Germany (26 reviews)

Biolimo Cassis Himbeere

Biolimo Cassis Himbeere

I spent several days in Germany and all I wanted was a Fritz Kola. Unfortunately everywhere we played was out of it and I was unable to enjoy its deliciousness. When we played Zoro in Leipzig I ordered one and when I was told they were out I sadly just said give me whatever’s non-alcoholic and this bottle was placed in my hand. I had no idea what it was just performed the old Euro lighter as a bottle open trick and took a swig. It was fruity and delicious, and I suppose it was good enough to make me forget about the Fritz for the time being.

The next day, when I wasn’t shouting over some Chinese punk band that was playing a squat with a shirt that said “Kiss me I’m punk, I asked what it was and was told that it’s a carbonated raspberry/red currant lemonade. I don’t think lemonade means the same there as here, but it was a great raspberry/grape soda that wasn’t overly sweet. I may not have gotten my fix, but I did discover a new treat that I will get again the next time I make it to Europe.

Country
Germany
Sweetener
Zucker
Categories
Lemonade, Soda Pop
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on May 5th, 2016
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Club Mate Cola

Club Mate Cola

As I stated in my review of it, to me Club Mate is a staple German soda. It's carbonated yerba mate, and it's done right. It doesn't taste weird or off. It’s probably because they use sugar and not an abundance of it.

I anticipated this being the original mixed with cola, but all I taste is the cola. I don't notice the mate at all. When I mentioned it to someone local they didn’t even realize that it even had mate in it at all. It's quite a nice cola, so I have no complaints on that end, but I did want some mate. I guess it’s just in there for the caffeine. Perhaps if I could read German it would all be explained to me by the label, but as I am a dumb American and cannot I will remain in the dark, and just enjoy it as the stand out cola that it is.

Website
http://www.clubmate.de/
Country
Germany
Sweetener
GlukoseFructosesirup
Categories
Soda Pop
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on May 5th, 2016
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Club Mate

Club Mate

To me this is a classic German soda. It's a sweetened, carbonated yerba mate tea and it's done right. Things can very easily go wrong when you carbonate tea, but this company managed to do it right. It's sweet, but not overly so, and it actually has an authentic mate taste. It’s actually probably the best carbonated tea I have ever tried.

I drank way more of this than I’m proud to admit on my recent three week journey to Europe. I mean it’s chock full of caffeine and I needed it to help reset my internal clock due to the six hour time difference. Now I’m back home and I keep waking up at 6am. I need some reverse Club Mate.

Website
http://www.clubmate.de/
Country
Germany
Sweetener
GlukoseFructosesirup
Categories
Iced Tea, Soda Pop
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on May 3rd, 2016
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Little Miracles Organic Energy Black Tea Ginseng Peach Acai Agave

Little Miracles Organic Energy Black Tea Ginseng Peach Acai Agave

I don't know why this was marked down. I'm speaking out of order. This was marked down. Now we're on track. I don't know why this was marked down. It's very good. It's smooth, flavorful, good calorie count and natural. It tastes like peach black tea. You don't have a strong ginseng taste but you can tell that is there with a little bitterness. A kind reminder that Little Miracles is concerned about your mental capacity. They want you to pass that test. They want you to do well in your interview for that new job. They want you to reach your best time in that blindfolded Rubik's Cube competition. 'Tis a fine tea and I would drink it again if given the opportunity but since it's in the markdown endcap, I fear that I won't have the change. I hope all is well, Little Miracles. Maybe a new line is in the pipeline. Let's wait and find out.

Website
http://drinklittlemiracles.com/
Country
Germany
Sweetener
Agave Syrup
Categories
Energy Drink, Iced Tea
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on December 4th, 2014
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Little Miracles Organic Energy Green Tea Ginseng Pomegranate Acai Agave

Little Miracles Organic Energy Green Tea Ginseng Pomegranate Acai Agave

I don't know if I knew what to expect with this drink. There are a lot of flavors in that title. Can you taste all of it? I actually think so. So right away, kudos. Green tea and ginseng? Right off the bat. That's your round one. That is followed by a mix of pomegranate and acai. I have never eaten a raw acai. I have seen that one web advertisement where that "newscaster" girl is touting that it's some sort of cancer killing miracle fruit. Those two friends, acai and pomegranate work together in bitter, fruity harmony. The agave gives it a smooth sweetness. I actually like it. It's sort of calming and rounds out the edges a bit. This has a decent amount of bitterness from all of the companies combined which is nice since after all, it's supposed to be bitter.

All around, it's good. It does what it's supposed to and tastes like how it's supposed to taste. It's not asking a lot but rarely delivered. Congrats!

Website
http://drinklittlemiracles.com/
Country
Germany
Sweetener
Agave Syrup
Categories
Iced Tea
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on November 3rd, 2014
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Fritz Limo Zitronenlimonade

Fritz Limo Zitronenlimonade

I think this Fritz character may have taken a trip to the UK at some point in his life. It was on this visit that he discovered the joy of carbonated lemonade and decided to bring it back to his home country. Actually as far as I know Fritz may have learned about making lemonade fizzy from his great-grandmother and then brought it with him to the UK on said trip. All I know for certain is that a trip was made, lemonade and bubbles were involved and the world is better for it.

Whether Fritz’s people invented this, or they borrowed it is inconsequential, as no matter what the origin, this will remain the best sparkling lemonade I have ever had the pleasure of tasting. It’s nice and bitter, the way this type of beverage should be. It actually tastes like lemonade was made and the carbonation was added after the fact. A lot of other brands taste like they tried to do it all at once and it ends up having the flavor of some garbage lemon soda pop.

Germany, you’ve made some mistakes in the past, but I will always hold a place for you in my heart for your wonderful carbonated beverages.

Website
http://www.fritz-kola.de/
Country
Germany
Sweetener
Zucker
Categories
Lemonade, Soda Pop
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on May 20th, 2014
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Dittmeyer's Valensina Saft-Limonade Zitrone

Dittmeyer's Valensina Saft-Limonade Zitrone

At some point in your life you may find yourself on a ferry returning to England from France. It’s a pleasant experience, even on the dreariest of days. Actually shouldn’t life at sea be dreary anyways? That’s how I always imagine it in books. If you ever find yourself in the situation I would recommend that you do the same thing I did, listen to The Cure and Joy Division on your headphones and just space out looking at the sea. I don’t care if it’s overly melodramatic; it was flat out enjoyable. In the moments when you come out of it why not enjoy a nice German soda? I myself chose a can of this Valensina.

Now, I can’t read a word on this can, but I can read the language of flavor, and the book I’m reading it a real page-turner. This is a lemon-orange beverage that is somewhere between a soda pop and a sparkling water (although I do consider anything carbonated with added sugar to be a soda). Each of the two fruits are equally present in a battle for flavor supremacy. To tell you the truth I don’t want either of them to win, because their struggle is so darn tasty. It’s slightly tart and very flavorful. I don’t know why we don’t get this flavor combo back home, but I really wish we did.

Oh, and when you’re ferry is approaching the dock, take advantage of the numerous gigantic seagulls that are hovering around. You can totally get them to eat out of your hand, if you are a turd who gets excited about things like that like I am. One of my traveling companions just wanted to feed them and then punch them as they grabbed the cracker. Now I’m against animal cruelty, but the visual of that in my head is over the top hilarious, and I hope the same visions are now in your mind grapes.

Website
http://www.valensina.de/
Country
Germany
Sweetener
Zucker
Categories
Soda Pop
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on May 14th, 2014
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Effect High Quality Energy Drink

Effect High Quality Energy Drink

Dear Red Bull,
Perhaps a lawsuit is in order.

Website
http://www.effect-energy.com/
Country
Germany
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Energy Drink
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on May 13th, 2014
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Afri Cola

Afri Cola

If you were a “cool” teenager in the 90`s you hung out in coffee shops. It was a different time, before the great Starbucks takeover when these locals were the homes of true weirdos. You couldn’t just pop off in your local suburb; you had to go the often seedy artsy parts of town. I’m sure if I were to go back in time to 1996 and head to Topic coffee it wouldn’t seem nearly as insane as it did to a 16 year old. It was dirty, dimly lit and it seemed like John Cale was always playing. It was filled with the kind of people I wanted to surround myself in, and I felt like I was finally home. There was one problem though; I didn’t like coffee. I loved the culture of the place, but I just couldn’t get into the drink of choice. Sure at Perkins and Dennys I would get it, but I would also add so much sugar that it could turn a walrus diabetic. I could tell that that would be frowned upon at this establishment, and you know I had to keep the cool air about me. I mean cut-off dress pants with combat boots and a painted army coat only took me so far. My solution was that I would occasionally order an iced coffee (it never seemed as harsh), but most ofhte time I would drink Afri Cola. It always seemed exotic to me with the name and weirdly shaped bottle. Topic was the only place that I had ever come across it during my short time on this planet and since it wasn’t a standard Coke or Pepsi I felt that the patrons wouldn’t look down on me for drinking it. In reality most of them were probably nodding off on heroin or some other opiate. Oh if my mother knew where her little boy spent her nights.

So now you have the back-story of my love affair with Afri Cola. Shortly after Topic moved, and it didn’t have the same esthetic. Coffee culture started to rise and more cafes opened and eventually what I thought would be my savior closed down for good. With it went my supply of Afri Cola. Occasionally throughout the years I would stumble upon it in some small store in another city, but I never had a steady supply. You can understand my joy when I came cross a decent display of it in a grocery store in Frankfurt, Germany. I bought the biggest bottle I could find and it was like going home again. I went home to a hole in the wall that was home to all of the disenfranchised of Buffalo; the punks, the weirdos, the junkies, the transgendered and many more.

Afri Cola has a special taste in the cola world. It’s not like Coke, Pepsi or the unimpressive store brands. It’s clearly a cola but it doesn’t fit into those molds, just like the patrons of Topic didn’t fit into the molds of the normal world. If I had to compare it to another cola I would say that it was closest to RC Cola. Keep in mind it is no clone, it is it’s own soda and I miss it dearly.

Website
http://www.afri.de/
Country
Germany
Sweetener
Zucker
Categories
Soda Pop
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on May 11th, 2014
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Lipton Iced Tea Sparkling Classic

Lipton Iced Tea Sparkling Classic

I love when I’m in another country and I find a product from a company that I am very familiar with that we don’t have back home. Most notably are all of the crazy flavors of Coca Cola that are hanging around this planet. Some of ridiculously good, and some are just plain ridiculous.

After spending a week and a half in the UK baffled by not being able to find a single bottle of iced tea, I came across this in Germany. Seriously though, we’re talking about a region of the planet that probably consumes more hot tea then the rest of the world combined, and the iced variety is not in corner stores? Ludicrous. This was an exciting find though. Not only would I get my iced tea fix, but I would also get to try it in carbonated form.

For some reason I expected this to taste like Brisk with bubbles, and was greatly pleased to find out that was not the case. It tastes like normal Lipton’s lemon tea, except you know…carbonated. I’m sure that is what most of the denizens of this planet would expect this to taste like, but I live in America where corn syrup is king and it leads to gross teas.

I have to admit that the bubbles were a bit weird at first, but by the end of the can I was getting the hang of it. This is something I could definitely get used to. Who knows if it will ever make it to my neck of the woods with this formula though? With my luck it will show up and just be a syrupy mess that will deserve one sip and then an introduction to the filth bin.

Website
http://lipton.com/
Country
Germany
Sweetener
Zucker
Categories
Iced Tea, Sparkling
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on May 10th, 2014
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