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The Reinheitsgebot is often misunderstood and overrated by people outside of Germany. The original law was not a universal decree in Germany it was a law in one province that eventually influenced laws in other areas. In its original form it's no longer in effect, it's been replaced by a law that allows a number of ingredients that were not permitted at first. (Plus yeast, which doesn't really count because people had no clue what yeast was until much later.)
While it was in some ways a source of national pride, it was also met with resistance in a number of places. Northern German and Belgian brewers that have a long tradition of brewing with fruit and/or spices did not like the decree because it essentially outlawed their style of brewing. So too with wheat beers, another German staple, until the law was revised into its modern form. The idea that all of Germany proudly accepted this law or that it is the reason behind the quality of modern German brewing just isn't really true.
Also, the purity decree doesn't guarantee the beer is good. It just says which ingredients you can and can't use. There absolutely is bad (or at least mediocre) beer in Germany.
Last edited by dfitzo53; December-9th-2012 at 07:11 PM.
You ask ANY German, ANY, about how their beer stacks up against Belgian beer they will mention they had the first purity law. Without fail. If you know a German call them right now and ask them that question, you are guaranteed to get that response.
I understand about Krieks and Lambics, I did a semester at the university of Antwerp and had plenty of firsthand experience.
no misunderstanding here about the purity law and its implications. I brought it up simply as an example of the history of beer in Europe and the reliability of German brewers, just as I did their history with lager that their climate afforded well before modern refrigeration made it possible in warmer climates
So there. Just sayin
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I used to not IPA's at all. Lately I've been hooked on a few. Really like Hop Notch. I don't see all the hate, it's still a beer and at least the few I like, taste a lot better than any regular brand beer.
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Not a fan of the IPAs. I've had some good ones but by and large trying to weed out the good ones vs. the bad ones is a daunting task. I can't even remember the ones I've tried and liked. Too bitter, tastes like drinking a tin can.
I'm not sure if it's considered an IPA but I do enjoy Troegs Nugget Nectar....really hoppy, but doesn't finish that way. Comes out in the spring.
I hate IPA's as well, and see no reason why I should ever drink another. I'll stick with my Belgians (Gulden Draak, Duvel, Piraat, Delirium Tremens, and a few others), with the occasional Russian Imperial.
There is a degree of snobbishness from a certain type and age of white male middle-class beer drinker who wants to be an expert and leans toward the different taste of IPAs. But that doesn't mean that all IPAs suck.
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I forgot to mention, I absolutely hate, hate, hate Dogfish Head.
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