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Germans Are Drinking Beer With Coke, And It's Deeply Troubling

What are you doing, Germans? We need to talk about this.

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Last night, being new in Berlin, and being British, I decided to go bar-hopping. The first thing I noticed was that people were openly smoking inside.

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It's been illegal since 2014, but Berliners apparently do not give a fuck.

The second thing I noticed was that people were drinking beer mixed with Coke, which is something I'd never seen before, anywhere.

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I asked the (Irish) barman what was going on, and he told me: "I wouldn't drink it myself but it's what everyone asks for here. They call it Diesel."

Now, I'm familiar with the Spanish concept of mixing red wine with Coke, and obviously I'm down with shandy – beer mixed with lemonade – but beer mixed with Coke? Really?

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Aghast, I confronted my BuzzFeed Germany colleagues, who told me that, yes, people drink "Colabier" all over Germany, though it goes by different names depending on region, and the type of beer used.

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"You get a little bit drunk and awake at the same time. Perfect."

"In my home town, Hannover, we called it Teichwasser (lake water)."

"In the Ruhr area beer with Coke is called krefelder."

Turns out Germans just love putting weird shit in their beer. Like grapefruit juice.

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There's also Altbierbowle, which is beer mixed with fruit syrup and actual fruit pieces, and served with a fork. What the fuck, Germany?

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For a country that's synonymous with great beer, you seem weirdly eager to ruin the stuff at every opportunity.

Anyway, back to Colabier. The more I learned, the more obsessed I became. I had to try it for myself.

And so I, a craft beer snob, found myself pouring Coca-Cola into a perfectly decent Pilsner-Urquell, in the BuzzFeed Germany office at 1:30pm.

And the result? It tastes...not revolting, to be honest.

Not particularly nice, either. Obviously very sweet. If you mix it 50/50 like I did, it doesn't taste of beer at all.

You can imagine it being refreshing on a hot day. It'd be a good entry-level alcopop, for young people who haven't yet developed a taste for beer.

But to drink it in a pub, as an adult? I'm sorry, Germany. I don't get that at all. I tried, but it's not for me.

  1. Poll for German people. What do you call Coke mixed with beer?

    Diesel.
    Gespritzter.
    Colaweizen.
    Colabier.
    Krefelder.
    Mazout.
    Moorwasser.
    Negro.
    Turbo.
    I have never heard of this combination and it upsets me deeply.

Germans Are Drinking Beer With Coke, And It's Deeply Troubling

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Poll for German people. What do you call Coke mixed with beer?
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    Diesel.
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    Gespritzter.
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    Colaweizen.
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    Colabier.
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    Krefelder.
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    Mazout.
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    Moorwasser.
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    Negro.
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    Turbo.
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    I have never heard of this combination and it upsets me deeply.

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