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Ask for a “Weisse mit Schuss.”
You probably won’t be surprised to discover that Berlin’s unique potent potable is 99% beer – a local brew called Berliner Weisse. So what’s the Schuss?
It’s up to you. There are two options: raspberry (“Himbeer”) or woodruff (“Waldmeister”). The latter is bright green and has a slightly herbal flavor.
How to enjoy your Weisse mit Schuss
Like any good regional cocktail, the Weisse mit Schuss is served in a special glass, highlighting the colorful flavor shots. Further, this is your only chance in the entire country to drink beer through a straw without anyone looking askance.
Most bars and restaurants readily serve the combination, generally at the same price as regular beer (€2.50-4). If you don’t see it on the menu, ask anyway.
The sweet drink makes a nice aperitif, but you may find that sharing one is just the right amount of local indulgence.
Here is more of our collected EuroCheapo wisdom about where to get your drink on across the city: