What is a good wheat and beer

Munich (dpa / tmn) - water, malt, hops and yeast - there are only four ingredients that make beer according to the German Purity Law. And yet: beer is not just beer.

"Different types of malt, hops and yeast and different brewing styles can create a variety of flavors without additional ingredients," says Werner Gloßner from the Association of Private Breweries. But what is special about different beers? How is the taste different? And for which occasion and for which food does which beer taste good to whom?

Pils: The Pils is the classic. Fresh, dry and hoppy, it is the best-selling beer in Germany, explains Sandra Ganzenmüller from the Association of Certified Beer Sommeliers. "A Pils is something for the uncomplicated beer drinker and is a typical after-work beer." Pils is particularly suitable as an appetizer for starters and goes especially well with light dishes such as fish.

Pilsner has an alcohol content of 4.9 percent, explains Daniela Krehl from the Bavarian Consumer Center. If you want to keep an eye on the calories while drinking beer, you should calculate around 42 calories per 100 milliliters. "In general, the higher the alcohol content, the more calories the beer has." But other ingredients such as the malt content can also determine the number of calories.

Helles: This is an all-rounder among beers, says Ganzenmüller. "Almost everyone tastes light and goes with almost every meal." It is particularly popular in southern Germany. The use of light malts makes it taste a little sweeter, malty and softer. Internationally, the lager beer is the counterpart to the pale beer. Alcohol content and calories in this beer correspond to the values ​​of the pils, explains the beer sommelier.

Dark: The dark offers a contrast not only in terms of color. "A good dark beer is full-bodied, somewhat sweet and has a malty and roast-like aroma. Depending on the characteristics, fine coffee or chocolate notes can also be perceived," explains Gloßner. The strong taste of dark beer is best combined with strong food such as a dark roast or a spicy vegetable stew. But a dark one can also go well with a powerful dessert like a Black Forest cake. And: With 37 calories per 100 milliliters, the dark beer has a little less than Pils or Helles, although the alcohol content is similar, says Krehl.

Wheat: Wheat beers are primarily characterized by their fruity taste, says Ganzenmüller. In addition, wheat beer is particularly carbonated and therefore tastes refreshing. When it comes to wheat, a distinction can be made between crystal clear and naturally cloudy. The following applies to both: "A wheat is a beer that you should have a little time for," says the expert. "One that you drink in peace from the glass, not from the wrong one in between."

Wheat goes particularly well with spicy food, such as curry: "The sweetness softens the sharpness of the food a little." The alcohol content of wheat is between 4.5 and 5 percent, explains Krehl. The calorie content is slightly higher at 52 calories per 100 milliliters.

IPA: In the area of ​​beer specialties, IPA, India Pale Ale, is also becoming increasingly popular in Germany, explains Gloßner. The special thing about this beer, which originally comes from England, is the strong hop aromas. Depending on the type of hops, fruits such as grapefruit or lemons or grassy, ​​hay-like hop aromas could be perceived, describes Gloßner. These hop notes harmonize with the sour, malty impressions of the ale aroma. The alcohol content is between 5.0 and 7.5 percent.

Bock: If you like it a little stronger, you can grab the Bock beer. Because these beers have an alcohol content of 6 to 7 percent, says Krehl. Therefore, the calorie content is correspondingly higher at around 58 calories per 100 milliliters. For the calorie-counting beer drinker, a buck could be the wrong thing anyway: "Such a strong beer needs a strong food," explains Ganzenmüller. "Strong blue cheese, a roast or dumplings - these beers go particularly well with them."

Mixed beer: "A shandy offers a refreshing alternative to a full beer," says Ganzenmüller. It is best to mix a shandy yourself instead of using mixed drinks: "With many ready-to-use mixed drinks, the taste components of the soft drink are too extreme and the beer aroma is lost." Due to the sugar content of the lemonade, a mixed beer is also not a healthy alternative, Krehl points out. A good thirst quencher, on the other hand, is an alcohol-free beer.