weissbier/Weizen"

I don't use Hefe or Hefe Weizen when referring to an American versions...and I've never said "German Wheat".
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SWMBO said to me just the other day: "Isn't it time we brewed a summer beer? You know, something I can put fruit in. Like a lemon slice." Ahhh, SWMBO, gotta love her.

Anyway, I was thinking about a Hefe, but after reading this thread maybe just an American Wheat instead. I certainly would not want to incur the wrath of the Hefe Weizen Gods, now, would I?


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