What’s your Poison? In Berlin, try a Weisse mit Schuss


Weisse mit schuss
Which "weisse mit schuss" do you prefer? Photo: IcaWise

When in Venice, it’s a Spritz. In Dijon, Kir’s the thing. And in Berlin?

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.

Berliner Weisse

That’s a lot of Weisse! Photo: Matthew Wilkinson

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:

Berlin’s Top Cocktail Bars

Berlin Winter Survival: Cafes and bars with fireplaces

Berlin Cheap Eats: Eat and drink with locals along Akazienstrasse

Berlin: 6 Cheapo nightlife hotspots in “Kreuzkölln”

About the author

Hilary Bown

An academic by training, a writer by day, and a Cheapo by heritage, Hilary Bown's meagre means and insatiable travel appetite have helped her sharpen her "no-budget travel" skills across the European continent over the past decade. At home in Berlin or on an adventure abroad, you'll find her in sandals, riding the bus, reading novels while walking, drinking the local wine, writing out postcards with a felt-tip pen, and browsing the shelves of the supermarket and hardware store. Find her unique blend of travel adventure and tested advice at Less Than a Shoestring.

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4 thoughts on “What’s your Poison? In Berlin, try a Weisse mit Schuss”

  1. andalucia libre

    Dear Mr Travel Tart: iQue Bonita!!!!! You must be the Senor Travel Tart who was in the Berlino newspapers, the boyo who thought the currywurst came from India. No, no Antonio. Where did you find the beer gardens in Berlin.

  2. Berlin, like the rest of Germany, is a Beer Lover’s Paradise! Just need to go down to the local supermarket to load up for the week! Or I like chilling out in some of the nice beer gardens there whilst washing down a bratwurst with a fine brew!

  3. My Berlin-born wife is adamant: Berliner Weisse mit Schuss is strictly for tourists. It’s the surefire way of outing yourself as a visitor to the city. Not drunk by the locals.

  4. It certainly looks appealing and it sounds delicious to the taste, but I’m going to side with the Spritz for the time being, just until I can try a Weisse mit Schuss, of course :)


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