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Drinks in Germany

I don't drink beer. Are there other alcoholic drinks in Germany ?

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Are you serious?
You'll find some of the best wine in the world, hard cider, and just about any kind of alcoholic beverage you want--Scotch, gin, vodka, etc. Bourbon may not be so readily available.
Lots of fruit brandies as well.

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Although beer is the most popular drink in Bavaria, the Mosel it's ground zero for Riesling wine.

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Not sure if there is a reason why you don't drink beer other than personal taste preference. I don't drink beer but at beer gardens I really enjoy Radler when I'm in Germany - it's a 50/50 mix of beer and a German-style lemonade that is very similar to Sprite. It's a lot lighter and slightly sweeter than drinking a straight beer.

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You can find just about any alcoholic beverage in Germany that you have in your home town.

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There are plenty of non-alcoholic drinks as well, including soda, juices, and all types of coffee or tea. It is not unusual for people to order them in beer gardens.

The different flavors of beer might surprise you. The radler as previously mentioned is very popular, and very refreshing. There are also some delicious weiss beers that are more nutty in flavor rather than wheaty. Or don't try them and stick to what you like. It's really up to you.

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The country is afloat in wine. There are vineyards everywhere. Riesling is the drink of choice in many areas of Germany, not beer. Think about the Rhine, the Mosel, the Neckar. If you are in Hessen and the Frankfurt area, give the applewine a try. This is a sour alcoholic apple cider.

As for the Radler, I think if someone doesn't like beer in the first place, they probably won't like a Radler either.

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For non-alcoholic options, try a Schorle. They're fruit juices diluted with carbonated water. Very refreshing and none of the excess sweetness of sodas.

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Another vote for at least trying radler. I am not particularly a beer fan at least not in the US, but I found it delicious and refreshing on a hot day. I'm intrigued by the Schorle that Tom mentioned - will have to try that on our next trip.
Whatever you drink, have a great trip!

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Just to be clear--can 't a Schorle also be wine mixed with Sprudelwasser?

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"Just to be clear--can 't a Schorle also be wine mixed with Sprudelwasser?"

I suppose it could be. But I've only seen it made from juice. Then again, I only became aware of Schorle a few months ago, so perhaps I just haven't noticed it made from wine yet.

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Yes, a wine schölle is wine with fizzy water.

You don't have to wait to come to Germany to try an apple juice schölle, just mix 2/3 juice with 1/3 fizzy water. You can do this with any juice.

For those of you who like Radler, try a Dirty Beer sometime, just use cola instead of sprite. Go for a Weissen Bier with a shot of banana juice in it for an odd taste.
(used to own a small bar here)

Also be aware that on a menu, if it says limonade or limo or the server asks you if you want limo, they are usually talking about sprite or fanta, not American style lemonade. If it is the latter, the menu will say something like fresh, house made, and may have things like ginger or mint leaves in it. Have only had real lemonade in 2 restaurants here. There is a BIO limonade that isn't too bad either, but would rather drink Bitter Lemon.