This week's Friday's Featured Cocktail is a delicious trio of German beers. We know all three are available at Lederhosen, one of Our Top Five German Beer Bars in NYC. Schlenkerla Smoked Beer: If you’re feeling adventurous and willing to try something unique, Rauchbier is waiting. Since 1405 this “beef jerky beer” has been made in Bamberg, Bavaria. Its incredibly smoky smell and flavor is achieved by exposing the malt to the intense, aromatic smoke of burning Bavarian beech wood logs. It is then fermented in underground cellars that are over 700 years old. Over the years we’ve heard the flavor described as bacon, barbeque, spicy cured meat, burnt brisket and a variety of expletives we won’t repeat. Finally, in case you’re wondering, to schlenker means to stumble or stagger around. Drink a couple of 17 ounce bottles of Schlenkerla and you’ll understand why. Go ahead, try it.
Weihenstephaner Hefeweiss is perhaps the finest wheat beer on the planet, the yardstick against which other wheats are measured. Unfiltered and cloudy, it has very little hops, rendering it a smooth, mellow beer that is easy to drink. Beer aficionados say you’ll taste spicy bananas and cloves, with a rich toffee-butter nose. Snobs! We say it’s delicious and refreshing, the perfect choice on hot days.
The EKU Pils is a classic German Pilsner brewed in Bavaria. What’s a Pilsner, you wonder? It’s a clear, golden lager first made in the Bohemian town of Pilsen in 1842, a perfect balance of malt and hops. The new taste was an immediate sensation and today Pils is the most popular beer style in Germany. Some Pilsner beers you may have heard of include Amstel Light and Stella Artois. If neither smoke nor wheat appeal to you, pick the Pils.