Where to find Lowenbrau beer?

Up until the 1990’s it was made under contract by Miller brewing. Then for a while it was made in Canada.

I haven’t seen it anywhere in the U.S. for well over a decade. Do they still make it in Canada?

In fact, the last time I even saw it in Europe was in northern Italy in 2012 (been all over the continent over the last 10 years but haven’t been to Germany since the 1980’s). It used to be all over the place.

Is there anyplace in the U.S. I can get it? And yes, I even checked the specialty liquor stores and did not find it.

It’s currently owned by owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev.

I used to buy it. That’s been over a decade ago.

It’s available online at a ridiculously inflated price. That’s what you’d pay per can at a restaurant.

There’s an App to locate specific brands of beer sold near you. I haven’t installed it.

The web site also does a search. I gave it my zip code. No lowenbrau sold near me.

Yeah, this is weird. It’s ping-ponging in my brain that I’ve seen it within the last couple of years, like imported from Germany (or I guess Canada), but it’s possible that I’m just thinking of seeing it when I was in Budapest last year. All my Google searches seem to indicate that it’s certainly not available anywhere in the Chicago area, at least.

The beerstore.ca is showing it up in Canada for just over CAD$2/can, so presumably it is still brewed there (or at least imported there, I suppose). I’ll have to keep an eye out. I could almost swear I’ve seen that Bavarian blue label somewhere recently.

I’ve seen it sold in bottles at a couple of dive bars in Manhattan, but it is a very rare find indeed.

Can’t find it anywhere on the Bevmo website, and those suckers carry everything, somewhere.

Not a Canadian restaurant.

Note that Ontario has a statutorily mandated minimum price for beer of a dollar-something per 341 mL bottle. So $48.95 for twenty-four 473 mL cans is probably not much above the minimum price.

Standard Michelob is getting harder to find. Several local Krogers don’t carry it. There’s still a couple that do.

Most carry Michelob ultra and ultra light. I strongly dislike both.

I’m getting concerned standard Michelob will be phased out.

You should be. Since Casino Royale in Vegas dumped their $1 Michelob special (that had run for decades) the demand for that beer has dropped to almost zero.

It doesn’t seem to be available in the US anymore, and even in Canada, it was a good beer to bring to house parties because almost certainly nobody else would bring any, minimizing late-party beer thefts. :smiley:

As for the question of Canuckistan Lowenbrau being the same as the US-brewed beer you remember or anywhere near a German brew, I’d say don’t bother unless you really, really like the label.

Seconding hogarth’s comment, beer in Canada has always been a monopolistic trust with price fixing and complicated and incestuous government ties. So very expensive.

Lowenbrau is still a thing in Germany - they have a large beer hall at Oktoberfest. Not sure what the relationship between the German Lowenbrau and the ones that have been available in the US over the years.

I can’t even remember the last time I saw a commercial or an ad for any Michelob besides the rare Mich Ultra ad.

I do kinda miss Michelob Dry. One taste and you’ll drink it dry.

I bet they at least pronounce it correctly there. LOEH-ven-broy. Those umlauts are there for a REASON! USE 'EM!

I quit buying it when it was no longer made in Germany. German Lowenbrau dark was wonderful. As for pronouncing German, I agree with Mark Twain.

Thinking about it, it’s a while since I’ve seen it available in the UK.

Back in the day (i.e., in the 1970s and 1980s, before the microbrewery explosion and craft beers), Michelob was positioned as one of the better / more premium beers with wide distribution in the U.S. Here’s an early 1970s Michelob ad, with one of the characters saying, “Hey, what’s the special occasion?”

For that matter, that’s the same niche that the U.S. version of Lowenbrau played in ('tonight is kind of special, the beer we’ll pour, must be something more").

That niche has been completely taken over by the smaller breweries, and the “base” Michelob brand doesn’t have much of a reason for being anymore. Meanwhile, they’ve carved out that “very low carb” niche for Michelob Ultra, which is likely the only thing that’s keeping the brand name alive, at all.

About 15 years ago I bought a six-pack of special Oktoberfest-style Lowenbrau in Florida. As far as I can recall, it actually came from Germany. (I was aware of the US-brewed Lowenbrau of earlier decades.) I don’t think I’ve seen it since.

So it wasn’t real Lowenbrau, was it? Wasn’t it pretty much like other American beers? Now, if you find anything called “Lowenbrau,” it will be the real thing, I take it.

Probably much closer to American beers, it sounds like. I probably drank it a few times in the 1980s, but my beer palate wasn’t terribly sophisticated back then (and I wouldn’t have known what an actual German beer would have tasted like at that time, anyway). From the Wikipedia entry on Lowenbrau:

It sounds like Labatt’s is now brewing the Canadian Lowenbrau; if one actually finds Lowenbrau in a US store now, it’s not clear to me if it’d be the German version, or the Canadian one.

I emailed an acquaintance who runs a beer and liquor store, and he had this to say:

I also messaged another guy I know with a beer/liquor store, and he says, too, that from what he knows it’s no longer distributed in the States.