Summer holidays this year included a trip to Berlin, a fabulous city with a rich and varied history, and a vibrant present. We didn’t get to any local vineyards, but I did try the local speciality beer – Berliner Weisse.
It’s a low alcohol (3%) wheat beer, and it’s served with syrup – either red or green. I’d been assured that the green syrup tasted like cough mixture so opted for ‘mit rot’. It came in a bowl shaped glass with a straw. It looked rather like a dessert and smelled a bit like one too.
It tasted – bad. Imagine eating a huge bowl of raspberries and a sherbert fountain then dancing. Imagine you now feel a little unwell, you burp. Berliner Weisse mit rot tastes like that burp. I was not a fan.
Our under-age team liked it though (and they weren’t under age for drinking it in Germany). I suspect that is its market, alcohol for people who don’t much care for alcoholic drinks, rather like the alcopop market.
I’m glad I tried it. I won’t repeat the experience.