I think the idea that European malts are superior to American malts is a romantic notion. Intended for different purposes, sure, but neither is superior or inferior.
Don't let your romantic notions get in the way of simple reality.
lol, we're in a thread debating the differences between festbier and maerzen and clearly inferior american malts . the whole thread is about romantic notions.
Or that German beer is superior. It's different, it's good, but it's not necessarily better in any objective way.
Warning: Bias Alert.
No beer consumer that I know drinks beer with objective taste buds. It's all subjective. Given a choice between a German Pils, and a North American Industrial Lager (NAIL), both on draft, I will take the German beverage most of the time. And that is my very subjective viewpoint.
This has to be qualified...the beers have to be fresh, less than 3 months old.
A beer that I did like from Sierra Nevada was Summerfest. No longer available.
And yes, it's all the preference of the consumer.