I am very disappointed my freshman beer of choice (Beck's) is involved in that merger. Back when I lived in Bremen, it was still locally owned, and only cost a Euro if you went to the right bars. Normally I am not very big on hops, but I love Beck's for some reason.By the way, is anyone surprised that Stella, Budweiser and Corona will be cousins after all the recent mergers/acquisitions?
If you go North, Becks is everywhere and good. If you can find it, grab a Kräusen. It looks like cloudy pee but is one of the awesomest beers I've ever had. Stay away from Jever and Öttinger. Öttinger was the party beer we'd pick up for like 14 Euro for a case of 30 half liter bottles. We still wouldn't touch Jever though.
I can't remember where it's from, but Oberdorfer is another good brand.