About German SPIRITS

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
212104
Jägermeister
Liqueur
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206928
Berentzen
Icemint Schnapps
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213629
Schönauer
"Apfel" Apple Liqueur
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207441
The Bitter Truth
Pimento Dram Liqueur
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207442
The Bitter Truth
Elderflower Liqueur
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206925
Berentzen
Pear Liqueur
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206926
Berentzen
Wild Cherry Liqueur
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212167
Kleiner Feigling
Fig Liqueur
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212168
Helbing
Kuemmel Herb Liqueur
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206924
Berentzen
Apple Liqueur
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab