I’ve heard it before, but always as part of a cliché about Germans. “Germans love cars and rules and beer. They like beer so much, it’s cheaper than water!”
But as with all stereotypes, there is some truth. In some places, it is in fact MUCH cheaper to drink beer than water. Our first night in Frankfurt, we thought it might be nice to get something to eat and drink some water, as we were tired and dehydrated from the long transatlantic flight. Two weißwurst and two waters later, the waitress asked us for 17 Euro.
This came as quite a shock, and some quick math revealed that we paid 4.50€ for EACH water! That’s $6USD!
My first thought was, “At that price, it better be distilled with a gold filter, or instantly give us the ability to speak German, or forever quench our thirst,” but this water did none of those things.
My second thought was, “Holy #&*!, a beer would have been only 2€?!?”
I call this tuition. That is, the price you pay to learn something. And in this case, it cost us 9€ to learn that you always buy your water from the grocery store (where it is 0.20€ per half liter bottle).
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6 thoughts on “Beer is Literally Cheaper Than Water”
I think the better lesson would be: what the hell is this- ß (I’m guessing since it is attached to “worst”, it involved pork, so here’s my obligatory ew…EW)
I really want to know.
Ha Katie, you are right, Weißwurst is pork.
The ‘ß’ is a letter in the German alphabet that can be typed as ‘ss’ and is pronounced like in ‘lasso.’
look at you! Less than a week in Germany and you are an old pro with the alphabet. I’d like to stick that letter in my name somehow. Like, my new name could be Kaßie. Which would be pronounced Ka”ss”ie technically so that may not work. I think it looks like a drunk B, so I may just start replacing b’s with it. (of course I’d have to come to this blog every time to copy and paste it). nah, too much work.
Katie, if you change your name to Kaßie, I will totally pronounce it however you want!
Pretty interesting story. Hope you all are having fun.
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