Drinks to try while in Munich

Travel Tips — By Mike Richardson on April 11, 2011 at 6:22 pm

When people think of Munich, often one of their first thoughts is of beer.

However, there are many other drinks that intrigue first time travelers to the region.  Here are a few examples worth trying:

  • Radler:  A Radler is literally “bicyclist”, it is meant to be a refreshing drink that you can have without major concerns of getting drunk.  It is half lemon soda (usually sprite) and half beer (typically helles, the normal lager beer of the region).
  • Russ’n:  A Russian is a wheat beer mixed with lemon soda, usually sprite.
  • Another common mixed drink is a wheat beer mixed with Cola.  Depending on where you are in Germany there are many different names for it.  What I would recommend in Munich is asking for a “Weizen cola.”   The normal term for it in Munich is a racial slur starting with the letter N.   Despite its local name, it is a tasty drink which shouldn’t be avoided just because of its name.
  • Spezi:  A Spezi is a half cola half Fanta mixed soda and is common nearly everywhere in Germany.  Quite often a Spezi is cheaper than a cola also.  Spezi was sold in the U.S. between 1993 and 1995 under the name OK COLA.

Although mentioned above, I would like to drive this point home:   if you’re Australian or British lemonade in your mind might be the same as here in Germany, but if you’re American it might be extremely useful to know that the German “lemonade” means sprite (or lemon soda of another brand).  They do not mix actual lemonade with beer.

Tags: beer, bier, drinks, Germany, Radler, spezi, tips


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