About Liqueurs from Germany

About Liqueurs from Germany
The spirits industry is a strong and varied one in Germany. Most famous are the brandies and eau-de-vie, made from fruits such as cherry, pear and apple. The term schnapps can refer to an eau-de-vie or it can simply mean a strong alcoholic drink. There are also vodkas (flavored and unflavored), London-style gins and whiskeys produced in Germany. Most are consumed locally; few are exported outside Europe.

Top Picks for Germany

Liqueurs

Jägermeister Liqueur
96 points
$24.99
Brown color. Lively, minty, medicinal aromas of salty roasted walnuts, anise, and molasses spice cookie with a glycerous, bright, sour medium body and a warming, complex, long gingerbread, mincemeat, sarsaparilla, and peppery spices finish. A delicious, dangerous drinkable and balanced herbal liqueur.
96 points $24.99
Berentzen Icemint Schnapps
96 points
$26.99
Clear color. Rich aromas and flavors of peppermint patty with a glycerous, vibrant, medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, long finish with notes of peppermint oil, mineral, and menthol mint. A bold, clean peppermint liqueur with excellent style and cooling, penetrating mintiness.
96 points $26.99
Schönauer "Apfel" Apple Liqueur
92 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Bright slivery straw color. Delicate, pure, fruity aromas and flavors of spicy green apple cider and sauce and light molasses with an even, vibrant, fruity medium body and an even, appealing, breezy lemon spirtzed apple and honey finish. A delicious and pure apple spirit.
92 points $17.99 Best Buy
The Bitter Truth Pimento Dram Liqueur
91 points
$28
Dark mahogany color. Complex aromas and flavors of smoked pepper, caramelized bacon, cinnamon, and clove with a tannic, lively, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and an astringent, complex, long finish with nuances of honeyed nut, hibiscus tea, tamarind, and herbs and barks. A sensationally flavorful herb and spice liqueur for adventurous cocktailians.
The Bitter Truth Elderflower Liqueur
91 points
$28
Golden straw color. Rich aromas and flavors of elderflower, lychee, and baked peach with a satiny, bright, fruity sweet medium body and a smooth, layered, medium-long finish with shades of honey, spiced apple, and citrus. A delicious and vibrant floral liqueur that will be great to mix with.
Berentzen Pear Liqueur
89 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Clear silver color. Bright fruity aromas and flavors of pear skin, leather, and pineapple husk with a silky, lively, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a sleek, refreshing, breezy finish with notes of pear sorbet, mineral, and green tea leaf with fruit tannins. An elegant pear liqueur. and a nice "Apear-i-tif"
89 points $19.99 Best Buy
Berentzen Wild Cherry Liqueur
89 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Dark garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of maraschino cherry, root beer float, and cherry cola with a lightly tannic, tangy, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and an even, finish with notes of cherry pulp, dusty mineral, and bark with fruit tannins. A pleasant, easy drinking cherry liqueur.
89 points $19.99 Best Buy
Kleiner Feigling Fig Liqueur
88 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Clear silver color. Lively, attractive, fruity aromas of green apple candy and fig paste with an even, crisp, moderately sweet medium body and a tingling, medium-length bubblegum and honey finish. A nice sweet green apple flavored liqueur.
88 points $16.99 Best Buy
Helbing Kuemmel Herb Liqueur
88 points
$23.99
Bright clear silver color. Bright, inviting aromas of pumpernickel rye, sauerkraut, and dill with a glycerous, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, amusing, medium-length honeyed toast, fig, nut oil, and delicate spices finish. A fun, sweet and savory herb liqueur with lots of culinary applications.
88 points $23.99
Berentzen Apple Liqueur
88 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Gold color. Delicate aromas of yellow apple, chestnut honey, and cream with a silky, lively, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, engaging, pepper, mineral, and wheatgrass finish with fruit tannins. A zesty apple liqueur that will mix nicely.
88 points $19.99 Best Buy