Thursday, April 28, 2011

A beer at the Prater

Vienna's Prater park is a great place for a walk while visiting the Austrian capital. It is also a place for amusements. The Wurstelprater amusement park is part of the Prater park, and this is a nice fun fair with many rides. The most famous one is the big Ferris wheel called the Wiener Riesenrad.

While walking around the amusement park it was time for a beer. I found a sausage stand near the Riesenrad and ordered a half litre of draught beer. The sausage stand was more than just a sausage stand. It was the second Bitzinger Würstelstand in Vienna. The other Bitzinger sausage stand is famous among Austrians. It is placed next to the opera house in Vienna, and it is together with the nearby Augustinerkeller and the Prater sausage stand the only places to buy Opernbräu beers.

The Opernbräu helles was a nearly brownish lager with some carbonation and a slightly more than medium sized head. The nose was quite malty, while the beer had a bready taste with a touch of butter and grains before a partly bitter finish. I liked it, and it was nice to enjoy the beer outdoors in the warm Spring weather.

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