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The Delight Of German Beers

German Beer - WhichHoliday.TV

German Beer – WhichHoliday.TV

Trying German beers, even if you are not attending the Oktoberfest is part of the fun of travelling in Germany.  Germans and Belgians would probably argue about who has the best beer… and the Czechs, at least those from Pilsner, might join in the squabble.  But we're not going to argue with anyone, we'll just enjoy it where ever we are.  And if you're enjoying a trip to Germany you might as well enjoy a German brew. 

Making beer in Germany is highly regulated.  The brewers must adhere to something called "Reinheitsgebot".  This is a "purity order" that dates from 1516.  They must use only water, hops and barley malt when they are making their beer.  The law has been updated and Yeast now can be used… it hadn't been discovered in 1516!  Sometimes sugar can be used too.  But for German brewers, no preservatives or chemicals of any kind are allowed.  No wonder it's so good. 

According to the Discover Munich website, beer is so special to Bavarians, that it isn't even classified as alcohol, it's a "health drink".  Well, we don't know about that, but we've read surveys that say it is Germans' favourite drink.  And we will pretty much agree that if you're travelling somewhere in the world where the water isn't safe…. it is safe to drink beer…. so maybe it IS a health drink. 

There are many different German beers to try… light beers and dark beers, wheat beers and bock beers, pilsners and ales.  Most beers have between 5-6 percent alcohol, but beware of some of the bock beers… they can have up to 16 percent alcohol!   

German Beer WHTV

German Beer – WhichHoliday.tv

Beers vary by region too.  Now we don't claim to be a beer expert by any means… we just enjoy it when we travel…. but what we've read is that beers become "maltier" as you travel towards the south and conversely, they become "hoppier" as you head north.  Does any of that matter?  It might to you. 

But let's just say that if you're travelling in Bavaria, you're in for a treat.  Of Germany's 1,300 or so breweries, the highest concentration is in Bavaria, and they have the greatest variety of beer styles.  You can spend several lunches and dinners exploring the beer halls of Munich.  Surely you've heard of the Hofbrauhaus and other biggies such as Lowenbrau, Augustinerbrau, Paulaner, Hacker-Pschorr, and Spaten., and of course, there is always the Oktoberfest

By the way, for American readers, "light" beer or "helles beer" means only that it's light in colour…. it doesn't refer to the calories or the alcohol in it.  There are beers that are lower in calories and alcohol… they are "leicht" beers, not "helles" beers. 

Lastly, if you do go, the hold you glass high and  “Prost” (cheers) to German Beer!