This is the second game that I’m featuring for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, see here for the first game (link). This time the current world champions, and also a huge beer country, are facing the magnificent Mexico!
Kick off time for Germany vs Mexico!
Mandatory “Flensburger Gold” Facts
- Untappd Rating: 3.23 (at time of writing)
- Country of Origin: Germany
- Brewery: Flensburger Brauerei
- ABV: 4.8%
- Style: Blonde
- Serving: Bottle, 330ml
- Tagline: Mild & Frisch
I love bottle designs that feature the traditionally attached bottle cap. It reminds me of a German Christmas market. I literally “popped” the cap and it made the corresponding noise, like a bottle of champagne being opened, though much better since this was beer (come on… ‘Dr Champagne’ just sounds crap and pretentious)! I poured the light golden beer into the glass and it formed a small foam head. As I tilted the beer further and further, I took it too far and the cap overturned and flopped into the glass! Whoops. It tasted light and refreshing with a smooth malt base. It was very easy-drinking and a beer that I could see myself enjoying in a German bar. Is it the best beer in the world? Of course not. Is it better than my home lager? Hell yes! (Or in German… Hölle ja)!
Rating: 2.75/5. ‘Flensburger Gold’ proves why German beer is so popular and enjoyed all over the world. Light, fresh and glass upon glass could be enjoyed easily – the sign of a great lager.
Mandatory “Death Rides A Pale Horse” Facts
- Untappd Rating: 4.26 (at time of writing)
- Country of Origin: Mexico
- Brewery: Cerveceria Mexicana
- ABV: 5%
- Style: Blonde Ale
- Serving: Bottle, 330ml
Mexico is famous for many wonderful things, including spicy food and a wonderful refreshing cerveza – often with a hint of lime. A perfect match for myself. This one steers away from the typical nature of lager that I am used to e.g. Corona. The bottle decoration is great fun, celebrating “Dios de los Mertos” (Day of the dead), with the sugar skull adorned on both the bottle cap and label. It poured a deep amber colour with a minimal foam head. On sampling, there was a huge caramel tone throughout, which I always hugely enjoy.
Rating: 3.25/5. ‘Death Rides a Pale Horse’ has a great caramel layer to it and a greater complexity than previously sampled Mexican beers.
Football: Germany 0 – Mexico 1. Mexico shocked the football world by snatching a win from a German side that has not been on form recently. They also won this beer competition! I would like to say that Dr Beer’s finding is even more impressive – I would have expected Germany to win on my palate most of the time. Well done Mexico (x2)!