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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Don't Sound Like a Tool: How to Pronounce German Beers

Posted By on Tue, Apr 13, 2010 at 2:02 PM

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Don't Sound Like a Tool is SFoodie's series of audio

pronunciation guides to sort-of-common-but-not-obvious words we keep

encountering on wine lists and menus. No more shame, no more pointing,

no more taking on the accent of a language you don't speak.

Something always happens to us when ordering off a German menu. Somewhere between the second and fourth syllables the brain shuts down and can't parse out the remaining phonemes. When ordering Bayrischer Fleischkäse, for example, we get lost around flei- and go, "uh, the meatloaf." Same with German beers.

So we consulted an expert. Here is SFoodie contributor Brian Yaeger reading off a list of common German beer styles, plus a few common brands.

Read along with Yaeger, repeat a few times in your kitchen, and then head off to Walzwerk to practice on real German waiters.

click to enlarge IMAGE BY TKAMENICK/FLICKR

while you follow along:



Styles:
Doppelbock
Dunkelweizen


Hefeweizen


Kölsch


Dortmunder


Eisbock


Maibock


Helles
Märzen


Rauchbier


Schwarzbier
Kristallweizen

And a few brands:
Spaten
Paulaner
Franziskaner
Schankerla
Weihenstephaner
Radeberger

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