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Das Bier

Did you know that there are close to 1,300 breweries in Germany? That’s more than in any other country except the United States which has 1,500. Keep in mind that there’s only 80 million people in Germany, as opposed to the 300 million in the US! To say Beer is popular in Germany would be an understatement. It’s no secret that most Americans aren’t really beerducated to the extent of the average German, so here’s a short list of the styles of beers you can expect to run into on your next vacation in Germany.

6 Popular (and delicious) Styles of German Beer

Altbier- Meaning old style beer, breweries in Cologne and Dusseldorf have a rivalry on who brews the better version of this dark amber, hoppy beer.

Kölsch- Less bitter than Pils, this local beer can only legally be brewed in the Cologne region.

Weizen/Weißbier- When beer is brewed with a large portion of wheat, it produces a cloudy delight known as wheat beer. This style is replicated in the US frequently. The term Hefeweizen refers to wheat beer in an unfiltered form.

Pilsener- This pale lager with a light body is extremely popular, and makes up of 75% of all beer brewed in Germany. If you like Beck’s or Warsteiner, this is for you.

Bock- This heavy amber lager generally has more alcohol than other lager, with 6.5-7% ABV.

Märzen- During Oktoberfest, this beer is the one most served. It comes in a variety of light, medium and heavy lagers.

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4 Responses to Das Bier

  1. Damien says:

    You forgot my favorite – Radler!

  2. Ryan says:

    The German beermeisters could learn a lot from our own home grown Milwaukee family of brewers! In 1884 Pabst Blue Ribbon won a blue ribbon for being a beer with superb quality surpassed by none other! When a beer wins a blue ribbon it is considered the most prestigious award that can be given a beer; so you know its good!

  3. Oh my, that made me LOL.

  4. Kat says:

    My favorite German beer is Erdinger!! Fell in love with it in Ireland of all places and now they have it here in Maine!!! YAY!!!!!

    Much better than Pabst Ryan, but of course..what is that famous phrase…to each his own!!!

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