Germany is one of those countries that love making beer. And you might have noticed they even like drinking it. There are so many breweries there, and for the people, there is nothing more refreshing than sitting in the beer garden and having a cool beer of their choice.
Germans like beer so much that they even celebrate beer. The Oktoberfest in Munich is like one large celebration of beer and is not the only one in the land. The Germans take pride in their tradition of brewing beer to produce the best beer for you drinking experience. Because of this they have come up with the Reinheitsgebot, German Beer Purity Order, which specifies pure, clean ingredients. Pure water, unadulterated hops, barley, wheat etc, especially for the drinker.
Without beer many Germans just like the song “Bier her, oder ich fall um- Beer here, otherwise I’ll fall over” will probably fall over. So it is time for us to give you some insiders information and some of the best and popular beers:
Becks– one of the main export beers from Germany. Not a bad drop, a pilsener with a clean fresh taste
Bitburger– they also make one with herbs added to it.
Paulauner- found at the Oktoberfest, the Paulauner Hefeweizen, is one of Germany’s most popular wheat beers, containing that smooth creamy wheat beer taste
Warsteiner– one of Germany’s most popular pilseners, tried in Germany
Augustiner– the Edelstoff beer is one of the most popular, and due to much time spent is Munich, it is one of our favourites
Franziskaner– the Hefeweizen from Franziskaner is definitely their best, but not their only good beer, one of the most popular wheat beers in Germany
Schneider– this company has many popular beers on many lists of top best beers. The favourite of all being the Aventinus, a dark amber beer
Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier– also a brewery with many great beers. This beer is a darker smoked beer and is a well awarded beer on many best beer lists.
Wiehenstephaner– This brewery between Munich and Ingolstadt (Audi car company) has many great beers, in fact our favourite. The Hefeweizen and Kristal Weissbier are really smooth and great tasting beers, and really deserve the thumbs up
It might be good to point out that many beers on this list are wheat beers. Wheat can mean white, but many beers can have a whiter look to them. Wheat beer has wheat malt placed in them, usually instead of barley malt which gives a smoother and creamier taste. Germans call these beers summer beers, because they are good to drink in summer.Careful they can give you are quicker “bierbauch- beer gut’ than normal beers.
White wheat beers are usually more popular and better tasting than the stout of dark varieties “Dunkel hefeweizen”.
There are many more different types of beer that exist in Germany so if you are interested the best place to check is Wikipedia Beer in Germany for the other types of beer made.
German beers are usually served with big heads of foam (schaum) on them, and the bartender has pride in producing the biggest head possible. This is mostly to show the biggest head means, the beer is fresh.
Germans also drink from a ‘Steifel– boot”, which has an art to drink it so it doesn’t splash back in your face and also a ritual to follow to drink it.
These are some of the best or the most sold beers in Germany. However in certain areas, the local beer is the best seller. In Munich the Augustiner Helles or Franziskaner Hefeweizen. In Düsseldorf DAB beer. In Hamburg Hansa Beer is popular. In Freiburg, the Black Forest area and Lake Constance area Tannen Zäpfle is the popular choice.
What’s the favourite choice of your area? Would love to have your input.
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- Your Beermonger: The Reinheitsgebot (arlnow.com)