Originally Posted by tiger02
My supply is somewhat limited--I just don't think hefeweizen and krystalweizen are all they're cracked up to be, and they're the popular ones around here.
I'm not a big Hefe fan, but when a store around here stocks a good Kristalweizen I'm liable to buy out their stock. Unfortunately, Schneider Kristal is impossible to find around here, but occasionally I'll luck into a stock of Tucher or something similar. It's not the sublime experience of a Schneider, but it's pretty good. I also like the some of the Ruhrgebiet beers, like KÃ¶lsch and (even better, though it's only available in one place) BÃ¶nnsch. The standard bottled stuff from that region (KÃ¶nigs Pilsner et al.) doe not do much for me, though. In general, I like my beers to have been established under the Hapsburgs: Budweiser, Pilsner Urquell, Gosser, Radegast. Maybe as far north in the old Holy Roman Empire as a Veltins. Especially in the summer, though it's lost something since they changed importers and stopped packaging it in the correct dumpy green bottles for the US market. I'm not a Belgian fan, though how much of that is a reaction to the annoying trendiness of Belgian beer right now is an open question. As for American beers, Rogue Hazelnut Brown Ale is excellent, but beyond that I've been unimpressed. If none of the above are available, I'll reach for a Newcastle or Warsteiner.