Radeberger BreweryI am just curious, but how does beer from eastern Germany former DDR compare nowadays to beers from the rest of Germany? Its often been said east german beer the communist era actually helped the Czech pilsners stay truer to style. Was bedr the same in the DDR? Did it east german beer local beers, not haiving imports of national brands? The majority of breweries in the East now are post-reunification brewpubs.
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I am just curious, but how does beer from eastern Germany former DDR compare nowadays to beers from the rest of Germany? Its often been said that the communist era actually helped the Czech pilsners stay truer to style. Was it the same in the DDR? Did it protect local beers, not haiving imports of national brands? The majority of breweries in the East now are post-reunification brewpubs.
So I guess its a bit hard to compare, without first hand experience of the beers in the DDR before reunification. I was there in the Dresden area. Several brewers were still in business like Hartmannsdorf, Kappel and Reichenbrand. But I had beers from a couple of breweries and I thought they were quite uninteresting and lacking flavors. I heard that beers at that moment were already better compared to DDR times. The majority of the ex-GDR breweries that are still operating these days have been taken over by other big brewers or investment groups.
The beer is great as any other Western German beer. A bit about beer in the old GDR: The history of Neuzeller begins in the year , when the yearly register of the monks records the first delivery of grains and hops to be used to brewery beer.
Unofficially, beer was brewed here as early as , but only on a small scale. The brewery was nationalized in when the German Democratic Republic was established. Renamed Brauerei Neuzelle in At the fall of the Wall in , the brewery got its old name back and it was privatized in The brewery was one of the first breweries in Germany to brew pilsener beer.
In , the brewery got the title as a purveyur to the Saxony kings. Since reunification sales have steadily increased. Radeberger Pilsener is the only brand the brewery makes today. The brewery is part of the Radeberger Gruppe, until named the Binding Gruppe, which is a subsidiary company of the Oetker-Gruppe.
In the brewery was closed and the brewery equipment was shipped to the Soviet Union. But soon after the brewery was rebuild. Originally posted by jbrus I was there in the Dresden area. I was also there several times around Beers in DDR-times were not brewed accorded to the Reinheitsgebot, and I was told that they tasted thin and grainy, especially the helles.
The maibocks were, I was told, quite OK. A surviving specialty are the black beers Schwarzbier and even Porter , but the brewers have changed the recipe after die Wende.
Especially in the saxonian Sachsen and thuringian Thueringen badlands not far from the franconian border survived a couple of breweries, which never had been in the hands of the GDR-state, which never had been "nationalized": Other breweries have been given back to their former owners: You can still get an impression of this quality, when You visit the Urquell-Brauerei in Pilsen The tap beer was not very reliable. Sometimes heavily infected with diacetyl and sometimes very, very good.
RB-notes would vary IMO between 2 minus and 4 plus. Urquell is much more reliable these days, but on a somewhat lower level as in peak condition in Communist times. I remember very poor beers outside of Prague skunky, infected, hazy Originally posted by Reid I am just curious, but how does beer from eastern Germany former DDR compare nowadays to beers from the rest of Germany? I can actually speak from a good deal of personal experience on this topic. When West German beers appeared for the first time in Thuringen they were mostly much worse than the local beers.
There were some cracking pale lagers sold in the DDR under the name of "Pilsator". Unlike most beers that use the name pils, these were genuinely in the style of Pilsner Urquell - golden in colour and quite malty.
The one from Mulhausen where my sister-in-law lived was particulalrly good, as was Plauenator from Sternquell in Plauen. In Thuringen there were several small breweries that remained in private hands.
The smallest of these, Brauerei Scmitt in Singen is still going strong in its steam-powered brewery. You can see photos of it here: Muhlhausen had 3 breweries, all pretty good. The only exception was the Gotha brewery, whose beer was always shit. Appropriately, it was taken over by Oettingen whose own beer is crap. Braugold Pilsner from Erfurt was a beuatifully hoppy pils and one of my favourites. The best Berliner Weisse undoubtedly came from the East.
It was brewed in the Schultheiss Weissbier brewery on Schoenhauser Allee, where the first revived Gose was also produced. Rex Pils from Potsdam was a decent beer, too. Several breweries made a Porter vaguely in the Baltic Porter style. The ones I tried were quite impressive. Generally every town of any size had its own brewery and most of the shops and pubs in the area sold their beer. A lot have either closed or been gobbled up by larger breweries.
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