We continue from Spain.
Germany returns in the same spot as the last several years to the left of the Pavilion. We’ll also visit Sommerfest for their Peach Frangipane Tart.
All three food items return, though the Pretzel Roll is now branded as Prop & Peller. At least one of the rieslings “feels” new, though the names are so long that I may just be confused. It’s nice to see the Weihenstephaner (sp), after a boring run of easy-to-find macros the last couple of Festivals.
Schinkennudeln: Pasta Gratin with Ham and Cheese – $4.25
The Schinkennudeln is one of the items that I look forward to the most year in and year out. It’s typically a wallop of a portion of very creamy, very cheesy ham noodle casserole with just a hint of nutmeg. It’s most comforting during the cooler evenings in late October and November, but is delicious all the same in the middle of the day in September. However long or short your list of items to get might be, add this to it.
Roast Bratwurst in a Prop and Peller Pretzel Roll – $5.75
On the left is this year’s version, which is now served with a “Prop and Peller” Pretzel Roll, which should be the same brand as the Soft Pretzels that are served throughout the Germany Pavilion. The fact that they’re shipped frozen, thawed, and then baked explains a lot about why they typically taste a little stale. What we still have is a mildly spicy breakfast sausage served with a plump, yet comically small, pretzel roll, and a side of spicy mustard. It’s one of the “safer bets” that has never done much for me, but it’s worth adding to an order just for the novelty.
Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce – $4
Disney does a nice job with their Apple Strudel – the crust has a nice crispiness with a brush of sugar and the apples inside are plentiful and crisp. The vanilla sauce adds another layer of sweetness that contrasts nicely with the cinnamon. I think this is straightforward enough that it doesn’t necessarily demand a purchase, but what you’ll receive is reliably delicious.
Frangipane Peach Tart – $4.50
You’ll find this Tart at Sommerfest, the Germany Pavilion’s quick service.
Quite a bit of fresh peach is involved here, with a significant slice of the fruit on top of a light sugared crust with a bit of a buttery almond cream flavor.I liked how natural the Tart tasted and the crunch and slight nutty flavor of the Frangipane complemented the fresh fruity flavors of the Peach nicely. It may be a bit of a hassle to pick one up as you’ll need to have someone head back and wait in a separate line to order one. But I think it’s worth it.
Weihenstephaner Festbier Lager – $4.50
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan (really) brings us their Festbier, which is an Oktoberfest-style Märzen. The caramel-y, malty beer is a little bit sweet with a nice spicy hop presence throughout the sip. Hopefully we’ll see the brewery’s Vitus or Hefeweissbier Dunkel next year. Those are outstanding, but this one is worth a try, too.
Riesling Flight – $6.50
With three very long names
This probably isn’t the atmosphere to compare and contrast the subtle differences among three sweet German rieslings, but it’s still fun to try a little of three different varieties. These go from sweet to sweeter to sweetest, just like me after one drink, two drinks, and three drinks. I can’t offer much more guidance than this is a good option for those who enjoy sweet white wines.
Villa Wolf Pinot Noir – $5
Hailing from Pfalz, Germany, and brought to us under the tutelage of Dr. Loosen, the Villa Wolf Pinot Noir is about what you would expect from the Rhine River Valley. Full of bright, juicy cherries and blackberries, the wine is easy to drink with earthier tannins than what you’ll typically pick up from similar wines produced up north in Alsace. It’s one of the better values at $5 and would pair well enough with the Roast Bratwurst
Overall, Germany offers a strong lineup of food and drink. The Schinkennudeln and Apple Strudel are definitely worth stopping to enjoy; you can also order the Weihenstephaner without having to get in line at the Brewer’s Collection. Consider a Riesling Flight to try out three different interpretations of riesling and consider the Pinor Noir if red wines are more your thing. It’s a good year in Germany.