Join us on a journey of discovery along six German beer cities and taste the local beer specialty in each city. Our journey starts in Köln, continues via Düsseldorf, Dortmund and Weimar to Bamberg and ends in the south in Munich. You’ll be amazed at the variety of beers we encounter; Not all beer in Germany is golden blonde in a large beer mug.

Germany does have many beers that lean strongly against lager. You’ve probably already drunk a Dortmunder Export, Kölsch or Helles without realizing that they weren’t Pilsen, but taste these beers side by side and you’ll be surprised. They each really have their own character and once you recognize that you will only appreciate these beers.
Of course we also drink beers that are a bit darker. There is the Alt that conquers many hearts with its delicious bitter-sweet taste or the extremely drinkable Schwarzbier that is really such a rough husk white pit type. The host in Bamberg challenges us to try his Rauchbier and of course we don’t run away from that either. This beer smells like roast ham, but is both soft and complex in taste. Really a beer to enjoy in silence.

Kölsch Köln city trip from Brouwerij Bierverbond Amsterdam

COLOGNE

Kolsch Hotels

The yeast adds a spicy character to this deliciously drinkable blonde beer.

Kölsch is cologne’s answer to Pils and has been the most drunk beer in Cologne since the second half of the 20th century. The beer is traditionally served in a 20 cl glass called Stange. Like Pilsner, a Kölsch is bright and golden yellow, but has a higher yeast character. In the taste, in addition to the spiciness of the hops, you can also taste some fruitiness caused by the fermentation.

DUSSELDORF

ALT BEER

This beer brings you with one sip to the atmosphere of a Düsseldorf brewing room.

Alt beer is an ancient beer from Düsseldorf. When Pils increased in popularity, it was given the name Alt (old), for that it was actually just called beer. Alt is still brewed in the Düsseldorf region and is very popular there. It is a clear, amber-colored beer with a warm taste in which you can discover some caramel, spicy hop notes and fruitiness of the yeast.

Dortmunder Export Dortmund city trip from Brouwerij Bierverbond Amsterdam

DORTMUND

DORTMUNDER
EXPORT

A sturdy blonde with noble hops in the leading role.

Dortmunder Export is Dortmund’s answer to Pils. It was first brewed in 1843 at Die Krone am Markt in Dortmund and has enjoyed a period of considerable popularity. The taste of Dortmunder Export is strongly influenced by the hard brewing water. It makes for a characterful, bright, golden yellow beer that is full of flavor with an emphasis on the noble hops.

Schwarzbier Weimar city trip from Brouwerij Bierverbond Amsterdam

WEIMAR

Schwarzbier

A very dark beer that is nevertheless wonderfully light to drink.

Kölsch is cologne’s answer to Pils and has been the most drunk beer in Cologne since the second half of the 20th century. The beer is traditionally served in a 20 cl glass called Stange. Like Pilsner, a Kölsch is bright and golden yellow, but has a higher yeast character. In the taste, in addition to the spiciness of the hops, you can also taste some fruitiness caused by the fermentation.

Rauchbier Bamberg city trip from Brouwerij Bierverbond Amsterdam

BAMBERG

RAUCHBIER

A full smoky taste that you will appreciate more with every sip.

Alt beer is an ancient beer from Düsseldorf. When Pils increased in popularity, it was given the name Alt (old), for that it was actually just called beer. Alt is still brewed in the Düsseldorf region and is very popular there. It is a clear, amber-colored beer with a warm taste in which you can discover some caramel, spicy hop notes and fruitiness of the yeast.

Munich Helles München city trip from Brouwerij Bierverbond Amsterdam

MUNICH

MUNICH
HELLES HOTELS

This beer will take you to a beautiful spring day at the foot of the Alps.

Dortmunder Export is Dortmund’s answer to Pils. It was first brewed in 1843 at Die Krone am Markt in Dortmund and has enjoyed a period of considerable popularity. The taste of Dortmunder Export is strongly influenced by the hard brewing water. It makes for a characterful, bright, golden yellow beer that is full of flavor with an emphasis on the noble hops.

Stadsaanduideing rood Bierverbond Stedentrip

COLOGNE

Kolsch Hotels

The yeast adds a spicy character to this deliciously drinkable blonde beer.

Kölsch is cologne’s answer to Pils and has been the most drunk beer in Cologne since the second half of the 20th century. The beer is traditionally served in a 20 cl glass called Stange. Like Pilsner, a Kölsch is bright and golden yellow, but has a higher yeast character. In the taste, in addition to the spiciness of the hops, you can also taste some fruitiness caused by the fermentation.

Stadsaanduideing rood Bierverbond Stedentrip

DUSSELDORF

ALT BEER

This beer brings you with one sip to the atmosphere of a Düsseldorf brewing room.

Alt beer is an ancient beer from Düsseldorf. When Pils increased in popularity, it was given the name Alt (old), for that it was actually just called beer. Alt is still brewed in the Düsseldorf region and is very popular there. It is a clear, amber-colored beer with a warm taste in which you can discover some caramel, spicy hop notes and fruitiness of the yeast.

Stadsaanduideing rood Bierverbond Stedentrip

DORTMUND

DORTMUNDER
EXPORT

A sturdy blonde with noble hops in the leading role.

Dortmunder Export is Dortmund’s answer to Pils. It was first brewed in 1843 at Die Krone am Markt in Dortmund and has enjoyed a period of considerable popularity. The taste of Dortmunder Export is strongly influenced by the hard brewing water. It makes for a characterful, bright, golden yellow beer that is full of flavor with an emphasis on the noble hops.

Stadsaanduideing rood Bierverbond Stedentrip

WEIMAR

Schwarzbier

A very dark beer that is nevertheless wonderfully light to drink.

Kölsch is cologne’s answer to Pils and has been the most drunk beer in Cologne since the second half of the 20th century. The beer is traditionally served in a 20 cl glass called Stange. Like Pilsner, a Kölsch is bright and golden yellow, but has a higher yeast character. In the taste, in addition to the spiciness of the hops, you can also taste some fruitiness caused by the fermentation.

Stadsaanduideing rood Bierverbond Stedentrip

BAMBERG

RAUCHBIER

A full smoky taste that you will appreciate more with every sip.

Alt beer is an ancient beer from Düsseldorf. When Pils increased in popularity, it was given the name Alt (old), for that it was actually just called beer. Alt is still brewed in the Düsseldorf region and is very popular there. It is a clear, amber-colored beer with a warm taste in which you can discover some caramel, spicy hop notes and fruitiness of the yeast.

Stadsaanduideing rood Bierverbond Stedentrip

MUNICH

MUNICH
HELLES HOTELS

This beer will take you to a beautiful spring day at the foot of the Alps.

Dortmunder Export is Dortmund’s answer to Pils. It was first brewed in 1843 at Die Krone am Markt in Dortmund and has enjoyed a period of considerable popularity. The taste of Dortmunder Export is strongly influenced by the hard brewing water. It makes for a characterful, bright, golden yellow beer that is full of flavor with an emphasis on the noble hops.

Kölsch Köln city trip from Brouwerij Bierverbond Amsterdam
Dortmunder Export Dortmund city trip from Brouwerij Bierverbond Amsterdam
Schwarzbier Weimar city trip from Brouwerij Bierverbond Amsterdam
Rauchbier Bamberg city trip from Brouwerij Bierverbond Amsterdam
Munich Helles München city trip from Brouwerij Bierverbond Amsterdam

DUTCH HOP HOUSE

For brewing our beers we only use water, barley, hops and yeast. That’s the simplicity that German beer styles are known for. But don’t underestimate these beers, because they are truly gems of sophistication. Hollands Hophuis helped us select the hops to make the pearls shine further. The best barley and a lot of patience do the rest.

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KÖLSCH

HALLERTAU HOTELS
MITTELFRÜH

Noble hop variety from the most famous and largest hop area in Germany. This is the core of European hops, because Mittelfrüh grows naturally in Hallertau. It is the hop that delivers aromas to the traditional German beer styles. The balanced aroma of herbs, flowers and citrus fit perfectly in a Kölsch.

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ALT BEER

PERLE

 

A hop variety that was introduced in the late 70s of the last century. Developed and grown in Germany, with Northern Brewer as mother. Perle has a spicy aroma that can feel like mint and tea, with a peppery touch, these aromas are nicely subdued. The percentage of alpha acid is fairly high, which can result in a clean hop bitter.

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DORTMUNDER EXPORT

SPALTER
SELECT

A cross between the 2 noble hop varieties Hallertau Mittelfrüh and Spalt with the aim of achieving an improved version of Spalt. Yields a kind of super-noble hops. Floral and fruity (lemon) aroma, with a touch of pine needles. Developed in one of the “nurseries” of German hops: Hüll.

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Schwarzbier

Tettnang

This hop variety comes from the south of Germany, near the town of the same name near Lake Constance. Has similarities with the noble varieties from Hallertau and Žatec (Saaz), although the Tettnang is indeed more floral and spicy, without exaggerating it. These properties give a Schwarzbier, in which the malt is dominant, just the right subtle addition to the overall aroma.

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RAUCHBIER

NORTHERN
BREWER

Does a Rauchbier need hop aroma? We think so, it gives a subtle extra layer to the beer, so that there is plenty to do if you are used to the smoky character. As the name suggests, this variety does not originally come from Germany, but is nowadays most often grown in Germany. Quite high alpha acid and therefore ideal as bitter hop. The aroma is slightly spicy (mint).

Hollands Hophuis bij Brouwerij Bierverbond

MUNICH HELLES

ROTTENBURGER
SPÄT

This is one of Hollands’s Hophuis Heritage hopping: traditional varieties that were not grown for a long time where new life has been breathed in. Has a special aroma of cedar and coniferous wood, green pepper and spicy notes of lavender and peppermint. These aromas are subtle and therefore Rottenburger Spät is very suitable in a Helles Lager.