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My FIRST DAY Experiencing Germany's BIGGEST Culture Shocks!

  • Published on Jun 7, 2023 veröffentlicht
  • Just an American trying to learn more about and Germany and the rest of Europe.
    Today we're gonna check out My FIRST DAY Experiencing Germany's BIGGEST Culture Shocks! It was kinda wild! I got to try actual german beer for the first time, go to a german grocery store, use the pfand machine, and do so much more.
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  • CaptnSari
    CaptnSari 3 months ago +1349

    You have to taste the normal Spezi, not the Zero. That's why you liked the Mezzo Mix better 😄 Paulaner Spezi is heaven 😂

    • 1893oli
      1893oli 3 months ago +125

      Exactly what I thought... Yay he tries a Paulaner Spezi! Oh no he got Zero!

    • HHdiggAAA
      HHdiggAAA 3 months ago +20

      oder halt Original Spezi

    • Angel
      Angel 3 months ago


    • lilgabo
      lilgabo 3 months ago +18

      ​@HHdiggAAA neeee Paulaner besser

    • Bruno Hugo
      Bruno Hugo 3 months ago +3

      Kennt ihr Mischmasch von Fritzkola? ist für mich das Beste an Cola Orange.

  • dezo
    dezo 3 months ago +1332

    You pronounce everything like a real German and it makes me super happy!

    • Bunny83
      Bunny83 3 months ago +15

      Yes, he always was really determined in most videos and repeated things several times to get it right. Though it's kinda fascinating that other americans who came to germany do struggle much more with the pronunciation. Though it may be partially talent related but also how determined you are about the language and how much you actually engage with the language. A neighbor of my aunt was a polish worker who came here over 30 years ago and he never really learned the language properly. Up until the end it was a very broken german.

    • [COBS] Sir_Mike
      [COBS] Sir_Mike 3 months ago +19

      Deutsche schauen sich nen Typen aus der USA zu wie er Deutsche Sachen macht oder auf sie reagiert 😂😂😂😂😂🤦🏼‍♂️

    • Drone Shots Berlin
      Drone Shots Berlin 3 months ago +1

      Bayroother Hell.

    • Christopher Martin
      Christopher Martin 3 months ago +16

      @[COBS] Sir_Mike du ja offensichtlich auch ;)

    • Jonou
      Jonou 3 months ago +11

      @[COBS] Sir_Mike Ja klar. Macht Spaß Jemanden zuzuschauen, den man generell gerne online sieht, wie er Sachen in diesem Land erlebt. ^.^ :D

  • cozyblueberry
    cozyblueberry 3 months ago +757

    Seeing James experience Germany and being so excited about the many things that are completely normal for me brings me so much joy!

  • T
    T 3 months ago +70

    I love seeing him appreciate our country and our culture so much. This is exactly how tourism should be. James, I’m so happy you could finally make your dream a reality and visit our wonderful country. I’m glad you’re having a good time and looking forward to more Germany videos, now that you’ve had a taste I’m sure you’ll be back in no time 😉

  • Black Wolf
    Black Wolf 3 months ago +836

    I remember we got talked to by a cop in the US for having our beer in hand carrying it home. But we didn't get fined or anything because he accepted we were tourists, and he liked the attention we gave him "oooh first American cop, the uniform, cool, look" that kind of stuff. A store even sold us the beer when we were sixteen because that's legal in our country, so he thought, ok, give me your money XD

    • Antonia
      Antonia 3 months ago +123

      Lol I bet he also thought it was too much paperwork hassle to arrest an international person.

    • Pupernickel
      Pupernickel 3 months ago +1


    • Philemaphobia
      Philemaphobia 3 months ago +30

      I remember buying cigarettes in Charleston. I was 13 and told them it’s normal in Germany by showing my empty German package. He bought it. I bought my first Kools

    • Silkwesir
      Silkwesir 3 months ago +4

      i hope you didn't tell the cop where you got it from.

    • Kenny
      Kenny 3 months ago +4

      ​@AntoniaGetting arrested for having beer in hands?! If you don't have other problems to be concerned about... lol

  • Clueless
    Clueless 3 months ago +53

    back when I visited the US with my parents when I was about 15 I remember just putting a few beers on the counter for my dad to buy them and the lady told us we had to go put em back and my dad had to go through the entire store again to get some new but identical beer and put it on the counter himself. Crazy.

    • John McCallum
      John McCallum 21 day ago

      When i went to Germany in 1965 (16) I had no problem buying beer but when I went to the US later the same decade it was all papers please, both times I was in Uniform.

  • lenn1
    lenn1 3 months ago +2726

    Getting „blacked out by a kiezmische“ is a really hard challenge, but i see your point😅

    • Gaming Freak
      Gaming Freak 3 months ago +166

      In den USA gibt es halt nur light beer, das hat 2,1% Alkohol. Das Natur Radler von Weldes hat 2,7% Alk. Also hat er sogar einen Punkt, hat mich letztens auch überrascht als ich zum ersten mal ein light beer hatte

    • Vyndra
      Vyndra 3 months ago +289

      Allerdings ist Radler auch kein Alkohol. ¯⁠\⁠_⁠(⁠ツ⁠)⁠_⁠/⁠¯

    • Black Pulsar Production
      Black Pulsar Production 3 months ago +95

      @Vyndra Radler ist genauso Bier. immer dieses Dumme Gelaber von wegen Radler wäre kein Bier 🙄

    • Nico L.
      Nico L. 3 months ago +122

      ​@Black Pulsar Production naja Radler ist nunmal nur zu 50% bier

    • hackfleischking
      hackfleischking 3 months ago +102

      They should have tasted Astra Rakete. It's a bit like Radler but with alcohol

  • Sarah
    Sarah 3 months ago +287

    My first thought "oh no, they only bought him piss water" and then the Augustiner appeared and I knew it would restore your faith in German beer 😂

    • xFCB4EVERx
      xFCB4EVERx 3 months ago +5

      thought absolutely the same 😅

    • Silkweaver
      Silkweaver 3 months ago +7

      This comment restored my faith in the Clip-Share community

    • Virusphere
      Virusphere 3 months ago +12

      Someone should have told him right from the beginning that Kölsch is not beer. :D

    • Pelle 1337
      Pelle 1337 3 months ago

      Augustiner beste😂👌

    • BLUE Nephalem
      BLUE Nephalem 3 months ago

      Veltins saved it :D

  • rdmname
    rdmname 3 months ago +445

    my husband's biggest culture shock: kfc doesn't suck in germany 🤣
    also, he underestimated how strong beer can be here, that you can drink 3 american ones for each german lager.
    i also like how they included the " open a beer bottle with anything challenge"

    • Lukas Wirmsberger
      Lukas Wirmsberger 3 months ago +13

      Naja, das klassische Bud Light (schmeckt übrigens scheußlich) hat 4.2%.

    • Greedy Orange
      Greedy Orange 3 months ago +11

      @Lukas Wirmsberger schmucker doppelbock dunkel würd ich gern mal sehen :D
      das zeug,und fürst uranov vodka von der tanke,hat mir die schlimmsten kater meines lebens gegeben,
      weiß nich wer das ließt,aber warnung is raus,aber das bier schmeckt gut,trink nur nich mehr als so 6-8 stück

    • Morty Smith
      Morty Smith 3 months ago +18

      Kfc DOES suck in germany

    • Seela
      Seela 3 months ago +8

      KFC sucks like Hell in Germany tbh, You only meet the kind of people you never like to meet, Service sucks and You might get punched in Your Face just because You ask for Your Meal after waiting 30 minutes....for me no Käfc....🤣 never ever again

    • Christopher Martin
      Christopher Martin 3 months ago +3

      @Lukas Wirmsberger Alkoholgehalt und Wirkung sind zwei komplett unterschiedliche Dinge. Sowas wie Zuckergehalt usw muss auch berücksichtigt werden. Ich garantiere dir, dass dich ein Glas Scotch besoffener macht als die vom Volumengehalt selbe Menge Bier.

  • Alias Anybody
    Alias Anybody 3 months ago +238

    Basically 14 minutes of James falling into the clutches of alcoholism. :-D

    • James Bray
      James Bray  3 months ago +20


    • ananym
      ananym 3 months ago +4

      I wouldn't say so - he was pouring just enough of the beers into his cup to properly taste them. I'd call that a rather responsible approach.

    • Coyote Long
      Coyote Long 3 months ago

      Just joking

    LNCRFT 3 months ago +19

    I’m glad to see you’re experiencing Germany for the first time. I’ve seen your reaction videos about German things and now you’re finally here. On behalf of all Germans, I wish you a wonderful stay here with lots of fond memories you’ll hopefully bring with you when traveling back to the US.

  • Eurograph
    Eurograph 3 months ago +185

    James, it didn't look like a real bakery in the video though, looked like a supermarket bread counter or one of the fast chain bread counters. A real bakery is a small institution where you often (if not attached to a supermarket) go into an extra store. Then in the counter in front there are sweet and savory pastries and behind the counter there are breads and rolls. And one is served by a saleswoman or salesman, sometimes also the baker himself and does not take independently the baked goods from the counter, shelf or basket. Likewise, the bread is cut for one when asked. Likewise, many bakeries sometimes have a café attached to it, where you can also have breakfast, for example. That is, if that does not come in one of your next videos, you must go absolutely also with the next Germany attendance into a genuine bakery. The same goes for a brewery, if you haven't been to one yet on this trip.

    • Schüler der Philosophie und Ökonomie
      Schüler der Philosophie und Ökonomie 3 months ago +11

      yeah and also not a bakery franchise - they are also lame

    • Raúl
      Raúl 3 months ago +4

      @Schüler der Philosophie und Ökonomie Where I live, we've got an amazing "franchise". They produce everything themselves in a neighbouring town. It's definitely the best bakery around, despite being a franchise.

    • Karma Pema
      Karma Pema 3 months ago +3

      Good Point! In the Supermarket or Franchise Bakery are just Industrial baked goods. There are still a few Bakerys wich kraft there goods like art by hand. 🤤🥰👌🏻

    • Eurograph
      Eurograph 3 months ago +1

      @Karma Pema Perhaps James can sign up for a bread baking course at a bakery during his next visit to Germany. There are most likely also such offers in Germany. Would certainly give interesting video footage and James is taught in the high art of baking.

    • Karma Pema
      Karma Pema 3 months ago +2

      @Eurograph sounds like great content. 😉

  • HartAm Abgehn
    HartAm Abgehn 3 months ago +97

    It's so enjoyable to watch you celebrate your Germany trip. That's freaking awesome dude! You're awesome

  • Nico
    Nico 3 months ago +65

    Hi James I am from germany and really enjoy your videos about our country a lot because of your love and respect for our culture. This video was also great but should try the beer in the glas which is made for the right beer. There are several for "weizen","pils" and so on.

    • overboost7667
      overboost7667 3 months ago +1

      Genau, ich verstehe auch dieses Bevorzugen von Bier in der Dose bei manchen Englischen (as in GB) Kanälen bei 'Bierxperten' nicht. Also die Bier hier gehören aus den richtigen Behältnissen (Glas oder Ton) getrunken - am Besten aus großen Gebinden gezapft. Teilweise ist Festbier aus großen Fässern wirklich eine Offenbarung vs. der Flasche.

    • Crisslybaer
      Crisslybaer 3 months ago +4

      Warmes Bier aus Plastikbechern ist doch lecker, ich weiß gar nicht was alle wollen. Es fehlen noch rohe Kartoffeln mit alter warmer Mayo dazu um den Genus perfekt zu machen. 🤢

  • Mary Jane
    Mary Jane 3 months ago +13

    Its so cute watching him walking around doing normal stuff and being amazed by it 😂

  • RentierLucas
    RentierLucas 3 months ago +124

    Can't stop smiling seeing you eat some of the most usual stuff and being amazed

    • WampfinzLord
      WampfinzLord 3 months ago +5

      Die Sachen sind aber auch gut. Quarkbällchen sind super und das belegte Brötchen sah auch fantastisch aus

    • EtO124
      EtO124 3 months ago +2

      Maybe it kinda shows how bad the food in the us is?

  • ForboJack
    ForboJack 3 months ago +11

    I liked the choice of beers. Obviously there are dozens of more brands you can taste, but this was a nice overview of popular beers from all over the country and not only one specific region.

    • JesusMcGregor
      JesusMcGregor 2 months ago +4

      Of course Helles getting more popular in whole Germany but it was only beer from cologne and Bavaria and Radler from Hamburg. He totally skipped Pils which is like the most sold beer in Germany. I think the selection was actually pretty bad

  • Marina
    Marina 3 months ago +18

    I am not German but the feel is the same, just walking around with no pressure, no fear of anything and with a beer in your hand. When you are done with Germany, you need to continue exploring 😊

  • Alexander Quaas
    Alexander Quaas 3 months ago +25

    One time I was in New York with my parents and we had a ride on the staten Isand fery. Me and my dad drunk a beer out of a paperbag, all the people around us were avoiding to have a seat next to us and were staring at us like we were criminals :D
    I was 18 at this time and looking very young.

  • IlsuemOkosch196
    IlsuemOkosch196 3 months ago +3

    I am glad you experienced yourself why so many people in germany don't consider "Kölsch" as real beer. Especially because you are used to drink it in 0,33l glasses or some, and in Bavaria the only legit thing is a "Halbe" (a half) so like 0,5l.
    And it touches my heart to see people from other countries still enjoying germany, after all that shit happened. Most of us aren't bad, like in most countries, some guys seem to have forgotten this.

  • Jo
    Jo 3 months ago +37

    Glad you feel comfortable here. Have another wonderful time with many discoveries and adventures ...
    PS: Please do not open the beer with your teeth, if you do not want to get to know German doctors as well 😉

    • cold fire
      cold fire 3 months ago +3

      Wer Kronkorken mit den Zähnen öffnet, schubst auch kleine Kinder vom Fahrrad^^

  • Tallulah Raccoon
    Tallulah Raccoon 2 months ago

    I am happy you liked the Quarkbällchen. ❤ They are heavenly and one of the most beloved childhood memories regarding food. ❤ They make your heart feel eternal comfort ❤

  • djAmbush
    djAmbush 3 months ago +89

    1:17 Your German has really improved. You spelled the ä in "Getränkemarkt" pretty nice. Looking forward how this "Bierverkostung" is gonna end up 🙂 .

  • brainschadne
    brainschadne 3 months ago +3

    Sehr cooler typ.Schaue dich schon sehr sehr lange und du bist immernoch so sympathisch und unterhaltsam wie damals.Weiter so💪

  • Vision Ten
    Vision Ten 3 months ago +16

    Glad you've tried the Augustiner Beer - By far my favorite beer (Coming from an Bavarian) - Keep up the great content - So deserved to see the videos popping up like that!

  • Lea Jud
    Lea Jud 3 months ago +50

    Hi James, I understand that you tried the beer in public, but in a restaurant or a bar and with friends is even better. Now in summer we also drink "Berliner mit Schuss", which is light beer and raspberry (red version) or with woodruff (green version). If you come to germany in autuum or winter it is possible to buy, but not the same feeling. Anyway I am looking forward to your next video.

    • daysailer2go
      daysailer2go 3 months ago +1

      He's getting german culture by eating and drinking like americans do.. Missed chance.

    • Rob Friedrich
      Rob Friedrich 3 months ago

      Bavarians sees it as worst thing, to mix wheat beer with some fruit or herbs juice.

    • Lea Jud
      Lea Jud 3 months ago

      @Rob Friedrich That's why it is called "Berliner Weisse". A special beer is used and only breweries in Berlin (Schultheiss for example) are allowed to produce this kind of beer.

  • Lukas Wirmsberger
    Lukas Wirmsberger 3 months ago +7

    I'm super hyped for the rest of the videos. I know the trip is over but I hope he visits a real bakery at some point and tries some real bread. Also trying more different beers.

  • Garance Cauchemar
    Garance Cauchemar 3 months ago +1

    It's so interesting to watch you experiencing everything here for the first time, things which are normal for us and we don't see anymore as something special.
    Of you visit Germany again, you should visit places like the northern sea, the alps and some castles. Germany has so many beautiful places to visit and explore. Cologne is nice and the dome is a visit worth but most of cologne is rebuild after WW II. There are cities which weren't destroyed and still have their medieval houses

  • Nippes60
    Nippes60 3 months ago +179

    I love how you enjoy everything you're experiencing in Colgne!

  • Swagtachi Uchiha
    Swagtachi Uchiha 2 months ago

    Never expected to see someone so full of joy and excitement while recycling their empty bottles

  • EUsmongold
    EUsmongold 3 months ago +164

    Sorry I love Cologne but thats probably the worst city in Germany to taste beer :D but nice video

    • Crypto666
      Crypto666 3 months ago +10

      100% true

    • ThortyS
      ThortyS 3 months ago +16

      No one outside Cologne drinks Kölsch, I wouldn‘t even call it beer 🤣🤣🤣

    • Crypto666
      Crypto666 3 months ago +2

      @ThortyS also 100% True 🤣

    • MiguelStinson88
      MiguelStinson88 3 months ago +2

      It's good as a starter beer. I really enjoyed it on my first parties when I turned 16. :)
      But yeah... the more you discover, the less likely you gonna stay with Kölsch.

    • Thassosjanni
      Thassosjanni 3 months ago +2

      @ThortyS immer noch besser als bitburger oder jever🤮

  • Timo Krahl
    Timo Krahl 3 months ago +6

    You have to be aware that all the "Kölsch" Beers you were forced to drink are really very specifically a cultural "Köln" thing. Most Germans think they are way inferior to a regular "Pils" Beer. With "Kölsch" and "Helles" you only drank specific kinds of Beers (even though "Helles" is waaaay better than Kölsch) - most Beers are "Pils". The "Veltins" was one ;)

  • Norbert Calenborn
    Norbert Calenborn 15 days ago

    Looking this Video again, I'm REALLY looking forward to your experiences in Hamburg later this year! 👍🏻 Why? Well, you ranked "Astra" higher than ANY cologne-based or bavarian Beer! 😉 And even IF I'm living (and grew up) nearby cologne, I just HAVE TO admit, that Hamburg is by FAR the coolest City/Place in Germany, not the slightest doubt 'bout that! Forget about Berlin or Munich, naaargs every place in the East and in Bavaria is just "rubbish" compared to Cologne and Hamburg! Yeah, they've got "picturesque" fancy places and might have been relevant in the last century, but... these times are gone 😉

  • PH1LZ
    PH1LZ 3 months ago

    Dammit it's almost midnight and I can't stop watching your videos. As a German it's highly entertaining watching your reactions to German culture 😄

  • Gamester
    Gamester 3 months ago +1

    I think it's really good how quickly you adapt to the German upbringing. Drinking next to a church... It's not disrespectful at all 👍🏻

  • starryk79
    starryk79 3 months ago +2

    this feels so weird seeing you walking around in my neighborhood again, James. I bet you bought the first beers at the local HIT market. Anyway it is really great to see you enjoy your stay in Cologne Germany finally experiencing this for yourself. Cologne has been my home since 1990 when i was 10 years old and i really like this city. Walking along the Rhine river with the Cologne cathedral in the background never gets old. Also thanks to the guys who showed you around. Definitely helps to have a local at your side when you are in a foreign country.

    • fafa_60 _
      fafa_60 _ 3 months ago +1

      Thanks bro and yes it was the hit getränkemarkt

  • TisenOral
    TisenOral 3 months ago +3

    James, next time you're in Germany you have to see a big team football game! The mood of the fans at traditional teams is simply incredible!

  • PehPeh
    PehPeh 3 months ago

    i actually have to try astra myself, never drank it before. but now im curious.
    you gave him some good starter beers in my opinion. augustiner, früh and mühlen kölsch is definitely among our "Weg-Bier" selection (living in/next to cologne).

  • Soul Aiman
    Soul Aiman 3 months ago +7

    I saw the Julian Bam Video and You got a great feeling for the german language and how the words are constructed. You analysed those words amazingly good. Like Schlitt-schuh-laufen. You pronounced them very very good. Speaking is one thing but to read those words is very different and it happend sometimes in school that people stick those connected words in a different way so that the pronunciation sounds totally off.
    But you learned it the right way like a child learns to speak. First just repeat what you hear and have later a look for the translation and then much later how it is written. In school you do those things all at the same time and it becomes difficult to speak the language, because you are so focused on the right writings not on the pronunciation.

  • Traumglanz
    Traumglanz 2 months ago

    As a German beer lover, I must admit, the Belgians might actually do it better, and you get the fries to go along too. ;-)
    And thank you Amerika for starting the craft beer trend, I know why you did it, but I am still grateful! :D

  • Szymon Fojt
    Szymon Fojt 3 months ago

    This is so crazy. I'm a German who is currently in America for the first time, and I'm experiencing everything you're experiencing right now. 😂

  • xLarsful
    xLarsful 3 months ago

    I hope you enjoyed your trip in Germany , looks very nice and fun! And now you can open up beers the german way , maybe this will do a good party trick back in the US :D

  • Kardogan
    Kardogan 3 months ago +26

    When he goes back to the USA he will know every possible way to open a beer bottle. You will see. 😁

    • dnocturn84
      dnocturn84 3 months ago +1

      Real masters open them up just using their minds...
      Or you train your dog to bring it to you and open it up for you. It has to be a German dog though...

    • TXenoT
      TXenoT 3 months ago +1

      Lil lifehack. I keep a ring on my thumb that I use to open beer.

  • Michael Becker
    Michael Becker 3 months ago +3

    Thank you so much for your kind words about Germany! I'm glad enjoy them! Sorry for my bad school English. I love the laid-back nature of Americans.

  • Grogu's dad
    Grogu's dad 3 months ago +16

    so glad you're having a great time in Germany! did you try different sweets/chocolates yet! you definitely should! Grüße aus Österreich

  • Jesterhead971
    Jesterhead971 3 months ago

    Next time you come to Germany you should experience the beer culture of the Ruhr area. Especially the beer from the Bergmann brewery in Dortmund is super diverse and surprising taste-wise, you´ll love it.

  • lovealien43
    lovealien43 3 months ago +16

    Hi James, nice to see you having some fun over here. Hope you make it to some neighbour countries as well, each has its own specialities.

  • Hans_Wurst47
    Hans_Wurst47 3 months ago

    hi James, I like how your german is improved over the years.
    I think you can speak german whereever you go in germany; and you got understood in over 95% of the places you go.
    At least in Hamburg we are very experienced with people from foreign countries; and I think it should be same all over in germany. At least our people from over 50years in western germany was teached english in normal schools; where in our eastern states they was teached in russian.
    I´m pretty sure you can take a trip thru germany and you will arrive at the goals you wanted to reach. impressive 😊

  • moyashisoba
    moyashisoba 3 months ago +14

    Quarkbällchen are just OP. Need to get me some tomorrow.
    It's so much fun to watch your experience.
    You missed two beers: Jever (from Northern Germany, it might be the most bitter one) and Altbier (top-fermented from Düsseldorf, there's some kind of beef between Cologne and Düsseldorf, so they will tell you it's terrible, but maybe try a Füchschen Alt, it's a mild one or an Ureige Alt, which is stronger.)

    • Alexandra
      Alexandra 3 months ago

      Quarkbällchen sind der einzige Grund, warum ich manchmal bereue, vegan zu sein.😢😢😢

  • Sarah Bechler
    Sarah Bechler 3 months ago +1

    Ich bin deutsch und ich finde es sehr schön zu sehen wie die anderen Länder zu sehen❤❤❤❤❤

  • Kpunkt
    Kpunkt 3 months ago +36

    You done it 🤩 thx a lot ! Mein gestriger Tag endete so spät und der Tag war so anstrengend, dass ich heute am Feiertag mich riesig gefreut habe, mit einem Video von dir chillen zu können 👌

    • Simon Carsten
      Simon Carsten 3 months ago

      Ist ja nicht überall Feiertag. So zb bei uns. Aber dir noch einen "Happy Kadaver Day"

  • Michael Hermanns
    Michael Hermanns 3 months ago

    Hey James, I follow you for a year or two now. As German I love your German content but most of all I love that you visited my hometown Aachen. Hope you enjoyed your time here.

  • KC
    KC 3 months ago

    I wish you lots of fun in Germany :D.
    Maybe for the next time you're trying sodas or lemonades, try to compare "zero" products with "zero" products and regular with regular.
    The Sugar Free Spezi is always a bit more bitter

  • Chris
    Chris 2 months ago

    Awesome to see you enjoying your time here. Also very interesting how most basic daily things are foreign to you.

  • kittykang
    kittykang 3 months ago +231

    I love how you came to germany and surprised us on Julien Bams channel with a collab

  • MasterOfKurkuma
    MasterOfKurkuma 3 months ago +14

    I'm glad that you have so much fun in Germany

  • Ayalaana
    Ayalaana 3 months ago +8

    I live in Hamburg/Germany and it is always cute, when tourists ask me, how to use the "Pfandflaschenautomat". Because not every bottle is a "Pfandflasche". I think for Non-Germans the system is very complicated. Sometimes for Germans it's complicated 😶
    But I'm always happy when I see, that thay get the "Pfandbon" (what mee s they get money (on paper) back) and how excited they are about it.
    Really cute 💜

  • round69
    round69 3 months ago

    So refreshing to see this guy wondering about our stuff,.. really funny 😅❤

  • CDrip Production
    CDrip Production 3 months ago

    I'm glad you visited Germany. Not many Americans visit Germany, and have a completely wrong image. I hope you had a great time here :)

  • Manutaff
    Manutaff 3 months ago

    Your channel was suggested to me today, your first kebab 👍 I left a subscription directly. I am glad that you are visiting our beautiful country. i was born in ruhrpott in mülheim an der ruhr, i love this country, it is so diverse and has super tasty food. Greetings from Vreden, Germany 🇩🇪🙏🥰

  • Tom
    Tom 3 months ago +16

    The "medication" in the grocery store is only vitamins and such, anything that actually does anything (including harmless stuff like Aspirin) is only sold in pharmacies

    • Wandelndes Lexikon
      Wandelndes Lexikon 3 months ago +1

      Aspirin is not as harmless as commercials want to tell us. In comparison to other stuff, it is, of course. But read the Beipackzettel at least once. You never want to touch that stuff again.

  • Haggi Hug
    Haggi Hug 3 months ago

    Grat that you are now in Germany! You are lucky to have such great weather. To me its so funny that your first german beer test only consists of types that you will not find everywhere in Germany. Kölsch is (like the name says) in the area of Klön available and the rest were sorts from somwhere in bavaria, I even never heard about them. 🙃 I am really happy that you also testet the Veltins. This is one of the best Pils in Germany and you can buy it everywhere. Pils is very typical all over Germany.
    Great how you loved the Quarkbällchen! I wish you a lot of fun in the next days. And I am looking forward for your travelog, I really enjoy it!
    If you plan to come to the north too, let me know.
    And a big compliment to your german pronunciation! 🥨🥐🥟🍻🥂🍷

  • Tsumako
    Tsumako 3 months ago +1

    I'm so glad that you visited cologne instead of berlin (kinda overrated imo lmao) haha. I live in cologne and it's such a pretty city! It's so nice to see you enjoy your stay here! 😄❤

  • Martin Bruhn
    Martin Bruhn 3 months ago

    Having a beer on the go, especially on your way home from work, is actually a quite common thing in a lot of places. It's known to be very common in Berlin for example. In some cities, something like that might be frowned upon though. I can imagine, people won't like it very much, if you drink on the Bus in Hannover for example (although I don't know that for sure). In Berlin, drinking your beer on the Bus on the other hand would be completely normal and something that also "respectable" people, like bankers or sth might do.

  • miroslav cibula
    miroslav cibula 3 months ago +2

    so nice to see you enjoying the simple things in life - gives a good perspective :)

  • Frank J.
    Frank J. 3 months ago

    It looks like you have a realy great time in Germany. Nice to see, that you enjoy it.
    Rhein River sounds so funny and baby barrel is so cute 🙂
    Greatings from Kiel, most northern capital city in Germany.

  • Benedikt Mathes
    Benedikt Mathes 3 months ago +3

    Don't forget to try Mettbrötchen!
    Better from a bakery, because if you try it yourself, it might more likely suck (like your Döners 😂)

    • split4ss
      split4ss 3 months ago

      Hat er schon 🤣

  • Will.K.L
    Will.K.L 3 months ago +2

    By the way your german speaking sounds incredibly good. Most americans cant speak out 50% of the sounds in the language but you do very well, im impressed!

  • Christian Bittner
    Christian Bittner 3 months ago

    Really awesome finally seeing you in Germany, I'm quite suprised you didnt enjoy the "lighter" beers more since AFAIK thats what you mostly get in the US. Again really cool shit and shoutouts to the dudes taking care of you, really sweet welcome

  • Lottaria
    Lottaria 3 months ago

    The medication sold in supermarkets is mostly homeopathic and can be sold with no prescription, other medication like pain killers can only be bought in the pharmacy with a doctors prescription :) the stuff in the supermarkets are pills/teas with herbs, which can also do wonders :)

  • Lexus Lfa Jonas
    Lexus Lfa Jonas 3 months ago

    We had a Getränkemarkt here in Thannhausen as well, but it has been replaced by a clothing store that quite frankly is extremely expensive. It belongs to the same people running the adjacent V-Markt supermarket.
    You can get some really cool and beautiful glasses in Germany. Even McDonalds has a glass event in cooperation with Coca Cola every year. I got the rainbow glass, and I gotta say last year was better. I also own last years black and gold glasses - really awesome ones.
    Not every german drink needs to be alcoholic, I hope you try some Apfelschorle as well. Looks like beer, but it ain't one xD
    Your public alcohol view is garbage, and I don't even drink beer xD
    The Brotschneider is a perfect 2 in 1 tool:
    - It cuts bread
    - It is so amazing to watch you can occupy the children
    It does kinda look scary though.
    Nice to see you love the bakery stuff.

  • Gunter Chroma
    Gunter Chroma 3 months ago

    Nice to see your reactions. But its a little bit sad that you tried bottled beer out of plastic cups. The best first experience is to get into a bar or restaurant and try a beer in a Glas from the tab. No better beer. Good tempered, which is really important, and fresh. Hope you’ll try in your Vlogs!

    TEABOY 3 months ago +3

    come and stop by in Bayreuth, if you're visiting Bavaria! ^^ I can show you around. It's a very nice historical place here in Germany but also quite different to Bavaria itself, because of the University and history of the city itself. And we have a very interesting beer culture around here :3

    • Robinsoninho
      Robinsoninho 3 months ago +1

      You misspelled Franconia as Bavaria

    • LovePinkFloyd90
      LovePinkFloyd90 3 months ago

      And switch bayreuth into bamberg. You would be in beer-heaven. Google it.

  • Darklord345646 xyz
    Darklord345646 xyz 3 months ago

    Cool video, James and nice beer test. You're really getting into German culture.😄🍻

  • Lumilicious
    Lumilicious 3 months ago

    After the Kiezmische, which is a Beer/Lemonade mix, am surprised you didn't have a MiXery (or something similar) which is a Beer/Cola mix. You'd prolly take a liking to that as well and yes it tastes great. Some trivia: Kiezmische is what we call a Radler or Alster, a Beer/Cola mix is called Diesel (yes just like the stuff you put in your car).

  • Hm Vollbanane
    Hm Vollbanane 3 months ago +1

    You got to be the best prepared tourist in human history, great to see you experiencing Germany first hand!

  • ianspy1
    ianspy1 3 months ago +4

    As someone who lived in cologne. This is very heart warming

  • StrukiTru
    StrukiTru 3 months ago

    As a German who's never drunk a beer in his life I can approve this feels like a culture shock.

  • tschulian 666
    tschulian 666 3 months ago +40

    um wirklich den wahren biergenuss zu erfahren, musst du ein frisch gezapftes kaltes helles in bayern trinken. diese warmen pilsener direkt aus der flasche kannst doch vergessen. und es bricht mein herz dass die alle nicht kalt waren😵‍💫

    • Dominic Peter
      Dominic Peter 3 months ago +16

      Vielleicht besucht er ja irgendwann mal Bayern - am besten im Sommer. Dann in einem Biergarten ein schönes Augustiner, nette Portion Obazda dazu...
      Dann vergisst er Köln ganz schnell. 😜

    • schwarze R0se
      schwarze R0se 3 months ago +2

      Und Weizen war auch keins dabei

    • Jonathan Landsbeck
      Jonathan Landsbeck 3 months ago +2

      Das ist ein Grund warum ich nicht gerne weit weg von Bayern wohne, obwohl ich kein Bayer bin.
      Es gibt nichts besseres als Helles

    • denzzlinga
      denzzlinga 3 months ago +7

      @Dominic Peter Das wäre natürlich was, am besten irgendwo in Oberbayern auf dem Land, wo alles so richtig klischeehaft bayrisch ist wie sich die Amis gemeinhin Deutschland vorstellen, auf einem Fest im Zelt wo Blaßmusik spielt, es Bier im Steinkrug gibt, und sie Schuhplatteln veranstalten :D So richtiger Overkill :D

    • Dominic Peter
      Dominic Peter 3 months ago +1

      @denzzlinga Jepp - richtiger Overkill. 🤪

  • Matys TechGaming
    Matys TechGaming 3 months ago

    Always fun to see you having fun like this with (for us) normal stuff in Germany. ;)
    Regarding "Pisswater" or in german "Pisswasser": Now you know where the beer brands name in GTA V came from. :D

  • Karizma Daze
    Karizma Daze 3 months ago

    Bro i just got to Germany a week ago and man its crazy as an American experiencing all the differences in culture and work culture. Enjoy your stay im in Oldenburg

  • Isaac Jones
    Isaac Jones 3 months ago

    If you like this, and have time, you should totally come down to Munich and Bavaria, it feels like a different country compared to NRW (and as you tasted the Augustiner, you can go to the brewery and drink the beer that has never been bottled) We have also got mountains and lakes here and you get to try things like obazda and weißwurst which you don't get in NRW :D

  • Merle K.
    Merle K. 3 months ago +5

    9:46 Share is a nice brand with several products from snacks over bottled water to soap and even pens. For every product you buy you also give something to a charity in a matching sector.
    Like you buy those chips and Someone in need gets a meal. You can check the charity for the product with the QR Code on the package.

  • Melita Peters
    Melita Peters 3 months ago

    Soooo good to see you in my country! Suround yourself with friends, have a beer and have fun,
    Greetings from Hamburg!

  • Joe Goss
    Joe Goss 3 months ago +3

    We *do* have those "pfand machines" in the US. In the dozen or so states with bottle deposits, there are machines like that at every grocery store and some liquor stores.

  • Germany Hamburger
    Germany Hamburger 3 months ago +1

    In America it is very difficult to find quark for quark balls. In Hamburg, the balls are almost three times bigger. Kiezmische is from Hamburg and very well known there but meanwhile Astra Rakete had gained a lot of popularity. You should try it too, but it has more alcohol.

  • Crazy O
    Crazy O 3 months ago +7

    Can’t argue with you about the Kölner Bier😜😂🙏🏽 should have tried Altbier, just so you’ve tested all important kinds.
    So nice seeing you in Germany finally 💪🏽💯🔥

    • jo-michi 13
      jo-michi 13 3 months ago

      N Weizen hat auch noch gefehlt. Vorallem aber in Süddeutschland bekannt und getrunken. Deswegen vielleicht.

  • Pudding fsadf
    Pudding fsadf 3 months ago

    I was hoping for the absolute curve ball that is Aecht Schlenkerla during your beer tasting. I know that it's a super extra beer, that not a lot of people like. But every now and then, I just feel like it.
    Or some good old-fashioned Bock or even Doppelbock, if you prefer the taste of the beer leaning more towards the malt side rather than the hops side.

  • Rittis Welt
    Rittis Welt 3 months ago +1

    Dude, you are in Germany for the first time and right next to the venue, where our yearly Amphi Festival takes place in July. What an opening of the video to me personally!
    You've been so close to Tanzbrunnen! I guess you had an appointment with RTL? :)

  • Lisa
    Lisa Month ago

    Gotta love Quarkbällchen! 😋👍💖 I like Mezzo Mix better than Spezi, too. 😝 And I didn't know that the bread cutting machines don't exist in the USA. I always thought it was a thing over there long before it became a thing here. 😂

  • T4n15 03
    T4n15 03 3 months ago +145

    I don't think you realized how dangerous it is to say that you don't like Kölsch in Köln

    • Karma Pema
      Karma Pema 3 months ago +34

      😂 But its true. Kölsch is no Beer. Someone out of Bavaria. 😂

    • T4n15 03
      T4n15 03 3 months ago +4

      @Karma Pema It doesn't matter if it's a real Beer, if you life in Köln you will drink kölsch

    • Karma Pema
      Karma Pema 3 months ago +5

      @T4n15 03 Sure 😅 But if u used to drink it in Bavaria and drink a Kölsch you will miss a good beer. 😉

    • dnocturn84
      dnocturn84 3 months ago +3

      @Karma Pema When you're in Cologne you have to drink / try Kölsch. Even if you don't like it otherwise. You're really missing out, if you don't. You can drink your Bavarian beer, or whatever you prefer, for most of your life, if you so choose.

    • Strasbourger Elsass
      Strasbourger Elsass 3 months ago +4

      @Karma Pema Common... Bavaria is not the heaven of beer in Germany. I believe (after trying so many), even if Bavaria is making some damn good beers...the best beers are made in Saxony. At least if you like Pils or Bock. Ok, Weizen goes to Bavaria. 🍻

  • Poisonblanche
    Poisonblanche 3 months ago

    I recently found your channel :) I love watching your vlogs, always makes me appreciate the cool stuff we have here!

  • Halonator22
    Halonator22 3 months ago +1

    Thats some wholesome content right here! :D
    Glad you like germany, because we love you

  • Angry Dude
    Angry Dude 2 months ago

    oof, when you where taste testing the beers and all the Koelsch came up i was like really worried . Like they cant give you arguably the worst beer for an accurate representation lmao. Glad you had an augustiner which is the best imo and i'm even more glad you liked it the best beside that "Kiezmische" what we would call a "Radler" in Bavaria, Germany

  • heroman32
    heroman32 3 months ago +2

    Kiezmische has 2.5% on 0.33l, people start getting problems on the 6th 0.5 beer which are at ~5% so you need to drink 18 kiezmischen to get into danger zone

  • Fredisback
    Fredisback 3 months ago

    LOL! I follow your Videos since years now and always loved to see you talking about german culture and reacting to other Videos from or about Germany. And now I see this one and you are just walking around my childhood places and even my hood in Cologne Deutz. Can't believe this 🤣

  • FARBerserker
    FARBerserker 3 months ago +10

    Get them to take you to a real specialized bakery and make you taste real good german bread.
    You will miss that for the rest of your life . .

  • LiterallyNobody
    LiterallyNobody 3 months ago

    The Augustiner and Tegernseer are the best! I also really enjoy the Tannenzäpfle. It's a beer from the Schwarzwald. But you also need to try a Weizen. I personally enjoy the Franziskaner Weissbier the most. And if you really want to try more beer than a Kellerbier would be a great option as well. Therefor I can recommend the Mönchshofer Kellerbier. Finally at the end I'd try some more Pils, for example the Jever. I like this one the most for Pils beers, but I'm not really into that topic because I'm more from the south of Germany.

  • caromitgeige
    caromitgeige 3 months ago +1

    Hey james, i found you through julien bams channel, love watching you enjoy our country and especially our region! Hope you will come back and have many more mind blowing culinary experiences, because those are the cutest!

  • junOWY
    junOWY 3 months ago

    This series is so fun to watch❤