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There are many German beer styles: Pilsner, Weizenbier, Kölsch, Alt, Helles, Dunkles…
There are many interesting facts regarding German beer. Many of them are rather unknown but important for understanding the culture associated with German beer and its history. Although Bavaria / Bayern has the highest beer output of all German federal states, breweries are running and humming throughout Germany. There are many particularities, and beer from different regions often taste and even look absolutely different…However, there are also numerous similarities. Why not have a look at our list, stating 10 interesting facts on German beer.
10 Facts on German beer: learn more!
- There is not only one kind of German beer – the variety is virtually unlimited.
- Currently, there are more than 1300 breweries in Germany while the number has remained relatively constant for many years now.
- Germany ranks number 5 worldwide regarding the export of beer. China holds position number 1.
- The German Purity Law of 1516 / Deutsches Reinheitsgebot von 1516 / is seen as the first law protecting consumers – its origins lie in Ingolstadt, Bavaria / Bayern.
- According the German Purity Law, beer shall only contain hops, malt, yeast and water.
- Bavaria / Bayern is the German federal state with the highest number of breweries (600+), followed by Baden-Wurttemberg / Baden-Württemberg with 180+ breweries and North Rhine-Westphalia / Nordrhein-Westfalen (120+).
- Although Bavaria / Bayern has much more breweries than North Rhine-Wesphalia, the latter nearly reaches the same amount of beer output.
- Pilsner beer originates from the city of Pilsen in the Czech Republic and was developed by the Bavarian brewer Josef Groll – who was appointed to the city in order to brew “proper beer” for the Bohemians.
- In the Middle Ages, mostly monks brewed beer in order to pass the period of fasting easier, as beer is a beverage providing lots of calories.
- The Weihenstephan Monestry in Bavaria is the oldest brewery still brewing beer today.
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