With summer disappearing into the sunset we’ve been brushing up on our foreign language basics, just in case we (our wives) manage to drag ourselves out of the brewery and away to a desolate beach, sparsely populated by palm trees, to relax for a week or two...
Beer is enjoyed and drunk the word over and could even be seen as a universal language –an after-work or weekend ritual that people from countries the world over partake in and feel familiar with- it is, however, unfortunately difficult to order beer in different countries where a different kind of language barrier is in place. Yes pointing helps, but it’s always nice to be able to speak the lingo when you go somewhere non-English speaking.
So here we’ve compiled a list of how to order a beer in many popular languages, so that if you manage to get away this winter you won’t be spending that period beer-less; and knowing this little bit of the local language could be your gateway into a greater, more appreciative world of foreign beer!
|French||Une Bière, s’il vous plait||Oon bee-air, seel voo pleh|
|Spanish||Una cerveza, por favor||Oo-na thair-veh-tha, por fa-vor|
|Italian||Una birra, per favore||Oo-na beer-re, pair fa-vo-re|
|Portuguese||Uma cerveja, por favor||Oo-ma ser-vay-ja, poor fa-vohr|
|German||Ein bier, bitte||Ine beer, bitt-uh|
|Russian||Одно пиво пожалуйста||Ahd-na pee-vah pah-zha-loosta|
|Polish||Poproszę jedno piwo||Po-pro-she Yed-no pee-vo|
|Greek||μια μπυρα ΠΑΡΑΚΑΛΩ||Mee-a beer paraka-loh|
|Japanese||ビール一杯下さい||Bee-ru ip-pon ku-da-sai|
|Chinese(Mandarin)||请来一杯啤酒||Ching lie ee ping pee-jew|
|Swedish||En öl, tack||Ehn irl, tahk|
|Danish||Jeg vil gerne have en øl||Yay vil geh-neh heh en url|
|Dutch||Een bier, graag||Un beer, gra-ah|
|Korean||맥주 하나 주세요||Mayk-joo Hahn-jahn joo-se-yoh|
|Thai||ขอเบียร์อีกหนึ่งที่ด้วย||Ow bee-a Nung ti dw-ie|
|Indonesian||Tolong, satu gelas bir||Toh-long, sa-too ge-las beer|
|Fijian||Bia, vinaka||Bee-ah, vee-naka|
|Australian||Good Day kind sir, may I sample one of your fine ales?||G'day Cobber, chuck us a stubby from the fridge!|
Hefeweizen is a straw coloured, usually hazy beer which is very attractive when served in the traditional Bavarian hefeweizen glass in the summer sunshine. Hefeweizens are made with at least 50% wheat in the mash and are not found to be brimming with hops, the flavours mainly come from the yeast instead. You see “Weizen” means wheat (you might remember that from our Dunkelweizen article) and “hefe” means yeast. These, as said, are the main two flavour components of a hefeweizen and the yeast used adds distinct clove and banana notes. Making these beers the perfect, easy drinking beverage in the sunshine.