This is what i meant, exactly, this roasted flavour. Sorry, but i probably used a wrong term, my english is far away from being perfect! ;-)
I'm not very keen with the traditonal german food, like sausage and stuff. From time to time, well yes, but the food in the area around Cologne has it's own story and differs from the more popular bavarian stuff. You have to know that the rest of Germany is always a bit suspicious about Bavaria...;-)
As for american beers, sadly no. I haven't checked online, but even in some american sports bar all the have is Miller or Anheuser, and i just know that this is not the best stuff available. I tasted some very good beers in California years ago, but can't remember the name. Would be glad if you could recomend some great stuff...