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Title: Berliner Weisse Sweetener Choices
Post by: harbicide on January 15, 2013, 05:10:13 PM
A friend gave me two bottles of Kindl Berliner Weisse.  She said she likes Grenadine with hers, but I'm wondering what other choices there are.
Title: Re: Berliner Weisse Sweetener Choices
Post by: jeffy on January 15, 2013, 05:42:10 PM
A friend gave me two bottles of Kindl Berliner Weisse.  She said she likes Grenadine with hers, but I'm wondering what other choices there are.

Best straight up for me.
I didn't know that was still available anywhere.
Title: Re: Berliner Weisse Sweetener Choices
Post by: erockrph on January 15, 2013, 05:44:49 PM
You can probably try any liqueur you like. Maybe Chambord or Creme De Cassis.
Title: Re: Berliner Weisse Sweetener Choices
Post by: morticaixavier on January 15, 2013, 05:47:56 PM
traditional is sweet woodfruff (sp?) syrup.

I have made blueberry syrup, raspberry syrup and blackberry syrup for adding to Russian River wild beer and they were all lovely. grenadine sounds nice though.
Title: Re: Berliner Weisse Sweetener Choices
Post by: denny on January 15, 2013, 06:09:10 PM
I'm a big fan of the woodruff syrup.
Title: Re: Berliner Weisse Sweetener Choices
Post by: morticaixavier on January 15, 2013, 06:14:41 PM
I'm a big fan of the woodruff syrup.
I've not looked very hard but I havn't had much luck in finding it. do you have a source?
Title: Re: Berliner Weisse Sweetener Choices
Post by: thetooth on January 15, 2013, 06:24:44 PM
I'm a big fan of the woodruff syrup.
I've not looked very hard but I havn't had much luck in finding it. do you have a source?

Check your local German market.  I found a bottle for a friend at one recently.
Title: Re: Berliner Weisse Sweetener Choices
Post by: Jimmy K on January 15, 2013, 06:31:31 PM
I'm a big fan of the woodruff syrup.
I've not looked very hard but I havn't had much luck in finding it. do you have a source?
I've had homemade woodruff syrup made with woodruff from the homebrew shop. The color is off - brown instead of neon green, probably due to commercial syrups using food coloring - but people who've had it in Germany say the flavor is good. It's pretty much simple syrup infused with dried woodruff.  I thought it tasted good.
 
Liquor stores have all sorts of fruit-flavored syrups for cocktails now.
Title: Re: Berliner Weisse Sweetener Choices
Post by: denny on January 15, 2013, 06:46:18 PM
I'm a big fan of the woodruff syrup.
I've not looked very hard but I havn't had much luck in finding it. do you have a source?

Nope.  The only times I've had it it was provided by the people who made the beer.
Title: Re: Berliner Weisse Sweetener Choices
Post by: jeffy on January 15, 2013, 06:51:12 PM
I'm a big fan of the woodruff syrup.
I've not looked very hard but I havn't had much luck in finding it. do you have a source?

Check your local German market.  I found a bottle for a friend at one recently.

Our local German deli/restaurant/craft beer bar keeps Waldmeister in stock.
I think I've also seen it at the local homebrew store.

http://www.germandeli.com/4054600095139.html

To the OP: where did they find that beer?  I used to really like it, but it's been years since I've seen it.

Edited to add a link
Title: Re: Berliner Weisse Sweetener Choices
Post by: kramerog on January 15, 2013, 07:01:55 PM

Our local German deli/restaurant/craft beer bar keeps Waldmeister in stock.
I think I've also seen it at the local homebrew store.

http://www.germandeli.com/4054600095139.html


I like the woodruff syrup from German Deli.  It has an interesting herbal flavor I can't describe.
Title: Berliner Weisse Sweetener Choices
Post by: ynotbrusum on January 15, 2013, 11:13:10 PM
And roughly how much of this is added to a half liter of Berliner Weisse?  I am sure you sample to taste, but what have you found with it to your taste?



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Title: Re: Berliner Weisse Sweetener Choices
Post by: kramerog on January 16, 2013, 04:12:31 AM
And roughly how much of this is added to a half liter of Berliner Weisse?  I am sure you sample to taste, but what have you found with it to your taste?



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I cover the bottom of the glass with the woodruff syrup and then pour in the beer.  A wild ass guess is 1 part woodruff to ~20 parts beer.
Title: Re: Berliner Weisse Sweetener Choices
Post by: thetooth on January 16, 2013, 04:32:42 AM
And roughly how much of this is added to a half liter of Berliner Weisse?  I am sure you sample to taste, but what have you found with it to your taste?



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My preference is to pour the woodruff syrup down the drain, then enjoy the tasty berliner weisse.   :P
Title: Re: Berliner Weisse Sweetener Choices
Post by: harbicide on January 16, 2013, 05:20:33 PM
To the OP: where did they find that beer?  I used to really like it, but it's been years since I've seen it.

My friend's father-in-law lives in Rostock, Germany.  I have invited him to my house many times for beer tastings, in which he pays me back by bringing me German beers that are not available where I live.
Title: Re: Berliner Weisse Sweetener Choices
Post by: redbeerman on January 16, 2013, 06:11:04 PM
I'm a big fan of the woodruff syrup.

Woodruff is OK, but I prefer homemade raspberry syrup.  I have to drive 50 miles to get woodruff syrup or order it online.  This is what I get.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk32/redbeerman/woodruff_zps35639ca5.jpg)
Title: Re: Berliner Weisse Sweetener Choices
Post by: jeffy on January 16, 2013, 08:10:52 PM
To the OP: where did they find that beer?  I used to really like it, but it's been years since I've seen it.

My friend's father-in-law lives in Rostock, Germany.  I have invited him to my house many times for beer tastings, in which he pays me back by bringing me German beers that are not available where I live.

Very nice.  I wish I had some.
Title: Re: Berliner Weisse Sweetener Choices
Post by: kramerog on January 16, 2013, 08:20:16 PM
Berliner Kindl Weiss is being imported into the US again or another German brand.  I saw it at a Binnys in Chicagoland.