The 11 Best German Beers to Drink in 2023 (2024)

When Oktoberfest is over and the beer steins are put away, it’s easy to forget that the world owes much of its gratitude to Germany for creating some of the most tried-and-true beer styles. The mighty lager, the beer that has found a home in Michelin-starred restaurants and the dusty fridge in your parents’ garage alike, can be traced back to a corner of the globe known as Germany before "Germany" even existed. Budweiser is a lager, sure, but so are the beers that grace the long tables of Oktoberfest. These ancient beers, which are distinguishable from ales by the fact that they utilize bottom-fermenting yeasts that thrive at cooler temperatures, are the building blocks of any beer education.

“There will always be room for well-made lagers in the world of American craft beer, and this is being increasingly proven by more and more breweries producing them and more and more craft beer fans seeking them out,” says Rob Camstra and Nick Guyton, director of brewing operations and head brewer at Gemüt Biergarten in Columbus, Ohio. The German-inspired brewery and beer garden opened in Columbus’ Olde Towne East neighborhood in late 2019. “A big part of our focus at Gemüt is that we do not want to chase trends: clean, well-crafted lagers are a family of beer styles that are timeless.”

The spectrum of lagers is almost as vast as the spectrum of beer itself, ranging from the full-yet-refreshing helles to the rich and smoky rauchbier. But lagers aren’t Germany’s only claim to fame. The country that runs on beer the same way America supposedly runs on Dunkin’ also blessed us with other ubiquitous brews, including the fruity hefeweizen and crisp kölsch. While some German beer styles are seldom seen stateside, there are plenty of American breweries that have found inspiration in these traditional styles and are committed to introducing them to a new generation of drinkers. Below is a list our experts have curated to showcase the best German beers to drink right now.

Best Overall: Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier

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Region: Germany| ABV: 5.4%| Tasting Notes: Banana, Yeast, Cinnamon

“The classic hefeweizen from the oldest brewery in the world,” says Hagen Dost, owner and brewer at Dovetail Brewery in Chicago. The brewery specializes in traditional brewing methods to make continental European-style beers, but the beer he’s talking about is Weihenstephaner’s Hefe Weissbier. This lively brew checks all of the boxes for the style, with its layers of flavors that include clove and banana as well as cinnamon and malt.

What Our Experts Say

“[Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier is] perfect for a Sunday morning frühschoppen—early pint—with weisswurst, sweet mustard, and a pretzel.” — Hagen Dost, owner and brewer at Dovetail Brewery

Best Oktoberfest: Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen

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Region: Germany| ABV: 5.8%| Tasting Notes: Malty, Floral, Orange peel, Bread

When you’re talking about Oktoberfest beers, you’re usually talking about märzen. Traditionally brewed in March so they are ready for the fall, these malty brews are just as well known for their rich flavor as they are for the celebration that goes with them.

Ayinger is located near the epicenter of that celebration, just outside Munich, and its Oktober Fest-Märzen embodies the flavors of the festival. This beer has a “beautiful amber and copper maltiness with caramel notes and a huge stand of off-white foam,” Dost says, and discerning Oktoberfest revelers might even discern a flutter of orange peel or cigar tobacco (if they're not too distracted by the festivities).

Best Hefeweizen: Schneider Weisse

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Region: Germany| ABV: 5.4%| Tasting Notes: Banana, Cloves, Nutmeg

The hefeweizen can be a polarizing style, especially for those who are new to it, but this one-of-a-kind ale also offers a great entry point for drinkers who don't tend to enjoy beer's more bitter flavors. Meaning “wheat beer with yeast,” hefeweizen is a hazy brew that can taste like bananas and bubblegum. If you're looking for an American option, Texas’ Live Oak makes one of the best. For a German classic, grab a bottle of Schneider Weisse. Camstra notes that it's “the best hefeweizen in the world by a fair margin, in my opinion, with a perfect balance of banana and clove notes.”

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Best Kölsch: Gaffel Kölsch

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Region: Germany| ABV: 4.8%| Tasting Notes: Biscuit, Lemon, Grass

In recent years, kölsch has entered the spotlight as the thirst-quenching, impossibly crisp lager of choice during hotter months. While many American brewers have tried their hand at the style, there’s plenty of German imports available as well, such as Gaffel Kölsch.

When it comes to consuming this light, easy-drinking brew, Dost suggests a traditional method. “Do yourself a favor and pick up a traditional Kölner Stange to drink these: a 200 ml glass that, in Cologne, will keep getting replaced by a fresh glass as soon as you reach the bottom until you put your coaster on top of the glass.”

Best Pilsner: Rothaus Pils Tannenzäpfle

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Region: Germany| ABV: 5.1%| Tasting Notes: Malt, Floral, Lemon

Ah yes, the pilsner: Germany's most-consumed beer category, and the basis of all of the ubiquitous American lagers that trace their lineage back to German immigrants in the 19th century. (We could list those brands for you here, or you could just turn on ESPN and wait for the next commercial break.) For a bit more obscure of a pilsner, try a Rothaus’ Pils Tannen Zäpfle, which Camstra says is “a classic from the Black Forest region of Germany, produced by the state-owned brewery in Baden-Wurttemberg, which definitely gives the Czech a run for their money for best pilsner in the world.” The beer has recently gained a cult following in New York, after a homesick German ex-pat, Tobias Holler, implored Rothaus for years to export the beer so he could serve it at his Brooklyn beer hall. In 2014 he succeeded.

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Best Dunkel: Weltenburger Kloster Barock Dunkel

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Region: Germany| ABV: 4.7%| Tasting Notes: Chocolate, Malt, Bread

A tasting of German beers offers the perfect reminder that not all lagers have to be clear and bright. Despite its name, the dunkel, or “dark,” is a lager that sits in the middle of the beer color spectrum. Its trademark is the use of caramelized Munich malt, which gives the beer a dessert-like quality without being overly sweet. “This beer is over-the-top great,” Dost says about Weltenburger Kloster’s Barock Dunkel. “A category-defining dunkel: malty, full-bodied, chocolate, everlasting off-white foam served in glass tankards.”

Best Helles: Augustiner-Bräu Edelstoff

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Region: Germany| ABV: 5.6%| Tasting Notes: Hay, Biscuit, Honey

By the 1890s, Munich had a centuries-old history of producing renowned dark beers, but that's when they began to notice a problem: people were suddenly super into this light, crisp "pilsner" category. So the enterprising Bavarians came up with their own "pale lager," and just so there was no confusion, they called it Helles — which means "pale" or "bright."

Augustiner-Bräu is Munich's oldest independent brewery, dating back to 1328, and their Edelstoff helles is one of their most popular offerings. Compared to pilsner or kölsch, a good helles will be a bit fuller and a touch sweeter, and the Edelstoff is no exception: look for playful notes of hay, fresh-cut grass, biscuit, toasted bread, and even a hint of honey and chamomile.

What Our Experts Say

“If you're not counting how many you've had by the litre then you're doing it wrong.”

—Rob Camstra, director of brewing operations at Gemüt Biergarten in Columbus, Ohio

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Best Bock: Einbecker Ur-Bock Dunkel

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Region: Germany| ABV: 6.5%| Tasting Notes: Toffee, Raisins, Molasses

We’re staying in lager territory here, but we’re upping the ABV and taking a trip into the annals of history.Originally brewed in the 14th century in the city of Einbeck (a mispronunciation of the city’s name rumored to have lent its signature beer the moniker of “ein bock”), a bock is a strong lager with a pronounced malty character.They come in a number of styles, from the rich and refreshing maibocks popular in springtime to the darker, more brooding “dunkles bocks” brewed to warm the soul on winter nights.

Einbecker Ur-Bock Dunkel is a classic dunkles bock produced in the same city that originated the style seven centuries ago and is still packaged in a bottle based on the original 1851 design.Look for a smooth, malty flavor profile boasting notes of toffee and raisins, with just a sprinkling of hop character to balance out the interplay of caramel and molasses.

Best Doppelbock: Paulaner Salvator

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Region: Germany| ABV: 7.9%| Tasting Notes: Chocolate, Figs, Spicy hoppiness

Even bigger and boozier than the bocks are their beefed-up brothers, the doppelbocks (“double bocks”), which accentuate the signature malt-forward bock profile with more richness, a fuller mouthfeel, and higher alcohol.The granddaddy of all doppelbocks is Salvator, first produced by the Franciscan monks at St. Francis of Paula in the 17th century. Legend has it that the monks created the rich, malty, sweet beer as a clever workaround during Lent: they were compelled by their piety to fast, but that didn’t mean they couldn’t enjoy some liquid bread during those hungry times.

Even if you’re not currently fasting, you’ll have trouble resisting Salvator’s inviting aromas of chocolate and caramel malt, or the rich, figgy breadiness on the palate—all tied up nicely by the faint impression of spicy hops on the finish. And for your next round, be sure to try some of the other iconic Munich dopplebocks—like Spaten’s Optimator and Ayinger’s Celebrator—all of which traditionally end in “-ator” as a nod to the beer that launched the enduring style. (Even some of the excellent American takes on this German classic retain the “-ator” suffix, like Tröeges’ highly decorated Tröegenator.)

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Best Schwarzbier: Kostritzer Schwarzbier

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Region: Germany| ABV: 4.8%| Tasting Notes: Nutty, Pumpernickel, Bitter chocolate

If I asked you to name a dark beer with deep roasted malt flavor but without huge body or high alcohol, Guinness might seem like the obvious answer.But Germany has its own take on “dark beer with light body,” and instead of a creamy stout, it’s a lean, sleek lager, with all the elegance and precision we expect from fine German engineering.Schwarzbier (“black beer”) is a 4 to 6 percent alcohol lager made from dark-roasted malt, and one of Germany’s best-known schwarzbiers is Kostritzer.Produced in a brewery that’s been in operation since 1543, Kostritzer offers a roasty, nutty nose and flavors of pumpernickel and bitter chocolate.

It’s said that the iconic German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe subsisted on nothing but Kostritzer schwarzbier during a period of illness in which he was unable to eat food.(We’re not suggesting you start replacing all your meals with Kostritzer, but it would certainly be a delicious experiment if a slightly ill-advised one.)

Best Rauchbier: Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier

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Region: Germany| ABV: 5.2%| Tasting Notes: Smoke, Roasted malt, Meat

If you thought the hefeweizen was polarizing, how about a beer that straight-up tastes like smoke? For that discerning drinker who wants her brew to be reminiscent of bacon, or a slab of smoked brisket, the rauchbier is the way to go. It’s an uncommon style, due to its potent flavor, which comes from smoked malt. Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier claims to be the original smoked beer. “Produced in Bamberg; the märzen variety is my personal favorite,” Camstra says. “They are neighbors with our malt supplier, the legendary Weyermann Malzfabrik.”

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Final Verdict

Germany has given the world not only some of its most iconic beers, but also some of its most enduring beer styles, so tip your hat to ol’ Deutschland the next time you enjoy a crisp lager or a flavorful hefeweizen, wherever it may be from.And in the meantime, pop open a refreshing Edelstoff helles from Augustiner-Bräu (buy on Instacart) or a rich Salvator dopplebock from Paulaner (buy on and enjoy the inimitable experience of tasting some uniquely Bavarian history.


What's the distinctive style of German beers?

As we've enumerated above, Germany has a remarkably diverse beer culture. Compared to the craft beers that many US beer enthusiasts have become acquainted with, however, it's fair to say that many of the classic German styles place more of an emphasis on malt, and all of its attendant flavors (bread, caramel, toast), than on hops (spice, bitterness, herbaceousness).

Do they have higher or lower alcohol content?

This varies as well: while the lighter, crisper beers (kölsch, pilsner, etc.) have alcohol content commensurate with their international "pale lager" brethren (4.5 to 5 percent), the richer entries like the dopplebocks can easily hover around 8 percent. (And there are other classes of German beer, such as the rarely-seen Eisbock—literally "ice bock," so named because the brewers freeze bock and then remove ice from it to lower the water content and boost ABV—in which the alcohol content can reach well above 10 percent.)

How long can you store German beers?

Alcohol acts as a preservative, so the lower the ABV, the fresher you should plan to drink your German beers. Store your pilsner and your schwarzbier no longer than 4 to 6 months. Even the relatively high-alcohol dopplebocks (8 percent) are generally most expressive when consumed fresh, but while a year or more of aging might decrease the carbonation a bit, the flavors and the mouthfeel will likely still be just as lovely.

What's the ideal temperature at which to serve German beers?

The lighter and crisper the beer, the colder it should be served. Your kölsch and your helles will perform best around 38 degrees Fahrenheit (straight out of the ice bath, or the coolest part of the fridge), while your big, high-alcohol dopplebocks will shine at "cellar temperature" (50 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit). For beers that are somewhere in between—dunkels, hefeweizens—feel free to split the difference. But when in doubt, best to opt for colder rather than warmer. (After all, it'll warm up in the glass anyway.)

Why Trust

This piece was edited by Jesse Porter, whose first bar job ever was at a mountainside German restaurant in upstate New York, where steins full of dark lager could be found on every table. And although he's worked since then as a sommelier, a wine educator, and a spirits rep, his love for German beer remains as strong as a good doppelbock.

Sarah Freeman is a food and beverage writer based out of Chicago. She has been writing about, as well as frequenting, restaurants and bars for the past decade—from learning about what makes a perfect piece of co*cktail ice to the exploring art of beer label design. At the moment, she doesn’t have enough room for food in her refrigerator, because it’s filled with cans of beer and bottles of wine.

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The 11 Best German Beers to Drink in 2023 (2024)


What is the No 1 beer in Germany? ›

Pilsner. By far the most popular type of beer in Germany is pilsner, generally known as 'Pils'. The light-golden beer with the dry hoppy aroma is very popular in the North, West and East. The name goes back to the Czech town of Pilsen.

What is the most famous beer in Germany? ›

The most popular beer brand in Germany is Krombacher from Krombach. Other leading names include Beck's and Warsteiner. All three brands produce a variety of beers and beer-based drinks, as well as non-alcoholic beer.

What is best selling German beer in the United States? ›

German Beers Sold In America
  • Carlsberg. 4.7 out of 5 stars. ...
  • Beck's. 4.4 out of 5 stars. ...
  • St Pauli Girl. 4.2 out of 5 stars. ...
  • Warsteiner Premium Pilsener. 4.7 out of 5 stars. ...
  • Spaten Optimator. 4.7 out of 5 stars. ...
  • Bohemia. 4.4 out of 5 stars. ...
  • Bitburger Premium Pilsner. 4.7 out of 5 stars. ...
  • Wurzburger Hofbrau Premium Pilsner.

What is the number 1 beer in the world? ›

Budweiser was the most valued beer brand worldwide in 2021, with a worth of 16.17 billion U.S. dollars. The brand was followed by Heineken in second and Stella Artois, ranked third.
Brand value of leading beer brands worldwide in 2021 (in million U.S. dollars)
CharacteristicBrand value in million U.S. dollars
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What is the top ranked beer in the world? ›

The legendary Top 250 Rated Beers on BeerAdvocate, and arguably the best beers in the world.
Sorted by weighted rank (not shown).
1Kentucky Brunch Brand Stout Toppling Goliath Brewing Company American Imperial Stout | 12.00%
2Vanilla Bean Assassin Toppling Goliath Brewing Company American Imperial Stout | 12.80%
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What is the best German lager? ›

1. Augustiner Helles: Best German Helles-style lager. Made entirely from Bavarian hops and malt and given a long, careful secondary fermentation, this offering from Augustiner is not only a fine example of the Helles style, it's regarded by beer fans as one of the top lagers in the world.

Is German beer better than American? ›

Quality. While both American and German beers can be high quality, you're much more likely to find cheaper, weaker beers in America. For some, these reasonably priced beers are a benefit. But if you're looking for strong, high quality, traditional beers, German beer might be a better bet.

What is the oldest German beer? ›

Since 1040 beer has been brewed on the Weihenstephan Hill in Freising.

What is a unique German beer? ›

Rauchbier: Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier

Rauchbier, or “smoke beer,” is a very unusual style. The beer itself is a lot like Oktoberfest with sweet and malty flavors, but the smoke flavoring adds a completely unexpected element to the profile. Some drinkers describe the flavor to be like beef jerky or even leather.

What is the number one selling beer in Europe? ›

Most Popular Overall: No surprise here. Heineken is one of the most beloved beers on the planet. Most Popular Pilsner: The original pils, Pilsner Urquell. It's still brewed according to its original recipe.

Why German beer is the best? ›

For over 500 years, the German Purity Law has ensured clearly regulated ingredients: Water, malt, hops, yeast - and nothing else. Anything else is not beer. After all, the so-called "Purity Law" is not to be trifled with. It is far more than a pure promise of quality.

Which German beer is most like an IPA? ›

Another brewery unabashedly embracing that approach is BRLO in Berlin. “BRLO IPA is definitely an imitation,” says Michael Lembke, BRLO's brewmaster. “[It's] an only-pilsner-malt, Simcoe-hot-side, dry-and-bitter IPA at 6.5 percent ABV.

Who is the king of all beers? ›

A bottle of Budweiser beer. The slogan was changed to the “King of Beers” in the mid-twentieth century as aluminum cans became a more popular form of packaging. It's still in use today and is featured predominately on Budweiser labels.

What is the No 1 beer in USA? ›

Budweiser. Budweiser beer is an American lager brewed by Anheuser-Busch. With the unofficial title of “The King of Beers,” it is no wonder why Budweiser tops this list of America's most popular beers.

What is the most popular beer in the USA? ›

Corona and Bud Light are the most well-known beer brands in the United States. Both these brands are recognized by 85% of respondents in the U.S. Next on the list is the most valuable beer brand in the world, Budweiser, reaching a brand awareness of 84%.

What is top shelf beer? ›

Top Shelf is an American-style lager brewed with noble hops and Canadian malt. It's an easy-drinking 4.5% alc./vol., handcrafted to please craft beer drinkers as well as the mainstream beer market.

What do Germans like drinking the most? ›

Mineral water is by far the most purchased and consumed beverage in Germany. Around 86 percent of the population bought it in 2022. Germans are known for their preference of fizzy drinking water. Other top three beverages in this ranking included fruit juices, drinks and nectars, as well as caffeinated coffee.

What is the main alcoholic drink in Germany? ›

1- Jägermeister

Jägermeister is undoubtedly Germany's most popular alcoholic beverage after beer. What is this? This herbal liqueur is as complex as it is delicious, comprising 56 different herbs that many believe give Jägermeister medicinal properties. This digestif was created in 1934.

What beer is popular in Frankfurt? ›

The beer preferred in most of Germany is Pils (Pilsner), which has a rich yellow hue, hoppy flavor, and an alcohol content of about 5%. Frankfurt's local Pils brands are Binding and Henninger, but Licher, from the village of Lich nearby, is especially well balanced and crisp.

What is the most popular beer in Berlin? ›

Berliner Weisse – this is probably the most famous Berlin beer.

What beer to order in Munich? ›

from the southern German state of Bavaria. Served in a tall glass, the golden-colored Weißbier (including the famous Hefeweizen) is a favorite among the Bavarians of Munich. Be sure to order a Weißbier during your Fat Tire Tour of Munich – they'll think you're one of the locals!

What's a good dark German beer? ›

German Dark Lager
  • 4.7 (75) Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier. $5.49 - $50.99.
  • 4.7 (28) Hofbrau Oktoberfest. $5.29 - $55.99.
  • 4.7 (37) Hofbrau Dunkel. $8.79 - $58.99.
  • 5.0 (9) Weihenstephan Festbier. ...
  • 4.7 (55) Warsteiner Premium Dunkel. ...
  • 4.7 (55) Spaten Oktoberfest. ...
  • 4.8 (36) Hacker Pschorr Oktoberfest Marzen. ...
  • 5.0 (6) Bitburger Festbier.

What American beer is most like German beer? ›

Drink like a German

German-inspired lager in America, e.g., Bud Light, Coors Light and Yuengling, often clocks in between 3.5% and 4.5% alcohol by volume (ABV), whereas their authentic German counterparts fall more into the 4.5% to 5.5% range.

Do Germans drink more wine or beer? ›

Although many Austrians, Germans, and German-speaking Swiss enjoy a good glass of wine or a lighter wine cooler (Schorle or Gespritzten, a mixture of sparkling water and wine), they consume far less wine than beer or even mineral water.

Do Germans drink a lot of beer? ›

Beer drinking is such a large part of German culture, it has its own word “Bierernst“. This translate yes as “serious beer” which highlights just how important beer is to Germans! Oktoberfest is the most famous beer festival in the world and symbolizes Germany's love of beer drinking.

What is the largest selling beer in the world? ›

1. Budweiser. Budweiser, sometimes known as “the king of beers,” has been the number one beer in the world for a long while.

What is America's oldest beer? ›

These Are the 15 Oldest American Beers
  • #5 – Old Milwaukee, Pabst Brewing Company, 1849.
  • #4 – Blatz Beer, Pabst Brewing Company, 1846.
  • #3 – Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer, Pabst Brewing Company, 1844.
  • #2 – Schaefer, Pabst Brewing Company, 1842.
  • # 1 – Yuengling Lord Chesterfield Ale & Porter, Yuengling Brewing, 1829.
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What German beer is made in China? ›

Its origins are German

Tsingtao is one of the oldest beer brands in China, first started by Germans who settled there in the early 20th century. Its home city, Qingdao, was a German colony from 1898 to 1914. Homesick for pilsner, a group of German businessmen established a brewery in 1903.

What beer does Bayern Munich drink? ›

Whether in the Paulanergarden on the esplanade, in the Paulaner fan meeting zone, or at any of the many stands: Fans always get fresh and mature Paulaner beer specialties during the FC Bayern München home games.

What are the 6 beers of Munich? ›

Augustiner, Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbräu, Löwenbräu, Paulaner, and Spaten. Only beer from Munich breweries may be served on the Wiesn, as custom dictates. Already weeks before the starting signal for Oktoberfest, the breweries present their newly brewed Wiesn beer and increase the anticipation of the highlight of the year.

What is the most popular beer at Oktoberfest? ›

Today, Paulaner's Oktoberest Bier is the most-served beer at Oktoberfest in Munich. Although still slightly malty, these lighter-bodied festbiers are super drinkable and perfect for the two-week-long celebration.

What is a big German beer called? ›

The word Humpen translated from German to English means tankard. This is the referenced used in Berlin and the northern part of Germany when referring to a German Beer Stein. The tankard itself is reference to a large cylindrical shaped vessel that has a handle on it.

What is the oldest brewery in Germany? ›

Weihenstephan was a Benedictine monastery in Weihenstephan, now part of the district of Freising, in Bavaria, Germany. This Bavarian State Brewery Weihenstephan is located at the monastery site since at least 1040. It is the world's oldest continuously operating brewery.

What is the most expensive beer in Germany? ›

Schorschbock 57 by Schorschbräu is the most expensive beer produced in Germany and a 375 ml bottle cost $275. It was also considered the strongest beer in the world and has a 57 percent ABV. However, other beers were produced after it with an ABV higher than 60 percent.

What is the beer capital of Europe? ›

Some call Munich the beer capital of the world. This year, the city's legendary Oktoberfest is back for the first time since 2019, and many of its sessions are already booked out.

Can you buy German beer in the US? ›

Based on our extensive research, we found over 70 local and regional German beer brands that are available in the United States and Canada and can be purchased at restaurants and retailers across the continent.

What is the number 1 IPA in the world? ›

AleSmith IPA

What is a dark German beer called? ›

Dunkel, or Dunkles, is a word used for several types of dark German lager. Dunkel is the German word meaning "dark", and dunkel beers typically range in color from amber to dark reddish brown. They are characterized by their smooth, malty flavor.

What German beer is like blue moon? ›

If you like the taste of Blue Moon—or Hoegaarden, another popular example—and want to broaden your horizons, start looking for (and asking for) witbier, weissbier, or hefeweizen at your local bar or beer store.

What is the most popular alcohol in Germany? ›

1- Jägermeister

Jägermeister is undoubtedly Germany's most popular alcoholic beverage after beer. What is this? This herbal liqueur is as complex as it is delicious, comprising 56 different herbs that many believe give Jägermeister medicinal properties. This digestif was created in 1934.

What is a typical German beer? ›

Pils. This is the most common beer found in most parts of the country and almost certainly what springs to mind when most folks conjure up a “typical German beer” in their head. The word Pils actually is short for Pilsener (or Pilsner) meaning coming from the city of Pilsen.

What is the national drink in Germany? ›

Pilsner. What is this? This simple beer is a lager style and is actually the National Drink of Germany.

What do Germans drink in the morning? ›

Wheat beers

One culture in which beer for breakfast has a particularly long history is Germany, and a tall vase of hefeweizen is the traditional accompaniment to the “second breakfast” common in Bavaria.

What is Germany's official alcoholic drink? ›

Jägermeister (/ˈjeɪɡərmaɪstər/ YAY-gər-my-stər, German: [ˈjɛːɡɐˌmaɪstɐ] ( listen); stylized Jägermeiſter) is a German digestif made with 56 herbs and spices. Developed in 1934 by Wilhelm and Curt Mast, it has an alcohol by volume of 35% (61 degrees proof, or US 70 proof).

Why is German beer better than American? ›

German Beer. When it comes to American beer vs German beer, it's all about the difference in culture. Above all, Germans value tradition, quality, purity, high alcohol content, and national pride. If you're tired of drinking Coors or Budweiser, it might be time to give German beer a try.

What is the #1 beer in America? ›

Corona and Bud Light are the most well-known beer brands in the United States. Both these brands are recognized by 85% of respondents in the U.S. Next on the list is the most valuable beer brand in the world, Budweiser, reaching a brand awareness of 84%.

What beer is Frankfurt known for? ›

The beer preferred in most of Germany is Pils (Pilsner), which has a rich yellow hue, hoppy flavor, and an alcohol content of about 5%. Frankfurt's local Pils brands are Binding and Henninger, but Licher, from the village of Lich nearby, is especially well balanced and crisp.

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