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21-11-2011, 10:00
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On our trips to Würzburg, we haven’t merely tolerated Distelhäuser’s beers, we’ve positively enjoyed them (http://boakandbailey.com/2008/06/26/wuerzburg-part-1-%E2%80%93-distelhaeuser-alte-mainzmuehle-gasthof/).
So, it’s been a bit confusing to discover over the last few months, starting with a casual “Ugh!” in a comment on this post (http://thebeernut.blogspot.com/2011/10/rot-n-hell.html?showComment=1319224551904#c2273555082543 829724), that they aren’t much rated by the locals nor other people whose opinions on beer we trust (http://twitter.com/#!/tandleman/status/138174253085372416).
But how can this be? We tasted them without prejudice and both of us had the same honest reaction: yum (http://boakandbailey.com/2010/06/29/mozart-comes-but-once-a-year/). We’ve been back several times, too, and our opinion didn’t change.
It’s not even as if we unquestioningly love every German beer we try (Brinkhoff’s No. 1 (http://boakandbailey.com/2008/12/01/dark-beer-in-dortmund/) and Brauhause Kastel? (http://boakandbailey.com/2008/06/17/mainz-pt-2-a-bridge-too-far/) No thanks)
Perhaps the thrill of being on holiday, and in the sun, in a city as pretty as the Big W, temporarily dazzled us? It probably doesn’t hurt that we’ve almost always drunk Distelhäuser at the Alte Mainmühle, an ever-so-slightly upmarket, very picturesque pub-restaurant on the river, where the beer is always presented impeccably in the correct glassware or stone krug, cold but not too cold, and with plenty of zing (http://boakandbailey.com/2010/02/11/a-certain-i-dont-know-what/).
It’s probably best if we just get back to Würzburg asap and give them another go.

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