I had a pretty good tasting last night at our club meeting. We had bottled, domestic examples of St. Arnold's, Left Hand, Brooklyn, Sam Adams, Pyramid, and Shiner. German examples were Erdinger, Ayinger, Spaten, and Beck's. Oops, that last one is now domestic. We also had a growler of Real Ale.
The favorites were:
Shiner- malty and clean; Brooklyn- had a nice toasty malt character; Real Ale- malty and clean with a bit more hops than the Shiner; Ayinger and Spaten were the best German examples. The Erdinger was bottle conditioned, and I got dregs so I can't really comment on that one. It was probably the most like what they are drinking in Germany though. It was like a strong helles.