In an attempt to retain my rather minimal German, I like to occasionally read the German news or stumble upon Germanic blogs. Today I perused some Bier blogs and found a few items that caught my attention.
The first was a special release for a German soccer event – Lorenz Bier Geschmack Crunchips. That’s right, beer flavoured potato chips! What particularly tickled me was the way several beer bloggers evaluated the chips in the same manner they critiqued their beers. This blogger was less than impressed:
“Der grosse Vorteil von diesen Chips ist dass man nicht viel davon essen will – der Nachteil besteht darin dass sie alkoholfrei sind… Fazit: bäh – nein danke.”
The greatest advantage of these chips is that one doesn’t want to eat many of them – the disadvantage exists in them being alcohol free… Conclusion: Yuck – no thankyou.
He described the aroma as “floury chicken (battered chicken?) with a little beer”, and the flavour as “salty and somewhat smoky – not nice.” Fair enough!
Another beer blogger was a little more positive, ultimately suggesting his readers give them a try. His impression was that while it takes several chips to get there, the flavour of spicy Pilsner eventually appears, albeit a salty one. Can’t say I’m sold.
One of the more interesting and humorous blogs I came across was a German beer blogger living in Japan. In one post the intrepid reviewer sampled a Japanese Kinderbier – or Kodomo no nomimono: Japanese beer for children. Watch the commercial below. Apparently it tastes like German Fassbrause, or keg brew, a non-alcoholic drink made from fruit and spices that tastes of apples and not particularly like beer at all. Got to love the Japanese!
The final clip that caught my eye was on the same blog and is comedic skit from the Los Angeles based husband and wife team at LivFilms. At a quarter of a million hits I’m surprised I hadn’t seen this one pop up before. They do some funny, if a little edgy stuff.
And back to study I go.