Krombacher Pils 4.8% ABV
As we’ve noted before with other Beers of the World Cup, the populous of the world all seem to like the same type of beer. Light, easy to drink, relatively flavorless. While I like something with a bit more of a kick, of these “popular” beers, this is one of my favorites. It is easy to drink, but still has a bit of flavor to it, more so than others like Bud Light or Corona.
As Germany plays against Brazil today for the honor of proceeding to the World Cup final, I have to cheer for Germany. I identify myself as German, though it means nothing. All of my great-great-grandparents on my father’s side were born in Germany, before the family migrated to the U.S. by way of current-day Ukraine. The first American generation of the family grew up in a time and place where migratory differences were to be underplayed and eliminated. They were scolded for speaking German and instructed to become as “American” as possible, without any attempt to keep their specific heritage alive, except perhaps with food.
In other words, while I’m over 75% German by heritage, my strongest connection to the motherland is my enjoyment of beer (which didn’t come from the family) and my psudeo-celebration of it via our annual Kraftoberfiesta (my wife is Mexican, thus the fiesta).
While drinking this beer, or enjoying anything German, I have a sub-conscience bias of thinking it is better than something else. If you were to stick a Bud Light label on this beer, I, frankly, assume I would slander the same brew that I just praised as being one of the better of these unremarkable popular beers.
In any event, whether I am propping up a beer as part of some futile attempt to trick myself into thinking that I have any connection to the German culture of my ancestors or it actually is one of the better beers of this World Cup, it is a safe choice when it is on the menu, you want to try something new, yet don’t want to make the beer a highlight of the evening.