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Beer - German Beer

German beer has a reputation for being strong and simple, partially due to strict German brewery laws which prevent exotic ingredients like fruits and seasonings from being used. Beer is life in Germany. Oktoberfest is a 17 day long beer drinkers wet dream, where over 7 million liters of beer are poured every year. Cheers, or as they say in Germany, prost!

Styles of German Beer

German beer comes in many different styles. The most popular is wheat beer, or Weizenbier which is sometimes called white beer, or Weißbier. Pale beers like Helles and Kölsch are also popular, as well as dark beers like Bock and Alter. Some German beer is unfiltered, which gives it a cloudy color and a thick flavor profile.

I know what you’re thinking right now… Is Heineken German beer? No! They’re actually Dutch, and they don’t meet German brewing standards.

Reinheitsgebot

Brewing regulations are pretty strict in Germany. All German beer is brewed in accordance with the Reinheitsgrebot, which means "German Beer Purity Law”. The law states that the only ingredients you can include in your beer are water, hops, and malt. It also states that German breweries must use the "top-fermented” style of brewing.