Thursday, 28 June 2012

GERMANY VS. ENGLAND


These traditional rivals have been far and away the best two nations in this Beer Tournament. It would have been fitting for these two nations to have met in the final but that was not to be. Schoefferhofer Hefeweizen will represent Germany in this do or die clash with Wychwood's Hobgoblin of England. I've had the German entry before but this is the first time I've had this Extra Special Bitter from England. This should be a cracking semi-final!

Schoefferhofer Hefe
GERMANY
Hefeweizen
5.0%
Schoefferhofer Hefeweizen is one of the best German wheat beers regularly available in Australia. It has an overall fruity flavour, mostly banana, and leaves a lovely zesty dry taste. It's just beautiful!

In my mind Hobgoblin is more of a brown ale than an ESB. Still it's a very tasty ale! There is lots of caramel flavour and dark fruits. I would say the carbonation is a little higher than expected but it's still a really nice beer and one I will be buying again.

Hobgoblin 
ENGLAND
ESB
5.2%

Both countries put up excellent beers and this game was of a quality I expect of the final. The German entry, Schoefferhofer Hefeweizen, has just edged England into the final with a superior drinkability. The Hobgoblin was delicious, but the carbonation was slightly high and the actual beer was more viscous than I had expected. Both of these beers are great, but it is the German's who have set up a final with the Czech Republic on Sunday. Join us then for the final installment in the EURO 2012 Beer Tournament!

3-2 win to GERMANY
On the pitch: GERMANY vs. ITALY 

Just like in the Beer Tournament I would expect the Germans to progress to the final on the pitch. They have a young team, brimming with confidence and Joachim Loew has a huge number of options to choose from. The Italians were the better side against England but had to do it the hard way, eventually winning on penalties. This extra time will have take alot out of them and I expect them to crumble against this German side, 2-0 to Germany.

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